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Senator Aidoko begs Kogi East electorates for forgiveness, votes

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Senator Aidoko begs Kogi East electorates for forgiveness, votes

The senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Kogi East Atai Aidoko has pleaded with the party supporters in the district to forgive him for his ineptitude while holding forth as their senator for almost two consecutive terms now.
Aidoko who spoke at the stakeholders meeting held at the PDP Secretariat in Lokoja was full of apology for the people of Kogi East whom he he admitted he offended a great deal in the past.
The embattled senator had come under attacks from his constituents for his lackadaisical approach to representing his people without any thing to show for his continued stay in the red chambers for two terms now.

Aidoko who practically knelt down to plead with the people urged party members not to allowed the sins of one or few members rub off negatively on the success of the party at all levels.
He said that the party is well positioned to take over at all levels including the presidency since the people have tested other side and have found out that the PDP was far better than the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC) at all levels.
“There is a lot at stake, we know we have offended quite a number of people, we are not perfect but the overindulgence interest which is the victory of our party should please be uppermost forgive what ever failings that can give rise to any mix feeling in the election.
I want to use this opportunity to ask for forgiveness especially for myself so that you can forgive us
A lot is at stake, the opposition, the ruling APC have nothing to offer, nothing to campaign with. They are not even campaigning, they believe in only three things, and the three things they can afford to get through us if we allow them. First they use propaganda to scare us with violence.
“I have never seen where violence has worn election before. If we give in then that is the begining of our self defeat, we have defeated ourselves from the begining.
“The second is to take advantage of the internal differences within the party and take advantage, they are building wedges into us . The opposition is funding us in PDP to disintegrate and divide us, that is what they will normally do. I am begging in the name of God let us not allow them to break us. No matter the grievances let us use these two weeks to think how to win elections.
“They have looted money to buy weapons, buy people. After four years of this hardship which we have never seen before. They can never be welcome when they leave office. Please the same money they stole they want to use to buy people to keep them for another four years.
“If we can not win the next set of election clearly then we should forget the 2019 Governorship. If we are to win the next set of election very clearly then we have won the Governorship.”
“Let the sin of Senator Aidoko not overshadow the pains of the four years of hardship. We have never seen this kind of Government, where people have been retrenchment, people have been removed from work, salaries have not been paid, no projects.
He said when they watch television they see other States showing the Kilometers of roads they have done and the project they are commissioning.
“The screening they are doing now is just the begining, they are still going to screen everybody out, they simply don’t have the capacity to pay again, the debt is so much so any promises that they are going to pay is not possible.
“Let us bury our hatchets, let us forgive ourselves, only God is perfect, we must please tolerate our perfection s for the purpose of these elections if not it will be another four years of suicide.

In an interview later on the sideline at the event, Aidoko said that he knelt down to show that no sacrifice was too much to make for the people who elected him elected to serve.

He said that nothing short of total victory was good enough for the people especially in Kogi where the people have been subjected to serious hardships in the last three and half years.

Also speaking at the stakeholders meeting, the Chairman Kogi state campaign committee of Atiku/Obi presidential bid, former Governor Ibrahim Idris said that the meeting was called to appeal to party members to eschew violence during and even after the elections.

He showered encomium on Senator Aidoko for showing humility through his apology to the people of Kogi and genuinely pleading not to allow the sins of a few impact negatively on the success that is sure for the party at all levels in the coming elections.

Idris who was very optimistic of PDP’s victory in the elections, called on party supporters to vote for all the candidates of the party in all the elections
“Elections two weeks from today, though imperfect as we are the candidate has admonished us to change tactics and we are saying forgive us all our shortcomings so that we might not be the impediments to the success of the party in the next general election.

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigation

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigatigation

Zamfara State Government has threatened to institute a court action against Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous report against the state government and the personality of the Governor of Zamfara State Bello Muhammad Matawalle.

Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Nura Ibrahim Zarumi who issued the threat letter to the editor of the media outfit on Tuesday evening in Gusau, gave 7-day within which the management must publish a retraction and public apology on “your online publication and in two other national dailies”.

The commissioner warned that it will amount to “suspicious gamble” if the letter is threated with levity, adding that the state government would take every step necessary to fight the matter to it’s logical conclusion.

“It is our mandate to intimate you of this grievous breach on the image and hard-earned reputation of the state with patent collateral damage on its people,” the commissioner noted.

The letter further reads: “Be informed that the state has not only suffered an infinite loss of Goodwill but also confronted with unbearable disgrace from within, outside the state and across the globe as a result of your publication. The state is alive to it’s right both law and equity, but it disposed to afford you an opportunity to undo the evil you have already done by retracting the same unwholesome remarks on the same platform it was published and apologize in two other national dailies”.

“The whole scenario becomes bewildering after reading your publication and the description of the state is totally out of place and libelous.

“Having regard to your previous publications against the state government our state has come to the conclusion that your publication is both malicious and libelous.”

The Commissioner insisted that, the state government will swing to action if Sahara reporters refuse to act according to the instructions of the state on this very important issue.

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

***As Leadership Alumni holds candle light for him

The good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

He urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the bereaved family. President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and my family, I sincerely express my condolence on the sudden transition of my friend and ally, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership newspapers.
“Indeed, Sam’s untimely passage filled me with shock and sadness to the point that I was short of words when the news reached me.”
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the deceased’s younger brother, Abraham Nda-Isaiah.
This was coming just as Leadership Newspaper Alumni held an evening of tributes and a candle light in his honour at the NUJ, FCT council secretariat on Tuesday.

At the session session, he was described as a man of many paths and a bridge builder who had finished his course.


The chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade, Emmanuel Ogbeche described him as “A man, many Love to Hate and Hate to Love”
A former editor of the paper, Sadiq Abdullateef said he was more than a boss, but like a father and big brother to all Alumni.
“He taught us a lot about leadership and journalism, no amount of words or eulogies can appropriately describe what chairman meant to all of us.
“He made us what we are today, so we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to grow on this job.
“Personally, a few days before he died we spoke on the phone and a day before he died I missed his call and I have been asking myself what that conversation would have been.
“It so sad, we will continue to pray for him, his family and Leaderhip as an jnstitution.”
He said he edited the newspaper from 2012 to 2016 as the longest serving editor of the paper.

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged, the Nigerian Mass Media on the need to educate the public on the ills of drug and substance abuse.
She made the call at a Media Orientation on National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse held at Merit House, Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister described the Media as a major agent of socialization as well as a viable tool for disseminating information on the ills of drug and substance abuse.

“The role and importance of media as a viable tool for informing and educating people across groups and demographics especially on Drugs and substance abuse in our society cannot be over emphasized.
“As you are aware, substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate, deteriorating the health of nations, increasing crime, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values and impeding the overall progress of societies”.

Umar Farouq noted that young people were increasingly becoming victims of substance abuse, hence the urgent need for the mass media to propagate the disadvantages of the use of substances and hard drugs.

“The potential power of the mass media has helped in solving social problems. Television, radio and print advertising have been used overtime to influence our ideas, values and behaviour. “The continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality. “The effects of drug abuse is detrimental not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, therefore, the use of campaigns by the mass media to reduce health and other related social problems in the society is very critical.
“The potential of mass media campaigns lies in their ability to propagate simple and focused messages to large audiences repeatedly, over time, at a low cost per capita.
“It is also assumed that they are able to reach a large and heterogeneous proportion of the population”.

The Minister also urged the media to remain steadfast in the accurate reportage of helpful information that will promote peace and unity of the nation.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali reiterated the negative consequences of substance abuse on the society especially on youths.
Alkali who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management, Mr Abdulrahaman Babatunde Jaji urged the mass media to join hands in stamping out substance and drug abuse.

“The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by youths may result in family crises and jeopardize many aspects of family life, which sometimes result in family dysfunction.
“Therefore, the collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed as no one alone can control it.
“The  problem is on the increase especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity. Based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of Drugs and Substance abuse”.
In her closing remark, the Director Social Development, Dr Dorothy Nwodo thanked the participants and other stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring a robust  awareness on drugs and substance abuse. She also implored  the media to keep up efforts towards projecting and actualizing the Ministry’s mandates.

Other participants at the Media Orientation on Awareness on Substance and Drug Abuse were representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Media.

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