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‘Come Back Home’, Mu’azu Pleads With Amaechi Others, As PDP Plans To Set-Up Reconciliation C’ttee



g7-govs-vs-jonathan3The newly appointed national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has launched a passionate appealed to the five governors, known as G-5 Governors, and other party chieftains that defected to All Progressives Congress, APC, to have a rethink and return to the ruling party, which he described as ‘home’.

The defected governors are – Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers). Most of the House of Representatives’ members of the affected states have also decamped to APC with their colleagues in the Senate threatening to follow suit.

As a sign of good faith and his commitment towards reorganizing the party with a view to reconciling all aggrieved members, Mu’azu, whose appointment as PDP national chairman was ratified on Monday following the resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur last week Thursday, hinted that he would set up a committee to address their grievances and where the party has been found to have erred in its actions, would not hesitate to apologize.

Speaking yesterday when the governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido paid him a courtesy call in his office at the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the party in Abuja, Mu’azu said: “Those of them that have gone, I wish to appeal to you to please come back home”.

He pleaded with the defectors to reflect on what they had benefitted under the platform of the party, assuring that the culture of impunity that forced some of them to leave in the first place will be a thing of the past under his leadership.

“I appeal to you to have a sense of patriotism for your party. The party that has offered you a lot, reflect, think and come back our doors are open.

“PDP made most of the people and we expect that whatever be the case, we should remain within and correct the needful for us to move forward”, he added.

The PDP national chairman assured the governors and other aggrieved members of the party that the party would review everything that had happened. He said such things that had led to the party reducing in number and in size would be looked into with a view to addressing them.

“We are going to look at the various events and actions that were taken in the recent past. Whatever injustice that had been done, we are going to correct it, we will be bold enough to say sorry to those that had been offended”, Mr. Mu’azu assured.

He added that he would make due consultation with major stakeholders of the party before constituting the ‘high level’ reconciliation committee.

Mr. Mu’azu, however, appealed to Mr. Lamido to be part of the committee, which he said, would be constituted soon to go round the country to visit aggrieved members of the party. He hinged his plea for the Jigawa governor to be part of the committee based on the fact that he was a member of the original ‘G-7 rebel governors’ and so should have the ears of his five colleagues.

Earlier, Mr. Lamido said the visit was to congratulate the new party chairman and pledge the support of Jigawa people to him.

Recalling with sadness the events that led to their anger with the party, Lamido said the PDP under Tukur’s leadership was divisive and vindictive.

“I hold nothing against Alhaji Tukur because I respect him as my elder. But one cannot be happy seeing party members being suspended and chased away by the leadership.

“The PDP failed under the last leadership. If Governors and National Assembly members were leaving and you said you were not worried, then you should know that something is wrong with you.

“Many of our members were unjustly insulted, humiliated and abandoned by the immediate past leadership of the party. The G-7 Governors were made to feel unwanted, pained and traumatized”, Lamido said.

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu



Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo



Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike



NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

Also Read: Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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