2023: SOKAPU Lambasts Uba Sani for Setting up Muslim-Muslim ticket

Following the nomination of the the current Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Sabuwa, as his running mate for the upcoming 2023 governorship election in the state, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), has described the action of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Guber candidate, Senator Uba Sani, as an insult.

The group which rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket, said their people will not support any political party of candidate the is insensitive to the religion and ethnic values in the state.

Luka Binnyiyat, who spoke on Tuesday, on behalf of SOKAPU, noted that “Kaduna state have some of the most highly exposed and advanced mind in Nigeria and to say that only one religion is qualified to produce the Governor is insultive provocative, divisive, and as such does not promote our unity and diversity. We will guide our people against any party that produce a candidate of same religion.”

“We believed that from both sides, the North and the south, there are very qualified Christians and Muslims that can be used as running mate of any Political Party.

“And if he is able to find a qualified Muslim in southern Kaduna, he can find one hundred of such qualified Christians in southern Kaduna. But because he wants to despise southern Kaduna and tell them that their votes amount to nothing, he decided to pick a Muslim who is a minority in southern Kaduna and made her a deputy Governor.”

He added that, “SOKAPU has made it very clear that any political party, who does not respect the religious and ethnic diversity of kaduna State will not have the support of SOKAPU and by extension the southern Kaduna people.

“If Governor Nasir El-rufai were a Governor of justice or inclusiveness, he knows that the Muslim population of Southern kaduna is far less than the Christian population.

“We are not saying that we hate her but she knows that, if fairness is to be done to her region, qualified Christian ought to be picked, if she is also interested in the sensitivity of her own people, because even in her family or lineage there are Christians along the line.

So for picking her again is even more insulting to us because after four years of tutelage under Governor El-rufai, she is not qualified to pick the gubernatorial ticket, and still made as second class, it is a demotion on her own part.”

The SOKAPU, PRO said the presence of Hadiza, as deputy Governor, has not given the Southern Kaduna any advantage, adding that “the massacre and genocide in southern Kaduna is something she has been very quiet about. She has never said one word about it. We are not aware of her bringing relief or succor to anybody.”

He further noted that Uba Sani who is someone that has publicly declared that he is going to continue with the legacy of Governor El-rufai, which according to him means that the kind of demolitions, mass sack of workers and attitude against the people of Southern Kaduna, by El-rufai, are all going to continue under Uba Sani if elected as Governor.

“The killings and the destructions, including the arrests of southern Kaduna who speaks against such crime will continue under Uba Sani, who said he will continue with the legacy of Nasir El-rufai under the present Deputy Governor of Hajiya Hadiza.

“As far as Southern kaduna is concerned, the Uba Sani will be an extension, if not an improvement because the Governor himself, has said that the person that is going to take over from him will do worst thing than him and through his word, he has started showing it by doing same thing the Governor did that is not acceptable by the gross section of the state.

“So they have started showing us that he is going to be worst than El-rufai and as such our people is not going to support such kind of candidature. Luka said.

‘repentant’ terrorists now useful to society —Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has so far trained 1,600 ‘repentant’ Boko Haram terrorists in various fields and they have been re-integrated into society where they are now contributing positively to their environments.

The minister spoke in an interview session with some selected international journalists in London Tuesday and said the Buhari-led government has been quite successful in tackling insecurity and insurgency in the country by initiating several intervention programs that has seen the fighters surrender to troops of the Nigerian Army.

Mohammed stated that the federal government has resolved never to leave any stone unturned in tackling insecurity in Nigeria and leave behind a safe country by the time its tenure ends in 2023.

The Information Minister spoke to selected journalists from Reuters, Times of London and The Economist, extolled the regime on winning the war against corruption, repositioning the economy, revamping the power sector and winning the war on terrorism. (Ripples Nigeria)


#BBNaijaS7: Organisers set 2022 kick-off date, reveals bumper prize money, rolls out fans’ package

Big Brother Naija, popular reality show, will return for its seventh season in July with a double debut show on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Both shows will air from 7 pm on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29, with a simulcast on Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Urban and Africa Magic Family, according to organisers.

The 10-week extended reality TV show will follow the lives of strangers as they interact and compete with each other to win the grand prize of N100m worth of awards, the biggest reality TV show reward on the continent.

Speaking on Tuesday, the executive head of content and West African Channels, Multichoice Nigeria, Dr. Busola Tejumola, said, the Season 7 of the most watched Africa reality show will be different and viewers should expect the unexpected as always.

“We have work very hard to put everything in good shape, I believe our viewers will have a good time watching this season.

“Just as it was in Season 6, there will no be SMS voting this season. The prize money for this season will be N100 million. The cash prize will be N50 million and others money for prizes,” he said.

For the seventh season, the show will witness a return of a few pre-COVID 19 elements, including the fan-favourite ‘Ninjas’ and a live studio audience.

Fans can also expect a line-up of more engaging tasks, unpredictable twists and Big Brother’s wit.

In addition, 30 fans of the show will also win 1 million Naira each in the Fave Lock-In promo exclusive to DStv & GOtv customers.

The number of votes each subscriber will have will be determined by their subscription packages, with DStv Premium and GOtv SUPA subscribers receiving the most votes.

Meanwhile, MultiChoice also announced that there would be no SMS voting for this season.

The show will also retain its voting style from last year. Voting will only be on the Big Brother Naija website, mobile site.