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Don’t Come To My House For Sallah, Buhari Warns Visitors



By Augustine Akhilomen

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he will observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at home in Daura in Katsina State, urging visitors to resist the urge to visit him during the celebration.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja.

In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the President reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged.

“President Muhammadu Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at home, just as he did during the Eid El-Fitr a little over two months ago, in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19.

“In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the President reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged.

“Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.

“In order to stop the spread of the disease, the President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders and urges all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities.

“He once again wishes all citizens a safe and happy Eid.”



I Left PDP Due To Obaseki’s Disregard For Leaders -Idahosa



A former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Charles Idahosa, has said Governor Godwin Obaseki’s disregard for leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led to his exit from the PDP to APC.

Idahosa made this revelation on Tuesday in Benin, saying he played a critical role in Obaseki securing his second term ticket and his subsequent victory at the 2020 governorship election.

Recall that Idahosa had defected to APC from PDP in 2020, saying he could not stand and watch Obaseki being oppressed and badly treated by APC leaders by denying him a return ticket.

“I stood up against former governor Adams Oshomhole, who was then, the APC national chairman, whom I had worked with in various capacities before the 2016 governorship election.

“So, because I saw that Obaseki was being victimized, my supporters and I decided to move with him to the PDP where he eventually secured the ticket and returned as the governor for the second time.

“Unfortunately when he came, he wasn’t fair to the people and party leaders that helped him to power.

“He keeps saying that people are angry with him because they wanted him to share state money with them and I have challenged him to mention the names of the people so that the whole world will know them.

“So I just got frustrated and left the party because he has not been fair to party leaders and the people that stood for him in 2020 when he had problems in APC, ” Idahosa said.

The former PDP chieftain also added that besides the ill-treatment, the state had not experienced development in the last seven years.


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INEC Threatens Sanctions For Erring Electoral Officers In Edo, Ondo Polls



The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has warned its personnel against unethical and corrupt practices in the upcoming Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the warning on Monday in Abuja at a lecture in honour of the late Abubakar Momoh, who was a former Director-General of the Electoral Institute, TEI, from August 2013 to May 2017.

Yakubu, represented by National Commissioner, and Chairman, Board of Electoral Institute, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, warned that any unethical practice before, during and after those elections would incur severe punishments under the law.

The theme of the lecture was “Achieving Professionalism among Election Personnel through Effective Training in Preparation for the Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections.’’

Yakubu said the success of any election largely depended on the professionalism and competence of those responsible for conducting it.

He advised electoral officers to be guided by the principles of integrity, impartiality, transparency, professionalism, gender and disability sensitivity.

He said it was important for electoral personnel to be knowledgeable, skilled and well-equipped with relevant competencies to handle the complexities and challenges of the electoral process.

“Moreover, the crucial role election personnel play in upholding the integrity of our democratic processes cannot be overstressed.

“The manner in which they discharge their duties and responsibilities affects the degree of confidence voters will have in the electoral process, which will impact their participation and turnout,” he said.


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Tinubu Deceived Nigerians With Liberal Disposition To Win Election, Ex-APC NWC Member Blows Hot



…Says Asiwaju Insensitive To Suffering Of Nigerians

Former National Vice Chairman North-West of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Moh Lukman, has described President Bola Tinubu as insentivity in his failure to mitigate the hardship and problems of high cost of living, rising unemployment and higher levels of poverty facing the ordinary Nigerians.

Lukman further alleged that President Tinubu deceived Nigerians with the posture of a liberal disposition to vote for him, lamenting that the nation under his watch is on the edge of social outburst.

In a statement he issued in Abuja on Saturday, the for Director General APC Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) also accused the ruling party’s leadership of extorting candidates and aspirants contesting under the party.

He wrote; “The expectation of many of us in APC is that President Tinubu being a seasoned politician and someone who was in the frontline of the campaign for democracy in Nigeria will provide the needed leadership to respond to our national political challenges.

“The expectation is that being one of the leaders who led the merger negotiations and as someone who has been consistent with the claim of being an Awoist, he will prioritise building the party.

“Again, President Tinubu’s claim of being an Awoist convinced many Nigerians that he is a liberal politician. The consideration of ideological leanings of political leaders is certainly taken for granted even in APC. Although during the debate around the party’s manifesto, there was the understanding that the APC will be a social democratic party.

“If APC governments were to be social democratic, the priority will be on education, health and social services. That being the case, it would be reflected in the budgetary allocation to these sectors. The closest is the initiative to introduce the Social Investment Programme under the Buhari administration.

“The crisis of corruption associated with the Social Investment Programme and clear lack of commitment to anything close to social democracy by all APC governments at all levels represent one of the failings of the party.

“Instead, with hardly any exception, since 2015, all governments at all levels controlled by the APC operated based on the practice of business-as-usual. Problems of corruption, insecurity and economic crisis have gotten worse. Crisis of high cost of living, rising unemployment and high level of poverty are becoming unbearable.

“The nation is on the edge of social outburst. Unfortunately, the APC, even under President Tinubu is turning out to be unable to respond to the problem of high cost of living, rising unemployment and higher levels of poverty and mitigate the hardship facing ordinary Nigerians.

“The bigger calamity is that President Tinubu is turning out to be an extreme right-wing leader and not a liberal capitalist. The speed with which he declared that petroleum “subsidy is gone” even before settling down as President and the inability to have a clear policy plan to cushion the effect for vulnerable Nigerians clearly highlighted the ideological leaning of President Tinubu.

“Combined with the policy of floating the exchange rate of the Naira against major international currency clearly defined the extreme right-wing credentials of the Tinubu administration. For an import defendant nation to withdraw subsidy and float the exchange of the Naira without any clear responsive policy plan to boost local production is simply decidedly anti-poor.

“The reality whereby the value of incomes of citizens has been eroded should have been expected and at least some initiatives to grow the earning capacity of citizen should have been introduced. Unfortunately, all we have is grandstanding by the government so much so that they are now trapped back in the subsidy debate,” the statement read.

On the allegation of extortion, Lukman wrote: “Related to the problem of funding is the issue of accountability. Apart from meetings of statutory organs of the party not taking place, financial accountability in APC is zero. The party doesn’t operate a budget and leaders don’t have clearly defined conditions of service. The party doesn’t have campaign funds and make almost zero contributions to campaign finances for candidates of the party, except for what was done in 2019 under the leadership of Comrade Oshiomhole. During the 2019 general elections, candidates of the party at all levels received financial support from the party.

The reality, however, is that party leaders function more as surrogates to candidates and elected representatives. Problems of party leaders extorting candidates and aspirants is also very entrenched in APC so much so that elected representatives produced by the party turned out to be emperors. Instead of party leaders regulating elected representatives, elected representatives are the lords and masters of the party,” he alleged.


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