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UP vows to spring surprises in Jigawa, Kaduna Bye Elections



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The Leadership of United Patriots (UP) party has said it will secure a land slide victory in the scheduled June 19 by-elections for Gwaram Federal and Sabo-Gari State Constituencies of Jigawa and Kaduna States respectively.

The National Chairman of the party Chukwudi Ezeobika in a Statement issued in Abuja Monday, Confirmed the emergence of Murtala Mustapha and Hamza Dauda as United Patriots party Candidates for Gwaram Federal ad Sabon-Gari State Constituencies respectively.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had declared a vacancy for Gwaram Federal Constituency of Jigawa State, following the death of a member, Yuguda Hassan Kila, who died on March 4, 2021.

On the other hand the Sabon Gari State Constituency seat in Kaduna State initially occupied by former Speaker Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, was declared vacant in April after the house accused the lawmaker of absconding from all Assembly activities for more than a year without any reason.
The ex-speaker’s absence without just cause from one-third of the meetings of the Assembly for one year was in contravention of Section 109 (1)[f] and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Continuing the UP national chairman said,”United Patriots (UP) having endorsed the emergence of the most credible and competent Candidates for the elections through the Party Primaries held Monday, May 24, 2021, the Party calls on all patriotic Nigerians within the Constituencies concerned to turn out enmerse and lend their overwhelming support to the Party’s Candidates for the complete transformation of the areas come June 19, 2021.

“Knowing the immediate needs of the concerned Constituencies, United Patriots (UP) is now set and well positioned to make life meaningful for all Nigerians through the ballots.

“We therefore call on INEC to ensure that the Rule of Law is upheld in the scheduled elections to guarantee a free, fair and credible electoral process vis a vis the subsisting unanimous judgement of the Court of Appeal in APPEAL NO. CA/ABJ/CV/507/2020, ACD & 21 ORS AND ATTORNEY GENERAL FEDERATION AND INEC.

“We wish to state that any disregard for the Rule of Law or wrongful exclusion of United Patriots (UP) in the conduct of the scheduled elections would render the entire exercise null and void.

“We remain committed to one united, equitable and progressive Nigeria and will give to Nigerians, a government that they truly deserve come 2023.”

The party urged INEC to ensure that the rule of law is upheld in the conduct if the by-elections in order not to render the exercise void.

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APC Convention: Permutations favor emergence of Senator from Niger State




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The saying that once beaten twice shy might be the case with the All Progressives Congress (APC) as it prepares for its National Convention having taken its time in a calculative manner to ensure it elects the chairman that can lead the party to victory in 2023, not crises.

Based on the strength of that, a chieftain of the party has indicated that a dark horse might likely emerge as the National Chairman of the party.
The chieftain who recalled the recent ugly experience of that undesirable type of leadership which almost took the party to Golgota said never again would they elect such leadership.

The APC stalwarts who craved anonymity said that the dark horse is a serving Senator from Niger State.
Within his permutation, he said two aspirants have indicated interest from Niger State, a former Minister and Serving Senator but the lot favors the serving Senator.

He said, “You should also know that there are two other former Governors from the North Central who have indicated interest for the position. One is from Benue state and the other is from Nasarawa State.

“But as l speak to you now the governors have taken their mind off them.

“The reason is hinged on the fact that the experience they had with the former governor who was the National Chairman the party.”

The chieftain posited also that the Senators are making case for the serving Senator from Niger State on the grounds that since the inception of APC all the National Chairmen had been former Governors.

Further, he said,”From all indications and the narratives in strategic blocks in the party, it shows that the support base of two frontline aspirants in the person of a vocal serving senator and a former minister both from the North Central zone are most likely going to dominate the permutations for the race of who becomes the new national chairman of the party in the next national convention which is coming up in few months.

“There are indications that the serving senator is said to be popular amongst young political class as he is versatile in managing the diversity and strength of both the old and new generation of politicians, he is outspoken against a society that groom bad and inept leadership, which pundits believe it can result in establishing bad governance.
His silent mentioned has today created a challenge for older politicians and will be making it look tough in the coming days for the older hands on how to deal with the dynamics of the permutations.

“For the former minister who was also a one time member of the lower green chamber, the political environment may proof too difficult as pundits believed he will be used, and the fear is that It makes the party future uncertain. He is a good schemer in the game of party politics and within the macro environment, but when it comes to rallying round the party leadership blocks and populace he will face a herculean task to manage.”

According to the chieftain, the old hands that have indicated their ambitions to contest if given the opportunity may throw the party into turmoil, those that have openly declared interest are former governors of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, Nasarawa, Umaru Tanko Almakura, Zamfara, Abdulazeez Yari and a few others. They are all seen to carry one baggage or the other that may affect the fortunes of the party come 2023. Majority of the APC faithfuls are of the opinion that new breed of leadership is desirable for the party, they are ferocious of the old class emerging this time again as they believe it will be business as usual and they are of the opinion that they don’t know what the problem is and they don’t know how it can be solved.

However, the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee has not concluded the date for the National Convention as the proposed time table for the congresses is before the President, Muhammadu Buhari awaiting approval.


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Nasarawa 2023: Azara Youths Group endorse Hon Nalaraba for 2nd term




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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

Concerned stakeholders and youths’ group in Nasarawa State have unanimously endorsed the house of representative member for Keana, Awe and Doma federal constituency, Hon Abubakar Nalaraba for second term come 2023 2023.

The group, Azara Youths Association in Awe local government area said they have resolved to join hands with other people within the constituency to ensure his re-election in 2023.

The group made their position known in a press statement signed by the chairman of Azara Youths Association Abdullahi Hamza and secretary Aliyu Mohammed, a copy made available to the NationalUpdate on Sunday in Lafia.

The group said the decision to endorse Hon Nalaraba was taken after critical and in-depth performance basement of the house of Representatives member.

Hon Abubakar Nalaraba was first elected in 2019 to represent Keana, Awe and Doma federal constituency of Nasarawa State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The group said , the last two years of Hon Nalaraba’s representation at the house of Representatives has been exceptionally excellent in delivering the dividends of democracy, not only to his constituency but even beyound.

“After due consultations with the entire people of Doma, Awe and Keana, we the Azara Youths Association have thrown our weight behind the re-election of Hon Abubakar Nalaraba to represent us again in 2023

“Given his political antecedents, he is a man with professional sagacity, immense insight and profound intellectual acumen.

“He is an astute administrator, paragon of peace, epitome of Justice, political icon of our time and place, great achiever and a promise deliverer”

“Within two years, he has attracted alot of development to not only Azara but the entire constituency, there are boreholes all over, job employments, enterprenureship schemes for SMEs and farmers, renovation of schools and hospitals, scholarship among others.

“We the Azara Youths in Awe LGA have declared our support and endorsement for Hon Nalaraba as our sole candidate for the house of representatives come 2023”

The statement quoted the group as calling on Hon Nalaraba to complete the electricity project in Azara by providing transformers to step down light in Azara Development Area.

The group thereby called on all citizens of the constituency who intend to contest for the house of representative seat to suspend their ambition and support Hon Abubakar Nalaraba for second term come 2023.

He commended Hon Nalaraba for the remarkable and examplary way he has represented the constituency and expressed gratitude to him for the monumental infrastructural development in the constituency.

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Major upset in El-Rufai’s Kaduna as PDP trounces APC in assembly seat Bye-election




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There was a major upset in Kaduna on Saturday when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Alhaji Usman Baba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the bye-election for Sabon Gari Constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
Kaduna became an APC enclave since the 2015 Buhari Tsunami swept away the PDP and enthroned the Nasir El-Rufai APC administration.
Ever since then there has been no breathing space for the party as the APC with its incumbency power retained the State in the 2019 election until the by-election on Saturday.

The Returning Officer, Dr Mohammed-Nuruddin Musa, who declared the result on Saturday in Zaria, said Baba won the election with 9,113 votes.

He defeated his closest contender, Malam Musa Musa of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 7, 404 votes.

The returning officer also indicated that Malam Anas Abdullahi of the ADC had 62 votes; Chindo Ibrahim of ADP,  61 votes while Musa Halilu of PRP secured 305 votes.

The bye-election followed the declaration of the seat as vacant by the state House Assembly in April.

This was due to the failure of the lawmaker representing the constituency, Aminu Shagali to participate in legislative activities for more than 360 days.

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