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Confusion in Atiku’s camp, as loyalists lament neglect, oppression

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By Olugbenga Salami
No fewer than 100 support groups of Atiku Abubakar  Presidential Campaign Organization, APCO, have protested over alleged neglect by certain officials of the organization “who stand as a clog in the wheel” of  Atiku’s political progress.
The protesters, under the aegis of Aggrieved Atiku Support Groups, (AASG), on Monday said they were parts of the support and solidarity groups that purchased the presidential aspiration form for the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), candidate but decried the way they are being treated like voluntary groups without any recognition or appreciation for their efforts.
ROYAL NEWS reports that some of their placards read: “We say no to monkey dey work, baboon dey chop”, “We say no to total neglect. We are not mere volunteers!” and “We demand face to face talk with His Excellency Atiku Abubakar”.
Addressing journalists on the development, chairman of the aggrieved supporters, Mr. Osaratin Godspower, said “it is opprobrious, vituperative, disparaging and the highest level of deprecatory language of such officials to disdainfully referred to His Excellency’s support groups who risked their lives and worked tirelessly to ensure that he emerged the PDP flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election as mere volunteers”.
 “This disparaging language used to address these men and women of proven integrity has the tendency of affecting negatively the effective mobilisation of voters for PDP, an opposition party, towards the 2019 general elections.
“This unguided language is uncalled for as it can water down zeal and moral of the teaming supporters of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar”, he said.
Godspower, however, declared that their “meekness is not weakness, neither is it sickness and humility is not stupidity”.
The chairman further said “no to the obnoxious philosophy of ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop”, adding “We say no to total neglect of support groups. We say no to idiosyncrasy of use and dump. We say no to a microscopic few at APCO to seat on top of the funds released to support groups for their own personal interest”.
He therefore demanded immediate meeting/interactive session Atiku himself to address the shortcomings, a letter of recognition to all support groups, integration of the groups into APCO with responsibility to function while independent office be created to accommodate all the groups.
The chairman also demanded that necessary incentive should be accorded to all support groups that have been neglected over the time in addition to creating a situation room for them to face any eventuality.
Earlier, the secretary of the aggrieved groups, Mr. Frankline Exe, said many of their leaders have been spending their personal funds to run the groups while few individuals at APCO have been wasting funds for meant for mobilisation towards the next year’s general elections.
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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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