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2019: Do not sell your votes, Kanu advises Nigerians

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The National Chairman, New Deal Organisation, Daniel Kanu, on Monday in Abuja advised Nigerians not to sell their votes in the 2019 general elections.

Kanu made the call while addressing newsmen on the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the two-million-man-march youth rally held in 1998.

Kalu urged youths to utilise their strength for positive contribution to determine the fortune and future of this nation.

“Do not to collect money from anyone in exchange for votes.

“Do not release your permanent voter cards to anyone because it will be negatively used to mortgage your future.

“If you sell your vote, you sell your conscience. When you sell your conscience, you destroy your future and the future of many generations to come! Ignorance can be bought, but conscience is not for sell,” he said.

He stressed the need to enthrone vision 2010 as a blueprint for the rapid development of the country.

Kanu also called on the Federal Government to review the 33-point recommendations of the vision 2010 as well as 2020 document with the view of implementing them.

“These are the projects that would ordinarily impact on the people and the economy but due to one reason or the other, subsequent administrations discarded the polices.

“This is the same as demolishing a ten story building going to 20. You then start again all over from the foundation.”

He said that the contents of the 2010 vision which was put together by 248 prominent Nigerians still remain relevant today.

The 2010 vision, according to Kanu, sought to address core value system, political, economy, education, population, health, agriculture, privatization and manufacturing.

It also includes petroleum, poverty alleviation, rural development, youths and sports, corruption, media, engineer, labour management, industrial and rewarding system, polices, among others.

“The campaign for the enthronement of a government that would ensure the implementation of the vision for the success of the country culminated in the two million man march youth rally held from March 3 to March 4, 1998, at the Eagle Square, Abuja.”

He said that the organisation would be celebrating the 20 year anniversary for the event in March in Owerri, Imo state.

“Hence, we want to use the 20 years anniversary to lunch vision 2030 for Nigeria.

“We want the youths to key into the vision because without vision we cannot move forward as a nation.

“We must demand that anybody that seek election into any elective position in the country must key into the vision,” he said.

He stressed the need for all Nigerians to key into the vision, saying “government alone cannot do it, moving forward required collective efforts”.

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NGO Advocates for Good Governace In Nigeria

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Olisa Uzoewulu

Olisa Uzoewulu

By Augustine Aminu

A Non-Governmental Organisation Awakening The Sleeping Giant Leadership Initiative, has canvassed for good governance in Nigeria even as electioneering campaigns towards 2019 general elections is gathering momentum.

President of the group, Olisa Uzoewulu (Wulus), who made this call in Abuja, said the group will throw its weight behind any candidate (s), who would convince Nigerians beyond reasonable doubt of his commitment to bring out the country out of woods.

He said ASGLI has been on ground reseaching on modalities for good and accountable government, adding that the group only supports individual or candidate that has intention for good governance.

Uzoewulu said ” The various competition to the leadership lacked democratic process. The lies, the secrecy of governance are very discouraging and the ability of every Nigerian to describe the Nigeria problems eloquently and become a historical expert is enomous”.

” We tried to understand the capacity endowment of our great nation now described as the poverty capital of the world and ranked at the lowest level in all social, political, economic competition in Africa and the world”.

Uzoewulu noted that it is worrisome that with all the human and natural endowment of Nigeria, yet poor leadership quality has draged the nation backward.

” It is unacceptable and we must accept failure of our leaders. We need to do better, we must have the hangover of continuous and persistent non productive leadership pool which drastically is pulling the nation backward”.

” It is not disrespectful to accept failure or pretend to claim the goodness of lack of performance. Such a position does not produce cure to sickness and kills idea pool. We bare tied of the concept of here we are again- a cycle of repeating promises and failures” he added.

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2019 Elections: Only competent hands must be elected – Aledare

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Mr Akinwale Samuel Aledare

Mr Akinwale Samuel Aledare

A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Assembly aspirant, Mr Akinwale Samuel Aledare, has said that only competent hands would be elected in the 2019 General Elections.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Aledare said that Nigerians had become aware of the importance of voting in competent people to occupy positions in the country.

The former aspirants stressed that having monitored the primary election and its processes, the PDP conducted better primary election and fielded the most competent candidates.

To this end, the young politician said that he would be backing all the candidates of the PDP to ensure that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was defeated.

He urged Nigerians to be very careful in choosing their leaders and to ensure that that they were not swayed by sentiments or unfounded allegations but they should rather focus on issues and solutions.

“As a loyal party man, I stand by the choice of the party. I will support His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar for president, Senator Dino Melaye for senate Kogi West, Hon Teejay Yusuf for House of Representatives Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency and Hon Alfred Bello for Kogi House of Assembly Kabba/Bunu,” he said.

He said that the youths of Kabba/Bunu had made the party proud stressing that they would continue to be loyal to the party and ensure that the PDP votes were protected from “hawks”.

“We in Kabba/Bunu local government of Kogi state have made PDP proud in previous elections and we shall continue to perform even beyond the expectation of the party.

“We have a great decision before us in few months’ time and we must put in our best at ensuring we get it right,” he said.

He also called on the leadership of the party as well as its members and supporters to stay united and work for the victory of all the party’s candidates in the 2019 election.

With specific reference to the Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency, Aledare assured that the elections would be duly monitored and right decisions taken.

He reminded the people of the untold hardship they have suffered in the last couple of years due to poor electoral choices and urged them not to repeat such mistakes in 2019.

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2019: Niger Delta ex-agitators urged to stand with Buhari

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Militants surrender through Amnesty office

Militants surrender through Amnesty office

Niger Delta ex-agitators under phases one, two and three of Presidential Amnesty Programme have been urged to support the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to enable him complete the laudable projects he started in the region.

Leader of Coalition of Niger Delta ex-Agitators, Phase II, Comrade Steve Ebisintei, who gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja, also urged other critical stakeholders in the region to support the president’s reelection bid.

Comrade Ebisintei argued that stakeholders must rally round the reelection project of President Buhari, to enable the region benefit from the numerous programmes and projects of the President.

“President Buhari remains the only president since the return of democracy in 1999 who has initiated projects and programmes that are directly beneficial to the people of the Niger Delta.”

He also called on the people of the area to support Professor Quaker Dokubo, the Amnesty Office boss, whose influence and integrity had attracted major projects for the region.

Ahead of the forthcoming 2019 election,

The ex-agitators’ leader maintained that the only option left for the region was to continue to support the president and Prof Dokubo in their quest to elevate the youths of the region.

According to him, not supporting the reelection of President Buhari will only hurt the region more “as many of the ongoing projects in the area may likely stop.”

Continuing, he said, “Without equivocation, I can tell you that more than ever before, the federal government under President Buhari has paid more attention to our devastated region than any other government at least since 1999.

“Today, modular refineries, which when completed will take over from illegal refiners and create jobs for our teeming youths are ongoing in the region.

“The East West road, which had prior to now remain in the pipelines, has been progressing with appreciable speed and the petroleum university at Okerenkoko in Delta State is progressing in good measure.

“The Amnesty program has been revived and expanded in the interest of the youths of our region; it is the only program that is targeted at the youths and it is evident that Prof Dokubo has integrated more youths into the program than any other Amnesty boss before him.

“Because of the sterling performance of President Buhari’s administration in the area of peace-building, which has resulted in decrease in the spate of militancy in the region, the dark days of avengers and other militant groups in the region are in the past.

“All these achievements can be traced to the Midas touch of Prof. Quaker Dokubo and therefore we as a region must encourage the Amnesty boss by supporting President Buhari.”

He said that no other sentiments should prevail in the region going into the 2019 election except the sentiments of visible performance and what could be seen on ground for the people of the region to benefit.

Ebisintei cautioned politicians from the region to avoid misleading the youths for their own selfish political gains ahead of the 2019 elections.

He promised to work with other like-minded youths of the region to ensure the president’s reelection bid becomes a reality, as a way of repaying him for the good work so far done in the Niger Delta.

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