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Full speech of President Buhari at APC National Convention

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ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION OF ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) EAGLE SQUARE ABUJA
JUNE 23, 2018
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It is my pleasure to address you today, on the occasion of our great party’s 2nd National Convention and the first since we rode on its glorious platform to a victorious political outing in 2015. Congratulations again to all who worked or contributed to our success.
2. I want to begin by acknowledging your presence and congratulating all our delegates who have emerged from the wards, local Governments and State congresses from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT gathered here today as the party’s highest ranking constitutional organ, to elect and usher in a new leadership for the party at the national level.
3. I am also using this opportunity to thank the outgoing National Executives of the party, especially those who will not be offering themselves for re-election at today’s convention for their tireless efforts in securing victory for the party at the last elections and managing the success thereafter.
4. I want to assure everyone here that despite a few lingering issues with the congresses in some states, our great party will emerge stronger after this convention. The unresolved cases we have is the price we have to pay for success, as everyone wants to be associated with a winning team. I am imploring all those with grievances to keep faith with the party until we put things right.
5. I have been following the preparations leading to this event and I must commend this Convention Committee under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Badaru Abubakar for providing a level playing field and instilling confidence in both aspirants and delegates with their thorough approach and adherence to transparency.
6. I commend all the delegates from across the country for your sacrifice and patience, travelling all the way from your different destinations and waiting in inclement weather, as it has been raining all the day. Thank you for your commitment.
7. The adoption of consensus as a first option is commendable and the process has led to a lot of healing and cohesion across the states and the zones, and where elections are inevitable, I have been assured that the process adopted will result in clear and undisputed results. Again I am appealing to all contestants to keep faith with the party.
8. May I, therefore, appeal to all to put our great party ahead of personal considerations and to accept the outcome of the exercise in good faith. You are all important to our party’s progress and all must come together to ensure success in the forthcoming polls so as to enable us to continue the good work we have been doing for our fellow Nigerians.
9. I thank you all for being here and congratulate the new National Executive to be elected shortly.
God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria, God bless our Party.
APC!
APC!!
APC!!

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INEC to Recruit 7, 727 ad-hoc Staff for Katsina Senatorial Bye-Election

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No fewer than 7, 727 ad-hoc staff would be recruited by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct bye election into Katsina North Senatorial District in Katsina State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the election followed the death of the senator representing the area, Sen. Mustapha Bukar on April 4, after a protracted illness.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Jibril Ibrahim-Zarewa disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting on Thursday in Katsina.

“The Senate informed INEC of the vacancy in a letter received on July 13, 2018.

“The commission has 30 days to conduct the by-election between July 13 and Aug. 12,” he said.

He said the ad-hoc staff to be recruited would include NYSC members, students of tertiary institutions and staff of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies working in the state.

Zarewa revealed that Smart Card Reader machines would be used for the verification and accreditation of voters during the exercise.

He said that the constituency covered 12 local governments including Baure, Bindawa, Daura, Dutsi, Ingawa, Kankia and Kusada.

Others are Mai’adua, Mani, Mashi, Sandamu and Zango.

He said going by the 2015 General Election, all the affected local governments have a total of 855,092 registered voters.

He noted that 835,013 voters collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC’s), with remaining balance of 20, 079 uncollected.

He further said that INEC embarked on Continuous Voter Registration exercise early 2017, for persons who transfered their registration areas or applied for replacement of lost PVCs.

He said, “A total of 23, 105 voters were so far registered, 6, 066 PVC’s collected with remaining balance of 15, 892,” he said.

He appealed to the political parties, media, traditional and religious leaders, as well as other stakeholders to cooperate with the commission to ensure success of the exercise.

‘INEC is up to the highest tenets of integrity, openness, laying level playing ground for a free, transparent, credible and acceptable election.

“We will live up to our vision, mission and core values of integrity and impartiality,” he said.(NAN)

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Female leaders change the way global solutions are forged —Honourable Onwudiwe

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By Esther Onyegbula

Honourable Ifeoma Anthonet Onwudiwe, is a very passionate humanitarian. An astute business tycoon and a graduate, her quest for knowledge and professionalism especially in production got her admitted to NANGING Super College, China in 2010, where she obtained a Diploma in Cosmetology in 2011.

Being introduced to the fashion and entrepreneurial world in NANGING Super College awakened her modeling and productive career and she was privileged to compete with national and international celebrities in various competitions. Currently, Honourable Ifeoma Anthonet Onwudiwe is vying is for a seat in Anambra State House of Assembly. In this chat with WW, she talks about the increase in rape and violence against women, her journey into politics, her dreams and aspirations and other sundry issues. Rape and domestic violence are on the increase, what do you think can be done to address these issues? Some social ills have not been carefully handled. You will agree with me that they are acts against humanity. For years, we have been hearing about such individual tragedies while diverse studies and surveys have been carried out in that direction yet nothing seems to be changing. Rather, rape and domestic violence is taking a completely monstrous dimension across the globe. Basically, all forms of domestic violence have one purpose: to gain and maintain control over the victim and it has been on the high rise in under developed societies. If elected I would ensure that adequate measures are made to ensure its complete eradication. What do you think can be done to curb this menace? Creating public awareness and sensitizing the general public has been shown to be a critical tool in changing behavior and value system of people with ease. Therefore there should be intense public enlightenment and education at schools, social clubs, cultural group gatherings, churches and through the different media platforms to first of all demystify the saga about sexual assault and enlighten people of the existing consequences. These myths inform the way many people think about rape and sexual assault. Because they are in the background unconsciously influencing people’s thoughts, the false assumptions may be seen as being true. For example, when we read in the newspaper that a young girl has been raped, perhaps near a nightclub, we often automatically search for a cause other than the real one (that she was raped because a man with the power to do so decided to rape her). Perhaps we proffer the reason for the rape as being tied to the place where she was raped, or the time of the day, or the clothes she was wearing, or the fact that she has wronged the culprit. This way of thinking deflects blame from where it rightly belongs- with the perpetrator of the crime. It is this kind of community disposition and ignorance that detracts from tackling the real cause of sexual assault, without which preventive efforts will be futile. To champion the public enlightenment crusade, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Media occupy a major role in this respect. Many are ignorant of the consequences of their acts and the law states that “ignorance of the law is not an excuse” (see section 22 of the criminal code) which is why they need to be enlightened. These strategies also seek to prevent sexual assault before it occurs by charging individuals and groups who exhibit early signs of violent behavior or being subject to violence to report at the early stage; some reorientation especially for boys to have respect for the opposite sex. There are more factors to sexual assault than just dark places, but to an extent, having light in various lit walk ways will make a great difference. We can curtail this social ill through improvement in our educational sector. No doubt, poverty and ignorance have led to persistent practice in certain parts of Nigeria where children and teenagers, instead of being in the classroom, are used for street hawking of petty wares by their parents or guardians, thus; making them vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse. Child and women trafficking with the helper risk of sexual assault and exploitation would be greatly curtailed if equal opportunity and free formal education is provided for all children. In that regard, the U.B.E. as introduced in Nigeria with the enabling law, has the potential to take children off the streets and at least prevent the poverty usually responsible for non-enrolment in school. The law has mandated that all Nigerian children must be enrolled in schools but the effecting of this law needs a strategic platform. Sexual assault prevention requires a solid foundation and one of the pillars would be addressing the gross inequality against the girl child in the educational system. Naturally, the dividend of democracy is power. Unlike tyrannical, dictatorial or oligarchic politics, democratic politics strives for less domination of power by an elite few, and the greater participation of the people in governing themselves. An equitable distribution of power recognizes that the people are the ultimate repository of power; and the elected and government officials and every organ of government are delegated to operate solely and totally in conformity with the will of the people. Certainly, if elected I will bring equitable distribution of constituency projects without any iota of sentimentality and bias. Good governance follows this pattern but goes a step further towards not just providing such services but also ensuring that the constituents are once in a while in Town Hall meetings to address issues of concern in the constituency while ensuring their active involvement in the polity which is indeed the very essence of democracy. “Dividends of democracy” as it pertains to legislative function entails expression of the opinion of my people, sponsoring bills that will make education accessible and affordable, constituent functions, control over foreign policy, accessible medical care, jobs creation amongst others as it concerns the good and peace -loving people of Anambra East. I will use such a position to attract state projects to my people and find a way to empower my people though vocational studies and skill acquisition programs without relying mostly on the government. Do you think women can perform better if given the opportunity to serve in political positions? It has been established that the development of any country requires the participation of both men and women, which is why, in greetings, they normally cheer ladies and gentlemen. Gender equality in political participation is a fundamental aspect of modern democratic governance. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, told IPS that: “It is not about men against women, but there is evidence to show through research that when you have more women in public decision-making, you get policies that benefit women, children and families in general, unlike when the system is filled with men alone or women alone.” Today’s global problems require leaders that have diverse skill sets and innovation that can only come from diverse ideas and players, gender immaterial. Women bring the skills, different perspectives, structural and cultural difference to drive effective solutions. In short, female leaders change the way global solutions are forged. That’s why it is important to keep pushing forward. Fairness and equality are admirable goals in themselves. And women have consistently proven that they are able to benefit policy in important ways. Having more female leaders in politics is important for another reason: female politicians change the norms about who can lead and what qualities are necessary in leadership. Having women in leadership roles is breaking down cultural and structural barriers, improving leadership around the world and showing everyone what women can achieve. Women’s participation in politics and decision making is not just good politics but also good economics. It is not a favour done to women. What inspired you to venture into politics when you are doing well in business? My thought for joining the political euphoria began in my university days when I contested to represent the school in the House of Representatives, a contest which I lost but learnt greatly from. Just like the saying: great leaders don’t set out to be leaders; they only set out to make a difference. It is apt in describing female politicians like late Dora Nkem Akunyili (OFR), former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) whom I got the whole of my inspiration from. I am also inspired by Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano. Following the antecedents of these great women of substance and learning from them has broadened my knowledge and my intrinsic worth and their virtues as leaders are worthy of emulation for every politician and public office holders in Nigeria, Africa and the entire world. Politics is one of the major areas where you can effect positive change in society. What position are you vying for? Today, I am vying to represent the good and peace-loving people of Anambra East Local Government in Anambra State House of Assembly, a position I have so desired to contest for, to have the leverage of impacting the lives of the old and young in our society. To use the provisions set out for empowering the youths and helping the constituents with pressing social needs as well as sponsoring bills that will create wealth, peace and security of ndi Anambra East. On which party platform are you contesting? I have chosen to contest under the umbrella of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as the fastest growing party in the country, where the Igbo have finally- under the leadership of Governor Chief Dr. Willie Mmaduaburochukwu Obiano- gained common voice to rediscover their lost identities and virtues. Do you think that the current governor of Anambra state has done well? He was tagged ‘’Willie is working,” because of his zeal and enthusiasm in making Anambra State indeed a ‘Light of the Nation’ – and it will be of great essence to reveal how well the Governor has done in some key sectors using his economic blueprint known as “Four Pillars of Development’’ with the (12) twelve enablers. His Excellency identified the core areas to stimulate growth and development in the state. They include Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Trade and Commerce, and Security With the quality of investment the government has attracted so far while having the four pillars as her watch-word, the unemployment problem in the state has drastically reduced. He also maintained the victory of Anambra State over kidnappers, armed robbers, drug-dealers and child-traffickers. The smashed crime syndicates remained subdued throughout the year under review.

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Protest Rocks Owerri over Planned Impeachment of Deputy Governor

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A massive protest by the indigenous people of Owerri zone, Tuesday partially paralyzed social and economic activities in the Imo State capital city.

The people were angry over the planned impeachment of the State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere who is from their area.
The protesters in their numbers blocked the Government House road round-about chanting solidarity songs in support of the embattled Deputy Governor.
Members of the Imo state House of Assembly last week commenced the impeachment process against Madumere following a petition signed by 13 lawmakers.
The protesters are demanding that the lawmakers put a halt to the impeachment process and obey a court order restraining them from further action against the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere.
But sources say, the lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly may be pushing ahead with the impeachment process with an alleged service of the notice on the Deputy Governor despite the latest court order.

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Sule Lamido Tells Adamawa Delegates to Reject Atiku

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The former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido stormed Yola, Adamawa state on Tuesday to canvas for the support of PDP delegates ahead of the party’s primary election.

Sule Lamido who met with the PDP Exco at the State party secretariat in Yola was received by party delegates, and stalwarts.
Lamido took a swipe at former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and other leaders who deserted the PDP during it’s trying times. He told delegates to narrow down to credible aspirants who have shown diehard commitment to the party and not politicians who carpet cross all the time.
He charged the delegates to look away from politicians who are wont to abandoning their party during heated times, saying they don’t deserve the party’s platform to vie for any political office.
Lamido said PDP as a party was vilified, demonized and some of the senior party members who became governors, senators, vice President and even president under the PDP, played to the gallery by ditching the party.
On the posthumous National Honour bestowed on the acclaimed winner of June 12 election, late MKO Abiola, Sule Lamido lambasted President Mohammadu Buhari.
The presidential aspirant said APC has failed to deliver on its campaign promises and cited insecurity and terror killings in the country as reasons to vote out the APC
Lamido said Nigeria has been reduced to a thriving abattoir where killings are now taking place on a daily basis;
He counselled eligible voters in the country to consider their ballots as potent tools of effecting change that will better their lot.

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Fayose makes First Public Appearance

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Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has again drawn the attention of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to the harassment he suffered in the hands of security agencies on the orders of the federal government.

Governor Fayose, who for the first time appeared in public after the July 14 governorship election, made the call in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, when he paid a visit to the Ewi in his palace.
With large crowd cheering him, the governor called on well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to intervene and let him have his rights to freedom and benefits attached to his office.
In his response, Oba Adejugbe appealed to the federal government to restore the governor’s security aides and promised to take the matter to the state council of Oba’s to take appropriate steps.
The monarch also called on security operatives to live above board, by ensuring professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

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Benue Governor Ortom Dumps APC

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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has dumped the political party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor disclosed this on Monday, at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, while swearing in his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.
Explaining the reasons behind his action, the governor said he has been sent out of APC and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
The governor has not, however, announced the party he will be joining, saying only that he is consulting with relevant stakeholders and will soon announce his next move.
“As for party, I have been given a red card and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given a red card and I’m standing outside, I’m a free man,
“So, I don’t know what will happen next; but I’m waiting. If approached, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club,” he said.
The governor, speaking concerning the challenges confronting the state expressed the belief that it will soon come to an end.
“Many people have been wondering that though we dedicated the state to God, we are still facing challenges; but all these challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more.”
Governor Ortom urged his newly appointed special adviser to justify the confidence reposed in him through hardwork and commitment to duty and to imbibe the core values of his administration which include transparency, accountability, justice and equity.

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PDP Rejects Ekiti Governorship Election Results

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC announcing the APC Governorship Candidate, Kayode Fayemi as winner of the Ekiti Governorship Election.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Kola Ologbodiyan described the results as fake and that the figures contradict the ones announced at various polling units and wards across the state.
The Opposition Peoples Democratic Party, also accused INEC and Security Operatives of joining forces to rob the people of Ekiti State of their franchise.
On whether or not the party will challenge the outcome of the election results, the PDP says it will take the next step to reclaim its stolen mandate in the shortest possible time.

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Saraki congratulates Fayemi

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By Ifeanyi Nwoko
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on his victory in the just-concluded Ekiti gubernatorial election.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the Governor-elect of Ekiti State should use his second-coming to continue the people-centered policies and programmes of his first term.
He urged hi to also work to grow the State’s economy in order to leave behind a sustainable legacy.
He said the victory was a sign that the people of Ekiti State still have confidence in the former minister’s ability to provide good governance and render efficient service to the state and its people. He also advised the Governor-elect to maintain his focus on how to bring more development to the State and improve the standard of living of the people.
The Senate President also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the law enforcement and security agencies, the government and entire electorate to learn some lessons from the Ekiti State gubernatorial election, which has served as a fore-runner to the 2019 General Elections and ensure that all areas of complaints and inadequacies are corrected before a similar election in Osun State and the 2019 general elections.
“To ensure that the Nigeria people have continued trust and faith in our electoral system, we must continue to work to improve our electoral policies and practices. We must look into the issues that have been identified in this last election to ensure that they are not repeated in the upcoming Osun Gubernatorial election, and during the 2019 elections. Definitely, the 2019 elections must be better in all ramifications than the 2015 polls”, he said.
Saraki prayed that God will bless and guide the Governor-elect as he prepares to assume Office, and called for a smooth transition between the outgoing government and the incoming one.

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EKITI Governorship Election Results Still Being Collated, Says INEC

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Sorting and counting has commenced

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Massive Turnout As Ekiti Voters Troop To Polling Units

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There was a massive turnout of voters in Ekiti as the accreditation and voting process got underway in Saturday ’s governorship election.
Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) monitoring the election across the three senatorial districts of the state report that many voters had arrived their polling units as early as 6.30 a.m. to wait for election officials.
Across many polling units in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, there was an impressive turnout of enthusiastic voters determined to exercise their civic responsibilities.
At ward 10 Unit 12 a&b, Basiri area of Ado-Ekiti, the Assistant Presiding Officer, Miss Nafisat Jamie, told NAN that though they collected all the election materials as early as 6.00 am, the process could not start due to transportation challenges to the unit.
As at 8.53 am, the names of eligible voters were just being pasted for viewing and confirmation.
An observer from the Transition Monitoring Group, Mrs Tosin Abati, told NAN that the process started late due to the late arrival of INEC officials.
At Ward 10 Unit 9, Okesha area of the state capital, the Assistant Presiding Officer 2, Mr Owoseni Taiwo, addressed the voters, who were already on the queue and opened the ballot box for everyone to see and confirm that it was empty.
Visits to Wards 3, Units 5 and 13 Idemo, and Ward 9 Unit 12 Odo-Ado revealed that accreditation and voting were going on simultaneously with security men on standby.
Dr Mike Omilusi, an observer from the Alliance for Credible Election, commended INEC for its pro-active strategies in terms of voter education and sensitization ahead of the poll.
He also commended INEC on the use of the card readers for the election but advised that more card readers be made available in future elections.
The observer said that the new idea of accreditation and voting simultaneously was commendable, noting that this would ensure quick conclusion of the exercise.
At the St Michael’s School, Ajilosun, opposite Mobil filling station, the turnout was also impressive while the accreditation and voting process was also going on simultaneously.
Speaking with NAN, an observer from the Justice Development and Peace Initiative, Mr Aluko Isiaih, said that, the election started well until when the card reader in one of the wards stopped working for about 45 minutes before it was rectified.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, elections were going smoothly in all the eight units located within the school ’s premises while there was no report of violence.
Efforts to speak with members of the monitoring team from the British High Commission, however, failed as they declined comments.
Mr Wale Adebayo, a member of the team, told NAN that they had no comment to make.
In Isan-Ekiti, where the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, hails from, accreditation and voting commenced across many polling units between 8.03a.m and 8.38.
In Fayemi’s Polling Unit 009 Ward 11, NAN reports that accreditation and voting commenced at about 8:38 a.m. although INEC officials arrived at about 7:26 a.m.
Accreditation and voting began in Polling Units 006 and 007 as well as 005 between 8: 03 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.
At Unit 009, no fewer than 345 names of voters appeared on the pasted registered list.
In Ikere –Ekiti, the hometown of the PDP flagbearer, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, voters trooped out as early as 6.30 a.m. to various polling units.
NAN reports that a huge crowd was sighted at the Ofamofuru Polling Unit 007, Ward 02, of Olusola.
The Presiding Officer of the polling unit, Mr Layeni Segun, had urged the voters to conduct themselves in an orderly manner after displaying the empty ballot box to those gathered.
He equally appealed to the voters to allow the elderly and nursing mothers to cast their votes first.
Other polling units visited such as ‎L.A Pilot Polling Unit,08, Ward 002, Custom Polling Unit,08, Idiyin Polling unit 006, Ward 002 also‎ witnessed a massive crowd of voters.
NAN reports that no fewer than 667,064 eligible voters had collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) out of the 913, 334 registered.
NAN also reports that the electorate would vote in 2,195 polling units spread across 177 wards in the 16 local government areas of Ekiti while 35 candidates are contesting. (NAN)

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