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Direct primaries will revive the essence of Nigeria’s democracy, says APC group

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A group identified as the #ReviveAPC forum has hailed the national assembly for their “courage and forthrightness” in adopting direct primaries for all political parties in picking their candidates.

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Recall that the two chambers of the national assembly had approved the conference committee report on the electoral act amendment bill, which recommends that all political parties must adopt the direct primary mode.

The decision to adopt direct primary has elicited varied reactions, with stakeholders such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some APC governors kicking against the recommendation.

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Reacting to the development via a statement, the chairman of the forum, Umar Tambuwal said the decision of the national assembly will be a major landmark towards reviving the essence of Nigeria’s democracy.

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“Our mission is instructively tailored to revive, refocus and reposition the founding values of our great party. And this landmark constitutional mandate of the direct primaries by our lawmakers is one of the major anchors of entrenching such a democracy,” the group said.

“It is thus expedient to appeal to the conscientious leaders of our party and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President
Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of national urgency, assent to this very
important amendment.

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“By assenting to this singular Act, Mr. President would not only be etching his name in gold but further enlivening his patent vision of a thriving democracy championed by the true wishes of the majority. With his unmistakable stance, we believe Mr. President would see this Act as a path to improving governance and installing true leaders across the length and breadth of our nation.

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“It is our solemn appeal to Mr. President, that appending his signature to this document enlarges our leadership fortune as a nation. Of course, we are not unmindful of the antics of the privileged minority within and out of our political party to upturn this landmark amendment to the Electoral Act; however, we can only be strengthened by our faith in the voices of the decent
majority who have established the foundation of our political processes and that these leadership challenges do not represent the altruistic interests of the people.

“It is not a coincidence that the same set of governors that oppose fiscal
independence of local government system from their control are fighting tooth and nail to bury the direct primaries as a process of leadership selection. It is
evident where some of our leadership challenges are actually rooted. The question to ask then is: Does the true reflection of the wishes of the majority threaten any leadership that truly champions the interests of that majority?

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“May God strengthen our collective resolve to stand for what benefits the nation and pushes Nigeria ever relentlessly towards her greatness.”

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Football manager dies of heart attack while celebrating team’s 92nd minute winner in Egypt

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An Egyptian second division manager, Adham El-Selhadar has died after suffering a heart attack while celebrating his team’s last minute win.

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The sad incident happened on Thursday, Dec 2, when El-Magd scored a 92nd minute goal to defeat SC El-Zarqa at home.

El Magd manager, El-Selhadar, watched on as his side scored against El-Zarqa in the 92nd minute to progress up to seventh in the table on 14 points in the Egyptian Second League match.

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Amongst all the wild celebrations and drama, coach Adham El-Selhadar collapsed on the sidelines as players and staff ran over to check what had happened.

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He was attended to by medics before being taken to hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

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El-Selhadar had been a professional player in the 1990s, winning the Egyptian Premier League and Egypt Cup before becoming a coach.

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Police arrest officer who killed a rig operator in Osun

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The Osun State Police Command has arrested Sergeant Moses Samuel who fatally shot Kabiru Babai, a rig operator with the Shekeenah Zelter Global Concept at Ota-Efun area in Osogbo.

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WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that there was palpable tension on Friday morning after a police officer shot a truck driver to death at the Ota-Efun area in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

The police has now revealed Sergeant Moses Samuel as the personnel who fatally shot the rig operator at Ota-Efun area of Osogbo, on Friday, December 3, 2021.

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The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Yemisi Opalola, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

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Opalola said “The Osun State Police Command in its continued efforts to curtail all forms of indiscipline and unprofessionalism, has arrested and detained the police officer, Sgt Moses Samuel who shot one Mallam Kabiru Babai ‘m’ 33years Yesterday, 3rd December 2021 around Kobogbogboe/Ota-efun Area, Osogbo.

“The investigations and disciplinary actions have commenced and the suspect will be arraigned in court after the completion of the orderly room trial to serve as a deterrent to other officers.”

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She explained that the Police Commissioner, Olawale Olokode, has expressed his condolences to the victim’s family and friends and also assured the members of the public that justice will be served in the matter.

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