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KATSINA LGAS RELEASE N500 MILLION TO MOBILISE RESIDENTS FOR BUHARI’S VISIT

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The 34 Local Government Areas in Katsina have disbursed N500 million to mobilise residents to welcome and cater to the needs of President Muhammadu Buhari during his two-day official visit to the State scheduled for January 26 and 27, Peoples Gazette has learnt.

A letter to that effect conveyed the approval of Governor Aminu Masari, authorising the release of “N14,695,588.00 to each of the 34 LGCs totaling N499,650,000.00 (Four Hundred and Ninety Nine Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) from the available balance of the 34 LGCs in the Local Government Joint Account to enable the LGCs to cater for adequate and effective mobilization of citizens to receive Mr. President during an official visit to Katsina State frum 26-27 January, 2023.”

A copy of the letter was sent to the office of the state’s accountant general, Ministry of Finance and auditor-general to fast-track disbursement before Mr Buhari’s arrival by weekend.

The half a billion naira mobilisation funds for the mere purpose of welcoming Mr Buhari are considered wasteful for Katsina State where no fewer than 70 per cent residents live below the poverty line, according to a United Nation Assessment last September.

The move has also lent credence to claims that wasteful spending was left unchecked by Mr Buhari under whose inept leadership has caused the country’s debt payment to surpass its revenue.

-Gazette

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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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SDP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TEAM PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO HRH OBA JOSEPH OLUBIYI TORIOLA AJIBISE OGO 1

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The Social democratic Party (SDP) has promised to reduce the rate of poverty in Nigeria and provide opportunities for the youths if elected into office.
The Vice presidential candidate of the party, Yusuf Buhari made this known while representing his principal, Prince Adewole Adebayo on a visit to HRH Oba Joseph Olubiyi Toriola Ajibise Ogo 1 (Ogunsua of Modakeke) of Ile Ife, Osun State on Wednesday, 25th January.


While speaking to the traditional ruler, he said the SDP is inspired by chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria which states that sovereignty belongs to the people, hence when leadership is set up by the people, their job is to look out for the welfare of the people.


He highlighted some of the problems faced by citizens of Nigeria as a result of poverty, saying these are the things the party aims to address if elected.
He said, “We are trying to keep it as simple as possible. We have major problems in this country kabiyesi, poverty is all over the place.
“In the north, some of them go to the dustbin to pick the back of the watermelon, scrape it, they will just leave the white part, cut it like yam put salt and that is what they will boil for their children.


“If you go around some areas at night, you’ll see some people sleeping everywhere on the streets, no shelter. If you go to the hospitals, patients are all over on the floor, no bed, only one doctor with thousands of patients. Nigerians do not deserve this. Nigeria is a blessed country. We have resources, we have professionals, If we can put our house together, all of these things we are seeing, we’ll not be seeing them Kabiyesi”, he added.
He noted that the past 16 years have not improved the welfare of ordinary citizens, and the ruling party has no intention of making things better. He added that the SDP is on this journey in order to make things better for Nigeria.


“16 years have gone 8 years have gone, we notice that it only gets worse every four years. Now again they’ve come with stories telling us that they will improve our welfare but then but before God, before man, before all of us, right on international TV, they are accusing each other of criminal activities.
“I think this is the only time we should pay attention to them and actually listen to them. These criminal accusations that they’re making against each other has nothing to do with us. Kabiyesi, we are on this journey because we make a difference and we are convinced that Nigeria will come first”.
He noted that his principal, prince Adewole Adebayo has decided to dedicate the rest of his life to public service in order to change things for the better in Nigeria.


“My principal Prince Adewole Adebayo said he has dedicated the rest of his life to public service. I share in that vision of what he’s saying, I share in that. This is why we are on this journey.
“We are here to assure you of all the plans that we have set out, even when we get there we’re going to achieve them. We know it’s going to be difficult but we will achieve them by the grace of God”.


While addressing journalists, the Vice Presidential candidate assured that Nigerian youths would have a lot to benefit from the party because they believe the youth are the ones making great achievements for Nigeria as it stands, despite the failure of the government.
In his response, HRH Oba Joseph Olubiyi Toriola Ajibise Ogo 1 prayed for God to help the SDP accomplish its race.
He said, “Well once again I welcome you all. Iwure is better done in Yoruba than in English,so I’m going to do it in Yoruba. But I must say that I am touched by your plan and your vision, so I pray that God will help you to accomplish your race”.


He further gave his ‘iwure’ (royal prayer) for the SDP presidential campaign team.
The campaign team entourage consisted of Dr.Olu Agunloye – National Secretary of SDP, Mr Silas Alani – National Vice chairman south west, Chief Godwin Osigbeme – Director of protocol, Sen. Ugochukwu Uba – Director of Finance and Prof Femi Olufumilade.

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PDP RELEASES TIMETABLE FOR FRESH GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARY IN ABIA

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has released a timetable for a fresh governorship primary to elect a new standard bearer for the party in Abia State.

This decision was sequel to the sudden death of the former standard bearer, Prof. Uche Ikonne.

The NWC made this decision public via a statement signed and issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja, on Friday.

The statement read in part, “Following the sad event of the death of our Abia State Governorship Candidate for the 2023 general elections, Prof. Uchenna Eleazar Ikonne, and pursuant to the provisions of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, the NWC has released the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of a fresh Governorship Election Primary in Abia State.

“The Timetable and Schedule of Activities are as follows;

“ Notice to INEC – Friday, January 27, 2023

“Sale of Forms – Friday, January 27- Tuesday, February 31, 2023

“Last day for the Submission of already purchased Forms – Wednesday, February 01, 2023

“Screening of Aspirants – Thursday, February 02, 2023

“Screening Appeal – Friday, February 03, 2023

“State Congress (Gubernatorial Candidate Nomination) – Saturday, February 04, 2023

“Fresh aspirants other than those who contested in the earlier primary are permitted to participate in the current exercise.“

The party enjoined all its leaders, critical stakeholders, teeming member, and supporters of the PDP in Abia State to be guided by this accordingly.

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