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ZAMFARA:APC GOVERNORS’ FORUM PAYS SYMPATHY VISIT TO GOVERNOR MATAWALLE.

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The Forum of APC Governors has paid a sympathy visit to Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) over the recent attacks on eight villages in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas which led to the death of 58 innocent lives.

The Forum was led by its Chairman, the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and the Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari. The latter spoke on behalf of the forum where he extended the solidarity of all APC Governors to Governor Matawalle at this trying moment facing his state and many Northern states of the Federation.

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Governor Masari noted the efforts and committment of Governor Matawalle towards ending the menace of banditry in the region, but such efforts, he said, must be complemented with the peoples support in order to succeed.

He urged the people to co-oprerate with Government policies and operational efforts of the security personnel in order to succeed. “No efforts by the government will succeed without the support and co-operation of the people. Likewise, efforts of the people will be in vain without Government support”, he noted.

Responding, Governor Bello Mohammed thanked the forum for its concern which also demonstrated the unity and strength of partnership among the APC Governors in the Country.

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Governor Matawalle also noted that this was not the first time the Forum paid a similar visit to the state as it did same when there was a fire outbreak which gutted one of the markets in the state capital last year. He assured the Forum that his Government is very grateful to this concern and will not rest on its oars untill all the bandits in the state are neutralised.

“Already, the recent stringent measures we have taken to block supplies to the bandits, coupled with the intensification of military campaigns against their hideouts are yielding fruitful results. Even the recent tragic incident happened in the course of fleeing of one of the most notorious bandits and his gang from their enclave” Governor Matawalle revealed.

Signed:
Zailani Bappa
Special Adviser
Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications
11/01/2022

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Funds expended on political campaigns in Nigeria is now a critical component of Nigerian corruption…Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje,Chairman Afenifere Ogun state

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The Ogun state Chairman of Afenifere,a vibrant and active social Political group,Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje spoke extensively with our News medium on INEC’s demand for all candidates to declare their bank assets prior to the 2023 General elections and other concerned issues.

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In his words on INEC and Party Candidates Bank assets,he said “My first concern is what is INEC’s definition of “bank assets?” Is it just bank account balances or more than that? If its just bank account balances, I doubt what practical use such information will be to INEC.

Secondly, I wonder whether INEC has the legal authority to request candidates to declare their “bank assets”. Yes the agency is authorised to monitor campaign expenditure but does that ipso facto confer on them the power to request bank balances? I’m not so sure of that. Code of Conduct Bureau and perhaps EFCC or ICPC may have such authority but its not clear that INEC does.”

Responding to the commission’s move to establish a finance monitoring teams,Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje says, “It is desirable and proper for INEC to establish mechanisms to monitor campaign finance and expenditure. The funds expended on political campaigns in Nigeria have become unreasonably huge and is now a critical component of Nigerian corruption and political dysfunction. I support any lawful effort to constrain and control this issue within the ambit of the law.”

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The Ogun State Afenifere chairman emphasized that The EFCC and Deposit Money Banks have the responsibility to report suspicious financial transactions and he support leveraging this mechanism to monitor campaign finances…

“The Constitution guarantees freedom of association to all Nigerians so I can understand as many parties as possible seeking INEC registration. As a practical matter of course I recognise the operational, logistics and political difficulties inherent in having too many political parties. Nevertheless I believe every legitimate and conscientious political tendency should have the right to express themselves through a political party.”Otunba Agbaje maintained.

“I am excited at the news that youths and students top new voters registrations. I urge all youths, students, professionals, workers and indeed all Nigerians who are yet to register to do so. We can aim to register 12 million additional voters before the General Elections and take new registrations to over 20million!!! I know that’s an ambitious target but we need ambitious objectives and goals if we must reform and transform Nigeria.The Youths deserves encouragement to take up challenges and prepare for the future.

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Presently, Afenifere Social Political group is made up of very active, focused and visionary youths with their membership growing by the day,”he added

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