Kogi APC Primaries: Late Audu’s Son, Ohiare Dump Smart Adeyemi, Declare support For #Ododo—–Audu withdraws suit against APC, candidate
Prince Shaibu Abubakar Audu, one of the aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in the direct primary election held in Kogi State on April 14, 2023, has withdrawn the lawsuit he instituted against the party and the winner of the primary, Usman Ododo.
Audu, son of late former Governor Abubakar Audu, said his decision to withdraw the case was in the interest of the party.
He spoke on Tuesday when he visited Governor Yahaya Bello in Abuja.
He said this just as the immediate past Executive Director of the Rural Electrification Agency and Governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, Sanusi Ohiare, also declared “unalloyed support” for Ododo on Tuesday.
The duo had initially protested the outcome of the primaries along with Senator Smart Adeyemi, but with their full support for the candidate currently, they might have indicated that Adeyemi is on his own.
Audu pledged his support for the success of Ododo, the party’s candidate, in the forthcoming elections, saying that his supporters would also work for his victory.
He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his ingenuity and leadership in galvanising the party structure for unprecedented success in Kogi State and assured the governor that their collective efforts would guarantee Ododo’s victory.
Governor Bello, in turn, commended Shaibu Audu for his sportsmanship and emphasized that the APC in Kogi State had always been united, which had been the reason for the party’s electoral success in the state.
He added that his administration had gained the trust of Kogi residents, adding that there would be no need to switch allegiance.
The Governor urged Shaibu and other former aspirants to come together with the party’s leadership and support its candidate for a successful outcome in the next elections.
During his brief remarks, the APC gubernatorial candidate, Ododo Ahmed Usman, expressed his confidence in the party’s unity.
He acknowledged the solid foundation laid by the current administration, which was built on unity across ethnic and religious lines, while assuring that his administration, when elected, would be all-inclusive.
The immediate past Executive Director of the Rural Electrification Agency and Governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Sanusi Ohiare, declared his “unalloyed support” for the Governorship candidate when Ododo paid a consultative visit to his father, Sen. Mohammed Ohiare in Abuja on Tuesday.
“For us, politics is not a do or die affair. Alh. Ododo has won the primary and I will give him my full support. My dad was one of the founding fathers of the APC, we won’t do anything to jeopardize the chances of our own party,” Ohiare said.
On his part, Senator Mohammed Ohiare assured the candidate of his support in the November 11 Governorship Poll, calling on all members of the party to give Ododo the needed support to emerge victorious.
Killing of APC supporter: Police accuse Kogi SDP candidate, Yakubu, of undermining security efforts
Killing of APC supporter: Police accuse Kogi SDP candidate, Yakubu, of undermining security efforts
.Say he moves around with suspected thugs, engages in ‘political brigandage’
. Direct DCP, CID, SCID to investigate parties’ accusations and counter-accusations
The Kogi State Police Command says it has begun investigations into the circumstances that led to the killing of a supporter of the All Progressives Congress in Kotonkarfe, Kogi LGA of Kogi State on Saturday.
The Police, in a statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi State, SP William Ovye Aya, for the Commissioner of Police, said the Command received a report where some persons were said to have been killed and injured in the process through political violence.
While assuring the people of the state that no stone would be left unturned to secure lives and property, the CP condemned, in strong terms, acts by some politicians whose stock-in-trade was violence and who had taken it upon themselves to cause mayhem and heat up the state through “their unguarded utterances and unregulated activities”.
He specifically accused the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the state, Muritala Yakubu, of conducts that had allegedly continued to jeopardize security efforts in the state, saying that the SDP candidate “moves around with a retinue of suspected political thugs armed to the teeth.”
“His riding rough-shod and engaging in political brinkmanship and brigandage is an ill-wind that blows no one any good,” the Police said in the statement.
According to the CP, while other parties have been carrying the Police along in their activities, “the SDP Candidate has consistently and vehemently refused to honour any of Police invitations for investigation, or inform the Commissioner of Police nor the Command while embarking on political rallies.”
The statement said the CP had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, to commence a thorough, diligent and wholistic investigation of all acts of political violence, accusations and counter-accusations on all the Political Parties and Actors with a view to bringing offenders to book.
The statement reads in full: “The Kogi State Police Command received a report of alleged attack on the SDP Campaign at Koton-Karfe where some persons were said to have been injured in the process through political violence.
“The CP Kogi State Command CP Bethrand C.Onuoha psc(+) wishes to sympathize with all victims of political violence in the State while condemning in strong terms some Politicians whose stock-in-trade is violence and who have taken it upon themselves to cause mayhem and heat up the State through their unguarded utterances and unregulated activities.
“The CP further directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department, SCID to commence a thorough, diligent and wholistic investigation of all acts of political violence, accusations and counter-accusations on all the Political Parties and Actors with a view to bringing all offenders to book.
“The CP assures of the Command’s unwavering commitment to the protection of all lives and property in the State.
“He further stated that these instances of violence are attributed to the failure of most of the political actors to honour invitations and partake in series of Stakeholders Parleys/Interactions where issues bordering on security and the need to conduct political activities as enshrined in The Electoral Act are discussed.
“While Chairmen and Candidates of the other Political Parties have continued to honour Police Invitations to discuss petitions and or allegations with the Police, and other salient issues germane to peaceful campaigns, and that of the INTER-AGENCY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ON ELECTION SECURITY (ICCES), be it emphasised here that several invitations (have been) extended to the SDP and ADC Candidates for interaction and consultation with the Police to shed light, provide explanations and give their own side of the story on Petitions written against them but to no avail.
“While these other Parties have been carrying the Police along in their activities, the SDP Candidate has consistently and vehemently refused to honour any of Police invitations for investigation, or inform the Commissioner of Police nor the Command while embarking on political rallies to enable the Police provide adequate security coverage.
“His refusal to deal with the Police is undermining peace in the State, has been impeding efforts to stream-line and regulate political activities which in turn has greatly contributed to the pockets of political violence being witnessed in the State presently.
“His riding rough-shod and engaging in political brinkmanship and brigandage is an ill-wind that blows no one any good.
“For instance on the complaint of Breach of Security Against The Executive Governor of Kogi State at Banda on 3rd June, 2023, the SDP Candidate, Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, has consistently refused to honour Police several invitations to give his own side of the story!
“Again, since he applied for Police Security, he was invited to come but till date, he refused to show up. He moves around with a retinue of suspected political thugs armed to the teeth. Consequently, the above facts and scenario, coupled with his recalcitrance and obduracy have continued to jeopardize Police Investigation and maintenance of law and order in the State.
“The CP uses this medium to sternly warn all the Political Parties in the State and their supporters to play by the Rules and stop heating up the State, desist from all forms of violence as anyone caught disrupting the prevailing peaceful environment in the State will be made to face the full wrath of the Law.
“He appealed to the Political Actors to give peace a chance by conducting themselves in peaceful manner and shunning all acts capable of truncating the peace, tranquility and unity of Kogi State.
“To this end, the CP therefore, for the last time, warns would-be trouble-makers to have a change of heart and desist from acts of intolerance as the Police is ever determined to deal decisively with anyone who will not give peace a chance in the State.”
SP William Ovye Aya,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For: Commissioner of Police,
Kogi State Police Command
Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Tinubu Hails NAOWA, Pledges To Enhance Status of Women
Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Tinubu Hails NAOWA, Pledges To Enhance Status of Women—Wife of the President, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, has promised to promote endeavors that would project and enhance the status of women in Nigeria.
The First Lady, who was represented by Prof. Nora Daduut, made the pledged at the public presentation of a book titled “Strengthening the NAOWA Narrative”, on Saturday in Abuja.
The book was authored by Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, the President of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya.
Tinubu commended Mrs Yahaya for her resilience and wisdom in writing the book, saying it was another giant step in chronicling events of army officers’ wives.
She expressed delight that the work came from the women folk, saying it had increased the need for women to continue to document their journey, experiences and accomplishments.
According to her, the well researched book came at a time when a lot of people had almost lost interest in writing and paying attention to history.
“You have not just added to the body of knowledge in Nigeria, you have renewed our interest in writing and documentation.
“It is my own opinion that this will go a long way in enriching the lives of not only members of NAOWA, but lives of our young ones who will appreciate this piece of work as a good resource in shaping their decisions and choices that they make.
“I congratulate you, Mrs Salamatu Yahaya and your association.
“It is my prayer that you will continue to grow in strength, in wisdom and vision to the glory of our dear country.
“I want to assure you that my office would not relent in promoting endeavors that will project and enhance the status of women in Nigeria,” she said.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, commended his wife for putting the idea together while at the same time providing support for him in discharging his duties.
Yahaya said the activities of NAOWA were centered in human capital development, especially women, youth, children and venerable persons and groups in barracks and the larger society.
He said the book was also centered on NAOWA as an organisation gleaming from the past experiences with some practical aspect of leadership.
According to him, it highlights the experiences garnered by the writer as she rose to the various stages and levels of NOWA from unit to brigade to division level, and now leadership position as the president.
Yahaya said leadership was always a challenging task, especially in NAOWA that was also made-up of diverse mix of people with different backgrounds, competencies and experiences.
“I therefore commend the author for successful leadership of the association so far and also for putting her thoughts to paper, which could serve as a guide to many including upcoming members.
“I believe the book is an interesting read as it gives insights into the association, its focus, aims and objectives.
“Furthermore, the principle of successful leadership, as well as many other lesson highlighted in the book, would help propel the minds of leaders towards optimal performance and achievements of leadership goals on the whole,” he said.
The author of the book, Mrs Yahaya said she wrote the book to appreciate the efforts of past leaders of NAOWA, inspire the present members and lay an enduring foundation for the future leaders.
She said the desire to impart lives especially the youth was another motivating factor that encouraged her to pen down her thoughts.
According to her, reading is a must have skill for effective leadership, adding that the book was aimed at boosting reading culture.
“The desire to write this book started when I attended a workshop comprising of participants from all military officers wives associations and in the course of the workshop, we were asked during an icebreaker exercise to mention our heroes and role models.
“Surprisingly, all of us, including myself here, were calling names such as Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Margaret Thatcher, and the rest of them.
“None of us mentioned any of the founding mothers of our various associations.
“That incident opened my eyes to the fact that the many heroic achievements and legacies of our founding mothers are not appreciated by many of us and therefore they have remained unsong heroines.
“Therefore, the book “Strengthening the NAOWA Narratives” is an attempt to recognise and celebrate NAOWA heroines who have made giant strides in the advancement of human capital and structural developments,” she said.
The Book Reviewer, Prof. Asabe Usman of Uthman Danfodio University Sokoto, described the book as a master piece and must read for all.
Usman said the book was written in simple language in spite of the author’s literary prowess with a view to communicate understanding to the readers.
She said the book was also borne out of the selfless nature of the author, adding that it was her desire to leave a legacy as a guide for her successor.
She said the pieces of advice packed in the book would be useful for both NAOWA and non-NAOWA members.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the book presentation had in attendance a number of prominent members of the society from government, business and military circles.
The Chief Launcher was the Alhaji Samad Rabiu while the former first lady and founder of NOAWA, Mrs Maryam Abacha, representative of States governors, past army chiefs and past presidents of NAOWA were in attendance.
Also, the Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs as well as top serving and retired military officers graced the occasion.
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