New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has expressed concern over the the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since six months ago.
The NNPP Chairman in Katsina State, Alhaji Sani Liti, expressed the concern on Friday in Katsina while addressing newsmen on the party’s agenda.
According to Liti, the situation is worrisome, and becomes necessary for them to show their concerns because it has forced over 10 million students to remain redundant at home.
He therefore suggested that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should sacrifice the funds they realised from the sales of nomination forms to settle the ASUU’s claims.
“If the more than 10 million young Nigerians are allowed to continue to remain at home, we ask Nigerians to start an ‘ASUU back to Class’ contributory fund.
“We believe that Nigerians shall contribute money to ASUU and have them return to classes.
Should 60 million Nigerians contribute N1,000 only, the total money should be about N60 billion.
“Political parties, especially PDP and APC, should sacrifice all their income from the sale of forms, estimated to be over N30 billion to ASUU.
“In addition, the major candidates, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Bola Tinubu should also sacrifice half of the amount they expended during the convention of their political parties,” he suggested.
Meanwhile, Liti said that the political processes and the money used by the political parties and politicians from February to August, was estimated to consume twice the amount for ASUU’s demand to reopen schools.
He advised government that for the country’s economy to improve, and, within the remaining time the government has, it must be able to control politicians’ excessive use and abuse of the Naira.
On security issues, the NNPP Chairman said it had become necessary for the people to embark on a special prayer session as one of the best alternatives to resolve the problem.
“It is, thus, important for the people of Katsina to devise local means of protecting themselves, including local intelligence gathering, ways of avoiding bandits’ attack on their vIllages and several other means they may devise.
“They should deploy the greatest weapon that is available to them, which prayer is one.
“We therefore, urge every grown-up person, who has the ability, to fast at least once a week and ask God to help us overcome the rising insecurity in Katsina State and Nigeria.
“In this respect, we shall call for a state prayer every month.
The monthly Katsina state prayer session wIll begin this month, God willing.
Sen. Haliru Jika emerged the Bauchi State gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Thursday through a voice vote.
Jika emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, who was initially elected as the candidate of the party at its primary election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 630 delegates unanimously adopted Jika in the voice vote.
Chairman of the election committee, Malam Yusuf Kofar-Mata, said it was sent by the party’s national headquarters to conduct the election following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal by Ibrahim.
“Since Sen. Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby, affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State.
“We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Jika as gubernatorial candidate.
“I want to appreciate INEC officials for their presence to observe all that we have done here today,’’ he said.
Speaking after his affirmation, Jika, a former Member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude to the delegates.
He also appreciated the NNPP for the honour done to him by giving him the opportunity to fly the party’s flag at the 2023 governorship election.
He expressed appreciation to the INEC officials for witnessing the process.
“What is about to happen in Bauchi State is what we have laid the foundation of today; it is a revolution, a generational change, agitation for youths and women that is about to take place.
“You will agree with me that youths and women are the backbone of any society and we are duty-bound to support them and mobilise them so that we can have good governance,’’ Jika said.
He said also that he had put youths in Bauchi State into perspective and would soon announce a blueprint that would address their plights.
The Joint Action for Good Governance (JAGG) has urged Nigerians to ensure only candidates with integrity and good governance records are supported and voted for in the 2023 general elections.
The group made the appeal on Thursday in a statement signed by its Lagos East Coordinator, Mr Adewale Aderibigbe and the Secretary, Musiliu Isiaka.
According to the group, Nigerians should avoid voter apathy, vote selling and other anomalies in the 2023 general elections.
“We cannot continue to do things the same way and expect different results.
“When electorate do things rightly, good governance will be established,” the group said.
It declared support for three candidates of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the zone for possessing remarkable good governance records.
The group said that the NNPP candidates were Mr Abdulwaheed Odunuga contesting for Kosofe Federal Constituency seat in the Federal of Representatives, and Messrs Jide Bakare and Adekunle Aderibigbe vying for Kosofe Constituency I and II seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“We have always promoted and made recommendation towards good governance in the interest of the people.
“For these reasons, we have support for these three candidates who had in the past engaged in struggle for good governance and anti-corruption crusade.
“They have also provided and secured empowerments and projects for the communities,” the group said.
The group said that the NNPP candidates in the Lagos East District, had sponsored and facilitated so many dividends of democracy to constituents.
It said that the candidates had made constituents to access various government programmes, provided free health plans, and facilitated rehabilitation of infrastructure asides various forms of empowerments.
“We are sure these candidates will offer youthful, quality representation and interest of the people,” the group said.
Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi, 2023 governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Kaduna State says he will reinstate traditional rulers sacked by the current government if he wins.
The sitting Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s administration sacked 313 district heads and 4,453 village heads in June 2017 as part of restructuring of traditional chiefdoms in the state.
Part of the restructuring was to reduce the burden of a bloated payroll imposed on local government councils by the continued engagement of the district and village heads.
Addressing a news conference on Saturday in Kaduna, however, Hunkuyi said he would reinstate the village and district heads the moment he got into office.
He said this was because of the critical roles they would play in his government which includes maintaining harmony and ensuring security in communities.
He added that the NNPP would also reverse the recent increase in school fees in state-owned tertiary institutions, stressing that public education institutions were not for profit making.
He expressed concern over the more than N307 billion debt profile of the state, which he said could be higher with the continued devaluation of the naira against the dollar.
He said that if successful at the poll, the NNPP government would reprioritise the state’s budget to address growing insecurity in the state.
“We will engage communities to see how our villages can contribute to existing security architecture in the state to ensure the safety of lives and property.
“We will realign the budget to address insecurity, youth unemployment and increase investments in agriculture to create jobs and ensure food security,’’ he said.
Hunkuyi expressed optimism that the NNPP would take over power in Kaduna State in 2023. He explained that the party was conceived to address existing problems confronting the state and the country.
He said that the party provides a platform for all-inclusive governance that would take residents of Kaduna State to a new horizon where all Nigerians live as one.
The candidate also told newsmen that NNPP’s agenda was based on fair play, inclusive and people-oriented governance without sectionalism on grounds of religion or ethnicity.
“Our party will ensure fair representation, particularly for people of southern Kaduna who have been marginalised over the years in the governance space and in terms of development projects.
“What NNPP stands for is all-inclusive governance that stands for each and every segment of the state,’’ he said.
Hunkuyi added that the party would contest 54 political seats in Kaduna State from House of Assembly seats to House of Representatives, Senate, and the governorship seat.
He identified the seats as 34 state assembly seats, 16 House of Representatives seats, three Senatorial seats, and the governorship and deputy governorship seat.
The candidate said that political space in Kaduna was widely open for NNPP to take over in 2023 because of the humane and all-inclusive leadership style of the party, which resonated with the people.
The Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) says no fewer than 13 political parties have fielded candidates for the 2023 governorship election in Katsina State.
Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, the INEC’s Head of Department (HoD), Elections and Political Party Monitoring (EPM), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Katsina.
Ibrahim added that the names of all the gubernatorial candidates and their deputies were pasted at the Katsina State INEC’s headquarters.
“The political parties include Accord Party (A), African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP) and All Progressive Congress (APC).
“Others are Allied People’s Movement (APM), Boot Party (BP), Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“Also, People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) are included.
“Out of the 18 political parties that fielded candidates for one position or the other, only APGA, Action Alliance (AA), National Rescue Party (NRM), Young Progressive Party (YPP) and All People’s Party (APP) are not contesting for governorship seat,” said the official.
Ibrahim explained that out of the 18 political parties, five are not participating for the Senatorial positions, adding that only six are participating in all the three Senatorial Zones.
While four parties are not participating at all for the House of Representatives election, only APC, PDP and NNPP have submitted the complete 15 contestants each, he explained.
According to him, 12 political parties fielded candidates for the state’s assembly elections, saying only three parties presented candidates from all the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
NAN reports that the name of Dr Dikko Radda appeared as the APC governorship candidate, Sen. Lado Danmarke for PDP while Mr Nura Khalil as the NNPP candidate.
Rep. Rimamnde Shawulu (NNPP-Taraba) says the 2023 general election is about self-preservation for the people of Taraba.Shawulu made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.Shawulu, who represents Federal Constituency in the green chambers, said parts of the constituency were under serious attack by bandits and terrorists.He said the people would vote for only candidates with the capacity to ensure security, education, health, and economic development.“Presently two of my Local Government Areas are facing a serious banditry issue, stemming from different regions.“The last death toll was recorded at 100 and the governor has not acknowledged this nor has he issued any statement.“So contesting this election has become for me and my people an issue of life and death.As I am speaking now hundreds of people are now in the bushes unable to carry out their day to day activities,” he said.The lawmaker, who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but had now defected to the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), said his reason for contesting in the 2023 elections was to care for the people.The NNPP House of Reps candidate said not many benefits had come to the people from the government, saying that PDP allowed individuals without the interest of the people to run the party.According to him, as a matter of fact, if there is anything tangible in the last seven years that the people have received from any government, it has been from his personal efforts.Shawulu said he was berated by state government officials for putting a short road between Lisam and Takum leading to the Local Government headquarters, in the Federal Government budget for rehabilitation without their permission.“We have constructed several classroom blocks, and provided boreholes; I believe in the 32 wards there have been only two or three wards that have not benefitted from the budget allocations.“We have done very well in the health sector, in the first year we began free healthcare informative services.“We have donated essential drugs to hospitals, we have built basic infrastructure that is needed to host an institution of higher learning in Mossa, we have an auditorium, we have classroom blocks that can simultaneously hold 600 students.“We have constructed a library that can sit 200 people, with over a 100 computers on ground; we will turn it into the best Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre in Taraba,” he said.In terms of empowerment, the lawmaker said in partnership with the Federal Government, no fewer than 400 people accessed loans ranging from N500,000 to seven million naira to start various businesses.According to him, as at December 2021, the area had about six functioning rice mills which enabled the farmers to add value to their produce.Shawulu said he stood against politicians and stakeholders who wanted the funds for projects to end in private pockets.Shawulu also said he had represented his people very well at the national stage and brought issues affecting the people to the front burner.He said no lawmaker from Taraba had sponsored more bills and motions that passed in the National Assembly since 1999 than he did.He expressed confidence that the constituents would vote for him to return to the house for a third term.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 12 political parties nominated candidates to vie for the governorship seat in the 2023 general election in Ebonyi.
Dr Joseph Chukwu, INEC’s Residential Electoral Commissioner disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Abakaliki.
He added that 16 registered political parties also fielded candidates for the 24 House of Assembly seats in the 2023 election.
He said that the list of participating political parties and their candidates would be pasted at the various Local Government Area (LGA) offices of the commission in line with the Electoral law.
The REC urged candidates for the election to verify their names at their respective LGAs. He listed the names of the political parties that nominated governorship candidates in Ebonyi to include; Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressives Congress (APC), and the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA).
Others include; People’s Democratic (PDP), Labour Party (LP), New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) among others.
Chukwu also listed the 16 political parties that nominated candidates for Ebonyi State House of Assembly seats as follows: AA (24 candidates), ADC (23 Candidates), ADP ( 24 Candidates), APC (24 Candidates), APGA (24 Candidates).
Others are APM (three Candidates), All People’s Party (four Candidates), BP (1 Candidate), LP (24 Candidates), and NNPP (24 Candidates).
Other political parties are NRM (24 Candidates), PDP (24 Candidates), PRP (1 Candidate), PSDP (6 Candidates), and Zenith Labour Party (14 candidates) among others.
The REC further explained that a total of 245 State House of Assembly candidates would participate in the 2023 general elections in Ebonyi.
On the ongoing registration, the REC urged eligible residents of Ebonyi yet to register or update their voter registration to use the window period to do so, as there might not be any further extension after the July 31, deadline.
Chukwu also disclosed that online registration in Ebonyi tentatively stood at 274, 376, while complete registration stood at 336,412 as of July 18, 2022.
The REC said the final number of registered voters would soon be published by the Commission.
“Collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) is ongoing at the various INEC LGA offices in Ebonyi.
“Those who are yet to collect theirs are equally advised to visit our LGA offices where they registered to collect theirs personally as there is no collection by proxy,” Chukwu said.
The Senate, on Wednesday at plenary, passed a bill to establish the National Social Security Commission. The bill sought to put in place a National Social Security protection funding to take care of the needs of the unemployed, old-aged and underaged children below 18 years from broken marriages.Also covered in the bill were survivors resulting from the death of the family’s bread winner. The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters.Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau (NNPP – Kano), in his presentation, said the bill sought to provide the Legal and Institutional framework for the establishment of the National Social Security Commission for the regulation, management and administration of various social services and benefits to Nigerian citizens.“Ultimately, the bill Seeks to provide a comprehensive Legal and Governance framework for the proper administration and management of all-inclusive, integrated, preventive, promotive and transformative National Social Security regime.“The bill will provides flexible sustainable periodic social benefits and grants to eligible indigent Nigerian Citizens that are within the scope of the Social Security (Minimum standards) Convention, 1952 (NO 102) of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and particularly Contingencies arising therefrom,” he said.He said the proposed Social Security Commission under the bill shall provide indigent Nigerians citizens with comprehensive preventive curative Medicare, from sicknesses resulting from any morbid condition of whatever cause.“Specifically, the Commission when established by the leave of this senate shall provide a well-structured impactful, and sustainable social interventions to eligible unemployed Nigerians, old-aged Nigerians, underage children below 18 years resulting from broken marriages and survivors resulting from loss of family’s bread winner,” he said.The bill was passed after a clause-by-clause consideration.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) on Monday unveiled Bishop Isaac Idahosa, as his running mate for 2023 poll.
Speaking at the ceremony in Abuja, Kwankwaso said that Idahosa was chosen based on his credentials “Our party, the NNPP, in choosing our candidates for the 2023 general elections-from the State House of Assembly candidates to governorship to National Assembly up to the president was guided, among other things.
“Guided by competence, courage, acceptability, credibility and the all important desire to heal the country of the severe wounds that are threatening its very existence,” he said.
The presidential candidate said that Idahosa was considered as his running mate after scrutinising over 20 prospective candidates considering critical factors.
“After painstakingly vetting and scrutinising over 20 prospective candidates all of whom were eminently qualified to be the vice-president of Nigeria,” he said.
Kwankwaso added: “Considering the severity of the wounds that are inflicted on the country in recent years and the necessity of healing them.
“Given the necessary desire to carefully balance all sensibilities, sensitivities, and differences in order to have an all inclusive government that will be fair and just to all Nigerians.
“Also bearing in mind that the country requires competent, credible, empathetic, courageous, and God-fearing leaders, I came to the conclusion and therefore present to you a rare Nigerian that very fit these requirements.
“Fellow compatriots, I present to you this 57 year-old man-of God who hails from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo; a trained automobile engineer, a highly educated Nigerian with Bachelor and Masters degrees in theology.” He also described Idahosa as a united a self-made achiever whose lifetime work was improving the lots of Nigerians.
“A Doctor of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Education; a man of unimpeachable integrity and credibility; a unique Nigerian with outstanding record; a patriot with clear understanding of the country’s contemporary challenges,” he said.
Kwankwaso said that Idahosa also believed that a new and better Nigeria was possible if Nigerians could work together with sincerity to heal the wounds inflicted on the country and its citizens.
“I present to you this Nigerian man-of-God; this Archbishop-designate and Senior Pastor of the God First Ministry; the man together with whom we shall pursue the agenda of saving Nigeria from the current drift and healing it of the wounds inflicted on her.
“I present to you the man with whom we shall, with the help of God, and with the support of all of you, build a New Nigeria where justice, equity, fairness, unity, security and development are assured.
“Fellow Compatriots, I present to you the next Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bishop Isaac Idahosa,” he said.
Kwankwaso said that healing wounds inflicted on Nigeria was the first step toward putting the country on the path of security, sustainable development and global respect.
He said that Nigeria was bleeding from severe and several wounds inflicted as a result of incompetence and insincerity of leadership.
This according to him is also causing insecurity, inflation, rise in unemployment amongst the youth, affecting the tertiary education system, and social services.
“We in the NNPP believe that healing these wounds is the first step towards putting Nigeria on the path of security, prosperity, enduring unity, sustainable development, and global respect,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, Idahosa, said that Nigeria deserved a fresh start and fresh deal that would take it out of its challenges.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the African Action Congress (AAC) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), are yet to submit any nomination for 2023 state elections, with just three days to the deadline for the submission of nomination.
The commission in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in Abuja on Wednesday, disclosed that 16 out of 18 registered political parties had so far submitted 6,995 nomination forms (EC9) for the elections.
“As provided for in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election released by the Commission on Feb. 26, all political parties that conducted valid primaries are required to nominate their candidates for Governorship, Deputy Governorship and State Assembly elections.
“The nominations are expected to be done via the INEC Candidate Nomination Portal (ICNP) from July 1 to July 15.
“So far, the Commission has processed 6,995 nomination forms (EC9) uploaded by 16 out of 18 political parties for the constituencies where they intend to sponsor candidates.
“However, two political parties, the AAC and NNPP, are yet to upload a single nomination to the portal,” it stated.
INEC reminded all political parties that they have three days left to upload their list of candidates to the ICNP.
The commission which reiterated that the deadline remained Friday, said that the portal would automatically shut down at 6 p.m. on that date.
INEC also called on prospective litigants, who applied for the issuance of Certified True Copies (CTCs) to come forward and collect the certifed copies of the documents.
The commission said it had continuously responded to requests for the issuance of CTCs of documents mainly arising from the conduct of party congresses, primaries and nomination of candidates.
“The number of requests processed has now risen to 1,662,987 pages of documents.
“Sadly, in spite of the Commission’s effort, 147 out of 476 requests processed as at today involving 5,646 pages are yet to be collected by applicants.” (NAN