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2023 Election Won’t Be Business As Usual — Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said the 2023 general election would not be business as usual.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) used the 2020 governorship election in Edo State to redeem its image.
Obaseki stated this yesterday while addressing members of Edo State Transition Committee and other stakeholders at the Government House in Benin City. He said INEC used technology to ensure that the result of the election was not easily changed at its portal. “Politics is changing in Nigeria, electorate have begun to vote rightly using the Edo election. We should all know that the 2023 election will not be business as usual,” he said.
PDP Moves To Halt Matawalle’s Defection As Govs, Others Visit Gusau
Six governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senators and other prominent politicians in the party yesterday visited Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State to stop his reported moves to return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The six governors who met with Matawalle in Gusau, the state capital, were; Seyi Mankinde (Oyo), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa) and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto), who led the delegation.
Chairman of the APC Governors Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu had on Monday, led Yobe State Governor and Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni as well as Jigawa state governor to Gusau and donated N50 million to victims of Gusau market fire after holding talks with Matawalle.
Jerry Gana Returns To PDP, Says ‘There’s No Government In Nigeria’
Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has alleged that there is no government in Nigeria.
“I tell you, we are going to go around strategically, in such a way that the All Progressives Congress (APC) so called government, whether in Niger state; is there a Government in Niger State? Because many people are not aware, or at the Centre? At federal level, we don’t even have a Government.” Gana said this when he, alongside many of his supporters, returned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday.
In March 2018, Gana, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, had dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party. But addressing the party members in Bida, Niger State, during a reception to mark his return to the party, Gana said the country is nosediving and needs urgent rescue.
80,000 Killed, 3 Million Displaced – Abdulsalami
A former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has attributed the rising insecurity in the country to the proliferation of weapons, saying an estimated six million illegal arms are currently in circulation.
Abubakar, who is also the Chairman of the National Peace Committee (NPC), raised the alarm on Wednesday at a dialogue session with key stakeholders in Abuja. According to him, the proliferation of weapons has aggravated insecurity in the country and led to over 80,000 deaths.
The meeting was attended by traditional rulers including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; The Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus, Abuja Catholic Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi; Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong; religious leaders, the service chiefs, business mogul, Aliko Dangote, among others.
2023: Our People May Vote Against You, Ango Abdullahi Warns Northern Politicians
Chairman, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, says the people of the north will not vote along ethnic and religious lines in 2023 because they have learnt their lesson at a great cost.
Speaking at the Northern People’s Summit in Kaduna on Wednesday, Abdullahi warned politicians from the region that they do not have any guarantee that the people will vote for them in the next general election.
Abdullahi, who was represented by the spokesman of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, added that, experiences have taught the region the values of critical scrutiny of records, dispositions and empathy.
Bandits Released Us On Their Own Will, Freed Kaduna Student Contradicts Army
An abducted student of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, Kaduna State, has narrated how they were released from captivity. The Nigerian Army had claimed that its troops “recovered five of the students”, who spent over three weeks in captivity.
Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, was the one who first announced the release of the students but he did not go into details. “The Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna State Government that five of the many kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna were recovered this afternoon and are presently in a military facility where they are undergoing a thorough medical check-up,” Aruwan had said.
However, in a statement on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Yerima Mohammed, Army Spokesman, unveiled the identities of the “recovered students”, and showered encomiums on the troops.
But speaking with Daily Trust shortly after the freed victims were reunited with their families on Wednesday, Francis Paul, a 200 Level Student of Agriculture Technology at the institution, said the bandits released them voluntarily. “One afternoon, they (the bandits) came and started selecting us… I was very ill that day. So, they asked me to sit aside and they added some girls and put us on motorbikes. They dropped us at a village close to the main road and said we should walk towards the road and we did,” he said.
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