….Urge Politicians To take Campaigns To Grassroot
By Gloria Ikibah
Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, prominent Nigerians have expressed concerns over the many sided challenges bedeviling the nation, they have also urged politicians to take their electioneering campaigns to the grassroots instead of hoping on rigging, federal might or power of incumbency.
According to these senior citizens, “those banking on such diabolical ways to win elections would fail woefully”.
The Senior citizens are the Founding Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP) Chief Olu Falae, a former Liaison Officer to the late President Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakasa and former Education Minister, Professor Tunde Adeniran, who spoke on Thursday at the official inauguration of the new National Secretariat of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, also warned that there won’t be room for rigging in the 2023 general elections.
They therefore urged sincere politicians with the interest of the nation at heart to quickly move to the grassroots and embark on serious campaigns, as this time around it is the grassroots that would determine their fate.
Chief Falaye further explained that when they decided to revive the SDP, some people thought it was going to be impossible but it was hitch free; he added that the SDP was the only alternative option for the people of conscience as the two big political parties, APC and PDP have failed the nation.
He said the SDP being managed by credible Nigerians would restore the lost glory of Nigeria going by the array of credible characters seeking elective offices under it in the forthcoming elections
According to him, “We have a good Presidential candidate in the person of Prince Adewole Adebayo who did not only show the knowledge of law but history, anthropology, architecture and other fields.
“The party may not have a governor today, may not be in Aso rock, but the SDP is getting there, Nigeria is in crisis as a result of failed leadership.
“Nigeria today is in crisis. You can’t move without being kidnapped. I have been kidnapped for four days on my own farm.
“I traveled to Lagos on foot as a young man without being kidnapped. But at 77, I was kidnapped. Controlling government is not controlling party. Ask the parties, what is their philosophy, they don’t know it, they don’t have a plan, that’s why things are getting worse.
“SDP is the only party that can restructure and revive Nigeria. More people will leave the country if things are not put right. More doctors are leaving.
“Politics is about numbers. Bring people to the party and surprise the so-called party because no one will rig the election.
“We have a good chance to deliver Nigeria and help Nigeria from disaster. You have the change to deliver Nigeria”.
Also speaking, elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, who said that the SDP should move to the grassroots and campaign added that with the new electoral act 2022, no one will be able to rig the elections.
Yakasai who was represented by the SDP gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa State, Dr Umar Ardo, said that the electoral act made it impossible for anyone to rig the elections as was being done in the past.
According to him, ”2022 electoral act is an opportunity for the SDP to make a mark as room for rigging and vote allocation have been tackled.
“What is put in the ballot box is what will be out and announced to the public. Don’t worry about not having governors. Go and talk to the grassroots because they are tired of APC and PDP, they are after alternatives”.
The presidential candidate of the SDP, Prince Adewole Adebayo said, the SDP is bringing the white horse to Nigerians, which signifies victory and prosperity.
According to him, “Because poverty is ungodly and unnatural. If we don’t fight poverty, it will produce children which is insecurity. We are back, 30 years later, to open this office for truth, justice and farewell to poverty.
“If you want to know if I will be a better president, I’ve chosen SDP as a platform and not as a money bag for political parties. I chose a youth banker, Yusuf Salisu Buhari as my running mate.
“SDP has the young person as the national chairman and I am telling Nigerians that the opportunity you have been looking for is here.
On his own , Prof. Adeniran lamented the county had be ruined and needed a credible Political Party as the SDP to revived, and said that Nigerians should rise up and vote for the candidates of the party at all levels for all and Sunday to have a new Nigeria
In his remark, the National Chairman of the Paty, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, eulogised the founding fathers of the Party and promised to lead the Party to a total victory that would shake the world in the anal of elections in Nigeria
According to him, “let it be on record, our party, the SDP will spring surprises at polls, we are not planning to rig elections, we don’t have money to throw around but our strength is the Nigeria people because they know our plans for them, we different to others”.
Gridlock as Akwa Ibom youths rally support for Peter Obi
There was heavy traffic gridlock on major Streets of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital as supporters of the Presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi embarked on a 2 million- man on Saturday, October 1.
The supporters, mostly youths who took off from the Water fountain, at Nwaniba, Uyo by 11 am and walked round the major Streets of Uyo metropolis before they converged at the Discovery Park, Udoma Avenue about 2 pm.
Addressing the supporters, State Chairman of LP, Comrade Lincoln Charles said, “This 2 million match will avail all ‘Obedients’ the opportunity to familiarize, synergize and reignite their support base for the presidential flagbearer Mr Peter Obi, for a possible and better Nigeria.
“This is a reawakening of our consciousness in politics, leadership and governance. Our message is direct, clear and simple. It is all about Hope for Nigerians and all believers of good governance.
“It is about strong grassroots mobilisation to encourage eligible voters to vote for Peter Obi come 2023. Let us all know our PVCs are intact because Peter Obi’s movement is real.
” The time is now for all Obedients to stand bold and say enough is enough by marching words with action , spread the message across the units, villages, wards and LGAs that a vote for Peter Obi signifies hope, and victory for all Nigerians”
On his part, the Spokesperson of Peter Obi in Akwa Ibom Mr Aniekan Udofia urged the residents to join the Obedient movement for a better Nigeria from 2023.
He said:;” When we started they said we are making noise, that we are not serious. When we started they said the Labour party does not have a structure. You came out and you gave us structure. Never in history have Nigerians come out to choose their President. In 2023 Nigerians will choose their President, Peter Obi”
Also speaking, the Campaign Director, Peter Obi Integrity Network for Transformation, (POINT) Engr Okon expressed confidence that their Principal would emerge victorious in 2023 given the massive support he is receiving from all parts of the country.
“Today is the independence day of Nigeria, and I can say that today is the day Nigeria is completely free and independent. As you can see, the revolution is going on and nothing can stop it. Look at the type of people that are coming out to express their love and passion for our principal.
“Everything about today is just dedicated to Peter Obi. We see a divine hand in it, this movement is not ordinary, it started like a joke and it’s growing like a wildfire we are talking of 2m man match and you can see the crowd and these two million people cannot be wrong” Okon said.
A female youth who identified herself as Mercy Anny decided to join the rally because of her readiness to vote for Obi.
Her words” I came out today to for this rally because I am for Peter Obi. And I can assure you unlike other parties this is not a paid or borrowed crowd. I am here because I want a better Nigeria. I came out today because I want my unborn children to have a better life. And I know Peter Obi has what it takes to give us that better life”,
Prepare To Accept Outcome Of 2023 Election, UN Peace Commission Tells Atiku, Obi, Tinubu, Others
As Nigeria celebrates its 62 Independence anniversary, major contenders vying to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2023 have been advised to embrace peace ahead of the presidential elections, even as they are asked to prepare for the outcome in good faith.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi are the top presidential candidates.
In a goodwill message to mark 62nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, released on Saturday in Abuja, Acting Head of Mission and Country Representative, International Peace Commission of the the United Nations, Amb. Hussaini H. Coomassie, said the presidential candidates should prioritise message of peace, unity of Nigeria and her development during this campaign period.
Dr. Coomassie, who is double as the global vice chairman, Advocacy for Good Governance & Social Justice Network (AGGSJN) also warned supporters of the major presidential candidates against thuggery, hate speeches and fake news during the electioneering campaign.
While congratulating Nigerians home and abroad for the 62nd Independence Anniversary, the UN Representative expressed hope that the country will overcome all the challenges confronting her presently.
The statement reads: “From the International Peace Commission of the the United Nations we felicitate with Nigerians home and abroad for celebrating the country’s 62nd Anniversary of Independence from the colonial rule. It is our firm believe that Nigeria shall overcome all her challenges and emerge a great Nation that is destined to be.
“As the Nigerians getting ready to elect another leader to succeed the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari next year, it is our hope, however, that the major contenders will prepare their minds and that of their supporters to gladly accept whatever the outcome will be in the sportsmanship spirit.
“This I emphasise should be registered in their minds that only one of them will emerge victorious at the poll as Nigerian voters will decide.
Therefore, I urge the political gladiators and their supporters to embrace peace, preach peace and practice peace during and after this forthcoming exercise.
“Nigeria should be seen as a collective project and not a personal project. This Nation is greater than anyone and history will not forget in a hurry whatever said and done either in the country’s favour or against her,” Dr. Coomassie said.
According to Dr. Coomassie, something is now clear that no administration will ever take the country and her youths for granted again based on the current politicial consciousness of Nigerians.
He also called on the Nigerian youths to actively and peacefully participate in the ongoing process and elect a leader that will protect their future and the generations yet unborn.
“I believe that God in His mercy has magnanimously blessed Nigeria with enormous resources. This nation is only yearning for a right leadership to creatively tap into these resources and turn around her fortune. The forthcoming national election is another opportunity to right the wrong,” Dr. Coomassie stated.
PDP Crisis: Again, Atiku Breaks Silence, Says ‘We’ve Realised Our Mistakes’
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, says Peoples Democratic Party, has realised its mistakes from the past and is working assiduously towards getting its lost glory.
Atiku, who was in Gombe for a wedding ceremony, briefly opened a campaign office dedicated to the realisation of his 2023 aspiration of becoming the number one citizen.
The PUNCH reports that the office was donated by Jamilu Ishaku, the first runner-up in the 2023 PDP gubernatorial election.
Also, donated were about 10 space wagon campaign vehicles provided by Ishaku.
Explaining the chances of the PDP in an interview he granted journalists at the Sani Abacha International Airport Gombe, Abubakar described the party’s chances as high due to its impeccable record.
He acknowledged that the party lost in 2015, following what he termed as mistakes, which the PDP had recovered from.
Abubakar said, “PDP is a very popular party and it is the oldest party in Nigeria. We have realised that we made mistakes.”
Speaking on the chances of the party in 2023 election amidst the growing internal wranglings in the main opposition party, Abubakar added that talks were still on.
“I’m still talking to aggrieved members of the party and I believe at the end of the day we will work together,” he added.
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