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Adamawa

Senator Jubril Aminu (PDP-Adamawa Central) has commenced a tour of local government areas in Adamawa Central Senatorial District to canvass for delegates’ votes in his quest to return to senate the third time.

Addressing party delegates in Gerie, Gombi, Hong and Song local government areas on Sunday, Aminu urged delegates to return him as party candidate for continuity and more dividends of democracy.

Aminu urged delegates “not to be deceived by frivolous promises by other aspirants but insist on quality representation which I have been providing you.”

The senate committee chairman on foreign affairs urged for fairness and level playing field for all aspirants by the party.

He also urged people of the constituency to work toward peaceful primaries and general elections.

Aminu is being challenged by many aspirants for the party ticket in the zone.

Prominent among them are Alhaji Bello Tukur, the immediate past Adamawa Deputy Governor and currently, the Chief of Staff to Gov. Murtala Nyako; Mr James Barka, former Speaker of the Adamawa Assembly and Sen. Abubakar Gerie.

FCT

INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega has said that the lack of internal democracy in most political parties was posing a serious concern to the commission.

He stated this in Abuja on Monday, adding that lack of internal party democracy had been noticed in most political parties.

“Our worry in the commission is that it does not appear as if our politicians and the political parties are learning the lessons that we ought to have learnt from our past mistakes and past errors, unfortunately these are being repeated.

“Internal party democracy is very important in our democratisation process and in ensuring that there is a credible electoral process in place but from what we are seeing, there is a serious concern.

“Many parties do not take the issue of internal party democracy with the seriousness it deserves.

“We are hearing complaints about lack of following due process and we have sent monitors because we are entitled to monitor party congresses, we have been monitoring and there are a number of cases that we have heard,’’ Jega said.

Bauchi

A political movement, Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC), has called on Gov. Bokola Saraki, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Aliyu Gusau, to participate in the forthcoming PDP presidential screening.

Malam Muslim Maigari, Secretary of Board of Trustees of ACAC, made the call on Monday in Bauchi at the joint session of the National Working Committee, state executives, Local Government Coordinators and Ward Liaison Officers of the state chapter of the organisation.

Maigari explained that the appeal did not mean the organisation had rejected the decision of Malam Adamu Ciroma-led committee which selected Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the consensus candidate for the PDP.

“We did not reject Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the choice of the committee but we rejected the criteria that was used to arrive at the option,’’ he said.

Gombe

More than 60 per cent of the PDP candidates for the 2011 State Assembly Election in Gombe State are consensus candidates.

Alhaji Sa’ad Hassan, a member of the State Monitoring Committee for the PDP State Assembly Primaries, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Monday.

He said that in most of the 11 local government areas in the state, candidates that were returned unopposed were affirmed by delegates in fulfilment of the electoral guidelines.

Hassan, who is also the Special Assitant to Gov. Mohammad Goje on Assembly Matters, said that the conduct of the exercise was generally peaceful.

Kano

Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano has urged youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used “to subvert the course of the electoral process.”

He made the remark on Monday at the presentation of the 2011 Appropriation Bill to the State’s House of Assembly.

Katsina

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Sen. Ibrahim Ida has urged the Federal Government to expose the perpetrators of the recent Abuja bomb blast and bring them to justice.

Ida, (Katsina Central), made the call in Katsina on Monday while answering questions from newsmen.

He said government should in addition; identify the perpetrators of other internal ethno-religious conflicts around the country.

“We have to identify those behind the ugly happenings and ensure that the law takes its course,” he stressed.

He advised the government to implement reports on investigations of previous crises, stressing that this would curb recurrence of disturbances.

Ida urged the government to place emphasis on public security rather than on that of individuals, where security agents were deployed to the homes of top government officials.

He appealed to the government to adequately equip, motivate, train and deploy the nation’s security forces to address insecurity.

Lagos

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), on Tuesday in Lagos alleged that there was massive corruption in the nation’s political system.

Mr Dennis Aghanya, the National Publicity Secretary of the CPC, told newsmen that corruption was part of the character of Nigerian politics.

Aghanya spoke against the background of incessant defection of politicians from one party to another, adding that corruption had affected their mindset.

It will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan’s Adviser on Amnesty Matters, Timi Alaibe, resigned and dumped PDP for the Labour party.

His action followed that of the former Information and Communications Minister, Dora Akunyili who resigned and left PDP to run for a Senatorial seat under APGA.

“This is not a PDP affair, I think the bottom line is that there is massive corruption in our political system and that corruption is affecting the mindset of our politicians.

“There is no more trust, even in my own political party there are lots of in-house-fighting that has devastated us.

“It is just that we keep hiding it but today, it is coming to limelight,’’ he said.

Niger

The Niger State Government has integrated 60 Almajiri schools (Qur’anic education schools) with western schools to ensure education for all its citizens.

The Permanent Secretary in charge of Non-Formal Education, Malam Ibrahim Malik, made the disclosure on Monday in a chat with newsmen in Minna.

He said the process of implementing the integration of the Almajiri pupils to the modern style education had been smooth.

Malik said: “I have gone round the schools that were integrated and the process was very smooth, with the Almajiris (Qur’anic pupils) integrating very well in these schools.

Oyo

The Comptroller of Agodi Prison, Ibadan, Mr Joseph Olorunmola has assured that the new prison under construction at the Olomi will be completed in June.

Olorunmola announced this when he received an ambulance donated to the prison by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Monday.

He said the new block was part of the ongoing prisons reform in the country.

He said the new prison will be fitted with modern facilities which would further improve the welfare of the inmates.

He said the Comptroller General, Olusola Ogundipe, inherited dilapidated infrastructure nationwide when he assumed duties in 2006.

Olorunmola thanked the RCCG for the gift which he said would go a long way in assisting the prison service in terms of logistics.

Plateau

Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos Catholic Archdiocese, has lauded the efforts of journalists in their efforts to find a lasting peace in Plateau.

Kaigama was speaking yesterday in Jos at a luncheon he organised for journalists in the state to mark the New Year.

He said that journalists had contributed in informing the world about happenings in the state and suggested some ways out.

The archbishop particularly commended the journalists for the manner they usually handled their stories during “difficult times” in the state.

He said, “People read and hear a lot, in some cases, pictures are even shown.

Sokoto

The Sokoto State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Manku, has said that the command is to engage religious leaders to curb political thuggery.

Manku told newsmen in Sokoto that the leaders would sensitise their congregation on the need to prevent their children from being used as political thugs during and after campaigns.

“The approach will enable parents to monitor the conduct and behaviour of their children to prevent them from being used to cause trouble in the state,’’ the commissioner said.

He said the command would do everything possible to prevent political violence and thurgery as the area commanders and divisional police officers had been briefed on ways to liaise with religious leaders in their area.

Zamfara

The Speaker, Zamfara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Bature Sambo (Gusau 1), has been returned unopposed as PDP candidate in the primary held in Gusau on Monday.

The Presiding Officer, Alhaji Ibrahim Nabature said although the constituency had 122 delegates, 113 voted for Sambo. “He was unopposed.

“The primary election was free, fair and in line with the party’s constitution.

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Group Urges Police To Apologise To Protesters

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The Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has asked the Nigeria Police to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
A statement by the human rights group yesterday, by its Interim Chair, Femi Falana (SAN), also accused the police of deliberately contravening Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020. 
The section provides that “Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilize personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.”
The group noted that Section 36 of the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of the Nigerian people to freedom of expression including the right to protest against policies of the government. 
Many Nigerians in many states across the country trooped out on Saturday, June 12 to mark the day– Democracy Day – with protests against bad governance. 
The protesters chanted ‘Buhari must go’ in apparent dissatisfaction with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that has seen security, economy, youth employment rate and some other sectors and indices worsen. 
However, there were arrests and harassment of peaceful protesters by the policex particularly in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River. 
The group in the statement said, “For having the audacity to insist on their fundamental right to protest against unpopular policies of governments, teams of armed police personnel fired teargas to disperse the peaceful rallies. As if the unprovoked attack was not enough, the Police brutalised and arrested scores of protesters in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar (Cross River State capital). 
“Since the protesters who were arrested during the peaceful rallies did not commit any offence, they have since regained their liberty. But the police authorities ought to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
“More so that the Police had deliberately contravened Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020 which provides that ‘Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilise personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.’
“While commending the protesters for conducting the themselves in a matured and peaceful manner, we condemn the official lie that the protesters were teargassed to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful rallies. Since the Police admitted that protesters committed no offence whatsoever why were some of them arrested? Why were the so-called hoodlums and miscreants who wanted to cause mayhem and unleash violence on the protesters not arrested? 
“Or were they treated like sacred cows because they had been hired to disrupt the peaceful rallies of the protesters? Why were the scanty pro-government protesters who were reported to have fought openly in Abuja over their booty not arrested for breach of the peace in the Federal Capital Territory?

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‘MKO Most Acceptable Nigerian Democrat’

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the late Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential poll, as “the most acceptable democrat cherished by Nigerians”.
Mohammed said this in Gamawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the distribution of empowerment items to youths and women under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
He said the empowerment scheme historic as it coincided with Democracy Day which he described as an unforgettable day in the history of Nigeria.
The governor, who was full of praises for the late business mogul, said Abiola provided the country with a lot of empowerment programmes without considering the tribe, language and geographical location of the beneficiaries.
“Our launching of this empowerment programne today is historic and passionate; we remember today is democracy day and we decided to do it on this day.
“This is because Chief Moshood Abiola, who we are celebrating, empowered several people.
“He did that across board without considering the religion, language and origin of those that benefited from the gestures.
“Abiola will remain in our memory as the most acceptable democrat or politician in Nigeria.
“We all voted for him and that is why myself, my deputy and the government decided honour to him this day by coming to Gamawa and Zaki to empower the people,” he said.
Mohammed noted that democracy day meant remembering people who had empowered the masses, adding that the late Abiola was in that category.
The gesture, he said, was also to show appreciation to the people who brought his administration to power, adding that his government had a lot to offer to the people.

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Buhari, Bello Greet Abubakar At 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.
The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday.
Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The president noted the goodwill that the former Head of State had continued to attract to the country, both at national and international levels.
He particularly lauded him for sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
Buhari prayed for increase in wisdom, strength and long life for the former military leader that midwifed return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Similarly, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), on his 79th birthday.
Sani-Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, last Saturday in Minna eulogised Abubakar and described him as a “complete gentleman”.
According to him, the former head of state is a patriot who has remained “consistent and significant” in the progress and development of the country.
He said Niger and the country were indeed lucky to have an outstanding leader and statesman who had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity and integration, as well as pursuit of global peace.
“Undoubtedly, your resolve to rededicate yourself to the service of our fatherland and humanity in general is a clear testimony of your statesmanship and influence which cuts across the length and breadth of the country,” Sani-Bello said.
He noted that at 79 years, Abdulsalami had remained a reference point for good governance, diplomacy and conflict resolution.
He prayed Allah to grant him sound health, many more years of wisdom, courage and determination to continue to offer selfless service to the nation and humanity.

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