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Why ‘Progressives Governors’ Kick Against ‘RevolutionNow’ Protest

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*Tell Aggrieved Persons to Meet Their Elected Representatives

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

Governors on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria have frowned at the call for revolution by a group describing the action as condemnable.

Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, in an interview with State House correspondents on Tuesday, in Abuja said “it’s wrong to protest in a democratic setting.

An organization called the “Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria” had planned a “revolution” march on Monday with the aim of bringing “regime change” in the country.

The initiator and lead of the protests, Omoyele Sowore – a publisher of Sahara Reporters – a popular online news platform was arrested last weekend by the DSS and may be charged to court.

Governor Bagudu said that the protesters should have waited for the opportunity to express their grievances through the ballot boxes in the next general elections.

In the alternative, he said that the protesters would have done better by following due process by making their grievances known to their representatives either in the state or National Assemblies who will in turn channel same to the appropriate authorities.

He said: “Any call for disorder in a democratic setting is condemnable because the democracy, as the saying goes, is not the best form of government but it is the best that we have, because it gives opportunity periodically for the electorates to exercise their mandate in affirming or rejecting leaders.

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“We have just come through a general election in march this year where Nigerians embraced the leadership of president Muhammadu Buhari and he has been elected for a second term with a little more votes than they have in 2015. “Also state governors were elected in different states; a lot of them second termer and a number of them first termers and interestingly enough we have seen all kinds of democratic outcomes which hitherto what we have thought differently, particularly in a democratic setting.

“We have first termers defeating second termers and in the case of one state, the supreme court exercising their rights as the highest court in the land to determine what should be and it is respected by the government.”

The Kebbi governor said that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has done well having been able to manage the nation’s economy through the global recession even when the price of crude was at its lowest in the niter national market.

According to him, the shortfall in the nation’s revenues compelled the government to do more with little resource available especially when oil prices took a plunge from $140 per barrel to $27 when Buhari took over in 2015.

He noted that in spite the dwindled revenue and the attendant recession that hit the economy, the Buhari’s administration has been able to put together progressive policies with infrastructural projects being executed across the country.

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“Rail-lines are being constructed, second Niger bridge is being constructed, infrastructural work across the entire six geopolitical zones are taking place, power is improving steadily,” he stressed.

The Kebbi governor noted what gets critics angry most remains the size of the nation’s economy which is very small when compared to her peers particularly Brazil an South Africa.

He said even though the population of Nigeria and Brazil are relatively close, Brazil 2018 budget is $657 billion, South Africa, with less population, is about $100 billion while Nigeria with her population of 200 million is having less than $30 billion as her budget for 2019.

Speaking further, he said that the nation could not attract support from the other parts of the world like her counterparts in Europe and America because it is located in the sub sahara.

“We are a bigger population, bigger economy but we don’t receive such money. Ireland, another European nation get support from the European Union to get them out of economic crisis in excess of Euro200billion. Nigeria is not so lucky, we have not received support of Euros10billion but ofcourse we have borrowed more, we have issued Eurobond,” he said.

Bagudu noted that even though the challenge of Boko Haram had been curtailed, there are still pockets of other crimes in the country occasioned by the the limitation of the nation’s economy.

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Asked whether he sensed foreign conspiracy I the call for revolution, Bagudu said such has always been the worry of developing countries world over. Citing Amilcar Cabral and Walter Rodney, the governor said people have always worry about effect of foreign actors.

Asked to comment on the controversies that surrounded the suspended Ruga policy, Bagudu  said “The federal government did not request any state to provide land for Ruga, I am not aware of it. The federal government requested states that have Fulani settlements, like Kebbi, to indicate how much support they want so that we can have more hospital, water, veterinary services, school in those places.”

Governor Bagudu revealed that Kebbi State has over 3000 Ruga settlements in the state.

On agriculture, the governor said that the prices of food in markets have dropped significantly adding that farmers anticipate a bumper harvest this year.

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NNPP Denies Alliance with PDP

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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.”

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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.”

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Plateau PDP Candidates Clean of Litigations – Mutfwang

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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.

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“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.

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APC Members Should Improve Action and Less Noise to Win the General Elections – Fashola

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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.

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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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