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PRP re-elects Falalu Bello as National Chairman

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National chairman of PRP Falalu Bello

The People’s Redemption Party, PRP, has re-elected Falalu Bello as its national chairman.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Falalu was re-elected through consensus at the party’s national convention held on Saturday in Abuja.

Others members of the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, elected include national secretary, Babatunde Alli; national treasurer, Abdullahi Bayawo, among others.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Bello appreciated the party for electing them to serve, pledging their commitment to the party and the nation.

Mr Bello said there was the need for party members to work in unity to win the 2023 general elections.

He said that with unity, new Electoral Act and recent innovations by the Independent National Electoral Commission, PRP had the potential to win the presidential and more elections in the 2023 general elections.

He urged members to embark on membership drive across the nation, disclosing that the party would soon role out it guidelines for the 2023 general elections.

Mr Bello assured all presidential aspirants of the party that the PRP leadership would provide a fair and level-playing ground for the party’s candidate to emerge.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Mr Bello recalled that PRP sponsored 385 candidates in the 2019 general elections and won two House of Representatives seats for Bauchi State, while it also came 3rd in terms of votes in Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, and Benue States.

He added that between 2020-2022, PRP participated in 11 elections and by-elections with progressive performance because of its presence on the ground as well as the caliber of candidates it fielded.

He listed the achievements of his the party’s outgoing National Working Committee to include creation of online registration platform and website (prpnigeria.ng) that made PRP the first party in Nigeria to register its members online.

“We are going to ride on, this is to have a robust national membership register, list of leadership of the party at all levels, news on the party, etc.”

Mr Bello listed indiscipline and insufficient fund as parts of the challenges facing the party.

He urged delegates to appreciate the need for members to pay for membership fees and the N50 annual subscription fee for the party to thrive.

“Creation of a faction for the party and numerous court cases that faced the party, are clear manifestation of indiscipline in the party and these must be stopped if the party is to make fast and meaningful progress.

“The significant amendments to be taken at this meeting will make it an offence for any member to go to court without exhausting internal dispute mechanism.

“Further to this, the National Working Committee has set up a committee to handle the factionalization in the party. It is hoped these would address the problems created by indiscipline.”

Mr Bello also disclosed that so far, the PRP had been invited in merger and alliances with four groups.

These parties, according to him, include the National Consultative Front (NC Front), led by Prof. Pat Utomi, that initially started with five parties: the African Democratic Congress, ADC; Social Democratic Party, SDP; Action Democratic Party, ADP and; Zenith Labour Party, ZLP.

Others, according to him, include Northern Leaders and Consultative Front, NLCF group of Northern politicians, led by Usman Bugaje; the Peoples Alternative Political Development, PAPD, a pan Nigerian organization.

He also added that “We Together (We2geda)”, another Pan Nigeria Movement, headed by Ibrahim Abdulkarim, of mostly young and middle-aged persons currently in various political parties inclusive of PRP, is desirous of getting a platform to participate in elections.

“On the basis of submission on mergers and alliances made to the National Working Committee, NWC meeting of the party held on March 5 and decisions taken on these, the NEC has advised the groups that:

“The PRP is prepared to be adopted by any political party which believe in its principles provided such as arrangement will not result in the party changing its name and logo,

“Members of the groups were advised to join the party so that issues of interest will be discussed and agreed with them, and where the PRP structure does not exist or is weak, structures of adopting parties could be collapsed into PRPs.

“Of the four groups that have been advised, members of the We2geda have started to register with the party as six (6) of their leaders from Adamawa, Kano, Katsina, Plateau, Zamfara and Borno have joined the party and will make bring along their followers in the coming weeks.”

Bello who said that PRP is attracting persons willing to make the party grow, added that all respective branches need to open up to accommodate people that believe in PRP principles.

“We have a great party in our hands and can make it grow, prosper and take over power in Nigeria and run governments as done in old Kaduna and Kano States in 1979,” he said.

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APC primary: My backers against Sanwo-Olu will be known soon —Mustapha

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Mustapha Olorunfemi

MAIN challenger to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Mr Abdul-Ahmed Olorunfemi Mustapha says those backing his aspiration will be known soon. 

A former Permanent Secretary in the current administration, Mustapha’s coming into the race has set tongues wagging in political circles, with widespread rumour tipping him as the anointed of the state ruling clique. 

Senator Bola Tinubu, the leader of the party in the state, had to openly endorse the incumbent and his deputy in a bid to douse the tension generated by Mustapha’s aspiration. 

Yet the party leader said at the endorsement session that all aspirants would be provided a level-playing field to prove their political weight. 

In an exclusive interview with Sunday Tribune, Mustapha said his backers are not ghosts and would be unveiled soon. 

Reacting, Mr Gbioyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Lagos State governor, described Mustapha as a dreamer to think that he can win the APC governorship ticket and defeat his principal, saying his advice to him is that he should go to sleep so he could have another dream. 

Akosile, who spoke in a telephone interview, said maintained Mustapha is not known adding: “I don’t think he is someone I would be dissipating my energy trying to talk about.” 

But Mustapha expressed confidence in breasting the tape ahead of the governor when the nomination contest is called. 

When asked if he could win without the party leaders who are expected to queue behind Tinubu and his anointed, he said, “How can we possibly talk of winning an election without the support of the party? 

“We count on the support of all members of the APC to win the coming primary and then the gubernatorial elections, from the leadership to delegates to ward chairmen and loyal party supporters. 

“While the support may not be obvious now, It has never been the way of politicians to show their leanings early and I believe that what the party wants like every other non-partisan citizen is a working Lagos, a Lagos of our dreams which I promised. Therefore, I enjoin you to wait and see.” 

When asked about the Tinubu phenomenon in the state and how nobody had won governorship election without him since 2007, Mustapha who trained and worked in the United States, believed the leader would not be partial when the chips are down. 

“The leader of our party has said in this particular election that all members vying for political office are free to contest and has expressed the hope that the best man will win. The leaders have created a level-playing field and encouraged contestants to test their popularity at the primaries. A good product is a good product. We stand by his mandate,” he reckoned. 

The governorship aspirant, who never stood any election in the state until now, believes he holds an edge over the governor, who was, until his resignation from public service, his principal. 

He stated “I am certain of cl“My edge over the governor is based on my exposure to best practices in the world, the plethora of community driven ideas that I have enunciated at various fora to rapidly transform every sector of Lagos State, much more than is being done now. 

He told Tribune Online he wasn’t unmindful that the party could eventually settle for consensus arrangement to pick the governorship candidate and he is ready to flow with the waves, without rocking the boat. 

However, Sanwo Olu’s aide, said “Leave that man alone. Is he the kind of person that we should be paying attention to? 

“His case is that of a dreamer who found himself on a horse back while sleeping, but on waking up, he discovered that what he had was a dream. 

“So, I would tell such a person that he should go back to sleep so that he can have another dream. That’s my response to that kind of a person. 

“I don’t even know the character you are talking about. I don’t even know him at all. I don’t think he is someone I would be dissipating my energy trying to talk about,” the governor’s aide said. 

“Where does he want to start from? Where does he want to start from? Is it about profession, or is it about track records? How would he be dreaming of defeating Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who as of today is ...er boy of APC not only in Lagos but in the entire country- a reference point of development as in governance. 

“So where is he coming from to think he can take Sanwo-Olu’s position? Let’s not talk about him, I wish him luck,” he added.

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Telecoms subscribers switching GSM operator increase by 100% –NCC

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that the number of subscribers that changed their GSM operator rose by 100 per cent to 13,985 in the first quarter of 2022.

This contained in a data published at on the commission’s portal.

According to the data, no subscriber left their GSM operator In Q1, 2021. This data is tracked under the outward porting category of NCC’s portal.

The commission defines outward porting as “the number of numbers ported to another service provider’s network from a service provider’s own network.”

Within the time under review, 10,023 subscribers left Airtel, 2,930 left 9mobile, 582 left MTN, and 450 left Glo.

In December 2020, the NCC directed telecommunication companies to suspend sales, registration, and activation of new SIM cards, impacting porting activities as subscribers could not switch their service providers.

Subscribers change their network providers, while retaining their numbers, because of poor service quality offerings by their original service providers.

The NCC launched this service, mobile number portability, in April 2013. It said, “In furtherance of its efforts to promote competition, improve quality of service and ensure that consumers continue to enjoy a good experience on the mobile networks, the NCC launched mobile number portability service for GSM subscribers in April 2013.

“The MNP enables consumers to switch networks without losing their cellular phone numbers.”

According to the commission, the MNP works on the Mobile Subscriber ISDN Number and not the International Subscriber Mobile Identity, hence affecting all MSISDN-based services like SMS, MMS, voice calls, and other prepaid services.

It added that while there is no restriction as to the number of times a subscriber can port, there is at least a 45 day restriction time between each porting.

Since the Federal Government banned the sales of new SIMs and related activities due to National Identification Number-Subscriber Identity Module exercise in December 2020, subscribers have struggled to switch network providers. Subscribers that switched their network providers fell from 182,958 in 2020 to 11,250 in 2021

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