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2015 : PDP moves against Kwara gov’s re-election, shops for replacement AYO ESAN

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he Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed who is the only one serving his first term among the G7 Governors that walked out of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, mini-convention last August has reportedly been marked out for punishment. Ahmed had left with other leaders like for-

mer Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to the new PDP. Sources close to the national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, informed that the party has vowed that Ahmed will not be given the chance to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in Kwara State under the umbrella of the party ‘ It will also be recalled that the factional chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu

Baraje is also from Kwara State and the former Governor of Kwara State , Senator Bukola Saraki who is believed to be the godfather of Ahmed is a strong member of the new PDP. The source said that the PDP top hierarchy is already searching for a loyal and strong PDP member from the state who will replace Ahmed. Feelers from Kwara PDP indicate that the party is beaming its

searchlight on loyal PDP members who are not part of the new PDP. Two politicians are said to have been shortlisted after a thorough search which has led to the visit of the state by top hierarchy of the party from Abuja. They are Alhaji Bio Ibrahim and Shuaib Oba Abdulraheem. Our source said the duo have indicated their interest in contesting the 2015 gubernatorial election in

the state and one of them may likely emerge the PDP candidate in the election. Alhaji Bio Ibrahim was the former Minister of Sport and he resigned from the ministerial position to aspire for the Kwara governorship office but was denied the slot by the party . Before he became the Minister, Bio was a member of the House of Representatives and a speaker of the state’s Assembly. He is seen by political analysts

in Kwara state as a formidable contender who can deliver the state to the PDP if fielded. Abdulraheem too is a former Vice –Chancellor of the University of Ilorin and was also a gubernatorial aspirant in 2011. He was later picked as Director-General of the Fatah Ahmed Campaign Organization which successfully carried out the campaign of Ahmed to become the governor of the state.

2015: Suswam asks aspiring aides to resign HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Sen. Femi Okurounmu (4th left); Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (middle); Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule (3rd right); Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye (4th left behind) and others, during a the visit of the Presidential Advisory Committee to the governor in Lagos at the weekend.

Igbotako Day: Ibrahim counsels community on development strategy HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE.

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he Group Managing Director of Energy Group and publisher of National Mirror, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, has called on the people of the Igbotako Community in the Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo State to set aside their political affiliations by joining hands to work towards the development of the community. Ibrahim who stated this yesterday in Igbotako during the 10th Utako Day Celebration urged the people to continue to chart a developmental way for the community, irrespective of their political leanings. He appreciated the people of the community for putting up the special events and said no amount of contribution towards the development of the town will be too small, urging them to continue to be good ambassadors of the town.

“I am not here to make speech but to support the development of this community in my own little way,” Ibrahim said. He also called on the youths of the community to always feel free to express their needs to those who can always help them saying, “I am talking in terms of employment; we have many sons and daughters of this town who can help you get employed. Talk to them and you will be helped. You are the future leaders of this community and we can keep enjoy enjoying this development if we develop our youths.” He, however, promised to get 25 young graduates of the community employed in different federal establishments before the celebration of the next Utako Day. Speaking on the occasion, the paramount ruler of Osooroland, Igbotako, Oba Dr. Gbadebo Bajowa, appreciated the supports of ‘sons and daughters’ of the

town for displaying uncommon understanding and cooperation toward the development of the town. The monarch said “It is beyond any shadow of doubt that Igbotako has experienced unprecedented grassroots development which is a clear indication of the giant strides being taken by us towards the transformation of Igbotako.” He listed among others, the construction of general hospitals, solar energy supply, tarring of township roads, rehabilitation of the township hall, and purchase of a police patrol van as some of the community’s development projects executed by the people of the town. The monarch noted that the projects have given the town a facelift which has ranked the town as a place of pride among the neighbouring communities. He specifically appreciated Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim for his support for the community describing

ibrahim as a worthy ambassador who is always interested in supporting developmental Projects of the town. “Jimoh Ibrahim singularly donated towards the restoring of electricity to this community which has been turned to darkness for some time. I do hope and believe he will not relent in supporting the community,” he enthused. Oba Bajowa, however, called on the state government to fulfil its promise on the execution of projects in the area, saying the state government should in a matter of time embark on speedy construction of model schools as promised by the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. Some of the dignataries at the celebration of the 10th Igbotako day include, traditional chiefs from differnt quaters, Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, Paul Akintelure, Hon Niyi Adebusuyi, Falolu Adejekun, among others

overnor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has asked those jostling for governorship position in the state to exercise patience, noting that the whistle is yet be blown to commence campaigns for elective positions. Governor made the assertion at the weekend during the burial of a foremost politician and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Shugaba Dam Ayali, who was buried in his countryhome of Shitile in Katsina-Ala Local Government of Benue State, at the weekend. “I want to sound this note of warning that whoever is willing to offer himself for contest of any elective office come 2015 should either resign or give one year notice…or else what they are doing now could be tantamount to distraction,” he said, stressing that government functionaries owe the state a responsibility to be focused.

He however assured that when the time is ripe, “everybody will know; it will not be a hidden secret.” On those clamouring that he should join the race to the Benue North-East senatorial seat, Suswam said he would give his response at the appropriate time. “If you must know for now, I still have two years and other pressing projects are there for me to execute and if I should engage in campaigns now, it will distract my attention from carrying out the enormous projects for the people,” he stressed. Also speaking, chairman, Tiv Elders Stakeholders Forum, Chief Abu King Shuluwa, who was a Commissioner for Agriculture in the Second Republic in the state eulogised Dam Ayali for his steadfastness throughout his career in partisan politics, saying that he was a man who believed in politics of without free during his time, urging others to emulate his leadership style.

Attempt to burn Kano PDP secretariat foiled

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nidentified persons yesterday attempted to set ablaze the Kano State Secretariat of the Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Court Road in the metropolis. A man who said he witnessed the incident told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that ``some miscreants” stormed the secretariat at about 6.30 a.m. and set ablaze a car which was parked near the secretariat. The witness said the hoodlums were about to enter the secretariat to carry out similar act when some

good samaritans saw them and chased them away. He said it was the quick intervention of the people around the secretariat who put off the fire that saved the secretariat from being burnt. When NAN contacted the Publicity Secretary of the PDP Caretaker Committee, Alhaji Jafar Bello, he confirmed the incident, adding that investigation had commenced to ascertain the circumstances behind the incident. ``Investigation is being carried out to find out whether it was arson or an accident’’, he said.

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