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2023: North may settle for Akpabio



Prominent Northern politicians, academicians and opinion leaders stormed Kano on Sunday  for what turned out to be  the first mammoth crowd to drum up support for  Niger Delta Minister, Godswill Akpabio, ahead of 2023 general elections.

Although the coordinator of the group, Senator Godswill Akpabio for Common Good( SGACG) that hosted the event tried to convince the audience that the event was not about 2023, few who spoke to our correspondent after the event believed him but many insisted it was like the icing on the cake, regarding the possibility of drafting the Minister into the 2023 presidential race.

The event, according to the convener of SGACG, Malam Jibril Tafida, who delivered a detailed speech on the group and its  objective, was meant to officially launch ‘The National Interest’ Magazine. 

Elsewhere in the speech however, he said the magazine was meant to correct the erroneous impression that many Nigerians  have about the Minister, describing him as  ” the most misunderstood politician”.

” Mr. Chairman, to say that our current effort is a volunteer initiative by like-minded individuals who share a  belief in good governance and one Nigeria. It is  also an effort to tell the world the truth about the most  misunderstood  politician in Nigeria today”

“This organisation, Senator Godswill Akpabio for Common Good,   is for public education and  not  for 2023 campaigns. Therefore,  the magazine is out  to let  the world know who Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio really is,  and what he stands 

“I would like to use this opportunity to tell you about a man whose generosity has  reached every nook and corner of Nigeria. Someone who is generous and kind with everyone. He likes to help people irrespective of where they  come from or what religion or tribe they  belong to. Above all,   he doesn’t expect anything in return. This is the man that built mosques and churches all over Nigeria and sponsored many to the holy land . 

“This is the man that sponsored many to further their education both  within Nigeria and abroad. This is the man that does not differentiate between the high and  low class in his relationship with people. I must admit here that there is no politician today that loves Nigerians  like Senator Akpabio. I’m sure many of you here will testify to that, therefore he deserves our appreciation and support any time.

Mr. Tafida said  Nigeria needs him as he has the necessary  capacity  to redirect the focus of this nation  to the promised land,  as an experienced public servant who is versatile  in managing men and resources.

“The National Interest magazine is therefore here to serve readers the true position of things and how they are, anywhere they are, within the political circle” he added.

Also, Professor Abdullahi Hassan Goron Dutse of Nigeria Police Academy Kano in his lecture presentation titled: Leadership, Governance and Nation building in Nigeria highlighted leadership qualities of a good leader in nation building. 

Professor Abdullahi said ” leadership requires someone who is focused,  humility,  integrity and capacity to manage conflicts “.

At the event were political  bigwigs from Northern Nigeria include former Governor of Kaduna state,  Alhaji Mukhtar Ramlan Yero, former speaker of Kano House of Assembly Alhaji Gambo Sallau and Sarkin Turken Kano.

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Any parallel APC congress in Kano illegal- Ganduje



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



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



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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