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Saturday Polls: Opposition’s Desperation Going out of Hand in Gombe- APC Raises Alarm



opposition’s desperation going out of hand

The Gombe APC Campaign Council has raised the alarm that a particular opposition party in the state( Name Withheld) has consistently waged a war of calumny against the ruling party and incumbent governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya who is also contesting in the Saturday election fora second term

The council in a press statement signed by
Ismaila Uba Misilli
Director, Media & Publicity
APC Campaign Council
Gombe State, expressed serious concern that such desperation of the party was getting out of hand

The council said for the umpteenth time , and despite several caution, the party continues to concort lies and wage wars of calumny against their candidate, Muhhamadu Inuwa Yahaya who is also the sitting governor of the state in order to tarnish his image

The Press statement reads in full:

“The Gombe APC Campaign Council wishes to, for the umpteenth time, draw the attention of the good people of Gombe State to the desperation of a particular opposition party in the state, which is bent on waging a campaign of calumny against the APC governorship candidate, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

“Recall that few days ago, we alerted the public to their antics, and true to their stock in trade, a few hours after that, they came up with concocted lies just to tarnish the image of Governor Inuwa Yahaya.

“As we reported a couple of days ago, credible intelligence has uncovered a similar plot ahead of Saturday’s governorship elections. As with the previous attempt, the plot is to fabricate audio recordings in which Governor Inuwa purports to disparage traditional institutions, religious and tribal groups. Due to their relentless attacks on our common heritage and peaceful coexistence and in their desperate attempts to take power, we felt obliged to once again raise the alarm and inform Gombe State’s citizens of the shenanigans that those unscrupulous elements and enemies of our dear state are engaging in.

“It represents the height of desperation and political rascality that the opposition resorts to the use of deepfake technology, where criminals mimic the voice and video of certain individuals with the aim of blackmailing the governor and disinforming the people of Gombe State. Only yesterday, this same party was involved in another criminal act of forging and spreading a court order purportedly disqualifying a rival candidate.

“Clearly, the opposition in Gombe State has nothing to campaign against Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s sterling achievements, as evidenced by the use of blackmail and evil propaganda. It is important to remind the opposition that elections are not won by blackmail and disinformation, but by demonstrating a candidate’s excellent record, experience, character, and integrity. There is no other candidate who can match Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s achievements in all of these areas.

“It would be reasonable to ignore their evil antics and allow Gombe voters to punish them at the ballot box by re-electing Governor Inuwa Yahaya for a second term. However, repeated lies can achieve the appearance of truth. Gombe people are not fools and they won’t be deceived by nasty opposition propaganda. Our people will never trade 4 years of strong achievements and tangible progress with the empty promises being parroted by those discredited opposition groups.

“No matter how they try, the bond between Governor Inuwa and the good people of Gombe State is unbreakable. Their desperation represents the last kick of a dying opposition that is no match to Dan-Maje’s imposing political momentum. The good people of Gombe State are wise enough to recognize and reject evil political propaganda like the one being peddled by the opposition.

“We are satisfied with the assurances from security agencies that they are on the trail of those cyber criminals and their paymasters, and we hope that they would very soon make their investigations public in order to expose the evil faces behind this dastardly act of blackmail and disinformation. We call on all our supporters and the good people of Gombe State to remain focused, steadfast and resolute on our mission of re-electing Dan-Majen Gombe in order to continue on the path of sustainable progress and all-inclusive development”.

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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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