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Middle Belt Group Pledges 7 Million Votes For Obi

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As the 2023 general election draws near, a group under the aegis of Middle Belt Youth Development Organisation has vowed to mobilise its seven million members to vote for the Labour party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Speaking during a press conference in Lafia on Sunday, the President of the group, Christopher Aba, said they were supporting the Peter Obi/Yusuf Datti ticket because they believe that the duo have the capacity to address the challenges confronting the nation.

He narrated that the group with members across 15 states of the country, had concluded plans to embark on a solidarity rally to sensitise the electorates on the need to vote for the LP’s presidential candidate in 2023.

He mentioned the 15 states including Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Niger, Adamawa, Federal Capital Territory, among others.

He said, “The Middle Belt Youth Development Organization is not a political group and we do not engage in partisan politics. We are a Non-governmental organization, and our aim is to work for the progress of Nigeria. But we all know that our leaders have failed us. Every election year, they tell lies and make fake promises to us.

“It is as a result of the many challenges confronting the nation at the moment that the executives of the organization held a meeting on October 1, 2022, and we decided to mobilise our seven million members to support and vote for Mr. Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti in 2023.

“We decided to support them because based on their antecedents, we understand that they are not corrupt, we also know that they have great leadership qualities which would take Nigeria to greater heights if they are voted into office in the forthcoming election.”

While commending leaders of the Labour party across the nation for their efforts towards ensuring that Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti emerge victorious in 2023, Aba scolded the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, for keeping students out of school for over seven months.

“I must commend the leadership of the Labour party for its efforts so far. They are really doing well to make Nigerians understand why they should vote credible leaders into office in 2023. However, I am sad that the federal government and ASUU have kept our students at home for over seven months and nothing is being done about the situation,” Christopher Aba added.

Meanwhile, a group, Diaspora Strong for Peter Obi has taken a medical outreach to the grassroots in a bid to woo as many voters as possible for the LP candidate.

The event, staged at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lugbe, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory attracted hundreds of people, many of whom lack access to basic health care.

Addressing newsmen at the event, National Coordinator, Youth 4 Youth Volunteers Against Vote Buying, Desmond Ricosa said the outreach was intended to sensitize voters on the importance of their Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs.

“We are here to lend credence to the fact that a lot of things have to change and this medical outreach is one way to reach out to the grassroots.

“With this outreach, the message is loud and clear that it is the right of every citizen to have free medicare, good roads and good water. Who provides all these? Government!

“But some highly placed people are designing ways to disenfranchise Nigerians either by buying their voter’s cards or pilling money to buy their votes.”

Ricosa told the beneficiaries that election offers them the opportunity to elect leaders of their choice and hold them accountable.

“You can hold your leaders accountable but the moment you sell your vote, you lose the right to make proper choice,” he added, stressing that Obi’s personal character was the reason the group is ready to go the whole distance to woo voters to cast their ballots in his favour.

“We looked at the characters, credentials and contents of the candidates and agreed to work with Obi because we believe we can hold him accountable,” he said.

A beneficiary, Mrs Josephine Enogela who could not hide her joy said, “I am here to collect the medication. I will vote for Obi and I want him to win.”

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Lalong Appoints Ten New Permanent Secretaries

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has approved the appointment of 10 new Permanent Secretaries.

The governor made the announcement in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos.

According to the statement, the new officials are to fill the vacancies created following the retirement/resignations of some Permanent Secretaries in the service of the state government.

“The new Permanent Secretaries are expected to be sworn in on Tuesday 24th January 2023.

“The new Permanent Secretaries are: Keziah Dung (Barkin Ladi); Yusuf Ayuba Gimba ( Bassa); Gongden Micah Sunday (Mangu); Lamu Michael Dennis (Mangu).

 

“ Peter Wuyep (Kanke); Bapman Naankin Emmanuel (Mikang); Boniface Gwotbit Bankshuet (Mikang); Gotan Benjamin James (Pankshin); Salamatu Ritmwa Parlong (Pankshin); and Wuyep Zitta (Langtang South)”.

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Enugu2023: My Government Will Explore The Opportunities Of Coal, Gas And Solar Energy To Meet Power Needs Of Enugu State – Frank Nweke Jr

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Frank Nweke Jr, the Enugu State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Sunday night, said that his government would explore the opportunities of resources like coal and natural gas (CNG) which the state has, as well as solar technology to meet the power needs of the citizens.

Nweke who spoke during a virtual town hall meeting with the Enugu Association, Canada, noted that Enugu has one of the highest electricity tariffs in Nigeria, an issue he would work closely with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) as Governor to understand and resolve.

“Electric power is critical for domestic use and economic progress. While working with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to improve supply and reduce tariffs, we have some opportunities available to us as alternatives to power from the mains.

“The use of coal has been stalled due to agreements induced by Western powers on the basis of managing climate change. What we have now are illegal miners and private companies who have expanses of coal deposits concessioned to them.

“As a government, we will work to retrieve these concessions by making deals with the people concerned or by making a strong representation to the government at the centre who hold the rights to mineral resources on the exclusive list under section 39 of the constitution.”

He also noted that the developed economies that had opposed large scale mining for reasons of climate change had fallen back to the use of coal due to the effects of the Russian-Ukraine war. He declared that he had the political will to ensure that all resources and opportunities available to the State would be explored.

On the use of natural gas (CNG), Nweke referred to Lagos and Abia where communities are sequestered, and clean energy provided to them. He revealed his team have had conversations with licensed operators who are willing to do the necessary due diligence checks and explore that opportunity whenever his government is ready.

Nweke further stated that as Governor he will also explore the opportunity of solar technology. He noted that Enugu already had young companies assembling inverters and looking to extend their production to solar panels.

“We will work with these local companies and with some established international companies from Japan, Turkey and other parts of the world to establish a ‘Partnership in Technology Program” to set up plants for assembling solar panels and training our people to do the same in Enugu State.

“Our intention is to put in place a policy that will mandate developers of new estates to deploy structures for renewable energy, taking sections of the State off-grid by providing power from natural gas or solar technology.” He concluded.

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Cross River Declares Work-Free Days For PVC Collection

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The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has declared Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 January, 2023 as work-free days in the state to enable civil and public servants across the state to collect their Permanent Voters Cards.

 

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Eric Anderson, said in a statement on Friday that the collection of PVCs was “in readiness for their full participation in the 2023 general election scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2023 for Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as Saturday, March 11, 2023 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.

“Government wishes to make it abundantly clear, especially for the benefit of members of the general public, to note that these work-free days are not Public Holidays and should NOT be seen as one.

 

“Civil and public servants in the state are hereby advised to take advantage of the work-free days to get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in these elections. Your PVC is the pathway to achieving credible elections.”

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