By John Onah, Abuja
Chairman, National Campaign Council, Mustapha Audu has called on the National working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt direct primaries for the forth coming governorship election in kogi state.
The Director General of the council, Kwanashie Yahuza who made the call at a World press conference in Abuja also urged the party to constitute competent, unbiased hands for the primaries to ensure sustainability of peace and unity of the members of the party in the state.
“We are also calling on the President as a matter of urgency to advice the NWC to stick with free, fair and credible elections in Kogi state to rebuild the confidence of the people of APC”.
He called on the party faithful to beware of the campaign of calumny currently circulating by the opponents to heat up polity in the state following the warm acceptance and support of Mustapha Audu.
“Given his proven track record, his leadership will transform governance in Nigeria with Kogi as a pilot project. He will achieve giant strides and set a new developmental pace for other states in Nigeria”, he added.
Earlier in his opening remark, Prince Audu said he has confidence in defeating the incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello and others, because he knows the working of the party
“I am APC through and through. We built the APC. You can’t build a house and when invaders come in; you take off and start elsewhere”.
“We worked for the APC, we built the APC and after victory in the last election in the state, God called the patriarch of our family the late Prince Abubakar Audu. Therefore we have come back to reclaim our victory and make Kogites happy again.
“Unfortunately, due to the political machinations in place, Yahaya Bello came to power and you can see the effect on the state and its people, simply because he wasn’t the one they voted for”.
According to him, he has learnt a lot from his father and as such will follow his footstep and make sure kogi regain its pride.
“Basically, it was the old fashioned way of tutelage, where you sit down, witness, watch and understand”.
“He didn’t directly say, ‘I want you to be a politician’ or ‘I want to you to follow in my footsteps’, no. I was in almost every meeting he had; I prepared documents for all the parties he was in during his political career ranging from AC, ACN and ANPP. I did a lot of things for him, especially door-to-door campaigning including the APC campaign. I did part of the ACN campaign in 2011. Before that, in 2007 and 2008, I was also by his side.
Prince Mustapha Audu is a son of late Prince Abubakar Audu, a former governor of Kogi State, and winner of the 2015 governorship election before his death.
A graduate of Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, 37-year-old Mustapha has followed in his father’s footsteps, and is currently interested in the governorship of Kogi State under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
NNPP Denies Alliance with PDP
By Solomon Okoliko, Abuja
The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has dissociated itself from the story making the rounds and credited to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Engr. Buba Galadima that the party may go into alliance with the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election.
The NNPP in a press statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Dr. Agbo Major said there is no iota of truth in the statement because the party is not thinking of going into any alliance with any other political party.
The statement adds; “There is no such arrangement on the ground as our presidential candidate is in this race to win and provide purposeful leadership in line with our party programmes and manifesto. He is determined to go all the way due to his passion to serve Nigerians.”
The statement which was also made available to DAILY ASSET added; “As a mass movement, the NNPP welcomes electoral alliances from like-minded political parties in our quest to rescue our great country but insists that any such arrangement must be the one that would see them joining us to deliver our presidential candidate Engr.Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and never the other way round.”
The statement also reads; “That the said report is a figment of the imagination of those who engineered it and we see it as antics of mischief makers and propagandists due to the towering profile of our candidate after the series of town hall meetings held so far.”
“The party roundly dismissed this mischievous report that has created unease amongst our teeming members and followers.”
Plateau PDP Candidates Clean of Litigations – Mutfwang
From Jude Dangwam, Jos
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Plateau State, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang has said candidates of the party in the state are free of any forms of litigations ahead of the 2023 general elections unlike the other political parties who are yet to know their fate.
He accused the ruling APC of being behind the dismissed suit which was the only legal stumbling block for the party “orchestrated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State to frustrate the PDP from presenting candidates in the forthcoming elections. ”
Mutfwang stated this during the inauguration of Atiku-Okowa/Mutfwang-Piyo/ Gotom campaign Council for Plateau Central Senatorial zone held at Pankshin in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“The party became free of litigations following the dismissal of suit No.FHC/J/C5/64/2022 at the Federal High Court Jos, filed by Augustine Timkuk Dandam, an aspirant for Langtang North-North State Constituency, against the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and others,” the governorship flagbearer.
The State Legal Adviser of PDP Plateau State Chapter, Binchen Jantur Esq disclosed that the claimant earlier prayed the Court among others for the disqualification of all the Party’s candidates from Gubernatorial down to State Assemblies in the 2023 general elections but was thrown away for lack of merit among others.
“The Federal High Court sitting in Jos has dismissed the suit filed by one Augustine Timkuk challenging the nomination of Hon. Nannim Joseph Langyi as candidate for State Assembly member representing Langtang North/North Constituency.
“In his prayers among others is seeking for the disqualification of all the Party’s candidates from Gubernatorial down to State Assemblies.
“The Claimant’s suit was dismissed at the preliminary objections stage without the Originating Simmons heard. The court in dismissing the suit held among others that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit,” Jantur explained.
APC Members Should Improve Action and Less Noise to Win the General Elections – Fashola
From Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Members of the All Progressives Congress, ( APC ) have been enjoined to increase their actions and reduce unnecessary noise to attract move voters to vote for the victory of candidates of the party at the general elections.
Minister of Works and Housing and Director of Contact and Mobilization Directorate of Tinubu/Shettima Grassroots Independent Campaign Council, APC-ICC, Babatunde Raji Fsshola made the statement at the inauguration of the committee in Abuja.
He was represented by the Minister of Environment, who is also the Assistant Director of the Directorate, Barr Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi who said, “The members of this Directorate belong to a very important team that is poised to campaign for the success of our Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima Mustapha.
” We should focus on the real, individual voters especially at the grassroots to know the legacies of Tinubu when he was the of Lagos and Shettima also when he was the Governor of Borno despite numerous challenges they encountered.
” I call on Members of this committee to work tirelessly at the grassroots and tell the electorates that Nigeria will continue experiencing growth and development if they vote for Asiwaju/Shettima and APC candidates.” Said Barr Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi.
In his remarks, former chairman of People Democratic Party and now a chieftain of APC, Senator Barnabas Gemade said ” Election is local and not for urban dwellers, I charge all members of this great party, APC to arrive harder by campaigning for votes in grassroots.”
The National Coordinator of APC-ICC, Hon Ali Silas Agara said, ” We are working in ICC to complement the work of the Presidential Campaign Council, APC-PCC.
” The former conduct rallies in the cities and the latter campaign on door to door basis.”
A military man turn Politician and former military Governor of Katsina State, Colonel ( Senator ) Joseph Akaagerger (rtd), ” I am calling on APC members to conduct the campaign within the ambit of the law and not with unnecessary and unlawful acts by other political parties and their members for the victory of the party.” He said.
The inauguration was attended by members from across the country.
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