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Civil society endorses Wada for second term

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A group of civil society organisations in Kogi state has endorsed the second term bid of Gov. Idris Wada.

The gropu said the governor is the rightful candidate that will deliver the expected democratic dividends in the state.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the leader of the 15 CSOs, Comrade Martins Ocholi, stated that the Wada has executed some notable projects and programmes that could be attested to by people in the state.

Ocholi said the Wada administration has been on the vanguard of making life meaningful for all sons and daughters of the state, and expressed optimism that the completed and ongoing projects and programmmes  will be completed very soon and the people will benefit if they re-elect him.

Ocholi Said: “We are civil society organisations which have come together from the grassroots of Kogi State, to formally make a declaration about the state of affairs in Kogi, and we cut across all the three senatorial districts of the state, and over 30 CSOs are part of this declaration and not just this 15 here present.

“We are not paid nor sponsored by any person or organisation, but have deemed it necessary to make Nigerians and people of Kogi State understand the real position of things done in the state.

“We want to unequivocally state that Kogi State was lucky to have a governor such as Idris Wada at the point in time, and we have done our assessment on him and his administration of the state since he took over the mantle of leadership as Governor of the State, and we passed vote of confidence on him.

“Some people will ask why we are passing vote of confidence on the Governor, and the answer is not far-fetched. From our critical analysis as stakeholders of rural development, we have seen the execution of some vital projects at the rural areas, where a large chunk of Kogi people reside.”

Ocholi, who is also coordinator, Kogi Grassroots Monitor Initiative (KGMI), highlighted some achievements of Wada on various sectors of the State’s development.

“Governor Wada has been able to revolutionise the practice of agriculture since he became Governor of the Kogi State, and has unlocked the potentials of the sector with various provisions of modern agricultural equipment and accessories to farmers.
Today, many youth in the state are delving and engaging themselves in agriculture, and that alone has mopped up a huge number of unemployed youth in the state.

“With his robust policy and attention given to the agric sector, the Federal Government was attracted to establish a multimillion naira Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) project in Allape in Kogi State. As we speak Kogi State stands to be one of the high cassava producing states in the country, and it has also attracted more direct foreign investments to the state, and employment is being created by this alone for our youth.

“With our monitoring and evaluation through our network and structure in all the local government areas of the State on what the Governor is doing or has done we discovered that he has really focused on the youth, and has made effort to harness the hidden potential and skills of these youth who have no opportunity to explore what God has deposited in them.

“Even those who are in the opposition can attest to this fact that the Governor has established state of the act facility on skill acquisition to train and add value to the life of the youth at the grassroots, and we see it as a great achievement on youth empowerment.

On the area of industrialisation and creation of jobs for the teeming youth in Kogi State, Governor Wada’s influence and traction of investors has been tremendous and heartwarming.

“We as independent monitoring group on development state this because of the second ongoing gigantic cement factory project in the state, which is a massive avenue to employ youth in a very short-while.

“Already, economic activities are on the increase and more people from neighbouring states are trooping in to do business in the state. It is also important to state that the rural communities around the host community are having new economic values added to their standard of living.

And also he (Wada) has done well on road infrastructure, transforming Confluence Hotel to a Five Star Hotel, prompt payment of workers and pension, and has cleared the huge debt the state was owing, and other developmental strides we cannot exhaust here”,  he stated.

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I won’t allow anyone steal my votes this time – Adeleke

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The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 16 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has warned against any attempt to manipulate the poll.

Adeleke alleged that he was rigged out in the 2018 governorship election and told anyone planning to rig the poll not to play with the resolve of Osun people that were seeking change in government.

The ex-federal lawmaker, who said he had spoken with members of his party to eschew violence, added that he would not sit back and watch while people attempted to steal votes.

He said, “We have spoken with our members. We want peace. We are not out to fight anyone or cause trouble, but we will not stay idle or watch and appear helpless when people attempt to steal votes. We will stop them.

“Unlike what happened four years ago, I will not allow anyone steal my votes and that of the PDP. We all saw what happened four years ago, when angels of darkness colluded with some anti-democratic forces to upturn the desire of the good people of Osun State.

“We have warned them not to play with the resolve of the people of Osun State who are genuinely seeking and praying for the election day to come so that they can heave a sigh of relieve from their current unpalatable government.”

Asked about the rancour in the Osun PDP,  Adeleke said, “It is a family affair. We are not fighting. We initially disagreed when we were seeking the party’s ticket. That has been settled by the delegates and the court has also stamped their decision. Everyone that contested wants the PDP to win the election. We will do so together and I am sure they are all working with us to achieve positive result.”

But while reacting to the PDP candidate’s claims, Media Adviser to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Kola Olabisi, said Adeleke’s claim that the 2018 governorship election was rigged by the ruling APC was tantamount to rubbishing Supreme Court which had upheld the ruling party’s victory.

Olabisi said, “No discerning mind will take any outburst from the embattled Senator Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke with seriousness because of his unenviable past records.

“One can understand why it is pretty impossible and difficult for him to comprehend the fact that once the Supreme Court of Nigeria has made a verdict on an issue, it is settled once and for all.  Jackson won’t know this because of his limited education or absolute lack of same.

“Referring to the 2018 Osun State governorship election by any entity as being rigged by Governor Oyetola is tantamount to rubbishing the highest court in the land with impunity.  If Ademola is insisting that he won the 2018 governorship election, why has he not been the four-year tenant of the Bola Ige House?  Ademola Adeleke is only ranting. He should be ignored.”

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Confusion as APC clears Attorney-General, Malami for election, despite withdrawing from governorship race

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has been cleared by the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress to contest the 2023 Kebbi governorship election.

This is despite Malami’s withdrawal from the governorship race last week Friday.

Malami, who declared interest to contest in the Kebbi governorship race last month, pulled out of the race for fear that he might not get the ticket.

Fearing that he might not get the ticket under the current circumstances, Malami was said to have changed his plan and pulled out of the governorship race.

However, a document seen by Peoples Gazette conveyed Malami’s clearance to run, stirring controversy in the political sphere since the AGF had already withdrawn his governorship ambition, in order to retain his ministerial appointment.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week issued a directive ordering all political appointees to resign before contesting in the forthcoming general elections.

It is unclear if Malami had turned in his resignation to pursue his political quest in compliance with Buhari’s directive or if he was waiting for the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the contentious section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

A series of political appointees have sparked public outrage after they went against political norms to seek elective positions without resigning.

Also, there has been a cold political war between the incumbent governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, and the political arrowhead of Kebbi, Senator Adamu Aliero, over who succeeds the former.

While Bagudu, who chairs the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), is rooting for Malami as his successor, Aliero, a two-term governor of the state, has Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi as his preferred candidate for the APC governorship ticket.

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PHOTOS: Ganduje removes Kwankwaso red cap from supporter’s head, replaces it with Tinubu’s cap

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Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Wednesday taunted his predecessor in office, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The governor removed Kwankwaso red cap from one of the former governor’s strong supporter who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

  The red cap is a symbol of Kwankwaso’s political movement, Kwankwasiyya Movement.

Yusuf Ibrahim Sharada , an aspirant for House of Representatives for Kano Municipal, who just decamped to APC had visited Ganduje at Government House, Kano.

While receiving Sharada , Ganduje removed his red cap and held it with his mouth before replacing it with a cap with an insignia popularised by Bola Tinubu.

Ganduje is a strong advocate of the presidential ambition of Tinubu.

The Ganduje and Kwankwaso parted ways, politically, in 2015, following alleged insistence of Kwankwaso to control the government of Ganduje.

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