By Gabriel Atumeyi
A businessman Alhaji Shuaibu Adah Mohammed Tettes has picked the nomination and expression of interest form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), promising to readjust the state to make it one of the leading states in Nigeria in terms of viability.
Tettes as he is popularly called made this pledge when he picked his nomination and expression of interest form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
He said he has join the race because he could no longer seat on the sideline while his people suffered and that as a man who has a long career working in the private sector and getting things done, he considered himself the best man for the job.
He said, “that I have had to address pressmen and other participants I always make it very clear that the challenges of Kogi state is leadership, over the years Kogi state has not been lucky to have a leader that is well connected to the grassroot.A leader in bringing the dividend of democracy to the people of Kogi state, a leader that delivers happiness. A leader that can empower our women. All these are lacking. In the last three years it has become obvious that there is little or no hope that we can get any of these things. So as somebody from the state, somebody that grew up in the state, somebody that has traversed the entire state. I feel pained that this must not continue.
“I feel pained that there must be a change. And so I convened what I call rebuild Kogi 2019. That is exactly what has brought me here today, because I am going to rebuild Kogi state under the platform of a great party, the greatest party in Africa. The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP). I know and I believe that the task ahead is enormous. It is a task that requires a collective commitment of the entire people of Kogi state. it is a task that we must join hands to deliver results. So I am not coming to say that I am going for a tea party. I am going with full understanding of the weight of the situation on ground and I know I have what it takes to deliver Kogi state from complete ruin.
“Kogi state is collapsing. I will not seat by to allow it collapse . I am a rescuer and I am going to rescue Kogi from total ruin. I have the courage, motivation and vision. I will make it one of the top ten state in Nigeria. I have studied its viability and I know we have enormous resources, from tourism to agriculture to tourism. I have a document that enunciates the how, and the timing.
I have the experience I have worked with a leading multinational corporation, Heineken international and at certain point in my career I was head of operations. Operations are all about getting things done. The gap we have even in the leadership of the country is not about idea or strategies but about getting things done. Its about how to implement the strategies to bring results, he added.
Speaking on his fate in the credibility of the party’s primary, he said that he believed that the PDP is now the party to beat after it has rebranded itself and that the top echelon of the party have assure all aspirants of their commitment to the integrity and fairness of process.
He said “Me and my team have met the national organizing secretary of the party and he assured me that the process is going to be transparent, he spoke with passion and I believe him. He has great love for this country and for our great party. He told me how rebranded this party has become, with that level of assurance I want to believe the process will be transparent.
Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has asked Nigerians to hold him accountable if a new Nigeria fails to emerge with him as president.
Obi threw the challenge in Abakaliki on Friday at his campaign rally.
He pledged to reform Nigeria back from consumption to production.
The LP candidate assured that the country would be restored when most qualified candidates with character, trust and competence were elected.
He maintained that the 2023 general elections must be based on character and not on or and tribe.
“We will offer you a new Nigeria and also secure and unite the country.
“Let no one deceive you with religion or tell you it is their turn. Just vote people that understand governance.
“I am not contesting as an Igbo man, a south-easterner, but as a Nigerian who is most qualified and competent to revive the country,’’ Obi said.
He commended the people of Ebonyi for their solidarity and support for the Labour Party.
He urged the electorate to vote for Mr Edward Nkwegu, the gubernatorial candidate of LP in Ebonyi to build a better nation.
In his remarks, National Chairman of Labour Party, Mr Julius Abure, appreciated the people of Ebonyi for their show of solidarity, support and commitment to the party.
Abure said the LP would produce most intelligent and credible candidates to fight poverty and insecurity in the country. (NAN)
From David Torough, Makurdi
Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has again, won the gubernatorial primary rerun election conducted by the Sen. Bashir Lado led rerun committee.
Alia polled a total number of 219,002 to defeat 12 other aspirants to emerge winner.
Recall, that the court of appeal sitting in Makurdi while delivering judgement in a case filed by one of the gubernatorial aspirants, Prof.
While announcing the result at the APC Secretariat Makurdi, which also served as the collation Centre for the rerun, Sen. Lado, Chairman of Benue State Rerun Election Committee stated that the primary election rerun which was won by Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia was not only free, fair and credible but represented the wishes of APC members in Benue State.
Chairman of the party in the State, Comrade Augustine Agada while commending APC members in the state for a peaceful primary election, thanked them for their show of maturity during the rerun and termed the results of the election as no victor no vanquish, explaining that the winner in the election is not only Fr. Alia but for the entire Benue APC family.
In a good will message, Amb. Prof. Stephen Ugba who spoke on behalf of party Stakeholders, commended Benue APC for a successful exercise and called on all those who participated in the primary election to see themselves as winners.
The party immediately after the declaration of results went into a Special Congress to ratify the primary elections.
The Congress unanimously ratified and adopted Rev. Fr. Dr Hyacinth Alia as the candidate of APC Benue state for the position of governor.
The Special Congress was attended by members of the State Executive Committee of the party, Critical Stakeholders, teeming members of the APC in Benue state and members of the press.
Man has allegedly slumped and died in front of a branch of the First City Monument Bank at Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, Rivers Stateon Tuesday.
The man’s death, according, to a Twitter user, Dokubo, Kenneth Promise #EndSARS, who posted it on his Twitter handle @dokubo_kenneth, was due to frustration resulting from hostile treatment meted out on him by the customer service officials of the bank.
According to the report, the man (whose name was withheld) had been trying to withdraw money but could not, as the bank asked him to do an affidavit in order to have access to his money.
Dokubo further said the victim went with his next of kin to the bank as judicial workers had been on strike, jeopardising any process of swearing an affidavit.
Man dies at @MyFCMB in Port Harcourt due to frustration and unfriendly treatment by the customer service attendants of a bank,” Dokubo tweeted.
The man was said to have been vomiting and begging having been in the queue for five hours before he collapsed and died.
“An eyewitness at the scene of the incident disclosed that a man who hails from Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, a customer of (First City Monument Bank) FCMB died in front of the bank.
“He was refused access to his own money since Friday even when he came with his next of kin. He was asked to go to the court to get an affidavit knowing the court is not in session.
“Narrating the event, she added, ‘The man was vomiting and at the same time begging for him to have access to his own money yet he was denied. After he was left unattended to for more than 5 hours, he just died now a few minutes ago at FCMB, Education Bus Stop, Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, she said,’” Dokubo reported on Twitter.
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