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Kaduna APC Passes Vote Of No Confidence On El-rufai
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Kaduna State under the aegis of ‘APC
AKIDA’ has passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Nasir El-Rufai
over series of allegations against his administration considered to be
This was disclosed at a press conference addressed
by chieftains of the party in the state as contained in a statement read
by Maitamaki Tom Maiyashi.
Others who were in attendance at the
briefing include, Senator ShehuSani, Hon Isah Ashiru, Ambassador Sule
Buba, AlhajiTijjani Ramalan, Alhaji Yaro Makama Rigachikwu, Admiral
Ibrahim Iko among several other chieftains of the party in the state.
to the APC chieftains who expressed displeasure with the activities of
the governor in the statethe governor has embarked on the “destruction
of community peace or mortgaging the future of our children whose state
of education and development is hitting its worst level.”
party chieftains said, “The current sorry state of affairs in the state
is characterized by the near total absence of leadership of the party at
all levels. The party has been deliberately weakened and virtually
“There is complete lack of consultation with critical stakeholders even on matters relating to party members or the community.
“Government’s intolerance of any opinion contrary to the mindset of the governor.
Mercenaries are hired to attack individuals and anybody who dares any opinion meant to add value to public policy.
only opinion or input respected is, those of hired consultants
specifically recruited from outside the state who do not even understand
our environment and lack the commitment to address our developmental
“These cronies and agents so recruited have virtually
rendered the state civil service redundant and inactive. Morale in the
civil service today is at its lowest ebb.
administration has been badly fractured, weakened and literary
strangulated. Regrettably the state is walking into another circle of
avoidable crises. This time around, it is the ‘attack’ on traditional
and community institutions that have sustained our sense of community
for ages from pre –colonial days”
. . . Vote Borne Out Of Frustration – el-Rufai
a swift reaction to the vote of no confidence passed on the governor of
Kaduna State, MalamNasir El-Rufai by the Kaduna All Progressive
Congress (APC) under the aegis of ‘APC AKIDA’, the governor has
described the action as mere demonstration of their frustration and
greediness and a deliberate attempt to set the state on fire.
governor who addressed the press through his Senior Special Assistant
on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan reiterated that “Government cannot
be deterred from doing what is important, necessary and consequential
for our people. That is a more important goal than the ego and private
interests of certain individuals.”
Governors at war over Dino Melaye
The Kogi State Government, on Monday, attacked Governor Emmanuel Udom of
Akwa Ibom state, over his comments on the ongoing recall process of the
senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye.
Emmanuel had, last week, praised Sen. Melaiye as a ‘general’ in the
Senate who has performed so well and wondered why his constituents
should want to recall such a performing senator.
The occasion was the empowerment program organised by the minority leader in the Senate , Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The government said Emmanuel’s position on the development had revealed his disdain for the people of the senatorial district.
to a statement by the Director-General, media and publicity to the
governor, Kingsley Fanwo, he said the decision of Governor Emmanuel to
refer to Melaye as a “general” in the senate was disturbing as he was
rating a “non performing” senator over and above those that were
He said, “We believe that Governor Emmanuel’s
unveiled disdain for a long-suffering people trudging the booby-trapped
path to Recall of their Senator in a bid to recover their dignity is
“Governor Udom’s scathing rebuke for Kogi West
people who are engaged in legal pursuit of their legitimate aspiration
to terminate irresponsible representation goes against all democratic
norms. It also does gratuitous violence to the customary esprit de corps
which ordinarily ought to actuate the conduct of brother Governors and
States towards one another in the Nigerian polity.
“What is even
more appalling is Governor Udom Emmanuel’s decoration of Dino Melaye
with the rank and privileges of ‘General’ among all the Distinguished
Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while consigning others to
‘Recruit’. Dino Melaye is a General in the Senate of the 8th Assembly
where even Governor Udom Emmanuel’s accomplished predecessor sits? This
The statement said more disturbing was the
fact that the Akwa Ibom governor spoke at an event where another senator
was preforming his constitutional role as against the Kogi west
“The irony is that Governor Emmanuel made these comments
at an event where Senator Godswill Akpabio, one of Dino Melaye’s
contemporaries in the Senate, empowered his own people with 4 tractors,
over 800 power-generating sets, 100 computer sets and printers, as well
as sewing machines, grain-grinding machines, block molding machines and
tricycles. He also announced scholarships and grants to hundreds of
students from his constituency.
“The Kogi West Senator attended
his colleague’s Briefing and Constituency Empowerment event, not to
learn how to represent well, but obviously as Comedian of the Day. He
told false stories of unpaid salaries in his state. On cue he thrilled
the crowd with his Aje Kun Iya Ni’Oje signature ballad and capered along
with his usual inebriated gusto before preaching his false message of
death being reward for both lying and telling the truth.
truly proved himself the ‘performing Senator’ Governor Udom Emmanuel
called him that day. Governor Udom Emmanuel’s later remarks in praise of
his guest was just the pepper Kogi people needed sprinkled on their
wounds while people whose Senator actually knows his job carted their
dividends of democracy home”.
“Now it is clear that Governor Udom
Emmanuel seems to like our vacuous Senator so much, we would be much
obliged if Akwa Ibom will take him off our hands for good. We can
negotiate details of his transfer before the applicable windows close.
Since Akwa Ibom receives several times the FAAC allocations accruing to
Kogi State (we do not here question the equity of it, just stating
basic facts), and since Senator Dino Melaye is a self-confessed butcher
and sharer of elephants, there is no doubt that Akwa Ibom’s elephantine
financial receipts will indeed be more to his taste.
avoidance of doubt, the good people of Kogi West, having decided they
have had enough of Senator Dino Melaye’s selfish brand of
misrepresentation, and having undertaken to tread this slippery slope to
self-respect have the support of not just all of us in Kogi State, but
of all Nigerians of goodwill, including upstanding Akwa Ibomites. We
therefore urge our brother, the still very much respected Governor of
our brother State, Akwa Ibom, to show more sensitivity in his future
utterances” he added
Igbo Language School Inaugurated in South Africa
The Progressives Leaders Association (PILA), an organization sponsoring
an Igbo Language School in the U.S., says a similar school has been
opened in South Africa.
Mr Chima Umealo, Coordinator of PILA in
South Africa, said at a dinner in Johannesburg on Sunday that 16
children had started lesson in the school.
He said the group’s aim was to secure the Igbo language and ensure it would not be extinct.
aim is to secure the Igbo language because UNESCO had predicted that
the language was among those that will go out of fashion in no distant
“ We decided to come out with a programme to secure our language because a people without a language are no people,” he said.
Umealo, also the President, Abia Union, South Africa, said one way of sustaining Igbo culture was to secure the language.
therefore, resolved to establish an Igbo school in South Africa to
affiliate with the one in the U.S to promote our culture and language,”
The coordinator said children born in South Africa, who
are not opportune to communicate with others when they go home would be
taught the language
He said that the children were taught during
vacation, while arrangements had been concluded to teach them at
weekends during school session.
“As time goes on, we will teach
them mathematics and science in Igbo to make them put to practice what
they do daily in school and at home,” Umealo said.
traditional head of Abia indigenes in South Africa, Eze Sidney Ihediwa,
said the establishment of the school was a step in the right direction.
“ It is important because we should ensure that our heritage and culture does not go into extinction,” he said.
traditional ruler said that some children born abroad were losing touch
with their language, noting that such schools would assist them to
preserve their culture.
The chairman of Ikwuano/Umuahia Community
in South Africa, Chief Ikechi Otuonye, said the school would make
children to speak their native language while abroad.
“Even when they travel to other countries, they can communicate in the language with other brethren there,” he said.