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2023: If You Don’t Bid, You Can’t Win, Osinbajo Tells Youths

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2023: If You Don’t Bid, You Can’t Win, Osinbajo Tells Youths

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says if young Nigerians fail to bid for elective offices at the 2023 general elections, they cannot win.

Osinbajo made the observation through President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Babajide Omoworare.

Omoworare represented Osinbajo at the opening of a two-day retreat for young legislators at the federal and state levels held on Monday in Lagos.

He said the government had been preparing and equipping the capacity of youths as future leaders.

2023: If You Don’t Bid, You Can’t Win, Osinbajo Tells Youths

According to him, President Buhari’s assent to the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run’’ Bill, was to ensure greater participation of youths in parliament and in government generally.

“In preparation for 2023 general elections, we must realise that greater participation of our youths should not be mere rhetoric.

“Power is never handed over on a platter. If you don’t bid, you can’t win. We must also register to vote.

“The whole essence is to ensure that youths get involved in the process of democracy and also in the parliamentary process,’’ Omoworare said.

He urged youths, who were ready to throw their hats into the ring in 2023, to join political parties or form new ones, adding that the essence of the “Not-Too -Young To Run’’ Bill would be defeated if the youth failed to run.

He said that the youth eligible voter population was still very low, stressing that their turnout on election days had always been abysmally low.

According to him, young persons in another clime volunteer to mobilize eligible voters for the registration process for political parties; they canvass for votes and they participate in political parties’ congresses and conventions.

Omoworare urged national, state, and local government parliamentarians to inculcate the culture of internship and mentorship for youth with a view to foster an enduring legislative practice.

He said that such would make democracy, leadership, governance, peacebuilding, and legislative strengthening a continuum.

Osinbajo said that participation of youths in democratic processes would inject fresh ideas, build public interest, ensure efficiency as well as engender good governance.

According to him, since youths are coming with fresh ideas, it will stimulate the economy, advance democracy and strengthen the legislative process.

“The involvement of young persons in the democratic and legislative processes will give us a better democracy and opportunity to make Nigeria a greater country,’’ he added.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Dr Vladimir Kreck, Resident Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German Foundation funded by the German government, said that its mandate was to promote democratic processes and good governance.

“Following our mandate, there was no hesitation to enter into a partnership with the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the National Assembly and the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) to organise this seminar.

“Young people are the majority in Nigeria. There is no doubt that young people are and will remain a major political factor in Nigeria.

“It is not a secret that today, many young people are dissatisfied with the ruling elites in Nigeria,’’ Kreck said.

According to him, the youth, being the biggest social group of the people in Nigeria, is vastly under-represented in parliaments, government, and committees of political parties.

Kreck, who noted that youth had little or no voice in political decision-making, in Nigeria said that the 2023 elections should give young people a political voice.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat has in attendance young serving legislators from across the country.

The retreat was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with NILDS and the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of the National Assembly.

It has “Youth Alliance – Towards 2023 General Elections’’ as its theme.

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Ohanaeze Begs IPOB To Reconsider 7-Day Sit-At-Home Directive

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo has appealed to the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB)  to reconsider its seven-day sit-at-home directive which coincided with the Anambra governorship election.

Recall that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ahead of the Anambra Governorship election recently declared a seven day sit-at-home order starting November 5 in support of its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, unless he  is released by the Federal Government on or before November 4.

Noting that Anambra is the economic live wire of the South-East, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said any harm to the state will “create untold disastrous chain reactions and catastrophe for the Igbo.”

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze urged the Chairman, South-East Governors Forum and the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi, to convene an emergency meeting of Igbo stakeholders and Youth Leaders for the purpose of addressing the legitimacy crisis in the zone especially as it relates to Anambra State election and the political solution for the release of Nnamdi Kanu.

The statement read: “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide pleads with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to reconsider the 7 days’ Sit at Home order in the South-East of Nigeria from November 5 to November 11.

“This is to enable the governorship election for Anambra State scheduled for November 6 to hold.

“It is important to note that Anambra State is the economic live wire of the South East with an impressive steady growth trajectory.

“For instance, Anambra State showcases the best rural road network and rural community development in the South East if not in entire Nigeria.

“Anambra is home to the greatest number of small, medium and large scale industries in the South East.

“Most recently, Anambra has added a cargo airport to its resource base.

“Above all, Onitsha is the largest market in West Africa. The implication of the above illustration is that Anambra State is the melting pot of Igbo traders and artisans.

“It stands to reason that Anambra is the big Iroko tree that provides a shade for most Igbos. Apart from the shade, it also hosts the numerous birds that perch on the branches.

“Therefore any harm to the Iroko tree will create untold disastrous chain reactions and catastrophe for the Igbo.

“While pleading with the IPOB to rescind the Lock Down plan, Ohanaeze Ndigbo requests the Chairman, South East Governors Forum and the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi to convene an emergency meeting of Igbo stake holders and the Youth Leaders for the purpose of addressing the legitimacy crisis in the South East, especially as it relates to Anambra State election and the political solution for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“It is important to point out that one of the causes of the crisis of confidence in the South-East is because of the yawning gap between the Youths and indeed the masses, on one side and the political leaders on the other.

“Therefore, the leadership of the various youth groups should not be excluded in any meeting aimed at resolving the current crises in Igbo Land. In other words, the Youths want to be fully convinced of our commitment to their plight.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo reiterates its solidarity with any group that protests the Igbo alienation in the project Nigeria with a caution for restraint, maturity and wisdom.

“It is based on the foregoing that Ohanaeze adopts the philosophy of dialogue, negotiations in coalition with other concerned groups that comprise the Southern and Middle Belt Leadership Forum led by Chief E K Clark.

“It is also lamentable that the burial ceremony for the Afara Ukwu born Chief Mrs Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, slated for November 5 in Umuahia, Abia State may be drastically affected by the prevailing Igbo social climate.

General JTU Aguiyi Ironsi represents so many things to the Igbo and we owe his soul a duty.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willy Obiano to convene a joint meeting of the Anambra State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Chief Emeka Udodeme and the Association of Town Union (ASATU) led by Barr. Titus Akpudo with a view to activating meetings in all the 181 towns of Anambra State.

The traditional rulers, Archbishops, Bishops and the Clergy are also requested to brace up in their roles as the cultural and spiritual leaders of society.

“Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is very perturbed that the serenity, tranquility and aggressive entrepreneurship for which the Igbo are known are gradually yielding to the unknown dark forces.

He is more perturbed when the Anambra ordeal is juxtaposed with the calibre of personages for which the State is known. Some of them include Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Dr. Alex. Ekwueme, Professor Chinua Achebe, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Professor Chike Obi, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Professor Dora Akunyili, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, Dr. Nwafor Orizu, Professor Keneth Dike, Peter Obi, Professor ABC Nwosu, Engr. Arthur Eze, Dr. Chris Ngige, Igwe Alfred Achebe, etc and numerous young and old billionaires.

“In many respects, Anambra is the engine that propels the Igbo enterprise. As elders we should not fold our arms while the goat dies in the tether.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is of the conviction that the disruption of the Anambra State election and the adverse consequences are a major setback to the Igbo civilization.”

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Court Adjourns Secondus’ Suit To Stop PDP National Convention

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Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has reserved its decision on a suit by the former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, seeking the suspension of the party’s convention slated for Saturday.

The court fixed Thursday, 28th of October, to hear and rule on the motion for Interim order of injunction brought by Secondus against the PDP and others.

Secondus through his Counsel, Payo Oyetubo, is asking the court to suspend the October, 30th and 31st National Convention of the party and grant him the right to preside over the convention.

Court Adjourns Secondus’ Suit To Stop PDP National Convention

When the matter was mentioned in court, six other members of PDP drew the attention of the court on their application for joinder which was not opposed by counsel to Secondus and was subsequently granted by the three man panel of the appeal court.

However, the defendants’ Counsel including those who joined in the suit opposed to the motion for Interim injunction by Secondus’ counsel seeking to stop the PDP forthcoming National Convention, asked for time to respond to the process.

The three-man appeal panel led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani after listening to the argument from the parties, ordered counsel to the plaintiff to serve the process on the defendant’s Counsel within 24 hours.

Tsammani also urged respondents’ counsels to respond within 24 hours and adjourned till 28th of October, for hearing and possible ruling on the motion.

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FACT-CHECK: Did Primate Ayodele Say Ifeanyi Ubah Will Win Anambra Election?

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Primate Ayodele Releases Fresh Prophecies On Anambra Governorship Election-Crystal News

As the Anambra governorship election gets closer, different publications have been coming up concerning the candidates and the election as a whole. At a time like this, publications that have to do with prophecies on who becomes the winner of the election get lot of attention from candidates and the people of Anambra.

Popular prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele is one prophet who has spoken consistently about the gubernatorial election in Anambra. He started before the primaries up till this moment and his last prophecy was talking about the candidates and their stand in the soon coming elections.

In this last prophecy, he mentioned that the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) are not wanted by the people of Anambra and that they are bent on taking the victory by force.

‘‘’People are tired of APGA, they don’t want APGA but the party wants to enforce power through rigging, they are not getting it right. Governor Willie Obiano isn’t doing his homework properly and it will affect their victory. Nobody is ready for APGA and APC in Anambra but both of them are bent on taking it by force. Except Governor Willie Obiano begs the people of Anambra and prays to God, the people will not vote for APGA.’’

For YPP and PDP, Primate Ayodele stated that both parties have what it takes to win the election and advised them on what to do.

‘’PDP has what it takes, they have the resources but except their candidate, Valentine Ozigbo does the necessary things, he won’t win. A coalition will help PDP more to get their chances. If they do what is right, they will get it. Unless PDP wakes up, gets a coalition and puts their house in proper order, they will not be victorious, they should manage things properly. Three days to the election, things will start changing, PDP should prepare well.

FACT-CHECK: Did Primate Ayodele Say Ifeanyi Ubah Will Win Anambra Election?

‘’A Coalition will send APC off the race but other parties don’t see beyond their nose and by this, they will create chances for APC to win in an ungodly way. The people don’t want APC and APGA. If PDP can utilize the opportunity, they can win.

‘’YPP candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah is not ready to take victory, victory is surrounding him but he isn’t ready for it. They will ease him out technically, he is getting some things wrong except he does the needful. He has what it takes but he isn’t managing it, he is playing around the victory and people are not seeing him as well prepared for the election victory. The victory is close to him but he doesn’t know how to claim it.’’ (https://dailypost.ng/2021/10/12/anambra-guber-primate-ayodele-reveals-election-outcome-in-fresh-prophecy/)

However, since yesterday, there have been stories flying in the internet that Primate Ayodele prophesied that Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election. This has been posted on mainstream news platforms like the Sun newspapers, and other online platforms.( https://www.sunnewsonline.com/primate-ayodele-says-ifeanyi-ubahll-win/)

Going by the prophetic statement and what is currently spreading, it is important to note that they are two different things and the man of God never stated that Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election.

For Ifeanyi Ubah, Primate Ayodele even noted that the people are not seeing him as a serious candidate and that he doesn’t know how to claim victory. He went ahead to categorically state that he will eased out technically except he does the needful. With this statement, Primate Ayodele never said Ifeanyi Uba will win but advised him on what he needs to do if he wants to win. He wasn’t the only one in this category, the PDP candidate was also advised on what to do to win the election.

Where then did those sponsoring stories to favor Ifeanyi Ubah get theirs from? The facts are available on the social media and there was never a time Primate Ayodele made a statement that YPP and Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election.

However, this is not the first time Primate Ayodele’s prophecies will be twisted by some elements for political gains. In 2018, Primate Ayodele released a statement that only Saraki can unseat Buhari and that can only happen if the PDP gives him the presidential ticket but unfortunately, they didn’t listen and they lost in the election. After this, there were verbal attacks against Primate Ayodele for saying ‘Saraki will be nigeria’s next president’, meanwhile, there was never a time Primate Ayodele said this.

In 2020 before Ondo election, Primate Ayodele said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu will not win by people’s mandate but through manipulation, technicality, power of incumbency, money and security. His words were twisted as saying ‘Rotimi Akeredolu will not win’, whereas that wasn’t what the man of God said.

For Ifeanyi Ubah, it’s obvious his camp are behind the sponsored stories but putting the records straight, Primate Ayodele never said Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election.

Written by James Ubah

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