A group known as the Grassroots Network 4 Atiku, (GN4A) 2019 Bauchi State Chapter, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to provide a level playing ground for all aspirants and to and conduct fair and credible election 2019.
The State Chairman of the group Alhaji Dahiru Muhammad Jamda and State Secretary General Elfaruk Adamu Gado stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of their meeting in Bauchi weekend.
officials of the 20 Local government areas of the State havr to strategise in order to get more support for a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who is the People’s Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate in 2019.
They said “ considering the way the electoral body conducted the recent governorship election in Osun , Ekiti State and bye elections on Natials assembly seats in some states, shows a clear signals that the electoral body need to tighten its belt, and we asre more concerned with the ongoing display of voters register, where we received series of complains of omissions misspelling of names of some of our supporters and appearance of names of dead people on voters register which we want the electoral body to correct these problems ahead of the 2019 election to enable real people with permanent voters card exercise their rights without hitches or hindrance of any kind”
Jamda said that “Nigeria is in dreadful need of a competent leader like Abubakar and we met today to look in to the best way to reach the remaining people with permanent voters card that we didn’t reach in Bauchi State on his behalf and our meeting was fruitful one of hope, especially in the light of Nigeria’s current level of poor governance.”
He said “ Politics is local and elections took place in the polling units and we intended to reach real electorates in all polling units and we took the exercise as a bold step in the right direction for young Nigerians to be actively involved in politics at all levels and to enable them elect a real leader who can feel listen and heal their wounds by creating a befitting genuine future opportunities for them”,
El-faruk on his part said our meeting encouraged our members to be more committed , sacrifice and not to relent in their efforts to achieve our ideals of creating real genuine future for the country.
He said the beauty of this group is its constitution of young people who are not sitting back and expecting things to be handed to them but are always ready to work hard with passion and patriotism and we will not be tired until Atiku win 2019 presidential election.
El-faruk said they will take their meetings to three senatorial districts in the state and they discussed on the modalities to continue with their house to house campaign in all poling units in the state.
Harassment of opposition members: Frank urges US, UK, EU, UN, others to call President Buhari to order
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has appealed to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, United Nations, and other members of the international community to urgently call President Muhammadu Buhari to order over his incessant intimidation and harassment of opposition figures in the country ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Frank specifically condemned in strong terms the plot to arrest the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, over frivolous charges simply because of the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Peter Obi, was a former chairman of the bank.
He also said apart from the indiscriminate arrest and freezing of bank accounts of many opposition figures, some businessmen suspected to be supporting the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are also being harassed by agencies of government on the orders of the presidency.
In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, Frank called on the international power blocs to come to the aid of Nigeria to prevent a revolt against the government by citizens who are now being pushed to the wall.
According to Frank, from all indications the current government is not ready for the general elections in 2019 as evident on its refusal to assent to the Electoral Act amendment bill meant to correct past lapses and ensure free, fair, credible and transparent elections.
He added that since electoral body lifted embargo on open rally, the APC and its presidential candidate have failed to organize political rallies to sell their programmes, hence their resort to intimidate and frustrate opposition members.
The former APC spokesman, who condemned the arrest of Doyin Okupe, the search of Atiku’s son’s residence in Abuja, unlawful freezing of the accounts of some PDP members, arrest of activists and Journalists among others, stated that such anti-people actions were reminiscent of past military dictatorship in the country.
He urged the international community to save Nigeria’s democracy, and said: “The APC’s government should not be allowed to create another monster. If nothing is done to halt this ongoing harassment, it will get to a state where people will begin to defend themselves and by that time the current Boko Haram insurgency will be child’s play.
“In a democracy, how can a President treat his country men and women as less than human? The APC’s government is using state apparatus like the Police and EFCC to intimidate innocent Nigerians, unlawfully. Nigerians are living in fear. Freedom of Speech has been put on hold under President Buhari’s government. Critics of the administration are increasingly being hurled into jail.
“Despite signing the Peace Accord, we believe that President Buhari will not abide by its tenets based on his antecedents. Unless the friends of Nigeria come to its aid, unless this government is put to check, it is not only the 2019 election that is endangered. The continued existence of the country is also in jeopardy.
“So, I urge the international community and all the lovers of democracy all over the world to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop all forms of intimidation and harassment of Nigerian citizens over spurious allegations,” Frank stated.
Bauchi monthly IGR now N1 billion – Official
The Chairman of the Bauchi Board of Internal Revenue Mr Aliyu Jibo, on Wednesday said that the state’s N1 billion monthly internally-generated revenue was too low to enhance development of the state.
Jibo, also the new Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Bauchi State Chapter, expressed the dissatisfaction at the inauguration of new executives of the CITN in Bauchi.
According to him, the state government budgets about N167 billion annually but generates N1 billion monthly.
“This is a serious problem,” he said.
He urged CITN members to remain professionals to improve tax collection in the state which, he said, was faced with dwindling federal allocations because of the nation’s economic challenges.
“The challenges need swift and concrete measures to cushion the effects and enable Bauchi State Government to meet its financial obligations and provide basic amenities and interventions.
“The state government has introduced tax reforms and measures to help in augmenting the revenue flow,” he said.
Jibo also urged CITN members to be committed to improving thier profession and the citizens.
2019 Elections: APC Statement on PDP, Atiku’s Failed Attempt to Evade National Peace Accord
The All Progressive Congress(APC) has slammed the People Democratic Party, (PDP) and her presidential candidate on their boycott to the peace accord. the ruling party said that ,it is obvious that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar tried to avoid signing the national peace accord ahead of the country’s 2019 General Elections.
In as statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu noted that to all discerning Nigerians, the PDP and Atiku’s dubious claim of a “communication lapse” as reason for their no-show at Tuesday’s formal signing ceremony is hogwash, as the peace committee duly and formally invited the PDP and Atiku like other candidates and political parties contesting the 2019 Elections.
Lanre said Atiku’s eventual decision to sign the peace deal is clearly a face-saving move following widespread condemnation that greeted his initial refusal to agree to the peace deal. We, however, must not lose sight of the dangerous and ominous signs the PDP and Atiku have inadvertently shown Nigerians in the leadup to the elections.
“Again, this brings to the fore, PDP’s open declaration in August this year that the Party will deploy all “means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude” to manipulate the 2019 election” he added.
The APC reiterated that security and other relevant agencies must be on high alert to check this dangerous threat posed by the PDP’s planned actions for the general elections. In 2019 and beyond, the votes of the electorate must count and the will of the electorate must prevail. We must stand against and resist plans by retrogressive elements who are now nested in the PDP and their agents to disrupt elections through violence and other undemocratic practices.
” For signing the 2019 election national peace accord, the Party affirms the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government to a free and fair electoral process. The APC government has an abiding pledge towards a participatory, peaceful, credible and transparent elections” the spokeperson said.
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