Katsina Emir, Kinsmen Pray For President Buhari

Katsina Emir, Kinsmen Pray For President BuhariA special prayer session by the kinsmen of President Muhammadu Buhari, has held at the Emir’s palace in Katsina state.

The State Governor, Aminu Masari, led the crowd of indigenes and Muslim clerics to pray for the President’s recovery and safe return home.

Governor Masari said that the President followed due processes before embarking on his trip and appealed to Nigerians for more patience and understanding.

The gathering will not be the first as political, religious and traditional rulers from all the 33 local government areas of Oyo state had gone beyond various sentiments to pray for the peace and well-being of the President.

Worried by the lingering spate of economic and security challenges facing Nigeria, Christian and Muslim leaders led an interfaith service at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan to also offer prayers for progress and peaceful atmosphere in the country.

Some of the clerics at the event stressed the need for Nigerians to reconnect with God for the attainment of purposeful socio-economic development in the country.

President Buhari had written to the National Assembly to notify the lawmakers about his initial 10-day vacation.

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

In the letter sent to the legislators on Thursday, January 19, he stated that he would be away from January 23 to February 6, 2017.

The President consequently extended his vacation in another letter addressed to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

He, however did not specify in the letter how long he would be away.

APC Presents Edo Governorship Candidate, Flags Off Campaign

Godwin Obaseki, Edo, APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has presented its flag-bearer, Mr Godwin Obaseki, while officially flagging off its governorship campaign ahead of the race for the Edo State seat of power.

This comes after the now APC flag-bearer; Mr Obaseki beat 11 other candidates during primaries to pick the ticket ahead of the September 10 governorship election in Edo State.

The National Chairman of the APC, ‎Mr John Oyegun, presented Godwin Obaseki to the people of Edo State at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital in south-south Nigeria, where the APC Edo governorship campaign flag-off held.

He asked the people of the state to vote for continuity of the good deeds of the outgoing State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Obaseki promised to prioritise job creation and make the state’s economy less dependent on oil.

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Dignitaries present at the event were APC chieftains namely, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, the governors of Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states among others.

Ali Modu Sheriff Annuls Plateau State PDP Congress

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has nullified the party’s congress in Plateau State.

The embattled PDP Chairman made the annulment when aggrieved members of the party visited him to ask for a fresh congress to elect a chairman in Plateau State.

The delegation led by a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Mr Bitrus Kaze, alleged that the congress which was conducted in April was not credible.

In his response, Senator Sheriff told the gathering that a new committee would be inaugurated to conduct a fresh congress that would elect principal officers for the PDP in Plateau State.

In a related development, he had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

Cripple The PDP
In a swift reaction to this, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee condemned the move by Senator Sheriff, after Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu had emerged winner of the party’s primaries held on Monday.

MakarfiThey accused him of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the INEC.

The emergence of the two factions of the PDP is a fall out of the party’s Governors Forum meeting where some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff and set up a caretaker committee.

However, the embattled Chairman told reporters when he was refused entrance into the PDP National Secretariat that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018.

Edo PDP Governorship Poll: Makarfi Committee Condemns Sheriff Committee

PDP,Ahmed Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, EdoThe Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the move by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to set up a primary election committee for the Edo State governorship election.

The newly constituted committee, chaired by Senator Hope Uzodinma, was inaugurated after the Monday exercise which produced Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the PDP candidate in the coming election.

In a swift reaction, the Makarfi committee said Senator Sheriff was working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“No Trace Of Any Court Order”
The Makarfi committee made their stand known on Thursday evening in a statement by its publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, titled “Senator Sheriff & Co: Too Desperate To Destroy The PDP”.

They said Senator Sheriff had connived with some former and serving governors of the APC to deceive unsuspecting members of the PDP, security agencies and the general public to support his ambition to remain as Chairman of the party by claiming he has a court order.

“We have concluded our investigations and discovered that there is no trace of any court order obtained by Senator Sheriff or any of his cohorts either at FCT High Court or the Federal High Court in Abuja or any court in Nigeria,” the statement read.

The Makarfi committee then sent a stern warning to members serving in any committee set up by Senator Sheriff, saying such members would be engaging in anti-party activities and would face disciplinary action.

Osagie Ize-Iyamu Wins Edo State PDP Governorship Primaries

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Edo State, PDP, Governorship electionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared Osagie Ize-Iyamu winner of its just concluded Edo State governorship primary election.

Mr Ize-Iyamu won a total of 584 votes to emerge winner, beating his closest rival, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, who scored 91 votes to take the second place.

Mr Solomon Edebiri scored 38 votes to emerge third.

The primary election to decide the PDP’s contender in September 10 poll was held on Monday at the Lawn Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

The PDP Primary Election Committee was chaired by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umehi.

Statutory delegates started the process after which others took their turns.

Governor Umehi had appealed to all the delegates to be orderly, stressing the need to end the process on time.

Meanwhile, Mr Godwin Obaseki on Sunday picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after beating other candidates at the primaries in Benin City, the Edo State’s capital.

Mr Obaseki polled 1,618 votes to defeat the incumbent Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu, who scored 471 votes, and a former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, who got 137 votes amongst others.

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As Mr Ize-Iyamu and Mr Obaseki prepare to represent the two leading political parties, the people of Edo State are to decide who succeeds Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the Saturday, September 10 governorship election.

Obaseki Emerges Edo APC Governorship Candidate

ObasekiMr Godwin Obaseki has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket after beating 11 other candidates during the primaries in Benin City, Edo State.

The leader of the party’s national delegation that conducted the primary election and Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, announced the results in Benin, the state capital.

Mr. Masari said Mr. Obaseki scored 1,618 votes to defeat his 11 opponents.

Other aspirants are Deputy Governor Pius Odubu, who polled 471 votes; former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, 137 votes; Ken Imasuagbon, 247 votes; a former governor of the state, Osariemen Osunbor, eight votes and Ebegue Amadasu, who also polled eight votes.

Similarly, Charles Airhiabvere, a retired major general, garnered 11 votes; Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula, 10 votes; Austin Emuan, seven votes; Blessing Agbomhere, fives votes, and the only female aspirant, Tina Agbarha, three votes.

The APC held its primary election in Edo State, with 12 aspirants from 18 local governments jostling for the top job.

A total of 2,771 delegates made it to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, which is venue of the primary.

Oshiomhole, Masari Condemn Attacks On Oil Facilities

Adams Oshiomhole, Aminu Masari, Niger Delta AvengersEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and his Katsina State counterpart, Governor Aminu Masari, have condemned the recent blowing up of oil pipelines by militants in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Governor Oshiomhole noted that what the President deserved was the support of all Nigerians.

He said what was happening in the southern region would make the area unattractive for investment and called on the people of the Niger Delta to be patient with the Buhari-led administration that had so far shown determination to provide jobs for the unemployed.

The Edo State Governor explained that the cash crunch, which has made it difficult for state governments to pay workers’ salaries was brought about by what he called “the misrule of the past”.

He said he and five of his colleagues had earlier met with the President to discuss the huge challenges being faced by many of the states.

Oshiomhole lamented that the unpaid salaries had created a vicious circle with landlords not getting their rents and market women unable to sell, leading to a depressed economy.

masari-katsinaOn his part, Governor Masari while speaking to Channels Television in Abuja condemned the recent attacks on the nation’s oil and gas facilities by the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.

He said the group have no justification for their actions which he said were threatening Nigeria’s unity and should be condemned by all Nigerians.

This comes after the Niger Delta Avengers allegedly blew up another oil and gas facility belonging to Chevron in the southern region.

Katsina Gov. Tasks Army On Incessant Killings By Fulani Herdsmen

masari-katsinaThe Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has called on the Nigerian Army to intensify and put an end to the incessant killings by the Fulani cattle rustlers.

The governor made this call while receiving the Commanding Officer GOC 1 Division Kaduna, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, in his office.

The Governor said the menace of the cattle herdsmen has to be defeated, along the deadline given by the President, for the Army to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency.

In response, Major General Oyebade said that the Army will do all they can to see the end of the killings and destruction caused by the Fulani herdsmen.

Major Oyebade also promised the people of Katsina of the Army’s cooperation in fighting against terror and incessant killings.

Katsina Governor’s Wife Distributes Food Items To Physically Challenged

Governor's WifeThe wife of the Katsina State Governor, Fatima Shema, has appealed to Nigerians and corporate organizations to continue to reach out to the physically challenged members of the society.

Mrs Shema made the appeal when she distributed food items and other materials to over 2,000 physically challenged and less privileged people across the state.

This has become a yearly practice to ameliorate the sufferings of some of the downtrodden and physically challenged members of the society.

Based on the National Bureau of Statistics, Katsina State is one of the poorest states in the country with a 74.5% poverty rate.

Further worsening the situation in the state is the high number of physically challenged people in the state.

The wife of the State Governor noted that there needs to be a multifaceted approach to fighting the endemic poverty in the state and at the same time help the needy in the society.

The Governor’s wife also advocated the need for philanthropists and corporate organizations to contribute in assisting the less privileged members of the society.

Anambra Election: PDP Leadership Backs Nwoye As Flagbearer

The national leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party says Tony Nwoye is its candidate for the November 16 governorship election in the state, having had two party primaries conducted in Anambra state.

The party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, said this in Abuja while receiving the report of the party’s electoral panel chaired by Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina state.

The other primary, won by Senator Uba, was conducted by the parallel chairman of the Anambra chapter of the PDP, Ejike Oguebeo.

The PDP National Chairman said the party will stand by the choice of the Anambra people in the primaries.

Governors’ Forum Postpones Election Till May

Following reports that the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) was poised to change its leadership, the Forum on Monday said it had put off the elections until May when the current Chairman, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi’s tenure will expire.

This was a key part of the resolutions reached by the Forum after an emergency meeting in Abuja which lasted over three hours.

The governors said they were united and would not take any action against anybody.

It was a moment of relief for Governor Amaechi as some of his colleagues, especially those from the North, were said to be backing Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State as his successor.

The decision to nominate Governor Shema as Mr. Amaechi’s successor was a fallout of the series of meetings by the northern governors at the Sokoto State governor’s lodge.