No Bail For Weapon-Holding Thugs – AIG Zone 10

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Following political parties’ failure to prevail on their supporters to stop use of weapons at political rallies, the Zone 10 of Nigeria Police has vowed to grant no bail to any political thug that is arrested holding weapons during electioneering.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of the Zone that is comprised of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr. Bala Hassan made the declaration during a stakeholders’ meeting with leadership of political parties in Sokoto on Thursday.

“Henceforth, any thug arrested with a knife, cutlass or any other type of deadly weapon, will be summarily charged to the court,” adding that the measure was to ensure the protection of lives and properties before, during and after the rescheduled polls.

The new state Police Commissioner, Mr. Salisu Fagge also advised politicians to respect the rules of the game by obeying the laws of the land and the electoral act.

“The police will not allow anybody to trample on the public order act, constitute a breach of peace and unity of the state and Nigeria in general,” he warned.

While commending the police for convening the meeting, the State Secretaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Aminu Bello and Alhaji Kabiru Aliyu, respectively corroborated in advising the Police:

“All the political parties should be treated equally by the police, while all their complaints must be treated fairly and equally.”

The peace accord could not be signed because the governorship candidates of the two major political parties, Sen. Abdallah Wali of the PDP and Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal of the APC were absent at the meeting.

Nigerians Do Not Trust The Military, PDP, Jonathan – UPN Says

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Following the postponement of February elections, the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) has said that Nigerians no longer have confidence on the Military,the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as President Jonathan.

A press statement signed and issued in Sokoto on Monday by the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi stated in parts that the reasons adduced to the poll shift were laughable, unacceptable and untenable.

It noted that it was only when the reason of voter disenfranchisement were tackled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and the PDP cooked up the security story.

According to the statement, Col. Sambo Dasuki first requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift the date of the election on “the assumption that 34 percent of Nigerians would not have collected their PVCs. But when INEC was about to achieve success by producing 96 percent and distributing same across Nigeria, the story changed to non guarantee of security for the polls.”

UPN noted that the Police are known to provide security during election and therefore, the participation of the military in election matters was a new thing. “By the way, the participation of the military in elections is a new thing in this country. What was the norm was that police requested for the deployment of the military in those areas that became volatile during elections.”

The party alleged that Nigerians did not trust the military and the PDP. “The Nigeria’s Military should know that, Nigerians do not trust them neither do they trust the leaders of the PDP. It was the military that told us they knew where Chibok girls were but up till now there is no trace of our girls,” it said.
UPN added that Jonathan could no longer be trusted if he claimed that he was not informed about poll shift, a matter that affected more than 60 million Nigerians.

“This shows that he is not in control. And since he is not in control, he does not deserve to be our president,” it stated.

Poll Shift: Forget Insinuations of Conspiracies, Bishop Kukah Urges Nigerians

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Bishop Hassan Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese has called on Nigerians to regard the postponement of the elections as an act of God, which is aimed at retrospection.

He spoke at a town-hall meeting with the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate organised Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of Sokoto Diocese and held at Giginya Hotel on Monday.

Despite the anxiety and frustration generated by the poll shift, Kukah described the meeting as one of the unintended benefits.

“For those of us who are believers in the supremacy of the word and work of God, we believe that everything has a purpose in the mind of God.

“I therefore call on all of us as citizens to forget the insinuations of conspiracies, motivations and imputation of motif for this, to continue to work hard to ensure that our elections are peaceful and successful,” he said.

Kukah explained that the meeting was to serve as a bridge building effort as well as understanding one another properly.

“Sokoto prides itself as being a state where there are no indigenes and settlers. Let us take up this offer and go beyond seeing ourselves merely as Christians and Muslims or members of ethnic groups,” Kukah reiterated.

He called on the people to ensure that they collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

PDP receives 6,000 Defectors in Sokoto

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it received 6,000 people that defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wamakko local government of Sokoto state on Thursday.

They were received by the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma.

Speaking on behalf of other defectors, Alhaji Abubakar Gedawa said that they joined the PDP in quest of “justice, equity as well as to ensure success of the PDP at all levels in the forthcoming general elections.”

Also speaking, former governor Attahiru Bafarawa called on the people of the area to massively vote for the PDP. “I did my best to develop the local government when I was the governor of the state and if elected, Wali will continue from where I stopped.”

While the governorship candidate, Sen. Abdallah Wali promised to ensure justice and equity amongst the people of the state if elected, the state party chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma vowed that the APC government would be voted out of office.

“The PDP will win the forthcoming elections across Nigeria,” Milgoma assured.

The Academia are better partners in policy formulation, Says APC Northwest

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The National Vice Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in charge of Northwest zone, Barr. Inuwa Abdulkadir has said that in formulating government policies as well as implementing its programmes, the academia is important.

He said this at the occasion of an interactive session of members of the academic community drawn from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University; Sokoto State University, The Polytechnic of Sokoto State, Sokoto State College of Education, School of Islamic and Legal Studies, etc with the APC governorship candidate, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Sokoto on Tuesday.

According to Abdulkadir, for any society to be developed, there must be synergy between members of the academic circle and policy-makers. “In the formulation of policies, the academia is important,” he said.

Abdulkadir added that the session was organized in order to rub minds with the intelligentsia to suggest ways by which meaningful development could be attained in Sokoto state.

Responding to contributions and questions, Speaker Tambuwal said that if elected as governor, he would ensure that public-trained manpower was put in place by working with the academia in the state.

He assured that his administration would “seek the understanding of bureaucrats to block leakages so that, other than a few individuals, the larger society would benefit from state resources.”

While saying that he would put emphasis on the development of agricultural potentials as a strategy to diversify from oil, Tambuwal further stressed the need to make Sokoto a hub for medical services by way of providing the best medical facilities as well as creating a faculty of medicine at the Sokoto state University.

We Have Tangible Reasons To Yearn For Change, Says UPN National Chairman

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The acting National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr. Manzo Abubakar has said that Nigerians have all it takes to effect change of political leadership in the country.

He told Newsdiaryonline in an exclusive interview in Sokoto on Sunday that the present leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party under President Goodluck Jonathan had failed the people of Nigeria in all aspects of socioeconomic development.

“The ingredients for concrete, tangible change are there for the people of Nigeria to work on for change,” Abubakar said adding that the technical and material conditions that warrant leadership change under a different political platform in this country now existed. “You can see that from the South, West, east and North, Nigerians are yearning for change.”

He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the improved quality of electoral process but quickly warned that the electoral umpire must not bow to any pressure to postpone the February 14th election.

“INEC national chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega has substantially improved the quality of the electoral process. This will eventuate in checking the excesses of electoral officers and politicians.

“However, under no circumstances should INEC bow to pressure from some quarters for postponement of February election. It is disastrous for the country, especially that the international community was watching us with rapt attention,” Abubakar said.

He called on Nigerian masses, especially at states and local government levels to elect UPN candidates in order to ensure equity in the distribution of resources.

Kano UPN Condemns Clash Between Supporters

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Kano state governorship candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Alhaji Yahaya Kyabo, has condemned recent political clashes between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those of the All Progressive Congress (APC), which took place in Kano.

Kyabo who spoke with Newsdiaryonline through a telephone conversation on Sunday said that the clash between APC and PDP supporters along Hadeja road in Nasarawa local government of the state was a deliberate attempt to destabilize democratic processes.

He added that if leaders of the APC and the PDP were not capable of controlling their supporters, “It means that it is disastrous to entrust power in their hands because they cannot control a simple group of irate supporters.”

Kyabo stressed that the used of weapons, including guns during electioneering is not for any political process. “The act is unrealistic, undemocratic and it sends dangerous signal to the future of this country.”

Alleging that the two parties had failed to provide democratic dividends in the state in the last 15 years, he called on the people of Kano state to elect candidates of the UPN in this month’s election.

Kyabo said that the UPN would will meet the expectations of the people by ensuring good democratic governance. “The party will create job opportunities for our teeming youths through skills acquisitions programmes.”

“The UPN will implement people-oriented programs that would enhance their well-being. Our party has humane agenda geared at improving our human lot.”

Youths Are Catalyst For Political Development, Says Kano UPN Guber Candidate

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The governorship candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in Kano state, Alhaji Abubakar Kyado has said that the youths are a global catalyst for political development.

He said during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party in Sokoto Thursday that while the youths, who are the leaders of tomorrow, should be properly groomed, they also should rise to the needed political change.
According to Kyado, the national political space should see to the proper grooming of the youths, who in turn would ensure a developed nation, he said adding that “the youths in Kano state should rise up for the needed political change of leadership in order to ensure quality democratic governance.”

He observed that they remained the largest single class of people capable of being used to ensure massive political growth in Kano state.

Kyado promised to strengthen the agricultural sector by introducing thorough-bred mechanization throughout the state, if elected as governor.

Assuring that the youth would be actively engaged in modern agriculture, he added that a master plan on how to ensure the provision of modern farming inputs at government-controlled price had been worked.

Kyado called on those that were yet to obtain their PVCs to do so for the overall political growth of Kano state.

Retract Your Violent Steps, Tambuwal Tells Politicians

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Speaker of the House of Representatives and All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Sokoto state said that the current scale of violence introduced by politicians in the country must stop.

He stated this at an interactive session with the leadership of students of all tertiary institutions in the state in Sokoto on Monday.

“The culture of violence that is being introduced in this country is alien to our tradition. I don’t believe in violence and those who are into it should reconsider their steps.

“What you should do as politicians is to convince people on what you intend to do for them. Tell them why you should be elected. You must not lead unscrupulous people to unleash mayhem on people you perceive as not your supporters,” Tambuwal said.

He stressed further that it is only when politicians imbibed the culture of electioneering that is devoid of violence, that the youths would take a cue of issue-based politicking.

The Speaker also pleaded with the people of Sokoto state to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) because according to him, “Obtaining PVCs is the only by which you can elect the candidates of your choice.”

He said that governments should invest in the youths so that the country would have vibrant future. “We must invest in the youths for a better tomorrow because they represent today and the future.”

Tambuwal said that his number one priority if elected as governor of Sokoto state would be education in which majority beneficiaries are the youths.

Disappoint Prophets of Doom, UN tells FG

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mohammed Ibn Chambas has called on the local, state, federal governments and all Nigerians to be mindful of their roles and ensure the conduct of credible elections.

He spoke during a courtesy visit on Governor Aliyu Wamakko at his residence in Sokoto on Saturday.

According to Chambas, “Nigeria must conduct credible and transparent elections and as such we must be mindful of our roles both as leaders and citizens. As leaders, we should disappoint the prophets of doom by not allowing violence.”

He stressed that Nigeria being the largest economy in Africa with more than 80 percent of the GDP of West Africa must set and maintain good record.

“Nigeria should be seen conducting a peaceful and violent-free elections. And for this to happen, you must act responsibly. INEC must manage the electoral processes well; the security agencies must ensure that they operate in unbiased way. Leaders must send the right messages,” Chambas said.

He said that the UN was concerned about the February election and insurgency. “Nigeria is confronted with the Boko Haram Monster about which the UN is concerned.”

Responding, Governor Wamakko expressed his happiness for the international community’s concern for Nigeria. “Nigeria is too big a country to be ignored by the international community.”

He however said that the UN should prevail on the federal government to ensure that election was conducted as scheduled.

“Speak loudly to prevail on the FG to conduct not only free and fair elections but also for the elections to be conducted as scheduled. As it is now, FG has sent emissary to tell Emirs to support postponement of the elections,” Wamakko disclosed, visibly angry.

On security, the governor the main problem of Nigeria was bad leadership, “which informed the formation of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

“For about four years since Boko Haram struck, only last week did the President deemed it fit to visit Borno. This is a sign of bad governance,” he said.

He advised that neighbouring countries should continue with the alliance that they had formed in order to fight Boko Haram.