Gombe Gov Canvasses Party Unity Ahead Of 2023
……..Receives Report Of APC Reconciliation Committee
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received the report of the 21-man Reconciliation Committee constituted to resolve all grievances that arose from the congresses and primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the State.
Speaking during the ceremony, Governor Inuwa Yahaya observed that no political system is immune from bickering that often arises at the point of power struggle.
The Governor noted that the submission of the report could not have come at a time when political parties in the country are gearing up for the campaign season.
He said inspite of the seeming delay in the submission of the committee’s report, the party in the state was able to reimburse State Assembly aspirants across the State and his administration has granted appointment to some of them who lost out at the primaries.
The Governor said he is happy that no aggrieved member of the APC in the State has ditched the party, describing the maturity so far displayed as an internalization of the spirit of sportsmanship for the greater good of the party, the state and democracy.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya who regretted the trajectory of politics in Nigeria, explained that some politicians ventured into the game without a clearly defined ideology to ferry them into the leadership recruitment process.
“I can say for certain that many Nigerians go into politics not based on political ideology or love for country but for personal interest. This is an apparent dislocation to the system and if we must advance the course of our people then we must turn a new leaf”.
He appealed to leaders at all levels to view leadership from the prism of trust, accountability, integrity and patriotism, explaining that their actions can make or mar the development of the society.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya noted that in the last three and half years, his administration was able to initiate and implement reformatory policies and executed projects never seen in the history of the State.
Earlier speaking, the Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Governor of the State Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau explained that the committee met and interacted with all the aspirants who contested at both the State and National Assemblies Primary Elections.
Represented by Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo Waziri, the Chairman of the committee expressed satisfaction with the responses of the aspirants which indicated loyalty, solidarity and unshakable resolve to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections.
The chairman of the committee also remarked that aspirants who participated in the State House of Assembly Primary election were full of gratitude to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for granting them appointment as Special Assistants in addition to their reimbursement.
Recalled that Governor Inuwa Yahaya had inaugurated the committee under the Chairmanship of the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau to harmonise and unite the aggrieved members of the APC in the State ahead of 2023 general election.
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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