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Why I am the most qualified for the PDP publicity Secretary job, by Ologbondiyan

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Why I am the most qualified for the PDP publicity Secretary job, by Ologbondiyan

From John Akubo, Lokoja

I am the best man for the job of National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a seasoned journalist and former Special Adviser to the Senate president on media, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan has said.
He therefore urged the delegates of the PDP to vote for him massively.
Ologbondiyan spoke Tuesday at the PDP secretariat, Lokoja while addressing party delegates to the forthcoming PDP national convention coming up this Saturday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan who was one of the editors of This day Newspaper, said having worked as a journalist for over 25 years and served as a Media Aide to the Senate president and a loyal PDP member, he stands shoulder high than any other contestant even as he pleaded with the delegates to cast their votes for him.
He said the PDP has learnt a great lesson having lost the 2015 presidential election expressing the hope that the party is bouncing back stronger.
“For me in our party we want to get it right and so we need a media manager to run the publicity department of our party as at today.
“When APC was in the struggle to take power from us they drafted a journalist and they assembled the best of journalists at the background who did all the propaganda and the lies against our party, who tagged us and gave us all sorts of names.
“Today I am offering myself because I am a journalist, a media active person and I know the roots of media practice, I know the environment which I am going to function and I also know the capacity of my opponents and as such I believe that among the aspirants as they are today there is no body that is better qualified than I am to help our party as it is today.”

According to him the All Progressive Congress, the ruling party has failed Nigerians and is only dishing out lies and half truths to the masses saying the party is now neck deep into all the allegations levelled against the PDP that made them to win the 2015 presidential election.
“For me I believe that PDP is better placed before Nigerians. Yes there are members of our party who have been accused of malfeasance but they have not been convicted.
“There are members of the ruling Government who have been accused of spending millions of Naira to cut grass and they have not been tried or arrested.” He said, all they see is an administrative investigation that brought an administrative report which ended up in the cousin of the person being appointed as the secretary to the government of the Federation.
“What do you call that? Has that happened in the PDP Government? No, in the PDP Government our members were arrested by PDP Government, our members were tried by PDP Government and even convicted by PDP Government.” He said in the present scenario, a Government that prides itself as agent of anti corruption is covering corruption.
He said in the next election the chances of PDP are bright because APC is a party of corruption, the party itself is corruption personified.
“APC has lied to our people, Nigerians have come to understand, they have come to see that this is not a party they can partner with. There is no problem in making mistakes, there is no ability is discovering your mistake and immediately reversing and that is the stage we are today.
“Nigerians have diacovered their mistakes and they are quickly reversing. Take stock of the number of people who are abandoning their brooms now and coming under the umbrella. The umbrella shelters you from rain and sunshine and that is why Nigerians prefer the umbrella symbol of PDP than a broom that will wither away one after the other.”
He said for him he believes that PDP is better placed before Nigerians.
Ologbodiyan indicated that he has no problems with consensus building provided it is going to favour him because he is the best candidate.
However he said any consensus arrangement that is going to bring somebody who does not know how to do media job is bound to fail because he a part of the media.
“If I am the media publicity secretary of PDP today you know the import of it so I urge to let us canvass this position because we cannot continue to be press boys at the age of 60.
“The Nigerian Journalist is eminently qualified to hold any position whether in Government or in party. At 60 you cannot continue to be press boys. That is why I am prepared to come out and speak for the party. I have been speaking for the party. I have the experience, I have the expertise.”
He said he has covered the PDP, the Presidential Villa, the national assembly and was later appointed special adviser for Eight years where he was declared to have discharged his duty creditably well hence he believes that he is ably qualified to stand.
The state PDP chairman, Mr Sam Uhuoto who was represented by his Deputy, Sam Abenemi urged the delegates to vote for Ologbondiyan saying he has made his mark in his chosen profession and has been tested and trusted.
Some delegates who spoke on the occasion also described Ologbondiyan as a man of high integrity who has the intellectual and oratorial capacity to be the spokesman of the party.

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

***says without polilitics development would be a mirage

Former deputy President of the Senate Ibrahim Mantu has challenged the women in the academia not to stay aloof of politics because they percieve it to be leprous as there cannot be development without democracy.
He spoke recently in Abuja when the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) met with stakeholders from Kogi to sensitize them on the Forum’s agenda.
Mantu was speaking against the backdrop of comments by Professor Lucy Ogbadu who advised the forum to be apolitical for better developmental strides to be achieved in the zone.
The professor had also made strong case for women to be brought on board in the forum as no development can be achieved without them.
Senator Mantu however said,
“You cannot have Development without politics, politics produces people who are going to govern you, they are the ones that will ensure they manage the resources God has given properly.
He said people like Professor Ogbadu must show interest in politics. “We want women of substance, women who will go and talk so that people will warmly hear them and we would be proud to say this professor is from our zone and that is why she is doing wonderfully well.
“You must join politics so that we can make use of you in the right place because your voice would be better heard.
“There is no way we can compare you a professor with a woman who is on the street no matter what happens and if you are in politics and tomorrow your party wins because you are a professor the chances of you becoming the minister of education or Finance or any higher ministry is there.
“So people like you must not stay aloof and see politics as leprous, no you must show interest in politics so that the best women amongst us can be given the most resounding position that will go a long way to developing our zone and for our lives to be better.”

Professor Ogbadu earlier indicated she is not a politician, but identified immediately with the forum is because of what she saw about the Forum.
“It is a non partizan forum, a Forum geared towards the development of the zone and that is the only thing that endeared this Forum to my heart.
“That is why I have always presented myself. Unfortunately I am the only woman here today and it is in this respect that I wish to request that you should try to bring more women into this forum because there would be no developmental effort within the zone that will succeed without the women.
“You know it even as politicians. Most of you here are politicians. You can not get to the grassroots without women.

“We have to make concerted effort to reach more people and to bring more people on board. Some of you are politicians, the faces that people will see is that of politicians so when you bring people like us that are not politicians people will begin to identify more with the forum.
“Let us make effort to bring people that are apolitical. I also want to appeal to all of us to put away our differences, we are not talking about politics at this forum. We are talking about the backwardness of this zone in terms of development.
“The zone is backward in terms of development. We know the potentials that this zone have, we know we are blessed with capable human resources.
“We have been reminded that Gowon comes from this zone. Gowon is not the only past president from this zone. We can count up to three past heads of State from this zone yet we have nothing to show.
“For this reason I want to appeal to all us, as we make effort that this zone is brought to the limelight we do all we can within our capability to carry everybody along. “The women from this zone are capable, educated, they are beautiful. They have what it takes.”
The North Central Peoples Forum interim chairman Architect Gabriel Aduku said they are now getting closer to the people.
He said they were meeting with the Stakeholders of Kogi, those elected into offices like former Governors, senators and all that to have a close discussion with them on the need for them to key in and support.
“We are just gathering momentum.”

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk 



Though there is the general believe that politics in Nigeria is tough for the womenfolk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has challenged them to get more involved in politics. 

The Minister spoke at the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Speaker Series held in Kaduna on Tuesday October 21, 2020.

This was contained in a statement by the minister special adviser on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze on Thursday.

Umar Farouq who made a virtual presentation titled ‘My Political Career as a Northern Lady: Experiences and Challenges expressed concern about the percentage of women in politics.

“The truth is that we are not many. We are not where we should be and clearly we need more women represented in politics and executive positions. 

The good news is that we are making progress. Today as the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State is a woman. 

“This is a first for the North and His Excellency Governor Nasir El Rufai by the grace of Almighty God made this happen despite the odds.

She said very soon the hope for the first female Governor and President would soon be realised.

The Minister said politics especially in Africa is  a difficult and expensive terrain for women however she encouraged  the younger generation not to be deterred but embrace the career.

“Politics is driven by a selected few and is also very expensive. We need more young people to participate, change the narrative and make conscious efforts to ensure inclusion so that any young woman or man even from a less privileged background or  from any part of the country can be a President of this nation”.

Umar added that her vision for Nigeria is to see more young men and women dream and achieve their ambition as leaders in whatever field of endeavor they choose. 

“I am a grassroots person and will continue to connect with my people to lift the vulnerable out of poverty and foster the creation of an environment for inclusive growth and prosperity.  

K9I am supported by a team of vibrant young men and women working in the Ministry to bring fresh ideas and strategies to solving the nation’s Humanitarian and Social Development challenges. I want to use this avenue to thank my staff who work day and night in difficult terrains to ensure that we achieve our mandate,” Farouq said.

The Chief host of the Speaker Series was the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai. 

The Speaker Series is designed to expose Fellows to notable personalities who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of expertise.

Some of the previous speakers include former President Chief Olusegun Obasanajo, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II the former Emir of Kano,  Deputy Chief of Mission, US. Embassy Abuja, H.E. David J. Young, Deputy-Secretary General of the United Nations Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria, H.E. Donald Duke the former Governor of Cross River State, H.E Kashim Shettima, Ms. Kadaria Ahmed, Dr. Joe Abah, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Prof. Pat Utomi, Mr. Mohamad Darwish and Dr. Dakuku Peterside amongst others.

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PDP says Buhari’s Address Disconnected, Fails Empathy Test

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The long-awaited national broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on the protests rocking the nation, came with disappoint as it is completely disconnected from the realities of the tragic occurrences in our country in the last two weeks the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

This was contained in a statement that was issued by the party’s National publicity, secretary Kola Ologbodiayan in Abuja on Thursday.

The party however appeals to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of our nation.

“The President’s address, in the face of the turmoil witnessed, the unrests as well as the killing of young Nigerians, is to say the least, depressing and failing in empathy test.
“Our party and, indeed, all lovers of peace in our country, were shocked that the President glossed over the immediate trigger of violent protests – the widely condemned killing at the Lekki Toll Gate by security operatives, a situation which created a global concern and drew the attention of the world to the abuse of human rights going on in our country under his watch.

“Painfully too, the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, was silent on the demand by Nigerians for enquires into the involvement of the military in the gruesome killing.
“Sadly, the long awaited address failed to inspire any hope. It failed to address the trepidations, the pervading hopelessness, the drifting towards anarchy and provided no concrete steps on how to arrest the situation and rein in bandits, hoodlums and vandals that were let loose to unleash violence on peaceful protesters and innocent Nigerians.
“In short, from the letters of the address, there were no correlations between the fundamentals of the crisis situation that we have witnessed and the long-sought reaction of the President.”

Furthermore, he said Nigerians had expected that the President will provide the lead for the much- needed overhauling of our security architecture to meet the demands of professionalism and respect for rules of engagement.
“The President also failed to use the opportunity to further heal wounds and inspire hope by outlining a roadmap to open up the economy in a manner that will enable our teeming hard working youths to pursue their productive goals as well as address the issue of pervading hunger in the land.
“However, in solidarity with Nigerians and in honour to the victims of Lekki Toll Gate killing, our party has directed that our flags in all our offices across the nation be flown at half-mast for a period of one week, beginning from Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The PDP urges all men and women of good faith to join forces in praying for our country as well as working towards solutions and peaceful resolution of the crisis that seeks to envelope our dear nation.”

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