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Kwara PDP In Aggressive Door To Door Campaign To Reclaim Sarakis Dynasty



The ruling party in Kwara state, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) was no doubt hit by the devastating result of the last week Saturday national assembly election where it lost all the three senatorial and six houses of representatives seats to the main opposition, the All Progressives Congress(APC)in the state.

The leadership of the party had quickly gone back to the drawing board to restrategize and cover up for the lost ground in the last poll.

It was reliably gathered that the political leaders known to be very close to the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki was said to be openly castigated by the good boys when they came to visit the leader in his lodge on the Sunday of the election to discuss the way forward.

While the political leaders looked in awe as they were rebuked, the good boys raised curses on them for causing the Senate president Dr Bukola Saraki the political misfortune by diverting to private use various resources, logistics and political appointments meant for the masses.

Recall that while the party members languished over the time overall manners of resources and appointments meant for them but diverted by their leaders, many fell prey to O To Ge merchants in the main opposition All Progressives Congress(APC) to swell their own ranks.

Further findings also revealed that instead of the usual fanfare campaigns they previously embarked upon, the party has now resorted to door to door aggressive campaign to woo more members ahead of this Saturday poll.

The party leaders across the state sources claimed are now directly reaching out to the traditional rulers, the artisans across the board and various political interest groups on the need to give Dr BukolaSaraki another chance to reclaim the political leadership of the state in this forthcoming poll.

The agents of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in this door to door campaign was said to have laid premium on the need not to bastardise the ilorin tradition and culture by conceding Kwara state to the alleged whims and caprices of the political rulership of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

Copious examples of sad tales being currently experienced by people of Osun, Lagos Ekiti,Oyo, and Ondo states in the hands of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are now said to be one of the major ideas being sold to the electorates for consideration to vote for Hon Razaq Atunwa, the PDP gubernatorial candidates and other members of the house of assembly in order to preserve the tradition and culture of ilorin and its emirates.

More importantly, campaigns for the daughter of Emir of ilorin. Princess Aishat Sulu Gambari candidate of Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Magaji Ngeri constituency in the state assembly was being seriously pursued to be supported to win at all cost in honour of the monarch.

Consequently, Magajis were allegedly sent from the palace to the electorates in the coverage areas to as a matter of priority to consider the interest of Emir of ilorin Alh Sulu Gambari.

Sources claimed that major stakeholders in Magaji Ngeri constituency were now said to be literarily being begged to forget their political party affiliations and consider honouring the emir of ilorin by voting for her daughter as a member in the state assembly.

Meantime on Tuesday Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) in Kwara state of which Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) is a key player complained about non-usage of card readers in last presidential and National Assembly elections in the state to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin the state chairman of the CNPP, Alhaji Adebayo Lawal, said that 20 per cent of the 486,254 voters who voted during the last presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara state were validated by card readers, adding that many of those who voted did so manually.

The CNPP, thus, said that only those verified and authenticated by card readers must be allowed to vote in the forthcoming governorship and state Assembly elections as stipulated in the electoral act.

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2023: Every Political Candidate Must Declare Bank Asset – INEC



The Independent National Electoral Commission announced on Friday that in the 2023 general election, it will shine a spotlight on politicians and political parties to identify the sources of financing for their campaigns.

As a result, the commission committed to forming a committee to oversee election spending before the elections.

The Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja during a policy roundtable conference on political campaign finance organized by The Electoral Forum, an organ of the Initiative for Research, Innovation, and Advocacy in Development with support from the MacArthur Foundation, and represented by a National Commissioner, Kunle Ajayi.

He said, “As long as we have not notified anybody that the race to the 2023 general election has started, we are not unaware of what anybody is doing. We follow the law strictly.

“We have not officially declared a notice for the 2023 general election, but when we so declare, we will put our monitoring committees to motion like the Central Bank of Nigeria, DSS, EFCC, the ICPC, (commercial) banks, and other law enforcement agencies. We have that plan already.

“Every candidate must be made to declare his bank asset. That is where they draw out their money, so we will make them present their statement of account right from the onset. We will make it mandatory for them to turn in their bank statement so that if they say they are doing billboard and the account remains the same, then there is a problem,” he said.

The INEC chairman also said that INEC would also monitor the movement of money on election days to help tackle vote-buying at polling units.

Mahmood said that through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, commercial banks would be mandated to report all suspicious transactions ahead of the election.

The INEC chairman also threatened to prosecute any bank that failed to cooperate.

Speaking on the issue of vote-buying, Mahmood said, “We are going to establish finance monitoring teams and they will be among the electorate but they (politicians and political parties) won’t know.

“We are going to do it in a way that the influence of money will be reduced because we want to make the electoral field a level playing ground for both rich and poor candidates and electorates. Everybody will go on an equal economic level so that you won’t influence the voting pattern,” he added.

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2023: “We’ll Fight, Vote Against Tinubu For Opting To Continue Buhari’s Policies” – Ortom



Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has explained why he will battle and campaign against Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the presidency.
Ortom explained that he would urge his people to vote against Tinubu for insisting on continuing with the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari if elected Nigeria’s next president.
Recall that the APC National Leader last week informed Buhari of his intentions to run for the Presidency in 2023. The former Lagos State governor said he would continue with the policies of Buhari’s administration if elected as president.
Ortom, on the other hand, criticized Buhari’s policies and programs.

He spoke on Thursday in Makurdi, the State capital, while assenting to the amended Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017. The Governor warned that the presidential aspirant would fail in his ambition if he opts to pursue Buhari’s policies.

According to Ortom: “I heard about one of the presidential aspirants who said he would continue from Buhari’s good legacies. I want to tell him that if nobody has told him, me I want to tell him that Buhari’s policies and programs are not good.”

“And anybody who is saying that, some of us in our own little way, we will fight him and tell our people to vote against him. So, he has failed abinitio.”

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Be Objective In Evaluating My Government – Buhari To Nigerians



President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to be objective in evaluating his campaign pledges ahead of the 2019 elections.

Buhari stated that his administration was doing all possible to leave a Nigeria that was better than the one he inherited.

Speaking at Kafanchan as part of his two-day visit to Kaduna to commission projects overseen by Governor El-Rufai, he urged Nigerians to be objective in their assessments of his government’s achievements thus far.

While visiting the Emir of Jema’a Alhaji Muhammadu Isa’s palace in Kafanchan, President Buhari stated that his administration was committed to implementing programs that would enhance people’s lives.

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He enjoined Nigerians to have confidence in the ability of the security agents to curb security challenges bedeviling the country and restore normalcy in the system. President Muhammadu Buhari said he was against anybody raising an army of thugs.

He emphasized, “This must be very clear.” In his remarks, Governor Nasir El-Rufai observed that President Buhari has done so well on security in the country. Governor El-Rufai added that Buhari’s investment since he assumed office on security has lessened attacks.

According to Governor El-Rufai, Kafanchan has become much safer than it used to be. Alhaji Muhammadu Isa, the Emir of Jema’a appealed for the establishment of a permanent base of Air Force and Mobile Police in the area.

He also requested the restoration of the rail transport from Kafanchan to other parts of the country.

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