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Wike is a distinct personality, can’t be lowered- Kaduna PDP

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Wike is a distinct personality, can’t be lowered- Kaduna PDP

Following reactions of party stalwarts within and outside the Peoples Democratic Party over Atiku’s choice of a running mate, the Kaduna State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has reiterated the loyalty of Rivers State Governor Barrister Nyesom Wike to the party.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with New Nigerian Newspapers in Kaduna the the Peoples Democratic Party State Chairman and Chairman Forum of PDP State Chairmen in Nigeria Hassan Hyet said Wike never contested for President to be given Vice President slot, neither will he leave the party. Remember he said whatever the outcome of the party Presidential primaries, he is in PDP. Wike is a man of his words, who says his mind and can’t be lowered.

According to Hassan Hyet, “Wike doesn’t play politics with his words. When he say something he means it. He is a distinct personality, Wike has never been involved in anti-Party affairs.”

Hyet maintained that “the convention was a very neat convention. Very transparent, he won because the delegates gave him the votes. Those who loose, loose because deligates didn’t give them the votes. However,
there are talks and reconciliation moves so there is no cause for alarm. As to others who thinks they can cash out of the situation they are taking a path to the bush”

The Chairman pointed that ” it is the character of APC not to be sincere and straight forward. Remember how President Mohammadu Buhari spend 6months without Ministers. Now like his principal, they’re only interested in power
They make laws without knowing the implications.
INEC has no room for temporary running mate, it’s a demonstration of the party failure. You give, you give, you don’t give you don’t give”

On the level of satisfaction by INEC preparedness, Hyet said Nigerians should commend INEC, from all indications INEC has taken a path to decent Elections. This INEC has a listening ear. We are not there yet but I think they have taken a path to decency. INEC extension of voter registration by 60days is highly commendable, if INEC had gone appeal to challenge the lower court verdict, the aim would have been defeated. The electronic transmission of results from Pulling Units to server by INEC is a welcome development, they deserves our support to take us to the promise Land.

Over 700Catholic Priest protests as Rev. Father killed by Terrorists is buried

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Over 700Catholic Priest protests as Rev. Father killed by Terrorists is buried

Over 700 Catholic priests on Thursday held a peaceful protest during the burial of one of their colleagues who was killed by bandits over the weekend in Kaduna State.

The victim, Reverend Father Vitus Borogo, who was the Chaplain of the Catholic Community at Kaduna Polytechnic, was killed on his farm at Kujama in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

At the event held on Thursday at the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Most Reverend Matthew Ndagoso who supported the option of State Police lamented the rising insecurity in the country.

According to him Nigeria has become a failed state under President Muhammadu Buhari due to the country’s security condition. The cleric decried that Nigerians live in perpetual fear and have become hopeless due to the rising attacks and killings, while the Federal Government seems to be incapacitated to tackle the problem.

According to Bishop Ndagoso, the time has come for the government to establish state police in order to protect the vulnerable communities against bandits attacks since those saddled with the responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizens have failed to do so.

APC North West in crucial Stakeholders’ meeting, strategizes ahead of 2023

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APC North West in  crucial Stakeholders’ meeting, strategizes ahead of 2023
The North West leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have met with the Governors, Ministers and the Gubernatorial candidates from the seven States of the Zone and reviewed the state of the party at both the National and the Zonal levels.
In a statement sign by
Malam Musa Mailafiya Mada
APC Zonal Publicity Secretary (North West)
Said ‘during the meeting of participants received a report from the National Vice Chairman (North-West) Malam Salihu Lukman on the state of affairs of the party in the Zone.
Report say participants acknowledged the challenges facing some state chapters of the party and resolved to  efforts at reconciliation as an urgent priority.
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The participants welcomed the initiative to commence this consultative meeting as vital for strengthening the party in the North West and improve leadership engagements and cohesion within the zone.
The meeting noted the contribution of the North-West to the emergence and growth of the APC and its electoral viability, with the Zone providing about 39% of the votes the APC recorded in the 2019 and 2015 presidential elections. Therefore, the zone resolved to aggregate its interests and vital concerns and engage accordingly with the presidential candidate of the party.
Participants requested the National Vice-Chairman (North-West) to ensure that the consultative meeting is sustained as a vital tool for cohesion within the party.

Dattijo distributes 2 trucks of fertilizer to farmers.

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Dattijo distributes 2 trucks of fertilizer to farmers.

Ahead of this year farming season, the Kaduna Central Senatorial flagbearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhammad Sani Abdullahi popularly known as Dattijo has today flagged off the distribution of 1200 bags of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer to farmers across 81 wards in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, lgabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chikun and Kajuru local government areas of the Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

Muhammad Sani Dattijo who was represented by a close associate and stalwart of the party in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki, Dattijo said “the gesture is to encourage our local farmers across our Constituency to enhance food production and food security and ultimately reduce poverty among our people in line with the manifesto of our great party”.

While calling on the committee saddled with the responsibility of distributing the fertilizer to ensure that only deserving local farmers benefit from the gesture, Dattijo also urged the good people of Kaduna Central and indeed the entire state to continue to support the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the party is working assiduously to reconcile and unite all party members ahead of the forthcoming 2023 polls.

“we must ensure that only genuine local farmers are given the fertilizer while also mobilizing eligible voters to get their PVC in our constituency and beyond in order to unite and support our great party ahead of next year’s general elections at all levels.” said Muhammad Sani Dattijo.

Also speaking, the State Secretary of the party, Alhaji Yahaya Babapate commended the flagbearer for the gesture and urged other contestants of various positions across the state to emulate Muhammad Sani Dattijo in order to promote the party ahead of 2023 general elections.

The event was attended by several party leaders and supporters including the Zonal Chairman and Woman Leader of the Party, several party flagbearers for National and State Assembly Contestants of the party and several grassroot politicians and supporters across the Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

Electoral Violence: Advocacy groups synergise on sensitisation, target motor parks, youth gatherings

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Electoral Violence: Advocacy groups synergise on sensitisation, target motor parks, youth gatherings

 

Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD) and Global Peace Foundation (GPFN) have engaged in partnership to sensitise Kaduna youths against electoral violence.
The groups are targeting motor parks and youth gatherings for the exercise.

 

The resolution was reached on Wednesday during a Webber meeting tagged, “Youth Voices Against Electoral Violence”.

 

Rev. Joseph Hayab, Kaduna State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in a welcome address, said GFP and CEPASD would work together, especially youths for proper sensitisation to have a peaceful electoral process.

 

“Part of our activities would target motor parks and places where youths can be reached to sensitise them, to have free, fair and credible general election in 2023.

 

Mrs Christie George, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Raising Hope For the Women and Child (RHWC), in a paper, stressed that the youth were not adequately acquainted with balanced information.

 

George who was represented by Rev. Joseph Hayab, noted that the lack of adequate knowledge, especially among youths on the credibility of election, was due to wrong assumptions, poor information dissemination, influence of government over information agencies.

 

“I urge for the need for all institutions and stakeholders concerned to work together to properly sensitise the populace,” he said.

 

Sheikh Haliru Maraya, the Northern Coordinator of GPF Nigeria who spoke on the topic, “Youth Voices Against Electoral Violence,” stated that electoral violence was caused by illiteracy, ethnicity and
unemployment.

 

“We can only eradicate this by education, employment, fight against impunity, establishment of court for electoral offences,” Maraya added.

 

Also in a paper delivered by Mr Moses Abolade, a Peace building Strategist and Content Creator, s he spoke on the role of youths in curbing electoral violence.

 

He reminded youths to know that their votes were their power and rights as such, they should get involved through observation in collaboration with INEC.

 

“Our youths should have a sound judgement in selecting leaders, be objective in their decisions and be innovative,” Abolade added.

 

The meeting featured questions and answers by participants that bothered on the need to push Peace Education Bill, curb fake news, eradicate manipulation of results, electronic voting and the need for the media to strengthen sensitisation on peace building.

Thousands mourn, as Funeral Mass for Catholic Priest killed by Terrorists begins

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Thousands agog as Funeral Mass for Catholic Priest killed by Terrorists begins

No fewer than 10,000 Christians Faithfuls and others have gathered for the funeral Mass for slained Kaduna Archdiocesan Priest Reverend Father Virus Borogo has just begun today in Kaduna at our Lady of Apostles Independence way.
The  sad event took place last week at his Prison Farm, Kujama, along Kaduna-Kachia Road, after a raid on his farm by Terrorists.
Until his death, Fr Vitus (aged 50) was the Chaplain of the Catholic Community of the Kaduna State Polytechnic, and the Chairman of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), Kaduna Chapter.
Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna condoles with the immediate family, the NFCS Family of Kaduna Polytechnic, and indeed the entire Kaduna Polytechnic Community; and assures them of his fraternal closeness and prayers.
Details shortly…

Kaduna govt. hails ARMECO over  N10 million  boreholes construction in School

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Kaduna govt. hails ARMECO over  N10 million  boreholes construction in School

Kaduna State government has hailed Arewa Metal Containers Limited, ARMECO for the construction of a borehole worth ten million naira in one the government secondary schools in the state.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony at Government Girls’ Secondary School, GGSS Kakuri, Kaduna, the Commissioner of Education, Halima Lawal said, the availability of water in any learning environment improves on hygiene and healthy living.

Represented by the Deputy Director Public Schools, Mrs. Baita Mercy Kude, she disclosed that, ARMECO has done well in complimenting governments’ effort in the provision of social amenities.

Halima appreciated the company for extending such gesture particularly in a girls’ school environment where they will be needing water to keep themselves neat and the environment as well.

“When the girl child is experiencing her monthly flow and there is no water to clean herself, she tends to feel uncomfortable within her learning facility, but now that water is available, she will do the needful and automatically, she becomes more comfortable with the environment, which makes learning convenient for her.”

The Commissioner called on other companies to emulate ARMECO by extending such gestures to their host communities.

She also called on the school authority to make judicious use of the water facility through frequent maintenance, adding that, water sustains life.

The Managing Director, ARMECO, Engineer Joachim Daudu said the borehole was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility extended to host communities which they were happy to discharge.

According to Engr. Joachim, who was represented by the Developing Business Manager, Alhaji Umar Bagudu, water is a necessity of live which they were glad to have provided, saying, it’s provision will have impact on the students lives.

The Principal, GGSS Kakuri, Malam Abdussalam Adamu Abubakar who expressed gratitude to the host said, the students had prior to the provision of the borehole suffered many challenges due to lack of portable water.

“There has never been pure water in our school, our students used sachet water, but with this gigantic project, even the spread of infection will reduce because the conveniences will be kept very clean,” he disclosed.

“We have had other corporate organisations like Peaugeot Automobile of Nigeria, PAN that has donated furnitures to us and now ARMECO. We are indeed grateful and we pray that other organisations will emulate them.”

Zamfara PDP Guber Primary: Group Fears Party May Lose 2023 General Election

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Zamfara PDP Guber Primary: Group Fears Party May Lose 2023 General Election

As the battle for People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Zamfara Governorship ticket switch to courtroom, stakeholders have expressed fears, saying litigations and other unresolved issues arising from primary election may cost the opposition party the highest political office in the State.

Speaking to Journalists in Kaduna, spokesman of the group called Concerned PDP Volunteers, Isa Kwatarkwashi decried nonchalant attitudes of the party’s leadership in Abuja in resolving the lingering crisis around the just concluded Governorship primary election by serving justice to all aspirants who took part in the exercise.

Kwatarkwashi described the ongoing crisis as capable of consuming the party and marr its chances of producing next Governor of Zamfara State.

He went memory lane by narrating how internal crisis within the then ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) cost the party the Governorship seat in 2019, paving the way for the current occupant of Government House, Zamfara, Bello Natawalle to ascend the number one elected position in the State.

The grassroots Politician noted that had former Governor AbdulAzeez Yari, Senator Kabiru Marafa and other factional heads managed their differences by eschewing personal gains and putting party’s interest above individual advantages, the then APC wouldn’t have lost the state at a platter of gold to Natawalle, the PDP Candidate in 2019.

” We must avoid repeating the ugly history that has led to the fall of others in political scene of this country.

” We must learn from the experiences of others and use them to guide our actions by ensuring that right things are done.

” Internal crisis kindled by supremacy frictions among party leaders who would want their anointed candidates occupy positions often lead to disastrous end for the party at the poll due to fielding of unpopular and non-committed members whose only motive for standing an election is personal aggrandizement, rather than service to people and country.

” These internal squabbles have played out in some other states that we should draw lessons from but our leaders seem occupied with how to advance selfish interest above party’s.

“Another similitude was what is currently playing out in Kaduna state where a Senatorial aspirant for Kaduna Central Zone PDP primary election, Hon. Usman Ibrahim popularly called Sardaunan Badarawa has cried foul alleging there was an over-voting and voting by proxy and have taken his party and the declared winner Lawal Adamu also known as Mr LA to court seeking nullification of the exercise.

“Yobe North Senatorial District is another issue that may lead to court litigation, where the powers that be wants to always have their ways. The Independent National Electoral Commission has affirmed Bashir Machina as the winner of the ruling All Progressives Congress primary for the Yobe North.

“The Senate President who has been labouring to collect Machina’s mandate in collusion with the party’s national leaders.

“Adamu the national chairman had listed Senator Lawan as the candidate of the APC for Yobe North senatorial election slated for February 2023, claiming that a primary had secretly held in which Lawan purportedly emerged winner.

” This man in eye of the storm, Adamu Maina Waziri who ignited the crisis must be called to order and placed where he belongs – the archives – if we must save our dear party in Zamfara State.

” That primary election conducted by Adamu Maina Waziri under the watch of col. Bala Mande defied all reason of fairness, justice, rules and regulations and should be looked into if we are serious about taking back the Zamfara Government House in 2023, ” he advised.

Insecurity: Zamfara Residents ordered to carry guns in self defence

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Insecurity: Zamfara Residents ordered to carry guns in self defence

 

Following increase in the activities of bandits in various parts of Zamfara State government has directed individuals to obtain guns.

This was contained in a statement issued by the commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara and made available to news men.

The statement noted that this decision was taken by the state government in view of it’s commitment to ensure adequate security and protection of lives and property of the citizenry in the state, particularly during this rainy season.

To this end, “government has resolved to take further measures to deal with the recent escalating attacks, kidnapping and the criminal levies being enforced on our innocent communities.

“This act of terrorism has been a source of worry and concern to the people and government of the state. Therefore, in order to deal decisively with the situation in our respective communities, government has no option than to  take the following measures:

“Government has henceforth, directed individuals to prepare and obtain guns to defend themselves against the bandits, as government has directed the state commissioner of police to issue license to all those who qualify and are wishing to obtain such guns to defend themselves.

“Government is ready to facilitate people, especially our farmers to secure basic weapons for defending themselves. Government has already concluded arrangement to distribute 500 forms to each of the 19 Emirates in the state for those willing to obtain guns to defend themselves.

Also the statement noted, “People must apply from the Commissioner of Police, license to own guns and such other basic weapons to be used in defending themselves.

To this end, “a secretariat or centre will be established for the collection of intelligence on the activities of informants.

 

“People are strictly warned and advised to make sure that any information or intelligence about an informant must be true and nothing but the truth, as all information on such informants must carry correct data on the suspects, including their pictures, correct names, addresses, occupation and witness to testify the genuity of the information given, as government is taking punitive measures against any one found as informant.

“Any person who give wrong information against anybody, will be served the same punishment with an  informant and will be treated as such.

“Government has requested the state House of Assembly to pass, as matter of urgency, the informants bill before it, to enable government take the drastic measures on informants as contained in the bill.

“Government has ordered for the recruitment of 200 additional Community Protection Guards in each of the 19 emirates of the state, making it 500 per emirate, to increase their manpower and strengthen its force and capacity to deal with the bandits.

“To further ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of these measures, as well the proper implementation of these measures, government has also decided as follows:

“Formation of a special committee to receive intelligence on the activities of informants.

This committee has the following composition:Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe Sardau( Lamidon Kaura).

SSG as Chairman, Alh Ibrahim Sulaiman

Chief of Staff to the Governor – Member, D I G Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe

Commissioner Security – Member, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara

Commissioner Information – Member, Hon Nasiru Masama

Commissioner Youth – Member, Sani Abdullahi Wamban Shinkafi

Honorary Adviser to the Gov – Member, Hon Abubakar Mohammed Dauran

Specie Adviser Security – Member, Hon Sanusi Wanzammai

Commissioner, State INEC – Member

Captain Mai Riga T/ Mafara – Memner

Sani Gwamna Mayanchi – Member and Bello Bakyasuwa Soja  to serve as the secretary to the committee and their terms of reference will be given to them by the office of the SSG on Monday.

Insecurity: Zamfara govt directs citizens to obtain guns

Real reasons why APC’s flag bearer, Tinubu has no certificates

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Real reasons why APC’s flag bearer, Tinubu has no certificates

The presidentialcandidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that all his academic certificates are missing.

The former Lagos State governor, who claimed he had two degrees from two American universities, further stated that the certificates had been looted in the 1990s by “unknown persons.”

The disclosure was contained in an affidavit submitted by Tinubu to the electoral office, as part of his eligibility filings for the 2023 presidential elections.

 to documents released by INEC on Friday, the APC candidate claimed he attended University of Chicago between 1972 and 1976, where he obtained a B.Sc. in Economics. He also claimed he had B.Sc. in Business and Administration in 1979, as well as a certificate in Public Account.

Tinubu also skipped information regarding his primary and secondary education.

“I went on self-exile from October, 1994 to October, 1998. When I returned I discovered that all my property, including all the documents relating to my qualifications and my certificates in respect of paragraph three above, were looted by unknown persons.

“My house was the target of a series of searches by various security agents from the time the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was forced to adjourn, following the military takeover of government on 17th November, 1993.

“I was the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, banking and finance. I was also a plaintiff in one of the two suits against the interim national government in 1993. I went on exile when it became clear to me that my life was in danger”, Tinubu said in his claims to INEC.

The electoral law mandates candidates to submit their personal credentials that will be published for public scrutiny ahead of elections.

Tinubu’s latest claims appear to contradict his previous claims, especially in 1999 and 2003, when he ran for office as a governorship candidate in Lagos. He claimed both times that he attended primary and secondary schools.

According to a report by Peoples Gazette, Tinubu had claimed he attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 to 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College, Ibadan, between 1965 to 1968.

From Ibadan, Tinubu said he proceeded to Richard Daley College, Chicago, from 1969 to 1971. He stated finally, to have attended both Chicago State University and the University of Chicago.

The Chicago State University had confirmed that Tinubu was a student of the institution, graduating with a degree in business and administration on June 22, 1979.

All the submissions were, however, challenged by a prominent Nigerian lawyer, the late Gani Fawehinmi.

The late legal luminary had argued the matter up to the Supreme Court, but was dismissed by the apex court on technical ground.