Mona Audu Purchases APC Nomination, Expression of Interest Forms, Vows to Take Kogi to Next Level
Barely 24 hours after the incumbent governor of Kogi state Yahaya Bello bought his nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the All Progressives Party, [APC] governorship primaries scheduled for August 28, his main challenger, Prince Mona Mustapha Audu equally stormed the party secretariat in Abuja to purchase the forms whose costs were put at about N23million.
Prince Mustapha Audu, while addressing hundreds of his supporters who
came in convoy of vehicles from the three senatorial districts of the state to witness the ceremony at the APC secretariat in Abuja assured the party faithful that he has all it takes to defeat the incumbent in the party’s primaries to get the sole ticket for the November 16 state polls.
Mustapha, the son of late Prince Abubakar Audu, the late governor f Kogi state said he was dedicating the forms he bought to the civil servants of the state who are being owed salaries for more than 30 months as well as , the poor men and women whose legion has increased as a result of mismanagement of the state ‘s resource s and the jobless youths who have been languishing in poverty and untold hardships in the last four years.
He thanked God Almighty for him to see this day, and said that with the support of the people, he will defeat the incumbent which ever modality the national secretariat of the party adopts for the conduct of the primaries.
While the governor’s group have been rooting for indirect means of conducting the election, the other aspirants and stakeholders maintained that the process is subject to manipulation, and therefore advocated for direct primaries.
Prince Mona Audu said that the mode of the primaries will however not
affect his fortunes.
He said: “Sincerely speaking, direct primary or indirect primary do not bother me, although in democracy it is good to listen to what the people want especially as other aspirants and stakeholders are clamouring for direct primary.
My advice to the party is to listen to what the people want.”
He promised Kogites a government that will focus on human capital development, empowerment of women as well as youth empowerment which will focus on creating employment and sports development.
He promised to lift the state that God has so much endowed with mineral resources and tourism potentials to find its true bearing if given the mandate by the people to govern them.
He said in all” my ambition to be the governor of the state is simply
for the benefit of the people of the state. It is not a do-or-die
He said contrary to false information peddled about his family, they are all united and focused towards getting power for the overall progress of the state, the ideals which his late father and political icon, Prince Abubakar Audu stood for.
At the stakeholders’ meeting held shortly after the collection of the
forms by the aspirant, they all expressed the determination to work
collectively towards the success of Mona at the polls.
Army to Review Troops’ Conduct During Elections, other Operations
The Nigerian Army is set to review the conduct of troops in Operation Safe Conduct during the just concluded 2023 general elections across the country.
The review is expected to take place during the forthcoming Chief of Army Staff First Quarter 2023 Conference.
This is contained in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.
Nwachukwu said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, would interact with the General Officers Commanding (GOC), field commanders and other senior officers.
He said that the interaction would help to provide possible guidance towards enhancing army operations and other activities.
He said the conference, which would hold from April 3 to April 6 would offer an avenue for reappraisal of the administrative affairs of the Nigerian army.
He added that it would also help in evaluation and comprehensive review of ongoing operational engagements within the first quarter.
According to him, this will provide the army an in-depth insight to enable far reaching decisions towards achieving its set objective of addressing the multifaceted security challenges confronting the country.
Nwachukwu said that the COAS would present a new Toyota Hilux vehicles each to 14 Army Warrant Officers who had attained the peak of their soldiering career.
“Similarly, the COAS will commission the newly constructed Faruk Yahaya Historical Park located at Asokoro Abuja.
“The conference will also showcase some research and development effort of the Nigerian Army in an exhibition.
“The three days conference promises to be very eventful, as it will witness a review of the conduct of troops during the recently concluded Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2023 and other operations across the country,” he said.
Nwachukwu reaffirmed the commitment and resolve of the Nigerian army to discharging its constitutional mandate professionally.
“We will also be resolute in upholding our values of courage, selfless sacrifice, respect, discipline and unalloyed loyalty to constituted authority,” he added. (NAN)
Obidient Movement Not for Religious, Ethnic Considerations – Peter Obi
By Jude Opara, Abuja
The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and the leader of the ‘Obidient Movement’ both in Nigeria and diaspora, Mr. Peter Obi has warned that the movement has no room whatsoever for religious, ethnic, and other parochial interests.
Obi in a series of tweets on Wednesday said that there is no looking back on the Movement’s objective of taking back Nigeria from those holding it down, saying that now is the right time.
“In the life of every nation, there is a turning point. For Nigeria, that time is now; a time to save Nigeria, save our democracy, and give the Nigerian youths hope.The Obidient Movement has been the arrowhead in the take-back Nigeria mission.
The former governor of Anambra state said his role in the Movement is just to provide leadership and direction, “My role in the Movement is that of a Focal Point. As I’ve always stressed, Nigeria remains a secular state. As such, the movement is not about my tribe or my religion, and it is not an Igbo agenda or in any way, to Christianize Nigeria”.
“My aspiration is for a new Nigeria, where the children of a nobody will become somebody. A nation anchored on national interests, and not sectional interests; where the entire youths from the six geopolitical zones will have a sense of belonging in the affairs of their country.
He said that his ambition is to lead a united and indivisible Nigeria and warned against ascribing ethnic or religious coloration to the OBIdient Movement.
Obi drew the attention of Nigerians to what is happening in Scotland where “A 37-year-old, Humza Yousaf is set to become Scotland’s first minister, having won the keenly contested SNP’s leadership contest. Born to Pakistani parents, who emigrated to Scotland in the 60s, Yousaf is from the ethnic minority and a Muslim.
“I have always maintained that Nigerians must rise above ethnicity, religion, and sectarian politics in matters of governance; and that the leadership selection process must be strictly based on Character, Competence, Capacity, and Compassion, only then, shall our democracy flourish, and our society progress. Contextually, the Scottish reality is instructive and presents us with some lessons learned and missed opportunities,” he said.
Earlier, the leadership of the Labour Party (LP) held an interactive strategy session with Senate-elect and House of Representative-elect members, a session Obi said was to discuss leadership and working modalities for the incoming legislators and which he noted was very constructive.
The LP standard bearer who also on Tuesday attended the 16th Ayiam Osigwe Lecture in Lagos chaired by Chief Emeka Anyaoku where the former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was the guest speaker, strongly maintained that democratic and economic development hinges on credible polls, education, rule of Law.
Obi finally enjoined Nigerians, to strive for a leadership imbued with character, competence, capacity, credibility, and commitment.
AA Holds Governorship Primaries for Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi April 17
The Action Alliance (AA) Party will hold primaries for its governorship candidates in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states on April 17.
This is contained in a statement by Mr James Vernimbe, the party National Secretary and made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
He stated that the party had notified the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about preparations for the conduct of the exercise.
According to him, the party will first conduct a delegate election in the three states on April 5 for those participating in the primaries.
“We wrote to notify the commission of the delegate elections to elect delegate that will participate in the Governorship primaries in the upcoming Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states 2023 Governorship Elections.
“The exercise is scheduled to hold simultaneously in the affected states as follows. In Bayelsa state on 5th April, 2023 at Action Alliance Ward/LGA Offices at 8am Prompt.
“In Imo state on 5th April, 2023 at Action Alliance Ward/LGA Offices at 8am Prompt. In Kogi state on 5th April, 2023 at Action Alliance Ward/LGA Offices at 8am Prompt.
“Consequently, the party has scheduled the Governorship Primaries to hold simultaneously in the affected states on 17 of April,” he said.
Vernimbe, however, said the primaries would hold in AA secretariats in Yenegoa, Owerri and Lokoja respectively.
He also stated that the mode of the governorship primaries would be indirect.(NAN)
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