The Kogi East Elders Committee on Monday unveiled and presented Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) as the Kogi East consensus Candidate to the Kogi people for the 2023 gubernatorial election billed for the 11th November, 2023.
The SDP candidate Alhaji Muritala Ajaka was inveiled at an elaborate ceremony in Abuja on Monday at Chida Hotel
The senatorial district which had dominated the political leadership of the State fir a couple of years lost out in November 2015 when Prince Abubakar Audu who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) died while coasting to victory and was replaced by Alhaji Yahaya Bello who inherited his votes and is now the incumbent Governor.
The ruling party had chosen another kinsman of Governor Bello from the minority Kogi Central as its candidate for the November 2023 governorship election.
Apparently piqued by what they described as the audacity of the minority tribe to sideline the majority in the state, the Kogi East Elders Forum swung into action to narrow the contest for coveted seat of power from the zone through a concensus to produce one candidate that will be acceptable to all.
The chairman of the forum Architect Gabriel Aduku who unveiled Ajaka called on all other candidates to rally round Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka for the sake of the entire State to ensure his victory at the poll.
“We plead with the other candidates to collapse their Structures to close ranks with the concensus and work together to achieve the desired aim to rescue Kogi State.
“By this endorsement, all Citizens of Kogi State are invited to take up the Candidacy of Alhaji Muntala Ajaka as a collective project.
According to him, the situation of Kogi State, particularty Kogi East in the past eight years to Say the least, has been a sad commentary which has placed State in a steepfalling state.
“The zeal by many to revamp this backward trend has led many candidates to throw their hats into the ring to contest for the State’s November 11, 2023 governorship election. “Unfortunately, the multiplicity of candidates vying for the governorship positon on different political platforms, presented a huge challenge for the stakeholders of Kogi East if a candidate from the zone is to emerge victorious.
“In the face of this challenge, Ukomu Igala Organisation set up a committee towards the end of 2022 to address the problems of Kogi East political backwardness and streamline the number of candidates contesting for the governorship position in the State.
“Before long, we were joined by Igala/Bassa Relief and Development Initative.
“Kogi East Eiders Council, Igala Elders Consultative Forum, Ojuju Agbadufu, Igala in Focus, Political Critical Stakeholders and over 40 platform participants joined us in the search for a consensus candidate. Candidate “The Committee started by interacting with the various aspirants on the 29” of March 2023, on the 4° and 11™ of April, 2023 respectively with the aim of making them to understand what was at stake.
“Thereafter, the Committee issued a preliminary report before the primary elections in different political parties and suggested that the process for a consensus Candidate, could only be addressed among candidates who are able to secure their parties tickets,
“Our Committee found that all the candidates are ably qualified however, only one candidate will occupy the seat.
“Following the conclusion of the political parties primary elections and the subsequent release of INEC list of candidates who emerged their party flag bearers, the engagement with the candidates continued and we received recommendatons from over 40 groups and associations of Kogj East extraction of their preferred candidates.
“We also examined certificates of the candidates and likely encumbrances to the best of our abilities. We are happy to report that all the canddates met the basic lawful Jequirements. The Committee went on further consultations with other critical
stakeholders from across Kogi East grass roots and interacted with atizens from other senatorial zones.
“The candidates were encouraged to interact among themselves with the purpose of agreeing on a candidate to present. The candidates met several times and requested that they be given up to 9” June to present their report.
“Only yesterday 11™ June, 2023, the Committee received report of five among the Nine candidates who stepped down for Alhaji Muntala Yakubu Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP).”
He said while the process lasted, the Committee was not unaware of the high expectations of Kogi citizens to pick a consensus winning candidate “but we kept appealing for calm and patence to enable us conclude the process objectively in line with the people’s desires.
“We wish you well and sincerely pray for you to succeed in accordance with objectives of government and governance run with good intentions.
“It is however necessary to note that the success of a leader or any one bestowed with trust such as the one conferred on our Committee does not occur when he does his own will, but when he fulfills the desires and yearnings of the people he presides over. According to Arch Aduku who is also the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum the Committee having carefully examined the candidate’s capacities, popularity/acceptability, network and in consideration of the various recommendations and reports received from the grassroots have chosen SDP candidate as its concensus candidate for the November 2023 Kogi State gubernatorial election
Ododo/Oyibo campaign in harvest of decampees as NNPP reps candidate, Amanabo Joins APC with Supporters
****collapses structure for APC
Ahead of the November 11th, 2023 governorship election in Kogi State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has recieved thousands of decampees from the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).
The House of Representatives candidate of the NNPP for Ofu/Idah, Igalamela-Odolu/Ibaji Federal Constituency of Kogi State, Egbunu Yusuf Amanabo dumped the party along with supporters to join the ruling APC
Speaking shortly after a closed door meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello and the deputy Governorship Candidate of the APC, Joel Oyibo indicated that he will collapse all his structure in the four Local Governmemt of Ofu, Idah, Igalamela-Odolu and Ibaji for the Ododo/Oyibo campaign organization.
“I have collapsed my structure all through the four Local Government Councils that make up the Federal Constituency to support the APC candidate and his running mate.
Amanabo who also met with the State APC chairman honorable Abdullahi Bello and Women Leader Hajia Hauwa, said, he has officially joined the APC to propel the campaign for the victory of Ododo/Oyibo ticket.
He expressed his admiration for Governor Bello and his style of leadership that is devoid of tribalism and commitment to all inclusive governance and unity of the State.
“From my view, Bello is a dogged leader who is not tribalistic but carries everybody along.
“Flowing from Bello’s open door policy in governance and all inclusive government the APC is poised to winning the next election in November.”
Amanabo indicated that he had been in the opposition for almost a decade adding that each time he deployed personal resources for his campaigns and mobilization.
He added that it is time for him to play the mainstream politics.
He also expressed fulfillment that the APC is not just a ruling party this time around but with a President like Bola Tinubu who has the knack for developments, saying that soon Nigeria will reach its eldorado.
Kano Tribunal: Gov Yusuf tells supporters not to fret, says, it’s ‘Temporary Setback’
****Condemns ‘error-ridden’ judgment, proceeds to Appeal Court to seek redress
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state has asked his supporters not to fret but stay calm and peaceful as he assured them he will reclaim the people’s mandate through all available legal means.
Yusuf was reacting to the Tribunal’s judgment that upturned his victory at the March 18th, 2023 governorship election and awarded it to his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna.
He said there is no cause for any alarm as the ‘error-ridden’ judgment was only a ‘temporary setback’.
Governor Yusuf spoke to newsmen a few minutes before midnight that the Appeal Court would do the right thing by correcting all the noticeable errors contained in the Tribunal’s judgment in order to ensure that justice is done.
While expressing confidence in the capacity of the Appellate Court to upturn the Tribunal’s ruling, the governor said; “My good people of Kano State! You would recall that on March 18, 2023, you came out en masse and voted for me as your Governor with a total vote of 1,019,602 and a margin of 128,897 votes between my humble self and the second-place candidate.
“Subsequently, I was duly sworn in as your elected Governor on May 29, 2023. You may also recall that the party that lost the election took us to court. However, after almost six months of proceedings at the governorship election petition tribunal, today Wednesday, September 20, 2023, the judges of the tribunal have in their own wisdom delivered their ruling.
“As human beings their judgment may not be absolutely perfect, there are errors and misapplication of the law as pointed out by our legal team. That is why our constitution provides for other stages to go on with, such as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.”
On his next line of action, Governor Yusuf said; “We have already instructed our legal team to appeal this judgment as soon as possible to ensure that justice is done. I have since directed our lawyers to obtain a copy of the judgment and appeal as appropriate.”
Urging the people of Kano to be calm and remain law abiding at all times, the Governor said the security agencies have been directed to ensure the full protection of the lives and properties of innocent citizens across the State.
According to him; “This government will continue to work for the development of our State in line with the promises we made while seeking your votes. We want to assure you that this will neither dampen our spirit nor slow us down as this is a temporary setback for our State which we will overcome by the grace of Almighty Allah (SWT).
“While thanking the good people of Kano State for their continuous support and prayer, let me further use this opportunity to call on them to continue to go about their businesses peacefully as the government would ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order across the State.”
PDP asks gov Sule to refrain from dragging president Tinibu, Wike into Nasarawa politics
From Abel Abogonye, Lafia
The Opposition People’s Democratic party (PDP) in Nasarawa state has called on the state governor, Abdullahi Sule, to face the challenges of developing the state as the time for politics is over.
The party also urged the governor to leave president Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, out of the politics of the state and face his political travails.
The state chairman of the party, chief Francis Orogu Enokela gave the advice while addressing journalists on Saturday in Lafia.
Chief Orogu indicated that the party has observed with grave concern the governor’s inability to settle down like his counterparts in other states to make impact after his four years and three months in office.
“We have observed that after four years and three month in office governor Abdullahi Sule is yet to commission a single remarkable project in the state because of his weak leadership ability to manage the huge state resources.
“It is disturbing that the APC governor in Nasarawa is only hiding under the guise of collaborating with the former governor of River State who has just been appointed FCT minister to discuss infrastructure development and security between Nasarawa and the FCT when even his homestead is the headquarters for kidnappers.
“We strongly advise Mr. Wike to enquire from Gov. Sule, why Nasarawa state has become hide out for terrorists operating in the FCT.
“Mr. Wike should further note that the crises in Benue is mainly at the border with Nasarawa as well as those from Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, and Southern Kaduna, among others.
“In recent times even gun runners arrested in Enugu and Zamfara state claimed to have taken off from Lafia, the State Capital.
“Under Sule, an APC state chairman, Mr. Philip Tatari was killed in Lafia metropolis, and nothing had happened. A former federal commissioner National population commission, Alh. Zakari Umaru, a classmate and close door neighbour in Gudi of Governor Sule, was murdered in his house after struggling for four hours seeking help before he was murdered by the terrorists.
“This is just a part of the litany of several others, including emirs, chiefs, farmers, and civilians, who were either killed or kidnapped. Prof Onje Gye wado, former Deputy Governor, was kidnapped, former minister of information Labaran Maku was attacked twice.
“Sadly and only recently, two army generals were kidnapped. It is worthy to note that all the hills in Nasarawa state are currently occupied by fundamentalist Fulani terrorists of foreign descent.
“Substantial number of terror groups from all over West Africa are being camped in Nasarawa terrorizing everywhere up to Northern Anambra and Enugu states.
“We believe that a conscious commitment to governance by Mr. Sule could have reduce or eliminated these security challenges. It is the non performance and insecurity ravaging the state that led to the rejection of Gov. Sule in the last election.
“We therefore call on the Federal Government to closely look into the competence of the present state government to handle the affairs of the state with a view to providing additional support to the Army operation brigade in Doma and a mobile police training centre located in one of the most vulnerable areas of the state.
“We want to use this ample opportunity once again to draw the attention of the Nasarawa state governor to the fact that the time for politics is over, as such the governor should not use the time meant to develop the state to drag president Tinubu and Wike into the politics of the state.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa state hereby call on well meaning citizens of the state and other Nigerians including the president, Minister Nyisom Wike to kindly assist the the state by drawing the attention of the governor to the development of the state rather than canvassing for support and seeking help everywhere to influence the tribunal to give judgement in his favour.
“The PDP in the state is aware of all the antics Mr. Sule is deploying to influence the decision of the awaited judgement of the governorship petition tribunal. While the party believes in the integrity of the judiciary, all attempt to interfer with justice will only destroy the democracy we all agreed to practice.
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