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Forgive IBB, NNPP Pleads With Nigerians

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The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) led by Dr Boniface Aniebonam on Sunday, urged Nigerians to forgive former military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida over the annulled June 12, presidential elections.

In a statement signed by its Secretary-General in Lagos, Mr Major Agbo, the NNPP stated that “IBB displayed a rare remorse by apologising to Nigerians on June 12.”

“The NNPP notes with great admiration, the courage displayed by IBB for taking responsibility over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections.”

“The fact is not lost on NNPP that it is a rare display of remorse for a Nigerian leader to acknowledge a mistake, and seek forgiveness, an attribute which our great party holds as one of the ingredients needed for new Nigeria,” it stated.

The party further said that “with this remorse, Nigerians will lay to rest all agitations, bitterness and hatred over June 12, 1993 elections”.

The NNPP, however, lauded the courage of those who fought for the actualisation of the June 12 result and also prayed that those who lost their lives in the struggle would rest in perfect peace in the bosom of God.

“Particular mention must be made of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the election and his darling wife late Mrs kudirat Abiola.”

Both lost their lives in the struggle to actualise the election result.

“ We acknowledge that no amount of apology can bring back these precious jewels and many others who died as a consequence of that mistake.”

“We, however, want to say that in line with the teaching of the holy books, we should let by gone be by gone.”

According to the party, in the spirit of national reconciliation, it appeals to members of late M.K.O. Abiola’s family in particular and the entire aggrieved Nigerian community in general to put the entire episode behind them as Christians and Moslems.”

“We do hope that other past leaders who might have made such mistakes would toe the line of reconciliation with Nigerians.”

“Perhaps, if there is anything Gen. Babangida and any other such past leader could do to assuage the feelings of people, now is the time to do it.”

“No sacrifice is too much for the sake of our dear country,” it added.

The NNPP also stated that the time was ripe for proper re-alignment that would enable politicians of like minds to come together under the same umbrella to achieve the Nigeria of our dreams.

The party announced that it intended to extend its hand of fellowship to great hands, like any Nigerian who is at cross-roads in whatever political camp they belong to be part of a new direction for Nigeria using its platforms.

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Yiaga Africa Blames Govt For Voters’ Apathy

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Independent election observer group, Yiaga Africa, has expressed worry that increasing voters’ apathy as witnessed in the Anambra governorship election may not have been caused by insecurity but increasing loss of confidence in government.
A board member of the group, Ezenwa Nwagwu held the view in Awka during a post-election reflection meeting with leaders of Civil Society Organizations.
Nwagwu reiterated that the ugly trend was not necessarily occasioned by insecurity that had always heralded elections in the past, but growing disconnect between the government and the masses, saying it is time populace held government to account to bridge the gap.
He said: “Election is over. Now we have to watch governance and the only way to do that is to clearly design pathways through which we can hold the government accountable.
“One of the ways is for the citizens to engage the government with budget process. Government every year estimates what it uses the people’s resources to do for them.
“Unfortunately, the people involved don’t show any interest, and four years later, the same people will start complaining that government has failed, even when there was nothing to track.
“We need to see how the Media and Civil Society groups can collaborate and produce what I call a citizen charter demand that they can hand over to the new Governor-elect.
“They can liaise with other professional bodies to conduct infrastructural assessment in the state and use that as a document to organize a town-hall meeting to engage government officials.”
Nwagwu also identified what he termed “fear and complaint industries” as major impediments to the growth and development of the state, insisting that the two factors must be shut to enable people of the state enjoy democracy dividends.
He added: “We need to close up the two industries of fear and complaint that have gripped the state, especially after the election so people can leverage the benefits of governance.
“If we continue with this scare-mongering and complaints, we will only succeed in having few persons taking over the government and dictating the pace.”

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CVR: Fresh Registrations Hit 4.2m

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that fresh registration in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit 4,297,494.
The commission disclosed this in the second quarter, week seven, weekly update released by the commission in Abuja recently.
The commission said that as at 7 a.m. on Monday, November 22, 1,856,771 persons have completed their online and physical registration.
According to statistics provided by the commission, 1,856,771 persons who completed their registration, include 941,098 males, 915,673 females.
It also added that 741,183 persons completed their registration online, while 1,115,588 completed it through physical registration.

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Saraki Visits Benue Over Presidential Ambition 

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A former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has visited Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over his ambition to vie for President in 2023.
Saraki, after a close door meeting with Governor Ortom, also met with the State Working Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to familiarise them with his intention to kick start consultations for his ambition to rule the country.
He said that the nationwide defection of party loyalists from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP was an indication that there might not be anyone left in the party before the next election.
“A party that cannot organise its affairs has no business leading this country. A party that has organised its affairs is ready in leading this country and that is the PDP,” he said.
Saraki added that the North Central Zone has paid its dues by working so hard in keeping the country together as one united entity just as he pointed out that, “this time we must stand for our own and charity begins at home.”
The ex -senate president, who was accompanied on the visit by former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, former National Chairman of the PDP, Kawu Baraje, Senator Suleiman Adokwe and Prof Iyorwuese Hagher, Chairman of Council, Saraki for President Campaign, thanked the Benue governor for standing out for the zone.
Earlier, Governor Ortom, eulogised Saraki for being one of those Nigerians that had contributed immensely to the development of democracy.
Ortom said it was time to rescue the country from bottom, a position it was placed by the APC government, to the top, adding that Saraki deserves the presidential seat to enable him salvage the country from its current mess.
On his part, the State Chairman of the PDP, Sir John Ngbede, represented by his deputy, Isaac Mfo, said the party in the state had remained intact even as he assured the presidential hopeful that they would back his ambition to rule the country.

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