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2023: Buni Warns APC Chieftains Against Hijacking Membership Registration
Yobe State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, has said any attempt by leaders to hijack the party’s membership registration and revalidation exercise ahead of the 2023 general poll would attract sanctions.
Our correspondent reports that the party has not renewed its membership register since the initial registration exercise of 2014 despite the surge in its membership.
Inaugurating the membership and revalidation committee headed by Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, on Wednesday, Buni said the party would not tolerate any form of sabotage of the process. He said that the party had adequate backup materials to ensure a successful exercise, adding that no one would be disenfranchised.
Buhari Will Leave Legacy Of Free, Fair Elections – Ohuabunwa
The founder of Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari will leave a legacy of free and fair elections for Nigerians at the end of his tenure.
He said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the formal launch of the New Nigeria Group (NNG), a political group with a key focus on ending poverty, corruption, injustice and insecurity.
Ohuabunwa, who recently declared intention to contest the 2023 presidential election, said he believes President Buhari would sign the Electoral Reforms bill being considered at the National Assembly into law, to deepen democracy and good governance in the country. He, however, said he was not in a hurry to pitch his tent with any of the existing political parties at the moment, adding that the group would choose from any of the existing political parties to actualise its presidential ambition at the appropriate time.
No Negative Reaction If President Knows Security Situation In Ondo – Akeredolu
The ‘quit notice’ issued by Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu asking herdsmen to vacate forests in the state is causing growing controversy. The presidency has described it as inflammatory, but the state government on Wednesday stood its ground, insisting the presidency was not aware of the security situation in the state.
“I want to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari is not in the picture of what is happening here because if he knew the clear picture of what is happening in Ondo State, there won’t be any negative reaction. We voted for him before he became the President and he is there to protect us not to destroy us,” the Senior Special Adviser(Security Matters) to the governor, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, told newsmen while fielding questions from journalists in Akure, the state capital on Wednesday.
He noted that the order became necessary having considered all options to check incessant kidnapping, killing of the people and destruction of farm crops. He disclosed that the state government had a meeting with the leadership of the herdsmen in the state on how to check activities of armed herdsmen kidnapping and killing people in the state.
FG Extends NIN, SIM Linkage Deadline To Feb. 9
The Federal Government has extended the deadline for linking the National Identity Numbers to SIM registration database, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) said on Wednesday.
ALTON, in a statement, said it had received a formal confirmation from the Nigerian Communications Commission that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data from January 19 to February 9, 2021.
“We want to thank the president for giving us more time to deliver on this all-important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country. We’re also grateful to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami, for his commitment to enabling digital economy’’, the association said in the statement jointly signed its chairman Gbenga Adebayo and publicity secretary, Damian Udeh.
How Dr Gumi Reached Out To Bandits To Repent, Suspend Operations In Kaduna
Leaders of selected bandit groups around Kidandan in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Tuesday pledged to repent from their criminal activities after an interactive meeting with Dr Ahmad Gumi.
Dr Gumi has since early January commenced a daring peace mission to selected dangerous enclaves to carry out a Da’awa (preaching) campaign. In the first week of January 2021, the scholar visited Fulani communities along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, where rampant kidnappings and other criminal activities are prevalent. He later visited Gamagira in Soba LGA before his latest visit to Kidandan in Giwa LGA on Tuesday.
The Islamic scholar had lamented the high rate of illiteracy among the Fulani and assured of his commitment to rendering assistance in Islamic knowledge. At Kidandan on Tuesday, Daily Trust gathered that leaders of various Fulani communities as well as suspected bandit commanders, women and children, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Nigeria (MACBAN) were in attendance. Gumi, who was provided cover by the Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri and his men, said the bandit commanders had repented while giving the condition for the government to provide them basic amenities and for security agents to stop profiling them for extortion and arbitrary arrests.
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