All Progressives Congress (APC) which is the largest opposition party in Nigeria has suddenly come on stream with their new powerful domain to share, educate and informed millions voters for the coming 2015 elections in Nigeria.
Their strategy is the launching of a online media based platform and group called THE BROOM PLATFORM.
The Broom Platform is a media based group initiated by some media inclined members of the ALL PROGRESIVES CONGRESS to further complement and help in consolidating the official campaign effort of our great party. The Media, particularly the social media will be in the fore front of the forthcoming presidential election, from primaries to general elections.
The team Leader Dr Tom Ohikere, A political and media strategist; is a two time commissioner of Information to Kogi state Government , 2007/ 2012. has said.
“It is a social weapon in the quest for the required political orientation of Nigeria as it will on daily bases provide them with a comprehensive knowledge of issues relating to the presidential election. We shall work with other social media groups to be able to address an average of 5 million Nigerians on daily bases to further consolidate on the emanating gains from the media effort of our party’s national secretariat,” he said.
He said the anticipated victory of the APC at the forth coming presidential election is a collective responsibility of well-meaning members of the party nationwide and all hands must be on deck to properly identify and choose the best presidential material among our presidential aspirants towards unseating President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Gentlemen of the press, I am very delighted to have this inaugural interaction/public presentation with you on THE BROOM PLATFORM.
The broom platform is a media based group initiated by some media inclined members of the ALL PROGRESIVES CONGRESS to further complement and help in consolidating the official campaign effort of our great party, as you will all agreed with me that media, particularly the social media will be in the fore front of the forthcoming presidential election, from primaries to general elections.
The Broom platform is a debate and discuss group which shall attract millions of Nigerians daily. Itsa social weapon in the quest for the required political orientation of Nigeria as it will on daily bases provide them with a comprehensive knowledge of issues relating to the Presidential election.
Gentlemen of the press, we are in a game changing political movement in Nigeria and the All Progressive compress musttake a superioradvantage at this stage of our national politics.
Consequently, the anticipated victory of the APC at the forth coming presidential election is a collective responsibility of well-meaning members of the party nationwide. All hands must be put on deck to properly identify and choose the best presidential material among our presidential aspirants towards unsitting President Goodluck Jonathan and his People Democratic Party. We must therefore be working in a well-coordinatedapproach, formally and informally in the APC targeting for results.
So THE BROOM PLATFORM, at this critical and crucial stage of the presidential elections is launched onwww.broomplatform.org.ng to contribute to the media activities of APC presidential aspirant campaigns. We shall engage the presidential aspirants on quality debates with the Nigerian public, particularly members of our party and potential delegates to our forthcoming presidential national convention this is to define their character and leadership, votes will be generated for each aspirant in the course of debate. The broom platform will further bring the party as the presented aspirant closer
Apart from the debate, the platform is linked to all the APC States to project their achievements and accomplishments of the party across the country, as the selling point of our party.
We also provide for voters education on the site, while current news on APC activities across the country is also provided for. We also provided to build membership nationally.
We shall work with other social media group to be able to address an average of 5 million Nigerians on daily bases to further consolidate on the emanating gains from the media effort of our party National secretariat.
Pursuance to the victory of our party at the forthcoming presidential election, we shall not also fail to engage the Peoples Democratic Party, President Goodluck Jonathan and his Transformation Ambassadors of Nigerian on objective and quality debates and judge situation appropriately as they arise and will not miss suitable course of action.
THE BROOM PLATFORM is open as a rallying point for members of All Progressives Congress online. It’s also a veritable source of political information.
THE BROOM PLATFORM will make Nigeria open to change!
SOME HARD QUESTIONS FOR THE BUHARISTS
This is indeed the time for us to answer some hard questions and speak some home truths. It is a season that shall separate the men from the boys. It is a time that the holy and wholesome light of truth shall overwhelm and expose the evil darkness of doublespeak and deceit.
It is a season that the enunciation and exposure of the ugly realities of the day must not be sacrificed or compromised on the alter of political expediency or on the table of fear.
Thankfully there are a few courageous and discerning voices that have risen to the occasion, made the relevant observations and asked the right questions. Amongst them are Mr. Bayo Oladeji and Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje. Permit me to begin with the former.
Oladeji, a seasoned and experienced journalist who writes for the Leadership Newspaper, wrote the following on his Facebook page on 31st October 2014.
”When Chief Femi Fani-Kayode came out to expose the plan of the APC chieftains to impose a Muslim/Muslim ticket on the party, their attack dogs were ordered to abuse him using words picked from the gutter. They even told us he was never part of them! Chief Tom Ikimi came out and corroborated him and they said he was telling a moon tale. They then recalled his participation in the Abacha evil rule which murdered Ken Saro Wiwa as if their hero, Muhammadu Buhari did not play same role in the same government. When I raised the issue here after confirming from those who were involved in the plan some who can never talk to their hero rose up ignorantly to fault me. But since President Olusegun Obasanjo did the same, their response remains a deafening silence! When I was growing up I was told that SILENCE MEANS CONSENT. Meaning those who have been saying it are not wrong after all. The Church has kept mum for so long and these people in the opposition are cornering all for themselves. For example, I have challenged the apologists of APC to publish the list of names and the religions of all their political appointees in the Southwest especially the following- the governors, SSGs, Speakers, Finance Commissioners in all the APC controlled states in the southwest. Let us see how fair they are to the two religions in the country. If they could do this at the state level where they have someone who claims to be a Christian as deputy governor, we wonder what they would do when they have the President and the Vice President from them. In the whole of the North, there is only one Christian in the National Executive Commitee and the National Working Commitee of the APC. His name Engineer Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State! And if you know the extent he went to get that seat, you would know what that party is up to. These are the issues. It goes beyond President Jonathan. If the party does not change, God spares our lives, come 2019, you will still find me doing the same. Until the rotten tooth is pulled out of the mouth, the mouth will continue eating with caution. It is a tragic irony that those who have come out to defend them are those who claim to be Christians”.
Oladeji’s observations are indeed food for thought even though in fairness to the APC their party Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, did come out and respond to Obasanjo by saying that his party had no intention of fielding a Muslim/Muslim ticket. Few believe him.
The question is this: in the light of General Mohammadu Buhari’s latest assertion that he cannot rule out the possibility of the selection of a muslim running mate if he manages to win the nomination as the presidential flagbearer of his party, can the belated assurances of the National Chairman be taken seriously?
I doubt it very much but even if I do take John Odigie-Oyegun seriously and even if he has the best of intentions, the fact of the matter is that at the end of the day it is the Presidential candidate of the party alone that will make the choice as to who his running mate will be and what religious faith that running mate espouses and not the party’s National Chairman.
To that extent Buhari’s celebrated and widely reported comments about not seeing anything wrong with a Muslim/Muslim ticket, in my view, speaks volumes and outweighs Odigie-Oyegun’s denials and desperate attempts to calm the waters.
To make matters worse it is quite possible that John Odigie-Oyegun may end up not being National Chairman for much longer simply because he has dared to challenge the status quo and say what no-one else in his party has dared to say.
To add to Oladeji’s concerns permit me to point out the fact that in the APC-controlled Lagos State today 80 per cent of State House of Assembly members are muslim, 80 per cent of Local Government Area Chairmen are muslim, 80 per cent of National Assembly members are muslim and 80 per cent of Commissioners and key government functionaries are muslim.
All this in a state that has an overwhelming christian majority and that has been governed by a muslim governor for the last 15 years. I will not even go into the affairs of the APC-controlled Osun state which is slowly being turned into a Taliban enclave and which is a place in which Christians are fast becoming second class citizens.
Should anyone be surprised or alarmed by all this? I don’t think so. It is a well-orchestrated, well-thought out, well-designed and well-implemented agenda.
That is the APC for you. With them you will never see what you will get until it is too late. They are very good at using religion to achieve their objectives and at playing double games. And of course propaganda and the manipulation of the mass media is their forte.
They implement their hidden agenda by guile, stealth, deceit and subtefuge and they prey on our sense of fair play, generosity and magnaminity.
In short they have taken us all for granted and they have mistaken our genuine sense of liberalism and the desire to accomodate other schools of thought and perspectives as weakness and stupidity.
Yet it gets worse and it doesn’t stop there. It is also a fact that every single state that is under the control of the APC in the south west today is governed by a muslim whilst 90 per cent of APC governors throughout the Federation are muslims.
If this does not paint a clear picture about what the overall agenda of the APC really is and if it does not give a clear indication about what their intentions for our country really are then nothing ever will.
Let us come to Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje who is a banker, an economist and a lecturer at the Lagos Business School. He made his own contribution to the debate by asking the following insightful questions on his Facebook page on 31st October, 2014 . He asked:
”How come the only debates we have in Nigeria are over a “Muslim-Muslim” ticket? How come the opposition partys instincts are always in that direction-Nuhu Ribadu/Fola Adeola in 2011 and now all sorts of Muslim-Muslim permutations and possibilities? How come a discussion of a Christian-Christian presidential ticket is completely inconceivable and has not been countenanced by anyone? How come Buhari, who even in a military regime instituted a Muslim-Muslim/North-North ruling clique along with Idiagbon and 8 or 9 out of 11 Supreme Military Council members, is now testing the ground again with another possible Muslim-Muslim pairing? Is it that we have a shortage of capable Christians in NIgeria?”
I wonder if anyone can answer these questions. I believe that the Nigerian people deserve to hear the answers. The fact of the matter is that even though many in our country are in deep denial and have buried their heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich, religion has not only become a factor in our politics today but it has actually become THE factor.
This was never meant to be the case and it is a sad and unwelcome development but, sadly, that is the reality and we have no choice but to live with it. Those that dispute it ought to be reminded of the fact that these are the days of Abubakar Shekau and Boko Haram.
They ought to be reminded of the fact that this is an age that has witnessed the unprecedented and meteoric rise of Islamic fundamentalism, religious intolerance and ISIL-like barbarity in the affairs of our nation.
They ought to be reminded of the fact that these are the days that have witnessed the advent of an opposition party that is hell bent on using religion as a major political weapon in an attempt to grab power at the center regardless of the dangers of undertaking such a dangerous and unpredictable course of action.
They ought to be reminded of the fact that this is a time in which the leading Presidential candidate of the opposition party is on record as saying that an attack on Boko Haram ”is an attack on the north”.
They ought to be reminded of the fact that the same man told the Nigerian people in 2002 that he wishes to spread sharia law ”all over the Federation”.
They ought to be reminded of the fact that the official spokesman of the opposition party only last year said that the proscription of Boko Haram by the Federal Government was ”unconstitutional and unjust”. Given all this only a fool would suggest that religion is not a major factor in the unfolding events in Nigeria’s political arena today.
Yet I am not surprised and neither should anyone else be. That is style and manner of Nigeria’s opposition party. That is the APC way: lies, deceit, doublespeak, Byzantian manouverings, subterranean plots and hidden agendas are their stock in trade.
They are nothing but darkness and only the light of God and the power of truth will expose them. May God deliver our nation from their ilk.
There is no gainsaying that both Oladeji and Agbaje have raised some very pertinent issues and their deep concerns reflect the thinking of millions of Nigerian who are very worried about the unfolding agenda.
We await the response of anyone within the ranks of the Buharists and the Haramite hordes for an answer to these pertinent questions and observations that these two courageous and deeply patriotic Nigerians have raised.
Whichever way we choose to look at it one thing remains clear: the reaction of the Nigerian people will be decisive and swift if those that wish to turn our nation into an ISIL-style state push their luck too far.
MUSICAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN MICHELLE JOHN, BACKING VOCALIST TO THE STARS & CHRIS CAMERON, MD TO LEONA LEWIS, GEORGE MICHAEL AND TAKE THAT RELEASE #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS SINGLE
Saturday October 25th 2014 sees the release of the ‘Women of Hope’ single at the STRONGROOM BAR & RECORDING STUDIOS. The single was produced by the renowned music producer Chris Cameron, who previously served as musical director to artists such as George Michael, Leona Lewis and Take That.
The song was penned by Michelle John, who over the past years has worked with world class artists such as Elton John, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Annie Lennox. Michelle’s wealth of experience in the music industry assisted her in co-producing the track, resulting in a recording with a unique signature sound and thought-provoking message.
‘Women of Hope’ was recorded on August 8th at well known music producer Paul Hardcastle’s NUA Entertainment Studios, Larking Farm, where around 60 women from all over the UK, including Linda Lewis, Natalie Phillips, Shar White and a host of other premier female vocalists gathered to record the ground-breaking track. The project has received support from BBC Radio Essex, Premier Gospel Radio, The Voice Newspaper, Keep the Faith Magazine and Mi Soul Radio.
The date will also see the launch of the organisation KODA (Keep Our Dreams Alive) charity founded by Yvonne Bruce and Catherine Labinjo. The organisation aims to assist young women globally via outreach programmes to have the right to an education and to maximise their full potential – www.koda.org.uk.
Yvonne, the brainchild behind KODA and the initiative for the forthcoming single explained, ‘It is important that the plight of these young women is not forgotten. Each one of us has a responsibility to do what we can to make a difference’. Catherine, who has been working in partnership with Young and Active Nigeria has brought a wealth of expertise to this global initiative. She relayed, ‘We have a number of projects in the pipeline to bring about positive changes through the work of KODA’.
The ‘Women of Hope’ single will be officially released on October 25th 2014 and will be available on iTunes and all major digital music retailers. Proceeds from the single will primarily go towards rehabilitation projects for the young girls and families in Nigeria who have been affected by the kidnappings in Nigeria earlier this year.
TV technology specialist Vision247 announces their latest technology onto the platform such as Freeview will allow them to stream over 40 free-to-air channels to connected Freeview HD set top boxes and TVs. Viewers will be able to watch a wide-variety of UK and international programmes through the service.
Channels are delivered to Freeview HD connected devices through the integration of Vision 247’s XtremeIPTV online video platform and Synapse TV over-the-top (OTT) delivery service. As an end-to-end video platform, XtremeIPTV offers broadcasters a cost-effective, flexible and rapid deployable solution to stream content to any device. Synapse TV provides cloud-based OTT mechanism to deliver content to the Freeview audience.
Petra Oblak, CEO of Vision247 says, “Vision TV delivers a wider range of international-flavoured channels for UK Freeview viewers. The increase Freeview HD connected devices into people’s homes warrants broader, more compelling content and VisionTV reflects this.”
Petra continues, “Broadcasters and content aggregators now have the opportunity to reach an ever growing audiences on connected Freeview HD set top boxes and TVs and Vision247, along with Synapse TV, can provide the platform to engage these viewers as easily and cost-effectively as possible.”
Mike Alexander at Synapse TV comments, “Working with Vision247 to deliver Vision TV to connected Freeview devices not only shows broadcasters they can deliver content at low cost but that it doesn’t require the viewer to invest in new or costly equipment.”
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“We have come to appreciate politics of good roads, politics good schools and health facilities. We believe that the person who did all this within this short time will do more if given the opportunity because the best is yet to come,” the Alake said.
The Agura of Gbagura, Oba Alidu Laloko, submitted that the present administration, led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun had made good, its electoral promises, describing the governor as a man of vision who does not need too much of ccampaign for a second term.
“Amosun has performmed creditably well. He does not need to campaign too much for a second term. His works will speak for him. If he has not done well, we will not come out to welcome him and show our appreciation,”the Agura of Gbagura said.
According to the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu,”We are not resting our oars on our support for the governor’s good works. We still want to use our votes to send him on another four years of the rebuilding mission, to fully re-construct our roads and all sectors of the state.”
Responding, Governor Amosun appreciated the State’s workforce and residents for their massive support, which he said as brought about the success of the tour of the 20 local government areas in the state, assuring them that all the requests of various communities would be well attended to without delay.
“IT’S AN INSPIRATION”
Southampton FC midfielder and captain of Harambee Stars of Kenya, Victor Wanyama was presented with his Premier League African Player of the Month of September in a brief ceremony Thursday.
After the major changes to the Family Court in April this year and the recent announcement in July of a free mediation session for separating couples, the Government is announcing further initiatives to help people in the family and civil justice system. A new package of support has been developed aimed at keeping disputes away from court and providing better support for those who do end up in court.
The new support will include:
– Improving online information so that it is accurate, engaging and easy to find.
– A new strategy agreed between the MoJ and the legal and advice sectors which will increase legal and practical support for litigants in person in the civil and family courts.
– A new ‘Supporting separating parents in dispute helpline’ pilot run by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) to test a more joined-up and tailored out-of-court service.
Justice Minister Simon Hughes said:
“I am committed to making sure that when people separate that they do it in the best possible way. Too many people end up fighting expensive and confrontational court battles and I am determined that more people resolve their problems outside of the courts.
“However when people do end up in court it is imperative that they have the right advice and information. One of my priorities when I became a Minister was to improve the availability of legal advice, and these new measures will make sure that separating couples and parents are able to access the right advice, information and support at the right time.”
The Government will improve online information for separating couples including on the websites Sorting Out Separation and Gov.uk to make sure these include all key information and guidance.
A court support service for Litigants in Person will be introduced in civil and family cases. The service will begin in selected court centres with the aim of rolling out across England and Wales. The service will help those who need to go to court to access practical support and information and provide them with a route to free or affordable legal advice.
The support service has been agreed between key organisations working in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and will begin to expand immediately. The Personal Support Unit (PSU), the RCJ Advice Bureau, LawWorks and Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education will work together to provide support through the civil and family courts for those who need it.
The funding will see:
– More Personal Support Units opened in more courts across England and Wales to provide practical information and support including emotional support.
– Additional LawWorks Clinics established to increase the supply of initial legal advice, work with the local legal professions and advice agencies, and with law schools where possible.
– Advice made available by phone and email to local and regional centres from RCJ Advice, together with information and materials produced through working with Law for Life and via Law for Life’s online Advicenow project.
– One named person in each court centre to manage the new service as well as an appointed judge in each court centre with particular responsibility for Litigants in Person.
The Attorney General’s Pro Bono Envoy, Michael Napier CBE, QC (Hon) said:
“This strategy will make an increasing difference over time for LIPs. It builds on existing models and experience in England and Wales and brings resources together in the way that enables them to be more effective for LIPs.
“The strategy puts the LIP at the heart of things and exemplifies the coordination and collaboration that the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Coordinating Committees have always sought to facilitate. The result is to unlock more assistance to the public. I congratulate all who have been involved in bringing the strategy about. We must now be patient for it to build.”
A free phone ‘supporting separating parents in dispute helpline’ pilot will start in November and run for 6 months, aimed at separating parents who have been unable to resolve disputes and want to avoid court battles over their children or who need help in doing so. The helpline, run by Cafcass, will put callers through to an experienced professional who will act as their single point of contact throughout the dispute. They will talk through the difficulties being faced, assess what support the parent needs and will offer impartial information and guidance. This will include putting callers in touch with the relevant local professionals and support services, including mediation. Cafcass will follow-up with the parent to see how efforts to resolve the dispute are progressing and, if necessary, will provide further assistance.
Anthony Douglas CBE, Cafcass’ Chief Executive:
“All of us in the family justice system are negotiators now. In this pilot, we’ll be using our in-court skills before court in the community, providing an out of court service to separated parents who are unable to resolve their disputes around the kitchen table, because of the powerful emotions involved – a sense of betrayal, hatred or being broken-hearted. We will be trying to re-focus parents on the needs of their children who are often lost in the storm, particularly where their parents are drifting into dispute addiction.
“The pilot is an example of the family justice system adapting to litigants in person rather than them having to navigate a complex system unsupported. We will also be coordinating and building up community services in the pilot areas, aiming to have in place affordable community support services which remain viable even when budgets continue to be under extreme pressure.”
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers alleged to have mishandled a rape complaint have been told that they are no longer under criminal investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
In March this year two serving detectives – a Detective Inspector and a Detective Constable; a retired Detective Inspector; and a retired Detective Constable now serving as a civilian with the force – were served with criminal notices alleging they failed to carry out the investigation to the correct standards and failed to provide adequate support to the victim.
The IPCC has not identified sufficient evidence to establish that any of the four officers committed a criminal offence, and therefore a formal referral to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will not be made.
The IPCC will now determine if the four officers and a police constable who was not served with a criminal notice have a case to answer for misconduct.
The investigation, announced in January 2014, began after the IPCC learned that a complainant reported being raped at knife-point in 2010 but alleged that the incident was not investigated properly by the force and that a man identified as being responsible was never arrested or interviewed.
The government will cut outdated regulation to allow higher tractor speeds and heavier tractor and trailer combinations from spring 2015. The government will also develop detailed proposals for a roadworthiness test for tractors and trailers.
Claire Perry said:
“Britain’s farmers have long suffered under unnecessary regulation that simply has not kept up with today’s technology.
“These changes will mean farmers can carry more produce per journey, delivering benefits of almost £62m per year.
“Helping farmers is a crucial part of the government’s long term economic plan. The changes we are making will improve the capability of modern machinery and ensure the farming sector can thrive.”
The maximum combination weight limit for tractors and trailers will increase from 24.39 tonnes to 31 tonnes and will set a new effective speed limit of 25mph, up from 20mph, saving time and money. Tractors allowed to exceed 25mph will continue to be subject to tighter design and regulatory requirements.
The increase in combined weight means bigger tractors can pull trailers without sacrificing cargo to meet the top weight limit of both tractor and trailer. This will maximise the amount of produce transported in each journey.
The changes will result in farmers having to make fewer journeys on our roads and so reduce the risk of accidents.
This is part of a phased approach by the government to help the sector – there will be consideration of further increases in weight and speed limits and a roadworthiness test for some agricultural tractors and trailers by summer 2016.
Today’s announcement follows consultations which ran from November 2013 to January 2014. The responses will be published today along with the impact assessment and Government Response which covers both speed and weight limits. Existing limits will apply until the first round of changes come into effect in spring 2015.
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