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2023: Nigerians are ready to support PDP – Elumelu

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2023: Nigerians are ready to support PDP – Elumelu

… As Northwest Stakeholders optimistic of positive impact of APC Congresses on future elections***

The Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, says Nigerians are solidly behind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as long as its choice for the 2023 general elections reflects their aspirations for a new beginning.

Elumelu stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the 93rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP.

He said that PDP’s resolutions at its last NEC meeting held on Aug. 28, in charting the way through its challenges, had brought a deep relief to Nigerians.

He said Nigerians were now confident that the party was the only viable option to rescue the nation at this critical time.

“With my vantage position as a parliamentarian, I make regular contact with Nigerians from all walks of life.

“I am happy to report to NEC that such confidence has been reinvigorated by the way and manner in which our party has handled our challenges.

“Nevertheless, it is ‘not yet uhuru’. The charge beckons on us all, now than ever before, to be even more united in jettisoning all personal interests and assuming a more nationalistic approach in all our decisions and discourses.

“This will provide our compatriots with the much-needed platform to forcefully rally for the task ahead.

“We must bear in mind that our decisions and activities will not only affect the fate of our party but that of Nigerians in general in their quest to salvage our nation from the All Progressives Congress (APC), “he said.

Elumelu said that Nigerians could not wait to see the PDP back to power to end killings, terrorism, banditry, economic hardship, poverty and hopelessness.

“The only assurance of security and a return to life of unity, peace, national cohesion and economic prosperity is in returning the PDP to power and Nigerians are determined to follow us to the end.

“In this regard, I charge every one of us to make sacrifices as we gear up towards the forthcoming national convention so that we will elect competent national officers who will eventually lead us to victory.

“In all, one thing is sure. If we work hard and not relent, the PDP will be reinstated to power, come May 29, 2023,” Elumelu said.

The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, urged the people of Anambra to vote PDP in the Nov. 6 governorship election.

He pledged PDP National Assembly members support for the party as it chats a course to take over Nigeria in 2023,  starting from its convention on Oct. 30.

“I enjoined every one of us to work hard for this party and I believe that, God willing, the sufferings of Nigerians today will be a thing of the past in no distant time,” Abaribe said.

In another development, Stakeholders in the Northwest have applauded the adoption of ‘Consensus’ approach by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in electing its officials, saying other options would have led to internal wrangling over authenticity of results.

Expressing their feelings during separate interviews with Correspondents of the newsmen in Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina and Birnin Kebbi, most of them were of the opinion that the exercise would have positive impact on future elections.

Others, however, expressed their reservations about the possible gains of adopting the Consensus option, citing instances of irregularities in some states, resulting in the conduct of parallel Congresses.

They argued that the ‘carry-over’ of internal wrangling occasioned by the exercise, to the time of conduct of elections, might not augur well for the country.

Mr Alexander Aya, former Interim Management Council (IMC) Chairman of Kaura Local Government Council in Kaduna State, said in spite of all challenges, the All Progressives Congress (APC) would overcome its internal squabbles.

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He said like every other political party, APC had its peculiar challenges, which bordered on individual or group interests, and that such development would not have any negative effect on future elections in the country.

“Alleged irregularities associated with the party’s Local Government Congresses, is not peculiar to APC.

“Internal crisis in APC is as a result of interests certain individuals want to protect, but with the ongoing mediation, the party would surmount the challenges,” Aya added.

He said the party was magnanimous enough to have exempted Kaduna State from the conduct of the Local Government Congresses to allow the State concentrate on the Council Polls held on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Meanwhile, residents in parts of Kaduna metropolis, have expressed mixed reaction over alleged irregularities during the conduct of Saturday’s APC Local Government Congresses nationwide.

One of them, Ibrahim Yakubu, applauded the leadership role of the party, saying that decisions reached was for the benefit of members.

“If the leadership at the National Headquarters feels consensus approach of electing party leaders is the best option, I believe it is for the good of all,” he said.

On his part, Audi Adamu, an Educationist, urged party officials to ensure they involved members, especially at the grassroots so as to carry everyone along.

“There is always bound to be problems when a few individuals decide the fate of majority.

“Although the polity is heated, party stakeholders should endeavor it address its internal crisis in the best interest of the country,” Adamu said.

However, Biatrice Mathew, a Legal Practitioner, expressed reservations over the suitability of the ‘Consensus’ option, describing it as a gesture that had created room for distrust amongst members.

“If the party is to be fair to all, then, it must abide by known democratic principles that will ensure equity, and by so doing, build confidence in party faithfuls,” she opined.

In Katsina State, APC Members and other stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Congresses, saying it started and ended without any controversy.

One of the stakeholders, who is also the Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, attributed the success to the adoption of Consensus options, adding that doing otherwise would have resulted in fall-outs capable of affecting unity among members.

“Choosing the Consensus option is a clear demonstration that the party members belong to one family, with one destiny.

“Everything went smoothly throughout the state, without any rancour or acrimony among our party members” he said.

Also speaking, a Chieftain of APC in Ingawa Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Suleiman, said that the outcome of the Congresses was heartwarming.

He said this was an indication that such approach, if adopted by other political parties, could minimise acrimony in selection of party leaders, thereby enhancing the gains of democracy in the country.

Also, Malam Sambo Danchadi, Publicity Secretary of the APC in Sokoto State believed the Consensus option had made the party stronger than it was.

“As a party, we accepted consensus option in Sokoto State to strengthen our unity, and the goal seems to have been achieved,” he said.

According to him, the claim of alleged irregularities are figment of imagination of some people, adding that no single petition was filed by any member.

“It is natural that the political party cannot satisfy the need of every member and you cannot stop anybody from expressing his or her mind,” he said.

On his part, Malam Abdullah Muhammad, a Political Analyst, said that the Consensus option adopted by APC in some states, if conducted transparently, could strengthen the party and impart positively on the forthcoming general future elections.

“This is because genuine Consensus option will avert future crises as members will be united, as such there will be no division within the party.

“The reverse will be the case if the exercise is fraudulent, which can lead to crisis and emergence of factions, and the infighting can linger up to the time of the 2023 general election,” he said.

In Kebbi State, Chairman of the State Organising Committee of APC, Alhaji Abubakar Chika-Ladan, told newsmen that the Congress would have positive impact on upcoming elections as the option adopted relatively withered away rancour and disgruntlement.

However, a Political Analyst in Kebbi, Alhaji Sadisu Muhammad, thought otherwise, arguing that irregularities that featured in some states, had jeopardised credibility and fairness expected from the exercise.

“ The party Local Government Congresses is an avenue where three elected delegates from each of the 774 local government areas in the country, will in turn, elect the presidential candidate of the party.

“The irregularities in the country now have shown that already, before the National Convention of the party, the delegates will dance to the tune of their godfathers.

“Therefore, all the delegates that will elect the presidential candidate of their party, must be subservient to their godfathers, and will go for their interest, thereby negating the norms and principles of democracy.

“In essence, those who may emerge at the National Convention, have already being predetermined,” he explained.

Muhammad also opined that the irregularities might result in litigations, which would be inimical to the smooth conduct of the convention and its subsequent outcome.

“The success of the 2023 elections solidly depends on the successful outcome of the political parties’ conventions, because its time bound,” the analyst said.

On his part, Dr Mukhtar Bashir from the Department of Political Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, averred that party leadership had always dominated affairs of the party.

“Wherever you see a political party, no matter the democratic instrument that is in place, there is certain oligarchical tendency in such political party.

“In most cases, party leadership always dominates the affairs of the party, to the detriment of the majority faithful.

“This has, therefore, been applicable to the Nigerian context as regards to the application of ‘Consensus’ in selecting party leaders in the country,” he said.

According to him, wherever there is lack of internal democracy in any political party, at the end of the day, there will be cross-carpeting of aggrieved members during upcoming elections.

Bashir also opined that the aggrieved members would likely defect to parties they would get similar positions they were denied in their party.

“This sort of development could affect the party, just as witnessed in Zamfara state in 2019, where APC lost all political positions to opposition party that had the second highest number of votes,” Bashir noted.

In his contribution, Malam Yahaya Muhammad, a political commentator, stated that intra-party crises might eventually lead to a situation where courts, rather than votes, would determine winners of elections.

He said this was what obtained in 2019 governorship election in Zamfara State, when the court upturned the electoral mandate of the APC, to the advantage of PDP, which had second highest counted votes.

Meanwhile, residents of Kano metropolis and party stakeholders have expressed divergent opinions over the Local Government Congress held in the state.

Some of them who spoke to newsmen on Thursday in Kano said that the exercise was marred by irregularities, while others commended the conduct.

A resident, Idi Ali, told newsmen that conduct of the exercise in some wards, was satisfactory, while in others, the exercise was not transparent, with only few people participating.

A party member, Labaran Sani, said that most members of the party who had trooped out with high expectations, were left disappointed as the party agreed on Consensus.

“The consensus adopted left many of us disappointed because some of the Party Executives are not living up to our expectations and we need change,” he said.

But a party stakeholder, Abubakar Bala, insisted that the Congress went on peacefully across the state, adding that the option was decided by party stakeholders.

Alhassan Dawakin-Tofa, APC stalwart, who conducted parallel Congress in the state, however lamented that internal wrangling might affect the party’s chances in 2023.

A Political Scientist, Annur Sadik, however, said that inter and intra party feud were normal and integral part of politics, but advised the major political parties in the country, to provide level playing-ground to its members, irrespective of who they supported.

He said such a measure would enable the seamless conduct of feature elections, devoid of hiccups, thereby enhancing the credibility of results.

 

 

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Governors’ Forum Welcomes LG Autonomy – Gov. AbdulRahman

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AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, Governor of Kwara and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said the forum welcomed the Supreme Court ruling granting autonomy to local government areas. They have no options, anyway.

AbdulRahman remarked while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Friday.

He was accompanied by Gov. Hope Uzodimma, Chairman, All Progressives Party (APC) Governors Forum and Dr Bala Mohammed, Chairman, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum.

“Compliance is a given and our Attorney General has applied for the enrollment order, which we’ll study carefully.

“But by and large governors are happy with the devolution of power regarding local government autonomy. It relieves the burden on governors.

“Our people really don’t know how much states expense in bailing out local governments, and that’s the issue there,” he said.

He said in his state Kwara, the government had never tampered with local government funds.

“What the local governments have to do is to manage themselves, especially with the incoming minimum wage, to manage their affairs and make sure salaries are paid, traditional rulers get their five per cent and those are the main issues,” he said.

On states where local government elections are yet to be conducted, he said the forum would meet next Wednesday to look at the issue wholly and then come up with a resolution.

He also said the discussion on minimum wage was ongoing, and that the tripartite committee had met and submitted its report.

“Yes, a movement of figures is the prerogative of the president which he will also transmit to the National Assembly for robust debate before it’s adopted,” said AbdulRahman. 

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Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare

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Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare

… Credits Shehu Yar’ Adua for Government Day Secondary School; Gov. Shema for construction of Gora-Ketare-Kankara and, Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Roads

The Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara has commended successive governments of Katsina State for executing various developmental projects in Ketare District.

Alhaji Usman Bello gave the commendation when he received the leadership of Ketare District Youth Mobilization KDYM in his palace who paid him Sallah’s homage and congratulated him for the successful Sallah Durbar in Katsina.

The Monarch explained that all the modest achievements recorded in his 24 years as District Head of Ketare were made possible with the assistance of the successive Governors of Katsina State.

The Kanwan Katsina explained that the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua when he was the Governor of Katsina State in 1999  and was his Teacher at Katsina College of Art and Science and Technology in 1975 was responsible for the construction of the Government Day Secondary School, Ketare; while Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema who was the Kanwan Katsina School mate at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, constructed Gora-Ketare-Kankara Road and Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Road.

Similarly, Governor Aminu Bello Masari constructed Dayi-Gangule-Gundawa-Wawal Kaza Roads and a comprehensive Primary Healthcare Center in Ketare, in the same vein, the current Katsina State Governor Malam Dikko Umaru Radda in a bid to enhance the security of lives and properties which are his topmost priority establish the Katsina Community Watch Corp where Ketare Youth were engaged in combating bandits and kidnappers.

Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara mni also expressed gratitude to the management of the Community and Social Development  Project CSDP under the leadership of Dikko Mohammed for collaborating with communities of Ketare District to construct all the Community Day Secondary schools.

Therefore, The Kanwan Katsina assured the youth organization that he will not relent in partnering with the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to bring in the much-needed development in Ketare District.

Earlier in his address, the interim Chairman of the Association Malam Bishir Umar Girbobo said they were at the palace of the Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara to pay Sallah homage and to appreciate all the developmental projects and policies initiated by or facilitated by him such in the areas of education, computers training for the Youths ICT, Health, Agriculture,  Road Construction, issuance of National ID Card and INEC Voters’ Cards, among others.

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HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging ‘Siege’ By FG On Kano

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HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

…Calls writer an impersonator who should be arrested!

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) says the letter to the Senate, accusing the Federal Government of laying siege on Kano State did not emanate from the party.

This is contained in a statement by the NNPP National Chairman, Dr Agbo Major on Thursday in Abuja.

The party was reacting to a letter written to the Senate, through its President, Godswill Akpabio by Dr Ajuji Ahmed on June 24. 

The letter was titled: Need for NNPP Federal Lawmakers to Make Urgent and Concerted Efforts to End Immediately the Siege on Kano State by Agents of the Federal Government.”

According to Major Agbo, the letter written by Dr Ajuji Ahmed was without the mandate and authorization of the leadership of  NNPP.

“Dr Boniface Aniebonam is the founder of  NNPP, holder of the registration certificate of the party,  chairman,  board of trustees and a life member of the board while  Dr Agbo Major is the national chairman and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday is the National Secretary etc. 

He described Ahmed as an impersonator who should be arrested by the senate. 

“The NNPP stand remains that the Kano Emirate leadership crisis is an internal matter of Kano state indigenes under culture and tradition.

HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

“Political party involvement under the circumstances is wrong. The principle of our party remains focused on the peace of the society, development and well-being of the greater numbers of Nigerians.

“That the matter is currently before competent courts of law and jurisdiction and any interference by the National Assembly shall further complicate the situation.

“The avoidable tension generated as a result of the actions of the state government in Kano necessitates the need for vigilance and enhanced security in the state to avoid breakdown of law and order. 

“It is trite for Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf, Sen  Rabiu Kwankwaso and Elder Buba Galadima to understand that every court order must be obeyed before the complaint. The rules of engagement to vacate orders of the court are very clear and unambiguous”

He said it was, therefore,  necessary for the National Assembly to align with the position that would guarantee the protection of the lives and property of citizens in  Kano state.

” ⁠The NNPP as a registered political party in Nigeria is not interested in engaging in any controversy with the Federal Government and its agencies,  particularly security institutions.

“We should be responsible partners and law-abiding citizens for the peace and development of Nigeria. The letter and any form of representation by the said Ahmed should be disregarded forthwith 

“In an ideal situation,  it shall be the responsibility of the NNPP lawmakers to raise the matter on the floor of the national assembly.

“As we said, the matter is in court and they should go to court, after all, the Kano state governor is in power today via the court.

NNPP  have no role to play because Gov ABBA Yusuf is the governor of Kano state and not the party.”

Major Agbo noted that Elders of Kano state and elites, come together and resolve the internal Chieftaincy crises, then approach the court for consent judgment or be patient with the court for final judgment.

“This is better, civilised and brotherly than the avoidable propaganda and blackmail of the Federal Government and its security institutions carrying on with their statutory duties to maintain peace and order of the society.

“We, therefore,  wish to state that Gov ABBA Yusuf should concentrate on providing quality leadership in Kano and distance himself from all the avoidable tensions in the state. 

“We also appeal to the senate to disregard the illegal and inappropriate letter of the expelled members of the NNPP led by Ahmed.

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