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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yobe: Former APC Guber Candidate, 1,000 Others Defect To PDP
A former All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 gubernatorial candidate in Yobe State, Dr Aji Kolomi, was among hundreds of members of the ruling party who joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently.
He was welcomed into the PDP’s fold alongside hundreds of his supporters at the main opposition party’s secretariat in Damaturu, the state capital.
PDP’s Publicity Secretary in Yobe, Hon. Salihu Mohammed Baba, in a statement, claimed that after the party has kicked off “Operation Flush APC In The State”, it has received over 1,000 APC loyalists into its fold.
He said the new entrants, comprising of men and women, were mostly from Abasha, Layin PS and Malaria areas within the metropolis.
“As the operation continues steadily, we welcome the new entrants into our great party the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), and urge our teeming youth to answer the clarion call by joining PDP for better Yobe and Nigeria”, he appealed.
Abdulsalami Abubakar Warns Against Increase In Fuel Price
Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), has warned against an increase in fuel price.
Speaking at the 19th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja, he said an increase in fuel price will push millions of Nigerians into poverty.
He said this following the recommendation issued by the National Economic Council for fuel price to be pegged at N302 per litre.
The former Head of State said, “Insecurity in the country is worsened by our dear economic situation. Unemployment and underemployment remain at a high level. Over 18 million Nigerians are still caught up in needless poverty. All of these tend to have negative effects on security. In fact, Nigeria now faces a full security crisis that is confounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the banditry in many states in Northern Nigeria.
“Most of these have disrupted the final value change across the country and negatively impacted the ability of Nigeria to produce, process, and distribute.
“There is a continuous rise in the prices of food items beyond the reach of many Nigerians. On top of all these, fuel prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months as announced last November. We all know that when this happens, it will push many millions of Nigerians into poverty.”
On insecurity, Abdulsalami stated that the situation has overstretched the country’s security forces and has led to the death of thousands.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Nigeria is once again at crossroads. Insecurity remains the single, most difficult challenge for the country. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, violence in the South-East, kidnappings and abductions of travellers across many states all continue to fester in the land.
“In addition to these, ethnic, communal and religious conflicts are rearing their head again in many parts of the country. All of these have greatly challenged and overstretched our security forces. This has caused thousands of deaths and millions of internally displaced persons in the country over the past years,” he said.
Osun APC Chairmen Forum Accuses Aregbesola Of Championing Crisis
The Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party Chairmen in Osun State Local Government Council Areas has cautioned the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to stop henceforth the disturbance of the political peace of the State.
The APC party chairmen who spoke through their chairman, Rufus Awotidoye, on Tuesday, after a meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, stated that the conduct of Aregbesola constituted an obvious distraction to the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Awotidoye disclosed that the Interior Minister’s affirmation in Ilesa last Friday “of being the brain behind the obnoxious, leprous and antagonistic pressure group within the state APC self-styled, The Osun Progressives (TOP), was unfortunate and needless.”
They praised the quick and prompt condemnation by the State chairman of the Party, Prince Gboyega Famodun, of the needless outburst of Aregbesola, stating that they were in agreement with the chairman’s timely response.
The local APC party chairmen, however, charged the governor to invoke his vast constitutional powers to deal with whoever is constituting a clog to the lawful performance of his official duties.
They warned Aregbesola to stop taking advantage of the gentle nature of the governor to foment trouble and crisis in Osun State each time he visits the State.
They reminded the Interior Minister that his ministerial appointment should be a source of blessing to the people of the State and not the other way round.
The local APC chairmen, who cautioned Aregbesola to desist from distracting Governor Oyetola from performing his statutory duties, accused him of being responsible for all the atrocities being performed against the sitting Governor and his government by the leadership of his militant political group in the state.
They asked the Interior Minister why he has chosen to be the tormentor-in-chief of Governor Oyetola when it’s on record that the governor as his Chief of Staff gave him a hundred per cent support for the eight solid years he ran the administration of the State.
The furious APC local chairmen told Aregbesola that “enough is enough, you should stop riding roughshod on the State as if Osun is a conquered territory of yours.
“There were functional politicians in the state before your foray into the political terrain of the state.
“You should stop playing God who possesses the absolute power to install governors in the State, as all powers belong to God Almighty.
“When it’s apparent that you could not allow any kind of such seditious act against your administration when you were in government, one wonders why you are doing the same to the focused administration of Governor Oyetola.”
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