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MASSOB urges Uba to accept outcome of Anambra election

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The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Tuesday counselled the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Anambra, Andy Uba, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Valentine Ozigbo, against challenging the outcome of the November 6 election won by Prof. Charles Soludo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

In a statement made available to Ripples Nigeria on Tuesday and signed by its National Director of Information, Edeson Samuel, MASSOB said Soludo’s success in the election was a victory for the Anambra people and Biafrans in general.

He group added that any attempt by the defeated candidates to challenge the outcome on court would take the state back to the dark days.

MASSOB urged Ubah, Ozigbo and other aggrieved parties to join hands with the governor-elect to empower the youths and reduce unemployment in the state.

Uba had in a statement a few days ago rejected the outcome of the election.

He alleged that the exercise was marred by irregularities.

However, Ozigbo and the Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, had accepted the outcome of the election and congratulated Soludo on his success in the exercise.

The statement read: “Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, congratulates Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the Anambra State Governor-elect for his victory at the just concluded poll.

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“We commend the people and other residents of Anambra State for adhering to our directives that the election will hold without dangers of fear or threat of lives; they defied all threats by coming out to vote.

“MASSOB wishes to thank all our members in Anambra State who participated in the election. We also commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for heeding to our encouragement and directives in conducting the governorship election in Anambra state.

“MASSOB has maintained that any projects or programs that will benefit Ndigbo and Biafra people, we will always give our support in order to achieve that project.

“MASSOB wishes to advise other contestants who lost in the Anambra State governorship election to think twice before approaching the court for litigations. They should know that their lawyers will always give them hopes of winning their cases through the courts because of their personal and monetary interests.

“MASSOB advises the political gladiators that contested in the just concluded poll in Anambra State to empower and establish the unemployed youths of their town instead of wasting their money on court cases.”

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Taraba APC threatens to burn brooms, collapse party structure for another party over disappointment in Buhari

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The crisis rocking the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have taken a nosedive as some critical stakeholders of the party are threatening to collapse the entire party structure into another political party, following what they called negligence of the chapter of the party by the national leadership.

A stakeholder who spoke to The SUN on Sunday , said that the party has done very well in ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari gets overwhelming support in the state since 2015 but was disappointed that the President has never reciprocated the gesture to the party.

He said that the failure of the President to appoint another Minister for Taraba several months after he dropped the then Minister of Power Saleh Mamman has shown clearly that the President may not have the interest of the party at heart especially now that the party is warming up for another general election.

“In 2015, the APC gave the President overwhelming support in Taraba. Infact, you will remember that the crowd that came out to welcome him was so much that it led to a stampede and the death of several persons. The only thing we got was the minister of Women Affairs who later left the party ahead of the 2019 elections. We went into that election almost naked. Even at that, we still have him landslide in Taraba.

“Now again, after the 2019 elections, the President appointed someone who was little known in the party and he could not galvanize the party. But at least he was there. Sadly, we are facing the next general elections and there is no clear plan for the party. Several months after the President sacked the minister, Taraba state has remained with a minister and no serious national appointee. This is detrimental for the party.

“We had hoped that the President will look at the records and see those that actually worked for the party over the years and appoint someone who has the track record of bringing the people together so that all the issues bothering the party could be addressed and yet nothing is been done. So what is the point staying in the party? As it is, the party needs a leader apart from the state officials who can bring all the stakeholders together to sort out our issues and prepare ahead of 2023.

“I can tell you in confidence that already consultation is underway to move the party structure in Taraba to another party. What is the point staying when we are not appreciated and have been abandoned by our leaders? What is the motivation here when hard work and absolute loyalty counts as nothing? It is this same action that cost the party Taraba state governorship in 2019. We can not sit back and watch that happen again.

“To further worsen the situation, we learnt that some people in government are lobbying for some persons who are either not party members at all or are, at best, Fairweather members, to get tickets and appointments. What message are they trying to send to those that have worked faithfully and tirelessly for the party? So don’t be surprised if you wake up tomorrow to witness the death of the APC and birth of a new party in the state”.

The APC has been through some challenging times in the state with some attributing it to a lack of clearly acceptable leader of the party at the state level who can bring all the stakeholders to a round table and sort out their differences in a manner that will be tolerable by all parties involved.

Another member of the party Alhaji Sani Umar noted that the reward system of the party seems to work well everywhere else except in Taraba state.

Umar said that “the APC does not consider Taraba chapter of the party for anything at all. As a state where the President won election back to back even though the PDP is the ruling party in the state, it is sad that we are not considered for appointments and other good things that come with been in leadership.

“Even the ministerial slot we should enjoy constitutionally has been vacant for several months now. How do we progress as a party without support from our leaders at the national level? How do you convince the people to work for the party wholeheartedly when there is no reward system for them? I think the party may be heading for a major crisis if this is not urgently addressed and corrected”.

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CNG accuses Buhari of nepotism For appointing more northerners into critical positions

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The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism by appointing more northerners into critical national positions to the detriment of the Southern part of the country.

The apex northern group which made the allegation in a statement issued on Sunday by its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said Buhari’s key appointnents since coming into power in 2015 has been skewed to favour the north, while neglecting other parts of the country.

Suleiman, however, lamented that despite majority of Buhari’s “sensitive and critical” appointments going to the north, the region has not benefitted much as it is still reeling from poverty, underdevelopment, insurgency and banditry.

“Since coming to power in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed more northerners into critical positions but to what effect has these appointments been for the North?

“We all can testify that the North has been the major casualty of the policies of the Buhari administration while the South is the major beneficiary.

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“The appointment of northerners into critical positions cannot be a yardstick for judging a people’s development or prosperity as we are all witnesses to the fact that the North is still wallowing extreme poverty, underdevelopment, banditry, kidnappings and insurgency.”

Suleiman further lamented that with all the lopsidedness in Buhari’s appointments into key security positions, the North continues to face the severest security situation than all the other regions.

He added that being a northerner in the office does not translate to preference in terms of service delivery, claiming that the positions could be occupied by any other region or tribe.

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North to dump Tinubu for bringing Buhari to power in 2015

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It’s like Tinubu have a huge work in his hands.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, may be regretting his decision to support President Muhammadu Buhari back in 2015, as he looks increasingly likely to lose support from the North should he eventually emerge as the APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections. 

Tinubu’s presidential ambition is no longer a secret, and his determination to clinch the APC party ticket remains solid, but he would first have to brush aside other prominent politicians including the likes of former Zamfara State governor, Ahmed Yarima, who among others is in the race to succeed Buhari in 2023.

However, winning the party ticket is one thing, while winning the heart of a region which seem unwilling to allow power shift back to the south, is another matter altogether.

President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima, has made it clear (assuming the group would stick to its words), that the era of ‘recycling old, tired citizens as presidents of the nation,’ is over.

In a statement apparently targeted at Tinubu who is determined to succeed Buhari as President in 2023, the group said it “will never allow the recycling of old, weak and sick citizens as leaders of this nation, more so in a fast-changing and competitive world.”

“Much as democracy gives everyone the right to contest for any elective office, it does not encourage the emergence of tired, weak, politically compromised, sick and overly unproductive persons as leaders of this modern society,” it added.

But the AYCF is not the only Northern group taking aim at the APC leader.

Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), has taken the more bizarre approach by accusing the South of being responsible for Buhari’s emergence as president, contrary to what the North had wanted. 

The accusation by the CNG is quite odd considering the unprecedented support Buhari enjoyed from the North before and during the 2015 presidential election.

It is also worth noting however, that the only region Buhari had enough support to guarantee him victory from the south, is the southwest, where Tinubu played major role in ensuring the Jonathan government comes to an end.

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, who is the spokesman for CNG, claimed President Muhammadu Buhari may have enjoyed support from the North, he was however, not the North’s preferred candidate in 2015.

According to the group, Buhari was packaged by southern political forces right from the merger that produced All Progressives Congress (APC) to his victory at the primaries.

The CNG said, “We all can testify that the North has been the major casualty of the policies of the Buhari administration while the South is the major beneficiary. As far as the North is concerned, Buhari was not the candidate for the North but an arrangement made by the South to suit certain interests.”

The group also said the North has suffered far more than the South throughout Buhari’s presidency, which according to the group, confirms its claims that Buhari’s emergence as president was to serve Southern interests and not the North, despite claims of lopsided appointments by the current government.

“This (appointment of northerners into critical positions) cannot be a yardstick for judging a people’s development or prosperity,” it added.

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