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Ortom Fires Back At El-Rufai, Calls Him A Sycophant

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Ortom Fires Back At El-Rufai, Calls Him A Sycophant

Benue governor, Samuel Ortom has fired back at his Kaduna counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, who accused him of using the insecurity in his state to attack the Federal Government to cover up his failure.

El-Rufai, during a webinar, stated: “I know him (Ortom) and he is not somebody I take very seriously, frankly. He has other issues of governance that he is using the Federal Government as a punching bag to divert attention from his failures.

“Go and find out how many months’ salaries are being owed teachers and public servants in Benue State then you can understand a lot of what Ortom is doing.”

Responding to him, the Benue governor said El-Rufai has no moral justification to challenge other governors in the country.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Ortom added, “We want to believe that El-Rufai was wrongly quoted. A man who has failed in several aspects as governor of Kaduna has no moral justification to accuse another governor. “

According to him, El-Rufai divided the people of Kaduna against one another by allegedly not hiding his hatred for indigenes of the state on account of religion and ethnicity.

The statement read, “A governor who chose a Muslim deputy in a state where Christians have a huge population is certainly not one to preach unity and peaceful coexistence. El-Rufai’s attack on Governor Ortom is merely to make him look good before the Presidency.

“He has apparently fallen out of favour at the Villa and wants to use Governor Ortom as a launch pad back to reckoning. This is a man who has insulted almost every prominent Nigerian, including the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a man who is his former boss and one who brought him to limelight.”

Ortom said Nigerians had yet to forget the unprintable things El-Rufai said during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, saying, “He insulted the then President and publicly supported terrorists attacking parts of the country.

“His statements on the abduction of Chibok girls and several other acts of terrorism are still fresh in our minds. El-Rufai is on the record to have said repeatedly that Fulani people must retaliate any wrong done to them, no matter how long it takes.

“Is Governor Ortom responsible for El-Rufai’s inability to ensure peace in Kaduna State where bandits have taken over some communities while kidnappings and killings occur on a daily basis? El-Rufai admitted paying Fulani herdsmen whom he invited from other West African countries in the name of stopping attacks in Southern Kaduna.”

According to the Benue governor, since the “confessional statement,” attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna have escalated and kidnapping has become a “common crime” in Kaduna under the governor.

Ortom said Benue people did not take El-Rufai seriously, adding, “A man who has no regard for humanity does not deserve our attention. Nasir El-Rufai is a sycophant, ethnic champion, and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He is among the very few persons who have misled President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Ortom described his Kaduna counterpart as “one of the real enemies of the country who do not hide their divisive tendencies by elevating nepotism and ethnicity above the good values that have held Nigeria together over the decades.”

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Ganduje Urges More Women to Come into Politics

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has pledged to support more women aspiring for political offices in 2023
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has pledged to support more women aspiring for political offices in 2023, saying that more women are needed in the mainstream political sphere.
Ganduje made the pledge on Monday evening at an interactive session with newsmen, as part of activities to mark the Nation’s Democracy Day.
He said that the ruling party in the state, APC, had previously supported women with political ambition.
He said ”Although the party made it open and free for female contestants to obtain registration forms for various positions, they had ceased the opportunity.”
”But despite their failure to make it to their aspired positions, the administration compensated most of them with political appointments,” he said.
The Ganduje administration, apart from giving women a lot of political appointments in the state, it reshuffled the state Civil Service and increased the number of women in public and political offices.

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Abdussamad Dasuki: I’m Not Interested In Becoming Sokoto Governor

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Abdussamad Dasuki: I'm Not Interested In Becoming Sokoto Governor

The Sokoto State Commissioner for Finance, Abdussamad Dasuki said he was not interested in contesting for the state gubernatorial position in 2023.

Dasuki stated this on Monday on a radio station, where he spoke on the achievements of the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, as part of activities marking Democracy Day.

The commissioner, while responding to the question on whether he would contest in the state gubernatorial election in 2023, stated that he should be counted out of the race.

He said, “I am not in the race. Please count me out of the 2023 governorship contest. I am privileged to be given an important assignment as a commissioner by Governor Tambuwal to reposition the state’s finance and ensure its judicious application for the benefit of the people of Sokoto. I am focused on that assignment and will not be distracted by 2023 politics.”

Dasuki, who noted that his ministry was saddled with the task of guarding the state treasury and working towards ensuring Sokoto State was financially healthy and prosperous, said the state government had strengthened the economy of the state, sanitized the payroll system, plugged loopholes, and repositioned the state finances.

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PDP Set To Regain Power 2023 – Gov. Tambuwal

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PDP Set To Regain Power 2023 - Gov. Tambuwal

State governors under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have pledged to provide the needed platform for the party to return to power at the federal level in 2023.

The Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, on Sunday made the pledge at a state banquet, organized by the Akwa-Ibom State government, ahead of the forum meeting in Uyo.

Tambuwal said that the PDP governors would not disappoint Nigerians who are looking up to them to actualize their yearnings for the party to return to power in 2023.

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“These star-studded leaders of PDP governors in their respective states and political generals are determined by the grace of God through your prayers, support, and cooperation, to rescue Nigeria.

“It is a task that we must accomplish to the glory of God and his glory alone.

“God on our side, we are determined as leaders, to provide that platform for the emergence of another PDP leadership in this country, come 2023,” Tambuwal said.

He urged all citizens, especially religious leaders, to continue to pray for the country, especially over the security situation in the country.

“We need prayers. God is always there for His people and will never be tired of Nigeria for His glory,” Tambuwal added.

Earlier in his remarks, Gov. Emmanuel Udom, welcoming the PDP governors to the state, told them that their people did not make mistakes in electing them to represent them.

Udom described the PDP governors as leaders with characters and charisma.

People’s Democratic Party National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, speaking on behalf of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), said the PDP governors are making the party proud with their performances in their respective states.

“Today, if there is any hope of democracy in Nigeria, it has come from the PDP governors because of their excellent performance in their states,” he said.

Enoidem advised the PDP governors to sustain those efforts to foster development in Nigeria.

He said that though the responsibilities ahead are enormous, PDP governors must continue to work together to rise to the challenges facing the country.

PDP governors at the event were those of Akwa-Ibom, Adamawa, Delta, Enugu, Rivers, Taraba, Sokoto, Bayelsa, Edo, and the deputy governor of Zamafara State.

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