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ATBU Students Protest lack of water, Electricity on Campus

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By  Ahmed Jada
 Students of  Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU), Bauchi  on Friday protested  over  lack of social amenities on campus.
The  Yelwa campus of the University was blocked by the students and the main entrance into the institution thereby denying staff access inside until the manage take measures of rectification
Some of the Student who pleaded anorminity told newsmen that the hostels have been without electricity and water supply for weeks.
“Which is causing a lot of havoc to our health and livelihoods and the management could not do anything.
“We stage a protest to press home our demands for better condition of living.
“That is why we decided to embark on the protest, adding that no academic activity will take place until their demands were met,” They said
They also accused the management of preferential treatment of the students population.
According to them, the female hostels have electricity and supply while the male hostels do not.
The students explained that they were supposed to start the first semister exams today (Friday) but they declared that the exams will not hold until their demands were met.
 Mr. Zailani Bappa Publicity officer of the Institution told Journalists  that the Yelwa campus had  water and electrical problems.
“The challenges was caused by the explosion of the main transformer supplying electricity to the students hotels,” he said
He however assured that the management had procured a new brand transformer and is on the way after which it will be install.
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Backslide as Oyegun Withdraws from APC National Chairman Race

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It was a shocker as the National chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, withdrawn  from the race for re-election.

In what seem to be personal decision, Mr Oyegun made the announcement Friday evening at a press conference at his Abuja residence.

It is not surprising that the  decision has now paved the way for immediate past governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, to emerge as the next APC national chairman.

Mr Oshiomhole has the support of President Muhammadu Buhari and other top leaders of the party.

The party’s national convention where the election will hold is billed for June 23 in Abuja.

“Even though, I had the desire to re-contest as National Chairman of the Party, I have decided that it is ultimately in the best interest of the Party for me to withdraw from the race,” Mr Oyegun said.

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APC has No Plan to Subjugate PDP Member – Bolaji

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

In an effort to clear the air on the alleged witch hunt of the opposition, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has dismissed allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the ruling party has perfected plans to move against members the opposition party. In  a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi advised PDP to stop spreading lies.

 

The APC cautioned the PDP to stop spreading falsehood by accusing the ruling party of corruption, sectionalism and opposition clampdown, in the lead-up to the 2019 elections.

It could be recalled that , a  week ago the PDP  alleged that the outburst by the APC led Federal Government that it would have dragged in Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, but for his constitutional immunity, confirms it fears that the government wants to silence the opposition.

Mr Wike had alleged of plots by the government to kill him and blamed it on accidental discharge. An allegation the government through its Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, debunked, noting that if not for the immunity attached to its office, the governor would have been probed.

Reacting, the PDP through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, condemned the government’s reaction to the allegation, saying, “It is shocking that instead of calling for an investigation into the serious revelation, the Federal Government resorted to siege mentality to scare the governor, ostensibly to cover up the severity of the allegation.”

 

“The APC is increasingly baffled by the PDP’s new found proclivity for constantly spewing falsehood; in the name of opposition rhetoric and politics.

“While it is a widely-known fact that suppressing the opposition was the stock in trade of the PDP, during its defunct 16-year rule, the APC has definitely not inherited this undemocratic practice in its governance style, both in its internal politics and the country’s administration, under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Nigerians will recall how past PDP administrations illegally and routinely used state apparatus to harass opposition figures as seen in the attack on the APC data centre, blockade of the air and road routes to prevent movement of then opposition leaders in the lead-up to the 2015 elections, among other clampdowns that are too numerous to list.

“The PDP is quick to forget the divisive, insensitive and sectional politics it played during the 2015 electioneering campaign when its women’s wing, led by a former first lady denigrated the country’s north as parasitic and unwilling to educate and cater for its young populace.

“In fact, the PDP-led administration, at the time, pointedly regarded the Boko Haram insurgency as a northern affair. The PDP, without an iota of proof, rather spewing laughable conspiracies accuses the APC-led administration of ‘barefaced looting’. Elections are around the corner and Nigerians are not gullible.

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Group calls for constant prayers for the Nation

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By Ere-ebi Agedah- Imisi

The National Secretary of Nigeria Prays, Rev Austin Kemie, has called on Nigerians to pray constantly for the Nation as we move towards another election year.

He stated this while speaking to our correspondent on friday, during a strategic meeting of intercessors on the state of the nation in Abuja.

According to Kemie, Intercessors are expected to flood the nation with prayers which is vital for a smooth and peaceful election, adding that the group had made it a responsibility to come together to pray for the nation and its leaders.

He noted that the resident peace the nation was enjoying can be attributed to frequent fervent prayers made on behalf of the nation which according to him must be maintained.

He said that even in the bible days, fervent prayers was made for Jerusalem and it should be replicated even in our times as the bible says pray for Jerusalem.

Kemie who decried the silent treatment some religious denominations meet out to others stating that in the body of Christ there must be unity because unity in the sprit moves mountains.

“I am a bit worried by the attitude of some of our church leaders and members towards others of different denominations, in the bible days there was no Mountain of fire, no Redeemed, all we had was brethren who fellowshipped together. I think it is high time we all come together as a body of Christ to seek the face of the lord on the state of our nation.

When we return to our maker, I do not think he will judge us based on our denominations, which church we worship with, or weather we are catholics. I believe it will be a case of how well did you live a Christ like life, worthy of the kingdom.

The elections are close and we are already seeing the signs within our political parties, we should not leave the country to the politicians alone, we equally have a lot of work to do and that can be done through our prayers, we should shape the political air space with prayers which will be best achieved in unity in the spirit” he said.

He however encouraged all well meaning Nigerians of all faiths to priorities   prayers for the nation because the peace of the nation will eventually lead to peace in our homes.

Kemie said we want investors to come to our country, they would not do that if the nation is not peaceful, the peace of the nation will lead to peace in our homes and general development.

He added that there would be a Battle cry conference coming up in Abuja later in the year, which would equally attract local and international intercessors.

The meeting was however attended by intercessors from all over the country with Rev David Amosu USA, who gave a word of exhortation.

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