2023: Kaduna Labour Party woos Shiite group
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Labour Party in Kaduna state has opened contacts with the Islamic Movement of Nigeria,( IMN) the Shitte group in a bid to getting support and endorsement of the group for the party ahead of the 2023 general election
The LP governorship candidate of Kaduna state,Mr. Shunom Adinga who disclosed this during a press conference at the state party secretariat in kaduna , revealed that the party has established contact with the Shiites group of Shiekh Ibraheem El-zakzaky, the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), to support Peter Obi and himself for President and Governor in 2023.
“We try as much as possible to bring aggrieved members of the society together to bear on this LP such as Shiites group, which is the El-zazaky. We have consulted with them. We have had clear understanding with them to collaborate with the incoming government of Peter Obi to make sure that we rebuild the economy of the state and country
“We try to ensure that all the aggrieved members are brought to a political forum to contribute their quota”, he said.
Mr Adinga, who opened up on his governorship intention weekend, said that labour is all about human capital resources, adding that Kaduna state has enormous natural and human capital resources to be harnessed for youth employment and human development.
He stated that no party in the country is as famous as labour party because Nigeria has more number of workers than the number of politicians, saying his core area of expertise is Human resources, a position he held for years in the private sector
“So Labour is the biggest and one of most populous parties in the country today. If you narrow it down, Kaduna state is an extraction of the federation and therefore the population of workers are very high in Kaduna state.
“Anybody who cannot manage the human capital resources of approximately 6-7 million population and harness them into potential Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), such leader is not creative enough to lead the population.
“Leaders should be able to turn around the enormous human capital to IGR through creativity”, he said.
Mr Adinga who said his reason for joining the governorship race in Kaduna under the platform of the party was borne out of desire to provides quality leadership using human capital resources to turn the state into viable economy, revealed that he has been in politics for decades sine 1992 and had contested several times in the state, including the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
“The last time I checked, I was in APC, but now I’m in labour. We all know what transpired in Nigeria of today starting with Peter Obi who has been a Governor, bank chairman and industries CEO. But because of politicking in Nigeria which has turn into carry resources, not prudent.
“The resources involved in other party today, just to vie for political position indicated that the purposes and aim of majority of Nigerian are for bargaining with money for position. Use their loots to get into the office and recover it from IGR.
“That is why we have backed out of money bag politics to personality and credibility politics. That was the reason why Peter Obi opted out of PDP and the reason why i opted out from APC too.
“I am representing the physical challenged. Is there in the party manifesto of APC that they have consensus on party nomination form but was not in reality to obtain the form free to represent the physical challenged.
“That is why i opted out and look for the party with human face, understand, credibility and creativity, that will provide a level praying ground for intellectuals who understand the economy”, he stated.
Accordingly, Mr Adinga noted that 65 percent of small and medium industry is managed by women, “and so we are going to consolidate on it and give them all our support. No country can survives economically without small and medium enterprises so women have cardinal part here”,he assured.
On teachers loosing their jobs”, he said anybody government that will not partner with its workers and give them the standard operational procedure is lacking in creativity.
“Everybody must not be a graduate or have the kinds of creativity and knowledge i have before he gets a job. I’ll not streamline jobs in kaduna state by ethnicity, religion or sectionalism but competency and merits”, he stated.
PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing
…..Party Rescinds Sanctions
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.
Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja
Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities
But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.
Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.
He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.
“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.
“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.
“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).
“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).
“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.
“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.
DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory
The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.
Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.
Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.
“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.
He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”
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In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.
The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.
The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.
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