Saturday, May 8, 2021

"I Remain An APC Member," Ekene Adams Clears The Air, Tells His Supporters To Sheathe Their Swords

Philanthropist, Politician and business Mogul, Hon. Ekene Adams in a press conference on Friday stated that he remains a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, despite being disqualified from contesting the party's primary election. He urged his supporters who threatened to set ablaze their APC membership cards to sheathe their swords, stating that he has embraced the outcome of the aptitude test in good fate. He commeded the Governor of Kaduna State, mallam Nasir El-Rufai for setting the pace, adding that the aptitude test conducted for aspirants is a welcomed development. 
Addressing Newsmen, he said, "I remain an APC member despite being disqualified. I told my supporters to remain in APC and to vote for the candidate of their choice, we'll support whoever emerge victorious. I'm in support of the Governor's policies, the aptitude test is one of them. The Governor has good intentions that was why things happened this way. What he wants is the best for the state, so i can't dispute it just because it did not favour me. The state Government sacked more than 20 thousand Local Government workers for not upgrading their educational status, so adopting me with a secondary school certificate would have gone against the standard the governor is trying to set. So for me, it's a wake up call. Instead of fighting the outcome of the aptitude test, I'll take it as a challenge and upgrade my educational status. I don't do anti party, that is why I'm still in APC, I'll try my best to see that the party emerge victorious in the forthcoming Local Government Election. I take the outcome of the aptitude test in good fare, and i urge my supporters to do the same."
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Wike Mocks El'Rufai, Says Kaduna Suffering From Evils El-Rufai Once Wished Rivers

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has mocked his Kaduna counterpart, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, saying the insecurity in the latter’s state was a payback of the crisis he once plotted against Rivers.
The Governor spoke on Friday when Vice-President of Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Rotarian Obiageli Ejezie, led other leaders of the association to the Government House, Port Harcourt.
A statement signed by Wike’s Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the delegation was in Government House to confer on the Governor the “2019/2020 Good Governance Award” for his outstanding achievements in project execution in Rivers.
While accusing the Federal Government of instigating security crises in Rivers, Wike said Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by El-Rufai, visited the Presidency to demand the withdrawal of a Commissioner of Police from Rivers.

He said: “Now, in order to cause crisis in our state, they brought the CP they wanted. At the end of the day, God did not allow them to have their way.
“But see what is happening in his state now. When you are plotting evil against somebody, evil will visit you. And that is the problems Governor El-Rufai is facing today in Kaduna State.
“I remember when I came in 2015, when they were honouring one of their friends as a Minister on live television Channels, El-Rufai had the temerity to say that (my) election cannot stand in Rivers state and that they will kick me out.”
Wike accused the Federal Government controlled by the APC of dragging Nigeria fifty years backwards following its abysmal performance.
The Governor maintained that the APC mismanaged the opportunity Nigerians gave them to make a difference and deserve to be voted out in 2023.
The Governor told the delegation in 2015, APC convinced Nigerians they were going to offer better governance than the former President Goodluck Jonathan.
But he said: “There can’t be good governance without security and this is based on rule of law. All of us are living witnesses in 2015 when it was alleged that the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, could not perform. So Nigeria needed a change. What has happened to the change? They have taken Nigeria back by 50 years.”
Wike wondered how long the Federal government would allow the needless killings and abduction of innocent Nigerians to continue.
He said it was no longer acceptable for Nigerians to wake up daily to such ugly news of killings because they expected the government to guarantee security.

He said: “Now, you wake up every morning, students are being kidnapped in so and so State University, people have been killed in so and so State. So, it has become a norm.
“Just wake up in the morning and the first thing you will see on the front page of dailies is 10 people have been kidnapped in Niger State; 20 have been killed in Zamfara State, 5 have been killed in Imo and this happens virtually every day. So, where are we heading to?”

The Rivers Governor said his administration was doing everything possible to secure life and property of all residents in the state.
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Friday, May 7, 2021

Fulani will always revenge injustice, says El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State says the Fulani tribe will always take revenge whenever they suffer injustice.
He, however, said they accept their fate whenever they are convicted of a crime.
El-Rufai said this on Thursday during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group.
The governor was asked to clarify his tweet in 2012 wherein he said, “Anyone, soldier or not, that kills the Fulani, takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.”
El-Rufai had been asked why he made the comment and if the Igbo would be justified to take revenge on other Nigerians that killed them during the Biafran war.
In his response, the governor said, “If a Fulani man dies in war, it is different. If a Fulani man is arrested by the authorities and convicted, it is not an issue. What the Fulani never forgets is when he is innocently targeted and killed and the authorities do nothing. He will never forget and he will come back for revenge. This is it.
“So, it is better to understand the context given the context of what I tweeted which had to do with an issue in Plateau State in 2012. I hope you get the context. So, it is not that Fulani will never forget. Anyone that goes through pain and sorrow either forgets or doesn’t forget but when it is extrajudicial, when it is extra-official, the attitude is completely different.
“This is the context in which Fulani never forgets. It is not in every context. As I said, I lost relations during the war. It doesn’t mean I still hold a grudge. We’ve moved past that.”
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What Obasanjo And I Discovered While Trying To Rescue Kidnapped Kaduna Students —Sheikh Gumi

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said the spate of banditry in the country only points to the fact that the fight is between bandits and the Nigeria government.
The cleric also revealed that the former President Olusegun Obasanjo contributed immensely to the release of the 27 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State.
Gumi disclosed that he and Obasanjo stood as negotiators in ensuring that the abductors released the students.
He said this when the parents of the affected students paid him an appreciative visit on Thursday.
Bandits had abducted the students from the school premises on March 11, 2021 from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna and were released on Wednesday after 56 days in captivity. 
Addressing journalists in his residence during the visit, Gumi insisted that the fight was between the bandits and the government.
Gumi said: “The role myself and former President Olusegun Obasanjo played in the release of the 27 Afaka students is the role of mediators because the fight is not between us and them but between the bandits and the government.
“What we understand is that these people are trying to attack the government by attacking government institutions and taking innocent children. 
“Having understood that, we came to the conclusion that this is not a hopeless situation and that we can really go in and negotiate for the release of these children, which we did after so many ups and downs.”
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ekene Adams Thanks Supporters,Takes A Break From Active Politics

Politician, Philanthropist and business Mogul, Hon. Ekene Adams had in a social media post stated that he will be taking a break from active Politics, after his name came out among those not suitable to contest the forthcoming APC primary election. 
Ekene, who is known for helping the less privileged, said he takes the outcome of the test in good faith, while thanking his supporters for their support. 

"I take it in good faith. My new name is Mr not suitable by men and my party APC, but suitable by God almighty. I appreciate everyone of you for your love and support. I will be taking a break from the Political activities and system for now," he wrote.
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Local Government Elections: Yam Market Association, Endorses Monday Tela

A group, Yam Market Association For APC, has formally endorsed Hon. Monday Tela, for Chikun Local Government Chairmanship race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
Speaking through their spokesperson, Mr. Mathias Bition, the association stressed that they are convinced by the humility, generousity and compassionate attributes of Hon. John Tela which is the reason they unanimously endorsed him.
"We decided to endorse Hon. Monday Tela because of his kindness, humility and generousity. If you know Monday Tela, you'll know that he is a very good man. Those who doubt us can visit Sabon Sarki and ask ten people of him, they will all have one good thing or the other to say about him. After going through his manifesto, we decided to go with him. We believe he is someone that'll carry everyone along, especially the Kabilus who have been denied a lot of privileges in Chikun Local Government. The days of party politics is over, what matters is the candidate. We'll come out in Mass to make sure that he emerge the winner of the forthcoming primary election. 
Mrs Boniface Garba, who represented Hon. Monday Tela, thanked members of the association for their support. She assured them that if emerged victorious, he will listen to their plights. She advised them to do away with party Politics, stressing that the days of voting undeserving personalities under the umbrella of Political parties are over. 
"I'm here on his behalf and even after he wins, you can always reach him through me. Feel free to visit my residence to lay your complaints, our doors would always be open," she said.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

JUST IN: Bandits Release 27 Kaduna Forestry College Students

The 27 students abducted by bandits from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, have been released.
One of the persons who received the students said the release was facilitated by the Sheikh Ahmad Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The students were among the 37 abducted almost two months ago.
After payment of ransom by parents and school management, the bandits only released 10 of the victims.
Their abductors had initially demanded a N500 million ransom from the Kaduna State Government but Governor Nasir El-Rufai ruled out the option of negotiation, saying bandits deserve to be killed.
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