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‘PRP has alternative blueprints for addressing challenges facing Nigeria’ – says Falalu Bello

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The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) had declared that it has alternative blueprints for addressing most of the challenges bedevilling Nigeria. The party added that it has the will and capacity to put them into effect if given the mandate to pilot the affairs of the nation.

This was made known by the party’s National Chairman, Mallam Falalu Bello, OFR while addressing newsmen in Abuja today during the party’s maiden media dialogue.

The National Chairman of the party also commended the Zamfara State governor and legislature for abolishing jumbo pensions and other retirement benefits for former governors, their deputies, speakers and deputy speakers.

He averred that giving millions of Naira to former governors and other former public office holders in the name of pension is nothing but thievery hence called for the abolishment of the practice.

The National Chairman also urged other states of the federation to copy Zamfara state by repealing all such pension laws.

“We salute the Government and Legislature of Zamfara State for abolishing thievery in their state in the guise of Pension and Retirement benefit of former Governors, their Deputies, Speakers and their Deputies which has reportedly robbed their citizens of N760 million in a state with only one trained Mathematics teacher and where Secondary Schools do only two terms instead of three terms as in other states for want of funds.”

“We urge all state Legislatures all over the country to copy Zamfara state and abolish all those Pension laws which steal from their populations.” Mallam Falalu stated.

On the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, Mallam Falalu revealed that Northerners and South Southerners as peoples and regions have been made 3rd (third) and 4th (fourth) class citizens.

Mallam Falalu said that, “In the Leadership Newspapers Conference of the year 2008 held on March 4th 2008 at which President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and Alhaji Abba Kyari amongst the Nigerian elite were present, I had predicted that there was going to be social upheavals, particularly in Northern and the South South regions of Nigeria, because of the economic stagnation of these regions which I ranked 3rd and 4th Nigeria. On the North, if President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and Alhaji Abba Kyari may kindly recall, I said inter alia that:

“By design or by accident Northerners and South Southerners as peoples and regions have been made 3rd (third) and 4th (fourth) class citizens. We may well choose to ignore these happenings and pretend that they have not happened but doing so will be at the peril of the Nigerian polity. It is indeed in the interest of the South Westerners and the South Easterners for some affirmative actions to be taken to redress the situation else there will be no real peace in this country moving forward. The so called “religious disturbances” in the Northern State and the Port Harcourt conundrum of kids of less than 15 years carrying guns and terrorizing the population will not stop until these imbalances are consciously addressed and redressed. As the saying goes ‘where the poor does not sleep because of hunger, the rich too will not sleep because of unrest.” He stated.

He added that, “15 years since these predictions, the social upheavals predicted have come to pass. Boko Haram is in the North Eastern part of Nigeria where in Borno State, for example, they are reported to be active in 15 of the 23 Local Governments. Kidnapping which started in the South South region of Nigeria has now spread northwards and is manifest in places such as Abuja – Kaduna, Abuja – Lokoja highways and almost all parts of the Nation. Banditry is in almost all the 6 states of the North West where human beings are being killed like rats.”

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Bauchi PRP elects Bar Ahmed Gwadabe new State Chairman, affirms loyalty to Falalu Bello

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The Bauchi State Chapter of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has elected Barrister Ahmed Umar Farouq Gwadabe as the new State Chairman of the party following the exit of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi who defected to APC.

The state chapter of the party also reiterated its satisfaction and confidence in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party under the National Chairmanship of Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR for repositioning and taking the party to greater heights.

These were contained in a communiqué signed by 11 members of the State Executive Committee including the State Vice Chairman, Ibrahim Sambo, and released to newsmen after a meeting held on Friday in Bauchi.

The communiqué explained that 11 out of 16 members of the State Executive Committee voted in favour of Barrister Ahmed Umar Farouq Gwadabe.

Part of the communiqué reads: “After comprehensive and fruitful deliberations on all the issues tabled before the meeting, the members of the State Executive Committee have resolved as follows:

“That the State Executive Committee has accepted the resignation of the former Chairman of the party in person of Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi from the position of Bauchi State Chairmanship of the party and wished him success in his future endeavors.

“That the State Executive Committee has appointed Barrister Ahmed Umar Farouq Gwadabe as the new State Chairman of the party pending convention.

“That the State Executive Committee of the party, on behalf of the Bauchi State Chapter of the party, has reaffirmed its loyalty, satisfaction and confidence in the leadership of the Party’s National Executive Committee [NEC] under the Chairmanship of Alh. Falalu Bello for repositioning and taking the party to greater heights.”

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Failure of governance begets youth unrest, says PRP

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The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has disclosed that the ongoing youth unrest is an expression of failure of governance.

This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello and made available to newsmen on Thursday.

The full statement reads, “For about two weeks now the streets of our cities have become ungovernable spaces occupied by rival gangs of young (and not so young) men and women protesting against one aspect or another of the actions and in-actions of governments. A discontent which started initially on social media as a protest against police brutality has now snowballed into peaceful – and not-so-peaceful – agitations against a myriad of issues ranging from demands for the abolition of the notoriously brutal Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police Force to issues of Restructuring, Electoral Reforms and even hoisting of pro market economic policies on Nigerian Population and lately the resignation from office of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The largely nonplus and incompetent handling of the agitation by the Government has not helped matters. The decision to succumb to the pressure mounted by the protestors by agreeing to scrap SARS only to immediately replace it with a so-called SWAT not only demonstrated official duplicity but the Government’s lack of faith. Similarly, President Buhari’s failure to come out openly to address the nation on the specific demands made by the protesting youth has only demonstrated the absence of any articulate or coherent response to the challenges posed by the young men and women demanding for greater accountability from the present political leadership. In the circumstances, the latest attempted violent clampdown by the authorities (which include the imposition of curfews, and the sponsoring of rival gangs of pro-government thugs, etc.) can only worsen an already very dicey situation.

“One fact is critically clear in all the chaos, destruction and blood-letting that has attended the ongoing dissent of the youth. The upheaval is a direct consequence of the utter failure of governance in the country – a failure which may not have originated with the present APC Administration, but which this Administration has undoubtedly done little or nothing to assuage; and which, in many instances, it has even worsened. This is as true of the worsening insecurity in the country as it is of the increasing poverty, unemployment, crime and infrastructural decay, to mention just a few.

“The PRP does not believe that the present APC Administration, or even the ruling class of which it is part and parcel of, has what it takes or even the will or credibility, to assuage or mollify the legitimate anger of our protesting young citizens. However, there is need to do something in the interim to calm down frayed nerves and to prevent the agitations from degenerating into ethnic, religious and regional mayhem and antagonisms along the traditional fault lines of Nigeria prebendal elite politics. Some of the measures that Government must consider taking immediately with a view to calming down the frayed nerves of our agitated youth must include the formal inauguration of a Marshall Plan-like programme that would provide employment for our youth, a declaration of a State-of-Emergency in the education, skills acquisition and manpower development sectors with guaranteed increased funding, and the initiation of a short and medium-term massive public works programme, particularly in the provision and rehabilitation of infrastructural facilities and social services at both federal and state government levels. Some of the massive foreign loans being acquired by Government should be devoted to these projects.

“What we are asking for may be a tall order for the current Administration in this country but we nonetheless say it as there seems to us no other rational or reasonable way out!”

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PRP Board of Trustees Expresses Confidence In Falalu Bello-Led Exco

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The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has passed a vote of confidence on the party’s National Executives led by Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR.

The members of the board made this known in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

The communiqué, which had the signatures of former Minister of Commerce, Engr. Mustapha Bello, Dr. Segun Falope, Engr. Chris Onyeodizuchu, Alhaji Aji Mala, among others, revealed that the meeting was specifically summoned to consider urgent current developments within the party.

Part of the communiqué further reads: “After exhaustive, frank and fruitful deliberations on all the issues tabled before the meeting, the members of the BOT have resolved as follows:

“To express and convey the PRP BOT’s absolute confidence in, and satisfaction with, the leadership of the Party’s National Executive Committee [NEC] under the Chairmanship of Alh. Falalu Bello and with its strenuous and focused efforts at repositioning the PRP for greater relevance and impact in the Nigerian political space.

“To unreservedly endorse the Programmes of Action approved and rolled out by both the National Executive Committee [NEC] and National Working Committee [NWC] of the PRP covering the period August 2020 August 2021 which will culminate with the holding of the Party’s National Convention.

“To condemn in clear and unmistaken terms attempts by a few misguided and errant elements within the Party to create dissent, misunderstandings and factions within the PRP, noting in particular that this is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Party’s extant constitutional provisions and Code of Conduct for members which explicitly frown at all anti-Party activities and conduct likely to embarrass the Party or bring the Party into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute.”

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