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Aisha Alhassan Receives 50,000 APC Defectors into Taraba UDP

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By: Segun Lawal

Immediate past Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development and the governorship candidate of the United Democratic Party in Taraba, Senator Aisha Alhassan, on Monday received 50,000 supporters of the All Progressive Congress into UDP.

At an event held at the Unity Hall in Jalingo, Alhassan assured the defectors of justice and equal treatment in the UDP.

Leader of the defectors and former chieftain of the APC in the state, Uba Mairiga, said the injustice meted to him and his supporters in the APC was the reason they dumped the party.

Mairiga, who contested for Jalingo II State Constituency in APC but lost out in the primaries, also submitted his UDP nomination form to contest for the seat.

“Due to unfair treatment and injustice against me and my supporters, I have decided to leave the APC with over 50,000 of my supporters to the UDP.

“My supporters and I have left APC and would work for the success of the UDP at all levels in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has congratulated the Wazirin Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, on his election as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu, Ishaku said the former Vice President’s victory was well deserved and a product of his determination and desire to serve his country.

Ishaku also commended other party leaders and delegates to the convention for making the convention one of the best in recent times.

While praising the patriotism of the delegates, the governor lauded the maturity and the spirit of sportsmanship of all the other aspirants towards the party’s presidential candidate and for pledging to support the winner.

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PHOTOSNEWS: BUHARI, ATIKU SIGNS NATIONAL PEACE ACCORD

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Election: Lagos Speaker, Agege APC Leaders Take Campaign To Community Leaders, Market Men/Women, Artisans

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As the nation prepares for the general elections starting on Saturday, 16 February, 2019, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and leaders of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) in Agege Federal Constituency have embarked on a campaign tour of all the wards in the Agege Federal Constituency covering Agege Local Government and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
The tour which kicked off on Friday, 8 February will end on Thursday, 14 February and is meant to sensitise the people on not only voting during the coming election but also voting right.
During the tour so far, the Speaker and other APC leaders have been educating the people on the need to use their middle finger to thumb-print rather than using the thumb.
“The reason for this is simple: there are many political parties now on the ballot paper and the space provided for thumb-printing is very small. If you use your to thumb-print, it may spill over to the next space thereby invalidating your vote. So use your middle finger to vote,” the Speaker told the Ebira community during one of the visits.
Rt. Hon. Obasa and his team has also not forgotten to remind the people on the need to vote for all the candidates of the APC, reminding them that it is the only party that can serve their interest.
“For us in Agege Federal Constituency in particular, we must ensure that we vote for APC candidates. Since the community produced the Speaker in 2015, I can with all sense of modesty claim that the community has witnessed tremendous development in terms of socio-economic development.
“So this is not about the individual called Mudashiru Obasa but about the development and growth of this community called Agege,” he told the youth associations of Wards D and E of Orile Agege LCDA when he met with them Sunday.
As at Monday, the Lagos Speaker and his team have met with leaders of south south community in Agege, the Nupe community in Agege, the Ebira community, various youth and community development associations in the area, the tailor association, the artisans, the tyre dealers association, the hairdressers association and okada riders association.
Apart from Rt. Hon. Obasa, leaders on the entourage inckude: member, representing the Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Taofeek Abiodun Adaranijo; member, representing Agege Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly, Hon Oluyinka Ogundimu; APC candidate for House of Representatives, Dr Samuel Adejare; former Commissioner for Transport in the state, Comrade Kayode Opeifa; the two council Chairmen: Hon Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi, Agege LG; and Hon Johnson Sunday Babatunde, Orile Agege LCDA; and many others.
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We Stand with Ohanaeze, Afenifere NEF, others on Atiku – Groups

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By: Jude Ndukwe

Different groups from major regional blocs in the country have come together under the auspices of Joint Progressive Action Group (JPAG) to declare support for the leading socio-cultural groups which recently met in Abuja and endorsed the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.

JPAG which stated this in a press statement jointly signed by Chief Kola Adepoju for the Yoruba Alliance Group (JAG), Alhaji Abdullahi Shehu for the Arewa Renewal Mandate Group (ARMG), Chief Obioma Okereafor for Southeast Progressive Union (SEPU), Apostle Horyen Pwajok for the Middle Belt Coalition for Progress (MBCP) and James Ekpenyong for the Niger Delta Restoration Forum (NDRF), and released to the media on Tuesday, February 5, said its decision to back the five foremost groups on their endorsement of Atiku was “predicated on the parlous situation which the country has found itself and for which there must be an urgent change of government at the polls on February 16 before the situation becomes totally irredeemable.

“It will be unreasonable for us to ignore the very obvious dangerous signs of a failing nation staring us in the face in the name of ethnicity or religion and watch our nation collapse on us”, it stated.

The Group also went further to say that “Buhari’s deficiencies in governance which have sharply divided our nation along mundane lines cannot be allowed to continue. It is time for every Nigerian of goodwill and good conscience to rise up and do the needful on February 16 to ensure that this charade of a political process is quickly brought to an end.

“It is in view of this that we lend our voices to the recent endorsement of Atiku by the Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Pan Niger Delta Forum. We are very much convinced beyond any iota of doubt that this is the right step to take for the sake of our nation and posterity”, the statement concluded.

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