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2023: Steer Clear Of National Crisis, Mohammed Warns Bauchi PDP Stakeholders

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Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has convened a stakeholders’ meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, warning candidates to steer clear of the current controversy in the PDP at the national level.
The party is currently facing serious challenges as the Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is having a face-off with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who lost to the former Vice President in the party’s primary.
But the Bauchi State Governor while addressing the meeting, which started at about 12:00 mid-day on Saturday, held at Government House Annex, Bauchi, said all candidates in the state must steer clear of the raging controversy.
Speaking before the meeting went into close door meeting, the governor advised candidates in the state to respect the Presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP.
“I don’t want anyone of us to get involved in the controversy at the national level. It is above us.
“Leave it to me to handle it as your leader the way l am handling it as your leader. Certainly we cannot afford it because it will have disparaging consequences on us,” he advised.
The stakeholders meeting was attended by the party bigwigs and candidates contesting on the platform of the party in the forthcoming general election.
The meeting had in attendance the State PDP Chairman, Alhaji Hamza Akuyam, the Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Bala Hadiz and newly appointed Campaign Director General of the party for the 2023 election, Honourable Farouk Mustapha.
Other bigwigs who attended the meeting include the Deputy Governorship candidate, Auwal Jatau, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honorable Suleiman Abubakar; the Deputy Speaker Danlami Kawule, and candidates contesting in the State and National Assembly elections.
He urged candidates to focus on the challenges in the state, saying so far the administration had been able to address grievances that arose in the aftermath of the party primaries amicably.
He advised candidates to accept the fact that the party is supreme, hence any complaint must be addressed within the ambit of the party guidelines.
“Whatever we become we must remember the party is supreme,” he said.
“We have problems but it’s about swallowing our problem for the greater benefits of the bigger picture”
The governor said he convened the meeting in order to confront the challenges ahead and ensure that the PDP does not lose the state in 2023.
“We have done quite well but l believe we will do better,” he said.
“I called for this meeting to for us to sit down, reminisce, discuss and address new challenges, especially looking at the electoral act, our party guidelines, and of course our personal challenges to regroup and refocus.
“We are confronted with a long period of electioneering and campaign. It’s going to take much time so we have to strategize. We have so many projects and programmes we have not completed.
“We have fulfilled 80 percent of our promises but the party is not going to win at the Government House but at the villages where we come from.
“The candidates are the most important variables now because the party has finished its own, meaning we must manage scare resources.
“The people appreciate what we have done but we cannot afford to be complacent”
He observed that the party leadership at the local government was not doing as expected as the general election approaches.
“The elected local government chairmen are not supporting our candidates as much as we want . That gap should be closed down.

 

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Obi: You Can’t Speak For Afenifere, Tinubu Campaign Slams Adebanjo

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The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council has slammed Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo for attempting to turn the pan-Yoruba sociocultural association into his personal estate and using same to canvass support for the Labour Party LP presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi.
Director, Media and Publicity of the council, Mr Bayo Onanuga in a statement on Saturday titled “Our Reaction to Baba Ayo Adebanjo and his new Ohanifere Venture”, said “Papa Adebanjo does not speak for Afenifere”.
According to the council, Pa Adebanjo is free as an individual to support anyone he likes, in furtherance of his democratic rights.
“We know for a fact that Baba has turned Afenifere into his personal estate as Acting Leader. We are also certain that there was nowhere Afenifere, as we know it, met and took a decision to adopt Mr. Peter Obi as a candidate for 2023 presidential election.
“We respect the age of Baba Adebanjo but he can not turn Afenifere into his personal franchise for any political alliance.
“We are very much aware that Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the real leader of Afenifere had stated clearly that Pa Adebanjo has always been speaking for himself on many national issues using the name of the group.
“It is our well considered position that Pa Adebanjo cannot appropriate Afenifere. Baba is just an individual who is free to support any politician of his choice. As an individual, he cannot equate himself with the socio-cultural and socio-political organisation”, the council stated.

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2023 Polls: IPC Begins Training Of Media Monitors

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The International Press Council (IPC), last Friday began the training of 12 Media monitors in Lagos to prepare them for the monitoring of the coverage and reportage of the electoral processes and the 2023 elections by the print and online media.
The essence of the 18-month monitoring that will commence on October 1, 2023, is to assess the level of compliance with professional and ethical standards by newspapers, including online ones, being selected for the exercise.
Among others, the monitoring will be done within the context of the expectation of the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage, which spells out the responsibilities expected of journalists and other media professionals at elections.
The Media Election Code was endorsed by umbrella media professional bodies and associations, and close to 300 individual media outlets in 2018.
It enumerates what journalists and media management should do to ensure social responsibility and integrity; equitable access for parties and candidates; media access for disadvantaged groups including women, persons with disability and youths; conflict sensitivity and the avoidance of hate speech.
The training of the monitors is one of the activities under component 4 (Support to media) of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria-Phase 2 (EUSDGN II) project, being implemented by IPC, along with its partner, the Institute for Media and Society.
The overall goal of the media component is to “Support the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria with the media (broadcast, print and online media) helping to facilitate the key ingredient of credible elections through engagement and professionalism in coverage and reportage of the electoral processes.”
The specific objective is to ensure that, “The Media, including New and Social Media, provides fair, accurate, ethical and inclusive coverage of the Electoral Process.”
The two-day training , the first day of which was facilitated by Mr. Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and Mr. Sanmi Falobi, Project Manager of IPC, aimed to build the skill of the monitors on the processes and methodologies of media monitoring.
“Against the background of the prevalence of misinformation and disinformation especially by political actors, all we are seeking to achieve is for the Nigerian media to contribute to the credibility of electoral information before, during and after the 2023 elections”, said the Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade.

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2023: ‘Same-Faith Ticket, Blunder Laced With Hidden Agenda’

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The Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria, CAIN, last Saturday night, said no amount of blackmail would stop a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and an erstwhile Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, from publicly condemning the decision of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for fielding a same-faith presidential ticket.
The Spokesman of CAIN, Yusuf Kanhu, who said this in a statement he personally signed accused supporters of the APC of hiring mercenaries to tarnish the image of the duo.
Kanhu in the statement made available to journalists in Abuja described the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC as a “blunder”laced with “hidden agenda”
He explained: “The decision by Nigerian Christians through the umbrella Association to reject the same faith ticket was not against any particular party but advice to all political parties. Sadly the presidential candidate of APC ignored the advice and picked his vice from the same faith.
“The Christian Umbrella body came out in the first place to reject the idea and challenge Christians in APC to tell their party and Candidate to do what is right and good for the unity of the country.
“Hon Yakubu Dogara and Babachir Lawal respected the call of their leaders and proved that they are not going to betray the position of CAN just to satisfy their belle.
“Interestingly, the APC candidate and some of his supporters instead of making an honest effort to convince Christians and especially those Christians in their party about the reason for their action have chosen to recruit faceless people and are creating unknown groups with funny names to castigate the Christian body and the courageous Christians from their party that are telling them the danger and implication of their ill advised decision.
“We wish to inform the APC candidate that blackmail will not stop Dogara, Babachir, and others from telling them the truth.
“Nigerian Christians know the difference between fake Christian groups from genuine groups such as Northern Christians Youth Initiative with her faceless coordinator Hon. Mike Msuaan Msuaan.
“We can go on to name many hungry people who have not attended any church service in the last 10 years but are cashing on the desperation of the APC candidate to show that he has Christians’ support to start none existing Christian groups to enable them to get their share of the cake in circulation.
“The church in Nigeria and especially in the North knows the voices and names of their genuine leaders fighting for justice which is different from the newly born and newly introduced names that are only speaking to get money from their sponsors.
“Sponsoring fake people and groups to insult others will not correct your big blunder and will only make more Christians accept the fact that the decision has a hidden agenda.”

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