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NigeriaAt60: We ‘re proud of her accomplishments -APC governors

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, under the auspices of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have said that they are proud of the accomplishments of the country as a democratic nation.

In a statement issued Wednesday in Abuja by the PGF Chairman and governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the forum however appealed to all politicians and parties to embrace the new political culture of accepting the outcome of electoral results.

“On this auspicious occasion of the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, the PGF wishes to join President Muhammadu Buhari, all our revered leaders – traditional, religious, organised private sector, labour, civil society, women, youth, persons with disabilities, political leaders across all our political parties – and indeed all Nigerians to celebrate this historic day.

“We in particular commend and congratulate the Nigerian people for their resilience and faith in a united democratic Nigeria. 60 years of independence and nationhood were years with moments of rasping experiences.

“Coming out of these years as a united country gives us all the reasons for celebration, most especially because we are today emerging as a stable democracy having been in our Fourth Republic for 20 years now with six successful general elections.

“Therefore, emerging as a stable democracy, we can say with confidence that the growing confidence of our people to our fledgling democratic system of governance is indisputable.

“As governors elected on the platform of our party, APC, we reaffirm our commitment to the principles that democratic governance should lead to improved welfare for the mass of our citizens. This imposes a responsibility on all elected representatives to work for policies that promote the
wellbeing of citizens.

“Guided by the manifesto of our party, since 2015, our governments in all our states controlled by the APC and at the federal level have remained focused, implementing pro-people initiatives across all sectors.

On this occasion of our 60th Independence Anniversary, we want to specially celebrate our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, for being a source of indiscriminate leadership at this point in our national life.

“At a time when partisan affiliation is expected to influence political choices both with respect to government initiatives, beneficiaries and location, President Buhari is providing indiscriminate leadership ensuring that all Nigerians from all parts of the country irrespective of all our differences receive equal treatment.

“Under the leadership of President Buhari, our politics is today being refined to ensure indiscriminate development of all parts of the country. In addition, the President is inspiring all of us in APC to change our political culture especially in relations to electoral contests.

“Unlike what obtains in other parties where the operative culture is to manipulate electoral contests to produce set outcomes, the environment in our party, APC, is being made more liberal. With such a liberal atmosphere, combined with impartiality of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as a governing party, our electoral probability, in all elections, is even.

“We win or lose elections depending on our ability to convince electorate to vote for our party and our candidates. And when we lose in a fair contest, we concede defeat and congratulate the winner.

“This is the next level politics already in play, championed by APC. We appeal to all politicians and parties to embrace this new political culture in Nigeria. We are proud of our accomplishments as a democratic country and as a political party and hereby restate our commitment to make all our states models of good governance with records of rapid human development and progress founded on the principles of social democracy in line with provisions of our party constitution and manifesto.

“We shall continue to take all the necessary steps to roll out programmes in our states that will facilitate development of synergy, experience sharing and collaboration. We felicitate with all Nigerians and reiterate our commitment to the democratic development of Nigeria, while putting in place programmes to improve the welfare and living conditions of all Nigerians.

“This is the basis of our programmes for massive infrastructural projects both at federal levels and all our states. We congratulate all Nigerians on this 60th Independence Anniversary and pray for many more years of democratic development!” PGF noted in the statement.

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Atiku Endorsement: Dogara, others on their own – Middle Belt Leaders

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A group of northern leaders under the aegis of The Southern and Middle – Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has described a purported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by former Speaker of House Representative, Yakubu Dogara’s group as self serving.

In a statement released today, SAMBA said the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF) is on a self serving and selfish mission.

The statement signed by SaMBA Spokesman, Prince Rwang Pam Jnr in response to the reported endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by “a toothless platform” said that the group was manipulated by some politicians who had benefited and still benefiting from the old order from the Presidential candidate of PDP.

The middle belt group wondered how millions of Middlebelt and northern Christian voters benefitted from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who in recent history deleted his tweet condemning the killing of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto by alleged Islamic extremist. SAMBA noted that the former Vice President is yet to condole with the affected family, six months after.

The statement reads, “Our attention have been drawn to the purported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by a toothless Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF), coordinated by former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who by this action has lost favour amongst his MiddleBelt family.”

“We want to state categorically that the Communique by Rt. Hon. Dogara’s group is self serving and does not remotely or substantially represent the interest of Middlebelters who occupied approximately 300,000 Sq km of the Northern region that is about 50%”

“Also, it is on record that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who declined to speak publicly against the gruesome murdered of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto will not defend the interest of Middlebelters and Christians living in the north. Atiku who had been vice president between 1999-2007 belongs to the old order. He will not be able to restructure Nigeria to satisfy the yearning of Nigerians.

“Therefore, the endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by this group cannot stand and will not stand. Their lame excuse that the Presidential candidate of Labour Party , Mr Peter Obi does not have a structure is false. Progressive Nigerians are the structures and Dogara’s Middlebelters remained solidly in support of Mr Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed”

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Hundreds of APC Members Defect to PDP in Kogi

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Over 130 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in Abejukolo Ward 11, in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The defection ceremony took place at Echa/Ogoh Nursery and Primary School, Abejukolo on Sunday.

Hon. Johnson Ataboh Ebeto, a former councilor on the platform of the PDP who had defected to the APC during 2015 election, said the ceremony was a homecoming for him and his supporters to ensure that PDP wins the forthcoming general elections.

Hon Ebeto, expressing regrets on his earlier defection from the PDP, described his experience in the All Progressives Congress(APC) as harrowing.

He said, “Now is the right time to discard such habits and choose PDP as the only option for liberation”.

Honourable Salisu Akpa, who is the Ward 11 PDP chairman and other PDP stakeholders, urged them not to see themselves as joiners but bonafide members of the party.

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2023: I Stand With the Youths,The Old Ones Should Fade Away – Abdulsalami Abubakar

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Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has expressed reservations about the continued domination of political activities by the older people, saying it is time to create space for the younger generation.

“I think the right thing for the country is that old ones should fade away gracefully and allow young people to take over,”

“What we can do as former leaders is to mentor and tutor them in whatever way we can in order for them to lead the country.

“As a matter of fact, this is the time Nigerians should begin to support young, vibrant, and visionary leaders that would steer the country on the path of glory”

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