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SCOAN founder, T.B Joshua Tells Bayelsa Gov-elect, says “I am at your service”.

…insists David Lyon is God’s will for Bayelsans.

The Leader and Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T.B. Joshua, has declared the governor-elect, Chief David Lyon, as the will of God for Bayelsa State.

A statement by Lyon’s Media Aide, Chief Gift Ebiki, said Lyon was in SCOAN on Sunday for thanksgiving after the poll and to seek spiritual direction for a better Bayelsa.

He said Joshua during his ministration spotted Lyon from a crowd of worshippers and promised to be at the service of the governor-elect to ensure he meets the expectations of the people of Bayelsa.

According to him, the only way Bayelsans would believe he is the right person is for him to meet their expectations.

Addressing Lyon, he said: “This is not the time for testimony. This will come after his inauguration. I want to give my brother a message that he will continue to think about. I want him to have something that will continue to go through his heart. I am not going to say anything that the Spirit of God would not. He is not a new person to us. He is one of the brethren in this ministry. He is one of us. He has been a fervent believer in the Blood of Jesus. Going by the politics in the town today, I want my brother to know that the only way the people of Bayelsa will believe that he is the one they voted for, is for him to meet the expectations of the people of Bayelsa. He is banking on your prayer because the best is yet to come. My brother, I am at your service. When I say I am at his service, I mean I am at his service to see that the expectations of the Bayelsan people are executed.”

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Women of the PDP demands Justice for the assassination of the late women leader, Salome Abuh.

Women groups have re-stated their call for justice for the death of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Woman Leader, Mrs Salome Abuh, who was burnt to death in her house during the Nov. 16, Kogi governorship election.

National President, Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), Ebere Ifendu, made the demand while briefing newsmen at the end of a panel session on women in politics during the national women’s dialogue titled “Womanifesto”.

NobleReporters culled that various groups of women, NGOs, female religious groups and others embarked on a match from the National Centre for Women Development to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs after a three-day conference in Abuja on Friday.

Ifendu at the briefing decried the poor participation of women in politics, which she attributed to violence and intimidation.

She said the situation would discourage more women from participating in politics, thereby stalling their contribution to national development.

“There must be justice for Salome because this is a huge crime against women; we are still struggling to find our feet with all the challenges women face and now this.

“We are afraid and going down on a daily basis but there must be justice to give us reasons to continue.

“We hold Inspector-General of Police accountable, we will follow the prosecution because somebody must pay for that gruesome murder.

“If we fail Salome we fail ourselves, but if there is justice we know that she didn’t die in vain.

“Women should not run away from politics because of this because if we do we are helping them to achieve their aim,” she added.

Ifendu, therefore, stressed the need for a violence-free society which would herald a bright future for women in politics and all sectors.

She also called for an amended Electoral Act adding that political parties should also ensure internal party democracy where people have equal fields to contest for any position.

“In fact what women are demanding now is twinning. That is a situation whereby when we have male president a woman should be vice president and so at all levels of governance,” she said.

Also, the National Coordinator, 100 Women Lobby Group, Mrs Felicia Onibon, blamed the challenges women faced on patriarchy, urging women and all stakeholders to hold the ace and unbundle it so that women could move forward.

A female politician from Cross River state, Ms Eucharia Bisong, expressed sadness over the death of Salome Abuh and other persons during electioneering processes and encouraged women not to give up their struggle.

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Why Jonathan is annoyed with PDP – Presidency speaks…

Nigeria

The Presidency has reacted to claims of former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, that former President Goodluck Jonathan traded off Bayelsa to the All Progressives Congress after being blackmailed by the present administration.

Recall that Sule Lamido in an interview with The Sun newspaper alleged that Jonathan betrayed the PDP in Bayelsa because the federal government is “blackmailing him” over Malabu issue.

Former President Goodluck who reacted to Sule Lamido’s claim earlier described it as absurd and deliberately designed as a form of blackmail. He also expressed regret that former Jigawa State Governor will join the ‘irresponsible orchestra’ that he was responsible for the PDP’s loss in the last governorship election in Bayelsa state.

Reacting to the heated exchange between the Goodluck Jonathan and Sule Lamido, President Buhari’s spokesperson Garba Shehu described the former Jigawa Governor’s claim as “false and irresponsible” and also wondered why it was given newspaper coverage.

“It just doesn’t make any sense,’’ Shehu said people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors. A newspaper can be sued for granting space to people who belch false allegations against individuals with no proof.”

Shehu added that there are more reasons for Jonathan to work against his party without President Buhari interfering.

“Anyone who has been following the politics of Bayelsa State should be aware of the sour relationship between Dr. Jonathan and the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson. That’s more than enough reason for the former president to decide to work against his party, if indeed he did.

“We really must stop this habit of blaming President Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business” he said.

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Capture those behind the violence in Kogi and Bayelsa elections – Senate…

The Senate on Tuesday asked security agencies to apprehend those behind the violence that marred the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

This was one of the resolutions arrived at by the red chamber after the matter of the election was raised during plenary.

As shared via the verified Twitter handle of the Senate, Senator George Sekibo citing Orders 42 & 52 moved a motion on public electoral violence.

Reacting to the motion, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said, “We join them to condemn this electoral violence. People have been known to create violence and nothing has been done. What we should add is that law enforcement agencies must be up to the task.

“The husband of the woman that was killed in Kogi has identified those that committed the crime and they should be arrested. We will urge all legal instruments that can be used to be deployed to curb electoral violence.

Senator Abdullahi Yahaya (Kebbi) also condemned the electoral violence. He said, “Irrespective of the party we belong to, our responsibility is to prevent and curb electoral violence. The security agencies should put good measures and punish the perpetrators of electoral violence.”

Thereafter, the Senate resolved to “condemn the spate of killings in the country; observe a minute silence in honour of those that lost their lives in the just concluded elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

“Urge the NOA and INEC to carry out electoral violence advocacy campaigns in subsequent elections and urge security agencies to apprehend perpetrators of this violence.”

Commenting on the motion, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said, “This is a very important motion, no party is absolved from this and we should continue to enlighten our followers to see politics as a game of ideas, people should pay price for their actions.”

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Presidency did not blackmail Goodluck Jonathan to support APC.

The Presidency has described as “false and irresponsible’’ reports that former president, Goodluck Jonathan was blackmailed to support the governing party, All Progressives Congress, in recent Bayelsa State governorship election.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, expressed shock that such a story could be considered believable to the point of being given space in some newspapers.

He said, “It just doesn’t make any sense. Our media really must learn to verify whatever they publish.

“And people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors.

”A newspaper can be sued for granting space to people who belch false allegations against individuals with no proof.’’

Shehu said the former president had been out of power for almost five years, without any previous allegations of government blackmail cropping up.

He also noted that there were more than enough reasons for Jonathan to work against his party, in the just concluded Bayelsa elections, without interference by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Anyone who has been following the politics of Bayelsa State should be aware of the sour relationship between Dr Jonathan and the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson. That’s more than enough reason for the former president to decide to work against his party if indeed he did.

“We really must stop this habit of blaming President Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business,’’ he added.

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House of Senate set to tackle electoral violence in Nigeria…

The Senate is set tackle electoral violence and come up with a Bill to address election and post-election violence in the country.

This was after Senator George Sekibo cited Orders 42 & 52 and moved a motion on public electoral violence during plenary on Tuesday.

The lawmakers condemned the spate of killings in the country and observed a minute silence in honour of those that lost their lives in the just concluded elections in Bayelsa and Kogi State.

According to the upper chamber, the proposed Bill if signed into law will prescribe severe punishments for perpetrators of violence during any election in the country.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan also during the plenary called on security agencies to bring to justice the killers of the PDP woman leader in Kogi, Mrs Achejuh Abuh. He urged politicians to promote election-free violence during any poll.

“This is a very important motion, no party is absolved from this and we should continue to enlighten our followers to see politics as a game of ideas, people should pay price for their actions,” Lawan said.

Senator Isah Jibrin in his contribution said, “I want to believe there is an urgent Bill that will address election violence in Nigeria. The way forward is that there should be sanctions that will serve as deterrent to election violence.”

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, warned of dire consequences if the growing violence is not tamed. He said the law must be applied by security agencies in dealing with agents of violence during any election.

“We join them to condemn this electoral violence. People have been known to create violence and nothing has been done. What we should add is that the law enforcement agencies must be up to task.

“The husband of the woman that was killed in Kogi has identified those that committed the crime and they should be arrested. We will urge all legal instruments that can be used to be deployed to curb electoral violence,” Abaribe said.

Senator Abdullahi Yahaya added that “irrespective of the party we belong to, our responsibility is to prevent and curb electoral violence. The security agencies should put good measures and punish the perpetrators of electoral violence.”

The Senate intervention is coming amidst a nationwide outcry over the growing number of victims of election violence, particularly the recent cases in Kogi and Bayelsa States during the 16th November gubernatorial polls.

The lawmakers therefore urged the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and INEC to carry out electoral violence advocacy campaigns in subsequent elections.

They also urged security agencies to apprehend perpetrators of the violence.

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Jonathan claims he worked against PDP in the Bayelsa state governorship election because of Malabu oil deal…

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed claim that he worked against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recent governorship poll in Bayelsa because of the Malabu oil deal.

Jonathan described the claim as absurd and deliberately designed as a form of blackmail.

He was reacting to former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, who had claimed in an interview that he traded off the PDP in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State because he was trying to avoid being prosecuted by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over the Malabu deal.

The deal involves the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL) 245 to Malabo Oil and Gas.

OPL 245 is an oilfield in the Niger Delta. It has about nine billion barrels of crude oil, estimated to worth half a trillion dollars. The sale of the block, which is considered as one of the most lucrative on the continent, has been replete with allegations and lawsuits.

Lamido had said the Federal Government used the Malabu case to blackmail Jonathan into supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa.
But Jonathan, in a statement by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, said Lamido did not speak like a statesman and described his claim as absurd.

The former president said he did not do anything wrong in the Malabu deal, as such did not need to cut any deal with anybody within or outside the country over the issue.
Besides, he explained the documents relating to the Malabu transactions and decisions of the Federal Government on the issue, during his administration can be accessed in relevant government offices.

“Ordinarily, we shouldn’t be responding to an interview of this nature because it is obvious, given his amiable nature, former president Jonathan does not consider the idea of joining issues with individuals on the pages of newspapers a decent conduct.

“We are also aware of the former president’s belief that truth always has a way of catching up with statements rooted in lies and propaganda, such as this one. Furthermore, we considered that when former president Jonathan was in office, Lamido was one of the governors that worked closely with him.

“However, we chose to make this clarification just to set the record straight, especially as some of the former president’s close associates have been asking questions about the blatant statement credited to Lamido.

“We really do not know why Lamido, chose to speak like he did, especially with such hostility, contempt and lies against former president Jonathan. However, one thing is clear: In his anger and apparent bile-filled disposition, Lamido, an otherwise astute and erudite politician, obviously dropped the ball by electing not to speak responsibly like a statesman.

“He actually came off the interview sounding like a sulking skunk, to whom logic or reason meant nothing. It didn’t matter to him that, as a well respected member of the society, he shouldn’t make such weighty claims against a former president if he was only guessing, like he admitted. Hear him: ‘And the issue of Malabu, I think, played a key role’.

“Apparently, seized by some inexplicable resentment, Lamido held on to the lie currently being pushed by few mischief-makers to the effect that former president Jonathan helped the APC to win the last governorship election in Bayelsa State.

“Unfortunately, the former governor jumped into this convenient bandwagon of grovellers without first thinking of the burden of substantiating his claim. What to do? Orchestrate a raft of incongruent drivel of cheap lies to confuse the readers. In one breathe, Lamido alleged Jonathan worked against his party ‘because he was very, very angry with (governor) Dickson,’ in another, he claimed it was ‘because he (Jonathan) knows his problem with Buhari and his government. And the issue of Malabu, I think, played a key role’.

“This absurd claim definitely would have gained more traction in the public space if it really made any sense. But it didn’t. What, if we may ask Lamido, is the correlation between Jonathan supporting APC because he was angry with Governor Dickson and Jonathan supporting APC to avoid prosecution over Malabo?

“Where was Lamido and his ‘Malabu problem’ when Jonathan campaigned vigorously and helped PDP to win Bayelsa governorship election in 2015, under the same President Buhari?

“It is important to establish at this point that Lamido probably knows little about the Malabu case, for which he was not supposed to have commented blindly.
In the first place, the Malabu oil block was not given out by Jonathan. It was a deal that was sealed during the time of the late head of state, General Sani Abacha. We feel that Lamido is in a position to know the business of oil exploration has an international dimension, as such, it is clear, it is not only the Nigerian government that is looking into the Malabu case. If that is the case, he should also have known that there are at least, three other countries outside Africa that are investigating the matter.

“Assuming without conceding that the former president Jonathan is culpable as Lamido alleged, would a trade off deal with the Nigerian government also free him from blame in other countries like Italy, United Kingdom and the United States?

“Jonathan is convinced that Lamido’s awkward intervention in this matter was deliberately designed as a form of blackmail. Having tried many other ways to discredit the former president to no avail, Lamido is now scheming to project Malabu as Jonathan’s Achilles heel. Here again, he has failed because the true story of Malabu is already known to Nigerians.

“Lamido, we believe, is too smart not to realise when the pot conveniently calls the kettle black, it is a grand design to confuse, deceive and cover up the truth. Lamido served as governor of Jigawa State for two terms on the platform of PDP after which the ruling APC took over his state. Is he then telling Nigerians that he cut a deal with APC, helped the ruling party to procure victory at the poll and take over his state?

“The fact is that it is not only in Bayelsa State that the country had experienced such a situation where PDP or even APC had lost elections to another party. Holding Jonathan responsible for PDP’s loss in Bayelsa without first investigating the issues that determined the fate suffered by the party in the state is not only disingenuous but also detrimental to the image and aspirations of the party,” the former president said in the statement.

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Party chairmen questioned security agencies, tackled IGP why the 35,000 police deployed to Kogi/Bayelsa were helpless..

A coalition of over 60 political parties on Monday blamed security agencies and politicians for the violence and other electoral malpractices witnessed in the just-concluded governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, describing their actions as treason.

According to them, the election was a serious dent on the progress made so far in ensuring free and fair elections.

While demanding an explanation from the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, as to why the 35,000 police officers deployed in Kogi State were helpless and could not stop the political thugs, they urged the Federal Government to “set up an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the overrunning of 35,000 policemen by a motley crowd of political thugs.”

The political parties under the aegis of Forum of Chairmen of Nigeria Political Parties, expressed these feelings during a press briefing in Abuja, after a review of the conduct of the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

The event had in attendance over 60 party chairmen, including Perry Opara of National Unity Party; Adamu Takai of Advanced Congress of Democrats and Kenneth Udeze of the Action Alliance.

Udeze, who spoke for the forum called for an urgent conclusion of the process of the amendment of the Electoral Act, the introduction of electronic transmission of results straight from the Polling Units to a central database, electronic voting (if possible) and electronic accreditation of figures to ensure that magical and humongous figures were not generated.

He said, “The failure of the elections was not caused by administrative lapses or inefficiency of the Independent National Electoral Commission but by the treasonable actions of security agencies, who compromised the process and aided political thugs to disrupt the entire process and cart away electoral materials.

“The blanket blame on INEC for the failure of elections is inapplicable in this situation as commission discharged their duties while the security agencies failed the people of Kogi and Bayelsa. We absolve INEC and we indict the security agencies for the failures of those two elections.”

Udeze said that despite the thousands of security personnel deployed in Kogi and Bayelsa for the elections, it could be stated that thugs had a field day particularly in Kogi State, where their activities played a major role in determining who was eventually declared to have won the election.

He decried a situation in which there were no reports of arrests made on election day by the police to stop the gun-wielding thugs, who stormed many polling centres.

The parties said, “The Collation Centres were made inaccessible to duly accredited observers and agents of other political parties except those that were allowed by the thugs; while over 35,000 policemen watched helplessly and haplessly.”

“The role of security agencies during the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States were largely reprehensible. Men in police uniforms were seen aiding thugs to carry ballot boxes and other materials from the centres and abducting polling staff.”

He stressed that the 35,200 policemen deployed to Kogi State were all either standing by watching or were active participants allegedly guarding the thugs to carry the election materials and disrupt a hitherto peaceful and well-organised process.

Udeze described as disheartening the comments by the Inspector General of Police that the Police got intelligence about the plans of politicians to sew police uniforms.

“The IGP did not announce anything else the police did. He has since not announced the arrest of any of the persons he referred to as fake policemen who were on the rampage and heavily dented the credibility of the election.

“The Inspector-General still owes Nigerians a lot of explanation on why the 35,000 policemen in Kogi were helpless and could not stop these thugs.

“We urge the Federal Government to set up an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the overrunning of 35, 000 policemen by a motley crowd of political thugs. The GOC who compromised his men should also be investigated and appropriate punishment meted out to all who are found wanting.”

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