The GYB2PYB Support Group has adviced the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,to sheathe his sword and let the youth takeover leadership
Delivering a statement at the one-year anniversary press conference of the Support Group, the Director-General of the Group, Amb. Oladele John Nihi said that the one year anniversary is set to be held at the Kogi State Government House Lokoja on the 14th of January, 2022.
He also stated that the idea of Governor Yahaya Bello to President Yahaya Bello, preferably referred to as GYB2PYB, was conceived and set to motion with the help of well-meaning Nigerians who believe in the need for a total reformation and cleansing of our dear nation.
Nihi questioned the ambition of the APC national leader with concerns about the “NoTooYoungToRun bill signed by President Buhari in 2018 among others
“Why now that President Muhammadu Buhari promised to hand over to a much younger person come 2023. A promise he made in 2018 during the signing of the NoTooYoungToRun bill into law?
“Why decide to achieve a supposed lifelong ambition at a time Nigerian Youths are collectively clamouring for thorough inclusiveness and active participation in governance across board?
“Why put your interest above that of the Nigerian Youth who constitute the majority of both Nigeria population and electorate; a united generation of like-minded people who will stop at nothing to achieve a set objective?
“Why has Baba kept this lifelong ambition to himself all these while his age group and generation has done nothing but little to get the country working?” He questioned
Nihi recalled that precisely January 14th 2021, an ultimatum of fourteen days was issued to His Excellency Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, to accept the call on him to contest for the Presidency come 2023. “
This ultimatum he said, was greeted with a response from His Excellency Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, urging the GYB2PYB as a group to channel its energies into mobilizing and canvassing for the All Progressive Congress (APC) party’s nationwide registration of new members, and only then we might get an affirmative response from him.
“Since our principal, the Governor, was then recently appointed as the party’s Chairman on women, Youth, and People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) sensitization and mobilization committee on its national membership registration and revalidation exercise; we took the task as a challenge and commissioned our structures across the 36 states and swung into action.
“We achieved tremendous and jaw-dropping results and we can boldly say APC has the highest youth, women and PLWD membership today. We are now ready for a final affirmative response from His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello; as he has proven in the past, to be a man of his words,” he said
The DG said that the APC National leader had earlier revealed that he only informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intentions to run for the presidency come 2023, but yet to inform Nigerians.
He, therefore, appealed to the elder statesman to halt his intentions of informing Nigerians, while questioning the “lifelong ambition”.
“We are therefore on behalf of Nigerian Youth appealing to our National Leader to halt his intentions of informing Nigerians about this “lifelong ambition”, for we are not ready to cooperate; as our yearnings and cry for power would not be cowed by any sudden lifelong ambitions and mostly not by the older citizens of this country.
“Telling us about this lifelong ambition would translate to us disrespecting an elder statesman who ordinarily we are supposed to be looking up to for advice and mentorship as we take over power in 2023.
“The Youth4Youth Agenda is already in motion, and we are prepared more than ever before to stand by any of our own, rather than recycling old Politicians we read about to pass examinations during our school days,” he added
He further stated, “We are apologizing to all senior citizens above the age of fifty, who feel Nigeria is not working and should be the preferred hand to fix it.
“We apologise for the lapses of the past created by these senior citizens who have been in the country’s corridor of power since her independence in 1960 till date, and finally we apologize for the lackadaisical attitude of Nigerian Youth to governance before now, leaving the energy-draining job of fixing the country to age strata who should ordinarily be retired; as strength and vitality have already failed them to carry the burdens of the most populous black nation on Earth on their fragile shoulders.
“These things are not happening again; as we are more than ready to take over power come 2023.
“The candidacy of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello will stand. And with our structures across the 36 states of the country, doing tedious grassroots sensitization on why the Youths should be given a chance come 2023, have recorded substantial and bankable results.
“We are, therefore, still calling on our principal, Nigerian Youth’s role model, and our most qualified by antecedents, to roar as loud as possible; as the jungle is set for the taking.
“We are also admonishing our Baba and well respected senior citizen to purge his lifelong ambition and passion for the country to continue enjoying his retirement and be more relevant to the country through advisory roles and consultations.”
More troube for Abure as aggrieved LP candidates demand prosecution
***Insist he forged their purported withdrawal letters to substitute them
There seem to be no respite yet for the embattled Labour Party (LP) national chairman as two governorship candidates and a House of Representatives candidate of the party in the 2023 General election have called for his prosecution having allegedly established forgery allegation against him
The aggrieved candidates; LP governorship candidates for Ebonyi State and Plateau States, Eze Oko Splendour and chief Yohana Yilpwan Margif respectively and the House of Representatives Candidate for Edo Orhionmwon/ Uhunmwode Federal constituency Imasuen Paul Murphy said they have established the forgery allegations through Police investigation for which Abure was detained.
Each of the candidates at a joint press conference in Abuja on Wednesday narrated their ordeals stating how they were fraududlently substituted with their forged Signatures, documents, Withdrawal Letters submitted to INEC.
They highlighted others other illegal acts of Abure to include their Unlawful Substitution of LP Candidates submitted to INEC, Fake & Forged Sworn Affidavits of FCT High Court Receipts, Seals and Oaths.
They also accused Abure of collecting N30m as bribe from each of their alleged substitutes.
Comrade Splendour said he won the LP primary for Ebonyi state but what should have been a straight forward democratic process was marred by criminality, deceit, and manipulations orchestrated by the party’s national chairman.
“Despite numerous attempts by Abure to evade accountability, the diligent efforts of law enforcement officials led to his eventual apprehension.
“However, the investigation was not without its Significant challenges as the former Chairman consistently attempted to obstruct justice and evade arrest through corrupt and deceitful means after months of rigorous information gathering, cross examinations and forensic analysis, the police investigation conclusively determined that Mr. “Abure criminally forged my signature to perpetrate his illegal scheme.
“Throughout the investigation process, I cooperated fully with law enforcement authorities, providing them with all necessary evidence
to substantiate my claims of forgery and electoral malpractice.
the complexities and obstacles encountered along the way, the FCID remained steadfast in their pursuit of justice, ultimately recommending the prosecution of Abure for his criminal actions.
“The case file has since been forwarded to Federal Ministry of Justice for charges to be instituted but up until now, there has been no movement on the matter.
“This has begun to agitate my mind as the perception is that the former Chairman can get away with brazen and unbridled criminality which has further emboidened him to become
even more reckless, believing that he is a “sacred cow”.
“Having received the case file and recommendations from the FCID, I am hereby appealing most passionately to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to ensure justice is served. The events described herein underscore the critical importance of upholding the rule of law and ensuring accountability within our democratic institutions.
“Those who seek to subvert the electoral process and undermine the integrity of our democracy must be held accountable for their actions.
“The prosecution of Abure is not only a matter of justice but also reaffirmation of our commitment to the principles of transparency,
fairness and accountability in governance.
“As the Chief law officer of the federation, a renowned staunch
advocate for the rule of law and a firm believer in the principles of
democracy, you have a sacred duty to uphold the rule of law without fear or favour.
“The police recommendation for criminal charges against the Chairman and others, must be treated with the urgency and diligence it deserves.
“We must send a strong message that our democracy cannot flourish where internal party processes are corrupted and electoral integrity is recklessly subverted.
“I kindly implore you to use your highly esteemed office to ensure that charges are filed against Mr. Abure and others without further delay.
Chief Margif said, ”
“I passed through the primaries successfully, the primary was witnessed by INEC, I scaled through as the flag bearer, I was given certificate of return by Julius Abure to run the race but after one month while I was doing campaign there was a planned arrest by police, I was taken to police custody only to hear that there is another primary going on the 5th of August purporting that I have withdrawn from the race.
“The letter of withdrawal was forged which they submitted 5th August 2022, Knowing very well I was in detention on 5th How can I sign withdrawal letter while in detention.
According to Murphy, “I did not at any time wrote a withdrawal letter nor deposed to any affidavit to that effect, this further made my lawyer to equally write a letter to the Federal High Court Abuja to confirm the authenticity of the affidavit
“Again the Court replied that the affidavit was never deposed to in that court, which means that they forged my signature, Court affidavit, court revenue receipt and some other documents, which prompted my petition to IGP to investigate this criminal act by the national chairman, Secretary and some other LP officials that may be involved in this criminal
Edo PDP chieftain tackles Bauchi Governor over claim of rancor free PDP primary
A prominent chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Edo North, Joseph Ado, has called out the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Bala Mohammed over claim that the PDP Congress held two weeks ago in Edo was rancour free
Ado who reacted through a statement issued on Tuesday said he finds it disheartening that Gov Bala Mohammed would make such a statement, considering that the Congress was previously condemned by the Senator Seriake Dickson panel of enquiry as flawed and one-sided.
“It is perplexing to Mr. Ado how Governor Bala Mohammed can overlook such glaring evidence and assert that there was no rancour during the Congress.
“In Mr. Ado’s view, a true leader ought to stand by the truth and not be partisan, even when trying to show solidarity with fellow governors. He firmly believes that the paramount concern should be the unity of the party. By disregarding the valid concerns raised by nine out of ten aspirants who participated in the Congress and vehemently condemned its flawed nature, Gov Bala Mohammed is failing in his role as a leader within the party.
Furthermore, Mr. Ado also expresses his doubts regarding Governor Bala Mohammed’s potential Presidential ambition. He expressed the believe that by supporting such a flawed Congress, Gov Mohammed has demonstrated his inability to gather the necessary support for his Presidential ambitions.
Ado firmly asserts that relying on the backing of Governor Godwin Obaseki will prove to be futile.
As a dedicated member of the PDP and a stakeholder in the Edo North region, Mr. Ado called on Governor Mohammed and other party leaders to prioritize the party’s unity above personal ambitions and affiliations.
“The PDP must foster an atmosphere that is fair, transparent, and inclusive in order to strengthen its position ahead of upcoming political challenges.
Don’t allow growing anger, discontent to reach volatile point, Lamido tells Tinubu
A former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido has tasked the All Progressives Congress( APC) led administration of President Bola Tinubu not to allow the growing anger and discontent to reach point of violence
He asked the President to take preventive measures against the general discontent in the country arising from poverty, high cost of living and the insecurity currently bedevilling the nation to avert an impending disaster.
Thousands of citizens in Minna, the Niger State capital, had taken to the streets in protest against what they described as severe hunger and escalating cost of living in the country.
There were similar protests in Kano, Plateau and Kogi States.
Lamido who was a foreign Affairs minister under former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his verified Facebook wall wrote using two analogies by two famous persons to capture the near disaster awaiting to happen if Nigerian government does not take an immediate preemptive measure
“The first of the two famous people is Fidel Castro. He narrated a story of a rich man on a holiday in his luxurious yatch. While indulging in the upper deck of yacht with all the comfort money can buy, his workers were groaning in the heat of the engine room.
“The commotion coming from the engine room arising from the unbearable heat started shaking the yacht violently! It was a signal to the rich man and his friends in the upper deck to either respond to the commotion from the engine room or risk the yatch overturn.
“The other famous man is our very own Bishop Kukah. During the the era of our blessed PDP, there were cries of hardship arising from the increase of the pump price of fuel and the then serious insecurity from Boko Haram culminating in the abduction of Chibok girls in Yobe State.
“There was general outcry all over the country from the then opposition APC, organizing protests against the PDP government. I vividly recall when Buhari, Tinubu, Bisi and other big wigs of the APC poured out and filled the streets of Abuja chanting and condemning our government for allegedly failing to secure Nigeria and unleashing hardship on the citizens!
“That was when my good friend Bishop Kukah presented his paper allertig of the impending danger should the government fail to take urgent action!
“He gave as an analogy of the American coal mining in the 18th century by taking a canary in a cage into the mining pit. The canary according Bishop Kukah has a very weak respiratory system and can easily suffocate in low oxygen area.
“Deep in the mining pit when the oxygen is getting exhausted, the canary will begin to shiver and the miner gets the message and quickly scrambles out of the pit. That was the miner’s ‘early warning system’!
“In Nigeria today, the hardship is so unbearable that tell tails of ‘early warnings’ are manifesting all over the country. In Lagos and Minna women are demonstrating over the high cost of living.
‘Women in Plateau State are demonstrating on the cost of their favorite local brew called ‘burkutu’ now selling for 3 Naira a cup which they drink to drown their hardship and sorrow thereby getting temporary relief. Above all there is hunger everywhere and people are starving!
According to him, the two analogies quoted above and and the manifestation of the seeming tension arising from these local protests and demonstrations and the likely spread of these nation wide is enough to make the government take urgent action!
“It must not be allowed to reach a combustion point.”
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