The Immediate past National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi says the PDP will dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2019 Presidential polls.
Makarfi disclosed this last Wednesday in Jos when he addressed PDP executives and National delegates at the State Secretariat of PDP in Jos, Plateau State.
“Winning election is not about one individual, it is all about the PDP movement, it is all about the people.
“The PDP supported me when I was chairman, caretaker committee and we were able to resuscitate PDP and the party is seen by Nigerians and all over the world as an alternative government in waiting, and with that if supported as the presidential candidate of the party officially, I am absolutely sure that we will be able to return PDP to power come 2019,” he said.
He said he was in the party secretariat to solicit the support of the delegates who had the mandate of selecting who would fly the ticket of the party during the general elections.
The former lawmaker said he had declared his interest to run for the Presidential elections in 2019 and that more people would come to canvass for support, saying all the aspirants were credible but that he remained the most credible.
Makarfi said his campaign which is anchored on unity would be driven by fairness, justice and equity where every geo-political zone in the country would be carried along.
The former Governor said his government will end insecurity that has ravaged the country by not politicising security matters that affect the citizens of Nigeria.
“We will not politicize security matter, it is a matter which affects everybody, one thing that this government has done is trying to politicize security, PDP government will not politicize security matter, we will work with everybody, we will work with traditional rulers, we will work with religious leaders, community leaders, it will be fair, justice and equity for all without any kind of discrimination.
Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov
Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.
LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN
Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.
Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities
The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.