Mr Awayi Kuje, a Senior Correspondent with the Nigeria News Agency , says he is using grassroots Football to promote peace and unity in Nasarawa State.
Kuje said he sponsored a football competition among the eight clans of Wakama electoral ward of the state to unite and promote peace among the people of the area.
He explained this at the grand finale of the competition on Sunday in Wakama, Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the State.
Kuje, who holds the traditional title of Angbla Eso Moa Wakama (the Voice of Wakama people) said that the importance of sports to societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need for the tournament.
“I also sponsored the competition to enable the youths discover as well as to show case their hidden talents thereby fighting youths restiveness in the society.
“Beyond physical well-being, sports can play an important role for a safer, more prosperous and more peaceful society through its educational values and worldwide network.
“Sport is a valuable tool for national peace, integration and development.
“It will also help in bridging the cultural, ethnic, religious and political divides for the betterment of the society.
“It is an umbrella and one of the tools that will bring our people together for peace, progress and development of the area and the state at large.
“When a goal is been scored, nobody will know whether the goal is been scored by APC, APGA, PDP or LP among other political parties.
“My joy and I am optimistic that the competition will further unite our people as you can see traditional rulers, politicians, women, youths are participating directly or indirectly,” he said.
Kuje, who is also the Secretary General, Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA), Ezhiba Chapter, thanked stakeholders, political class, traditional rulers and other well wishers who contributed to the success of the competition.
He also commended the organising committee and officials of the competition for their team work in ensuring that the competition ended successfully.
The eight teams that participated in the competition included Awogyen Akun, Alashe, Awogben, Awogenshen, Awayi, Awalabe, Ekushen and Ezhiba Super Star FC.
NAN also reports that different prizes were given to the winners of first, second and third positions as well as to players that distinguished themselves.
NAN further reports that Ezhiba Super Star FC defeated Awogyen Akun FC by 5:4 in a penalty shoot out after a 1:1 draw.
Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Ondo 2020: We may suffer defeat over choice of running mate, PDP Chieftain warns
A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, has raised the alarm that the party might be defeated in the Oct. 10 governorship polls over the choice of the running mate its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
Akinrinlola stated this on Monday in Okitipupa, while addressing a group of PDP youths in the southern district of the state over developments within the party.
He said that the tussle over the choice of running mate, which had set party members against one another, might make the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) win the election, if not handled with utmost caution.
According to him, Jegede is supposed to pick his running mate from his political camp in Ilaje Local Government area of the state among the aspirants who contested the primary with him.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there has been pressure on Jegede to pick Agboola Ajayi, the state’s deputy governor, but that he had submitted the name of Olumide Ogunje, one of his closest allies, as running mate, which might later be substituted after conclusion of talks with party leaders.
“The choice of running mate is very critical to the success or failure of any candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, no matter the political party involved.
“But the issue of running mate being considered by our party’s governorship candidate is making me afraid of the election, because victories are determined before the polls.
“A strong running mate from Ondo South will help secure victory for the party; but if the issue is not settled on time, defeat of PDP may be imminent.
“We have endured the opposition for four years and we can’t wait to return to Alagbaka, the seat of power. It is our right and we must do all within the laws to sack APC.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Pensioners throw weight behind Gov. Obaseki’s 2nd term bid
Some pensioners in Dagbala, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo, on Monday commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his prompt payment of salaries pensions.
Mr Rufus Adogame, who spoke on behalf of the pensioners in the area, gave the commendation at Dagbara Ward 5 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial campaign ground.
“In the past, pensioners did get their pay after two or three months. But Obaseki has changed this narrative. We now get our pay as early as between the 24th and 26th of each month.
“We are here today to campaign for Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s second term election and we are sure of his victory.
“Today, we want to assure him that we are ready to work for his re-election. His developmental strides have qualified him to contest under our great party, PDP,” he said.
Adogame further said that the people were happy for all the great things Obaseki was doing for them, and that they would mobilise for his re-election on Sept. 19.
Also speaking, a former House of Representatives member, Mr Tunde Akogun, said that the people needed a man that was honest and committed to the development of the state.
“We all know the history of how pensioners took over the streets of Benin, but today that narrative has been changed by Gov. Godwin Obaseki,” he said.
Akogun called on the people to come out in their large numbers to re-elect the governor at the Sept. 19 governorship poll.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Constituents laud Dogara’s defection to APC
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the constituency of a former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have commended his defection to the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dogara had recently written a letter to the Bogoro Local Government secretariat of the People Democratic Party (PDP), giving his reasons for leaving the party for the APC.
An APC Chieftain, Mr Elisha Gwamis, who spoke at a briefing organised by stakeholders from Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency on Monday in Bauchi, said that the defection to the party by Dogara was commendable.
He said that the return of the former speaker into the party was not only a blessing but was also most welcome by the entire constituents and the state.
According to him, Dogara’s could not have come at a better time than now, especially with the approach of the local government elections, slated for October.
“Dogara’s defection to APC is a blessing to the party as well as its members at all levels.
“We call for his full support in the forthcoming local government elections and to ensure that our unity and strength in Bauchi State remain strong.
“We indeed remain committed and resolute in supporting Dogara as one of our illustrious sons who is determined to upholding the people’s mandate and deliver democratic dividends, in line with our party’s progressive agenda,” he said.
According to him, the former speaker is an all-round instrument in any political party he belongs to.
Gwamis also called on the state secretariat of the party to give the former speaker all the necessary support so that he could feel at home.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
NDDC probe: Uduaghan dismisses reported N429m road contract allegation
Former Delta Governor, Dr Emmanuel, on Monday said the allegation linking him with a Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) road contract in Port Harcourt, Rivers, was false.
Uduaghan in statement in Warri which was signed by his media assistant, Monoyo Edon, urged the public to disregard the allegation as reported by the media on Monday.
According to the media report, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, had in a letter linked two former Delta governors, James Ibori and Uduaghan, to various contracts awarded by the commission.
The letter was said to have been addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Uduaghan, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Delta, said he had reached out to the minister to immediately correct the falsehood.
“The publication states that the former governor was linked to the contract for the emergency repair of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt, at a cost of N429m.
“I want to state clearly that the said accusation is false. Uduaghan has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever.
“It is even more ridiculous that the said contract is a road inside Port Harcourt town.
“The attention of the Minister of the Niger Delta, Sen. Akpabio, has been drawn to the publication and I hope he makes a correction,” he said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta (NAN)