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Dogara speaks on APC reconciliation but says he won’t beg for ticket

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Dogara speaks on APC reconciliation but says he won't beg for ticket

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stated that he knows his constituents would vote for him even if he contested on the platform of a zero party.

Mr Dogara, who is believed to have joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), stated this while receiving his constituents at his Abuja residence.

He also revealed that he was asked to beg for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Truly, I have decided that I will not contest election again. They said they would give me a ticket in the APC but that I must go and beg for it. I said I did not need the ticket. In politics, I have never gone to anybody’s house to beg for a ticket.

“My ticket is my people. I have assured them that even if I run under a zero party, my people will vote for me. So long as it is Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa (constituency), even if we run under zero party; we will win by God’s grace.”

“We have thrived well in many political battles in the past and this one too, we shall overcome it. Nobody can threaten us or tell us that we cannot contest the election in a political party we spent our resources to establish; only God can stop us.”

“I (have) heard your voices and the voice of the people is the voice of God. We are in politics to serve and not to be served. As I said, if it were for myself, I will quit because truly I am tired and even thought of stepping aside. But we must run an election so long as our people say so.

“I have seen the forms you brought. I don’t know how you got it but I must thank you for this sacrifice. Left for me; I will appeal that you give me some time to go and consult further.”

The speaker added that he had not told his supporters in the APC what he intended to do and explained how he gave the APC the condition to pacify some federal lawmakers before he could reconcile with the leadership of the party.

“Even when they were talking about reconciliation in the APC, we told them that even if I would be given a free ticket in the APC, so long as they did not do justice to Senator Sulieman Nazif, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, Honourable Ahmed Yerima, Honourable Aminu Tukur, Honourable Maryam Bagel and others, I would not accept it. I even said that if they would do justice to these people I would be satisfied.”

PREMIUM TIMES reported that the speaker had already purchased the PDP nomination form but he was reportedly presented with another by the visiting constituents.

The Bauchi politician was first elected to the parliament in 2007 as a member of the PDP, Nigeria’s ruling party from 1999-2015. He defected to the APC in 2014 as part of the new-PDP bloc that revolted ahead of the 2015 elections.

He has long been identified as amongst those expected to leave the APC, but he declined to make this public unlike Senate President Bukola Saraki and a host of other top APC politicians who abandoned the ruling party in recent months.

This loss appears the biggest since the ruling party lost Mr Saraki to the PDP late July.

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Yahaya Bello’s aide, two others assassinated in Kogi

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The custodian of Aneku Okuku masquerade, Mr. Yusuf Adabenege, in Okene town, Kogi State has been assassinated by unidentified gunmen.

Adabenege was reportedly killed alongside two of his aides while driving on Obehira-ege road in Okene.

Adabenege was at the forefront of drumming support for the reelection bid of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and also the custodian of Aneku Okuku Cementi masquerade of Obehira.

He was also a Personal Assistant to the Governor on Domestic Matters until his death.

It was learnt that late Adabenege was ambushed at the front of Living Faith Church, Okuha Anatahu Okene Obehira road around 6:40pm on Friday when a hand grenade was thrown at his convoy forcing the vehicle to stop abruptly.

He was said to have been dragged down from the vehicle and killed using a hand grenade that hit him on the head.

The gunmen also fired at his vehicle which resulted in the death of his driver identified as Musa immediately.

Following his death, security operatives were drafted in to man strategic positions around the city.

The state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who addressed the people of Ebiraland on Saturday morning on TAO FM  mourned the death of Adabenege.

He condoled with the people of Ebira, vowing that he would work with the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.

 

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Barack Obama presents Flowers to wife, Michelle as he visits her book talk

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Michelle Obama got a surprise appearance at her book talk in Washington D.C. on Saturday night when her husband, former President Barack Obama came out with a bouquet of flowers.

The crowd went wild when Obama, dressed casually in a jacket with no tie, walked out with pink roses for his wife.

‘You won’t get this at every show,’ Michelle Obama told the cheering crowd at the packed Capital One Arena.

‘This is like when Jay Z comes out,’ the former president joked, comparing himself to when the rapper came out during wife Beyonce’s music tours.

The former president who came out the tale end of his wife’s 90 minute talk, discussed how the couple met at the Chicago law firm of Sidney & Austin, where she was his mentor.

‘She’s really tall and most of it is legs,’ he said of his first impression of her.

His wife chided him: ‘Children are here.’

The former president then kept his story kid-friendly. ‘She was much cuter than I expected and very tall,’ he said.

He recalled she didn’t want to date him because they worked together so he offered to quit his job.

‘So basically I wore her down,’ he said.

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SAD: Early Morning Inferno Kill 5 People In Kebbi

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Three children of same parents, their mother and another child have been burnt to death in an early morning inferno on Friday in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

The incident, which has thrown residents of the area into mourning, also partially razed the victims bungalow.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Sani Dododo, who was at the scene, told the man of the family, was not at home when the incident happened.

“The incident happened around 1a.m on Friday, in the house of a West African Cotton Company Limited (WACCOT) staff, Malam Umar Argungu, who was on duty on that day.

“His wife was in the house with her three children: two daughters and a boy as well as a neighbour’s daugther who was keeping them company because the husband was away,” he said.

Dododo said the incident was caused by an electric heater which unattended to in the house.

“The woman had forgotten the heater and it kept on heating till all the water had finished.

“The house caught fire, which resulted in the death of the woman, her three children and the neighbour’s daughter,” he said.

He warned residents of the state to always switch off electricity in their home before sleeping in the night, especially during the harmattan season.

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