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2023: Reject Atiku, Tinubu —Ringim tells Nigerians



New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Jigawa Gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming general elections, Malam Aminu Ringim on Saturday called on Nigerians to reject the two leading political parties, All Progressives Congress (APC), and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in next year general elections.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu are the standard bearers of the two leading political parties, PDP and APC respectively for the forthcoming general elections.

Malam Ringim spoke in Dutse on Saturday when the leadership of #NextJigawa, a non governmental organisation paid him a visit.

He said both the PDP and APC left the nation unsecured and disunited during their 24 years rule .

The frontline governorship candidate said “Given the bitter experiences Nigerians were made to go through under the 16 years of PDP Rule and the 8 years of APC extractive rule respectively, both have left Nigeria worse off, disunited, unsecured and underdeveloped.”

The soft spoken politician stressed that “Nigeria as a nation has never been on edge this far, since the Civil War! Thus the PDP and APC are one and the same given the hegemonistic backgrounds of their ideologies and that of their leaders.”

Ringim explained that both parties are “the extension of the old extractive order which failed to provide Nigeria with the right leadership it deserves, hence its stunted growth. ”

The former Head Teacher turned politician said New Nigeria People’s Party was determined to offer a real hope to the disillusioned Nigerians if voted to power by 2023.

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Speaking further, the former Chief of staff to 3 former Governors of Jigawa state said “NNPP is not driven by the ‘Must To Rule Mentality’, hence NNPP is aspiring to lead this Nation and the 36 States not through clientelism, or political godfatherism, but through active citizen democratic participation and inclusiveness.

He stressed that the action plan would manage “our diversities with a view to restoring our collective security, equity, justice, sense of public morality and humanity for positive development!”.

Commenting on the policy document submitted to him by #NextJigawa Group titled “Jigawa State Citizens Charter of Demands 2023”, Malam Ringim said “It represents the true bottom up involvement of the people of Jigawa State in policy articulation, implementation and management of their affairs and indeed a basis or trajectory upon which any Administration in the State could be evaluated or held accountable”.

Ringim posited “You have passionately initiated a well researched and articulated Template that has covered eleven Sectoral Areas, along with factual situational analysis of each Sector, with implementable recommendations for interventions.”

The former Chief of staff lamented that “Had these critical Sectoral Areas received the attention of various governments in the State within the last 30 years, the slogan “New World” could have made much resonating meaning, and the State would not have been marked as one of the poorest in the Federation with the current poverty incidence rate of 87.02%”.

He said “The resolve of the #NextJigawa to meet, rub minds and reach consensus with the political class and the stakeholders of the major political parties as collaborative and constructive partners on how best Jigawa State development could be accelerated, is highly commendable.”

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Supreme Court to deliver judgement on Kogi APC guber primary Oct 23



• Usman Ododo and Smart Adeyemi
The Supreme Court, on Thursday, adjourned an appeal filed by Senator Smart Adeyemi against the judgments of the lower courts, on the Kogi APC Governorship primary election, to October 23, 2023, for judgment.

Adeyemi had filed a suit at the Federal High Court seeking to nullify the primary election of the All Progressive Congress, which produced Usman Ododo as the party’s flagbearer for the state’s governorship election slated for November 11.The case was dismissed by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal for lacking in merit.

The apex court, while hearing his appeal, on Thursday, told his lawyer, Musibau Adetumbi, SAN, that his client was appealing against concurrent findings of the High Court and the Court of Appeal, which stated that primary elections were held in Kogi State but that he had failed to challenge these concurrent findings.

However, the appellant’s counsel said he would go ahead to argue the appeal.

The Supreme Court therefore adjourned the appeal to October 23, 2023, for judgment.The representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Congress and Usman Ododo include Chief Anthony Adeniyi (SAN) Abdulwahab Mohammed (SAN) and M.Y. Abdullahi, SAN; respectively.

The Court of Appeal had, on August 18, 2023, held that the appeal argued by Adekunle Otitoju on behalf of Adeyemi was completely bereft of merit.

In a unanimous judgment of a 3-man panel of Justices of the Court, Adeyemi was said to have failed to establish all grievous criminal allegations made against the conduct of the primary election by APC and its leaders.

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SDP begs President Tinubu to halt attacks, carnage in Kogi



• Kogi SDP Governorship candidate, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Wednesday begged President Bola Tinubu to stop the incessant attacks and carnages occasioned by the governorship electioneering in Kogi State.

The Director General, New Media, SDP Campaign Council, Mr Isaiah Ijele, made muricthe plea during a news conference in Lokoja on Wednesday.

Ijele said that innocent citizens are being maimed and killed across the state by sponsored political thugs.

He alleged that members and supporters of the SDP Governorship Candidate, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka, were constantly under attack, allegedly sponsored by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

But the APC Campaign Council’s Spokesman, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, had denied sponsoring any attack against SDP supporters in the state.

Ijele, in his recounts, said: “There were gun shots through the night of Tuesday in Anyigba and Ankpa towns where houses and property of innocent SDP supporters were vandalised and destroyed.”

“Our campaign Coordinator in Anyigba and his family were victims as they were chased away from their house and property destroyed, including his motorcycle in Tuesday night attack.

“As it’s now two persons are missing as a result of the attacks being unleashed on Ajaka’s supporters across the Kogi East.

“We are under siege, given the intimidation, harassment and attacks on us simply because of the humongous support our governorship candidate is enjoying in the state.

“As law abiding citizens, we are appealing to the President and the Inspector General of Police to come to our aid by calling Gov. Yahaya Bello to order.”

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The spokesman added: “Election is not a war nor do or die affairs, but a game of numbers based on candidates’ pedigree and acceptability before the electorate.”

According to him, nobody has the monopoly of violence but that courtesy demands that people of Kogi should be allowed to peacefully choose the person they want to govern them on Nov. 11.

The director general said that Bello’s administration has failed the citizens, who he claimed has decided to vote in Muritala Ajaka to rescue the state from poverty and hunger.

“We want the quick intervention of the President to save the lives of innocent citizens before they are brutalised and destroyed by sponsored political thugs,” he pleaded.

Responding to the allegations, Fanwo, the APC spokesperson, debunked the SDP’s claims, saying: “We are a Government and our priority is to protect all the people of Kogi State, irrespective of political leanings.”

Fanwo said that all allegations without proof are as good as no allegations.

“As a Government, our concern and responsibility is to create an enabling environment for all to pursue their normal businesses.

“The SDP is a nest of funny birds that cry by the pain of their losses rather than the action of anyone.

“We won’t glorify them and we won’t be dragged into their frivolities, gasping lies and lack of direction,” he said.

On its part, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relation Officer, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, said that he was yet to be briefed on the alleged Tuesday night attacks by the Respective Divisional Police Officers in Anyigba and Ankpa towns.

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He however promised to furnish the public on the development. (NAN)

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Nnamani loses as tribunal affirms election of LP Senator, Kelvin Chukwu



•Former Governor of Enugu state, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani
National Assembly election tribunal sitting in Enugu has struck out the petition filed by the former Governor of Enugu state, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, challenging the election of Senator Kelvin Chukwu of the Labour party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Chukwu, who replaced his late brother murdered during the campaign ahead of the February 25, 2023, as the winner of the Enugu East Senatorial district election. He scored over 69,000 votes to defeat Chimaroke Nnamani who secured about 49,000 votes.

Not satisfied, Nnamani alleged that the election was marred by over-voting, irregularities, election malpractices and non-compliance with the electoral guidelines and petitioned the tribunal and urged the tribunal to declare him the rightful winner of the election or cancel the election.

Giving its ruling today (Wednesday), the tribunal which consists of 3-man panel led by Justice Nusirat I. Umar unani upheld Chukwu’s victory and awarded a cost of N500,000 against the petitioners in favour of the three respondents, Kelvin Chukwu, Labour Party and INEC.

The three man honourable Justices unanimously dismissed the petition for being vague, lacking in merit, incompetent, generic and academic exercise.

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