Insecurity: LP Women’s Leader Death,Politically Motivated-Guber Candidate
… Laments lacks of application of technology in Fighting Terrorism
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Kaduna state, Dr. Jonathan Asake has described the death of the party’s women leader Victoria Chimtext as Politically Motivated, pointing that security would be the number one priority of his administration if elected as Governor of the state in 2023, calling on prospective voters in the state to vote LP.
He also condemned the killing of the LP Women Leader in Kaura local government area of the state, Mrs. Victoria Chimtex, urging the security agencies to immediately arrest and prosecute her killer.
Asake who spoke at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna State Council’s media parley, lamented lacks of application of technology in fighting insecurity ravaging state and the country in the present era of technological advancement.
Dr. Asake noted that, with technology and the political will, 60 percent of problems, including security issues, facing the state and the country at large would be a thing of the past if LP assumed leadership as a serous minded administration.
According to him, ‘security will be our number one agenda when we come on board because security and welfare are so important for the life of every citizen as captured in section 14 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Our agenda draws strength directly from that constitutional provision. From my experience both in the private and public sectors, I have an idea of what insecurity could cause.
“Today, many farmlands have been deserted by farmers due to banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and other forms of insecurity. So, if farmers cannot go to the farm, that means there will be food insecurity which will affect our survival as humans.
“Again, many schools have been shut down because of insecurity. Schools like Greenfield University, Joy Schools, Engravers College among others are examples of the unpleasant effect of insecurity.
“Investors have also moved their businesses to more secure states and countries.
“In fact, a lot of people who are privileged to build houses cannot stay there anymore. Some of them are now tenants in their former tenants’ properties”, said.
On how he was going to do it he said, “For example, when I was leading SOKAPU, I have an idea of how kidnappers were demanding for millions, foodstuffs, and Bajaj motorbikes as ransom.
“Sometimes, they tell you the price and even where to buy the motorbikes from and take to them as ransom in the bush.
“Why is it difficult to track down these kidnappers with the advent of technology? The money these people are collecting is not spent in the bush. They find their way into our banks.
“So, when there is a will, there is a way and if we have the will to solve the problem of insecurity in the state and the country, we will be solving 60% of our problem as a people”, Asake 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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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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