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Aftermath Of Supreme Court Verdict, What Next — Kogi CPS, Onowgu Muhammed

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The validity of the mandate given to the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello when the good people of the state came out on the 16th of November, 2019 and expressed in such decisive civil manner and re-elected the governor for the second term has been proven by the Apex Court in the country.

On the 16th of November, 2019, Governor Yahaya Bello polled a total of 406,222 votes against his closest rival, the PDP candidate who polled 189,704 votes with a winning margin of 216,518. This result was challenged and subjected to legal analysis via election petition tribunal and up to the Supreme Court.

The Apex Court in her wisdom, on Monday 31st August,2020 after considering previous judgments of the tribunal and Court of Appeal took side with the people by affirming the identical positions on the matter taken by the erudite Jurists at the tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Governor Yahaya Bello and his CPS Onogwu Muhammed

By the judgment of the Supreme Court, all election litigation instituted against the governor which for some months constituted as a clog in the wheels of governance in Kogi State has been removed and discarded.

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The Kogi state Governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello once again while reacting to the judgement on Monday, extended an olive branch to his opponents. The Governor noted that all the aspirants and candidates who vied for the exalted office of the Governor were eminently qualified but the people who own the mandate found him worthy for the second time.

I want to sincerely thank everyone here who have been our strong supporters and those who criticized the government vehemently in constructive manner and to let you know that you all played a part toward the development of Dear kogi state.

For those whose criticism were simply jarring to the senses, instead of the endless jangling, we implore you to criticize in dulcet manner, we all own the government and the state and the governor and his team must find a way of listening to all as they have been doing.

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I want to sincerely thank supporters of the opposition parties for their commitment to what they believe and the manner in which they pursued their agenda.

My honest appreciation is also extended to public affairs analysts who always speak loud about the government on inevitable negative occurrences and put off their mics when government made tremendous breakthroughs and achievements. Your stands also kept us on our toes.

Like I always say; Kogi is Nigeria. It is impossible to name best three medical experts in this country without a kogite. It will be a false exercise to name three scientists in Nigeria without a Kogite, same in Engineering, Media, Law, pilots, Aviation. Military and other fields of endeavour but our negative and acidic commentary laced with political interest is eroding the good name our technocrats have made for the state. Kogi is one of the richest states in Nigeria in terms of minerals and human capital endowments but we are trading these resources away because of the manner we play our politics. We are the reflections of our state; when we say Kogi is the worse state in Nigeria, it means we are the worse people in Nigeria no matter where we live. It is not her beautiful vegetation and the fascinating confluence of rivers that made it worse but the people .

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Projecting the good image of Kogi State is responsibility of Kogites irrespective of our political difference, religious beliefs and ethnic identity. We have come along way to see election as periodic exercise which will produce winners and losers.

After this Supreme Court judgement , all that is needed in advancing development of our state is to sheath our political swords and put on the toga of unity, solidarity and support for the government to enable it deliver the best of governance for our people.

The workable CPS, Muhammed Onogwu and Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello

I have enjoyed the support of everybody in this space; my friends in the opposition parties have been helpful, schoolmates, classmates, Facebook friends have contributed immensely to the success of my office, I hold you all in high esteem.

Onogwu Muhammed, is the Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor.

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BY: Janet Samuel

As the 2023 General Elections draw near with Political parties, Aspirants and Support Groups already putting plans in place ahead of the election, the House of Representative Member Representing Kwewum, Donga,/Takum/Ussa/Yangtu Federal Constituency, Taraba State, Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu has aired his view about the People’s Democratic Party PDP and other fundamental issues inn the Country.

Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu, in an Exclusive Interview with Newsmen in Abuja, took time to touch light on critical issues that one should ponder upon.

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CRISIS IN THE PDP

In my opinion, I don’t think there is any crisis in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. What we have is that some members such as the Governor of Rivers State and some people in the national Assembly, in fact I think a greater majority of members of the party think that the national chairman has done enough.

Even though his tenure will not elapse till November, we think that it is expedient for him to leave the scene for some other people to try, so that we can have time to reorganise the party, do genuine reconciliation of party members, because as you know the party has some challenges in some states, where there are cases in court, where you have some state congresses that have not been concluded.

We think it is better to have somebody that is not part of the crisis to manage the process of reconciliation and the process of reorganising the party to be able to fight effectively during the 2023 General elections.

Some people may feel offended that such a call is coming, but I am of the view that this call should have come even before now.

Normally, when a party leader leads a party to defeat, the party Chairmanship and the leadership resigns to make way for new people to lead. That has been the standard around the world.

In the case of PDP, in 2015, the House of Reps. PDP caucus championed the call for the Adamu Muazu, the former chairman, who led us to a disastrous loss of the 2015 elections to leave, and he actually did leave. So, Prince Uche Secondus was given the chance to continue. He has continued up till now, but it is clearly observable that there are frictions and some challenges that it would be better for new leadership to resolve.

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Not that there are other crisis, PDP has no factions. There isn’t any crisis. It’s just that in preparation for the 2023 elections, there is a growing majority opinion that the leadership of the party should step aside so that the party can prepare for the elections.

CLAMOUR TO ZONE PRESIDENCY TO SOUTH

I believe that as Nigeria works today, any section that calls for power shift is justified. The majority of the opinion from 2015 up to date, is that Jonathan should not have contested, that it was the turn of the North.

Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and several former Governors, even of PDP have made those claims. If you did say, six years ago, that it was the turn of the North, why are you now saying that it should be about the quality of leadership and not power going to a different constituent part?

Why do we have the federal character written in the constitution in the first place? Anywhere in the world, there are principles of affirmative action and federal character to ensure that every part of the Country or society are included in governmental affairs. We are implementing it in JAMB, we are implementing it in every level of admission, we are implementing it even in serious matters like sports.

Why are some people now saying certain sections should be excluded from politics or from political positions? It is not fair. So, I think that the Southern Governors have a right that they should be included. There is no part of the Country that you won’t have competent people.

INSECURITY

I don’t think there is any part of the Country that is not affected by insecurity. The Country is pretty unsafe with the kidnappings, banditry and Fulani militia. Nigeria is becoming a failed State. Presently, Nigeria fulfills all the requirements of fragile state, and we are moving from fragility into failure.

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The definition of a failed state, is simply a state that, one, among others, a large section of the people in the country do not have loyalty to the state. We have the IPOB, the BOKO Haram and some Yoruba groups.

The second part of fragility of a failed state that intellectuals talked about is, that some of those territories are not in the hands of government. It is very evident that large parts of Niger State, parts of Borno, Yobe and several parts of the country are not in the hands of security forces.

You also have another evidence of large amount of weapons being in the hands of non-stakeholders, that is, being in the hands of citizens, rather than in the hands of people who are authorized to hold them. Evidence abounds to show that the arms, according to some governors, that are in the hands of bandits and Fulani herdsmen, are more than the arms that are in the hands of security agencies.

I am sure you would recall that a former Governor of Borno state said Boko Haram had more arms and more modern arms than the Nigerian Army. So, we are running into serious problems. And all these problems boil down to failure of governance, that the people who should be holding this country together for us have failed. That is the challenge that we have.

So, security challenge is not just in any particular state, not just in Taraba state, it is in virtually all the states. Even states like Nasarawa there were times that farmers could not go to farm. And even around Abuja we are hearing that persons of strange element are locking around.

It is a problem that, in my opinion, will not be solved urgently. There is no way you can resolve this problem within a short time. So, we need to have long time strategy that is not just kinetic (force), but that also involves the use of soft powers, which the government is seriously lacking.

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THE TIV-JUKUN CRISIS

It boils down to the issue of governance and the refusal of people to include every person in what they want to do. If you have a system that predisposes itself to exclusion, you will have people fighting to be included. And that is happening in all parts of the country.

DECAMPING OF PDP MEMBERS TO APC

Again, it has to do with the governance of the PDP. Some of us believe that the current Chairman should give way for genuine reconciliation.

People like Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker (of the House of Representatives), ought not to decamp, but they have to decamp because of the system where the party chairman handed over the party to governors instead of allowing a system where leadership of the party is from the ward and local government. Unfortunately, many of the governors he handed over the party to in the states have decamped, creating more issues in the party.

I am of the strong view that, for PDP to be competitive in the next election, there has to be a change now, not later, in the leadership of the party. Some people are saying let us wait till November. No. Uche Secondus should sacrifice and leave. He doesn’t need to be forced out. People should beg him to leave the party so that the party can reorganise.

If Secondus does not leave the party by the end of September, PDP will not win, and will not do well in the 2023 elections. Secondus needs to leave latest by September to allow reconciliation within this year, so that by early next year the party can start the process of rebuilding.

So, for those who don’t know, if Secondus does not leave by September, PDP will not win 2023 elections.

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2023: Read House of Representative Member Representing Kwewum, Donga,/Takum/Ussa/Yangtu Federal Constituency, Taraba State, Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu’s Opinion About PDP, Other National Issues

 

 

BY: Janet Samuel

As the 2023 General Elections draw near with Political parties, Aspirants and Support Groups already putting plans in place ahead of the election, the House of Representative Member Representing Kwewum, Donga,/Takum/Ussa/Yangtu Federal Constituency, Taraba State, Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu has aired his view about the People’s Democratic Party PDP and other fundamental issues inn the Country.

Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu, in an Exclusive Interview with Newsmen in Abuja, took time to touch light on critical issues that one should ponder upon.

Read Below

CRISIS IN THE PDP

In my opinion, I don’t think there is any crisis in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. What we have is that some members such as the Governor of Rivers State and some people in the national Assembly, in fact I think a greater majority of members of the party think that the national chairman has done enough.

Even though his tenure will not elapse till November, we think that it is expedient for him to leave the scene for some other people to try, so that we can have time to reorganise the party, do genuine reconciliation of party members, because as you know the party has some challenges in some states, where there are cases in court, where you have some state congresses that have not been concluded.

We think it is better to have somebody that is not part of the crisis to manage the process of reconciliation and the process of reorganising the party to be able to fight effectively during the 2023 General elections.

Some people may feel offended that such a call is coming, but I am of the view that this call should have come even before now.

Normally, when a party leader leads a party to defeat, the party Chairmanship and the leadership resigns to make way for new people to lead. That has been the standard around the world.

In the case of PDP, in 2015, the House of Reps. PDP caucus championed the call for the Adamu Muazu, the former chairman, who led us to a disastrous loss of the 2015 elections to leave, and he actually did leave. So, Prince Uche Secondus was given the chance to continue. He has continued up till now, but it is clearly observable that there are frictions and some challenges that it would be better for new leadership to resolve.

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Not that there are other crisis, PDP has no factions. There isn’t any crisis. It’s just that in preparation for the 2023 elections, there is a growing majority opinion that the leadership of the party should step aside so that the party can prepare for the elections.

CLAMOUR TO ZONE PRESIDENCY TO SOUTH

I believe that as Nigeria works today, any section that calls for power shift is justified. The majority of the opinion from 2015 up to date, is that Jonathan should not have contested, that it was the turn of the North.

Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and several former Governors, even of PDP have made those claims. If you did say, six years ago, that it was the turn of the North, why are you now saying that it should be about the quality of leadership and not power going to a different constituent part?

Why do we have the federal character written in the constitution in the first place? Anywhere in the world, there are principles of affirmative action and federal character to ensure that every part of the Country or society are included in governmental affairs. We are implementing it in JAMB, we are implementing it in every level of admission, we are implementing it even in serious matters like sports.

Why are some people now saying certain sections should be excluded from politics or from political positions? It is not fair. So, I think that the Southern Governors have a right that they should be included. There is no part of the Country that you won’t have competent people.

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INSECURITY

I don’t think there is any part of the Country that is not affected by insecurity. The Country is pretty unsafe with the kidnappings, banditry and Fulani militia. Nigeria is becoming a failed State. Presently, Nigeria fulfills all the requirements of fragile state, and we are moving from fragility into failure.

The definition of a failed state, is simply a state that, one, among others, a large section of the people in the country do not have loyalty to the state. We have the IPOB, the BOKO Haram and some Yoruba groups.

The second part of fragility of a failed state that intellectuals talked about is, that some of those territories are not in the hands of government. It is very evident that large parts of Niger State, parts of Borno, Yobe and several parts of the country are not in the hands of security forces.

You also have another evidence of large amount of weapons being in the hands of non-stakeholders, that is, being in the hands of citizens, rather than in the hands of people who are authorized to hold them. Evidence abounds to show that the arms, according to some governors, that are in the hands of bandits and Fulani herdsmen, are more than the arms that are in the hands of security agencies.

I am sure you would recall that a former Governor of Borno state said Boko Haram had more arms and more modern arms than the Nigerian Army. So, we are running into serious problems. And all these problems boil down to failure of governance, that the people who should be holding this country together for us have failed. That is the challenge that we have.

So, security challenge is not just in any particular state, not just in Taraba state, it is in virtually all the states. Even states like Nasarawa there were times that farmers could not go to farm. And even around Abuja we are hearing that persons of strange element are locking around.

It is a problem that, in my opinion, will not be solved urgently. There is no way you can resolve this problem within a short time. So, we need to have long time strategy that is not just kinetic (force), but that also involves the use of soft powers, which the government is seriously lacking.

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THE TIV-JUKUN CRISIS

It boils down to the issue of governance and the refusal of people to include every person in what they want to do. If you have a system that predisposes itself to exclusion, you will have people fighting to be included. And that is happening in all parts of the country.

DECAMPING OF PDP MEMBERS TO APC

Again, it has to do with the governance of the PDP. Some of us believe that the current Chairman should give way for genuine reconciliation.

People like Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker (of the House of Representatives), ought not to decamp, but they have to decamp because of the system where the party chairman handed over the party to governors instead of allowing a system where leadership of the party is from the ward and local government. Unfortunately, many of the governors he handed over the party to in the states have decamped, creating more issues in the party.

I am of the strong view that, for PDP to be competitive in the next election, there has to be a change now, not later, in the leadership of the party. Some people are saying let us wait till November. No. Uche Secondus should sacrifice and leave. He doesn’t need to be forced out. People should beg him to leave the party so that the party can reorganise.

If Secondus does not leave the party by the end of September, PDP will not win, and will not do well in the 2023 elections. Secondus needs to leave latest by September to allow reconciliation within this year, so that by early next year the party can start the process of rebuilding.

So, for those who don’t know, if Secondus does not leave by September, PDP will not win 2023 elections.

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My Diary @ First Annual GYB Seminar for Nigeria’s Political & Crime Correspondents – Omoba Abdurazaq

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My Diary @ First Annual GYB Seminar for Nigeria’s Political & Crime Correspondents – Omoba Abdurazaq

 

 

 

I join my well informed Information and Digital Communicating Commissioner on a mission to the Nigeria Centre of Unity to discuss GYB Kogi with the members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm and the tree at the centre of the forest, the new Sheriff in town Essential GYB Presidentially sited throughout the event.

From my diary I highlighted some important substances at the two days program at Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja.

The event had exposed the mischief makers who dwell on negative reports about our dear State.

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The excellent work of Governor Yahaya Adoza Okikiola Ipineteyan Bello in the areas of Security, financial and fiscal transparency highly rated by the WB in consecutive years, improved IGR, drop in out of school children from above 15% to a single digits percentage, improvement and upgrading of facilities in existing schools and institutions and establishment of new ones.

Others include multi-billion naira tertiary, secondary & primary health centres, across the entire state, robust civil service reform that has improved productive and general performance, mechanized and industrialized agriculture for food security, provision of credit facilities and counterpart funding for rural farmers, MSMEs of special intervention support to agricultural, health and education sectors of the economy, massive infrastructural development.

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The hallmarks of which are the unrivalled youth and women inclusive participatory government first of it’s kind in Africa in recent times and which has now become a model for which Nigerians across all demographics, geopolitical zones home and abroad were clamouring for GYB to seek the exalted office in the nation come 2023.

Through the event, members of the fourth estate of the realms have discovered the diaspora agent provocateurs of lies peddling and now resolved to Report Nigeria to Nigerians about the working and extra ordinary qualities, policies and programs of ESSENTIAL GYB.

This milestones couldn’t have been achieved without the exceptional qualities and wizardry professional acumen of Kingsley Femi Fanwo alias Small Body Big Digital Engine.

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My oga, when it comes to prosecuting modern media project na you sabi.

Kiakia u don po info chemical po.

Eku ise opolo sir.

Omoba Abdurazaq

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