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Nasarawa APC cheiftain dares party says he can not be suspended



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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

A cheiftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, Hon Samuel Akala on Sunday challenged his party that he remained a bonafide member of the APC at all levels of the party despite his suspension.

Hon. Akala, who is the immediate past Karu local government chairman spoke while reacting to his purported suspension from the party by the ward chairman of the party.

Akala said his party the APC lack the right to suspend him without due process.

It would be recalled that the APC at the Panda/Kare Electoral ward of Karu LGA had on Saturday 7th July suspended the former LG Chairman on issues bordering on anti-party activities, disloyalty to the governor of the state, Abdullahi Sule and the leadership of the party in the state.

“I was greeted with the news of my suspension from my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) of Panda/Kare Electoral Ward, Karu local council on the 7th July, 2023, on issues bothering on anti-party activities, disloyalty to Governor Abdullahi Sule and the leadership of the party in the State, a suspension that is totally strange to me and every sane mind.

“The suspension does not meet the minimum requirements for suspending erring members of the party, as clearly stipulated by the APC’s constitution and our extant laws which gives room for fair hearing,” Akala declared

“While I was hoping to get commendations from the leadership of the party in the State, Local Government and Ward Executives for my successful outing in delivering the APC and its candidates in my polling unit in the last general elections, a daring electoral success which even the state APC Chairman and some self acclaimed stakeholders of the party in the area could not boast of given a full glare of working for the opposition SDP and its candidates which led to the defeat of the APC candidates, my reward is suspension?”

According to Akala in a statement issued on Sunday he accused the state party Chairman, John Mamman, Karu Council Chair and a host of others of full glare anti party punishable by the party’s constitution.
He challenge all to present their polling units results of the last General Elections and let us see who is clearly involved in anti-party.”

“I am also aware that the new mandate assigned to Karu LG Chairman and the APC in the Local Government, is to ensure that I’m suspended and intimidated not to speak the truth.

“That’s why the Council Chairman has since abandoned the job of rescuing his failed government to mobilizing and spending millions of government resources to ensure that Akala is suspended from the Party.

“This is a lost battle and waste of public resources, as the Council Chairman has no capacity to carry out such heinous task. “Na Riga Su Cewa Allah “.

“On my purported suspension, I have since drafted my team of lawyers to institute a legal action as regards the suspension. However, I wish to state that this suspension can be likened to the case of giving a dog a bad name just to hang it. They want me to pay for the sins they committed in the last General Elections” Akala insisted.

According to the former Aide to governor Sule, “there is no where in this part of the country where I, Akala was seen engaging in any anti-party activity, name calling of the Governor or acted in a manner that depicts disloyalty to my Party.
“The desperation and inordinate ambition of some individuals in the state is gradually institutionalizing illegality and abuse of office.

“Very unlike the requirements of our party constitution, I was never invited by the Ward Executives of the party or any known committee constituted by the party to defend any allegation of disloyalty and anti-party leveled against me.

“Moreso, no evidence of my disloyalty and anti-party activities was tendered anywhere before any party member or any committee for investigation.

“A committee was simply constituted with the mandate to indict me of anti-party and disloyalty, and a written script for my suspension was drafted and transmitted to my ward Party Chairman for his endorsement which he acted blindly”, Akala alleges.

“This is simply an extension of illegality driven by the Party in the Leadership crisis rocking the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, so I’m not surprised.

“My opinion and position on some issues bothering on democracy, governance and Rule of Law in the state most recently, are entirely my personal position and opinions, as it satisfies my God’s given conscience and meets normal societal standards”.

“In a society governed by laws, I am not duty bound to abide and go with some decisions of the party or government even if it goes contrary to what the law stipulates.

“Moreso, being a member of APC does not in anyway take away my fundamental rights to speak on matters of governance and justice in the state, even when the Party has fully taken a wrong decision and direction.

“Let me categorically state that, the APC as a political party does not belong to any individual, no matter how highly placed. It is not a creation of any individual or family, our party is a national party by Nigerians and for Nigerians.
“Therefore, I remain a bona-fide member of the APC and my suspension remains null and void” he stated

“I call on the general public to disregard in its entirety the news of my suspension from the APC as it remains a news and an extension of the illegality already carried out in the State Assembly leadership crisis.

“The public should be assured that, I’ll continue to speak truth to power, as no amount of blackmail, intimidation and witch-hunt will deter me”, the former Chairman boasted..

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Group tells NNPP to Stop intimidating judges, prepare for another election in 4 years




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A group under the aegis of Stand Up Nigeria (SUN) has asked the leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the sacked government of Kano state to prepare for another election in the next four years instead of intimidating the judiciary.

It made the called on Saturday at a press conference in Abuja, following the recent attacks on the judiciary before and after the verdict by the Tribunal sacking Governor Abba Yusuf in Kano state.

National Coordinator of the group, Patriot Sunday Attah applauded the Honourable Justices of the Kano State Governorship election petition tribunal who delivered what he described as “a bold and sound judgement that sacked Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf and declared Dr. Nasir Gawuna as the elected Governor of Kano State.”

The group made up of patriotic Nigerian youths across political parties and ethnic groups who believe in peaceful co-existence, rule of law and institutional governance.

According to Attah, the judgement serves as deterrent to politicians who float electoral laws and make elections do or die affair. We had warn politicians severally to discourage their supporters from rigging and violence during elections as democracy is the government of the people by the people for the people.

He said: “You don’t have to intimidate the judiciary or cause war because you loose an election. The tenure is four years after which a fresh elections would be conducted.

“You may prepare yourself to contest again instead of sponsoring people to blackmail highly respected Justices of the election petition tribunal and intimidate the Appeal Court Judges all in a bid to reverse a sound judgement already delivered.

“We understand that, Kano has an International market which makes it a home to all Nigerians irrespective of religion and tribe. Kano indigenes are also scattered in other States of the Federation without fear of molestation. No one has monopoly of violence.

“The Judges must be encourage and supported by all Nigerians as they deliver more critical judgements that would strengthen our democracy.

“The NNPP and it’s government must come out openly to retract its violent threat being issued by its supporters including a Commissioner under Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf.

“Here is a man ordinarily referred to as Honourable Commissioner, so, where is the Honourable? . It shows how deep the NNPP must have gone in term of intimidation of judicial officers in secret before it was made public.

“We believe that the intimidation and threat being mounted are targeted towards the Apeal Court judges in order to bully them.

“We urged our Honourable Justices of the Appeal Court to to scumble to their antic but always stand on the part of justice. We have offered to stand by the judiciary and help protect the institution once it continue to maintains the part of justice.”

While recalling similar judgement in the case of Edo State election petition tribunal tat nullified the election of Senator Osunbor of the Peoples Democratic Party and declared Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria, winner, Attah said: “We condenm the leadership of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP who have being threatening the judges and general peace of Kano State using its supporters, to understand that, trying to intimidate the judiciary in order to force the Judges to their side would amount to miscarriage of justice.”

The group thanked President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for providing enabling environment for the judiciary to operate without interference.p2

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1,000 PDP Members Join APC In Bassa As Adakeke lauds Bello




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By Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja

A Frontline member of PDP in Bassa local government area of Kogi state, from Kpata Ward, Alhaji Alhassan Seidu Agbem, an Abuja-based business man and philanthropist, has led 1,000 PDP members and followers to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area.

The philanthropist, a top notcher of the PDP in Bassa local government area, Seidu Agbem, announced the defection of over 1,000 members and supporters of the PDP to APC at a defection ceremony held at Gboloko, under the influence of Hon. Alhassan Salisu Adakeke.
I what seemed like a last-minute drive for a sweeping electoral victory there an aggressive mobilization of PDP members in Bassa local government for the APC.

Agbem, disclosed that he was moving into APC to complement the campaign efforts of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello who in his words, “runs a youth inclusive government with gender sensitive policy direction.

Agbem said Governor Bello’s effort at promotion of youth inclusiveness and enhanced women participation in governance was commendable and should be encouraged for sustainability, progress and development.

The maverick politician said he and his supporters were desirous of APC victory and ready to put in all resources to insure victory for the APC.

Receiving the defectors, the Bassa local government party chairman of APC, Hon. Abdulmumin Umar, expressed happiness on the decision of the PDP members to join the APC. Abdulmumin said the APC as a party was opened to all Nigerians as every citizen is free to come into the party with hope and higher prospect of achieving self-esteem, personal development, Community transformation as well as prosperity and good governance. Umar said the decampees now have equal rights and opportunities in political participation in all the activities of the party.

In his contribution, the Special adviser to the Governor on Primary health care services, Hon. Adakeke, commended the wisdom of the defectors he described as game changers and influencers whose political movement to APC means a lot to the APC family in Bassa and the state at large.
He added that the defectors had swiftly collapsed the PDP structure into the winning structure of the APC. He also commended the decampees for appreciating and associating with the good work of governor Bello in the state.

He appealed to the youth of Bassa LGA and Kogi state to key into the development agenda for a consolidated democracy in the state.

The special adviser further indicated that APC had won the presidential, national assembly and state house of assembly elections on a clean slate and is obviously prepared to win the November 11 Governorship elections with convincing victory.

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Ododo/Oyibo campaign in harvest of decampees as NNPP reps candidate, Amanabo Joins APC with Supporters




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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.

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