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2019 elections: Why Nigerian youths must vote massively – Islamic group

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, on Monday charged Nigerian youths to vote massively in the forthcoming elections.

MURIC explained that the upcoming elections was “watershed” in the history of Nigeria, adding that it avails youths the opportunity to choose between sentiment and objectivity.

The Islamic rights body made the call in a statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, sent to DAILY POST.

The body appealed to Nigerians not to adopt a lukewarm attitude towards the forthcoming general elections.

The statement reads: “We must not be lackadaisical about this election because it is a watershed in the history of our nation. For the first time in a very long period, Nigerians have the opportunity to choose between sentiment and objectivity and between reality and sheer mirage.

“We have a lifetime opportunity to choose between motion without movement and progressive motion. This is the time to decide whether to return to the regime of rapaciously voracious kleptomaniacs who gave us darkness and bad roads, those who killed our old railway, national air carrier, Dunlop, Michellin, etc, or to march forward with those who have improved our electricity, repaired our roads, built new Macadam roads, brought back the good old days of rail transport system, paid retirees and did much more.

“MURIC will not hide the truth from Nigerians because we are very much concerned. We cannot keep quiet because we are significant stakeholders. The next few days will determine whether the Nigerian masses who are under severe economic oppression and acute poverty will be set free. These are men and women who are at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid in this country today. There is an urgent need to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor and only a regime which is committed to the development of critical infrastructure can do that.

“We must vote our conscience. What we are advocating is massive turnout at the polling booths. Nigerians of all persuasions: Christians, Muslims, traditionalists must go to the polls. Nigerians of all tribes must do the same. Poverty knows no religion. Disease knows no creed. Hunger knows no tribe. Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Itsekiri, etc, Muslims, Christians and traditionalists have all been trapped for hours on the bad roads for the past sixteen (16) years. All of us have been enjoying it now that they are being repaired regardless of where we belong. The new trains will not turn back anyone because he is a Muslim or a Christian.

“The sacrifice which we must make on those voting days are not for us per se, it is for our children, our grand children and our great grand-children. Let us stand there in the sun or in the rain as the case may be on that day knowing fully well that it is the day of sowing so that we can reap in future. The smooth roads, the tube, the underground rails, the trollies, the trams, the fantastic engineering network of overhead bridges which advanced countries enjoy today did not just get there by wishful thinking. The citizens worked consciously for it and made sacrifices. They also made sure that they did not elect thieves. They picked people of integrity. It is now our turn.

“Unless we do the needful, our children are going to ask us what we did when we saw things were deteriorating in this country. Why did you allow Nigeria to become this rotten? Why did you surrender our country to political shenanigans? Why can’t we enjoy electricity like other countries?

“We heard that you restarted the railways and they worked in 2019, where are they now? We heard that the second Niger Bridge was more than half completed in 2019, who stopped it? We heard that an ultramodern cancer machine was installed in the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in 2019, what happened to that machine? Why are Nigerians still travelling outside the country to cure cancer? Why is cancer still killing Nigerians? Why is our generation wasted away?

“MURIC reminds Nigerians that 2019 election is not about religion or ethnicity. We must vote for those who will make our country great by improving infrastructure, raising the standard of living, paying workers regularly, plugging leaking holes and promoting transparency, probity and accountability.

“We urge young Nigerians to eschew violence in all its ramifications before, during and after the elections. Those who hire thugs will continue to live after the election whereas many of those who allow themselves to be used may die in the process. Our youths must therefore avoid violent acts like ballot-snatching and the kidnapping of opposition candidates.

“As a parting shot, MURIC appeals to Nigerian voters: don’t sell your vote. It is your power. It is your right to choose the direction you want your country to go. It is your conscience and your conscience is your essence. The man dies in him who puts his conscience on sale. We appeal to candidates of various categories in the 2019 general elections to be valiant in contest, humble in victory and magnanimous in defeat. It must be Nigeria first.

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APC cries out over attempt to assassinate Ngige, fingers PDP, APGA

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Anambra State chapter has fingered the two major parties in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, as the alleged sponsors of the attempt on the life of its leader and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige.

In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, by its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Igboeli Arinze, the APC described the attack as barbaric and heinous in nature.

The former governor and lawmaker reportedly escaped assassination after he was attacked by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen during the week.

The APC berated certain elements in the PDP and APGA, who it fingered as being responsible for the attack owing to their fears of the minister’s strong influence in the forthcoming elections.

The APC said, “We were shocked, when news streamed to us about the attack on the home of the leader of the APC in Anambra and the Minister for Labor and Employment, Senator Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige.

“Such news, should be seen as a setback to the climate of peace that has reigned in Anambra’s politics, and we the members of the APC in Anambra Central together with the good loving people of Ndi Anambra jointly condemn such an attempt which is heinous as well as barbaric.

“We, however, ask the question, why Senator Ngige? What should warrant an attack on his home and perhaps his life? This is a man who eschews violence as a requirement in politics.

“Could it be that certain elements in the aforementioned parties that are struggling for relevance in Anambra State are seeing Ngige as a threat to achieving their ambitions?

“We must note that Anambra Central which is Ngige’s senatorial zone, has the largest number of votes in the state, perhaps it seems that these people feel threatened by the minister’s presence in the zone, did instigate this attack.”

The party further called on security agencies to immediately commence investigation into the matter, while urging party members to remain calm and focused on the forthcoming presidential and National Assembly polls.

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Nigeria elections 2019: What will happen to PDP on Saturday – Gov. Ajimobi

The Oyo South Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has described this Saturday as a day of reckoning for the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, to reap its 16 years of misrule.

He, therefore, urged leaders and supporters of the APC to remain steadfast and faithful to the course of the ruling party by ensuring that they come out in large numbers to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari to consolidate on the gains of the past four years.

Addressing a stakeholders’ forum at the Western House, state Secretariat, on Tuesday, the governor warned against complacency, adding that the desperation of the opposition to upset the applecart was unimaginable.

Ajimobi, who attended the National Executive Committee meeting of the APC in Abuja, on Monday, said that the national leadership of the party had given the state executive committees the marching orders to go and re-energize the party’s campaigns.

The governor said that the APC was at peace with itself at the national and state levels, judging by the huge turnout at its campaign rallies and the insistence of the electorate not to be swayed by the opposition’s empty rhetoric.

Ajimobi said, “The opposition had adopted all manners of subterfuge and empty rhetoric to mislead the people into supporting them without success. Our people have refused to buy into their deceits, hence their desperation and provocative statements.

“I want to appeal to you not let off your guard for a moment until victory is assured in all the elections. We should not be complacent, because the opposition is throwing everything into this election as if the world will end when, mark my word I did not say if, they lose.

“This Saturday is a day of reckoning for the PDP for its 16 years of misrule. After ruining our economy and creating many loopholes and leakages that has pauperized the people and enriched their friends they are now desperate to stage a comeback.

“The APC has invested in the people in the last four years at the national level and eight years at our state level. Abandoned infrastructure and projects have been revived, with many at different stages of completion.

“Saturday is around the corner. All APC leaders and members should go back to their various units and wards to solicit the continued support of the good people of Nigeria. That is the mandate from our meeting on Monday, in Abuja.”

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Tunde Ayeni: Judge blasts EFCC for misleading court in ex-Skye Bank Chairman’s case

An FCT High Court Maitama on Tuesday, set aside an order it earlier granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to detain a former Chairman of the defunct Skye Bank, Tunde Ayeni for 14 days.

Justice Yusuf Halilu, setting aside the order, said that the EFCC had suppressed facts which, misled the court into earlier granting the application, thereby, making the detention illegal.

According to NAN, Justice Halilu held that the Court was not aware of all the facts presented by the applicant and which the EFCC could not deny.

“Having considered all the facts before the court, it is clear that the commission suppressed facts to mislead the court.

“If indeed there is a fresh petition against the applicant, and a pending matter is before the Federal High Court, the respondent needs not a remand order, but to apply to amend the charge in which it is prosecuting the applicant.

“By coming for a remand order, the respondent had come to tamper with the sacred right of the applicant, which he enjoys. I wonder

“On this note, I hereby set aside the earlier remand order and order the immediate release

Mr. Ahmed Raji SAN Ayeni’s counsel had approached the court seeking his release from the EFCC custody.

The anti-graft agency had last week approached the Court through an ex-parte application seeking a 14 day remand order of Ayeni.

The EFCC had premised the request for a remand on a need to investigate a petition submitted by the Office of the Vice President in respect of his alleged roles as the Chairman of the defunct Skye Bank.

The court then granted the said ex-parte application.

In his submissions, Raji argued that the application is challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the action of the Commission.

He informed the court, of a pending suit before the Federal High Court against the applicant on the same subject matter and that the trial judge at the Federal High Court, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in the particular case admitted him to bail.

He added that the bail condition had since been perfected

Raji added that the detention of the applicant was a breach of his fundamental human right as he went to the Commission by himself on invitation.

He further submitted that anti-graft agency purportedly admitted the applicant to administration bail on a non -realizable terms, which amounts to “giving bail with one hand ,and collecting it back with the other hand”.

Raji argued, that the subject matter in which the applicant was detained centers around Skye bank issue which is already before the Federal High Court.

He however prayed the court to set aside the remand order and release the applicant.

In his response, respondent counsel, Mr. A.I Audu opposed to the application on ground that the subject matter of which the applicant is being detained was fresh quite different from the that of the matter before the Federal High Court.

He added that asides the petition submitted by the Office of the Vice President, the acting Chairman of the Commission also received a petition against the applicant from a Non Governmental Organization.

He however added that the applicant was invited based on the petition that he received about N8 billion from CBN to buy over Union Homes.

Audu further submitted that the applicant has been giving useful information to the Commission but fell ill along the way and he was consequently taken to the hospital.

He added, it is the illness of the applicant that prompted the Commission to seek for an order to further remand him to complete the investigation.

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