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Buhari’s In-law, Sani Shaaban Condemns Tinubu, Uba Sani Muslim-Muslim Ticket



BY Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A very prominent Muslim who contested the 2023 governorship primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state and a strong supporter and in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari Hon. Sani Shaaban has condemned in strong terms, the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the ruling APC in Kaduna state and the national level.

Shaaban, who’s currently the gubernatorial candidate under the ADP in Kaduna state, expressed the remarks while interacting with journalists in Kaduna on Friday January 13, assuring that if voted into power in March this year, would restore glory of the state as the pride of the North,

He said “With the Muslim-Muslim ticket, they only succeeded in putting fire on our heads. Our brothers from the Southern Part no longer feel comfortable with us,” he said.
According to Shaaban who is in-law to Buhari, the Muslim-Muslim ticket in Kaduna today is nothing but a disguise.

“I want someone to come and tell me what are the benefits of the Muslim-Muslim ticket.

“It is a great challenge for me to tackle this religious imbalance in Kaduna State,” he said.

Shaaban said that when there is suspicion and lack of confidence, the society cannot develop as expected.
Speaking further, he vowed that if given the mandate at the polls by Kaduna residents, would restore the state’s lost glory.

“I want to bring back the glory of Kaduna. I am what I am today because of God.

“I would do the best I can to ensure Kaduna State becomes the envy of all. Kaduna is not a poor state. If there is any state that is strategically located on the planet, Kaduna is the one.

“Kaduna used to be number one in textile industry, but today the case is different. The tomatoes we have, the ginger, the pepper the grains we have, yet people are hungry,” he lamented.
He was optimistic that Kaduna state can sustain itself.

“We don’t need to fall back on national grants, Kaduna State is strategic and has all it takes to stand on its own,” he declared.

The gubernatorial candidate expressed dismay over the debt profile of the state.

“If you talk of debts, today after Lagos, Kaduna State is the most indebted in Nigeria.

“I have the will and I believe God is always with the righteous. He will not forget Shaaban and I will turn around the fortunes of the state for good.
“The way they say it is indebted, that it is only a fool that would want to take over from this present government, I can weather the storm,” he declared.

According to Shaaban, he was opportuned to be in major strategic cities in the world.

“I see what they do and how they do it. There are lots of African countries today, they are what they are because of my contributions. I want to replicate same here.

“We are not coming on board for the glory of the siren. We want to give back to the society the knowledge God has given us. Two years after Sani Shaaban in Kaduna, other states will start copying us, if possible I would be a governor of more than one state,” he said.

He challenged the media to play it’s constitutional role of watchdog of the society by putting policy makers and public servants on their toes.
“I want to send some words of caution to my good friends in the media. You saw what transpired from 2015 to date nationally and in Kaduna. What roles did you play in the laws brought in. Or are you being paid?” He queried.

Continuing he said, “Some of us know some students in the Kaduna State University (KASU) who were thinking of graduating in their 400 level but sent back to square one because of the school fees increase. I have met some of those students, riding Keke NAPEP. Please be part of this stream, check out the situation and have love in your hearts,” he charged.

He further criticised the role the media played by not making some issues public discourse.

“Can you remember the case of those kidnapped at Forestry College in Mando, where were you? Can you remember those that were kidnapped, the train victims. A lot of things have gone wrong in my state as if the state is locked in a box,” he lamented.

“This is a state one Lebanese collected mobilisation fee and disappeared. I was hoping the issue would be dug into, but I am surprised it just died,” he lamented..
[13/01, 22:09] Gabriel KD Reporter: Buhari in-law, Sani Shaaban condemns Tinubu, Uba Sani Muslim,-,Muslim ticket

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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.

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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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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

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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