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Ganduje won election not imposed-Garba

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Kano state government has dismissed as untrue claim by the former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje did not win the 2019 gubernatorial election but imposed on the people by powerful forces.

A statement by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba indicated that contrary to the assertion made in an interview with a national daily, Kwankwaso managed a well-organized election rigging network, particularly in the metropolitan local governments, where youth, mostly without even voters’ card were engaged to perpetrate the act.

He said it was vividly clear that barely hours into the voting, most of the ballot boxes were said have been stuffed, only for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to discover that either card readers were not used or the voters are not captured in its data and therefore had to cancel the results from many centres and declared the election inconclusive.

Malam Garba pointed out that it was unfortunate that as a leader who was severally involved in the election process, Kwankwaso is still contesting the result of an election conducted by statutory body and upheld by courts of law.

Ganduje lost 2019 election but Imposed by powerful forces -Kwankwaso

The commissioner said just some few days ago, Kwankwaso was all over the media cautioning his followers against unguarded utterances but ended up making incendiary rhetoric unbecoming a person of his caliber.

He said apparently, the interview Kwankwaso granted the national daily in which he attempted to rubbish the Ganduje administration has done him more harm than good which completely negates the spirit of a genuine peace and reconciliation he preached to his followers in the last few days to avoid derailing.

Malam Garba stated that Kwankwaso should have thank Ganduje for completing many of the projects he abandoned, saying that the people of Kano are paying the price for the unparallel policy of continuity that saw the completion of many projects in the last six years in the state.

These projects include  Aminu   Dantata Flyover, Yahaya Gusau Road and Prince Audu Underpass, Five kilometre roads in Dawakin Tofa, Ungogo, Warawa, Rano and Tofa local governments; Mahmoud Salga Road, Jaba-Rimin Kebe Road, Independent Power Project at Tiga and Challawa Dams, among many others.

On the issue of education, which Kwankwaso talk big, the commissioner further noted that as far as education is concern, the Ganduje administration has done a lot including payment of burden of over 15 billion backlog of scholarships to indigent students overseas left by the Kwankwaso administration.

He said so far, the sum of N3.5 billion has been paid for students in Sudan; N4.5 billion for Cyprus; N384 million for those in France, while it is in the process of paying students in Egypt and India.

Malam Garba said in addition to the implementation of the Free and Compulsory Basic and Secondary Education, the administration has been able to carry out massive infrastructure development in all its tertiary institutions and accreditation of many courses they offer.

The statement assured that despite the agitation for reconciliation that is ongoing among party leaders, the Ganduje administration would accordingly react to any attempt to rubbush the laudable achievements it has recorded and will not  be distracted from carrying on with the responsibility for which it was elected into office.

MALAM MUHAMMAD GARBA

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Kano

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Tinubu Competent In Transforming Nigeria

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Ambassador Aminu middle

The leadership qualities and style Demonstrated by the All Progressive Congress Presidential candidate Bola Ahmad Tinubu as Lagos Governor, can give Nigerians a peace of mind, that he can transform the Country.

Northwest Zonal Director, APC Media Mobilization for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Ambassador Aminu Nuruddeen on Monday stated this today during a courtesy visit to the leadership of the Association of Kano Online Journalists.

Ambassador Aminu Nuriddeen explained that the Ruling, All Progressive Congress candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has demonstrated his leadership style and ability to transform the lives of his people for better during his reign in Lagos as a governor.

He said Nigeria needs a president like Bola who possess unquantifiable wealth of wisdom needed for rapid development of the country and can transform the nation into a new Dubai where businesses and its people flourish.

“Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu has created for himself, a name to always remember when the development of Lagos is discussed.

He was able to transform Lagos using its AGR without waiting or depending on the Federal Government intervention.

Today, Lagos stands out in the whole federation due to his patriotic contribution.

A man who can manage a place like Lagos successfully, no doubt will do extremely well if given the mandate to govern the country because Lagos as you know, is more than some countries”, he added.

Furthermore, he noted that the APC presidential candidate has surrounded himself with people of high caliber with whom he will introduce and implement his developmental policies.

“You can see from his choice of Vice President, Kahim Shattima, and other key persons around him, I assure you he will do more than expected”.

He however, revealed that the youth group has put in place every mechanism to support and mobilize the Public for the success of the party and all its candidates vying for political positions both at local and national level.

Responding, the Acting Chairman and Secretary of the Association, Yakubu Salisu who received the delegation explained that the Association is made up of experienced and certified journalists who have worked with various conventional media.

He assured them of maximum cooperation.

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2023:Atiku ,Wike Feud Deepens

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Wike And Atiku Abubakar

 

The dust over the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the choice of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate by its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has not settled.

Although Atiku and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike met yesterday in Abuja at the instance of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), led by Senator Walid Jibrin, a source said it did not lead to a truce.

The meeting was hosted by former Information and Culture Minister Prof. Jerry Gana at his residence.

At a meeting with BoT members on Wednesday, Atiku boasted that PDP can win next year’s election without many votes from Rivers State.

He said there was no cause for alarm if Wike did not want to fall in line with him.

Exuding confidence, Atiku recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, who did not win Rivers State, relied on votes from Lagos, Kano and other strategic states to win the 2019 presidential poll.

He also said PDP ran into crisis because Wike allegedly monetised the presidential primary.

Wike, who was privy to what transpired at the BOT meeting, was said to have complained about Atiku’s recent comment about him.

A source said: “Wike joined issues with Atiku over his recent comments or pronouncements at the second meeting.

“He asked Atiku some questions:

Atiku responded with “no” to most of the questions.

“Throughout the meeting, Wike was busy with posers to clear some impressions from Atiku’s camp in public space. Obviously, he was uncomfortable with some comments attributed to Atiku and some of his strategists.

“But the presidential candidate of the PDP was calm in managing the situation.”

Sources said Atiku and Wike had been engaged in a hide and seek game over a session with the BoT.

However, BoT members have consistently pleaded with Atiku to reconcile with the Rivers governor.

Although the two leaders got invitation letters from the board, none of them was interested in a face-to-face meeting before yesterday.

Atiku and Wike had resorted to bitter verbal exchanges and name-calling in the media in the past few weeks.

Their loyalists had also picked the gauntlet, with the two camps launching media attacks against each other, leading to a gradual alienation of Wike and his loyalists by the PDP leadership.

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No more riding on Buhari’s tailcoat-Adamu Aminu

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President Muhammad Buhari

 

By Adamu Aminu.

Nigerians, particularly those whose spirits were not dampened by the unfortunate happenings across the federation, are busy rolling their sleeves up to change their destiny in the forthcoming general elections next year.

This foretells that the era of clinging in the robe of someone’s popularity to win elections is over.

The political opportunists who glued firmly to the then reputation of President Muhammadu Buhari, to secured election victory in 2015 general elections, now have the premonition that their political coffins are due to be nailed down sooner.

The winds of the 2015 general elections under the All Peoples Congress APC, on a flatter of gold catapulted many Dick and Harry to into various political offices.

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President Buhari is a soon-to-be-retired occupant of the Aso Rock villa. By next year around this time he would be in his humble abode – Daura, retiring to his farm or relaxing at his compound picking- teeth, flipping papers, or watching his grandsons and grand-daughters flying kites or cracking cheerful jokes and childish antics to keep him accompany.

It’s noteworthy that, the administration of Muhammadu Buhari comes with a bunch of advantages and drawbacks that serves as lessons to Nigerians, prompting them standing on their toes towards sieving grains from chaffs.

Among the advantages is, the blind loyalty and diehard adherence that the winds of Buhari’s never-again popularity brought, has made introvert-corrupt politicians into governance spotlights, a phenomenon that gives a pleasant and nail-biting experience.

This has also sharpened the wit and awakened the conscience of some, ordinary citizens in realizing that not all glitters are gold. And not every stone is called an emerald.

And more so, the scorching economic depressions which stamped premature facial wrinkles and hasty gray hairs among youth under forty years of age is another advantages derived in this tenure of the gap-tooth president, which sharpened peoples wit to realize that all those political parties [ APC, PDP…] are mere platforms harboring genuine or sheep in wolves skin politicians, by giving them another mandate is a risk which is not far from suicidal.

It is now obvious that, the only benchmark to weigh for winning next year’s general elections would be based on the candidate’s competency, not on personal or party affiliation, but based on the track records of prospective contender’s earlier commitment in serving the people.

Even those tired legs and hands, posed by hell-bent on winning the next election by image-laundering strategies in a soon-to-be-commence electioneering campaigns, should know that Nigerians’ eyes and ears are wide open. “Wallahi wasu sunci taliyar karshe”

Only track records of good performances are the yardstick in securing a fresh or another mandate to a well-deserved aspirant.

The era of dependency on someone’s popularity to win elections is over. Nigerians are tired and have had enough of documented misery which flattens them into an island of despair.

At last, President Muhammadu Buhari still is a free-corrupt leader who doesn’t have a record of self-enrichment in public coffers, no doubt about that, but he’s seemingly paper-tiger encircled by some questionable subordinates that rode on his now waning charismatic popularity in gaining access to various political offices.

Nigerians are tired enough of being frightened by the deadly fangs of insecurity, growing paucity and treading the path, leading to the den of hopelessness.

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