2015 Election: Suleiman Urges PDP Members To Unite

Minister of National Planning, Abubakar suliemanThe Minister of National Planning, Dr Abubakar Suleiman, has urged members of the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unite and work harmoniously for the success of the party in next year’s general elections.

Dr Suleiman, who made the call during a reception held in his honour following his appointment as the Minister of National Planning, also absolved President Goodluck Jonathan of any blame in the insecurity witnessed in the country.

The reception was attended by party members across the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Minister, who arrived at the Ilorin International Airport, was welcomed with a long convoy provided by the party members resulting in a gridlock over a period of time.

Those who could not gain entrance made do with the space provided outside.

He thanked the entire members of the party for the honour and urged them to exhibit the spirit of oneness in choosing the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the state.

He asked party members to always ask questions on how the resources of the state are being spent by the government.

The State Chairman of the Party, Iyiola Oyedepo, thanked the party faithful for their support and loyalty to the party and pledged to continue providing the wherewithal for the growth of the party.

Other speakers at the occasion include; the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Suleiman Ajadi, Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Professor Shuaib Abduraheem and Former Minister for Transport, Issa Bio Ibrahim, among others.

A PDP Chieftain in the State, Bola Shagaya urged party members to avoid rumours and work for the progress of the party in all elections.



Air Marshal Advocates Use Of Technology To Curb Insurgency

church-bombingThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has challenged states and local governments, particularly, those affected by the current insecurity situation in the country, to be more involved in the fight against insurgency.

Speaking with Journalists in Ilorin on Thursday while leading Air force officers on inspection of the ongoing construction of the Ilorin International Airport hangar, the air marshal said that state governments should build, equip and monitor parks in order to fight insurgents before they strike, stating that the “state governments should put a proper plan in place to check people that may want to cause insurgency in the country”, insisting that “there is an urgent need for technological innovation to check insecurity”.

He also laid  emphasis on technology to be put in place to regulate time for resumption in markets, and to check peoples movements.

He further said the air force has been collaborating with the army and police on the way to end the overwhelming insurgency in the state.

He added that “Nigerians generally need to be more security conscious to avoid spread of insurgency and to combat spate of insurgency in the North- Eastern parts of the country”.


Saraki Accuses Federal Government Of Abandoning Kwara State

Bukola SarakiA rally has been held by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, expressing their continued support for the Senator representing Kwara Central as one of the political leaders in the state.

Precisely from 8 o’clock in the morning, thousands of APC supporters trooped to the Ilorin International Airport to welcome the man popularly known as Sai Bukky having got wind of his impending arrival.

Although the man arrived nearly 6 hours later, the scorching sun did not dampen the spirit of the people who shouted his name on arrival.

Senator Bukola Saraki then surprised the teeming supporters as he trekked the nearly 6 kilometres from the airport to the Emir of Ilorin’s palace, accompanied by the people and other political office holders, causing traffic hold up for several hours as he waved the broom which is the symbol of the APC at the people.

The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Zulu-Gambari prayed and showered him with blessings, after which the senator addressed journalists and thanked the people of Kwara for the show of love and affection.

He described the recent PDP rally in the state as a mere show of unserious politicians who were not based in the state to know the needs and yearnings of the people.

He noted that he had predicted three years ago that some unserious politicians would try to lure them, urging the people not to be derailed by empty slogans of freedom which he believed could be misleading.

He accused the Federal Government of not been able to mention its completed projects in the state during the rally. He added that the people of the state were politically matured to differentiate the truth.

Senate urges FG to name Ilorin International Airport after Saraki

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has urged the federal government to name the Ilorin International Airport after the late Senator Olusola Saraki.

This followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by the Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba on the death of the Wazirin Ilorin.

In his debate, Ndoma-Egba noted that charismatic personality of the late politician defined the office of the senate leader and gave it character many years after he left the office.

The senate devoted the plenary entirely to eulogise the life of the fromer Senate leader.

The lawmakers described the late Senator Olusola Saraki as “not only an astute politician but the best and most well-known senate leader”.

After the motion was moved by Ndoma-Egba, other senators extolled the virtues of the late politician describing him as “a man of the people”.

The senate, after observing a one minute silence in honour of the late Olusola Saraki, urged the federal government to name the Ilorin International Airport after him.