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Saraki tasks new PDP executives to retake power in Kwara

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Saturday charged the new executive members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara to work toward retaking power.

“You should begin to work in earnest to ensure overall victory for the party at the 2023 general elections,” Mr Saraki said at the end of the party’s congress in Ilorin.

“As soon as you leave this venue, work should begin. The peaceful conduct of this congress has confirmed to me that we are indeed ready to take back power in Kwara,” he said.

Former Speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, Mohammed Babatunde, emerged as the party’s chairman, while Umaru Muhammed emerged as deputy chairman, and Tunde Ashaolu retained the position of Publicity Secretary.

Other officers are Bisi Fakayode, Chairman, South Senatorial zone; Baba Jimoh, Chairman, North Senatorial zone; and Haliru Dansoho, as Youth Leader.

Mr Babatunde said, “We will start work from the grassroots and work our walk to the up. “We will use the next local government elections to tell Kwara people that we are back.”

In attendance at the congress were former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi and Abubakar Kanike, former House of Representatives member.

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Police arrest 4 men in Pakistan for challenging Imam for refusing to announce Christian funeral

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Pakistani police on Wednesday have arrested four men charged with blasphemy after they argued with an ‘imam’ over whether a funeral announcement for a Christian neighbour could be made from a mosque.

According to Al Jazeera, a local police official Faryad, disclosed that the case occurred in the village of Khodi Khushal Singh, near the eastern city of Lahore, on November 18. 

“The men have been detained and we have presented them before the court,” he said.

The men, who were Muslim, argued with a local cleric after he refused to make a funeral announcement for a Christian man from his mosque, the initial police report says.

“As soon as they arrived [at the mosque], they started cursing the mosque’s imam, they disrespected the mosque and they insulted Islam,” reads the report.

Reacting to the report, a Pakistani human rights activists and lawyer, Nadeem Anthony, decried the case against the four men as being unfounded.

“If there was a Muslim who in good faith wants to have an announcement such as this made in the community, it’s not an attack on someone’s faith, it’s a good cause,” said the rights activist.

“So if someone announces [a funeral] on a loudspeaker, how is it a religious violation?”

Blasphemy is a sensitive subject in Pakistan, where strict blasphemy laws prescribe a mandatory death penalty for certain forms of the crime.

The four men were charged under sections 295 and 298 of Pakistan’s penal code, which carry penalties of up to two years in prison.

Pakistan has never executed a convict under the blasphemy laws, but accusations of the offence have increasingly led to murder by mobs or individuals. Since 1990, at least 79 people have been killed in such violence, according to an Al Jazeera tally.

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APC dismisses report on mass resignation of ward executives in Gombe

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe on Thursday dismissed the report on the mass resignation of ward executives in Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area of the state.

A report on social media claimed during the week that over 80 percent of ward executives in Yamaltu/Deba LGA had resigned their positions in solidarity with the former governor of the state, Danjuma Goje, who is having a running battle with the state government.

However, the APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Moses Kyari, who addressed journalists at a media briefing in Gombe, described the report as dangerous and malicious.

He said: “This is not true, it is a lie from the pit of hell and as you can see the people concerned have addressed a news conference.

“The people that were allegedly said to have resigned have come to debunk that and to tell the true story of what really transpired.

“Some of the people whose names appear on the list are not even in town; some of them are sick and could not go out. So how did their names appear on the list?

The publicity secretary described the report as the handiwork of enemies of APC in the state, saying a committee would be set up to investigate the source of the story.

READ ALSO: Gombe APC stakeholders adopt consensus for state congress

Kyari added: “We shall take punitive actions by going to court to ensure that the people involved are brought to book.”

The Chairman of APC in Yamaltu/Deba LGA, Alhaji Ali Kure, who was also at the briefing, described the report as fake news.

He said: “That is very bad; we expect all citizens to support the government of Governor Inuwa Yahaya who is driving the state to greater heights.

“Up till this moment that I am addressing you, none of the executives has officially informed me or the party, that he has resigned his position.

“Rather we have sat with all of them and they confirmed that they remain in their respective positions.”

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Don’t vote against the one I will anoint to succeed me in 2023 — El-Rufai begs Kaduna residents

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has begged the people of Kaduna state not to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 so as not to put Nigeria backwards again.

The governor also cursed fellow politicians in state, Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi, who are former Senators of Kaduna South and Kaduna North respectively.

According to Vanguard, El-Rufai said the people should rally round and vote for the person he would anoint as the state governor in 2023, insisting that now was the right time for Kaduna people to trust him and what he would choose for the state.

He disclosed all these at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium’s Gymnasium Hall on Wednesday.

“May Almighty Allah‘s wrath befalls them,” El-Rufai prayed, amidst a thunderous Amen where hundreds of people had gathered for the launching of the New Finance Function in the state.

He alleged that if not for the unruly attitude of Sani and Hunkuyi, development in Kaduna state would have surpassed the feat achieved by his administration which Kaduna people are now celebrating.

He pointed to the just completed ultra-modern Kawo bridge, saying credit should not be given to him alone but also to the lawmakers who assured the project had legislative backing, and also to the people of Kaduna State who supported his administration.

According to him, Sani and Hunkuyi’s action had retarded growth and development in the state, pointing out that come 2023, people should be wary of who they vote to avoid bringing in elements that are enemies of Kaduna state who should be cursed.

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