The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, has pledged to ensure women-inclusive government if elected as president of Nigeria in 2023. Adebayo made the pledge while speaking at a three-day conference with presidential candidates, organised by the Nigerian Women 4 Good Governance on Saturday in Abuja.
The theme of the conference was “Good Governance for Better Nigeria”.
Adebayo expressed confidence that most of Nigeria’s problems would be solved only if families and women were empowered.
Adebayo said that adequate representation of women in government would not only make it work but also save Nigeria from many troubles.
“A government should be like a housewife.
If you want to have a government that will work in Nigeria, you have to fashion the government like a housewife.
The government will wake up and think of how people will eat and go to school.
“With the way I approach governance, women have a major role to play because I grew up well-taken care of.
In fact, my attitude to governance arose from the fact that I grew up in innocence.
“The problems of government did not affect me that much because of the family from which I came.
“And my aim, therefore, is to make sure that however long I stay in power or government, whether long or short, I will empower families.
Because failure to empower families is the problem of Nigeria.
” Adebayo said that women empowerment would have significant impact on the country.
“If you want to empower families, you have to empower women.
I’m also an employer of labour.
I became an employer of labour when I was 22 years old so I have been employing people over time.
In the course of time I have employed women and men.
“If you find out from organisations that I have been running for many years before I thought I will be in politics, 80-85 per cent of my managers are women.
“It is not because they know how to dress elegantly, it’s because they know how to manage and care.
The truth of the matter is that Nigerian society and the Nigerian government do not look alike.
“In Nigerian society, the women carry the verdict and the women run the show but in the Nigerian government, the men take everything.
This has to change.
“If we can listen to women, we will know the problem of Nigeria and solve them.
A former Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has appealed to Gov. Douye Diri approach the State assembly to increase the flood relief funds allocated to communities affected by the disaster in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor had approved N450 million for relief to about one million displaced people across the eight local government areas of the state.
Iworiso-Markson in a statement, said the fund was grossly inadequate to cater for the feeding, medical support and general welfare of victims of the flood, particularly those around the Ayama axis and Otuokpoti community.
”By the sharing formula, most households could not sustain themselves with the funds beyond a day or two, insisting that more money should be made available to the victims,” he said.
Iworiso-Markson, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2023 Ogbia Federal Constituency election, said that it would be justifiable if the governor approached the state house of assembly to request for special funds to be spent on the flood issue, especially the welfare of the victims.
Iworiso-Markson expressed worry over the looming health crisis that could develop from waterborne and other communicable diseases.
Acknowledging the efforts of the state government in the current situation, he also urged the Federal Government to consider Bayelsa as a special case and step in to compliment the efforts of the Diri administration to cushion the effect of the ravaging flood disaster.
The former commissioner also called on other agencies of the federal government, multinational companies operating in the state, privileged individuals as well as organizations to see the current issue as a great humanitarian crisis and show support.
“No one is in doubt about the kind of crisis we have now as a result of the flood.
This is the time the governor needs to approach the state house of assembly and ask for their permission to raise and spend more money on the victims.
“This has become inevitable because the affected communities need more money and I urge the governor to step up the flood relief funds because the one released recently is grossly inadequate.
It is barley enough to sustain a family for more than two days and our people are suffering.
”They are devastated!
“The government should also focus on the health needs of the people.
I am afraid that the flood may lead to serious health crisis and this can be avoided if tackled now.
”I am also appealing to donor agencies, the federal government and individuals who have the capacity to complement the efforts of the state government,” he said.
NAN reports that the Bayelsa government declared that no fewer than 300 communities and villages have either been totally or partially submerged by flooding in the state.
It also announced that about 700,000 persons have either been displaced or affected by the flood.
The state government expressed the concern that the impact of this year’s flooding might result in a humanitarian crisis.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, INEC in Lagos State says 394 candidates of different political parties are jostling for the 40 seats in the state’s House of Assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that governorship and houses of assembly elections were scheduled to hold across the country on March 11, 2023. According to the Final List of governorship and house of assembly candidates displayed on Wednesday at the commission’s office in Yaba, 16 candidates of different political parties are contesting for the 2023 governorship election in Lagos state.
The list was signed by Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, the Secretary of INEC.
According to the list, the candidates for the assembly seats in Lagos state are contesting on the platform of 16 out of the 18 registered political parties in the country.
The list showed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC), Action Democratic Party (ADP), Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) had contestants in all the 40 state constituencies.
While the Action Alliance (AA) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) fielded candidates in 36 state constituencies each, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Boot Party (BP) had candidates for 34 state constituencies each.
The African Action Congress (AAC) is contesting in 21 state constituencies while Accord (A), Action People’s Party (APP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), National Rescue Movement (NRM), Young Progressives Party (YPP) and People’s Redemption Party (PRP) filed candidates in less than 10 state constituencies each.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) did not field candidates for the state assembly election in the state.
NAN reports that the governorship list shows that only 16 of the 18 registered political parties fielded contestants, out of which only two candidates are female while the remaining 14 are male.
Only candidates of APM and APP are female, Mrs Funmilayo Kupokiyi, 51, and Mrs Abiola Adeyemi, 44 respectively.
The other governorship candidates are Messrs Dickson Olaogun (A), Abdulrasaq Balogun (AA), Akeem Olayiwola (AAC), Olufunso Doherty( ADC), Bamidele Ishola (ADP), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (APC), Olawale Oluwo (BP), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (LP) and Olanrewaju Jim-Kamal (NNPP).
Others are: Braithwaite Ishola (NRM), Olajide Adediran (PDP), Taofeek Uthman (SDP), Wasiu Ajayi (YPP) and Adenipebi Mode-Adekunle (ZLP).
APGA and PRP did not field candidates for the governorship seat in the list published for the 2023 general elections.
According to the list, Olaogun (65) of Accord Party is oldest while Rhodes-Vivour (39) of LP is the youngest.
The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, says truth and determination by Nigerians are solutions to Nigeria’s problems.
Adebayo, who stated this at an event organised by the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), stressed the need to urgently fix the nation and avoid damaging it further.
According to him, the citizens must understand what went wrong and be ready to fix it.
“Our country is not a difficult country to live in.
What the country has gone through is deliberate sabotage by some people.
“Only Nigerians can fix Nigeria and they are the same people that damage it.
“The first thing we must do is to fix ourselves.
We are going into the election not because we have learned lessons but because time has come,” Adebayo said.
The SDP presidential candidate said some people wanted to fix the country but avoided certain things to be fixed.
“Every youth in Nigeria seems to be angry with Nigeria.
Youths seem to be innocent.
But whether we like it or not, everyone is guilty.
“For me, I want to fix the country.
My spanner is the truth.
I don’t stick to things that favour me.
We have insecurity.
The government of the day can fix it if it stops the business in it,” he said.
Adebayo said that Nigerians could fix the country’s problem today if they want wanted to fix it.
“We are not attracting talent in government.
People are in government because of money.
Nigeria doesn’t need more than seven ideas to work.
“The young people have no excuse anymore because the political space is now open, unlike when we were being beaten by the military,” Adebayo added.
Three candidates for Kwara Central Senatorial District on Monday in Ilorin pledged to push for quality education, good healthcare system and improved poverty alleviation schemes.
The candidates comprised those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).
They made the promises during a debate ahead of the 2023 general elections, organised for the district by the Correspondents Chapel of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The flagbearers are Malam Bolaji Abdullahi of PDP, Malam Umar-Faruq Akanbi of LP and Dr Ridwan Apaokagi of SDP.
The PDP candidate (Abdullahi) said that Nigeria is facing some challenges that she had never experienced before.
“Nigeria has the largest economy in all the African continent, also a home to the poor people in the world, but poor education is hindering the country’s progress.
“2023 election provides the opportunity of reset button for Nigeria to remain a strong united nation.
“I want to give Kwara Central strong voice at the National Assembly.
I have the education, experience as a former minister and want to be part of those that will use the opportunity of legislation to move the country forward.
“I will empower my people to be able to take decisions to be great, especially the youths, who must be given education, as well as protect our vulnerable people, especially the aged.
” The LP candidate (Akanbi) condemned the recruitment of youths as thugs by politicians, lamenting that lack of leadership has affected Nigeria’s development despite being endowed with abundant natural resources.
Akanbi said that the economy was in shambles, students are at home because of ASUU strike, refineries are not working, yet government continued to budget for the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of dysfunctional refineries.
“We have all these problems because we do not have a legislature that is up to its billing.
“We need strong legislature that will put the executive on its toes in the interest of Nigerians and this is the kind of representation I want to do for my people.
” On his part, Apaokagi of SDP submitted that a country where the president and ministers could not be treated medically, has nothing to expect from such government.
He also decried road networks “because public officers do not travel by road, most patients die because they could not afford N3,000 for medical treatment”.
Apaokagi canvassed for the participation of civil servants in partisan politics without losing their jobs, saying “Nigeria is going to collapse if we don’t all rise to salvage it.
“Credible people are being denied opportunity to participate in elective polls, as the law does not allow civil servants contest while in service.
“If they fail in election, they will not be able to go back to their work and as such the law will be looked into during our time.
“Say no to money politics.
We should chase away those who have ruled this country before.
Come 2023 and elect new set of trusted leaders like me, across board.
” Earlier, the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Mr AbdulHakeem Garba, said the essence of the debate was to allow the candidates meet with newsmen to sell their programmes to the electorate.
Garba commended the Biodun Fagbemi-led organising committee for a job well done.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdullahi is a sessoned journalist and former Minister of Sports, while Akanbi was former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kwara Chapter.
Also, Apaokagi is a medical practitioner and owner of a private medical facility in Ilorin, while the APC candidate did not honour the invitation.
The leadership of the 18 registered political parties and their presidential candidates signed the first peace accord on Thursday in Abuja to commit themselves to peaceful electioneering campaign.
The candidates included Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), represented by his running mate, Aljhaji Kashim Shettima.
Others were Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Some more were Mr Adewale Adebayo of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Justice Peter Umeadi, the flag bearer of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
In his remarks, Chairman of the National Peace Accord, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, said the signing of the peace accord which started in 2015 was still relevant for 2023. He noted that the issue of fake news and misinformation posed a singular threat to the 2023 general elections.
Abubakar thanked political parties, party chairmen and candidates, and indeed everyone that turned out for the 2015 and 2019 peace accord.
He noted that NPC’s efforts contributed significantly to mitigating violent conflicts in previous elections in spite of the challenges.
“Now that the 2023 general elections are around the corner, issues of major concern that have the potential to negatively impact on the integrity are better imagined.
“One of such issues is the spreading of fake news.
“Fake news and misinformation continue to pose a significant threat to the 2023 general elections.
I am told already that fake news has also declared the winner of the 2023 election even before the exercise.
“It has shifted focus away from issue-based campaigns and created the platform for political parties to resort to name calling, personal insults and character assassination.
“It has taken away our civility and decency in public discourse and conversations and created a toxic atmosphere that has the potential to incite citizens against the state, against other political parties and candidates.
“It is for this reason that the NPC has organised the signing of two peace accords with the 2023 general elections on the way,’’ he said.
Abubakar explained that Thursday’s peace of accord was to commit political parties, presidential candidates and their spokesperson to peaceful political campaigns and rallies, devoid of violence, incitement and personal insults.
He said it was also to ensure that the campaigns were defined by issues at the very heart of the national development and progress.
“The second accord, God willing, will come up shortly before the elections, and it is intended to commit the candidates to accepting the outcome of the votes as long it is adjudged to be free, fair and credible.
“We hope this will take place sometimes in January 2023.’’ he said.
Abubakar also urged political parties and their candidates to base their campaign on issues affecting the country and not on personal attacks or fake news.
“It is time for us to promote issue-based campaigns.
We are calling on politicians to address issues that are fundamental to Nigerian citizens.
“We also want to promote respect and tolerance of differences in opinions.
We want to ensure that there is civility and decency in public discourse.
“I appeal to political parties, party chairmen, candidates and their spokespersons to please campaign on the basis of issues that are of significant concern to Nigerians.
“Avoid the spread of fake news, personal attacks and insults and comply with the spirit and letter of this accord.
“I appeal to the electorate also to realise that do no good to our electoral process,’’ Gen. Abubakar added.
A 14-year-old student at the event, Miss Naomi Oloyede urged leaders and political actors, especially candidates to Nigeria first in all their conducts.
He charged them to avoid violence and promote peace during their campaigns.
“As you start your campaigns, please, in the name of God, have our future in mind and try to leave a safe country for us.
“This is not the time to settle scores.
This is the best gift you can give to us and the greatest assurance that you will retire in peace.
“If you do this, you will be remembered with fondness and not with blame.
“I look forward to growing in a beautiful country where there is peace and the rule of law is respected,’’ Oloyede said.
In his remarks, Chairman of Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC), Malam Yabaji Sani said all political parties were committed to peaceful, credible and reliable election.
Sani is also the National Chairman and presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
He said parties had been praying for peace so that Nigeria would continue to maintain its leadership position in Africa and in the comity of nations.
Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has dismissed allegations that his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, is disloyal.
The governor, in a statement issued by his aide, Dr Kola Oredipe, also denied any rift with his predecessor, Sen. Seriake Dickson.
Diri reaffirmed that he has implicit confidence in Ewhrudjakpo, describing him as a worthy partner in the governance of the state.
A group in the Bayelsa Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Bayelsa Progressive Vanguard (BPV), had on Sunday decried the activities of the deputy governor.
The group had alleged that Ewhrudjakpo was working against the interest of the governor.
In a statement signed by its leader, Erepadei Ebiowei, the BPV said it had observed with dismay that most of the actions of Ewhrujakpor were unbecoming of a deputy governor.
The group alleged that the deputy governor was running a parallel administration within the government despite the latitude he enjoyed from the governor.
It also accused Ewhrujakpor of hobnobbing and meeting with aggrieved members within the ruling party and opposition party candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The group called on the leadership of the PDP in the state and at the national level to probe the deputy governor.
According to the BPV, if unchecked, the deputy governor will constitute the greatest threat to the fortunes of the party in the 2023 elections.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has called for discipline among political actors, as parties prepare for campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Kukah made the call at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation’s 2022 peace conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
Kukah, a panellist at the conference electoral violence in Nigeria was attributable to lack of discipline among political actors.
“Ordinary Nigerians have no problem with religion; it is the manipulation and systemic manipulation of our different identities that is responsible for our violence,’’ he stressed.
He charged religion leaders to do their best to sensitise the public on the need for peace, but insisted that political actors must play their roles.
Another panellist, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State said elected officials should regard themselves as being privileged or opportune to participate and contribute to nation building.
He said Nigeria needed a president who would be a leader for Nigerians across board and not a sectional leader.
In his contribution, the Regional Director for Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Prof. Christopher Fomunyoh, said Nigeria could not afford to erode its past election gains in 2023. The NDI is a non-profit American NGO that works with partners in developing countries to increase the effectiveness of democratic institutions.
“Elections have consequences; peaceful elections have a lot of benefits,’’ Fomunyoh, also a panellist said.
He stressed that other African countries were looking up to Nigeria as the giant on the continent to conduct peaceful elections.
“No country stumbles into credible, meaningful elections by chance; there has to be a national consensus that the citizens want meaningful elections.
“Once that national consensus is there, it is going to raise the bar for stakeholders to comply with that national consensus.
“The political leaders should make sure in their conversations with their supporters that they talk about non-violent elections,’’ he stressed.
Executive Director at Centre for Democracy and Development, Dr Idayat Hassan, in her contribution, urged all stakeholders to take responsibility toward a successful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“It is not enough for us to point accusing fingers towards the electoral umpire; we all need to take responsibility,’’ she said.
The Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, Ms Cynthia Mbamalu, also a panellist, said political actors, media and civil societies must play their roles properly to ensure a peaceful election in 2023. Mbamalu said there was also the need for security agencies to pledge their alliance to the nation’s Constitution and not to a ruling party.
She also called for uniformity in the implementation of rules and regulations guiding the conduct of elections.
She said preparation for campaigns should not entail the amassing of arms and ammunition by politicians who should instead be sensitising their supporters to embrace peaceful conduct.
In his remarks, the Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, said Nigeria must seize the opportunity of the 2023 general elections to address injustices facing the country.
The theme of the conference was “Nation building: The role of peaceful elections in a multi-ethnic context.
A former member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ahmed Wadada, has called on the indigenes and residents of Keffi Local Government in Nasarawa State to contribute towards improving the economic development of the area.
Wadada, who holds the traditional title of Sarkin Yakin Keffi, made the call at the commissioning of Keffi Emirate Council Investment Committee’s Groundnut Milling Machine, on Sunday in Keffi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event also featured the inauguration of Keffi Emirate Council Investment Committee’s Cooperative Groups.
The former lawmaker said that it was the responsibility of every resident of Keffi to strive to give back to the society in order to enhance the living condition of the less privileged and vulnerable groups in the area.
” I will want to leverage on this medium to call on each and every indigene and residents of Keffi Local Government Area to look much more inwards to see what he or she is in a position to do to better the livelihood of people of the area.
” Because a people without economic strength or advantage are inactive people.
Of course, Keffi even before now had not been a left back community in every facet of human endeavour.
” But this is to rejuvenate the old spirit of Keffi and I pray Allah continue to guide, bless and protect all our efforts,” he said.
Wadada, who is the Senatorial Candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Nasarawa West Senatorial District, described the inauguration of the Groundnut Milling Machine as an occasion of fulfilment, joy, gratitude, pride and challenge.
” For Keffi Emirate Council Investment Committee to achieve this under its Sub-Committee on Women Empowerment is quite fulfilling, encouraging, gratifying and challenging.
” Challenging so that we all do more than what we have just done so that the mileage will be longer or higher than what it is now,” Wadada said.
Earlier, Mrs Ramatu Sani, the Chairperson, Sub-Committee on Weaving and Groundnut Oil Processing, said the inauguration of the Groundnut Milling Machine was a result of communal efforts by the sons and daughters of Keffi.
Sani revealed that the subcommittee spent over N3.5 million to procure the groundnut oil extracting machine, adding that the committee intended to provide additional two machines for two different locations on Keffi.
She also discloed that so far the subcommittee had trained over 90 indigent women on different skills aimed at empowering them to be self-reliant in the society.
” The Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Muhammadu Chindo Yamusa III, constituted the committee to see to the revival of the old lost trade and economic activities of this town and to the glory of God, all of us the indigenes of Keffi contributed money to put this together.
” We plan to reach out to more people to sell this product and I am sure it will go a long way in eradicating poverty among women who are the target beneficiaries.
” We feel strongly that if women are empowered, the society will be better for it and they will be able to look after their children and even help their husbands.
The founding Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, on Thursday said that the party has what it takes to win the 2023 general elections.
Falae stated this at the official inauguration of the party’s new National Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that when he decided to revive the party, some people thought it was impossible, but today the party had grown in number and strength across the country.
“SDP is the only party with right technology, philosophy and manifesto.
We deserve to rule Nigeria and by the grace of God we will be there.
“We have a good Presidential candidate in the person of Adewole Adebayo who has not only demonstrated his knowledge of law but history, anthropology, architecture and other fields.
“We need someone with broad mind and education like Adebayo to lead our country.
“The party may not have a governor today, but I have no doubt that SDP will be in Aso rock and become governors in many state in 2023, “ Falae said.
He commended the party leadership for its achievements, urging them to continue to bring back those who left the party and new members to work together to win the 2023 general elections.
Falae decried the rate at which many young men and professionals including doctors were leaving Nigeria to seek greener pastures.
“If we do not restructure and revive Nigeria, more and more young people will desert the country,” Falae said.
He said that with Adebayo as SDP presidential candidate, Nigerians have the chance to elect a president that would restructure and chart a new course for the country.
In his remarks, the SDP Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo, expressed his commitment to be a better president that would deliver good governance and democracy to Nigeria when elected.
Adebayo said that when elected, he would deliver victory to Nigerians in form of sound medical care, security and education.
“If you want to know if I will be a better president, look at the decisions that I taken.
“Of all the money bags and peoples of claim titles I have chosen a youth, a leader of change, dynamic person, banker, economist and proven integrity, Yusuf Buhari as my running mate.
“SDP has the young person as the national chairman who represent the future.
“I am telling Nigerians that the alternative you have been looking for is here.
The excuse that you don’t have a choice is gone.
” He advised Nigerians not to listen to pundits on the 2023 general elections saying the outcome of the election would surprise many.
The SDP National Chairman, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, said that the SDP is a moving train determined to win the 2023 general elections.
“I don’t see any party defeating the SDP, unless we are not committed.
The array of our gubernatorial candidates who have contested elections before is overwhelming.
“If you mention any of them, people know them and they will win for SDP.
We don’t concede defeat.
There is no defeat in our dictionary.
” Gabam urged party members to forget their personal issues and work together to save Nigeria.
He described the new building as a demonstration of prudent management of the party meagre resources by its leadership.
Gabam said it was also a demonstration that SDP would manage Nigeria’s resources well and that the party was ready for the 2023 general elections.
Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, the former Liaison Officer to President Shehu Shagari, urged the party leaders and members to go back to the grassroots and mobilise support for SDP and its candidates.
Yakasai, who was represented by the SDP gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa State, Dr Umar Ardo, advised the party to take advantage of the new Electoral Act 2022, to win elections for the party.
“2022 electoral act is an opportunity for the SDP to mobilise for the party.
There is no more room for rigging and vote allocation have been tackled,” Yakasai said.