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SDP Presidential Candidate Mourns Death of Erstwhile Minister, Unongu


SDP Presidential Candidate Mourns Death of Erstwhile Minister, Unongu



The Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adeboye has joined other Nigerians in mourning the death of a second republic minister of power and steel, Paul Unongu

Prince Adewole in series of tweet in his verified Twitter handle recounted the leadership imprint of the late Erstwhile Minister especially his drive towards the industrialization of the country stressing he will ever be remembered for his role towards the conceptualization of the Ajaokuta steel industry.

“Where ever we choose to bury Paul Unongu, Ajaokuta steel complex would always be his canotaph and the burial ground of our steely dreams”

continuing, the Candidate said he saw that the days of the elder statesman on earth was near when he recently visited him “I mourn elder Statesman, Wantaregh, Paul Iyorpuu UNONGO who has died in Jos. This scion of Kwaghngise-Anure-Abera ancestry of Turan, Kwande LGA of Benue State did all he could to industrialise Nigeria and unify our people.I saw him days back and I knew days left were few. Adieu

“All efforts I made to get Baba to talk were only met with humming of heavenly songs and soft smiles of an undefeated, unrelenting energetic spirit trapped in an ailing mortal body. If the dreams of Paul Unongo had come to pass, Nigeria would have been today, an industrial gaint. The tweet reads

Paul Unongu who hailed from Jato Ata in Kwanda Local Government Area of Benue state died on Tuesday morning in Jos at the age of 87years.

He aspired for the Governorship of Benue state in 1983 and in 2017, he succeeded late matiama sule as Chairman Northern Elders Forum




…. Venerable Muhammad Ibrahim.
Stimulated by his love for humanity and the desire for the less Privileged ones in the society to improve their livelihood, Venerable Muhammad Ibrahim has stressed the need to continue to take care of the needy.
In an interview with Trace Reporters Ven.Muhammed an Anglican Priest said he is Passionate about amelieorating the suffering of the people especially women and children.
This, he said, he has been doing over the years, through his foundation “Passion for Christ International Foundation”
“This is stimulated by my love for humanity and the desire to see people around me enjoy the small benefits of life especially in the grassroots.
He said for some years now,his Foundation has been able to touch the lives of people in Makarau and Unguwan Musa communities in Zangon -Kataf and Chukun Local Government area’s of Kaduna state.
“This gesture has become necessary for me because some women especially widows find it difficult to feed their children,.The livelihood of these people are most times affected by insecurity”.
Right now, efforts are in top gear to provide palliatives for people of various communities in Southern /Central Kaduna as the Yelutide Season approaches.

CUPP blast APC over rejection of BVALS, IREV, says it’s a ploy to rig 2023 general elections

CUPP blast APC over rejection of BVALS, IREV, says it’s a ploy to rig 2023 general elections
The Coalition of United People Party (CUPP) yesterday berated the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senator Abdullahi Adamu and the party’s Organizing Secretary Suleiman Argungun for saying the Nation is not ripe and ready for the deployment of technology in the conduct of the 2023 general election.
A statement by the CUPP signed by High Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh and made available to thenewsguide said “the duo of Abdullahi Adamu and Suleiman Argungun have in separate outburst bemoaned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as announced by it’s Chairman Prof Yakubu that it will deploy the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System BVAS and Independent Results Viewing Portal IREV in the conduct of the 2023 elections insisting that the country doesn’t possess the technical know how including availability of enabling communication Network and facilities for same.”
‘These statements credited to the APC leadership is most unfortunate, uncharitable and a reflection of the thinking of the party which intends to hold the Nigerian electoral system down from gradual evolution. It is a subtle manifestation of the plot of the APC to manipulate and rig the 2023 general election having sense the inevitable rejection by Nigerians in the impending elections.’ it added
According to CUPP the “position of the APC is grossly unfounded, uncharitable and doesn’t in any way reflect the views of the CUPP or the general masses of the Nigerian people.”
‘The decision of INEC has since been received by the Nigerian people with enormous optimism, enthusiasm and has rekindled their hope of a free, credible and transparent election and any attempt to go back on its words will only further breed distrust and dampen the spirit of the people.
‘We encourage INEC to stay strong and proceed with the systematic implementation of these laudabl reforms which are capable of cleansing our electoral system and setting it on the path of glory.
‘We wish INEC success in the task ahead of her but advice that it be weary of agents of retrogression such as the APC.’

Kaduna Residents jubilates as New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation offers free medical services to over 400 people


Kaduna Residents jubilates as New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation offers free medical services to over 400 people

Residents of Down quarters, station market area of Kaduna South Local Government Area, Kaduna have trooped out in their numbers in jubilation as New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation offers free medical services to over 400 residents.
Some of the residents who spoke to media men yesterday thank New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation for the great gesture. One of the residents Mrs Grace Femi said” this is the best gift I have received this year, so many of us here have one illment or the other but no money to buy drugs or even go for check up. Honestly New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation is  a answered prayers to us in Down quarters.”
Also speaking Hajiya Halima Abubakar a 46year old mother of 7kids thank the Director General of New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation for wiping her tears by treating two of her daughters who got infected with malaria parasite, she however  lamented the pains of malaria on her children saying “most times mosequitoes bits children during playing in the environment, you can see how dirty the area is now, you people should talk to Government and our leaders in this area for sanitation, in the past down quaters was not like this, our people are nolonger taking care of this environment”
Addressing the residents yesterday, the Director Director General Mrs Grace Jessica Daniels said ” I grew up in this area and so I understand the challenges people in this area go through, most hospitals around here are privates and are expensive. Today is a special day for me and for New Day Empowerment and Development Foundation as we launch this NGO with a medical outreach, giving Health talk and free medical attention to the residents of this Community. We are fully prepared to attend to 400 people, we have medical personnels here, they will check your sugar level, blood pressure, we have medication for children, for malaria and others.  I assure you at the end of the day you will be glad you and your family came “
Also speaking Doctor Ezra Moses urged parents to always take care of dehydration and diabetes. Said children Health is key in every family especially malaria. In the community, people will not come down with malaria, if we prevent the bites of mosquitoes by sleeping under the nets. For diabetes we can keep doing tests to check our selves regularly, even for High Blood pressure we need to inbide the character of prevention. Most of these diseases are preventable. We can take care of them at home by doing a little like sleeping under the nets to prevent malaria, eating right, excercising and regular check up”

2023:Pray more, as the success of next year’s elections depends on you, SDP Presidential candidate to Clergy men


2023:Pray more, as the success of next year’s elections depends on you, SDP Presidential candidate to Clergy men

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo has urged the church to be more prayerful and not to be political.
He said the outcome of politics will depend on the church because the quality of Christians the church produces is the gateway to getting out of the problems facing Nigeria.
Prince Adewole Adebayo made these known on Thursday 24th November 2022 at the Christian Council of Nigeria’s programme of the 31st General Assembly and standing committee, Basilica of St. Andrew Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion Trans Ekulu, Enugu.
He also encouraged the church to be steadfast irrespective of difficult times, as these times will pass.
He said, “The politics we are facing now, it is not the politics or the outcome of the politics that will save the church, only God can save the church. It is the church that will save politics. Therefore, let us not worry, let us be calm, let us listen to the voice of Christ”.
He further urged the church to be careful, adding that the person who will take the mantle of leadership in 2023 will be from the house of God.
“I will say that the church has one tool, which politics doesn’t have – the church has the ministration of God, the revelation that comes from our clergymen, our leaders”.
While speaking on the theme- ‘Christ’s love compels us’, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Archbishop Daniel Okoh urged politicians vying for office to look out for the peace and unity of Nigeria, and also pay attention to the vulnerable persons and the needy in the society.
He said, “The church must continue to admonish politicians to demonstrate passion for the wellbeing of all Nigerians. With a great sense of responsibility and accountability, let us continue to be the watch persons to ensure good governance in our nation”.
Presidential candidates and their representatives present at the occasion asides Prince Adebayo were: Ambassador Adiye C Adiye for Accord Party, Barrister Idris Imenomo – NYPP, Mr Peter Obi of Labour party.
Dignitaries present included; the Most Reverend Dr. Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Arch Bishop Chukwuma, CAN President, Daniel Okoh, Her Excellency, Lolo Cecelia Ezeilo, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State amongst others.
Prince Adebayo was accompanied by his entourage – Sen. Ugochukwu Uba, Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung (Campaign DG), Godwin Osigbeme .


Taraba PDP guber tussle: We are heading to Supreme Court says Nyame support group.


Taraba PDP guber tussle: We are heading to Supreme Court says Nyame support group.

The Jerome Nyameh’s support group for 2023 on Saturday said they have concluded plans to appeal the judgement of the Court of Appeal Yola which affirmed Agbu Kefas as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate at the Supreme Court.

This is contained in a press statement issued in Jalingo and signed by the Secretary of the support group, Mr Stephen Haruna.

The statement which said the three Justices of the Court of Appeal were divided in their decisions vowed to challenge the Appeal Court decission at the Supreme Court.

The statement read partly, “while Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya and Justice Adebukunola Banjoko who were absent in the court wrote their majority judgement in favour of Kefas, Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini who presided over the ruling wrote a minority judgement in favour of our principal.

“Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini in his minority opinion judgement held that PDP and Kefas clearly violated the Constitution and guidelines of PDP for the primary election which the law permits the Court to intervene.

“The PDP must abide by its Constitution and guidelines for Primary Election. Primary Election is a process which starts from buying form, participating in screening before election is conducted.

“From the evidence before the Court, Kefas did not purchase form and did not participate in screening within the time other aspirants where allowed to do so.

“That the failure of Kefas or PDP to tender any letter to  show that, time was extended or a waiver was given to him to buy form and was screened as a special candidate is fatal, therefore it has rendered his purported clearance certificate an invalid document.

“The purported list of aspirants containing the name of Kefas was not duly signed by any PDP official, and by provision of the law, an unsigned document is invalid, worthless and inadmissible in law,” the statement read.

The statement further quoted the minority judgement read by Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini as ordering a fresh primaries to be conducted within 14 days from the day of the judgment excluding Kefas who is not qualified.

According to the statement, the learned team of counsels are making all the necessary arrangements to strongly contend the appeal to Supreme Court on the grounds that the judgement of Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini is better than the judgment of the two justices absent and thus, the appeal ought to be in favour of Jerome Nyameh.

You Can’t Intimidate Our Presidential Candidate, SDP Warns APC, Security Agencies


You Can’t Intimidate Our Presidential Candidate, SDP Warns APC, Security Agencies

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has warned that attempts at intimidating its Presidential Candidate in the 2023 general elections, Prince Adebayo would fail.

SDP Campaign Council Director General, , Barrister Solomon Dalung handed out the warning at a world press briefing held in Abuja on Friday November 25, 2022.

He lamented that they are generating documents as well as trying to use the police to intimidate the SDP presidential Candidate through fake records of of alleged criminal issues..

Barrister Dslung further warned that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should not in its desperation, truncate this transition.

He therefore, urged Nigerians to elect credible candidates in 2023, stressing that the SDP boats of such, that can bring back prosperity to the country.

Speaking further, Dalung expressed reservations over some of the issues that are plaguing campaigns ahead of the 2023 polls.

“It calls to question, the violent level that characterised the campaigns,” he added.

He decried the flagrant use of government paraphernalia for campaign for the APC candidates, therefore, narrowing the space of other contenders.

Dalung said that the use of government aircraft for campaign of the APC Presidential candidate is an abuse of power, adding that if such assets are provided for one candidate, same treatment should be accorded others.

Dalung charged Presidential candidates of all political parties to embrace issue based campaigns, focusing on issues like security, poverty and those that are not in power should tell Nigerians what they will do.

On SDP campaign trend, he explained that the party has been moving from one place to another, responsibly canvassing for votes.

Over 3000 Small Arms Recovered , To Be Destroyed , Says Coordinator National Centre For The Control Of Small Arms And Light Weapons


Over 3000 Small Arms Recovered , To Be Destroyed , Says Coordinator National Centre For The Control Of Small Arms And Light Weapons

In its effort to stop the proliferation of illicit firearms , National Centre For the Control Of Small Arms and Light Weapons has recovered over 3000 assorted arms from different theatres of war across Nigeria .

This was disclosed by coordinator of the arms regulatory agency , Maj. Gen. Abba Mohammed Dikko at a press briefing in Kaduna .

While announcing the plan of the centre to destroy the recovered arms , Gen. Dikko said remarkable achievements had been made in areas of regulating the spread of illicit firearms .

He reiterated determination of the centre to ensure only authorised persons are in possession of firearms which he noted was the quickest way to ensure lasting peace and sustainable development across Nigeria .

The retired general disclosed that bill to give the centre a legal backing was underway at the National Assembly which he said if signed into law would ensure seamless and effective discharge of its job .

He decried the destructive role he revealed drug abuse played in proliferation of arms in the hands of unauthorized persons who illegally used them to destroy lives and forcing young women into unholy unions against their wish .

” Since the takeoff of the center in may 2021 , tremendous achievements have been recorded and landmark progress made .

” We are at the moment under the guidance of the NSA before the bill for our establishment is passed into law to fulfil the mandate of ECOWAS charter of 2006 which Nigeria was a signatory nation.

” It mandates member states to establish commission to regulate , acquisition use and disposal of small and light weapons.

” It is only Nigeria and Ghana where the commission is yet to be given a legal teeth to carry out its function as required .

” For effective administration, we have centres across the six geopolitical zones where our activities are coordinated of ensuring the mopping up of illicit weapons from the society .

” You can attest that our efforts are yielding results , considering the volume of arms recovered in the past 18 months from South south , south east , north central and north west geopolitical zones of this country which would be destroyed and the useful metals sorted out and be utilized by appropriate authorities for other useful purposes .

” It is going to be a sustained service to ensure lasting peace to this great country by taking away light but destructive weapons from the hands of unauthorized persons .

” It is a collective responsibility and efforts must be sustained , especially by members of the 4th Estate in this fight against the spread of small arms and light weapons in our society .

” The destruction of these over 3000 firearms would be a continuous occurrence until all nooks and crannies of this beautiful country is certified free of illicit small and light weapons , ” he assured .

Kaduna NUJ Parley: PDP’s Ashiru promises to re-introduce Fertilizer Subsidy, tackle insecurity to ensure food Security


Kaduna NUJ Parley: PDP’s Ashiru promises to re-introduce Fertilizer Subsidy, tackle insecurity to
ensure food Security


Ahead of the 2023 gubernatorial elections in Kaduna State, the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party Rt. Honerable Isa Ashiru Kudan has promised to reintroduce fertilizer Subsidy to ensure food Security.

Speaking at the maiden media parley for political parties and candidates organized by Nigerian Union of Journalists Kaduna Council, Ashiru maintained that as part of his Five Points Agenda to revamp Agriculture, the cost for fertilizer needs to be Subsidized to enable farmers acquire the essential commodity at very affordable rate.
“Farming has become challenging as a result of High cost Fertilizer, a bag of fertilizer is 35thousand naira now where as a bag of maize is 20 thousand naira. That means an average farmer needs to sale almost two bags of maize to buy a bag of fertilizer . This has to be done alongside tackling insecurity which has almost destroy agrarian lifestyle.” He stressed.

While promising to establish diagnosis hospitals in each of the 3 senatorial zones in the State under health, Ashiru noted that most of the existing hospitals were mare structures that should have been equiped.

The Gubernatorial Candidate said with over 9 million population, Kaduna has less than 200 medical doctors as against the universal standard ratio of 1 to 600 people.

On education, the PDP flag bearer, promised to introduce skilled based education to produce employable products, especially artisans.

Ashiru promised to set up a committee to review the increase in tuition fees at the State University to affordable level to curb drop outs.

While pledging to create a level playing ground for all the candidates, the NUJ Chairman, Kaduna Council, Hajiya Asmau Yawo Halilu in her welcome address assured the Gubernatorial hopeful and his campaign team, that members would be committed to doing their stories objectively.

State of origin dichotomies hindering Nigeria’s collective development – Chioke


State of origin dichotomies hindering Nigeria’s collective development – Chioke

From Sola Ojo, Kaduna

Group Managing Director, Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited and the current President of the Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria, Mr. Ike Chioke has lamented that the state of origin dichotomy is hindering Nigeria’s collective progress as a ‘nation’.

Ike, who spoke as guest speaker at the 16th annual convention of the Federal Government College, Jos Old Students’ Association held in Enugu between November 17 and 20 with the theme “Fostering National Unity” said the development has been making it difficult for the country to have meritorious individuals to manage its affairs as it should be.

Chioke, who graduated from the school in 1982 said, the ethnic divide in the country has empowered certain tribes and individuals thereby leaving others to scamper for scraps, “we see it in the lopsided appointments into key and core areas of the economy, security apparatus, and political offices which seem to favour only a select few”.

He argued further that institutional frameworks which were meant to ensure balance in Nigeria’s plural society have been largely ignored in the process of who gets and do what in the overall interest of the vast majority of the people in the country.

He said for instance that, “there is political divide that pits one party against the other, and members sometimes resort to violence to prove a point. People make political choices based on personal gains and not for the progress of the nation, and politicians capitalise on our greed to the detriment of our collective well-being.

“There is religious divide that has so much affected us as a nation. Today, we are having conversations on whether a Muslim-Muslim or Muslim-Christian ticket will win an election. We have also seen clashes and reprisal attacks between Christians and Muslims in different parts of the country.

“Through these divides, we have been inadvertently fanning the embers for the restructuring of Nigeria that currently holds sway across the country today”, he noted.

“Today, Nigeria is bedeviled by the “malignant trinity” of corruption, insecurity and a failing economy. Everything that is wrong with us as a nation can be traced back to these three factors

“When you combine these three evils with nepotism, tribalism, religionism, ethnicity, and political alignment, what you have is a nation where almost nothing works.

“So, without taking proactive and intentional steps towards closing our multiple divisions – ethnic, religious and political – and pursuing inclusivity, national unity will continue to be a fleeting illusion in Nigeria”, he opined.

He however suggested that one of the ways to address some of the identified challenges hindering Nigeria’s collective progress was to consider a bill for an act to alter the provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999, to define who a citizen is.

Earlier, the National President of the association, Dr. Onyekachi Onubogu told colleagues and guests at the August event that his leadership has achieved a lot within the past 12 months it came on board, soliciting their support to enable it to do more.

“We have done drug donations to our school, organised a health fair, handed over a few projects to the school as donated by various sets and other subgroups of our association.

“We engaged with the school to support our able principal in her drive to maintain the high standards of education our school is known for.

“We have organized online training programmes to help guide especially our younger old students as they embark on the journey of adulthood.

Established in 1973, the federal government college, Jos, will be marking its 50 years in 2023 and the association is planning a series of activities to mark this milestone, the national president hinted.