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The Katsina State chapter of the National Conscience Party (NCP) has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lack ideas to propel Nigeria to prosperity in 2023.
The party added that the PDP and APC have grossly failed Nigerians even under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari who had pledged to make life better for Nigerians.
Briefing journalists on what he tagged: “The Sorry State of Affairs in Katsina State”, the state Chairman of the NCP, AbdulMumini Shehu Sani, said the two major political parties are colossal failures.
Sani, who took a swipe at both the PDP and APC, said life has become extremely difficult for Nigerians under the APC administration of President Buhari as a result of insurgency, banditry and kidnapping.
He said: “The administration brought so much poverty and suffering to the people. On the day of the PDP presidential campaign in 2014, all security agents were deployed to the venue of the campaign rally and around some major streets of Katsina which enabled armed men to gun down 150 people at a village in Faskari.
“This makes the PDP and APC the same in terms of bad governance and insecurity. The two parties have grossly failed Nigerians even under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari who had pledged to make life better for Nigerians.”
He, however, claimed the spate of insecurity in the state was different from other states “as it is being bred by corruption, absence of leadership at local government level and mismanagement of local government funds by the state administration”.
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The political spat between the National Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State and one of the party’s chieftains and former Senator representing Zamfara Central, Senator Kabiru Marafa, got messier on Monday as both men continued to issue threats through their proxies.
The party on its part has threatened to wield the big stick on Senator Marafa over his verbal attacks on Governor Buni.
The threats came 24 hours after Senator Marafa declared the CECPC an illegal contraption and vowed to ensure its dissolution through the Judiciary.
However, in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja and signed by the National Secretary of the CECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, the party warned Senator Marafa against insubordination.
Marafa in his own statement asked the CECPC to stop grandstanding and address all issues he raised at last Sunday’s news conference.
Spokesman of the Marafa faction of the APC, Hon. Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun in a statement said “in his courageous and issues-driven politics, Senator Kabiru Marafa raised pertinent points that undermined the legality of the APC National leadership under Mai-Mala Buni while equally providing the rationale for his APC-led faction to conduct a parallel congress”.
According to him, “it is interesting that the issues raised by Senator Marafa did not sit well with the so-called caretaker leadership of APC under Mai-Mala Buni through a statement attributed to one Mamman Mohammed who called himself DG, Press and Media Affairs to Governor Mai-Mala Buni.
“We want to thank the DG for acknowledging the fact that Sen Marafa is a responsible politician. But instead of addressing the issues raised by Senator Marafa against his boss, Mr. Mamman went bluffing and describing the actions of the highly respected Senator as “political suicide” and advising on the obvious stance of going to court which Senator Marafa unequivocally stated in all his statements.
“In responding to his statement, we consider it imperative for Mai-Mala and his co-travellers on the road to perdition to what the famous boxing champion, Mohammed Ali said, Bragging is when a man says what he can’t do. I do what I say.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by the outburst of Mr Mai-Mala’s spokesman and lose sight of the real issues raised by Distinguished Senator Marafa.
“For the records, Senator Marafa took Mai-Mala Buni upon the stupendous and scandalous amount of money and assets he declared in his Code of Conduct form as published by Sahara Reporters which are not justifiable in the context of his family and or business antecedents.
“Senator Marafa also related the misguided actions of Mai-Mala Buni as products of his lack of formal education, his history of never attending a school and challenged him (Mai Mala) to mention the legitimate schools he (Mai Mala) ever attended.
“Senator Marafa also recalled how he and Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i were instrumental to Mai-Mala’s emergence as APC National Secretary and went further to mention names of some eminent personalities that are all alive as witnesses to his claim, such as the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Senate President Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawal, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Sen Ali Modu Sherif and so on, on these grounds. Senator Marafa questioned the moral disposition of Mr Mai-Mala Buni’s arrogant and undemocratic ways of doing things in APC generally and Zamfara in particular as if he has a pedigree beyond being a councillor, PA to the governor then party National Secretary before becoming a governor.
“One would have thought Mamman would debunk these claims or get across to one or all the eminent personalities mentioned by Sen Marafa to debunk the claim”.
Buni in the statement signed by Sen. Akpanudoedehe warned Sen. Marafa not to reduce party issues to a personality contest.
“The Party urges Sen. Marafa and his cohorts not to reduce the political issues to a contest of personalities but submit to party supremacy and internal dispute resolution structures adequately provided for by the APC Constitution. Anything outside this amounts to insubordination and indiscipline and the APC constitution is very clear on this”, Akpanudoedehe stated.
On allegations that it bent the rules in the conduct of the hitherto suspended Congresses in Zamfara State, the CECPC said; “Our attention has been drawn to uninformed and misguided comments by Senator Kabiru Marafa regarding the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward Congresses held in Zamfara State on Saturday 13th, November 2021.
“While the APC will not join issues with Senator Marafa who is supposed to be one of the party leaders in Zamfara State but chooses to denigrate the party and its leaders, it is important to set the records straight.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the APC received intelligence reports bordering on the security of the Zamfara State APC Ward Congress Committee, hence the need to temporarily suspend their activities. That necessitated the letter of 5th November 2021 to the Chairman of the Committee, Alh. Ibrahim Kabir Masari, only.
“After, evaluation and consultations, the Committee, in a letter dated 10th November 2021 was okayed to proceed with the conduct of the Zamfara State Ward Congresses on Saturday 13th, November 2021, which Sen. Marafa participated. This had nothing to do with the 21 days notice for the conduct of Wards, Local Government Areas and State Congresses in Zamfara State earlier sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which subsists.
“The letter to Alh. Ibrahim Kabir Masari which Sen. Marafa is brandishing is an internal administrative correspondence and was not copied to INEC nor any other agency or person(s) as the case may be.
“This clarification is necessary to guide Sen. Marafa and his cohorts who seem bent on misleading our teeming party members in Zamfara State”.
A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said that Nigerian leaders lack the intellectual capacity to be classified as leaders.
Speaking at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series, organised by the Students Wing of Coalition of Northern Groups (SW-CNG), in Katsina, on Monday, the former INEC boss attributed the security and economic challenges affecting the country to bad leadership.
According to him, Nigeria has greedy leaders who have narrow vision in terms of how to usher in developmental projects.
Jega, who was the chairman of the event, said poverty, youth unemployment, insecurity, maternal mortality, out-of-school children, early marriage, as well as challenges of reproductive health emanated from the Northern region of the country.
“The major indices of these crises manifested themselves from the Northern part of this country, whether it is poverty, youth unemployment, security challenges, maternal mortality, out-of-school children, lack of girl-child education and early marriage as well as the challenge of reproduction of our females.
“Anything you can think of, the terrible statistics come from the Northern part of this country. And why is it so? That is the key question. Today, we remember the Maitama Sule, the Ahmadu Bellos, Isa Katais and many others.
“These were people who led and protected the North and ensured that the North developed in accordance with its ability and their own abilities as leaders. While we cherish the memories of what had happened in the past, what kind of leadership have we got from the Northern part of this country?
“We have so-called leaders who are selfish, who are not selfless, greedy, who have a narrow vision in terms of how this country can develop not to talk about the region where they come from. They really lack intellectual capacity to be classified as leaders,” he said.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has begun recruitment of election ligation lawyers to face Andy Uba, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in court over the just concluded Anambra State governorship election.
A former National Chairman of APGA, Senator Victor Umeh, stated this at a press briefing at Aguluizigbo in the Anaocha Local Government Area of the State, adding, “Anambra State is not Imo”.
Uba had alleged that APGA did not win the election, citing alleged irregularities.
He vowed to upturn in court the declaration of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of APGA as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He said, “Investigations show that there are sufficient grounds for me and the party to challenge the declaration of the APGA candidate, Soludo as the winner of the election by INEC and that the ideal thing to do in the face of such discovery, is to approach the tribunal for redress.
“We will be heading to court with the discoveries we have, which show that the declaration of Soludo as the governor-elect is faulty.
Describing the litigation threat as an empty one, Umeh said APGA’s lawyers were ready to meet Uba in court.
He urged the people of the State, especially APGA supporters not to lose sleep over such a threat.
Umeh said, “Our lawyers are fully prepared for the challenge, any time Uba is ready.
“Uba has no mandate to reclaim because the people of Anambra voted for APGA.
“The election took place in all the 21 local government areas in the state and he didn’t win any council area, so what is he going to court to do?”
“The outcome of the election was a true reflection of what Anambra people want. Anambra people didn’t give Andy Uba any mandate. They wanted Soludo, and they voted for him massively.
“We are used to such cases. I have been in politics for more than 20 years, so, APGA is not afraid of going to court with Andy Uba. Nothing will make Anambra people vote for a party that has nothing to offer.
“The Nigerian Judiciary is not an undertaker. Please tell him, we are waiting for him in court. Anambra is not Imo State, where a fourth candidate in election suddenly became a governor,” Umeh stated.
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