Democracy Day: APC UK salutes residence, commitment of
Abuja, June,12,2019 The United Kingdom Chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC), says the resilient and commitment of Nigerians over the last two decades should be commended as the country mark its democracy day.
Mr Jacob Ogunseye, Publicity Secretary of the chapter said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, adding that the contributions of Nigerians to the sustenance of country’s were tremendous.
“As a nation, we have passed through hurdles, we have swim along the turbulent rivers and endured in the presence of ravaging storm.
“Yet, we are waxing stronger, as a party, we understand that there a lot of work to be done in all sectors including economy, security, infrastructure, education, and host others.
“Our consolation is that the present administration has shown leadership and direction in most of these areas, Nigerians shall soon see a new country where all thrives,”he said.
Mr Ade Omole, leader of the APC UK Chapter said the time for Nigerians to enjoy is now, adding that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is poised to better the lives of Nigerians.
He congratulated Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the newly elected President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on the Democracy Day.
He noted that while Wednesday is a special and memorable day, the main celebrants are Nigerians from different backgrounds.
This, he said, is especially so because on this day in 1993, Nigerians shared the same value of entrenching democracy in the country which could not come to pass for some reasons.
Omole enjoined Nigerians to use the opportunity of the celebration of the first Democracy Day to seek for unity among themselves and to continue to pray for the peace and development of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Democracy Day in Nigeria is being celebrated on June 12 in 2019 for the first time.
The change carries heavy symbolism for the country because it had known more years of being ruled by military men than by democratically elected leaders.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Democracy Day Bill into law on June 10,the law specifies that June 12 now replaces May 29, which was introduced in 1999 as the official Democracy Day.
Following the signing of the law, May 29 would only be marked as a day for handover and inauguration of new governments in the country.
NAN further reports that June 12, 1993 was supposed to mark the return of democracy in Nigeria, the day carries huge significance for older Nigerians.
This, is especially so, because it was on this date in 1993 that presidential elections were held for the first time since the 1983 military coup.
The June 12 1993 Presidential election is still viewed as the freest, fairest and most peaceful election ever held in Nigeria.
On the day, an estimated 14 million Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious, class, and regional affiliations, came out to elect their president with the hope of ending eight years of military dictatorship.
The euphoria was however,short-lived as the results of the election was never released.
But unofficial results gathered from various polling stations by civil society groups across the country, indicated broad national support for the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
Abiola was a businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan, despite his popularity and the turnout of electorate, the elections stalled.
The then Military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, decided to annual the results of the election.
He justified the annulment on the grounds that it was necessary to save the nation, alleging that political activities preceding the election were inimical to peace and stability in Nigeria.
Wase felicitates with Sultan of Sokoto at 63
In a congratulatory message on Saturday in Abuja, Wase described the monarch as an icon of peace.
The parliamentarian said that the sultan through his spiritual counsel brought peace and tolerance not only to Sokoto state but the entire nation.
“His Eminence has over the years demonstrated both in words and in deeds that he is a true man of peace by always preaching unity, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria.
“As a spiritual leader and traditional ruler, you have over the years, distinguished yourself as an exemplary leader, traversing the length and breadth of the country, preaching peaceful coexistence and building bridges across religious and cultural divides.”
Wase prayed for many more years in good health for the sultan as he continued in his service of humanity and uniting the people of Nigeria.
Nov. 16 election: APC screens Lokpobiri, ex-INEC REC, 4 others in Bayelsa
The All Progressives Congress on Saturday screened the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri.
Similarly, the party screened the immediate past Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Frankland Briyai for Nov. 16 governorship election in Bayelsa.
Nigeria News Agency, reports that others, who were screened by the Mr Ita Isong led National Screening Committee include a former female Commissioner of Police, Deseye Poweigha, Ebitimi Amgbare, David Lyon and Preye Aganaba,
Earlier, Isong assured all the aspirants of a level playing ground to ensure a smooth primary of the party on Sept. 29 andl the election.
Speaking with journalists after the screening, the former Cross River REC, Frankland Briyai, and former Minister, Heineken Lokpobiri, said that they were satisfied with the outcome.
Lokpobiri said: ”Well, the screening committee did an excellent job, out of the seven aspirants, I happen to be the last person to be screened and I think the process went very well.
“If I don’t get the ticket, I will definitely cooperate with the party. Am a party man.
“Ultimately, other aspirants are expected to rally round whoever gets the party ticket, so that we can work together for the party.”
On his part, Briyia, reiterated his earlier promises to led Bayelsa industrial revolution as he had been a leader with proven integrity and commitment.
He said: “Bayelsa needs somebody who could share, who could build, who could lead.
“I have been a leader in my post primary school and tertiary school, even in my places of work I have quite outstanding qualities that make me believe that when I win and become the governor of Bayelsa, citizens will experience the best of life.”
Go, change narratives about womanhood – Mrs Akeredolu charges BEMORE girls
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has advised girls who participated in the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp to go back to their homes and change the narratives about womanhood.
She enjoined the girls to proclaim what they were taught at the camp and impact the society positively.
She also urged them to introduce a ‘Weekend Democracy Meeting’ to their families, where some of the things they had learnt would be shared with others for good living.
According to the governor’s wife, she is determined to focussing on the young girls who are malleable and not yet polluted with tribalism and rabid religiosity which are common with many Nigerians.
“I’m determined to equipping them with the tools to succeed and protecting them from harm, and all manners of physical abuse.
“I am certain that this will lead them to becoming leaders, not only in technology, but in all endeavours, especially in politics where their voices are desperately needed to sit at the table of decision making,” she said.
The governor’s wife said BEMORE was structured to chart a new course and serve as a grooming ground for a new breed without greed.
She explained that the girls were taught to be selfless, good mannered, advocate of causes of their choice, especially those related to the uplift of women.
“They were also trained to be proficient in their chosen professions,” she said.
Mrs Akeredolu tasked the girls to return to their various communities and initiate positive changes without being bothered by the high and mighty that might confront them when practising what they had learnt in the camp.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the over 250 girls, selected across the state, were trained on ICT, solar energy, taekwondo and various skill acquisitions.
Edited by Moses Solanke and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Be selfless, patriotic in discharging your duties, CLO charges new ministers
The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has charged members of the newly-constituted Federal Executive Council (FEC) to be selfless and patriotic in the discharge of their duties in order to improve the conditions of the citizenry.
Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, Chairman of the Anambra State chapter of the organisation, gave the charge on Saturday in Enugu while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on the expectations of Nigerians from the new federal cabinet.
Ezekwueme urged the new ministers to work relentlessly in order to restore the trust and hope of Nigerians in government and earn their respect.
According to him, they must engrave their names in the heart of the citizens by being catalysts for positive change.
“They must promote and provide good governance, transparency, accountability, public interest, welfare and fear of God. Passion for betterment of the country and its citizenry must also be their moving spirit.
“The new ministers must be more effective, efficient, prudent, assiduous, conscientious and upright in the discharge of their national duties,’’ he said.
The CLO boss urged citizens to hold them accountable and tell them what they needed to know rather than what they wanted to hear.
“Holistic implementation of government policies and programmes in words and actions, not political rhetoric, is the greatest and best expectations of Nigerians.
“This is the precondition for the true democratic governance which our people have been yearning for,’’ he added.
Edited by Chioma Ugboma and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Kwara deputy governor extols Offa people for integrity
The Deputy Governor of Kwara, Mr Kayode Alabi, has commended the people of Offa for the exhibition of high level of integrity in the politics of the state.
The deputy governor charged Nigerians, especially politicians, to be honest in their dealings to ensure an egalitarian society.
He also called on the people to let humility and service delivery be their guiding principles always.
Alabi, who described the people of Offa as humble and straight forward, recalled that he had a memorable time while he was in Offa Grammar School as a student.
Ogunniyi had earlier commended the state government for its efforts at developing the state, describing it as the government of the people.
The team leader expressed a belief that the present administration in the state would perform and take the state to the next level.
He pledged the unalloyed support of the party to the government in the task ahead.