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Protests And Activism Won’t Take You Anywhere, Join Politics – El-Rufai Tells Nigerians

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The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Friday told Nigerians to join politics and participate actively if they want to contribute their quota to making the country work.

According to him, this is the only way to see change happen as the best of hands and minds need to be involved in politics.

The Governor made the submission when he spoke in Lagos at ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ with the theme, ‘The Fierce Urgency Of Now: Tactics And Strategies To Pull Nigeria From The Brink’.

In his submission, El-Rufai noted that the best people in the private and public sectors can also contribute their quota to nation-building by becoming active in politics.

He added that the younger generation shouldn’t only watch from the sidelines but become active, overwhelm the political parties and chase the older ones out of power.

He said, “Good people must offer themselves for public service and suffer the indignity that we all suffer every day, we get abused, we get insulted, we get accused but we must have our best people in public service, we must have our best people in politics; we should not have them in banks, in telecom companies, in oil companies, in civil societies protesting. Protesting will take you nowhere unless you have a seat at the table. The most important table is that political table.

“I got into government in a technocratic way, I didn’t get into government to be appointed minister because of politics. I was appointed because the President liked me and thought I could do the job. But I realized after that, politics trumps everything.

“So, my call to Nigerians is if you want to see better governance, be part of the selection process of those that offer themselves for public service and politics. And the only way to do so is to join political parties and be active and influence the leadership that emerges in the political parties which usually influences the leadership that are offered for election. There is no other way, there is no shortcut to it.

“I appeal to young Nigerians, comfortable Nigerians –because public service pay is very poor. So, comfortable Nigerians should leave what they are doing; the pastors and imams that have made money, the bankers, the telecoms guys, leave that thing, come and make Nigeria work, because if it doesn’t work, you will not sleep at night no matter how much money you have made.

“I believe that there is hope, I believe if we have more and more young people, we have five million of them attaining the age of 18 every year, they can come and overwhelm the parties and chase out old men like me and take over but they must come; they cannot stand by the sidelines and keep criticizing.

“Solutions are what this country needs and you can only propose this solution, fight for them in the system.”

Also speaking at the same event, Naija News earlier reported that the senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, who joined virtually, said Nigeria may go from one crisis to another if its leaders do not change their approach to situations.

He noted that the Nigerians presently can’t see the way forward and this is affecting the growth of this country.

Source: Naija News

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Fayose Describes Makinde As A Failed Governor, Vows Not To Reconcile With Him

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has described Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as a failure, adding that he (Makinde) is not ready for dialogue.

Fayose was reacting to comments by Makinde, who vowed to ensure that reactionary elements within the Southwest PDP would be fought and defeated.

Makinde also was reported to have warned the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against postponing the zonal congress of the party billed for March 6.

Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, the former governor accused Makinde of wanting to betray elders that help him defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said the Oyo governor had the nerves to query the decision of the NWC on critical party matters, thereby making a mess of party leadership.

Fayose said the Makinde had deluded himself into thinking that he is the zonal leader because he is Governor, thinking he can run the NWC and the state.

“Makinde is a failed governor. He has proved it by his inability to protect the people of Oyo State. He has demonstrated more than enough reasons not to be fielded as our PDP candidate again. He has betrayed trust and in our group, we will not sit with him in dialogue,” he said.

Fayose added: “Majority of people Makinde is fighting today are the people who made him. He should stop his ranting. During the congress, we will teach him lessons; that becoming a Governor does not make him a leader. Let him continue to parade the failed politicians around him.

“He wants to run the NWC alongside Oyo State to assist his inordinate ambition to control the Southwest. He lacks the moral justification to criticise the NWC. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.

“Makinde must be rejected by the people of Oyo State. The young man is opening all fronts for war, barely one and half years in office.”

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Fani-Kayode Vowed To Remain In PDP – Ologbondiyan

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Thursday met with a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.

It was gathered that the meeting which had in attendance other members of the National Working Committee members of the party took place at an undisclosed venue.

The development was announced in a post on Twitter by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday.

“Just in: The National Chairman of our great party, prince @UcheSecondus in the company of NWC members in a meeting with former Minister of Aviation @realFFK,” Ologbodiyan tweeted.

There are speculations that the meeting is due to the report making round that Fani-Kayode was planning to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Recall that Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, in a video claimed that the former minister had shown interest in joining APC.

It, however, seems that PDP might have prevailed on the former minister to remain in the party as the PDP spokesperson quoted Fani-Kayode as saying, “If I had any concern, such concern is out of the windows already now. I’m a part of you and I will remain a part of you. — @realFFK.”

In another development, Adedapo Lam-Adesina, who represented the Ibadan North East/South East federal constituency between 2015 and 2019 in the House of Representatives, has dumped the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Naija News reports that Lam-Adesina returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC) barely three years after he left.

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Lam-Adesina Dumps ADC, Returns To APC

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Adedapo Lam-Adesina, who represented Ibadan North East/South East federal constituency between 2015 and 2019 in the House of Representatives, has dumped the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Naija News reports that Lam-Adesina returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC) barely three years after he left.

The defection, which was done amid jubilations by supporters at the Felele home of late Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, former governor of Oyo State, came weeks after leaders of the APC visited him.

Recall that together with other aggrieved members of the party, grouping under Unity Forum, Lam-Adesina had defected to ADC in June 2018 owing to a leadership tussle within the party.

Speaking to supporters, Lam-Adesina said he needed to rejoin the party as a form of respect to party leaders and elders who had persuaded him to rejoin the progressive fold.

Adding that he had tabled his grievances to those who visited him and others who had promised to address it, the 42-year-old politician said he was happy to be back home after what he called a ‘loan deal’ to ADC.

“I am happy to be back to APC. For me, it is a great homecoming. Like I have said, I have told our leaders who spoke to me let us address our problems once and for all,” he said.

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