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PDP Crisis: Wike and I are still together, injustice must be addressed says Ortom

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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom says he still remains an ally of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike over the issues causing conflict in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Lately, Wike’s loyalists, including Ortom have expressed their support for the Rivers governor over calls for Ayu to step down on the grounds that the party’s national chairman and presidential candidate cannot come from the same region.

An earlier statement by Governor Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, had quoted Ortom as saying he “has no hand in the current travails” of the PDP National Chairman, Oyorchia Ayu.

But in clarifying the comment in a statement issued on Tuesday by Ikyur, the Benue governor said it was “misleading” to say his comment meant he had changed his position on supporting Wike.

The statement quoted
Ortom as saying, “I just came back from London this morning with Wike and I still maintain my stand on what I said.

“I have not moved away from there. The party leadership has not been fair to Governor Wike based on the activities that took place during the convention and after the convention.

“They have not been able to adequately deploy the internal conflict resolution mechanism of the party to resolve those issues.

“So I still sympathise and stand with Wike and let the leadership of the party at the national level do the right thing. It is not too late to do so.

“Politics is about interest, and where your interest is not protected, you have the right to protest. We remain committed to the PDP but still want the right thing to be done, so that everybody will be carried along.”

 

 

I DID NOT SAY PETER OBI SHOULD BE PRESIDENT – CHIEF OLU FALAE

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I DID NOT SAY PETER OBI SHOULD BE PRESIDENT – CHIEF OLU FALAE

A NationaI Leader of the Pan Yoruba Social Cultural group Chief Olu Falae has again thrown his weight behind SDP’s Prince Adebayo Olu Falae.

According to him “have said repeatedly that the Social Democratic Party, SDP has the best manifesto of all the political parties in Nigeria. And in the 2023 presidential election, the SDP Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo is the best choice on the merit. He has a clear grasp of the issues and has offered the most realistic and effective solutions to the problems of Nigeria today. I urge Nigerians to rally behind the SDP and its presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo”

_“The report that I threw my weight behind calls for a South-East presidency or Peter Obi is not true”,_ Chief Olu Falae has clarified.

Chief Falae who is the Deputy National Leader of Afenifere also said that he was not aware that the well-known Yoruba Social cultural group, Afenifere has taken any position to back or support Mr. Peter Obi.

_“I did say sometimes ago that the Yoruba, as a people, are not morally obliged to vote for an Igbo presidential candidate or Peter Obi because in 1999, when the rest of Nigeria conceded the presidency to Yoruba because of the MKO Abiola’s issue, it was only the Igbo, who did not accept.”_

_“I had to defeat Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife in the Alliance for Democracy to become the candidate for the AD/APP Alliance. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had to defeat Dr Alex Ekuweme in the PDP to become a candidate. The Igbo were the only ones that opposed both of us in our respective parties; they did not concede to us along with other Nigerians. However, the Yoruba are fair-minded people and some of them could vote for Peter Obi.”_

_“I have said times without number that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has the most effective programmes for social justice and Nigeria’s recovery. I have endorsed SDP’s Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo and not Perter Obi.”_

APC group blast Keyamu over inciting statement against Adamawa party stakeholders

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APC group blast Keyamu over inciting statement against Adamawa party stakeholders

….warns him to stop using religion against party men

By Tom Garba, Yola

An All Progressives Congress, APC, a coalition of support groups in the North East has chided the Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesman Tinubu! Shetima Presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo to stop inciting party members against each other using religion.

Honorable Khaleel Sajoh, Adamawa State Coordinator of the Coalition Support Groups signed a press statement on behalf of the sister groups, drawing the attention of the Presidential Campaign Council and the leadership of their party to the divisive and divisionary statement in circulation by the spokesman of the Presidential Campaign team against the good people of Adamawa state.

“We read with deep shame, the unfortunate statement by Mr. Keyamo that is highly uncalled for at this critical time when our party needs all hands on deck for the success of 2023 general elections.

“Keyamo described said, “APC gave two Christians the office of the SGF, from Adamawa State, yet the 2019 election was lost. That religion will not decide votes, it is our programs that will convince people”. The statement read

The statement made it clear to Keyamo to know that the record is there for all who care to know that Sons and Daughters from Adamawa State, most especially former SGF Babachir Lawal and the current SGF, Barr. Boss Mustapha was instrumental and deeply part of the history of the formation and success of the APC in the country.

The statement read in parts this:

“As keen observers of Nigerian politics and also members of the APC whose efforts were part of the winning history of APC in both 2015 and 2019 will never be beaten in the game of politics because we are fully ready to once again deliver APC as we did in 2015 and other elections.

“He could have acknowledged our efforts and the efforts of our stakeholders in 2015 first; for working tireless in making sure that APC won Adamawa State despite the facts that PDP presidential candidate was from Adamawa State in 2019 election, yet our party faithful worked with strict adherence towards the success of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC.

“Therefore at this critical time where the party is working on uniting its members to face 2023 elections such words coming from the spokesman of the PCC on our stakeholders is not only unhealthy but condemnable.

“We are not going to tolerate it because politics is not about frequent noise making or buying space in media houses and social media; attacking and abusing personalities who sacrificed their lives and everything for the success of the party and the unity of the nation at large which Keyamo is now enjoying almost free.

“Finally, we as Coalition of APC Support Groups, Adamawa State chapter are not happy with the statements in circulation on our leaders.

“The statement is unworthy and we call for its retraction. We are working on how to win the 2023 elections. We are also assuring the Presidential Campaign Council and the leadership of APC that the stakeholders of APC in Adamawa State are fully on the ground to deliver the party and its Candidates.

“We also wish to appreciate the efforts of Barr. BossMustaphaa, the SGF for his unreserved support to the party and loyalty to the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

2023:Northern Yoruba group to deliver Tinubu with 20million Votes

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As electioneering campaign for the 2023 elections gather momentum, a group under the aegis of the Northern Yoruba Agenda for Tinubu, NOYAT has assured the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu of 20 million votes.

The group as well pledged it’s unalloyed support for the actualisation of Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

Speaking at a peace summit and special prayer session for Tinubu, alongside Kaduna state APC gubernatorial candidate, Senator Uba Sani in Kaduna, the National Coordinator of the group, Hon. AbdulRasheed Adekeye explained that the group’s support for Tinubu and Shettima was based on their track records.

“We have the network across the 19 northern states, including the Federal Capital Territory. We also have mechanism put in place across the northern region to sensitize citizens on reasons Tinubu should be the next president of the country come 2023.”

According to the national coordinator, NOYAT’s position to support the APC presidential candidate was based on principles and ideological conviction and not on tribal sentiments.

“We decided to pitch tent with Tinubu in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice, as it was already demonstrated by the Northern APC Governors.”

“We are never in doubt of Tinubu and Shettima’s capacity to lead the country to an enviable position that will meet the yearnings of Nigerians,” Adekeyele emphasized.

He therefore called on Nigerians to support the presidential ambition of Tinubu, adding that, Nigerians must not allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians who do not mean well for the country.

Also, a video CD dedicated to Tinubu was also launched at the event and a
special prayer was observed on behalf of Tinubu, Shettima and Sani with notable northern based Yoruba clerics and traditional title holders in attendance seeking God’s favour for victory.

‘Your ambition is dead’ Tinubu mocks Atiku over PDP crisis

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‘Your ambition is dead’ Tinubu mocks Atiku over PDP crisis

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council says with the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the latest bid by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to become Nigeria’s president in 2023 has hit the rocks.

Mr Bayo Onanuga Director, Media and Publicity of the council said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He said by the development, Atiku deserved to be pitied as his yet another bid for the country’s presidency was slipping away.

“This is unraveling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for electioneering campaign, his party, the PDP is in disarray.

He said that the ongoing fraticidal war where a faction of the party led by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, was engaging Atiku in a fight to finish, has undermined any momentum he had hoped to build.

This, Onanuga said, was with further loss of confidence in the PDP by its own members who could not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party.

“It is crystal clear that Atiku’s latest bid for Nigeria’s top job has hit the rocks, a pillar of Atiku’s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist.

 

“That bogus claim has now been discredited, even within his party, as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity.

“Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop, he has rebuffed them, pleading that he could not grant their request for justice.

“Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members, who cannot forge an entente among them, cannot be expected to unify our country,”Onanuga said.

He added that instead of being a unifier, Atiku has became a divider-in-chief.

He said his campaign on this score, was heading for a still birth, just as some of his programmes had been found to be nothing new.

This, he said, was especially as they were already being implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration.

He said the former Vice-President created the crisis for himself, by pushing the fallacy that only a Northern candidate could win the presidency for his party.

Onanuga said that this was in spite of the open record that Nigerians of Southern extraction, when they network with their Northern compatriots could also win the election.

“Former leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999, 2003 and 2011.

“As a campaign, we can only pity former Vice-President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he invited unto himself.

“Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye,” Onanuga said.

We Must Make Conscious Efforts To Maintain Peace During And After Elections – Prince Adebayo

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We Must Make Conscious Efforts To Maintain Peace During And After Elections – Prince Adebayo

The SDP Presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo has called for a conscious effort towards maintaining peace after elections in the country, not just during elections. He explained that what must be done differently this time is to know the journey of peace which involves saying the truth at all times even when it is not favourable.
Prince Adebayo made this call on Tuesday when he attended the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Foundation 2022 Peace Conference at the NAF Conference centre, Abuja, with the theme: Nation Building; The Role of Election in a Multi-Ethnic Context Background.
He says, “The reason why we are celebrating President Jonathan for many other reasons is that, in the search for peace, he made sacrifice. If we take that peace which he donated but if we refuse to do justice, the next person may not do it. What we need to do therefore is to do justice. This election will come and go in the same ritual of fear and war and rumors of war.”
“I think we must go as a nation beyond just saying the target we set for ourselves is peaceful election, which is too much of a low bar. What happens the day after the election?”
The SDP presidential candidate added that the 2023 elections should be one where Nigerians unite to bring in a new leadership that can advance the country beyond where it is.
Prince Adewole Adebayo was accompanied by his entourage; Sen. Ugochukwu Uba, Mulikat Adeola, Pst Ade Alabi, Hon. Richard Oriri and Chief Godwin Osigbeme.
Other presidential candidates invited to speak at the event asides SDP Prince Adewole Adebayo were H. E Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate, PDP, H. E Bola Asiwaju Tinubu, Presidential candidate, APC, and Mr Peter Obi, Presidential candidate, Labour Party.
The event provided an opportunity for various stakeholders to examine how the Nigerian democratic space has evolved over time, discuss the trends and threats to inclusive and peaceful elections and canvass strategies towards nation building that will consolidate the Nigeria’s 23 years of democracy and sustain a culture of peaceful elections.
The dignitaries present at the event were H. E Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Chairman, West African Elders Forum, ECOWAS Council of the wise, Patience Jonathan, former First Lady of Nigeria, Ms. Ann Iyonu Mpi, Executive Director, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, H. E Douye Diri – Governor, Bayelsa State, and others.

Selection of Village head in Adamawa turns bloody,leaving 5 people injured

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Selection of Village head in Adamawa turns bloody,leaving 5 people injured

…Youth stage protest to the Palace of Mubi’s Emirate council rejecting the selection of Shuaibu

By Tom Garba,Yola

At least five persons have sustained fatal injuries in a violent clash over the selection of a village head in Adamawa state.

Our correspondent learnt that violence erupted after Su’aibu Ka’inga was named the new village head of Mijilu community in the Mubi North Local Government Area of the state.

One of the contestants who prefer to be anonymous told our correspondent that unknown gunmen suspected to be miscreants hired by shuaibu attacked supporters of the popular candidate.

Shuaibu’s selection was reportedly greeted with violent opposition from two other contenders and their supporters who rejected him over allegations of land grabbing like his late father, Adamu Ka’imga.

Protest by Youth to the Palace of Emir of Mubi to register their displeasure over the selection of Shuaibu was organised.

He was selected following the demise of his father, Adamu, who was first accused of forcibly taking people’s land.

The incident was followed with a protest by the youth of Mijilu who were asking for Price Elisha Iliya to be their next village head.

Two contestants were said to have stepped down for him who Gabriel Giye and Paiche Shigiri Miza.

The state police command has condemned the incident and ordered an investigation into the crisis.

The spokesperson for the police command, SP Suleiman Nguroje, said, “The Commissioner of Police, CP Sikiru Akande has ordered an immediate investigation into the matter with a view to ensuring peace and justice to all parties.”

“The CP who cautioned against the unruly behaviour of the youths warned that those taking the law into their hands would no longer be tolerated under any guise,” he said.

“Ayu must go protest rocks Kaduna PDP State Secretariat”

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“Ayu must go protest rocks Kaduna PDP State Secretariat”

Protest over the removal of the national chairman of the main opposition’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu has rocked Kaduna state.

The protest was staged around midday on Friday right in front of the state Secretariat of the party opposite NDA bus stop in Kaduna state by irate youths.

 

 

Protesters caring placards with different inscriptions in their hands reading “Ayu Must” amongst others.

 

 

Kaduna State PDP officials denied any links with the protesting youth when contacted, saying that not even a letter to the party to that regard was received from them prior before the action.

The officials also denied knowing or addressing the “Ayu must go” protesters, also adding that they did not enter the premises of the party Secretariat but only in front of the building.

Efforts to speak to the furious protesters was futile because of the inability to know the leader of the group allegedly sponsored by unknown hands of a politician.

A number of journalists, mostly from electronic media, who were invited for the coverage of the protest were on also ground at the time our reporter stormed there by accident.
Recalled that the Hullabaloos concerning Ayu must be dropped as PDP chairman, championed by Rivers state Governor Barr. Nyesom Wike has been in the front burner in the national news.

Nigeria’s Chris Isiguzo emerges CAJ President

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Nigeria’s Chris Isiguzo emerges CAJ President
The National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Chris Isiguzo has emerged as the new President of Congress of African Journalists-CAJ. He replaces Alexandre Niyungeko of Burundi who stepped down to pursue other commitments.
The Governing Council of the Congress in a meeting held online on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022 unanimously voted to elect the NUJ President as it next leader.
It would be recalled that the NUJ on the 23rd June, 2020 hosted a meeting online of some African countries where CAJ was launched to address the issues affecting journalists on the Continent, promote shared values and uphold The Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa. CAJ was formally registered in Kenya and the headquarters is located in Nairobi.
The new President expressed appreciation to his colleagues for the confidence and trust reposed in him and promised to work assiduously for the success of CAJ. He also thanked the Kenya Correspondents Association-KCA for facilitating the registration of the continental body in Kenya and commended the enormous support of Gabriel Baglo and Shuaibu Usman Leman, the consultants to CAJ for their Technical Assistance and support.

International Peace Day: Security Architecture can’t work well if delegated to a commissioner-Former Governor

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International Peace Day: Security Achictecture can’t be delegated to a commissioner-Former Governor

Immediate past Governor of Kaduna State Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero said for genuine Peace to be sustain crucial policies and stratigies of governance must continue irrespective of Party Politics.

Speaking at the International Day of Peace convened by Reverend Father John Bogobili Allamageni, the former Governor reiterated that “security of a State can not be delegated, in order to sustain peace and security the governor handles security directly. When I was Governor of Kaduna State I was directly involved, I didn’t delegate security to a commissioner, how can you get results? The very aim of Governance is to ensure peace and security, that’s the primary duty.  The delegation of security matters to a commissioner created mixed feelings. The Governor is supposed to deal directly with security agents”

” After the crisis of year 2000, Kaduna has not remain the same, you find Christians predominantly on one end of Kaduna whereas Muslims are predominantly on the other end, Makarfi came up with operation Yaki and a strategy of interfacing directly with Traditional institutions, Namadi Sambo continued with it, Yakowa continue like that and I also took over from there but I don’t know what’s happening now continuity is very instrumental in Peace.” Yero stressed

In his welcome speach, the Chief Convener, Rev. Father John Bogobiri said “we know that good governance is the best and the surest way to peace and development in our land. However, the question is, are we experiencing good governance in Nigeria in general or in Kaduna state in particular despite our political, economic, commerce, financial, educational, religious and other advantages in northern Nigeria and the country at large? We also know that every country or state is guided by an ideal or a philosophy or a vision and a roadmap or a blueprint to actualize that ideal or philosophy or vision. Do we have any in Kaduna State? These are the critical questions we are all here to answer today.”