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Kaduna North, South Agog As LP Guber Campaign Train Storms Areas In Style

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As Party Insists Better Days Are Here Again If Obi Is Declared President

BY IDIBIA GABRIEL, KADUNA

The governorship campaign train of Hon. Jonathan Asake and Bashir Aliyu of Labour Party (LP), on weekend, landed in Kaduna North and South local governments areas to engage the electorates on the importance of voting the LP come February 25th and March 11.

The campaign rally and tour, which was like a carnival of sort, took the two LGAs by storm. For the first time the electorates saw a different style of campaign that penetrated the nooks and crannies of communities, coming directly in contact with the people – instead of the old-school, stadium-style rally.

The town was agog, with the campaign carnival which took off from Barnawa through Ahmadu Bello Way to Kawo, Ungwan Dosa, Malali and Ungwan Rimi, then Kigo new extension to Sarduana crescent.
“It then headed toward Tudun Nupawa and drove round Tudun Wada to Kurmin Mashi, Badiko, Kabala West, Ungwan Muazu and through the western bypass to Kakuri.
According to statement by James Swam, Media Aide to LP Governorship Candidate, Hon.
Jonathan Asake, on Monday, It was an 8-hour, non-stop campaign drive that attracted many supporters who unilaterally joined and keyed into it, dancing irresistibly to the rythm of the LP music that rented the air.

“Both young and old, women and children, persons with disability, students, artisans, commercial drivers, civil servants, businessmen/women, professionals, amongst others who witnessed the campaign carnival expressed confidence in the LP as the only one that can salvage Kaduna and Nigeria from economic stagnation.

“Indeed, there were positive responsorial songs of the crowd shouting; “sai Asake”, “sai Kun yi”, “sai Lebo”, “sai Obi” in Hausa, among others, in different communities as the campaign train railed through with excitement, and explained to people why the electorate desire a change”,it stated

Chairman of the campaign council and national secretary of the LP, Alh. Umar Faruk Ibrahim, the DG, Hon. Tsahiru Bako, the state party chairman, Hon. Auwal Tafoki, the Guber candidate, Hon. Jonathan Asake and his running mate, Rt. Hon. Bashir Aliyu Zangon Aya, the senatorial candidate for Kaduna central, Hon. M.S. Ibrahim, all graced the campaign rally/tour.

Others included the house of assembly and house of representatives candidates in the two LGAs, their local government party chairmen, wards chairmen, local government campaign coordinators, various members of the campaign team as well as well-wishers.

Meanwhile the
Kaduna LP Chairman’ has predicted victory for the party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi, maintaining that better things are to happen when Obi is declared winner

The Labour party (LP) which reinstated this confidence in the victory of the governorship election of the party in Kaduna state and other parts of states in northern region, in a chat with our correspondent on assessment of the party’s campaign rallies in the northern parts of the state, revealed that LP supporters would tripped when Peter Obi is declared winner of presidential election.

Hon. Tafoki who was particularly happy with the courtesy call on Emir of Zazzau, HRH Amb. Nuhu Bamali, Chairman Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi amongst others said even though they were not categorical, there was light in the tunnels and high hope.
He also expressed assurance in the band wagon effect which he said has already began to manifest with the huge underground support the party reportedly enjoyed during governorship campaign in Zaria, adding that “LP supporters will be more when Peter Obi is declare winner of presidential election in February 2023”.

According to him, the band wagon effects “is a sure banker, in the sense that, every part of the state and business community”, would want to be associated with victory instead of remaining in the failed opposition.
He said movement to victory party by opposition is always much more pronounced and common in the northern states than in any other parts of the country, saying Kaduna guber candidate would emerged victorious in March governorships election in like manner.

The chairman stated that the last lap of the campaign would be married with the sensitization of members and supporters on the monitoring of the BiVAS before commencement of vote cast on 25th February election election, he slated at after in Abuja meeting.

According to him, sensitization electorates on vote buying among supporters and ineffectiveness of the sale of PVC, as assured by the election umpire would continue to be projected and assessed during the last lap of their campaigns.

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EDSG Trains Batch- 9 Vigilantes, Hunters.

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….. As Gov Obaseki Signs Edo Security Corps Bill into law

By Sim Omo- Benin City

As part of efforts to combat crimes, criminalities, cultism and other social vices bedeviling the state, the governor Obaseki led administration has commenced training of batch Nine hunters and operatives of Vigilantes, bringing a total of over ten thousand Vigilantes and hunters so far trained by the state to tighten security in every nook and cranny

Similarly Governor Godwin Obaseki has signed the State security Corps Bill into law

Speaking at the commencement of the batch- nine training exercise at the Police Training School in Ogida, the State Co-ordinator of the Edo security and Vigilantes network , Col. Kole Omomia( Rtd) commended Governor Obaseki and the state government for prioritizing security in the state and its continuous commitment to providing the necessary logistics for the state’s security apparatus to function

He noted that the training of the corps operatives which included the hunters, as in the instance of the batch- 9 who are currently here today, are concerted effort and determination of the state government to put her citizens at the fore front to enjoy peace, tranquility and have an enabling environment that would promote growth, development and investments.

Col. Omomia reiterated that the trainees would undergo series of exercises such as medical fitness, bio-data, teekwando, Judo, Drills, Parades and mental fitness and other activities ancillary to the job

According to the State Cord, the training would cut across the three senatorial districts in the state , with about One thousand, three hundred,(1300) Vigilantes and hunters expected to be trained in Batch- 9

He, however,urged the trainees to key into the program with keen interest and participate fully.

Recall that only recently, the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, singed the Bill establishing the State security Corps, formerly known as the Edo State Security Vigilante Network,ESSVN, into law

By the establishing Act, the Corps is now a statutory body recognised by law and would perform its roles as provided by the Act

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HAILING THE SUPREME COURT ON LG ALLOCATION JUDGMENT

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Prof Mike Ozekhome, SAN,CON, OFR

The supreme court judgement on

July 11, 2024, directing the Federal Government to pay allocations due to Local Government Areas directly to their account thereby abolishing the old practices of State-Local Government Joint Account,is timely and courageous.

What the judgement has done is more like interpreting section 162 of the Constitution, which provides for a joint State-Local Government Account. In which case, money is normally paid to state governors’ accounts and then for them to disburse to the local governments for them to share. But what has been happening is that, as I noted in 2020,over three years ago, the state governors, have been behaving like ”bandits”, waylaing local governments funds along the way and thus impoverishing them leaving them with nothing to work, just a little for salary. And nothing to actually work for the people whom they represent.
I agree totally with the judgement of the supreme court to grant full financial autonomy so that money is released and paid directly to the 774 local government councils which constitute the third-tier of government,to develop their places because the LGAs are grassrooted and nearest to the people. Rather than allow overbearing state governors throw their weight around and muzzle the local governments and seize their purse,they will now allow LGs breath some air of freedom.

If you take a look at our situation, Nigeria is operating a very lopsided federation,more like a unitary system of government. Where the federal government is supposed to be a small government,it is controlling 67 items on the exclusive legislative list. That is why the federal government gets the lion share of the federation account , the lion share of the money that comes to the federation account to the tune of 52.68%. The states get 26.72% while the entire 774 local government councils in Nigeria get just 20.60% of the monthly allocation by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RLASMC.

The question is, what is the federal government doing with almost 53% of the national income? That is because it is a government that is behemoth.That is elephantine. A government that intrudes and intervenes in areas that should not concern it at all. What is the federal government’s business with licensing cars and trucks for states? What is its business with the Marriage Act, dealing with how people marry and wed in Nigeria and how they live together as husband and wife and separate or divorce? What is the federal government’s business with unity schools? A whole FG operating secondary schools? What is their business? Why is the FG not allowing states generate their own power, operate their own railway stations, if they have the capacity? Why should the federal government not allow states have their own police force? Even for the local governments to have their own police force as we have in the United States and other advanced countries of the world where even tertiary institutions have their own police?

The truth is that the federal government is overbloated and overpampered. That is why it is using too much money and make the centre become too attractive,eating deep into funds that ought to be meant for the states and local government areas. The states take not only that which belongs to the states, but also waylays at source that which is meant for the local government areas. No Nation grows that way.

So, I see this judgment as epochal,having

far-reaching effect because money will now be made available directly to the local government areas who will no longer be subservient, like fawning slaves to state governors. In fact, the judgement even went further to say that no state government has the power henceforth to dissolve local government areas. This is because we have been seeing cases where inspite of the provisions of section 7 of the 1999 constitution that give autonomy to local government areas, states normally go ahead and dissolve local government areas ND appoint caretaker committees for them.This is whimsical and capricious.The Supreme Court has said this can no longer go on and that henceforth, no state government should ever be able to dissolve any local government area in Nigeria for any reason whatsoever and howsoever.

The judgement is salutary, timely and regenerative. It should be upheld by all governments and people in Nigeria for better democratic dividends.I see this as victory for our wobbling democracy, even if we are far removed from true fiscal federalism where the federating units control and utilize their God-given resources while paying royalty or tax to the central government. This case is one big plus for tested court room gladiator, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation, who initiated the case at the apex court, invoking its original jurisdiction.Surely,to jaw-jaw is better than to war-war. God bless Nigeria.

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Ex+Abia gov, Senator Kalu backs part-time legislature

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has backed calls for part-time legislature at both federal and state levels.

Senator Kalu (APC Abia North) said this would help the nation cut costs and enhance the citizenry’s trust in the polity.

The former Abia governor said this in an interview published on his verified Facebook page over the weekend.

On calls for part-time legislature, Senator Kalu said, “I think it will be a very good idea if my colleagues and other members of the Houses of Assembly will agree that we can sit for three months and do constitutional amendment first.

“So we can sit four times a year and if there’s any emergency, there will be emergency sitting. We can come to do a presidential bid on that basis and go back instead of sitting on a full-time basis.

“Not only the Senate and the House of Representatives, but all the legislative houses in Nigeria will be part-time.”

Senator Kalu maintained that this would be part of austerity measures to reduce cost of governance, arguing that regional government is another viable alternative.

“If we’re going for regional government, it also means that the ministers, the legislators, will be the same. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of how we can save money to run Nigeria because the country needs money.

“I will encourage the President, the National Assembly to make these kind of laws. This will help him, and this will help the system, and this will help everybody,” he said.

The ex-governor explained that contrary to misconceptions among Nigerians, senators are not paid enough.
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“But I want Nigerians and my colleagues to do a quick constitutional amendment so we can go and be a part-time sitting Senate and part-time sitting House of Representatives, and other 36 state houses of assembly in Nigeria.

“That will bring trust and bring relief to the Nigerian people,” the ex-governor said.

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