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Former minister reacts to Zamfara APC crisis

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The former Minister of State for Information, Hon. Ikra Bilbis has reacted to last week’s All Progressives Congress (APC) parallel Congress, saying it was an unfortunate situation for the party in Zamfara State.

The former minister, in a press statement he personally signed, said the situation requires the intervention of critical stakeholders and leaders of the APC otherwise all the years of toil and sacrifice made to build the party will be in vain.

“I say this with all sense of responsibility given my deep knowledge of how the party birthed at the national level and became accepted by the people of Zamfara and sufficiently aware of those whose contributions have strengthened and fortified the party to the level that it does not lose a single seat in all elections in the state.

“But events in the recent past have called for a review of how the affairs of the party are being conducted in Zamfara leading to strife, disorder and formation of factions which culminated in a purported ward congress of the APC in the state.

“It is however instructive that after the purported ward congress, one of the leading members of the party, Senator Kabiru Marafa has come out to challenge the legality of the exercise describing it as ‘’dead on arrival’’.

“Senator Marafa drew his conclusions based on the fact that the rules guiding the conduct of congresses were not adhered to.

“As he pointed out, the APC by holding the ward congress in Zamfara, is in material breach of key provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the APC Constitution.

“This is because Section 85 of the Electoral Act made it mandatory that INEC must be given a notice of 21 days before holding a congress, a process which was not adhered to by the APC in the case of Zamfara.

“The flouting of the laws portends grave danger for the APC as any process emanating from that can be challenged in court and the APC will be the loser again if that should happen.

“Even more frightening is the legality of holding a congress in defiance to a court order suspending all activities of the party at levels in the state.

“It is well known that some members of the APC in Zamfara are in court challenging the dissolution of the executive committee of the party in the state and the court while hearing the case, has suspended all activities of the party in at all levels in the state pending the determination of the case.

“But without waiting for the determination of the case, the APC called for a congress which processes started last Saturday with only the faction led by Governor Bello Matawalle and a few others participating.

“The faction led by the former Governor AbdulAziz Yari, has refused to take part in the exercise in deference to the court order restraining the party from holding any activity in the state pending the determination of the case before it.

“Though the Marafa led faction participated in the congress, it is also not in agreement with the conduct and has called for a halt to the processes and is even threatening to challenge it in court if the process continues.

“But the Matawalle faction, enabled by the chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee of the party, Mai Mala Buni is carrying on with impunity.

“This, however, is most unfortunate as the national leadership of the party should be seen to be on the side of law and order rather than on a divisive and chaotic cause that will not augur well for the party,” he said.

“It is clear that some forces are ganging up to use the instrument of the party to pursue their selfish aims and to go at certain leaders of the party in Zamfara whom they perceive as threats to their ambitions.

“In Abuja, there are those who want to get at former Governor Abdulaziz Yari, simply because of the overwhelming clamour by well-meaning leaders and members of the APC nationwide for him to contest the national chairmanship of the APC, while in Zamfara, there are those who realising they are not popular with the people, want to create chaos in the state so that they can use the resultant mayhem to perpetrate an electoral fraud that will return them to the office”

“It is these two combined forces that are responsible for the seeming commotion in the Zamfara State chapter of the APC.

“But unlike those who joined the APC only recently, former Governor Yari has been a foundational leader and the major force for the growth of the APC both at the national level and in Zamfara State.

“As the then chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Yari’s leadership inspired the confidence of many of his colleagues to see hope in the formation of the party.

“As governor, he was able to win the hearts of the people of Zamfara with his populist programmes and resolve to transform the state for the better.

“His grassroots reach and passion for human capital development has remained unassailable in the history of Zamfara and that is why the people of the state love him and have absolute confidence in his leadership and do not hesitate to align with his political choice.

“He is unlike some of the current political leaders in Zamfara and other states, who hardly stay in their respective states but are either in Abuja pursuing their political interests ahead 2023 or globetrotting in search of elusive investors.

“Like their colleague in Zamfara, some of the governors behind the APC crisis in Zamfara have left the affairs of their states unattended to and are not doing enough to better a lot of the people in their states.

“Clearly, Governor Matawalle has not been acting in ways that suggest he has the interest of the APC at heart that some of us are even suspecting he was brought to the party to destroy it.

“It was in order to pave the way for him that the duly elected exco of the party in the state was dissolved which has brought further litigation and division to the party.

“The Governor hardly calls nor attends to party functions while he is always travelling out of the country in the guise of looking for investors.

“These have led to the suspicion that the Governor is deliberately inflicting pains on the people as a way of getting back at them for rejecting him at the polls when he contested for governor in 2019 on the platform of the PDP.

“Leaders of the APC must therefore listen to what Senator Marafa is saying and call Mai Mala Buni to order before he uses Matawalle to completely destroy the APC in Zamfara State.

“The party can do this by constituting a board of trustees which can run the affairs of the party since Mai Mala Buni is showing that he is incapable of being just and objective to all members.

“Or it can allow the other members of the National Working Committee of the party to take charge till a substantive national chairman is elected.

“Mai Mala Buni needs to be excused from the acting national chairman position so he can go and look after Yobe State which is his constitutionally assigned responsibility since the task of combining governance and running the APC appears too much for him.

“While his other colleague governors, who are behind the crisis in the Zamfara APC, must be reminded in clear terms, that their constitutional responsibilities is to their respective states and their people; hence should go back and serve their people instead of meddling in the affairs of the party at the national level which is out of their basic functions as governors.”

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Popular music executive and Mavin Record owner, Don Jazzy has reacted to rumors that he is gay.

Reports circulating online by blogs had it that some celebrities are gay, seeking that they come out publicly and stop deceiving young girls.

Don Jazzy was among the celebrities that was called out in the report.

Reacting to the rumors on his Instagram page, Don Jazzy promised to come out following the accusation.

On his Instagram page, he wrote: “So I hear I’m gay all the time anyways click link in my bio to subscribe because I’m going to be coming out there.”

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We are suffering, hungry, we need our November salary – Policemen

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Some policemen from different formations and commands across the country have raised the alarm over the non-payment of their November salaries.

They made this disclosure when they spoke with DAILY POST on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

The officers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, insisted the non-payment of their November salary has compounded their suffering.

The officers, who said that they are hungry, said that other security agents have been paid their November salaries.

The officers noted several attempts to get their salary up till Wednesday have proved to be abortive.

They explained that the police authority in a signal do not state when their salaries would be paid.

One of the officers said, “Help us shout it loud and clear, no November salary for police, the signal above indicated like that.

“All others security agents have been paid. What is our offense, is it a curse to be in Nigeria police?”

Another officer said that anyone who reveal his or her identity would be accused of leaking official secret.

“Economic crunch has crushed most of us due to irrational cost of living, an hungry man is an hangry.

“Police is seriously hunting any one that air his views, they say you are leaking official secret, they want you to remain zombie, suffering and smelling, please cover the identity”.

Another police officer in his own submission said, “It is lame excuses, police can not bare the brunt, is not our fault it is leadership failures, for Christ sake all others security agents have been paid since last week, today is 8/12, how do they want us to survive when we are not doing other jobs or to go and commit crimes.”

But, the police authority in a signal issued by Force Headquarters in Abuja and obtained by DAILY POST on Wednesday, noted that the delay was due to delay in processing of funds from the federal ministry of finance.

The signal addressed to various commands and formations reads, “Information received from IPPIS unit of OAGF indicates delay in processing of funds from federal ministry of finance for payment of November 2021 salaries which that there will be delay in payment of November 2021 salary.”

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Simba TVS launches next generation tricycle

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Simba TVS, Nigeria’s leading tricycle company has launched the brand new TVS King Deluxe+ tricycle, with revolutionary iTouch technology. Aimed at creating an easier, safer and more comfortable riding experience, the innovative new starting system of the vehicle is a product of extensive research and development by TVS Motor Company – one of the world’s largest two- and three-wheeler companies.

At a glittering event held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, the Simba Group launched the TVS King Deluxe+ with iTouch, which contains several upgraded features and enhancements over existing models, with the revolutionary new starting system forming the cornerstone of this next generation vehicle.

This iTouch feature assures a one-touch noiseless start and is made possible as a result of a new starting system that completely eliminates the starter motor. This not only reduces the frequency of wear on parts, but also reduces fuel consumption resulting in significantly reduced operating costs of the vehicle. The rider also enjoys a starting mechanism that is more convenient and comfortable, and an enhanced riding experience overall as a result.

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Speaking at the event, Mr Mahendra Pratap, Business Head at Simba TVS said, “We are extremely happy to launch the TVS King Deluxe+ iTouch in Nigeria today. As the first and only tricycle manufacturer worldwide to have this patented and revolutionary technology we are very excited about the benefits that will be experienced by our riders, our fleet owners and our mechanic community. Once again, Simba TVS has driven the agenda in terms of innovation in this market, and we remain committed to not only bringing the best technology and products to Nigeria, but continuing to invest in the spares network and after-sales service, which has become the hallmark of our success over the last twenty years in this industry.”

This is another feather in the cap for Simba TVS who earlier this year won the “Tricycle of the Year Award” in addition to various other awards for manufacturing excellence, service and also commendation for their contribution to socio-economic improvement of Nigeria.

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