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2019: APC has crippled PDP in Plateau -Bature

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and candidate for Plateau North Senatorial District, Hon. Rufus Bature said the party has put in motion political machinery that has crippled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state ahead of the 2019 general election.
He noted that Plateau will deliver President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Simon Lalong and all APC candidtates to consolidate on the fight against corruption, insecurity, recovery of land grabbing and tourism sites due to insecurity.
Hon. Bature disclosed this on Sunday in Jos during a political meeting with various political groups in preparation to his campaign flag-off to replaced Sen. Jonah David Jang as Senator for Plateau North Senatorial District.
“APC has instituted a political concept that has crippled PDP in Plateau ahead of the February 2019 general elections. In 2015, when we started campaigning in the state and Berom land, some of us were looked as rebels, but we said we are rebels for good cause.
“There was no Berom man that was campaigning for the Governor, there was no Berom that was campaigning for Senator in APC, yet we were able to get some impressive votes that change the election.
“Today, alot of people have defected to APC in Berom land, the Northern Zone and across the 17 Local Government Areas and I believe that APC will win all elective positions in 2019. Why you continue to hear the noice that Berom land is predominantly PDP, is because some people are still pain with how APC took over governance from PDP in 2015 in Plateau.”
Hon. Bature, who is former Secretary to Government of Plateau State, said APC was not given a chance in 2015 by top political actors who were hell bent on retaining power, but they were able to deployed the right political strategy which would be consolidated on in 2019.
“The PDP people did not believe that APC was going to dislodged them from power, they felt so bad and the cry is still there, that is why they have continue to say that Berom land is PDP. Nobody from APC has gone back to PDP but many people who matter in PDP are now in APC.”
He said Governor Lalong has deliver on his campaign promises of being fair and just to all indigenous ethnic groups in the state through jucicy appointments and creating a conducive and peaceful atmosphere for business transaction and prosperity of the people.
Hon. Bature expressed confident that the state will return President Buhari to the Presidency and Governor Simon Lalong to Government House Jos and take over the seat of Plateau North from the opposition PDP.
Meanwhile, Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lt. General Jeremiah Useni said it will be disastrous for Plateau people to trust APC with their mandate again.
Useni in a statement by his Director General of his Campaign Organisation, Prof. Demis Mai-Lafia said there is no crisis in PDP over the choice of his running mate, Dr. James Dalok.
He explained in clear terms that APC can’t crippled PDP ahead of the 2019 elections and urged Plateau people to discard write up in circulations in some social media platforms that crisis of confidence is rocking the PDP over his choice of running mate.
“We would naturally have ignored this publication as there are several of them on social and traditional media all the time. But we are constrained to speak because of the patently deceptive assumptions made by the author, and the risk that some people might buy the false narrative without adequate interrogation.
“I have explained the process through which the PDP candidate, Sen. J.T. Useni, picked his running mate. As a democrat, Sen. JT Useni met with 10 interest groups to explain the rationale and reason for his choice of Dr. James David Dalok.
“He consulted widely even before the decision was made to work with Dr. Dalok. While this article came to us as a surprise by reason of the wild and unsubstantiated guesswork, we are not entirely surprised because we understand that the season of politics is characterized by political guesswork, half truths and outright lies.”

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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