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Red Cad Movement endorses Atiku, ignores Ezekwesili

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Ahead of the forthcoming presidential election, the Red Card Movement, RCM, has endorsed Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as its presidential candidate.

The movement also disassociated itself from the former Minister of Education and ex-Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Oby Ezekwesili.

A statement signed by Dr. Tony Akabuno, the co-chairman of RCM reads: “RCM started in January 2018, through series of tweets by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, which were followed by retweets and likes. So, this very prominent citizens’ movement, actually started on tweeter. The idea was disruptive, because a RED CARD was being waved at the two dominant political parties(APC & PDP).

“After Dr. Oby convened the maiden meeting of about ten co-conveners on January 9, 2018, the movement’s membership has spread across the 36 states plus FCT, 774 LGA, wards , polling units and institutions of higher learning. RCM actually has foot soldiers everywhere.

“We have robust structures across the states and LGA, because of the extensive recruitment that has been done by the state champions(leaders of RCM in the 36 states and FCT).

“Everything was going smoothly with the citizens seeing us as a group that could midwife a new set of leadership. We hosted Summit of the Alternatives (SOTA) with five other CSOs. After SOTA, citizens were waiting for us to birth a coalition of alternatives. Along the line, PACT came up and failed. Most of the SOTA partners also recused themselves from the whole SOTA plan of endorsing a coalition candidate of the alternatives. As citizens were still waiting for RCM to lead to midwifing of a coalition of alternatives, Dr. Oby joined the presidential race in October 2018. Some citizens felt the midwife suddenly became the baby.

“Dr. Oby resigned her leadership and membership of RCM, to pursue her presidential ambition. Upon her stepping aside with three other co-conveners, two co-chairs were elected to lead RCM.

“After several failed attempts by RCM, at midwifing a coalition of the alternatives, our members that are on the ground (State champions) at a meeting with co-conveners, last week, resolved that the primary focus should be how to ensure that the present Buhari led regime is VOTED OUT of power.

“The state champions confirmed that the reality of what is on the field(feedback from our structures and members in the States, LGA, Wards and polling units) is that ONLY the opposition party(PDP) has the capacity to dislodge Buhari. The state champions were basically saying that our RED CARD should be to Buhari and the current president and to APC as the ruling party. As the co-chair of RCM, I decided to align with our foot soldiers. Some co-conveners also supported this position of focusing on reviewing the performance of the leadership in power, and not be distracted with historical performance of past regimes.

“Some co-conveners were of the opinion that we should not get into any arrangement with PDP. These ones suggested a “Siddon look approach”. They appealed to me, as one that is very close to the state champions, to persuade our leaders across the federation to desist from supporting the Atiku/Obi ticket. But as a pragmatic political strategist and the peoples’ general, I had no choice than to reject the inferior argument of some co-coveners and strongly aligned with our state champions, who are in sync with the grassroots.

“We believe that it is myopic and grandiose delusion for anyone to think that any other political party can dislodge this failed APC, apart from PDP.

“We feel that those who demonize His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are either envious, hateful or ignorant. This is a man that has NEVER been indicted by any court of competent jurisdiction anywhere in the world. This is one man that has successful businesses and was a good VP that supervised one of the best economic teams that Nigeria has ever assembled under President Obasanjo.

“We all know the constitutional powers of a VP in Nigeria. Those who claim Atiku has failed in the past, are not sincere enough to know that this man has NEVER been president before. They criticize Atiku but remain silent on Obasanjo. That is clear hypocrisy.

“Atiku is a successful businessman that understands governance because he learnt a lot from one of our great presidents, Obasanjo. And he has a running mate in the person of Peter Obi, that has practicalized Character, Competence & Capacity. We are convinced that Atiku led regime will assemble a good management team and ultimately restructure Nigeria.

“The coming election will be a defining moment in the political history of our country. Buhari has failed in all his cardinal programmes of improving the economy, provision of adequate security and fighting corruption. He has instead been playing politics with corruption. We cannot perform experiment with the presidency. This is not about Buhari but about the future of the country. The question is if we want the status quo to remain or if we want a change.

“We the leaders of RCM are not in doubt that Atiku/Obi ticket is the most efficacious brand that can send Buhari to Daura. We have come today to tell the world and our members, that the state champions, the co-chair (Dr.Tony Akabuno) and other co-conveners have DISSOCIATED FROM OBY EZEKWESILI, and today DECLARES SUPPORT FOR THE ATIKU/OBI PRESIDENCY.

“This decision is being made today, because we need to help rescue Nigeria. We are not members of PDP, but this is about Nigeria First.

“The main work starts now, because we shall keep canvassing until the campaign stops. Our strategy will add over 20 million votes to Atiku/Obi ticket. We know what to do, after this media briefing.

“It will be our joy, if all other parties currently not in CUPP can join hands with Atiku/Obi to dislodge Buhari. Let us avert any vote splitting. Our mandate is BUHARI MUST GO! This is not negotiable.”

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ASUU Meets FG today over predominate strike causing anxiousness in Nigerian Universities

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As the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, make arrangements to meets the Federal Government on Monday (today).Some students have shown concerns over the planned industrial action by ASUU

9jaflair reports that the  FG through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has scheduled to meet with the leadership of the union over the predominate strike action.

Recollect that the union had on June 19, threatened to embark on another strike over the alleged deliberate refusal of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, to pay the salaries and remittance of check-off dues of over 1,000 staff for 13 months.

The ASUU chairman University of Jos, Dr Lazarus Maigoro who made the revelation in a press statement accused the AGF of fanning the embers of discord between the Federal Government and the Union.

In a move to forestall the industrial action, the Federal Government would meet with the union 2pm today to look at the unending issues.

Recollect  that the union had on March 23, 2020, embarked on an industrial action which lasted for over 9 months, the longest of its strike in 10 years over the inability of the Federal Government to address the issues and implement some agreement the two parties entered years ago.

Consisting thea fresh development, some students spoke with 9jaflair to register their grievances over incessant strike actions in Nigerian Universities.

A 300 level student of the Benue State University, Makurdi, Miss Martha Onuh, lamented the current move by ASUU, urging the union to put the interest of the students at heart.

She said, “After staying at home for a while during academic calendar year in 2020, you think I will be happy hearing that ASUU may still embark on strike? Sometimes I don’t even care to know who is at fault and who is right. The Federal Government and the union should put our interest at heart.

“I applied for 4 years course, this is my 5th year in the university yet I’m in 300 level. It’s bad,”she lamented.

Similarly, James a final year student of the University of Nigeria, Nnsuka in a chat with our correspondent, appealed to both parties to find a means of settling their differences without industrial action.

“Most times, ASUU would say that they are fighting for the benefit of the students but at the end, the students who they claim that they are fighting for are the ones losing.

“Is there no other way for a union to register its grievances without a strike action? The incessant industrial action by the union, to me has crippled Nigerian universities,” he added.

Also, a Master’s Degree student in the university of Abuja, Adebayo Micheal urged the Federal Government and ASUU to settle their differences once and for all.

He said, “We can not be talking about strike every year. It’s quite shameful that our education system is never stable. I think even if it would take them one whole year to settle their differences and end it forever, it would be better for the students.

We await the result of today’s meeting by the union with FG.

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Procrastination flew you away

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Oh my loving Desdemona

Time could not wait for you

Your owners procastinate your life

But could not procrastinate your death

Delay caught you by the throat

Even when your owners were ready

Ready to save your life

Mr A was the problem

But Mr B cure was administered to you

Different pins went into your skin daily

These wicked vets., refused to allow your owners know about the nature of your sickness

These vets became useful fools

Even when the nature of your sickness was discovered

It was already too late

Too late to revive you

For the cold fingers already held you by the throat

For the sickness has eaten you deep

Deep beyond measures

The last pin entered your skin

Its content deliberating life or death

The last pin entered into your skin and its content sent you packing

Out of these beautiful world

Oh no the youngest owner watched

Watched the world crumble

For our beautiful Desdemona breath her last

Breath her last; at the same time tears dropped

Out of our last born’s eyes.

Summary: This write up is an Eulogy for the death of a dog. The owners of the dog lives at Oko-afo, Badagry. It was written by the last child of that family because of how close the child was to that dog, the last child is now a grown up and has decided to write an Eulogy for her lost Desdemona… Eulogy for a dog?

 

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Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara

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Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers

We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.

A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.

“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”

“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”

“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.

When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.

 

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