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Religion Cannot Divide Nigeria, Akpabio, Breaks Fast (iftar) With Muslim Colleagues

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President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio on Monday evening had Iftar(breaking of fast) with his Muslim colleagues, in Abuja, maintaining that religion cannot divide the country

In his remarks at the occasion which was also attended by some Senators who are of the Christian faith, Akpabio declared that “religion cannot divide us,” stressing that it was not a mere coincidence that the Christian Lenten and Muslim Ramadan periods came up again same time.

He said it was to show that even though Muslims and Christians have different religions, they both have only one God, the Supreme God.

Akpabio remarked: “I want to congratulate all of us for breaking fast today and thank Almighty Allah for keeping us alive to see this day and pray that He will continue to protect us and continue to look after our health, look after our families through this Ramadan period and also use this opportunity to congratulate you on the Easter celebration.

“It is not a coincidence that God is merging the fasting of the moslems and that of Christians together. This is about the second or third time it is happening.

“The intention is to show that we may have different religions, but we have only one God and that God is the Supreme God that looks after all of us.

“So to the glory of God, the invitation was for those of us who are still around. Those who have not yet gone to Saudi Arabia particularly for these last 10 days of Ramadan, that we should meet and break the fast together.

“And of course, we also invited the Christian Senators to come. For them, it’s a celebration of the Easter period. Coming together is all that we need. We need to continue to work together as brothers and sisters of the one Almighty God, for the benefit of our dear country. Religion cannot divide us.

“No matter the turmoil, no matter the political disagreement, even families do disagree. But we must bear one thing in mind, that we are serving humanity and we are serving humanity through Almighty God and that one day, we shall leave this world to go and account for our deeds while we were on earth. I think that is the guiding principle.

“For every human being, there is a time to be born. There is a time to go. And this period of Ramadan, this period of Easter, reconnect us with God so that we know that we are not in this world for nothing.

“He sends us here for a purpose and that purpose is to live in peace with one another, love one another, pray together, work for one another to ensure progress for humanity.

“So, on departing, we would have left legacies, an imprint that yes, we were here and others will take over from us. My prayer tonight is that God should enable us to leave a better future for all Nigerians.”

Responding on behalf of other Senators present, the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, thanked the Senate President for inviting them to have Iftar with him.

“We are really grateful. This invitation is a demonstration of the care that you have for all Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We all know you as a very caring leader, someone who cares about the welfare of all Senators.

“This invitation has reinforced what we know about you. There is an adage in Hausa language that says: Inviting you to come is more delicious than the food.

“So when we heard about the invitation, we were very happy that you have us in mind and that you are very caring. So we thank you very much.

“May the Almighty Allah continue to be our guide, continue to support us as we work with the Executive arm of government to face the challenges we have and by the grace of God, we are going to change our challenges to prosperity. Within a short time by the grace of God, this country will become a land of eldorado,” Senator Jibrin said.

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G-60 Reps Coalition Bow To Authentic Chinda’s Led Caucus

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…… Shun Proposed Media Briefing

The G-60 Peoples Democratic Party Opposition Coalition, described as fake by the authentic Hon Kingsley Chinda minority caucus in the House of Representatives has finally bowed to the superiority of the officially known and accepted leadership of the minority parties

At the House of Representatives Tuesday, the Ikenga Ugochinyere’s G-60 group which had previously announced a press briefing following the outcome of a meeting the group was to hold, declined to brief the media

The impostor group as they have come to be known and identified is a purported group of imaginary 60 lawmakers under the auspices of Opposition lawmakers coalition that boast of their numerical strength

They had last week threatened to quit the party if the doctored list of Caretaker Committees in Rivers and 10 other states which was filled with members and loyalist of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is not nullified.

But credible sources familiar with their activities have punctured their 60 acclaimed numbers, putting it at a misery 5nos

While the G-60 shunned an earlier press conference it initially scheduled, the third Regular meeting convened by the Leader of the Caucus and House Minority Leader, Hon. Kingsley Chinda held on Tuesday at House Committee Room 413, National Assembly Complex Abuja ahead of Thursday’s National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, was followed by a press conference

Though the G-60 could not advance any cogent reason for cancelling the press parley, after Hon Chinda had addressed the media , but news making the rounds had it that the press secretary of one of the G60 members had alleged that the meeting with the Minority Leader ended in commotion as lawmakers were sharply divided along the lines of pro and anti-Umar Damgun, the party’s acting National Chairman.

It was alleged from the outcome of the meeting that the move to pass vote of confidence on Damagun failed.

“We are glad that the plan of the pro- Wike group supporting Damagun fell like a pack of cards as we refused all entreaties to perpetuate illegality and stoking of crisis in the party. Our position remains that Damagun must go for someone from North-central to take over and complete Ayu’s tenure” the press secretary was said to have lied

Another quote linked to the group, also said “Our Party needs total overhaul and reformation. We currently have in the PDP a national leadership that is in bed with the APC and is working extremely hard to hand over the party to the APC. This is quite shameful disheartening. But we won’t fold our hands and let gat happen”.

But a very reliable source within the PDP disclosed that the meeting of the caucus went smoothly as they were all on same page.

Buttressing the position also were remarks credited to Kingsley Chinda, the minority leader while addressing journalists after the meeting

Chinda told newsmen that the PDP caucus was united, indivisible committed and out to perform its duty as the watchdog on behalf of Nigerians.

He said, “We have just concluded the third meeting of the People’s Democratic Party caucus in the 10th Assembly and have resolved to tell all of us and the world that we are United and we are one and remained United, indivisible, committed and out to perform her duty as the watchdog on behalf of the Nigerian people.

“In the same vein, we x-rayed the security situation in the country and resolved that we can no longer accept the situation where Nigeria is today tagged one life, one minute silence.

“The government is therefore called upon to immediately take steps to ensure that the security situation in the country is normalised and the caucus has also given a three month ultimatum for government to normalise the security situation in our country.

“After three months, the caucus will take further steps to sensitise and mobilise Nigerians to perhaps take their security in their hands.

The House caucus also agreed to call on all party caucuses, the Board of Trustees, National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee of the party to embark on reconciliation measures with a view to resolving all litigation that are pending and has hindered the party in any way whatsoever from having a substantive national Chairman.

“We call on our leaders in the PDP to continue to demonstrate unconditional loyalty to the party and ensure that the party reclaim her pride of place where she enjoyes the position of the largest party in Africa and to take back the Aso Villa which actually supposed to be our birth right.
Speaking on credible Opposition, he said:
“For us, we are going back as we resume the session to commence a strong, virile and purpose driven opposition to give the people a voice in the parliament.

“We also call on the Senate Leadership to please take steps to recall our colleague and senior brother, a veteran politician, a parliamentarian per excellence, Abdul Ningi.”

Those who attended the enlarged meeting of the PDP Caucus, among others , were the G-60 , who were seen present during the meeting and briefing , seated calm, putting fillip to why they backed down on the scheduled press conference.

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PDP To Take Back Power In 2027- Reps Caucus

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…… Set For Credible Opposition

The House of Representatives Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, says it must take back government, by extension the Aso Rock Villa in 2027.

According to the Caucus, the villa is supposed to be its birth right.

Leader of the minority group in the House, Rep. Kingsley Chinda, who disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen after the third Regular meeting of PDP lawmakers, said there’s was no going back on its resolve to return to power in 2027

The caucus which also gave the Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration a three-month ultimatum to stabilize security in the country, spoke in a communiqué issued after the meeting

Hon Chinda further disclosed that the PDP caucus was resuming this time around to engage in robust and virile opposition that will give Nigerians a voice in the Nigerian parliament

“And so for us, we are going back as we resume the session to commence a strong, virile and purpose driven opposition to give the people a voice in the parliament.

The lawmakers also issued a three-months ultimatum to the Federal Government to normalize the security situation in the country , in the communiqué

According to him, the government is therefore called upon to immediately take steps to ensure that the security situation in the country is normalized.

He said, ” we x-rayed the security situation in our country and we resolved that we can no longer take this situation where Nigeria is today almost tagged as one life, one minute silence.

“After three-months the caucus will take further steps to sensitize and mobilize Nigerians to perhaps take their security into their hands.”

He said the caucus also agreed to call on all party caucuses, the board of trustees, national executive committee and the national working committee of the party to embark on reconciliatory measures. This according to him is with the view to resolve all litigations that are pending and that has hindered the party in anyway whatsoever from having a substantive national Chairman.

He called on leaders of the PDP to continue to demonstrate unconditional loyalty to the party and ensure that the party is placed where she enjoyed the position of the largest party in Africa.

He said that the House of Reps PDP remained united, indivisible, committed and out to perform her duty as the watchdog on behalf of the Nigerian people.

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Arrest Those Behind Ganduje’s Suspension-CAM

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…….. Says Perpetrators Are Impostors Endangering Democracy

Members of the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of Concerned APC Members (CAM), have called for the immediate arrest of those behind the suspension of the national chairman of the party, Abdullahi Ganduje, frowning at the development

They described the perpetrators as impostors who are endangering Nigeria’s democracy and must be brought to book

Recall that Ganduje was on Tuesday allegedly suspended by APC in his Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state.

The state leadership, however, denied the alleged suspension, describing those behind it as impostors.

Reacting to the development at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, CAM, under the leadership of Okpokwu Ogenyi, called for the immediate arrest of those behind the alleged suspension.

Ogenyi said the perpetrators must be brought to book, to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said, “It is with rude shock, we received the news of the suspension of the APC National Chairman of our party, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje by some members of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP who disguised as members of our party from his Ward of Kano State.

“The impostors even went far in using the name of our party’s legal adviser in Ganduje ward to announce the purported suspension of our National chairman without the prior consent of the said legal adviser even though a legal adviser lack the powers to suspend officers of the party hence such powers is vested on the ward chairman.

“Impersonation is a criminal offence punishable by law. We call on the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of State Security Service to immediately arrest the impostors and prosecute them to serve as deterrent to others willing to orchestrate such devilish act.

“If these impostors are not arrested and prosecuted immediately, in a short while, some members of the PDP or Labour Party may constitute themselves and suspend Mr. President from the APC.”

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