The group equally urged the entire citizens of the state to see voting of the incumbent Governor out come November 16, 2019, “as a sacred duty to future generations”.
The Diaspora group through it leaders, Dr. John Onuh, Chairman, and Mr. Amos Amodu, Secretary General, in Jos, appealed to security operatives not to allow themselves to be used as foot-soldiers during the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi state.
“The entire state must see it as a sacred duty to future generations to massively vote out Governor Yahaya Bello on November 16, 2019”, the grouo said.
“Ukomu Igala Organization in Diaspora calls on INEC and security agencies to ensure they maintain utmost neutrality and transparency in the coming election for the sake of their image and the oath they took to affirm their loyalty to the Nigerian nation.”
The group accused the President Muhammadu Buhari APC led administration for allowing Governor Bello to ruin Kogi State.
“These concerns are made worse by the seeming complicity of the Buhari-led Federal government and its compromised agencies such as the Judiciary, Military, Police, EFCC and INEC.
The group maintained that, “The roles being played by all these agencies in the ongoing attempt to disenfranchise our people, through their actions and inaction are visible for all reasonable Nigerians to see.
It stressed that, “We are especially disturbed by governor Bello’s poise not just to blatantly rape our fledgling democracy, but also his apparent determination to systematically decimate and reverse all of the growth and developmental gains recorded by our people in recent times.
The Diaspora group revealed that, Governor Bello has destroyed most viable sectors of development in Kogi state, including the Kogi State University.
“The legislative branch operates as an appendage of Governor Bello’s executive branch. Governor Bello has completely decimated the only institution that has ensured that Kogites have access to quality higher education, Kogi State University. ”
According to the group, “For over two years now, Governor Bello disbanded the Kogi State University branch of ASUU and sacked most of the lecturers. Nobody was strong enough to call him to order.
It said the state legislature is not spared by the Governor’s mayhem, as members of the Kogi State House of Assembly have become stooge in the hands of the governor.
“He (Yahaya Bello) has used thugs to shut down the Kogi State House of Assembly twice with nobody strong to call him to order or to account for his actions”, they lamented.
The group expressed worries that its people, the Igala speaking extraction have been neglected.
“As we speak, Igala, the ninth largest ethnic group in the country has no seat in a 42 member Federal Executive Council (FEC) where policies are made and decisions on project allocations and execution are carried out.”
“As we speak, no Igala person is deemed good enough to be appointed as an Ambassador to any country in the world,” it further decried.
El-Rufai states position on border closure
According to him, it is unfair for smaller countries to be sabotaging a big country like Nigeria.
El-Rufai, who was a special guest at the graduation of Senior Course Three of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja on Friday, said the step taken was commendable.
He explained that Nigeria like any other country likes to trade with other countries but added that there must be fairness, NAN reports.
The governor noted that closure of the borders should be sustained until there were established deals that covered every country.
“The partial closure of borders is highly commendable. Nigeria is the largest country in West Africa and the continent and it is clear that our neighbors are using our openness and brotherhood to trade, to exploit us.
“I fully support and subscribe to the closure of borders and we should sustain it for as long as possible.
“We need to do this for our country to have a fair deal and for our manufacturers to be protected.
“All those talking about free trade or preaching about it today closed their borders for centuries and decades ago.
“Nigeria must grow its own internal capacity, we will not do so if we allow our neighbours to use the porosity of our borders to sabotage our economy,’’ he explained.
El-Rufai, however, commended the physical development at the customs command college in Gwagwalada.
He lauded the effort of the current customs boss for his reform agenda.
“I am impressed with what I have seen on the ground in terms of physical development as well as the content.’
Plateau: PDP chairman resigns – Daily Post Nigeria
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Sango’s resignation was announced by retired Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni, the leader of the party in the state.
Useni, also PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 general election in the state, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting in Jos on Friday.
“Sango is no more our state chairman as directed by the National Secretariat but now a member of PDP Board of Trustees (BOT).
“Mr Amos Gombi, his deputy, is now the acting chairman of PDP in the state. This was done to settle whatever crisis we were having.
“Left for us the leaders of the party in the state, there is nothing like PDP I and PDP II because we are one big family undivided.
“The allegation that Sango collected money from the headquarters for 2019 general elections was not true because three of us signed for whatever stipends given to us by the National Secretariat.
“So, the insinuations raised against him (Sango) were but false and a disservice to him,” he stated.
Useni, who was flanked by his running mate, Mr James Dalok, described PDP as a big family devoid of any form of division and ready to reclaim its stolen mandate at the Court of Appeal.
“Our appeal is coming up on Nov. 22, with great and strong belief that we shall emerge victorious.
“But no matter the outcome of the appeal, we shall end up at the Supreme Court because I will never give up the fight.
“I am a dogged fighter, and never give up. That’s why I attended all the sittings at the Election Petition Tribunal to the end.
“What I want from you people is your continuous prayers for God to help us reclaim our stolen mandate,” Useni said.
EURO 2020: I don’t want to jinx myself – Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham
Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (1), Harry Kane (3), Marcus Rashford (1), Aleksandar Sofranac (OG) and Tammy Abraham (1) ensure the Three Lions qualified for Euro 2020.
Abraham, who netted his first senior England goal against Montenegro, said that he hopes to channel the praise into his game and continue to deliver for both country and club.
“I’ve always believed in myself to score goals,” the 22-year-old said as quoted by Chelsea’s official website.
“There’s still a lot in my game I need to develop but I can’t complain. It’s going well.
‘It’s just about maintaining it, not just for the rest of the season but for many years, hopefully. I’m just going into every game, believe in myself, block everything out and focus.
“There’s going to be a lot of praise, you just have to stay focused, ignore some bits and use some bits to lift my confidence.
“That’s what you need as a player to get to the top level. To always believe, even in tough times.”
Abraham added: “Hopefully, hopefully, I don’t want to jinx myself but I believe so [England can win a trophy].
“My dream? Probably being at the Euros, winning it, finishing in the top four or even the top two in the Premier League with Chelsea. Just believing! The sky really is the limit.”
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