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Poverty almost denied me secondary school education – Nigerian Senator

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The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has narrated how as a boy it was difficult for him to get into secondary school because his mother, a widow, was not able to sponsor his education.
“My dear late widow mother, may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace, had told me that it would be difficult for me to enter secondary school on completion of primary school because her hands were full with my siblings,” Mr Akpabio said on Thursday in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, during his investiture as the pioneer chancellor of Ritman University.
“But because of my love for education, I used to sneak into a nearby secondary school to mingle with the students and acquire education. One day, the security man spotted me and chased me and I ran for my life. I fell down and injured my leg with a deep cut.
“The scar is still there,” he said, in an emotional tone.
The senator said the school which he had the encounter wasn’t far away from the university where he was standing to be honoured as its chancellor.
He continued: “It was then, as I lay on the ground and bled and cried, that I vowed that if I had the opportunity, I would chase our children to schools instead of chasing them away from schools.
“God allowed that scar to remain there as a constant reminder of this vow. Chase them with the same ferocity the security man chased me.
“That scar has become a trophy for our children, for when God brought forth the opportunity, I, as the governor of this blessed state instituted the free and compulsory education of all children living in Akwa Ibom State.
“Run to school do not run from school!” the senator said.
Ritman University was among the nine private universities in Nigeria that was granted operating license in 2015 by the then administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. It is owned by a former senator from Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Essien.
Mr Akpabio said he knows what is expected of him as the chancellor of the young university and that he sees the university becoming the “Harvard of our nation”.
Mr Akpabio, 55, is one of the most influential leaders of the Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP.
He was the third elected governor of the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State for eight years, from 2007 to 2015, and was unpopular for frittering away the state resources.
Although he is credited with the introduction of free and compulsory education at primary and junior secondary school level, Mr Akpabio presided over the collapse of classroom blocks and several other infrastructures in public schools in the state.
Also, poverty and unemployment remained high in the state during his tenure, despite billions of naira that accrued to the state as derivation fund from oil.
Several decades after his self-confessed struggles against poverty, Mr Akpabio, after his tenure as Akwa Ibom governor, has continued to be a man of affluent, funded with public money; as a senator, he receives N13.5 million every month as ‘running cost’, irrespective of what he gets as monthly salary and allowances.
Mr Akpabio, during his first term as governor, had told a crowd of people in Eket how terrible life was for him before he became governor.

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FULL LIST: ‘Direct primary in Lagos, indirect in Kaduna’ — mode of APC primaries in 36 states

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The national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved different modes of primary across the 36 states of the federation.

While indirect primary was adopted in states where some governors have tough opponents, direct was approved in other states.

Direct primary involves all card-carrying members of the party electing candidates while indirect primary involves use of delegates to elect candidates.

Indirect primary was adopted in Kaduna where Nasir el-Rufai is seeking reelection and Katsina where Bello Masari is standing for another election but same could not be said of Lagos where Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor, has tough opponents.

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Kashim Shettima (Borno) who are not seeking reelection but have preferred candidates had direct primary approved in their states.

Since it held its national executive committee (NEC) meeting in August, the party has been

announcing different modes of primary .

It initially adopted direct primary but changed it to indirect after intense pressure. The party later said state executive committee members were free to choose the kind of primary that they prefer.

But on Tuesday, the party released the list of the mode of primaries to be conducted in all the 36 states.

The election will hold on Saturday in all chapters of the party.

Below is the list:

S/No. STATE RESOLUTION ON MODE OF PRIMARIES TO BE ADOPTED

1. ABIA DIRECT PRIMARIES

2. ADAMAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

3. AKWA IBOM DIRECT PRIMARIES

4. ANAMBRA DIRECT PRIMARIES

5. BAUCHI DIRECT PRIMARIES

6. BAYELSA DIRECT PRIMARIES

7. BENUE INDIRECT PRIMARIES

8. BORNO INDIRECT PRIMARIES

9. CROSS RIVER DIRECT PRIMARIES

10. DELTA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

11. EBONYI INDIRECT PRIMARIES

12. ENUGU INDIRECT PRIMARIES

13. EDO DIRECT PRIMARIES

14. EKITI DIRECT PRIMARIES

15. GOMBE INDIRECT PRIMARIES

16. IMO DIRECT PRIMARIES

17. JIGAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

18. KADUNA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

19. KANO DIRECT PRIMARIES

20. KASTINA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

21. KEBBI INDIRECT PRIMARIES

22. KOGI INDIRECT PRIMARIES

23. KWARA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

24. LAGOS DIRECT PRIMARIES

25. NASARAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

26. NIGER DIRECT PRIMARIES

27. OGUN DIRECT PRIMARIES

28. ONDO DIRECT PRIMARIES

29. OSUN DIRECT PRIMARIES

30. OYO INDIRECT PRIMARIES

31. PLATEAU INDIRECT PRIMARIES

32. RIVERS INDIRECT PRIMARIES

33. SOKOTO INDIRECT PRIMARIES

34. TARABA DIRECT PRIMARIES

35. YOBE INDIRECT PRIMARIES

36. ZAMFARA DIRECT PRIMARIES

37. FCT DIRECT PRIMARIES

The NWC, however, said Adamawa state working committee has been banned from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the primary election holding in the state due to the fact that it was “prejudiced in favour of a governorship aspirant”.

 

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I’ll fire every general in the Army if elected President – Sowore

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Aspirant for the 2019 presidential election, Omoyele Sowore » , has vowed to sack every general in the Nigerian Army if he’s elected President at next year’s polls.

In a recent interview he posted on his official Facebook page on Monday, September 24, 2018, the Sahara Reporters publisher said the generals are responsible for the country’s prolonged war against terrorism, alleging that they don’t want it to end.

He said, “With regards to security, there needs to be an overhaul of our security system. I’m going in there firing every damn general in the Army who’s involved in fighting terrorism in this country. They’re thieves and I know them. I’ve done that as an investigative reporter.

“These guys don’t want the war to end and I know that if you’re hearing this from me, you’ll probably be feeling pity for me saying, ‘The generals will never allow this guy to become president.’ No. We should not be at the merrcy of the generals. The generals should be at the mercy of the country and because we’re the ones paying them.”

Sowore, the national chairman of the Africa Action Congress (AAC) , said he’ll also increase the membership of Nigerian Army after firing the generals.

“I’ll fire every one of them and then I’ll increase the officer cadre of the Nigerian security system. There are only 5,000 officers within the Nigerian Army of about 200-something thousand members and these people are not enough and the generals don’t promote people because if they promote, then it shows they’ll be on their way out,” he said.

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APC postpones presidential primary twice within 24 hours

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has yet again rescheduled its presidential primary election to hold on September 28.

Yekini Nabena, APC national publicity secretary, announced this in a statement on Monday.

This is the third time the party would be postponing its presidential primary.

The latest postponement comes barely 24 hours after Nabena announced the

rescheduling of the election form from September 25 to September 27.

Nabena said the recent shift was to avoid a clash with the Osun governorship rerun election fixed for September 27 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party had last week shifted the election from September 20 to September 25.

“In view of the Osun governorship re-run election which has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, by INEC, the APC has now rescheduled the presidential primary election to Sept. 28.,” Nabena said.

“This is to avoid a clash in dates with the Osun governorship re-run election and to enable all registered party members in all 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) participate in the exercise.”

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