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CONFUSION, DISAPPOINTMENT AS BUHARI LEAVES BAUCHI RALLY ABRUPTLY

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•It’s not true, president, Tinubu electrified crowd, says APC 

•At Emir’s palace, commander-in-chief says he’s done his best 

•Lawan, governors give reasons north should back presidential candidate

•Ruling party tells Mohammed to start preparing handover note

Thousands of All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters, yesterday, left the venue of the party’s presidential campaign rally in Bauchi disappointed. This was after a visibly disturbed President Muhammadu Buhari and APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, could not address the crowds at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium due to a technical glitch with the public address system.

But the Tinubu Media Office dismissed the alleged displeasure at the venue as sheer insinuation, saying the crowd of party supporters and other residents, who thronged the streets of Bauchi to receive Buhari and Tinubu, were electrified by the duo.

However, at the palace of the Emir of Bauchi, His Royal Highness (Dr) Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, Buhari assessed his over seven and a half years’ rule as civilian president and gave himself a pass mark. He said he had been able to serve Nigerians diligently to the best of his ability.

Buhari’s assessment came as President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and the APC governors gave reasons why the north should vote Tinubu as the next president at the general election. And the ruling party told the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, to start preparing his handover note ahead of the March 11 governorship election. The senate president and the governors said the governorship candidate of APC, former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar (rtd), was waiting to take over.

THISDAY observed that the embarrassed  supporters, who came in large numbers from various states of the North-east for the rally, started leaving the venue after the address of the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong. Following this development, a visibly embarrassed Buhari and Tinubu, who were invited to the podium in tow to address the crowd, could not do so as a result of the malfunctioning of the sound system.

The power supply at the stadium also went off shortly after the national chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, alongside Buhari, Tinubu and others mounted the podium to give their speeches.

After waiting for some minutes and the technical crew could not rectify the problem, Buhari and Adamu presented the flag to the gubernatorial candidate of the party.

But at this point, the president just went round the podium and waved to the apparently disappointed crowd, who were already on their way out of the venue.

The president then led other dignitaries down the podium into the waiting cars and drove out of the stadium to the airport en route to Lagos.

Earlier, Buhari, who arrived Bauchi around 10:20am, had proceeded to the palace of the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Adamu, for a courtesy visit before heading to the Sir Tafawa Balewa stadium, venue of the campaign rally.

At the Emir’s palace, Buhari, according to a release by his media adviser, Femi Adesina, acknowledged the warm reception accorded him and the continued show of love by Nigerians. He stated that the huge crowds that welcomed him wherever he went was a demonstration of genuine love and loyalty.

Buhari was quoted as saying, “I normally call on Emirs and Chiefs, whether on political or personal tours to states, to show my gratitude. I like to mention that between 2003 and 2011, I visited all the local governments, and in 2019, when I was seeking my re-election for a second term, I visited all the states of the federation and the people that turned out to see me were more than what anyone could buy or force and there, I made a promise and pledge that I will serve Nigeria and Nigerians to the best of my ability and so far, I have not disappointed anybody.”

Buhari commended Mohammed for his transformation initiative through huge investment in infrastructure across the state. He urged politicians across the country to play politics according to the rules of the game, even as he applauded the governor for providing a level playing ground for political activities in the state.

The president further appreciated the Emir and traditional institutions in the state for complementing government’s efforts towards promoting peaceful coexistence in their domains.

Mohammed said, although, the president was in the state for APC activities, he was honoured by his commendation.

However, the governor assured the president of his commitment to consolidating on the efforts put in place to ensure a peaceful and hitch-free 2023 general election.

The governor also commended the federal government for its fight against insecurity and insurgency in the North-east, saying the area is gradually regaining its sanity and safety.

In his welcome address, the Emir, who spoke earlier, remarked that it was delightful when political leaders in modern state system honoured the traditional institutions with a courtesy call. He said this was a practical demonstration of love and respect to the traditional institutions.

The traditional ruler thanked Buhari for the landmark developments, which his administration had brought to Bauchi State, declaring that the Kolmani Integrated Project is a legacy for which Bauchi State and, indeed, the North-east remains grateful.

According to him, “We cannot thank you enough and we follow the example of our governor to express our greatest gratitude. We are also pleased that you have kept your promise of reforming the electoral processes through continuous and progressive reforms and by ensuring the independence of the electoral body, of which our son, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, is the current head.

“Your determination in this and other areas of governance has been an inspiration to all right-thinking people across the country.”

The Tinubu media office, in a statement by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, painted a different scenario of what transpired at the rally, saying the presence of Buhari and Tinubu electrified the crowd, which danced to campaign songs, while Buhari and Tinubu waved to the crowd as they moved around the podium.

Addressing the rally, Lawan hailed Buhari for discharging himself creditably and making the party proud. He said the huge turnout of people indicated the appreciation of the North-east to the Buhari administration for liberating them from the menace of Boko Haram, in addition to other benefits brought to the people.

The senate president said, “PDP abandoned the North-east to Boko Haram. They left us in their hands to kill us. At a point, when we complained they blamed us for it. But when you came, you liberated our people, you changed the story.

“It is incumbent upon us to continue to do what is expected of us by voting for the APC in appreciation of the benefits our people got from your leadership.”

Lawan, in a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, stated, “Mr. President (Buhari), we in the North-east are probably the most beneficiaries of your administration. In fact, we were the first to start enjoying your administration more than any other part of Nigeria because Boko Haram was technically defeated immediately you came into office.

“You appointed our son, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, as the Chief of Army Staff, and, of course, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff. They did so well that your government provided the security that we are enjoying today.

“The North-east, from 2015 particularly, enjoyed the most important appointments in your administration. That is to say that you are a north-easterner. This crowd is a testimony. Everywhere you go, it is Buhari, in the North-east.”

The Kebbi State governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, who spoke on behalf of APC governors, also expressed appreciation to Buhari for many people-centred policies, which enriched poor farmers and aided the poor and vulnerable. Bagudu said APC governors were solidly behind the APC presidential candidate in line with Buhari’s directive for all party members to ensure the victory of “his friend and partner, Asiwaju Tinubu.”

Bagudu urged the people of Bauchi State to replicate the support they had always accorded Buhari to Tinubu in the February 25 election.

Abdulaziz, however, confirmed that both Buhari and Tinubu could not address the crowd due to electrical glitch encountered mid-way into the programme.

In a prepared speech, which he could not read at the venue, Tinubu promised to consolidate on recent gains to foster prosperity across the country.

Meanwhile, APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yakubu Murtala Ajaka, urged the people to file out for the APC and be resolute in the quest to change the current administration in Bauchi state.

Ajaka described THE APC governorship candidate in Bauchi State as a tested and trusted personality, who had served Nigeria meritoriously but not tired, hence, his passion and mission to turn around the fortunes of Bauchi State as governor.

Ajaka, in a statement, said the massive turnout of people in Bauchi was a verdict on the maladministration of the PDP in the state, which made people to be yearning for urgent change.

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2023: BISHOP NWAMKPA REVEALS HIS BLUEPRINT FOR PROGRESSIVE ABIA STATE

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The reality is upon us for a new leader of conscience to emerge in Abia state. Most public officeholders buy their way into the office and instead of working for the people, enrich their pockets to the woe and detriment of the people. The 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended emphasizes that the welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of the government. When elected leaders strive to recuperate their investments and accumulate profit at the expense of the people, that section of the Constitution becomes a hoax, eroded, and rendered ineffective. But all hope is not lost.

Every State, just like Abia, has its challenges, but for every identifiable challenge, there is a solution, whether imminent or long-term. The hindrance to finding the solutions for the challenges faced is essentially the unwillingness and indolent attitudes of the leaders in solving a problem, the causes and adverse effects have to be identified. The challenges presently faced in Abia, have been identified, and below are some of them and workable solutions to the challenges,

SECURITY:

The restiveness of the youths, organized crimes, and other criminal activities, is mostly a direct result of idleness and frustration. To curb the rate of crime in Abia State, the youths have to be actively engaged in productive activities that will be beneficial to them, and the state. Social unrest arises not only from the youths, but also from the young ones who see the activities of the older ones, and may most likely walk in their footsteps sooner or later. To put an end to this, therefore, there has to be the meaningful engagement of children and teenagers, in school activities. These engagements could be in the form of sports, skill acquisition, talent discovery, and other recreational activities, Bishop Dr. Emeka Michael Nwankap has it all well figured out, and their solution is handy.

Fresh graduates could be gainfully employed, and financial assistance rendered to small-scale and medium-business start-ups. Empowered graduates will help in creating more employment channels for the state. This will relieve the government of the burden of unemployment, as the dependence on the government for job creation will be reduced; the government will treat citizens with respect and dignity. When the state authority is civil with civilians, they in turn will be civil to the government.

There would also be re-orientation, training, and retraining of security personnel. A reform of the security outfits and proper monitoring of the units to prevent manhandling of the citizens could lead to resentment, thereby hindering the effective discharge of their duties. Government policies will be proactive and not reactive as insecurity could lead to an untimely death, economic regression, and social unrest. Bishop Emeka Nwankpa is the only candidate that has taken the time to understudy these realities and has prepared ready answers to them.

Good state security shall increase the internally generated revenue of the state, as potential investors will be enthusiastic about moving to the state. It enhances trust between the leaders and the led. It assures the safety of lives and property. It reduces operational costs for the government, resulting from damages and repairs. The key actors in promoting the security of the state include the state government, the Nigerian security personnel, Parents, Schools, and the citizens, each of these strata shall be strengthened.

HEALTH:

A good healthcare delivery system reduces the mortality rate. It reduces costs because prevention is less expensive than treatment. It increases efficiency at work, and by extension, increases work productivity in the state. It reduces absenteeism from work and increases longevity and lifespan. It is also helpful to the vulnerable in society (children, women of childbearing age, retirees). By providing essential health services to the senior citizens and other citizens mentioned above, those who cannot afford the services, are relieved. These senior citizens have dedicated their service to the state, but sadly, they live in pitiable conditions in old age. Young children deserve free access to good healthcare. These children, who are the leaders of tomorrow, could have some deformities if they’re not properly immunized or well attended to medically. Deformities arising from healthcare neglect could deprive society of a quality workforce. The government of Bishop Emeka Nwankpa, would therefore allocate a good budget to the health sector and also ensure the proper and timely execution of health projects.

Achieving a working Abia state with a workable policy framework is not rocket science and must be viewed as sacrosanct, a priority that every well-meaning leader must tackle headlong, this is why the candidacy of Bishop Emeka Nwankpa is a project centered on reality and the task to rescue Abia state from the economic downturn, underdevelopment and impunity that has crippled her for decades, but there is always light at the end of every tunnel.

Bishop Dr. Emeka Michael Nwankpa is here for the rescue.

…to be continued.

© BISHOP2023 MEDIA TEAM

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2023: BISHOP NWANKPA REVEALS HIS BLUEPRINT FOR PROGRESSIVE ABIA STATE

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The reality is upon us for a new leader of conscience to emerge in Abia state. Most public officeholders buy their way into the office and instead of working for the people, enrich their pockets to the woe and detriment of the people. The 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended emphasizes that the welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of the government. When elected leaders strive to recuperate their investments and accumulate profit at the expense of the people, that section of the Constitution becomes a hoax, eroded, and rendered ineffective. But all hope is not lost.

Every State, just like Abia, has its challenges, but for every identifiable challenge, there is a solution, whether imminent or long-term. The hindrance to finding the solutions for the challenges faced is essentially the unwillingness and indolent attitudes of the leaders in solving a problem, the causes and adverse effects have to be identified. The challenges presently faced in Abia, have been identified, and below are some of them and workable solutions to the challenges,

SECURITY:

The restiveness of the youths, organized crimes, and other criminal activities, is mostly a direct result of idleness and frustration. To curb the rate of crime in Abia State, the youths have to be actively engaged in productive activities that will be beneficial to them, and the state. Social unrest arises not only from the youths, but also from the young ones who see the activities of the older ones, and may most likely walk in their footsteps sooner or later. To put an end to this, therefore, there has to be the meaningful engagement of children and teenagers, in school activities. These engagements could be in the form of sports, skill acquisition, talent discovery, and other recreational activities, Bishop Dr. Emeka Michael Nwankap has it all well figured out, and their solution is handy.

Fresh graduates could be gainfully employed, and financial assistance rendered to small-scale and medium-business start-ups. Empowered graduates will help in creating more employment channels for the state. This will relieve the government of the burden of unemployment, as the dependence on the government for job creation will be reduced; the government will treat citizens with respect and dignity. When the state authority is civil with civilians, they in turn will be civil to the government.

There would also be re-orientation, training, and retraining of security personnel. A reform of the security outfits and proper monitoring of the units to prevent manhandling of the citizens could lead to resentment, thereby hindering the effective discharge of their duties. Government policies will be proactive and not reactive as insecurity could lead to an untimely death, economic regression, and social unrest. Bishop Emeka Nwankpa is the only candidate that has taken the time to understudy these realities and has prepared ready answers to them.

Good state security shall increase the internally generated revenue of the state, as potential investors will be enthusiastic about moving to the state. It enhances trust between the leaders and the led. It assures the safety of lives and property. It reduces operational costs for the government, resulting from damages and repairs. The key actors in promoting the security of the state include the state government, the Nigerian security personnel, Parents, Schools, and the citizens, each of these strata shall be strengthened.

HEALTH:

A good healthcare delivery system reduces the mortality rate. It reduces costs because prevention is less expensive than treatment. It increases efficiency at work, and by extension, increases work productivity in the state. It reduces absenteeism from work and increases longevity and lifespan. It is also helpful to the vulnerable in society (children, women of childbearing age, retirees). By providing essential health services to the senior citizens and other citizens mentioned above, those who cannot afford the services, are relieved. These senior citizens have dedicated their service to the state, but sadly, they live in pitiable conditions in old age. Young children deserve free access to good healthcare. These children, who are the leaders of tomorrow, could have some deformities if they’re not properly immunized or well attended to medically. Deformities arising from healthcare neglect could deprive society of a quality workforce. The government of Bishop Emeka Nwankpa, would therefore allocate a good budget to the health sector and also ensure the proper and timely execution of health projects.

Achieving a working Abia state with a workable policy framework is not rocket science and must be viewed as sacrosanct, a priority that every well-meaning leader must tackle headlong, this is why the candidacy of Bishop Emeka Nwankpa is a project centered on reality and the task to rescue Abia state from the economic downturn, underdevelopment and impunity that has crippled her for decades, but there is always light at the end of every tunnel.

Bishop Dr. Emeka Michael Nwankpa is here for the rescue.

…to be continued.

© BISHOP2023 MEDIA TEAM

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OBI MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO BOKO HARAM-RAVAGED SOUTHERN BORNO

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Obi’s visit to Southern Borno makes it the first time in the history of the country a presidential candidate would visit the Boko Haram-ravaged region.

The Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has made a surprise visit to Southern Borno, a region that was badly ravaged by the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Obi ‘s visit to the North-East state on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, was part of his campaign tours in the North ahead of the February 25 presidential election.
Recall the former Anambra State Governor had earlier attended the Labour Party Presidential rallies in Gombe and Bauchi states this week.

Pulse reports that Southern Borno comprises nine Local Government Areas including towns like Gwoza, Hawul, Askira Uba, and Chibok.
Obi was accompanied on the trip by his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed , Labour Party National Chairman, Julius Abure , Borno State governorship candidate, Captain Ibrahim Mshelia , and the Deputy National Campaign Manager, Isaac Balami .
While addressing the jubilant natives who came out to meet the frontline presidential candidate, Obi promised to alleviate the suffering and wipe the tears inflicted on the hardworking people of the region.

Obi’s words: “I am one of you and feel your plight. I know that you are all hardworking and want to go back to your farms. I am giving you my word that this insecurity issue will be a thing of the past in my administration and I will ensure that my government gives you the best of life. Thank you for everything you have done for the country and I will never forget you. A new Nigeria is possible!”
In his remarks, Balami, who also doubles as the Obi/Datti’s deputy national campaign manager, expressed satisfaction over how Nigerians have been working hard to enthrone Obi and his running mate as Nigeria’s president and Vice President respectively.

He said: “Borno people love Obi and need him. My people have long rejected the politics of religion and ethnicity that our leaders used in the past and are now embracing competence and capacity. You can see that from the surprise visit today.
Even with the short notice of his visit, the moment he landed and they knew he was in town, they swam to him like bees. Peter Obi is the only presidential candidate that has this messianic aura woven around him and he is the man to beat at the presidential polls.”

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