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2023: Senator Nora Daduut floats Grassroots mobilisation initiative for APC Presidential candidate Tinubu In Plateau state.

Okwuta Audu Jos

Ahead of the 2023 general elections across the country, Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial district at the National assembly Prof Nora Ladi Daduut, has commenced grassroots mobilisation for
All Progressives Congress in rural communities of Plateau South Senatorial district.

Senator Dadu’ut while sensitizing women in her Senatorial district, said the aim of this initiative was to mobilize and garner support for the Presidential Candidate of APC Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Governorship candidate of the APC in Plateau Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, Governor Simon Lalong, Idris Maje for Wase Federal constiuency, and other candidates of the APC at the 2023 general elections on the Plateau state..

Senator Dadu’ut a member of the TINUBU/SHETTIMA Women Presidential Campaign team assigned to the strategic Planning Directorate said “We have constituted a team in the six local government councils of our district that would go round to the rural areas to ensure victory for our party in the forthcoming polls.”

Senator Daduut who was represented at the event by her Legislative aide Hon. Rufina Gurumyen, said “We have commenced a door-to-door campaign for the success of Ahmed Tinubu/ Kashim Shettima and our candidates in the APC for the 2023 general elections.”

According to her,Tinubu’s wealth of experience is needed to move the country forward.

“We have the best Candidates in the APC, and we would mobilize our women, Youths and elderly to vote the APC from top to bottom.”

Dadu’ut added that she is committed to the victory of Tinubu/Shettima and all APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections.

“Tinubu/Shettima are tested and trusted, and their combination offers renewed hope for the citizenry. It will ensure our today and assure us of our tomorrow.

“Tinubu is a good leader to follow. As he did in Lagos, we are sure that he will do more for Nigeria,” he said.

Senator Daduut added that “we have assumed the role of apostles by going out there to preach to people to vote our party candidates from top to bottom.

She added that “We would go out and market our Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu across our Senatorial zone as the man has the magic wand to take us to the promised land.

She appealed to Women and Youths in her Senatorial district who are yet to collect their PVCs to do so now so that they can vote massively for the party at all levels in 2023.


Chairman LOC APC Presidential Campaign Flag Off Deputy Speaker Wase Commends President Buhari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila and Party Faithful for Presence At Flag-Off.

Audu Audu Jos

The Local Organising Committee of the APC Presidential Campaign flag off in Jos the Plateau State capital has expressed its gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, President and Chairman of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates of party Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima and the Executive Governor of Plateau State and Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, the Senate President Senator Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila for making the epoch event a memorable one and eventful.

Chairman of the LOC, the Deputy speaker of House of Representatives Hon Ahmed Idris Wase in a statement of appreciation made available to Daily Independent in Jos, also commended Members of the National Assembly,
All Progressive Congress Governors, Members of the Federal Executive Council, Members of the Presidential Campaign Council, Patrons and Stakeholders of the Presidential Campaign Council and esteemed party members and supporters and as well, the creative industry including all security agencies, Civil Liberty organisations, gentlemen of the press and many others too numerous to mention for making the Presidential Campaign flag off in Jos on Tuesday 15th November a huge and monumental success.

“We remain highly indebted to you all for honouring us with your esteemed and distinguished presence which we shall continue to cherish for a very long time.”

Wase said the collective resolve by the APC family in Plateau state to massively vote to deliver all candidates of the All Progressives Congress at all levels received a great boost with their presence and show of love and passion for their great party.

The Deputy speaker who is an illustrious son of the state, thanked his party faithful in Plateau state for the hospitality demonstrated to their guests before, during and after the Presidential Campaign flag off.

According to him, Plateau State, indeed remains the true Home of Peace and Tourism.

PLASU- ASUU Kicks Against Falling Standard of Public Universities .

Comfort Akudiang Jos

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Plateau State University, PLASU, Chapter, has Promised to do everything possible within the law to resist any action or inaction on the part of the Federal Government that lower standards in Nigerian public universities, and render them unattractive to international scholars.

The Union Chairman comrade Monday Hassan Zitta in a statement in Jos on Wednesday, notes that “the Federal Government may wish to assume that the resistance against it’s selfish interest in public university education is over”, as it vows that the Government’s hope of “ushering in an era of all privatized University system in the country where only the rich and powerful shall be opportune to attend University education will never see the light of day”.

The Union leader hinted his union struggle ” is to protest the casualization of Nigeria n Universities Academics”, pointing out that the struggle is beyond the lies, the deceits, the half truths, and mischievous diversions that are presented to the public”.

According to him, “the real reason we are fighting is not the withholding or prorating of salaries.

“These are issues that were mischievously introduced by the deliberate acts of delaying negotiations and discarding agreements signed by committees set up by the same Government”.

“the real issues are proper funding for public universities in Nigeria”, and proper “remuneration and better working conditions to make Nigerian Universities attractive to foreign scholars”.

“As it stands”, the Union concludes, “many scholars with the discipline and aptitude for the work are leaving the country because of the very poor working conditions for academics”.

2023: Plateau Group One Voice for Good Governance Backs Lalong for Plateau South Senatorial Race .

Attai Audu Jos

A political pressure group operating under the ageis of One Voice for postive governance from Langtang North and South Federal Constituency of Plateau state have thrown their weight behind the Senatorial bid of Plateau state Governor Simon Bako Lalong to represent the people of Plateau South Senatorial district at National Assembly come 2023.

The group spokesman Nantim Ponlir in a statement in Jos on Thursday which was made available to Daily Independent said Governor Lalong has impacted positively on the lives of people of his state and deserve to be voted a Senator to represent Plateau South at the National Assembly in 2o23.

“we call on all lovers of peace to support him irrespective of party affiliation in order to benefit from his wealth of experience, they added.
Governor Lalong is the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in the forthcoming 2023 Plateau South Senatorial race.

The group spokesman added that Governor Lalong did excellently well when he was the Speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly between 1999 and 2027 and currently doing well as Governor of his state.

” Làlong deserves to be given the opportunity to represent the zone in the National assembly”.

“Our Governor Simon Lalong is a friend of the masses irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation .”

The group spokesman also stressed that if given the opportunity to be at the senate, Nigerians will benefit a lot from Lalong’s wealth of Political experience .

Pope Francis Meets Nigeria Pilgrims in Rome, Prays For Lasting Peace In Nigeria.

Attai Audu Jos

Pope Francis has offered Special Prayers for Nigeria during the 2022 special pilgrimage to Rome organized by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC.

The Special Prayers was offered by Pope Francis when Nigerian Pilgrims were granted audience by to the papal at the Vatican City.

The Pilgrims were led by his Grace, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, among other high profile personalities.

The Pontiff during the Nigerian Pilgrims visit received Nigerian flag from the pilgrims and prayed for peace and progress of Nigeria.

Pope Francis also prayed for those who lost their lives in the flood incident in Nigeria.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission Rev. Dr. Yakuba Pam described the audience with the pope as spiritually fulfilling, and Commended the good conduct of the pilgrims during the special pilgrimage to Rome in spite of the fact that there were some inadequacies, coupled with the fact the pilgrims were not able to visit Israel due to operational reasons.

The NCPC Boss assured the pilgrims especially the self-sponsored ones that the Commission would come up with a mechanism to accommodate them in the next pilgrimage exercise.

The President of the Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Israel Akanji who was one of the Pilgrims that met the Pope during the Papal audience stated that the visit was awesome and would have a special effect on Nigeria and her people.

According to him “the fact that the Pope prayed for Nigeria and her people signifies a new beginning for the country”.

In the same vein, the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Barr. Daramola Bade affirmed that the Papal audience was the best thing that happened to the pilgrims.

He was specifically happy that he personally handed over the Nigerian flag to Pope Francis.

His words, “I will never forget this experience in my life”.

He further stated, “ I thank the NCPC for providing this veritable platform to be in the presence of his Holiness”, he said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Religion,(Christian) very Rev. Bukola Adeleke explained that the number of Holy sites visited during the special pilgrimage to Rome was worth the salt.

He said that the pilgrims visited the St. John Basilica, the Basilica of Mary as well as St. Peters Basilica all in Vatican among other important Holy sites visited.
He commended the efforts of NCPC in putting this special pilgrimage together while hoping that future special pilgrimage to Rome should be improved upon by the Commission.

In his assessment of the 2022 Special Pilgrimage to Rome, the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Barrister Nestor Ezeme spoke on the Papal visit which he said was his first time ever to personally meet with his Holiness. He said he could not contain himself for joy for such a privilege of a life time.

He said he would encourage his other colleagues in other states to see the need to embark on a Special Pilgrimage to Rome with their pilgrims considering its attendant blessings.

On the quality of hotels where the pilgrims were accommodated, he lauded the NCPC for providing descent accommodation for the pilgrims.

He particularly thanked the NCPC Boss for making sure that the special Pilgrimage to Rome was a reality in spite of all odds.

About 112 pilgrims participated in the NCPC 2022 special pilgrimage to Rome, which were made up of self sponsored pilgrims, Lagos and Enugu Pilgrims as well as some high profile personalities which include both the Deputy Governor of Enugu and Nasarawa State as well as some first class traditional rulers..

2023: Edward Pwajok Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Unveiled Running mate to Plateau LP governorship candidate .

Onoja Okwuta Jos

Edward Pwajok, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former federal lawmaker and Commissioner for Justice in Plateau state has been named as the running mate to Labor Party governorship Candidate in Plateau state Dr Patrick Dakum.

Speaking at the unveiling of Edward Pwajok ( SAN)as Plateau LP Guber running mate ceremony in Jos . Governorship Candidate of the Party Dr Patrick Dakum Promised to revive Plateau state Economy to meet global Standard if he wins the 2023 governorship race in the state.
Dakum, a former Commissioner of Health in Plateau also promised to run an all-inclusive government if elected as Governor of his state.

”If elected in 2023 we will do things differently. We will lead with the fear of God, we will be accountable to the people and they will be happy with us'”

According to him, “We will lead a peoples -oriented government where nobody will be left behind in the scheme of things; our plans are basically centred around the people.
”With the current ranking, Plateau is very far behind in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), so we will revamp our economy to global standard.'”

Dakum added that”LP Government will tackle insecurity using modern approach and improve agriculture particularly farming,” he said.

Dakum also promised to prioritise the needs of the workers of the state through timely and regular payment of salaries and allowances, adding that he would ensure social justice for all.

The Plateau LP governorship candidate, added that he would improve the Human Development Index of his State and also hinted that he would do everything humanly possible to create conducive atmosphere for young people to thrive through skills development.

Earlier, Mrs Grace Zamfara, the chairperson of the party in the state, said that the party had become one of fastest growing political party in Africa, hence the need for the retreat to chart a way forward.

Represented by her Deputy, Pastor Mike Audu, Zamfara maintained that the party remains the only alternative that would salvage Nigeria from its current woes.

”With the growing hunger, insecurity, collapsing economy, falling standard of education and host of other challenges, Labour Party remains the only party that will salvage the situation.

”A new Nigeria is possible with Labour Party and it our hope that our labour will never be in vain,” she said.

Zamfara called on Nigerians to massively vote the party at all levels, insisting that it had the solution to the current challenges facing the nation.

The Party used the event to also organise leadership Retreat with a theme ”Plateau at a Crossroad; Labour Party the Only Option.

I Did Not Collect Money From Tinubu- Rev Danjuma Byang Denies Social Media Reports.

Okwuta Otubi Jos p

Senior Pastor aShekinah Global Ministries Rev Danjuma Byang has denied some news reports circulating on the social media that he admitted collecting millions of Naira as ‘transport money’ from Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress when the Northern Pentecostal Bishops hosted him in Abuja.

Rev Byang,in a statement in Jos on Tuesday made available to Oracle Reporters expressed shock that the the fetitious reports also alleged that he Rev Byang said Tinubu gave Archbishop John Praise Daniel N100 million, while other Bishops in attendance collected monies ranging from 50 million, 20 million and 10 million depending on their ranks!

I wish to put it on record that I did not write or say anything like that anywhere or to anyone!

“For avoidance of doubt, I did not say I regretted collecting any money from Tinubu! And I did not say any body collected any money from Tinubu! I did not collect any such money and I didn’t see anyone collecting it!” Byang stressed

According to Byang, the reports credited to him are tissues of lies from the enemies of the gospel, calculated to tarnish his reputation and that of the conveners of the meeting!

” Ultimately, it is a mischievous slander meant to create confusion among Christians and set brother against brother, and to destroy the Church’s resolve to unite and give Christians a sense of direction in the 2023 general elections!” Byang warned

According to him, ” As it has been explained by the conveners of the meeting, the meeting with Tinubu was meant to interface with him on the thorny issue of the day; the Muslim/Muslim ticket. It was to hear him out and also to express our concerns to him as Christians in the North about it. And this was wonderfully done during the meeting!”

He stressed that this type of interface is ongoing with different political candidates meeting with different groups and organizations.

” Therefore, this effort should have been applauded and appreciated by all! It is uncharitable to impute base motives to a meeting with a clear and honorable objective!”

Byang lamented that the mudslinging going on is not going to help Christians put up an impregnable and united front in their desire to salvage Nigeria from the precipice, where it is now hanging, advising that “We must stop name calling and put our heads together to move forward” Rev Byang advised.

Northern Pentecostal Bishops Interface With Tinubu Should Be Commended Rather Condemnation- Bishop Katung Tells Ex SGF Lawal.

Onoja Onoja Jos.

Bishop Jonas Katung, President and founder of living stone Church Assembly on Friday that declared that Pentecostal Bishops from the Northern Nigeria should be Commended for taking the plight of Northern Christians before APC presidential candidate on his choice of Muslim-Running mate from North during their recent interface with Tinubu rather than being condemned by the likes of former Secretary to the federal government of the federation Babachir Lawal and group.Bishop Katung who stated this in an interview with Newsmen in Jos on Friday said the recent comments made by former secretary to the Federal Government,Baba Chir Lawal over their meeting with Tinubu was done out of mischief. According to him, Lawal’s description of the respected church leaders as fake Bishop’s was simply because the Bishops gave Lawal’s friend (Tinubu) turned enemy a chance to be heard.
He said Lawals actions depicts how low he can go for his selfish ambition even if it means smearing God’s anointed servants.“Of course Baba Chir Lawal, who does not belong to the Pentecostal fold is in no way qualified to access who a Bishop is or question their call” -Bishop Katung.
Bishop Katung said Lawal may have the right to disagree with the steps taken by the northern Pentecostal Bishop’s but he has no right to impugn their integrity or use uncouth language against them.
He said while Babachir Lawal was busy chasing the vain things of this world, these men of God labored over the years to raise congregation of royal priesthoods for the kingdom.
He advised Lawal to toe the part of caution as he pursues his selfish ambition and not to use the church to fight his personal battles.
According to Bishop Katung, their meeting with Tinubu,APC presidential candidate was as a result of the controversy generated by the nomination of Senator Kashim Shettima as vice presidential candidate of the APC by Bola Ahmed Tinubu occasioning a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC for 2023 presidential election.Bishop Katung added that the choice of Shettima as running mate has brought about divergent voices across the polity especially within the Christian community which expressed disapproval of same .
“As church leaders and concerned citizens,we as a group of Pentecostal Bishop’s from Northern Nigeria,the region which is most agrived by the same faith ticket decision of the APC, decided to engage with Bola Ahmed Tinubu the person who is at the center of the controversy to express the concerns and fears of the Christian community not only in Northern Nigeria but the country as a whole and to give him opportunity to explain his decision” .Katung said “As Arc Bishop John praise Aptly captures it at the interface ,this is in line with the biblical principle as contained in John 7:51 that no one should be condemned without first giving him a hearing,a principle that is also encapsulated in the constitution of our country” – Bishop Katung stressed .He said at the meeting with Tinubu , notable and respected church leaders including Arc Bishop John praise the national vice president of Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Rev Danjuma byang all spoke to highlight the marginalization and injustice meted to Christians in the north over the years which has created mistrust in northern Christians over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC..
According to Bishop Katung, they emphasised at the meeting that the interface was not in any way an endorsement of the same faith of the APC, adding that it is important to note that the church consist of members who belongs to different political parties and not being partisan.
“Church must not portray a posture of antagonism to any political party without first having a full appreciation of their decisions and actions” – Bishop Katung.Katung said, the efforts of the church leaders to bring to the attention of the APC flag bearer the plight and fears Christians of northern Nigeria ought to be commended by all people of good will especially Christians .He added that it came to him as a shock that Babachir Lawal an eleventh hour Christian champion had the effrontery to describe these church leaders as fake Bishops in his ill motivated recent press statement.He questioned Babachir Lawal to know why it is now he has suddenly found his voice to speak for Christians in Nigeria?.According to Bishop Katung,it is on record that Lawal was secretary to the Federal Government under Buhari adminstration for about three years before he was unceremoniously relieved of the position for conduct not in Accord with Christian teachings and that it was during that time Christians suffered unimaginable marginalization in appointments in to offices by the government and Lawal did nothing to save the situation because he did not want to put his position to risk .
He asked that Babachir Lawal should tell the whole people of the North the impact he made on the church while he was in office that qualifies him to become a champion of the Christian faith in northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole .Bishop Katung warned that Lawal should not be allowed to use the church to fight his selfish battles as he Lawal was never there for the church and cannot now speak for the church .

Wike/Ayu: Plateau Stakeholders Are Behind Position of Atiku on PDP National Chairman Ayu- Plateau Group.

Okwuta Otubi Jos.

Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Plateau state under the umbrella of the Plateau for Atiku Group have described the statement credited to former governor Jonah Jang, asking the national Chairman of the party, Dr Iyiorchia Ayu to resign as his personal opinion and the group he represents

Secretary to the group Professor Shedrach Best in a statement issued in Jos Thursday band made available to Oracle Reporters said , neither the Party nor the stakeholders authorised any such position, and that what the former Governor said was his personal opinion and that of the group he represents.

In a statement signed by the Protem Secretary of the group, Prof Shedrack Best, the group frowned at the former Governor’s penchant for making statements that are not in tune with those of other stakeholders of the Party in the state.

“Jang has been a member of Governor Nyesome Wike’s group which has been having a running battle with the National Chairman of the party since Wike lost the Presidential primaries to former vice president Atiku Abubakar”.

He added that former governor Sen Dr Jonah Jang has made remarks contrary to the position of the stakeholders and that its time they make clarifications.

According to him, “We dissociate ourselves from the position of the former governor. He did not speak for us neither did he for the party in the state. We stand by the Presidential candidate of the PDP”.

Professor Best said as loyal party men and women, they encourage peaceful resolution of the impasse and not actions from senior members of the Party that will fuel it out of proportion and therefore, stand by the National Chairman and their Presidential candidate .

“While we pray for an amicable resolution of the crisis for the party to take its bearing and prepare for victory, we are not happy that those who are in a position to offer constructive counsel and find solutions are adding to the crisis”.

The group called on the public to discountenance the statement of the former Governor saying,” Sen Jang alone cannot be the face of the party in the state, nor does he represent the correct stand on Atiku candidature and his acceptability in the state.

“He is not our spokesman and he cannot decide for us.” Plateau people are united behind Atiku Abubakar and will proudly participate in all organs and activities of the campaigns leading to the victory of the Candidate and the Party.”

However, Senator Jang Media aide Clinton Garuba in his reaction, told Oracle Reporters that as one of the founding fathers of People’s democratic Party, what his principal did was a call to ensure they put their house in order a head of the 2023 general elections.

Plateau Ex Governor Senator Joshua Dariye Charge Plateau Citizens to vote Credible Candidates into Office in 2023.

  • Express Gratitude to Buhari For Granting Him and Nyame Presidential Pardon.
  • Audu Jos

Plateau Former Governor Joshua Chibi Dariye has challenged the people of his state to go all out to cast their votes for Candidates that can provide credible leadership, Victory and take them to promise Land during the 2023 general elections.

Senator Dariye stated this at a reception organized by his Political friends and we’ll wishers held at Landfield Rayfield Resort in Jos.

According to Dariye, . “If you have PVC then you are my friend. Very soon we are going to meet and see among the candidates who can lead us to victory and promise land. Is not about sentiment, it is not about my tribe, or my turn, it is about competence , capability, vision and strength.

According to him, “So, therefore, my prayers every time is that God would bring a man with a commitment for the poor, widow, downtrodden, neglected and in the area of development he will not choose between urban and rural area roads.”

Senator Dariye hinted that by the grace of God “we will fixed this country and Plateau all together”

Dariye used the event to express gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for granting him and Nyame presidential pardon .

Dariye also acknowledged the prayers of people of the state for his freedom, saying your prayers has been answered by God and I’m now free.

The former Senator also gives God the glory for preserving his life throughout his trial moment.

He said, “We are here to rejoice because this is the day that the Lord has made. First of all let me thank God for his mercy, and president Muhammadu Buhari who was so magnanimous and gracious in granting us this presidential pardon myself and Jolly Nyame.

“It is on this note that I am here to say I acknowledge all your prayers, collective solidarity and with the will of God.

Hundreds of Political associates and people of Plateau graced the event.