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Late Abubakar Audu’s Son Declares For Kogi Governorship Race

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Mustapha Mona Audu, son of a former Kogi State’s governor Abubakar Audu, has declared his intention to contest for this year’s governorship election in the state.

Mustapha Audu, the sixth son of late Abubakar Audu who was governor of the state from January 1992 until November 1993 and from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2003, disclosed this while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the people of the state had suffered too much under the present administration, lamenting that there was nothing good to point to in the state at this point.

Mustapha Audu, who expressed dismay that civil servants were suffering, also condemned the total neglect of infrastructure and education by the current administration in the state.

He vowed to end all sufferings and bring prosperity to the state if elected into the Lord Lugard House come November, 2019.

“I choose to get into the arena…because instead of watching Kogi drift along towards tragedy, we the people, you the grassroots, through my campaign and my administration will recapture our state and reset our course towards prosperity.

“The era of selfish interests is over. The era of corrupt leadership is over. The era of money politics and sweetheart deals and inflated contracts and nepotism and cronyism is over.

“It is time to focus on people politics and Common sense leadership. I am putting myself forward as your servant. I am running as Mustapha Mona, not as a representative of any political family, but as faithful servant.

When asked if he had all it takes to challenge for the top seat in the state, the 37-year-old graduate of University of Glasgow, said he was “qualified to lead this state because I believe in the decency of the Kogi people.”

Mustapha Audu disclosed that he had not chosen any political platform to ride on as he was still consulting with stakeholders.

The entrepreneur is from Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

His father, Abubakar Audu died during the governorship election in November 2015, while seeking to be re-elected as governor on the platform of Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

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2019 Elections: Collect Bribe, It’s Your Money —- Fashola Tells Voters

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advised Nigerians to collect the bribes offered by politicians during the 2019 general elections.

He said the money had been stolen from them and that voters should not reject such offer.

NAN reports that Fashola spoke during the continuation of his neighborhood consultations/campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to two wards in Surulere Local Government of Lagos on Sunday.

Speaking on vote buying, he said, “they would want to bribe you, if they bring the money collect it because it is your money that they stashed away, but, don’t sell your conscience.

“You must make a sensible choice in the interest of yourselves and your children.”

At his own ward G3, Fashola reeled out the achievements of Buhari which included improved power supply.

He said that 108 metering companies have been given licenses to supply meters to address problem of discriminatory and arbitrary billing in the electricity sector.

“It is the solution of our government by the President to intervene in the metering gaps, people were licensed as Gencos and Discos.

“Discos have the contract to supply meters and we hear the concerns of citizens now saying that they want meters because their bills are going up.

“So the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the proposal for us supported by the law, the Electric Power Sector Reform, with that, we can license new operators within a licensed area.

“So this time, we are going to create new businesses for meter suppliers under a Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme. That policy has been approved.

“Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has made the regulations around which it will work; 108 companies, small businesses that will also create employments because those companies are now going to be the suppliers of meters.

“They are going to employ people to install the meters, they are going to buy meters, they are going to make meters,’’ he said.

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Presidential Debate: Buhari, Atiku Boycotted The Event Because Of Their Arrogance —- Moghalu

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The Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Moghalu Kingsley on Saturday highlighted reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar boycotted the presidential debate.

Abubakar, who arrived the venue of the debate in Abuja, had worked out of the event after Buhari failed to attend.

However, Moghalu insisted that both presidential candidates boycotted the event due to arrogance.

Speaking during the debate, the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, deputy governor said both candidates can’t answer questions to be asked.

According to Moghalu: “Arrogance: They believe Nigerians will always come to them.

“They have a sense of entitlement but not a record of service to the people of Nigeria.

They cannot answer the questions to be asked tonight.”

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APC Reacts To Atiku’s Visit To US, Says ”A Thief Remains A Thief Anywhere”

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The US chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the recent visit of former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar to Washington DC.

Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), visited the US after 13 years, and for the first time since he left office as Nigeria’s vice-president.

But the party in a statement issued by Adeshegun Labinjo, chairman, US chapter of APC said the visit does not absolve Atiku of the purported corruption allegations against him and he should still be held accountable.

The statement read: “the questionable character of the individual does not evaporate because he has stepped on the soil of America

“A thief remains a thief no matter where he or she visits. Obviously, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has every reason to have kept off the USA given the cloak of corruption he is wearing,” the statement read.

“After a long spell of noticeable absence and factual concerns about Alhaji Abubakur Atiku’s antecedents in the USA arising from his dealings with former Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana, who was convicted and served a jail term on account of bribery resulting from a telecommunication transaction in Nigeria, Atiku is now here again in the US.

“Congressional records point to the fact that Atiku engaged in money laundering through his wife who was then resident in the USA.

“We see Atiku, who is the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, as a self-centered corrupt Vice President under President Obasanjo’s regime.

“Certainly, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku‘s entry and presence in the USA is a mockery of President Bush Presidential Proclamation 7750 which affirms the denial of US visa to foreign officials involved with corruption and other supporting legislations by the congress. APC-USA believes that Alhaji Abubakar Atiku should be held accountable for his involvement in money laundering.”

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