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Power Shift: Presidency Should Move To North East -PDP Elders Forum

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By Rabilu Abubakar, Gombe

The forum of PDP Elders, in the North Eastern part of the country says there is the need to consider the candidate from the zone, to guarantee success for the party in the 2023 Presidential Election.

The forum said there were many reasons to give the North East a chance, more so because the zone was bereaved of leadership of this country, since the death of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in 1960.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the forum PDP elders meetings held in the zone, signed by Dr. Ali Bappayo Adamu, and made available to our correspondent.

The forum noted that since the North-East had not produce a president, compared to other parts of the country and even after the return of democracy in 1999, despite the key role played by Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, for Nigeria’s independence, which freed the country from colonial rule in 1960 and that after that, there were so many influential people from the North East who played tremendous role in the development and maintenance of peace and stability in the country.

However, it said that despite that not one of them was elected as President of Nigeria.

Consequently, the forum further started that during the re-emergence of democracy in Nigeria, southerners had ruled the country more than Northerners, citing Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who rule for 8 years while Good luck Jonathan governed the country for 5 years.
It however, said late President Yar’adua govern from the North Western part of Nigeria for 3 years, the whole period in which the PDP ruled more with most of the rulers from the southern part of the country.
It said that clearly showed that the North Eastern part of the country was barren from leadership of the country.

According to a statement, the North East suffered a lot of problems such as extreme poverty, arising from insecurity and poor developmental projects in the area.

The forum believes the current security challenges was deteriorating the economic development of the country, which began in the North-East and spread to the other parts of the country.
The North EastODO forum said the solution to the changes must come from the zone, because it is the major producer of food to the nation, particularly the cereals, legumes and hide and skin.

“All these activities were drastically reduced as a result of long term neglect by the leadership of several administrations.” They added.

Also the forum noted the shortage of food and lost the lives of peoples in the zone, as well as the ongoing crises among farmers and herders, would seriously affects farming activities and cause the serous destruction of wealth of huge sums, saying that if opportunity was given to the zone and it eventually produced a presidential candidate and git elected, it would provide all the necessary measures to tackle the problems.

In order for the PDP to win the 2023 election, the forum said there was the need to make consultation to ensure the best candidates emerged to beat the ruling party.

According to the forum, the strength of the candidate would depend on his popularity, a person who knows this country and its problems, a person who has National and international recognition, who influences his community and different regions of the country, who could be accepted by the entire people of the country, regardless of religious and ethical differences.

It said if PDP failed to produce the best candidate, winning this election would be very difficult for the party, because defeating the ruling party was a serious task that needed very suitable candidate.

“and if this candidate come from the North eastern part of the country the victory will be possible, and there is urgent need by the PDP NEC to make this decision if not most of its members will move into forming a coalition to compare with PDP in defeating the ruling party,” said the PDP North East Forum.

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Any parallel APC congress in Kano illegal- Ganduje

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Gov Ganduje While casting his vote at APC Congress in Kano

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has declared that any other state congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC, not the one being held at Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday in the state is illegal.

There are rumours making the rounds that a faction of the APC, led by former governor and serving senator, Ibrahim Shekarau, is holding parallel congress somewhere else in the state.

Speaking at the venue of the congress on Saturday, Mr Ganduje said “some disgruntled elements may hold another congress somewhere else.”

He added that “as far as APC is concerned, the Congress being held today, at this venue is the recognised by the national body.

” The information we have is that the only APC Congress is the one taking 0lace now, at this venue. This venue is the 0lave where APC Congress is holding,” said Mr Ganduje.

He urged the part members to be of good conduct and ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Our reporter observed that the voting exercise had started at about 10:30am, commencing with Dawakin Tofa Local Government area where Mr Ganduje hailed from.

From all indication, Mr Abbas would emerge as winner of the congress because he was a consensus candidate.

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APC Gombe state Congress: 36 executives elected by 712 delegates

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Thirty-six (36) All Progressives Congress (APC) Gombe state Executives have been elected through voice affirmation from 712 delegates, to pilot the activities of the party.

The election was held through consensus at the Pantami Stadium on Saturday with top party stalwarts present at the venue.

The Committee Chairman for the Conduct of Congresses in Gombe State, Mr Danjuma Dabo, said due screening was done to ensure credibility in the process as mandated by the party at the national level.

Dabo explained that 784 delegates were expected for the congress but 712 delegates were screened and duly accredited for the process.

He said since the party had ensured justice and fair play in all the processes leading to all congresses in the state, they had not received complaints so far about the whole exercise.

He commended party members for the peaceful congresses while advising that anyone who may have grievances or complaints could approach party appeal committee to lodge their complaints.

On his part, Gov Inuwa Yahaya commended the committee and members of his party for the peaceful congresses throughout the exercise.

Yahaya stated that the transparency and all inclusiveness of the process played a huge role in the peaceful process while calling for more patience and understanding from members.

Going into the 2023 general elections, the governor said by the congresses held in the state, Gombe APC is ready for victory and would remain in power.

He stated that the party is not afraid of any opposition; “We are rock solid. I don’t doubt the loyalty of our party men and I urge them to do more because that is the unifying force.”

He said with the calibre of persons elected as party executives, he is confident that they will steer the affairs of Gombe APC to the next level.

In his speech, the newly-elected chairman, Mr Nitte Amangal, thanked members of the party for electing them to serve the party. He assured that they would do their best to ensure victory for APC in the 2023 elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Baba Abuja and Abubakar Umar were elected deputy chairman and secretary respectively.

NAN also report that the state Congress was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). (NAN)

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Atiku Abubakar, Gov. Fintiri, 2,612 delegates vote at Adamawa PDP Congress

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Adamawa’s Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri casted their votes in Yola on Saturday as the nationwide Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) states congresses went underway.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 2,614 delegates drawn from the 21 Local government areas of Adamawa are participating at the congress.

Speaking, shortly before the election, Bayelsa’s Gov. Diri Duoye, the returning officer, expressed satisfaction at the way the congress was organised.

Duoye, who is also the Deputy National Chairman, Convention Committee of the party, said due process of the party’s constitution was followed in the dissolution of the past state executive organs.

“The National Committee is very impressed and appreciates the way members organised themselves for the conduct of the congress.

“This shows that PDP is always united as one family to overcome all challenges facing the party amicably,’’ Duoye said.

He urged delegates and supporting members of the party to exhibit true democracy during and after the congress as the party was warming up to reclaim its mandates at the 2023 general elections.

In his remarks shortly after casting his votes, Gov. Fintiri said that what transpired was the peak of democracy being exhibited by the party’s members.

“I am happy because the election process was peaceful and our people are happy that we are electing new leaders of the party at the state level.

“The organised election will pave way for good leadership in the state and pave the way for the party in 2023 to continue with good leadership that provided dividends of democracy,’’ Fintiri said. (NAN)

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