As the August 29, 2015 Kogi State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, draws nearer, a former governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu, has picked his nomination form.
The aspirant, who was accompanied by a large number of supporters, addressed journalists shortly after obtaining the form at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, Monday.
Also on his entourage to the secretariat was the former Governor of Kano State and incumbent senator representing Kano Central in the Senate, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Audu, who said he was in the governorship race “to take the state out of the woods”, described others in the race for the party’s ticket as “young school leavers, who do not have the experience to rescue the state from its current sick condition”.
The former governor, who said he came under intense pressure to run for the governorship of the confluence state, revealed that on two different occasions in Lokoja, the state capital, he had to succumb to the wishes of a large number of youths who waylaid him on the highway and asked him to throw his hat in the ring.
He said to demonstrate their seriousness, his supporters, who were calling on him to run for the governorship position, contributed N5.5m towards the purchase of the nomination form.
“The baby is sick. Nothing is happening in the state other than poverty staring everybody in the face”, he said
Audu said having been governor of the state between 1992 and 1993 and again between 1999 and 2003, the state was his child, adding that he could not afford to fold his arms and allow the state’s condition to get worse.
He said, “The state is my baby, having been governor between 1992 and 1993 before it was truncated, and later again 1999 and 2003 under this current constitution. I was rigged out.
“When the electorate said the state is sick, it will not be responsible of me as the father of the state to abandon the state”.
Speaking in support of Audu, Senator Kwankwaso assured the people of Kogi State that the former governor would deliver the state from its present state.
He drew parallel from his experience as a comeback governor of Kano, eight years after he lost re-election.
“I was able to do what I did in Kano State because I was out of office for eight years. He (Audu) has stayed more than eight years out of office”, Kwankwaso said.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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