Nigeria’s Philanthropist and Academician, Professor Christopher Imumolen on Wednesday, joined the presidential race under the platform of the Accord party
Professor Imumolen who owns three universities in Africa, South America and North America gave the indication in Abuja on Wednesday after picking the expression of interest form from the party secretariat in Abuja.
Imumolen expressed worry over the deplorable state of the country; saying neither the road, air nor railway is safe anymore due to rising insecurity.
He decried the recent killing and abduction of Nigerians in the Kaduna train attack, the abduction of school children in Adamawa amongst others
According to him, his decision to join the race was borne out of the need to give Nigerians hope, adding that with his wealth of experience and success as a young Nigerian, his style of governance will ensure that Nigeria is digitalised, agriculture revitalised, food and security prioritised, among several other areas.
In his words, “I am here to pick my ‘expression of interest form’ under our great party, the Accord party because I believe so much that the Accord Party is the party that will produce the next president come 2023.
“I am not just saying this because I want to motivate Nigerians, but because we see that Nigerians are currently tired of what is currently happening, Nigerians are looking for alternatives, Nigerians are looking for those who have genuine minds, young Nigerians who have succeeded privately, and that is what we represent.
“We represent the face of hope to Nigeria, we represent the birth of a new beginning. Nigeria needs hope, not just hope, Nigeria needs to be resuscitated because Nigeria as a nation is almost gone.
“But there is hope because the Accord party will be coming fully to make sure that 2023 becomes a new beginning for Nigeria.
“Just yesterday we watched the news and we saw that many people were killed in Jos. A few weeks ago some persons were killed on the Kaduna train; Nigeria is no longer safe. We cannot travel by road, air or railway. Our children can no longer go to school.
“Just yesterday again some students in Adamawa were kidnapped from school. We now live in a society whereby even when you are rich you are afraid to showcase your wealth, it is so terrible and those who are poor are getting poorer every day.
“God has blessed us, we want to ensure that the country becomes blessed. We are tired of retrogressive leadership. Now we need forward-thinking leadership; that is what we are going to present – the security of the country, we are going to look at it, we have to look at education, we have to look at ensuring that the economy is digitalised.
“We have to look at welfare for the people, we have to look at food and security as a county. There are so many things.”
“A lot of people have been asking us what our agenda is, we said we have over 200 agenda points because Nigeria has so many problems and we need to start fixing them.
“We believe by the grace of God, come 2023, with the help of Nigerians who are tired of what is ongoing, we will emerge president of this country.”
He stressed the need to look beyond the regular faces out there who are interested in dwindling the economy while urging the youth to participate by getting their PVCs and ensuring to vote wisely as they constitute over 60 percent of Nigeria’s population.
The National Chairman of the Accord party, Hon Muhammad Nalado earlier in his remark while handing the interest form to the aspirant, assured him of the party’s unflinching support as it will ensure it produces a youthful president.
He indicated that Nigeria’s independence was fought for by the youth and the leaders who led Nigeria at the time were all youths, adding that most of the developments in the nation’s capital were done by leaders who were youths.
He, therefore, encouraged more youths to come out and use their thumbs in taking power through democratic means; by voting into power, people they know will represent their ages, rather than expecting power to be given to them.
“Work hard and take governance by using your thumb on Election Day,” he said.
On the party’s decision on the fee for purchase of ‘expression of interest form’ for women and People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs), he said the party in the past elections had rolled out a zero-fee policy for women and PLWDs, but it had a low turnout.
He however asserted, “I want People Living With Disabilities, the youth and women to feel free to come to parties like Accord. Any one of them that comes here, we are ready to give him a very good discount that will encourage him.”
SDP hopeful as Kogi petition tribunal moves away from violence prone Lokoja
***insists on reclaiming mandate to develop Kogi
The national leadership of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) has reacted to the reports that the Kogi Election Petition Tribunal has now shifted its venue to Abuja as it will no longer sit in Lokoja.
The National secretary of the party, Dr Olu Agunloye, in a statement on Thursday said the Nigeria Police had publicly disclosed that the Secretary of the Election Petition Tribunal, Mr. David Mike Umar was reported to have been robbed of the vital documents and petitions on Monday, 4 December 2023 by gunmen in broad daylight in Lokoja.
He explained saying, gunmen and hoodlums, in a false flag operation, as grimly stated by the Tribunal Secretary, attacked the Tribunal and carted away “all the documents including Petitions filed by four Parties.
The four Political Parties namely Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP)”, against the declaration of APC’s Alhaji Usman Ododo as Governor-Elect is purely a criminal activity which the law enforcement agents must tackle.
“That the locations of INEC and its officials in Kogi have been attacked by thugs and arsonists is another criminal act that should be investigated and tackled. “Also, that videos of persons thumbprinting ballot papers in Kogi State days after the election are flying around is yet another criminal act staring at the face of law enforcement agencies.
“Although these criminal acts are not out of character or unexpected, they go a long way to support the strong views that the mandate of Alh Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, which was indeed stolen, is set to be retrieved and claimed by Muri and the good people of Kogi State.
He reiterated the position that none of the criminal acts will stop the Tribunal which is now set to sit at the Federal Capital in Abuja. “Even when the Tribunal had lost all its documents and Petitions to gunmen, who appeared sympathetic with declared Governor-elect Usman Ododo, the tribunal will still sit.
“All that will be required is that the respective parties would be called upon to deliver copies of their Petitions to the Tribunal along with the payment receipts.
“The SDP is ready with theirs.”
According to him, “Now that the Tribunal has been relocated to Abuja, hope is again restored that all will be well.
“Nigerians expect that justice will be served without any or much criminal interferences, and Alhaji Muritala Ajaka will claim his mandate back.
“The goodness of this, is that for vast majority of Kogi people, mostly disenfranchised or deprived over the years, a new era of creating and spreading wealth instead of violence will soon commence under Alhaji Muritala Ajaka.
“Muri and the people of Kogi will then take over and start to chart new paths for the Kogi development agenda for youths’ employment and empowerment, women emancipation, and technological and industrial transformation with no time or space for witch-hunting, retaliations, or false flag operations.
“Indeed, a new era of development is beckoning in Kogi State.”
Akpabio brags about South South capacity to deliver for Tinubu in 2027
***Says, Akwa Ibom votes for APC in 2023 surpassed all that of 5 south East States
The President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio has boasted that the entire South South States will resoundingly deliver victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2027 to return President Bola Tinubu for second term.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday when the zonal Leadership of the South South APC ked by the National Vice Chairman Victor Giadom Paul him a courtesy call
He said the party in Akwa Ibom made it possible for Tinubu to secure the 25% requirement to win.
He said Akwa Ibom alone devered more than 800000 votes for APC which he said was more than the votes the five South East States gave to the APC
“You will be surprised that the votes from Akwa Ibom alone for the APC in the Presidential election was more.l than the total votes from the five states of the South East
“What it really mean is that recall when David Leon contested in Bayelsa State, he won resoundingly but he was not sworn in, that happened a day before swearing in and even this last one that Timipre Sylva contested we also did very well and we are now in court so I cannot comment of that. “That shows you the strength of the APC in the region and even when the PDP is the ruling party in Rivers State where the Chairman Victor Giadom comes from, we were able to win the presidential election Rivers State, I am talking based on data which can not lie.
“I want to say that with that giant step now that we have a senate President, I don’t see any reason why the entirety of the South South Region will not become APC. “The only way we can pay back the National leaders of our party, the only way we can show the President for standing by us in the South South to produce a sente President After 45 years is for us to make sure that in 2027 we will give him and the entire APC resounding victory in the 6 States of the South South region.
“We are steadily moving on, Cross Rivers State is 100% APC. Here and there some people will emerge either in the Senate or the House of reps and the House of Assembly but in the governorship and government of the State is totally APC.
“Akwa Ibom has the Senate President, so for you to have members of the House of Representatives it shows that things are about to happen.
“For you to have won the presidential election in Rivers State where the Zonal chairman comes from, means things are beginning to happen.
He said in 2019 APC won in Bayelsa State except for technical issues in the court.
“That shows clearly that APC has come to stay in the entire South South,
“Edo State the APC governor took government house into another party and so election is coming next year, we expect the chairman to double his effort with all of us to be included in the campaign and ensure we get back what belongs to us. “Your visit is timely and I believe strongly that working together with you, APC can only be stronger in the South South Region
“On our part, we are working across party lines to support President Tinubu, all the senators of the South South are determine to give Tinubu the support so that he can succeed irrespective of party affiliation and that is a good sign
Nasarawa govt berates PDP over protest against Appeal Court judgment
From Daniel Abel, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state against blackmailing the judiciary over Nasarawa governorship tussle.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr, Peter Ahemba, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Public Affairs and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lafia.
The reaction followed the recent protest in Lafia against the Appeal Court governorship election judgment by a group purported to be coalition of indigenous people of Nasarawa State.
The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, November 23 had set aside the judgment of the tribunal of Oct. 2nd and declared Sule as the winner of the election.
The governorship elections petition tribunal on Oct. 2, annulled the election of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared David Ombugadu of PDP as the winner of March 18 election.
The governor’s aide described the protest as the shameful step against the judgment of the Appeal Court by a group hired by the PDP.
Ahemba added that the decision of the Appeal Court was a true reflection of the popular mandate freely given to the governor by the electorates on March 18.
He explained that the government has confidence in the judiciary and believed that justice would be served at the Supreme Court.
He further explained that when the PDP was declared at the tribunal nobody protested, rather, the governor challenged the decision at the appeal court.
He advised PDP and its candidate to also challenge the outcome of the appeal court as they cannot takeover power through the backdoor.
“The same party that was crying of external interference on the governorship dispute in the state is now calling on President Bola Tinubu and international communities to interfere,” he added.
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