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Kogi East 2019: Protest in PDP secretariat over imposition, automatic ticket for aspirant

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There was pandemonium in the early hours of Wednesday (Today) as aggrieved stakeholders and party faithful stormed the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja to protest against the alleged directive by the party’s national secretariat that automatic ticket be given to the incumbent senator representing Kogi East senatorial district, Attai Aidoko to return to the Upper chamber.

The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions, including “Kogi East say no to automatic ticket.” No senatorial primary, no PDP in Kogi State. Beware of doom”. “Release the clearance certificate to all our aspirants in Kogi East”. “It is undemocratic, un-civilised, barbaric and a dead end to PDP in Kogi State and Kogi East” and “Imposition of candidate is imposition of death.”

Speaking to newsmen, a party stalwart from Dekina Local Government Area in the zone and chairman of the Kogi PDP Youth Masses Movement, Mr. Ahmed Suleiman, said: “The PDP is not a one-man business. We are giving the party 24 hours to reverse its decision, else we will leave the party. I promise you it will be the end of PDP in Kogi State and Kogi East.

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“We are competent and have a right to question the ongoing attempt by the party leadership to deny us the right to participate and vote for our choice in a fair elective contest.

The protesters further cautioned the party to save itself from being wiped out in the state, adding that the move of the state and national working committees to “sell” the ticket of Kogi East is ill-advised, warning that the action would amount to weakening the PDP to the advantage of its rivals.

“We are appalled by the decision to grant automatic ticket to an individual in Kogi East to placate him above the collective wish and general good of a greater number of politically conscious Kogi East, thereby limiting the pool of competent candidates available, from which the party can select its flag bearers in the forthcoming elections.”

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Suleiman, who described the situation as dangerous, recalled that imposition of candidate, lack of open space and impunity railroaded PDP into the implosion from which she is yet to recover.

“It would appear that our party has not veered away from that ignoble course and allow popular political reasoning of free and fair democratic practices prevail.

They demanded that the party leave the political playing field open and level for all qualified aspirants in Kogi State. “This is the only way the party can pick its best candidates for the general elections against the ruling party that is gathering momentum as the elections approaches.”

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Why I resigned As Kaduna Assembly Speaker-Hon. Aminu Shagali Explains

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Aminu Shagali

There might be an explanation to why former Kaduna State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali resigned.

According to reports, Shagali resigned following moves by some members of the house to impeach him.

Hon. Shagali who represents Sabon-Gari Constituency in the Assembly tendered his resignation before the commencement of the plenary on Tuesday, February 24.

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Following Hon. Shagali’s resignation, the house immediately elected Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani as the new Speaker, while Mukhatar Isa Hazo was elected as a new Deputy Speaker of the house.

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Meet The Man Behind Bill For Boko Haram Reintegration Agency

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Ibrahim Gaidam

In recent times, there have been calls for the reintegration of repentant members of Boko Haram.

The calls got more weight recently with Yobe-born Senator Ibrahim Gaidam sponsoring a “Bill for an Act to establish a National Agency for the education, de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant insurgents”.

According to the lawmaker, the bill was sponsored to help repentant insurgents re-enter mainstream politics, religion, and society.

In a recent write-up, Gaidam explained his reason for sponsoring the bill:

 

“Bill for an Act to establish a National Agency for the education, de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant insurgents would promote reconciliation and national unity.

“The agency when established will provide an avenue for rehabilitating, de-radicalizing, and reintegrating the defectors, repentant and forcefully conscripted members of the insurgent group Boko Haram to make them useful members of the society.

“Provide an avenue for reconciliation and promote national security.

“Provide an-open-door and encouragement for other members of the group who are still engaged in the insurgency to abandon the group, especially in the face of the military pressure.

“Allow the government to derive insider-information about the insurgency group for greater understanding of the group and its inner workings.

“Gaining a greater understanding of the insurgents will enable the government to study the needs of de-radicalization effort, improve the process and address the immediate concerns of violence.

“Enable Government to use the defectors to fight the unrepentant insurgents.

“Help disintegrate the violent and poisonous ideology that the group spreads as the program will allow some repentant defectors or suspect terrorists to express remorse over their actions repent and recant their violent doctrine and in the long run, re-enter mainstream politics, religion and society.

“If defectors told their stories and were made more public, their experiences would play a key role in countering Terrorist propaganda, which in turn would lessen the appeal of joining the group.”

 

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The Senator representing Yobe East further stated that establishment of the agency will help the Federal Government cut the cost of incarceration, render extremist movements obsolete by undermining the foundations upon which the movements were built and also make repentant terrorists become useful members of the society.

 

He added:

 

“In view of the fact that the Boko Haram insurgency is becoming increasingly aggressive since its inception in 2009, marked by extreme brutality and explicit targeting of civilians…it has become necessary for us to go back to the drawing board and adopt an alternative approach, in addition to the military option which has so far performed significantly well.

“There is no doubt that many members of the insurgents’ group have defected and many more are willing to repent given a window of opportunity and this is confirmed by many organizations including NGO’s that have unalloyed access to the Boko Haram.

“There is the need for a more strategic and comprehensive approach to entice those members of the group who, after realizing the futility of the course they are pursuing have eventually decided to voluntarily lay down their arms and chose the path of peace.

“Hence, the need for the establishment of the National Agency for the Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and reintegration of repentant insurgents to accommodate the defectors.

“The agency when established shall be charged with the responsibility of the planning, designing and organizing specialized programs aimed at deradicalizing, rehabilitating and reintegrating defectors and repentant insurgents.

“Those who have become weary of the perpetual violence and have voluntarily laid down their arms and defected from the group will be accepted and rehabilitated using various tools of deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration.

“In contrast, those captured active in the battlefields will be required to, in addition to the psychological therapy, participate in the criminal justice process.

“In dealing with the insurgency, Nigerian Government needs to introduce both preventive and corrective measures in addressing violent extremism.”

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Peterside Commiserates With Amaechi Over Demise of Iwelu

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***Describes the late CSO as an embodiment of Loyalty

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has commiserated with the Minister of Transport, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi over the demise of his Chief Security Officer (CSO), Tony Iwelu.

Expressing shock and sadness over the sudden death of Iwelu, Peterside described him as a “diligent, hard-working and humble” personality who performed his responsibilities with a sense of devotion.

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“I have known the late Tony Iwelu for twenty solid years; his loyalty and devotion to duty are exemplary. I am sure his family, the family of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi, friends, the State Security Service will miss him dearly for all he represents. My own family is heartbroken.

“He is such an amiable fellow who went about his duties in a professional manner and respected people around his boss,” he stated.

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The former Rivers Works Commissioner condoled with Amaechi and the staff of Federal Ministry of Transport over the loss of Iwelu at the height of his career.

“On behalf of the board, management and staff of NIMASA, my heartfelt condolence also goes to his family at this trying time and pray God to grant them the perseverance and fortitude to bear the loss,” he summed up.

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