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Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje


Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State, has accused Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, the state’s former governor, of funding his presidential campaign with funds budgeted for road construction in the state.

Ganduje made the revelation on Wednesday at the inauguration of campaign committees for his re-election bid.

He also vowed to investigate Kwankwaso over a multi-billion Naira road project.

He revealed that the issue had been taken to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation.

According to Ganduje, so far, investigation by EFCC revealed how Kwankwaso used money budgeted for the construction of five-kilometre roads in the 44 local governments of Kano state for his presidential campaign in 2015.

His words: “I was the deputy governor when the project was conceived. Ninety per cent of the total sum of the contract was provided by the 44 local governments while the remaining 10 per cent was provided by the state government.

“However, Kwankwaso collected the 90 per cent from the 44 local government, paid the mobilisation fee and funded his presidential campaign with the remaining balance. The Kwankwasiyya people have started campaigning with the 5km road project, but I will expose them.”

He also alleged that EFCC discovered that the funds were converted to dollars.

However, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, a commissioner under Kwankwaso’s government, said the allegation raised by Ganduje was a ploy by the governor to “to divert people’s attention”.

It was confirmed by Abdulsalam, who is the running mate to the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf, that the contract took effect during Kwankwaso’s tenure but originated from Ganduje’s office when he was the deputy governor and commissioner for local government.

“Let him tell the public how the contract was awarded, what happened to it and who the contractors are. The 5km road project was not the case investigated by the EFCC and it is not Ganduje that took the case to EFCC. The EFCC has finished that case,” he said.

Ganduje, himself, has in recent times been riddled with corruption allegations.

He was recently revealed in a leaked video allegedly collecting kickbacks from contractors.

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2019 presidential race: Save our party from destruction – Kogi SDP beg national leaders

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Jerry Gana

Jerry Gana

The G19 Presidential Campaign Team of Prof. Jerry Gana of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has called on credible leaders and teeming members of the party to arise and rescue SDP from the hands of traders, merchants and transactionalists who are bent at destroying the party.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary of SDP, Kogi State Cha, ter Barrister Paul Abraham which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday.

The statement wondered why the leadership of the SDP refused to obey the Court Order by forwarding the name of Prof. Jerry Gana to INEC as the presidential candidate of the party as directed by the law.

According to the statement, ”Without any ambiguity, the matter of the presidential candidacy of the SDP in the 2019 election ought to be fully rested by now, given the subsisting judgment of the FCT High Court.

“Unfortunately, the mishandling of this weighty matter, and the open bias displayed by the National Chairman of the Party, Chief Olu Falae in the face of a clear Order of a Court of competent jurisdiction, remain incomprehensible and his motives and integrity questionable.

“It has now become very clear that the National Chairman and the National Secretary of the party Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, without recourse to other members of the NWC have continued to act as though the party is a private venture.

“We state categorically that it has always been obvious, and we say so on good authority, that the duo have a script other than the interest of the party, which they have manipulated thus far and would henceforth continue no more.

“Otherwise, how does one explain their stand on this matter, in spite of the fact that majority of NWC members, State Chairmen and party faithful across the country, have continued to cry and shout, insisting that Prof Jerry Gana’s name be submitted to INEC, Instead of acceding to the demand of the majority, the duo have resorted to direct threats, intimidation and suspension of members who dare to speak out”

The statement further pointed out that SDP is not a fascism organisation where people are forbidden from speaking their minds, stressing that freedom of expression is one of the pillars of democracy and as such, social democrats members shall no longer be caged.

“Given that our presidential candidacy is on the platform of the SDP we deliberated resisted commenting publicly on these sordid manipulations, but we discovered that the more we keep quiet the more the public is misled into accepting lies as truth, propaganda as reality, minority way as majority view and playing mischief with serious matters of nation building.

“We understand that Chief Falae’s preferred candidate, Mr. Donald Duke did not come to the SDP with the intention of really contesting for the Presidency. We say so for a number of reasons.

“There is no trace of evidence nor record anywhere in the custody of the Party to show that he paid for his nomination forms; whereas Prof. Gana paid N11million as and when required. Yet, there was an insider-dealing to dash him the Party’s nomination form while others had to pay.

“This is not about Prof. Jerry Gana, it is about right versus wrong! It is about the destiny of millions of Nigerians whose lives are dependent on putting in place a better leadership alternative based on competence, capacity, character, and courage.” the statement noted

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2019: Igala group tasks candidates on Development…

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Major Gen. Patrick Akpa ( Rted)

Major Gen. Patrick Akpa ( Rted)


By Atabo Julius, Lokoja

Toward effective representation by her representatives in the forthcoming general elections, Ukomu Igala , the apex platform for all socio cultural organisations of the people of kogi East has tasked candidates of the various political parties to sign an article of faith on the development agenda of the zone as a prelude for earning their support .

The candidates who were drawn from the three Federal Constituencies that make up the zone were asked on their plans and programmes for the kingdom , while advising them to avoid acts of violence during electioneering and to ensure brotherliness through out the elections.

Speaking at the Interactive session held at Anyigba in Dekina LGA on Saturday, the president of Ukomu Igala Major Gen. Patrick Akpa ( Rted) noted that the event was a modest contribution to the proactive leadership recruitment that could bring functional development to the zone.

Akpa, stated that the group has to commission some of the best minds to design a development agenda document which has just been unveiled to guide those seeking to represent them assured that the people will rely on it to interrogate the representatives when come back for reelection.

The president, Ukomu Igala stated that the past representatives could not attract needed development from the state and federal governments to the zone which necessitated the development of the blueprint as guide for the potential lawmakers.

He lamented that the Igala kingdom which is acclaimed to be the ninth largest ethnic nationalities in the country could not boast of her sons and daughters in the highest policy making organs of the Federation.

He bemoaned the acute shortage of infrastructural development, access to qualitative education, healthcare delivery, adding that the zone which boast of abundant arable land for agriculture still remained in poverty for lack of investment into the modern method of farming by the governments and well to do citizens of the area.

He called on the candidates to hold on to the Development Agenda as the scripture of their office stressing that they can only get the support of the people by their strict compliance with the Kogi East Agenda.

While restating the need for politicians to be committed to the development of their communities, the lead moderator, Mrs Eugenia Abuh, former Executive Director NTA, charged them for a paradigm shift to wrestle all facets of development from the center to the zone.

The Director who was elated by the responses of the respondents said given need encouragement the crop of new generation leaders of the zone could change the narrative of poverty to prosperity.

She warned participants to desist from using words capable of inciting violence saying in a competition of this nature only one person will win hence both the presumed winners and losers should work in synergy to give the people dividend of democracy.

She urged those who were not present at the event to study carefully the “Development Agenda document”to guide them when eventually they win the polls.

Abuh said gone are the era where politicians would do whatever they want without recourse to the people hinted that the people will be waiting for them when they come to seek their support for re-election.

A participant, Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim , a former Assembly member and Candidate for Ankpa / Olamaboro/Omala federal constituency said his aspiration is to give voice to the youth and the vulnerable adding that his antecedents speaks volumes for him.

The lawmaker said the role of the political parties is to present candidates for election, he however charged candidates to be aware of their responsibilities to the people who voted for them expecting good things of lives from them.

He urged his colleagues to play the game by the rules declaring that his aspiration does not worth the blood of any man hence thuggery and other vices associated with electioneering should be condemned.

Meanwhile, the Development Agenda document contains priorities of Agriculture, Education, Healthcare; Infrastructures, political and language developments which was signed by participants drawn from the PDP, APC, ADC; SDP, YDP NCP etc as a guide for their elections.

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Jerry Gana charges members to rescue SDP from political merchants

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By Atabo Julius, Lokoja

The G19 Presidential Campaign Team of Prof. Jerry Gana of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has called on credible leaders and teeming members of the party to arise and rescue SDP from the people he called traders, merchants and transactionalists who are hellbent on destroying the party.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary of SDP, Kogi State Chapter Barrister Paul Abraham which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday .

The statement wondered why the leadership of SDP refused to obey the Court Order by forwarding the name of Prof. Jerry Gana to INEC as the presidential candidate of the party as directed by law.

According to the statement “Without any ambiguity, the matter of the presidential candidacy of the SDP in the 2019 election ought to be fully rested by now, given the subsisting judgment of the FCT High Court.

“Unfortunately, the mishandling of this weighty matter, and the open bias displayed by the National Chairman of the Party, Chief Olu Falae in the face of a clear Order of a Court of competent jurisdiction, remain incomprehensible and his motives and integrity questionable.

“It has now become very clear that the National Chairman and the National Secretary of the party Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam, without recourse to other members of the NWC have continued to act as though the party is a private venture.

“We state categorically that it has always been obvious, and we say so on good authority, that the duo have a script other than the interest of the party, which they have manipulated thus far and would henceforth continue no more.

“Otherwise, how does one explain their stand on this matter, in spite of the fact that majority of NWC members, State Chairmen and party faithful across the country, have continued to cry and shout, insisting that Prof Jerry Gana’s name be submitted to INEC, Instead of acceding to the demand of the majority, the duo have resorted to direct threats, intimidation and suspension of members who dare to speak out”

The statement further pointed out that SDP is not a fascism organisation where people are forbidden from speaking their minds, stressing that freedom of expression is one of the pillars of democracy and as social democrats members shall no longer be caged.

“We understand that Chief Falae’s preferred candidate, Mr. Donald Duke did not come to the SDP with the intention of really contesting for the Presidency. We say so for a number of reasons.

“There is no trace of evidence nor record anywhere in the custody of the Party to show that he paid for his nomination forms; whereas Prof. Gana paid N11million as and when required. Yet, there was an insider-dealing to dash him the Party’s nomination form while others had to pay.

“This is not about Prof. Jerry Gana, it is about right versus wrong! It is about the destiny of millions of Nigerians whose lives are dependent on putting in place a better leadership alternative based on competence, capacity, character, and courage.” the statement noted.

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