Nigerian legendary hip hop singer, Innocent Idibia aka 2Baba, has advised youths in Kogi State to be peaceful, civil and shun violence during the November 16 governorship poll in the state.
Idibia made the call at a Peace Concert on “Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War”, organised by Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) in collaboration with National Democratic Institute (NDI) on Tuesday in Lokoja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the concert which drew over 5,000 youths across the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, as well as tertiary institutions, was supported by UKAid, USAID and 2Baba Foundation.
The popular musician asserted that the process of election should be peaceful and civil, stressing that his organisation, 2baba Foundation, has mobilised over 62 million people in the country to drive the campaign for peace.
Idibia had earlier paid a courtesy visit on Chief Edward Onoja, Chief of Staff and running mate of Gov. Yahaya Bello as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Lokoja.
He urged security agencies and the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be neutral in the discharge of their duties.
The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, said the state had witnessed various forms of electoral violence in past elections and there was need to change the situation.
Apam said that as part of preparations for the election, the commission had recruited senior ad hoc staff who were currently being trained, adding that students from tertiary institutions would also be used in conducting the election.
Ms Halima Sadiq, Executive Director, PIBCID, stated the concert was organised to promote peaceful and non-violent election, saying that the youth had latent energy and ability that could be channeled to productive engagements for attainment of peace.
She urged them not to present themselves as willing tools for violence by selfish politicians, urging them to exercise their franchise, value themselves and promote peaceful election.
Dr Raymond Esebagbon, Acting Country Director, NDI, partners in the “Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War”, campaign said institute’s message to the youth was for them to do the right thing and resist attempts by selfish individuals to use them for violence during the election.
“We want to promote peace during the election. Youths can participate in the election in different ways – as staff of INEC, voters, agents and so on but all must be towards ensuring peaceful, free and fair conduct.”
Eunice Agbogun, Executive Director, Challenged Parenthood Initiative (CPI), also enjoined youths to be actively engaged in non violence campaign in politics and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign.
Agbogun said that the position of women in politics was very key and urged youths not to allow themselves to be used in perpetrating violence.
“We want our women to be given space to participate, take elective and appointive positions in government.”
NAN reports that nine performing artistes comprising seven musician and two comedians performed alongside 2Face Idibia and his wife Ann, at the concert.
Buhari’s presidency is deaf, dumb – Fayose blasts Adesina
Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has responded to a statement by President, Major general, Muhammadu Buhari’s(retd) Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, that his principal refused to deal with him and Governor Nyesome Wike despite his combative and truculent disposition.
Recall that in a piece titled ‘Wike Vindicates Buharists’, Adesina noted that the President would have taken action not only against Wike but former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, for their “anti-Buhari tendencies” but he didn’t.
He was quoted as saying, “The President could have dealt with them in many ways, either overtly or covertly, but he let them be. He was a father ready to tolerate his many children, irrespective of their differing idiosyncrasies, propensities, and predilections.”
Reacting, Fayose said Buhari is an accidental clueless President who is unconscious of things happening in his presidency.
According to him, Buhari’s presidency is deaf and dumb.
He tweeted, “the comment by my brother and friend, @FemAdesina, on the President not “dealing with myself and Gov Wike,” President Buhari, in my opinion, is an “Accidental President,” who is not only clueless but unconscious of happenings in his own Presidency.
“A man who can’t defend or protect his immediate family is not in any way better than an effigy. If not, those around him won’t be talking about a President “punishing” serving governors or even ordinary Nigerians as if they are his servants.
“Femi Adesina, do you realize I have been quiet for a while, having concluded that Buhari’s Presidency is deaf and dumb? So don’t wake a sleeping lion so as not to be confronted with consequences you can’t contend with.”
JUST IN: Oyo deputy governor denied access to Ajimobi’s 8th day fidau
There was a mild drama on Sunday at the Oluyole, Ibadan residence of the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, when the state deputy governor Rauf Olaniyan was denied access to the eighth-day fidau prayers holding in the compound.
The family had announced the fidau prayer as a private programme, urging the public to watch through virtual channels including Zoom, YouTube and Facebook.
Olaniyan arrived the residence at about 11:20 am in a convoy of five vehicles. On getting to the gate of the road leading to Ajimobi’s residence, the convoy was stopped by policemen and members of other security agencies manning the gate. They insisted that only the deputy governor’s vehicle could be allowed into the street to join the prayer.
The deputy governor’s security details initially rebuffed the idea but when their argument was degenerating, a senior policeman intervened and they eventually agreed that only the deputy governor’s vehicle should go in.
But on getting to Ajimobi’s house, the gate was also locked.
The deputy governor’s aides introduced their principal but they were told that the gate had been locked and that Mrs Ajimobi was in possession of the key. Olaniyan waited, believing that the issue would be sorted in no time.
After waiting for about 15 minutes, however, without any positive development, Olaniyan left the residence.
Prayers were still ongoing as at press time.
Rivers APC: Aguma remains state chair, says Abe
Former Senator representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the national assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has described the alleged suspension of the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Igochukwu Aguma, by a section of the statutory members of the party’s State Executive Committee (SEC), as inconsequential and a clear breach of a valid court judgement.
He said even if the judgement of the High Court that empowered Aguma to act as the APC Caretaker Chairman in the state is set aside, the action of the SEC members was already in defiance of a subsisting court judgement, considering the time they took the action.
Abe, in a statement posted on his Facebook account, said, Senator Andrew Uchendu, who presided over the meeting where Aguma was allegedly suspended, should have collected the signatures of SEC members and served a notice on Hon. Aguma the chairman with a demand to summon a meeting.
The Senator said:
“There are constitutional provisions in our party constitution to summon an extraordinary meeting of the state executive committee of our party the APC. Hon. Igo Aguma called a meeting of the SEC by virtue of an order of a court which was published.
Every member was invited. I attended that meeting, a quorum was formed and decisions were reached. So SEC met and took certain decisions including asking the acting Chairman to draw a blueprint on the way forward and present to SEC at a later date.
“As far as the law is concerned, the state executive committee of the APC can only meet if summoned by the chairman or a proper procedure is used by members to override the chairman.
We should follow the example of the President and obey our courts. Igo Aguma remains the Chairman of APC in the state.
Leaders should be careful not to lead the party on another merry go round,” Abe maintained. The statement was signed by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson.
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