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Sowore: Senator Abbo condemns invasion of court room ***Wants Sowore to be tried for treasonable Felony

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Sowore: Senator Abbo condemns invasion of court room
***wants Sowore to be tried for treasonable Felony 


The senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district has described the invasion of the court as the height of over zealousness on the part of security operatives which amounts to desecration of the sanctity of the judiciary.Speaking against the backdrop of the recent invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to arrest Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore he said it was wrong because the sanctity of the court must be maintained. “They should have laid siege for him even at the gate of the court premises but going into the court room I think that is wrong, that should not happen anywhere. “It is like going to the Senate chambers or that of the House of representatives to arrest someone. It is an affront on the sanctity of the court rooms. “The security agents should be cautioned, reprimanded and they should be given summary trial of the court room.”However on the main issue itself about Sowore, he asked rhetorically why he was running away from the law. “In my opinion, what Sowore did was a treasonable offense. Sowore contested election against the President. He carried a party’s flag against other parties flags. “He lost the election, if he had reservations against the outcome of the election, the constitution and the electoral act have explicitly spelt out ways in which an aggrieved party can address those grievances which are through the Tribunal and the court of law. “You cannot contest election against a President and after he won and you lost you call for revolution. That the person who won should be removed through unconstitutional means?” He pointed out that there has been no revolution in Africa that has ever happened without the spilling of blood. “So if he wanted revolution why did he (Sowore) have to contest election in the first instance? If he wanted revolution why didn’t he call for revolution?””On the other hand, If he wanted democracy why then is he calling for revolution?He said Nigerian s should be able to differentiate between activism and national cohesion as the nation cannot continue in this way. “What Sowore did is treasonable, calling for change of Government through unconstitutional and undemocratic means after he lost election. It is treason and he should be charged for treasonable felony.”

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Nasarawa PDP tackles Gov Sule over alleged poor performance

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Nasarawa State chapter has described Governor Abdullahi Sule as the weakest and non performing governor since creation of the state.

The state chairman of the PDP, chief Francis Orogu while addressing journalists in his office yesterday described Governor Sule as an impotent Governor who is doing nothing to develop the state since his emergence as Governor.

“Governor Sule is doing nothing to develop the state as far as I am concern. He is like a man married to a woman but cannot impregnate the woman”, Orogu lashed out at Sule.
Orogu alleged that Governor Sule has not started and completed any physical project since he took the oath of office.
Orogu however regretted that the media who are suppose to amplify the voice of the opposition are silent.
The chairman appealed to citizens to remain patient and prayerful despite the hardship and misrule of the ruling party.

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INEC boss pledges to supervise direct primary if Buhari signs bill

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday, said the electoral body would ensure implementation of direct primary as passed by the National Assembly as soon as it is assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The INEC boss, at an interactive meeting with senior jdetaiists in Lagos, said he had the political will to implement any law that would advance democracy in Nigeria.

By this declaration, the electoral body might have put to rest speculations by opponents of direct primary that INEC may not have the capacity to supervise direct mode of electing party’s candidates if it becomes law.

Yakubu said: “Since it emerged that the direct primary clause was included in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, many of you have been asking the commission for its position. But the issue is not about our position, but the process. In the exercise of its constitutional power, the National Assembly has passed the bill into law awaiting the President’s assent. Once the process is concluded, the bill becomes law and every person and authority in Nigeria, including the commission, must obey.

“The commission will give expeditious consideration to the law, including the detailed regulations and guidelines for its implementation where necessary.”

When asked by The Guardian if the electoral body has the capacity to supervise direct primary if the President assents the bill, he said: “I won’t say more than what I have said. My point is very clear.”

Also speaking on the just-concluded Anambra State governorship election, Yakubu said despite the fact that the election was conducted under difficult circumstances, the commission was able to conduct credible and fair election, noting that few technical glitches experienced during the poll would be corrected before 2023 general elections.

He blamed the technical issues on some trained ad-hoc members of staff that absconded few hours to the election and difficulties posed by commercial transport owners hired to carry technical officers to some areas.

“I want to reassure Nigerians that we have learnt vital lessons from the Anambra pilot. There will be remarkable improvement in the next major election, which is the end-of-tenure area council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) scheduled to hold on February 12, 2022,” he said.

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2023: Jigawa delegates urge Bello to run for President

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An envoy from Jigawa made up of political and religious stakeholders have urged the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to throw his heart in the ring for the 2023 Presidential election.

The group of Jigawa leaders, who visited Bello on Saturday, based their call on what they described as above board performance, as they listed areas of security, inclusive governance, youth and women empowerment and infrastructure as his selling points

Bello, while responding commended the delegation promising not to take the call to serve for granted.

He told them that many Nigerians have continued to call on him to run for the Presidency and he would not betray them or breach the trust they have reposed in him.

“I am so happy to receive a delegation from Jigawa State. This delegation is not just an ordinary delegation, these are delegations who have always been with President Muhammadu Buhari ever since he ventured into politics till date. These delegations make things happen in Jigawa State.”

“They have come to lend their voices to very many Nigerians who have been calling me to run for the Presidency in 2023, and by the grace of God, I will not disappoint them.”

Governor Bello also said that the fight against insecurity would not succeed without carrying the grassroots along.

He stated that he was able to successfully fight against security challenges because he was more connected to the grassroots than most politicians in Nigeria.

According to him, the grassroots have assisted him in curbing insecurity and achieving the present level of development being recorded in Kogi State.

He said that like President Muhammadu Buhari, he was more at home with the people.

“I wouldn’t have succeeded in Kogi State in curbing the insecurity, unity, togetherness, and modest achievement without the grassroots.
“The difference between me and some leaders is that I am connected to the grassroots. The grassroots is where politics is and any administration that is not connected to the grassroots has no business with governance.

“We have learnt from President Buhari, that you must be connected to the grassroots, with the grassroots supporting me and all of us and supporting President Buhari to succeed, we can only come on board to build on his (Buhari’s) successes.”

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