A Northern youth group known as Arewa Youth Awareness Forum (AYAF) has kicked against the decision of the All Progressives Congress to adopt the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, for the 9th National Assembly speakership.
In a statement on Saturday, signed by the group’s Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General – Mohammed Sani-Kabir, Salisu Abdurrahaman and Ben Alege, respectively, they said the endorsement was against the collective interest of the North ahead of 2023 presidency.
The northern group supported House of Representatives members-elect that were opposed to the party’s candidate, saying that Gbajabiamila was not the best option for the northern interest.
The statement accused the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole of scheming for the 2023 presidency.
They said they were alarmed by the dictatorial and insensitive manners in which the party foisted the leadership on the two Chambers of the National Assembly.
The group urged the party leadership to allow members-elect to freely choose their principal leaders for the 9th National Assembly.
According to the group, the plot is railroading the National Assembly towards having a leadership that will benefit the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu for the 2023 Presidency.
The group said: “We are alarmed by the dictatorial and insensitive plot by the APC leadership for foisting leadership on the two chambers of the National Assembly.
“We are also concern by the fact that northern interests are being compromised with great implication for the future of the region.
“We also note with grave concern, the undemocratic posture of some party leadership which is already structuring a game plan for the APC’s 2023 presidential primaries and we note with delight the quiet but firm resistance of APC members who will not concede to being used for such game plans under the façade of party interests.
“We also urged lawmakers of northern extractions to resist any attempt by the party leadership to use them against the overall interest of the north.”
They also warned the party leadership against disregarding the Nigeria’s Constitution by forcing particular members on the National Assembly, calling on the party to allow members to choose their leaders rather than “Tinubu and Oshiomohle forcing Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila on the National Assembly.”
“It is risky for President Buhari, the North and the entire federation for one man to be in control of the Vice President, ruling party chairman, Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives,” the group added.
Rep, Others Condemn Burning Of Kogi SDP Secretariat
A member representing Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency, Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye has condemned the setting ablaze of the secretariat of the Social Democratic Party in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, by suspected political thugs.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Oluyemi Fasipe on Monday in Akure, Adefisoye condemned the incessant attacks on SDP secretariat and its members in the state.
He said that barely five days to the governorship election in the state in the early hours of Monday, unknown hoodlums set the SDP secretariat in Lokoja on fire.
The lawmaker, who is the only SDP member in the National Assembly, rued the culture of political intolerance and ‘do or die’ brand of politics being practised in Kogi State and said this should be condemned by every right-thinking Nigerian.
“This attack on our party secretariat and members of the party in Lokoja is condemnable and those in charge of the state’s security architecture must get to the root of it.
“This same secretariat was (SDP) in Ondo State says the attack by some thugs on the party’s secretariat in Kogi is a threat to the nation’s democracy.
Mr Dele Ogunbameru, the Chairman of SDP Reconciliation and Development Committee in Ondo State, expressed concern over the attack on the Kogi State Secretariat by thugs.
In a statement he issued in Lagos on Tuesday, he described the attack as “barbaric and a setback to the nation’s political development.”
“The burning of the Kogi State SDP Secretariat by some political thugs is a threat to our nascent democracy which should be condemned by all no matter the political bias,” he said.
Ogunbameru urged the Inspector General of Police to bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.
He also condemned the alleged threat to the life of Natasha Akpoti, the gubernatorial candidate of SDP in Kogi, and urged relevant security agencies to investigate the allegation.
“The unfortunate recent threat to life of our candidate and attack on the party secretariat are due to the popularity of the party, its candidate and the fact that the party is set to win the gubernatorial election in the couple days to come.”
He urged electorate in the state to vote massively for SDP and its candidate on Saturday, November. 16. Kogi State Deputy Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Khalid Adams, has described the attack on the party’s State Secretariat early Monday morning in Lokoja as “coward’s alternative.” Reacting to the development on Monday, he said that the attack was not only despicable, but a coward’s alternative by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which has lost the peoples goodwill as a result of bad governance.
He said that the party has failed to stop their gubernatorial bid as eminent citizens of Kogi State through surreptitious approach, but has now resorted to crude attack on SDP properties and supporters.
Kano Assembly Tasks Govt On Road Construction
The Kano State House of Assembly has urged the State Government to link up eight communities in Kiru Local Government Area (LGA), of the state by constructing access road in the area.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Alhaji Kabiru Hassan-Dashi (APC- Kiru ), at plenary on Tuesday.
Speaking on the motion, Hassan-Dashi said the communities include -Kwanar Zuwo, Zuwo, Bellon Koki, Kiru, Ba’awa, Dansoshiya and Dangora.
He explained that the people were always faced with challenges, especially during rainy season due to lack of access road in the area.
“The construction of the road is very important to the people because it is one of the areas with large number of farmers in the state.
“Therefore, if the road is constructed, it will assist in boosting commerce and farming activities in the area.
“If the road is constructed it will help to improve business and farming activities and this will also boost the economy of the state and increase job opportunities for youths,” he said.
The lawmaker added that due to lack of road, most teachers in the area found it difficult to work especially during rainy season.
The motion was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers after a voice vote by speaker, Alhaji Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa.
The House later adjourned its sitting till December. 16 to enable Heads of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)defend their 2020 budget.
Bayelsa Poll: Group Cautions Against Violence, Vote Buying
Coalition for Development and Democracy in Bayelsa (CDDB), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has admonished political parties to refrain from violence or monetary inducement in the November. 16 governorship election in the state.
The Executive Director, CDDB, Mr Konrad Ekiyor Welson, gave the admonition in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Yenagoa, and advised the parties to do more in the area of education of electorate.
Welson was quoted to have spoken at a voter education exercise against violence, rigging and ballot snatching in communities in the Sagbama Local Government Area, organised in partnership with INEC
He said that the parties should convince the electorate to vote for their candidates through their vision, mission and manifestoes, declaring how to develop the state.
The group also charged security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor leaders and members of the political parties before, during and after the election to prevent engagement in election malpractice.
He said the voter education exercise took the CDDB team to Ofoni, Anagalabiri, Toru-Orua, Ogobiri,Ebedebiri, Sagbama,Tungbo, Tungbabiri,Angiama, Agbere and Odoni communities.
Welson commended INEC in the state for partnering with NGOs and CSOs in carrying out the voter education exercise and appealed to political parties and the state government to emulate INEC. Responding, voters in all the communities expressed their readiness to come out in mass to vote and condemned any form of violence before, during and after the election.
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