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Wicked Power Mongers Sponsoring Insecurity in Kogi Just to Discredit Gov. Yahaya Bello

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Prof. Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr,
The National Coordinator “GOT YOUR BACK NIGERIA”, Said the recent kidnapp of the mother of the Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor and also the robbery attack some days back are all attempt to discredit the giant stride of Governor Yahaya Bello on Security.

Prof Nwaokobia , Stated this in a press statement on Thursday titled ” Kogi And The Wicked Machinations Of Power Mongers”

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Unaguably one of the most powerful products from the Confluence State is the scorecard of Governor Yahaya Bello GYB on Security. Kogi State under GYB rose from being the State in the North Central Zone where the Boko Haram sect had their Bomb IED making factory to become the safest State in the entire North, and from one of the most troubled States in Nigeria to the second safest State in the Country, thanks to the GYB Phenomenon.

With the plethora of Awards and the deluge of Honours that attend the GYB magic in the Confluence State of Kogi to the fact that GYB has unequivocally emerged front runner in the political indices of 2023, we have not been ignorant of the discomfort that the GYB Phenomenon throws up amongst those seeking the High Office of President come 2023. However we are troubled that more than a year to the actual political contestation of 2023 the pathway appears sullied with devious and wicked machinations. Power mongers are desperately at work in so many ways to discredit and damage the scorecard of GYB but they will fail.

We are not unaware of the timeless praxis to wit, “The witch cried last night and the child dies this morning”, indeed the discerning would be right to make tenable conjectures, that’s what this is about and that’s where we are. Within the past Six months the most visible and most celebrated public office holder in today’s Nigeria has been GYB. From winning the Sun Newspapers Governor of the Year 2021 Award to winning the New Telegraph Newspapers Most Youth Friendly Governor of the Year 2021 Award. From the Honours by the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ Lagos State Chapter to that of the National Body of the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ. From the many awards and honours from different Youth Groups across the Country, the Media, and several public oriented platforms to the Award as the Torchbearer on Security by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Abuja Chapter, it has been GYB all the way.

Do you then wonder why three days ago the mother of the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello GYB was kidnapped by Gunmen at her residence in Kogi State? Everywhere since that act of criminality, the news has been “The Mother of Pharmacist Jamiu Abdulkareem Asuku, Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor kidnapped”. It has resonated so much because some are desperate to pillory the huge credentials of GYB on Security, and such is clearly and glaringly the machinations of wicked and soulless power mongers seeking albeit in vain to rubbish and diminish the profound scorecard of GYB on Security. But they shall fail, for in the very end good shall triumph over evil.

We pray that no harm befalls the mother of the ebullient Chief of Staff to GYB, we pray for all the victims of insecurity across our nation, we pray for the men and women of our Security Agencies, and we pray for the nation in this time of anomie. We pray that Nigeria shall pull through this period better and stronger. Amen.

Painfully Countrymen and women, some 24hours ago the media was yet awash with news about Robbery in Kogi State, and you wonder how and why Robbery that happens everywhere (this is by no means an excuse for it) would earn so much media attention as though a New Hollywood or Nollywood Action movie has been released, reprehensively someone somewhere appears to be happy with this. So we ask, who is desperate to paint the awesome feats of GYB on Security with soured and tarred brush? Who is giving his feet to rubbish the profound feats of GYB on Security? And why are some so wicked that they must play politics with the lives and the safety of others? Why?

We call on Security Agencies to rise to the challenge and contend with the forces that seek to undermine their success in Kogi State. We encourage GYB to double his efforts and ensure that those who for political premium are desperate to diminish his good work on Security are put to shame. And we urge the media to partner with true patriots in repositioning our nation for good by eschewing devious sensationalism and wistful dramaturgy.

We applaud the Government’s renewed commitment to making Nigeria safe, and we salute the great strides of GYB in Kogi State, whilst wishing the members of the Armed Forces and allied Security Agencies the best in the toil to make Nigeria safe. God Bless Nigeria.

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2023: North Central APC Stakeholders Say Region’s VP Will Enthrone Equity, Stability in Nigeria

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Some stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress in north-central have made a strong case for the region to produce the party’s presidential running mate for equity and stability.

The North Central APC Stakeholders Forum, which made this known at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, warned the party not to make the mistake of ignoring the zone in the scheme of things.

According to a statement signed by its Coordinator, Bala Danladi Adamu, the group said the north central is critical to the party’s success in 2023, considering its innumerable contributions in the growth and development of the APC over the years.

Adamu said not only will a Christian from the region balance the presidential ticket, he added that it will ultimately guarantee success at the polls.

The group, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, party leaders and elders from the north central zone to settle for a young and vibrant Christian out of the “array of credible individuals that fits the bill of the vice-presidential candidate for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.

Failure to do so, Adamu, however, cautioned that doom awaits the party as it would be further divided along ethnic and religious lines.

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The North Central APC Stakeholders Forum is calling this press conference as a concerned stakeholder in the APC to put issues in proper perspective regarding the choice of running mate to the APC presidential candidate.

This has become instructive given the attempt by some selfish individuals who are bent on scheming the North Central out of the affairs of the country, especially in the buildup to the 2023 General elections.

The North Central APC Stakeholders Forum frowns at such a despicable plot considering the innumerable contributions of the North Central in the growth and development of the APC over the years.

It remains a statement that the North Central is a critical region in the country. As such, it would be against all known political strategies for the region to be alienated in the present permutations towards securing victory at the elections.

The APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, must come to terms with choosing his running mate for the elections. Consequently, the APC North Central Stakeholders Forum wishes to inform Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be wary of those that have constituted themselves around him as electoral strategists.

We are aware of the plot to ensure that the vice presidential slot is not given to a Christian APC member from any North Central state for inexplicable reasons. This is on the heels that such a move would spell doom for the party.

They have been ferocious in this regard. As stakeholders in the North Central region, we know that such a move would boomerang and further divide the party along ethnic and religious lines.

The APC Presidential Candidate must rise to the occasion and resist every form of pressure mounted on him by these selfish individuals against the idea of a Christian running mate from the North Central region of the country.

It is on the strength of the above that we demand that the vice-presidential slot be given to a vibrant and young candidate from the Middle Belt. This is necessary to ensure a balanced and strategic team that would guarantee electoral success at the elections.

We are also using this medium to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to see that the APC gets it right regarding its choice of running mate to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This is necessary to ensure that the party records outstanding victory at the polls.

President Muhammadu Buhari must also recognize that the North Central region in the country holds the ace in the presidential elections, and little wonder why the opposition parties have been making strategic advancements in the region to secure electoral victory.

The APC must not allow any form of discontent in the North Central by denying the region of the vice-presidential slots, as there are an array of credible candidates that fits the bill of the vice-presidential candidate for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The hawks that want the party’s downfall are unfortunately parading themselves as stakeholders of the party. At the same time, they are out to satisfy their selfish interest and not the well-being of the party as a whole.

The APC North Central Stakeholders Forum is also using this medium to call on prominent middle belt elders to rise in defence of the Middle belt in the political scheming in the country. The strategic importance of such cannot be overemphasized.

They must ensure that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not misled as the indicators point to the fact that the APC Presidential candidate is on the verge of making a grave mistake should he choose a running mate outside the middle belt region.

The consequences of such a move might not be palatable for the party in the presidential elections, hence the need for caution in the choice of vice-presidential candidate of the APC.

We wish to call on elders of the APC in the Middle Belt region to protect the region’s interest by ensuring that the APV nominates its vice-presidential candidate from the Christian community in North Central.

We thank you all for your time and attention.

God bless.

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CVR Fresh Registration Hits Over 10m – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says fresh registration in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit 10,487,972 as at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 27.

The commission in its CVR weekly update, released in Abuja on Monday, also disclosed that 8,631,696 registrants had completed their registrations.

It disclosed that 3,250,449 of the registrants completed the process through online, while 5,381,247 did through physical registration.

The gender breakdown of the registrants who had completed their registration comprised 4,292,690 male and 4,339,006 female, with the gender category showing that 6,081,456 of the figures were youth, while 67,171 were Persons with Disabilities, PWDs.

The update also revealed that INEC had received a total of 23,560,043 applications including those applying for voter transfer, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and update of voter information records.

The breakdown also indicated that 12,317,963 of the applications were from male, 11,242, 080 were from female, while 187,904 applications were received from PWDs. (NAN)

 

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Banditry: Military Rejects Zamfara’s Call for Citizens to Bear Arms

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The Military High Command yesterday rejected the call by the Zamfara State Government for residents to take up arms and defend themselves against bandits and terrorists.

Governor Bello Matawalle had asked the Commissioner of Police to work out the modalities for gun licence to residents willing to bear arms to protect themselves.

Reacting yesterday, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, said he did not see the basis for such call.

He spoke at the National Defence College, Abuja, during the opening ceremony of the joint exercise for the National Defence College and War Colleges of the Armed Forces of Nigeria codenamed “Exercise Grand Nationale”.

He said it was expedient for stakeholders to follow the rules and constitution accordingly.

Irabor said: “We do not take instruction from the state governments. We have a Commander-in-Chief. The constitution gives the right and powers to the C-in-C for the use of the armed forces and I believe what we’re doing in Zamfara State and across the states of the federation is not different to the provisions of the constitution.

“We’re there to give support to the civil authority in this case, the police. We’re there to ensure that peace returns to Zamfara. The governor does not have the powers to ask the CP to issue licences. I’m yet to get the details, but I do not think that’s the right thing to do.”

He said the Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, should be in a position to address the issue.

“I do not see the basis. My view is that the AGF will look at the constitution and what the constitution says. That’s the right way to go. The Armed Forces are in Zamfara, but beyond that, I believe there are legal issues that should be addressed using the instrumentality of the law to bring peace and security.

“I believe that the Federal Government, through the Attorney-General, should look at the details of the press release. If what I read is true, I do not believe that the governor has the powers to instruct the CP to issue licence because the CP does not have the power to issue licences.

”Like I said, the AGF will do much about it. We have the Armed Forces in Zamfara, military, police, NSCDC; but beyond that, I believe there are legal issues”, Irabor said.

Irabor said the essence of the Operation Grand Nationale, was to review the programmes of the training colleges and the war colleges.

 

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