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2023: Nigerian youths believe in APC than other parties — Dayo Israel

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2023: Nigerian youths believe in APC than other parties — Dayo Israel

Joel Oladele, Abuja

The national Youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Dayo Israel has said despite various challenges ravaging the country, a good number of Nigerian youths believe in APC’s administration and will not hesitate to vote for the party in the forthcoming general elections, especially because of the capacity of its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a chat with the Nigerian NewsDirect, Dayo revealed that though a fraction of the youth are on social media who don’t see anything good about this administration but they are too small compared to those whose assessment is devoid of sentiment and believe the government meant well for the people.

According to him, the APC has never for once jettisoned the welfare of the youth and it explains the reason the party has enjoyed their full support in all the off-season elections held so far.

“I think that we must always show perspective in how we appreciate issues and make inferences. There are challenges with security and economy, but I think that a number of young Nigerians can see what this administration has done and continues to do, at both the national and sub-national level, to address these problems and bring about lasting changes.

“Ever since the ENDSARS episode, the APC has won state, senatorial, and other elections in different parts of the country, including Lagos, my home state, with youths playing key roles in that victory. My Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu enjoys a stratospheric approval rating among young Lagosians who are the direct beneficiaries of his investments in infrastructure, health, education, jobs and opportunities, among others.

“The same is the case in most of the states controlled by the APC. We must understand that politics is, first and foremost, local and certain hastily discounted factors in fact play highly influential roles in how people perceive and assess the ruling party and its administrative efforts. It is not enough to base the state of the party and the strength of its relationship with young Nigerians on the sentiments of a tiny segment of the population, even if those sentiments are indeed valid and worthy of serious attention. Nigeria does not begin and end on Twitter.

“That notwithstanding, a number of young Nigerians clearly wish for positive changes and the youth wing has begun the process of engaging and reaching to them to re-emphasize the commitment of our party and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to frontally and decisively tackle these problems.

“Those who have interacted with us have given positive feedback, largely because we have a great candidate in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu whose antecedents and documented records inspire confidence. We will cast our net wider and intensify these efforts when the campaign is formally declared open by INEC.

” I believe that we will do enough to persuade those who presently disapprove of our handling of these specific issues, restore their faith in the party, and galvanize young Nigerians in the north and south for our party and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu 2023.”

Speaking further, the youth leader said he’s not unaware of challenges young Nigerians are going through but the end is almost here as Bola Ahmed Tinubu of APC has all it takes to bring about the desired change.

“The position of the party is clear and I think most Nigerians share our view that at this time, what the country needs above all else is competent management to overcome the challenges that confront us.

“We need to create new jobs and economic mobility for our bulging youth population, and weather the storm of a global economic downturn in the face of oil’s continued volatility and a world in search of energy options. It is a time of great peril but also of great promise and opportunities. Whether or not we emerge stronger and better positioned for future disruptions will depend on our set priorities and focus.

“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu believes in Nigeria’s diversity, as evidenced by his remarkably inclusive public leadership records. His choice of Senator Kassim Shettima, who is widely respected for his feats as Governor of Borno State, was not done out of spite nor does it serve as a testament of his resolve to run a sectional government if elected. Rather it was a decision based purely on the principles of good and open governance, as he explained in his announcement speech.

“Christians and indeed adherents of other faiths that come together to make Nigeria’s beautiful and globally admired social fabric have nothing to fear; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a dye-in-wool democrat who will defend and uphold the rights of all and lead a country committed to the spirit of fairness and equity.

Addressing the issue of attacks and assaults which are on the increase on social media, Dayo described such as unhealthy and undemocratic. He therefore appealed to political leaders to educate their followers on the need to be civil in their engagements with the opposition for the common good of the nation.

“I think anyone who has been paying attention can point to the major source of the bile and attack that you describe. A section of the populace has strangely decided that only they must enjoy the freedom to express their partisan beliefs and promote their candidate. Anyone who expresses a contrary view risks suffering a vicious attack and harassment that sometimes leads them to fear for their safety.

“Their private information is released to the public without consent, with a clear intent to incite the visitation of harm upon them. I think this is all unhealthy, and as the leader of the ruling party’s youth wing, I have and will continue to engage certain stakeholders on the need to sanitize the media space and restore basic decorum and mutual respect.

“There is nothing new or unusual about the trade of divergent political opinions, perhaps even heatedly. Young Nigerians are passionate about this country and desire for it to make the right decision next year, whatever their understanding of that may be. But we cannot have a situation where a small section of the electorate will arrogate to themselves the power to determine for other citizens who they must support and how they must vote next year, under the threat of intimidation and harassment. It is both unhelpful and undemocratic. We will continue our appeal to their leaders to call them to order, while ensuring discipline and focus within our ranks.”

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Shaibu storms PDP secretariat for Certificate of Return, threatens legal action

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The crisis in PDP took a dramatic twist on Wednesday as Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, stormed the party secretariat demanding issued the of certificate of return for winning Edo PDP gubernatorial primary election.

Mr Asue Ighodalo, equally as the candidate of the party in another primary held same day in the same city.

NAN further reports that Ighodalo was issued the certificate of return on Monday by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC).

The PDP acting National Chairman, Malam Umar Damagum, presented the certificate to Ighodalo at a ceremony at the party’ss National Secretariat at Wadata Plaza, Zone 5 Wuse, Abuja.

Damagum while presenting the certificate said that the party was united in its drive to retain the Edo governor’s seat.

According to him, “PDP is one and the party organised and recognised only the primary election which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin and produced Ighodalo as its candidate.’’

Surprisingly, Shaibu came to the party secretariat insisting he was the authentic winner of the party primary for the election and should be issued the certificate of return.

He said it was not a surprise that he came for the certificate, as the PDP guidelines for Edo 2024 governorship primary, had approved Feb. 28 for the issuance of the certificate.

“Why I am here is to obey the guidelines to come and receive the certificate of return and I was told that somebody else came yesterday and was given the certificate.

“I think the court will tell among us who is the real candidate, but I am here in fulfillment of the electoral guidelines of the PDP to receive my certificate.

“I have a document here where those that conducted the primary submitted same to the office of the National Organising Secretary. From this document you will see the mess that took place in Edo.

“This primary cannot be put aside. I am ready for us to correct the abnormalities in the party’s internal democracy because that is the beginning of the sustenance of democracy in the country.

According to him, if the party does not get it right, the foundation of our democracy is already been threatened.

“We will not fold our hands and watch what we laboured for being destroyed. Some people died in the process,’’ he said.

Shaibu, who alleged that the party’s primary was compromised from the onset, demanding that all observed abnormalities must be corrected.

He also alleged that those who conducted his faction’s primary election submitted its report nut unfortunately were being threatened to re-write another report.

“This is a committee that was put together by the NWC. If the PDP is serious and ready to win Edo, they must do what is right.

“I am telling our members in Edo not to be worried; we will get to the promise land.

“Edo will be the place where we will reset how internal democracy can be strengthened so that the foundation of democracy is not destroyed,’’ he said.

Shaibu said he had earlier informed party leaders that he would go for his certificate of return, but was surprised that none of them was in the office except secretariat staff.

“I don’t know why they are not here. That is strange,’’ he said.

Shaibu said he would have no option than to go to court if the party leaders refuse to issue him the certificate of return as the party‘s candidate.

According to him, if the party internal mechanism is followed there will not be need to go to court.

“But, if the party is not ready to listen, the next line of action will be the judiciary, but I pray we don’t get there and that is why I came here today,’’ he said.

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Ortom expresses willingness to submit to probe of his administration

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The immediate past Governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom has welcomed the inauguration of two Judicial Commissions by his successor, Governor Hyacinth Alia, to probe the activities of his administration between 2015 and 2023.

In a press statement signed by Terver Akase media Aide to the Ortom, the former Governor expressed his willingness to cooperate with the probe panels as long as the investigation is carried out in line with the law and stressed that his administration was built on transparency, accountability, and good governance.

He emphasised his readiness to provide any information or clarification, as may be required.

Chief Ortom also urged his former appointees to equally make themselves available whenever called upon to provide clarifications.

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Ortom, Suswam preach unity at PDP expanded caucus meeting

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

Immediate past governor of Benue State, Chief Samuel Ortom, former Governor of Benue State, Senator Gabriel Suswam and Senate minority leader, Senator Patrick Moro on Monday urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Benue State to work for the unity of the party in the state.

The PDP leaders made the disclosure at the PDP expanded caucus meeting, held at the party’s Secretariat in Makurdi.

In his remark, Chief Ortom told party members that there was no friction between him, Senator Suswam and Senator Moro.

He urged PDP members to discountenace the rumors that he was decamping to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Chief Ortom further said while members support those in authority at the state and federal level to provide dividends of democracy, they must not lose sight of the fact that they are PDP members, and must play their role as a credible and constructive opposition.

Earlier, Senator Suswam called on party members not to dwell on the mistakes of the past, but learn from the mistakes of the past in order for the party to move forward.

He stressed that leaders of the party in the state have closed ranks in order to build the party and ensure it returns back to power in 2027.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Patrick Moro urged party members to remain steadfast and committed as the good old days of the party were coming back.

The Senate Minority Leader disclosed that those waiting to see quarrel between the PDP leaders in Benue State will be disappointed as Chief Ortom, Senator Suswam and himself have resolved to work together for the party.

He assured party members that the PDP was going to bounce back, adding that the leadership of the party was going to be returned to the people in line with the party’s slogan ‘power to the people.’

The governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2023 elections, Rt. Hon Titus Uba appreciated party members for finding him and his running mate, Sir John Ngbede, worthy to fly the Party’s flag, and added that the party needs to be united  to be a credible and formidable opposition.

The Minority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Audu, disclosed that members of the PDP in the State Assembly are united and ready to support the party anytime.

Chief David Amo, who spoke for Zone ‘A’, Elder Laha Dzever who spoke for Zone ‘B’ and Rt. Hon Hassan Saleh who spoke for Zone ‘C’ all stressed the need for party unity and expressed optimism with the fortunes of the party as leaders of the party have resolved to work together.

Former Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly and member of PDP Board of Trustees, Chief. Mrs. Margareth Icheen, Benue State Women Leader of the PDP, Mrs. Abeje Ewa, Idu Banke who spoke for the youths all commended the leaders of the party in the state for coming together to ensure the party returns to power in 2027.

The State Chairman of the party, Sir John Ngbede also announced vacancies for the position of National Ex-Officio from the state and Zonal Chairman of the PDP for Zone ‘B’ Senatorial

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