The ruling All Progressives Congress in Kogi State on Thursday claimed the Peoples Democratic Party and other opposition parties had not been campaigning ahead of the November 16 governorship election.
The Director-General, Bello Onoja Campaign Committee, Smart Adeyemi, made the allegation on behalf of the party in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
Adeyemi claimed that the silence in the camps of the opposition parties could mean that they had accepted defeat.
He said, “Have you seen their campaign posters, billboards or handbills in any part of the state?
“They are not also engaging us in anyway, they claimed to be doing a house-to-house campaign, but we are also going from house to house and we have not met them anywhere.
“This is pregnant with meaning and we want the security agencies to be vigilant to prevent innocent citizens from being harmed.”
Adeyemi, however, expressed satisfaction with what he called the level of acceptance of Governor Yahaya Bello.
He attributed the acceptance to the people-oriented programmes outlined in his manifesto.
However, the Director-General, Musa Wada/ Aro Campaign Council, Faruk Adejo, said Adeyemi’s claim was made out of ignorance.
He said the PDP’s campaign would formally start on Friday (today).
“We are starting our campaign on Friday. But that is to fulfil our political tradition.”
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Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho: Why Northern Elders Are Responsible For Secession Agitation, Afenifere Reveals
The Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has accused the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, of fueling the ember of secession.
Jare Ajayi, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said recent comments from his NEF’s counterpart, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is part of the reasons some Nigerians were craving for secession.
Speaking exclusively with DAILY POST, Ajayi urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order.
On Baba-Ahmed’s claim that North will retain power, Ajayi said they do not have the monopoly to rule Nigeria.
According to Ajayi: “The North does not have the monopoly of who can govern this country well.
“The kind of governance we have in the past six years which would be eight in 2023 is not the kind we worked, prayed for or desired.
“What Baba-Ahmed is saying is undemocratic, unfair, and unfortunately, it’s that kind of posture that is responsible for those agitating to leave Nigeria.
“It’s unfair, we are using this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order because what they are saying is fueling the ember of discord.
“This is not the kind of thing that would unify the country. It’s unfortunate that it’s coming from a person like him and he needs to be cautioned.”
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Utomi Debunks Rumours Of New Party Formation
Professor Patrick Utomi has debunked rumors that he and some other people are forming a political party called Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) to rival the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The political economist spoke on Thursday on the sidelines of a press conference announcing winners of the Year 2020 Zik Prize in Leadership Awards. The event was organized by the Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC).
Others mentioned working alongside Prof Utomi to float the new party are former Kwara Governor Ahmed Abdulfatai; former Minister of Education Prof. Tunde Adeniran; former Cross River Governor Donald Duke; Senator Lee Maeba; former National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega among others.
Prof Utomi while speaking said the group is simply more interested getting competent leaders into office, irrespective of the political party platform.
“No, I don’t think it (Third Force) is going to be a political party. We need to gather some of these movements, moving towards a better society,” Utomi said.
Sen. Lee Maeba, who is also listed among those forming RNP disassociated himself from plans to float any party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
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Ortom Blasts Buhari, Says Nothing Will Silence His Voice
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, came hard again on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, accusing it of trying to silence every dissenting voice.
Ortom, who said he would never be cowed, maintained that the All Progressives Congress, APC, Government had failed in every indices.
The Benue Governor made the assertion in Enugu during an event on organized by the Radio Nigeria chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.
He said the Government was busy fighting perceived opposition while at the same time looking the other way amid mindless killing and maiming of Nigerians by Herdsmen.
Ortom said “the present administration at the centre has adopted the approach of intimidation of those who dare to voice out their frustrations and concerns over growing insecurity and marginalization.
“But I, Samuel Ortom, will never keep quiet as long as injustice and marginalization prevail in the affairs of our country. I uphold the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior when he said and I quote: ‘If peace means accepting second class citizenship, I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status-quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace.’
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