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Atiku loses support group



The Diplomatic Youth Movement of Nigeria (DYMN), a support group of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), has dumped PDP’s Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar.

The group has formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Malam Yunusa Mohammed, DYMN National Coordinator, on Wednesday in Abuja, said the organisation decided to join forces with the CYMS in the interest of Nigerians and youths especially.

He spoke when he led some members of his organisation on a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the CYMS Board of Trustee, Mr Festus Uchenna.

Mohammed said the DYMN which was originally registered as a support group under the PDP in 2014, resolved to join forces with the APC to work for the re-election of President Buhari because of the trust they had in him.

“We support and strategise for any candidate we trust and want to work for, we have mobilisers across the federation who serve as our foot soldiers.

“Elections are actually worn at the grassroots, and that is our base, from where we are going to start working from,“ he said.

Mohammed, however, noted that information reaching those at the grassroots, especially on the achievements of the APC Buhari-led administration had not really been robust, adding that his organisation was ready to change the narrative.

He stressed that his organisation would be ready and willing to work and carry out any responsibility that may be assigned to it, so long as it was aimed at ensuring Buhari`s re-election come Feb. 16.

Mr Obinna Nwaka, CYMS Director-General who received the group, said President Buhari had done so well, and had given youths of the country a sense of belonging.

He added that Buhari had to a large extent, ensured security in the country and had stabilised the economy even though he inherited a near empty treasury.

He said the Buhari administration had also recovered lots of funds from those who looted the country`s treasury while they held public office.

Nwanka said Nigerians, especially youths would forever, leave to remember what President Buhari was currently doing for the country.

He maintained that it was God`s plan for Buhari to be the country`s president at this point in time, adding that he deserve a second term to consolidate on his achievements so far.

“It is now our responsibility to give him the required support by re-electing him on Feb. 16, so that he will continue the good work God has assigned him to do at this period.

“The re-election of Buhari should be a collective effort irrespective of our political affiliations, tribe and standings in the society so that he can continue to consolidate on his achievements,“ he said.

He commended the national coordinator of the DYMN for seeing reasons why his group should support Buhari`s re-election.

According to Nwanka, Buhari is the only one that believe in the interest of youths and future of the country who does not believe in material things or acquisition of wealth.

He maintained that Buhari was the only president in the country`s history that had given youths political empowerment by signing the not too young to run bill into law to bring them into mainstream politics.

He said the Nigerian Youth Forum and the Justice Group, both of which are support groups, had earlier, joined the DYMN to work towards the re-election of President Buhari.

Source: NAN

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



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



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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