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Storyline: I insist Education, Health my priority – Gov Bello.

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Bello said that the over N2 billion, estimated to facilitate the establishment of the College of Medicine as indicated in the committee’s report, would be sourced.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, has said health and education remain a priority for his administration, promising to make available funds to ensure that the state’s health and education institutions are among the best in Nigeria.

Governor Bello made this known on Monday in Lokoja while receiving a report on the take-off of the College of Medicine at the Confluence University of Technology (CUSTECH), Osara, and other related matters.

Bello said that the over N2 billion, estimated to facilitate the establishment of the College of Medicine as indicated in the committee’s report, would be sourced.

He noted that the funds would be committed to the project which is far important than the Covid-19 expenditure

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“Such funds would be sourced out in multiples, and will be committed to other education and health institutions in the state.

“Although some of these tasks might seem huge, but are achievable with a strong will.

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“The Institution which had already commenced with three faculties has already gulped much more than N2 billion.

“But I am assuring that the institution, under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor and management, has the full support of this administration to implement all the listed recommendations,” Bello said.

Bello thanked the committee for their services and contributions to the growth and development of the education sector in the state.

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He noted that the implementation committee would now transit to become a Standing and Advisory committee for CUSTECH as they would work together with the institutions management for the next one year.

Presenting the report earlier, Prof. Mohammad Salihu Audu, Chairman of the new Standing and Advisory Committee, CUSTECH, expressed gratitude to the state government for the opportunity to serve.

Audu said that the proposed commencement date for the College of Medicine would be the 2021/2022 Academic calendar.

He said that the estimated sum of above N2 billion would be needed for the establishment of the College of Medicine to meet academic requirements and standard functioning of the institution.

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He added that although there were existing infrastructures with some still under construction, the estimated fund would help to further put other needed structures in place to ease take off.

He advised that the implementation of the report should commence soon, noting that the issue of Manpower recruitment should also be promptly looked into.

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Niger Flood: 5 Missing, Death toll rolls to 13 as Bello condoles

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Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has condoled with the victims of the flood that occurred in Suleja area of the state on Saturday.

This comes as the death toll from the disaster rose to 13 with at least five persons still missing.

During a visit to the area, Governor Bello described the incident as unfortunate but expressed concern over the lack of adherence to urban development laws by the residents in the area.

The scene of a flooded community in Suleja area of Niger State on July 28, 2020.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, the governor, however, said the residents of the area do not comply with the open development laws.

“It is very unfortunate what has happened. About 12 or 13 people have died as a result of the flood. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased.

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Governor Abubakar Bello says residents of the area flout existing laws by building houses on the waterways in the state.

“They are going through challenging times at the moment, they are grieving. I am also concerned that we have not been able to recover some of the bodies yet.

Governor Abubakar Bello says residents of the area flout existing laws by building houses on the waterways in the state.

“I also understand there is an ongoing search for the remaining dead bodies. Hopefully, they will be found soon. On a separate note, I also noticed that in Suleja and some of our towns, people have made it a habit to build along waterlines and waterways.

“When you build along waterways, it is just a matter of time, it could be one, five or 10 years later, eventually the water will find its way,” he said.


#Newsworthy…

Gov. Bello fires back – says those wishing me COVID-19 will get HIV.


Against several calls from some Nigerians including the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello should go for test to ascertain his status on the current deadly coronavirus pandemic that have claimed several lives in the world, the governor has come out to state that those wishing that he contact the disease would be infected with HIV/Aids.

The governor stated this in a 28 seconds video. Gov Bello in the video claimed to be hale and hearty.


The governor challenged any body doubting to the boxing ring, assuring that he would emerge victorious.

His words” I gat no COVID. Those who wish me to have COVID will have HIV. I am good, hale and hearty. I challenge everybody to the boxing ring”.


It would be recalled that the Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had advised Alhaji Yahaya Bello to immediately subject himself to Covid-19 test having had contact with Abba kyari, the Chief of staff to President Mohammadu Buhari.

The PDP in a statement signed by the Director Research and Documentation, Achadu Dickson said the fight against the dreaded Covid-19 virus can only be won when stakeholders show responsibility beyond lips service.


He urged those who had contact with the CoS to go for test. The statement appealed to the APC led government not to play politics with the health and safety of Kogites,

He, however, prayed for Gov. Bello and wished that he tests negative at the end.

“The PDP notes that it has still not seen any concrete preparation by the government to tackle the scourge in the state beyond the shut down and ban of public gatherings. We urged the Government to take a cue from what is obtained in Borno, Lagos and other states where they have shown serious commitment to fighting the scourge.

” For an issue that is presently a global phenomenon and requires political and other will to fight by leadership at all strata, we are worried by the sudden disappearance of the governor from the state for no serious reason, described it as unfortunate. The PDP however called on the state government to be civil even in the face of the enforcement of the order banning public gatherings,” the statement added.


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Gov. Bello preaches unity during inauguration ..


Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has called on friends and perceived foes to put aside differences, politics, ideology or affiliation and join his administration to give the state the best of governance.


Bello is Kogi’s fourth executive governor.

The governor made the call yesterday after taking his oath of office for a second time. The oath was administered by the Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah.


He promised that his second term will be with a revitalised energy in delivering refocused governance.

Bello called on all and sundry to support the government in achieving its laudable programmes for the development of the state.


He said: “My primary allegiance as governor will remain to Kogi State and her citizens, not to party or tribe. Everyone is my citizen and I owe everyone the protections and fidelities inherent in the office.

“It is on this note that I enjoin all Kogites to look forward to the next four years with optimism and great expectation. We will do everything in our power as government to make sure the state is productive, prosperous and peaceful.”


Governor Bello promised sustained focus on agriculture for improved food security, employment and increase in internally generated revenue, saying the agricultural revolution which he started in his first term would be taking to the next level of development.

“Specifically, rice, cassava, cashew, aquaculture and livestock will remain the bedrock of our activities in the agricultural sector. We will also pay greater attention to human capital development by investing more in training our people for enhanced relevance in a technologically evolving future.

“We will embark on large scale urban renewal projects that would further transform Lokoja into a resilient capital city with modern utilities attractive to tourists,” Bello added.

The swearing in held at the Glass House of the Government House in Lokoja. Governors who attended include Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Atiku Bagaudu (Kebbi); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Abdulrahman Abdulrasak (Kwara); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Maimala Bunu (Yobe) and Baba Gana Zulum (Borno).


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Kogi governor returns for second term..


Today’s inauguration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi State crowns activities to herald the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the “Confluence State” after the incumbent was re-elected in the keenly contested November 16, 2019 governorship election.

Bello is returning to power for a second term, following his defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr. Musa Wada in the election that served as a test of might for the ruling APC and main opposition PDP after the 2019 general election. Bello polled a total of 406,222 votes against Wada’s 189,704 votes. Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came a distant third with a score of 9,482 votes.

The APC candidate won in 12 of the 21 local governments of Kogi State – Lokoja, Ibaji, Adavi, Okehi, Okene, Kabba Bunu, Ogori Magongo, Koton Karfi, Mopa Muro, Ajaokuta and Olamaboro, while his PDP counterpart won in Omala , Igalamela, Yagba East, Yagba West, Idah, Dekina, Bassa, Ofu and Ankpa local governments.


Bello had earlier secured his party’s ticket after polling 3,091 votes from 3,596 delegates, who participated in APC’s indirect primary election on August 29, 2019. Those he routed to clinch the party’s ticket are Hadiza Ibrahim (zero), Yahaya Audu (10), Sani Abdullahi (seven), Abubakar Bashir (three), Danlami Mohammed (zero), Yakubu Mohammed (zero), Ikele Aisha (zero), Hassan Abdullahi (44) and Babatunde Irukera (109).

However, the election that returned Bello and APC to power in Kogi State was largely marred by violence and ballot box snatching, which prompted election observers to call for the cancellation of the exercise as according to them, the outcome did not reflect the wishes of the people.


Journey to Lugard House

Popularly called Fair Plus, Bello’s journey to the Kogi State government house was by fate. He made history on January 27, 2015 as the first person from a minority ethnic group of the state to occupy the historic Lugard House. He is Ebira of Kogi Central Senatorial District.

Before then, the Igala people of Kogi East Senatorial Zone have had enough of power, having ruled the state since it was created in 1991. Kogi State comprises the people of Kabba province of Okun and Ebira; Igala and Bassa speaking parts of old Benue State. The Igala and Bassa formed the Eastern Senatorial District; Ebira and Ogori-Magongo formed the Central Senatorial District, while the Okuns, Kotos and Hausa-speaking part of Lokoja formed the Western Senatorial District.


There is a claim of an agreement reached by elders and political stakeholders in the state in 1991 on a power sharing formula that will see the governorship rotating among the three senatorial zones, but the Igala, who constitute about 45 per cent of the total population of the state held on to power for more than two decades.

However, Bello’s emergence as governor for the first term would not have been possible if not for the demise of his party’s (APC) candidate in the November 21, 2015 governorship election in the state – Prince Abubakar Audu.


The former two-time governor of the state (1992-1993 and 1999-2003) was coasting to victory when he passed on. This unfortunate incident almost triggered a constitutional crisis as the 1999 Constitution (as amended) did not envisage such situation.

The impasse over the incident was however resolved, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) directed the APC to nominate another candidate as Audu’s substitution for the December 5, 2015 supplementary poll in the 91 polling units, where elections were cancelled.


The electoral body had declared the election inconclusive midway during collation and announcement of results, following the cancellation of results in the affected polling units due to incidences of violence, ballot boxes snatching, over voting, among others.

Late Audu was at the time leading his closest rival and then incumbent governor, Capt. Idris Wada by 41,000 votes, whereas the total number of registered voters in the 91 polling units was 49,953, a figure, the commission explained was higher than the margin between the top contenders.


The window to substitute Audu, rather than serve as a relief to the APC, sparked off another round of crisis as the deputy governorship candidate, Hon. James Faleke wrote to INEC that he should be declared winner on the ground that the supplementary poll was needless as the number of eligible voters in the affected areas stood at 25, 000 and so will not make any impact in the overall result.

The PDP, on its part, urged the electoral body to declare its candidate –Wada, winner of the election as the votes garnered by Audu were not transferable. The party further argued that Audu’s votes died with him.


INEC, however, insisted on going ahead with the supplementary poll and the APC was left with no other option than to nominate the first runner up in its governorship primary election (Bello) as Audu’s substitution.

But the Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, which rejected his candidature, insisted on taking over the party’s candidacy. It argued that Bello did not participate in the campaign processes and therefore, Faleke will pull out of the race, leaving it vulnerable to be challenged in a court of law by the opposition parties. Faleke also vowed to challenge the party’s decision in court.


On its part, the Kogi State PDP said the result of the election was unacceptable to it and cannot stand the test of time. The party insisted that the death of Audu on November 22, while collation was ongoing, made it inevitable for the electoral commission to declare its candidate (Wada) winner of the poll.

Both camps later filed suits to stop Bello from participating in the supplementary poll before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. While Faleke prayed the court to compel INEC to declare him the winner of the inconclusive poll, Wada of the PDP urged it to compel INEC to declare him winner of the election on the ground that he is the only surviving candidate in the election who scored the second highest votes after the deceased candidate of the APC.


Three other additional suits were also filed on the matter. Emanuel Daiko, who claimed that he contested the election as a candidate of the People for Democratic Change (PDC), urged the court to among others declare the supplementary election as illegal, prevent APC from substituting Audu and to prevent the party from participating in the election on the ground that it no longer has a candidate.

In the fourth suit filed by a member of the House of Representatives then, Raphael Igbokwe (Imo State) and Stephen Wada Omaye, the plaintiffs joined INEC and APC as defendants. They asked the court to annul the November 21 election and conduct a fresh one.


The fifth suit was filed by one Johnson Jacob Usman, an indigene of Kogi State and a registered voter as well as a lawyer. Usman joined the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and INEC as defendants in the suit. He asked the court to compel INEC to suspend all actions in relation to the election, pending the determination of the suit and a declaration that the election ought to be cancelled.

But the court, presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, after listening to the arguments of the various parties, struck out all the cases instituted before it. In his judgement on the consolidated four cases, Justice Kolawole said the Federal High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain all the reliefs sought by the various parties.


According to him, passing judgement on the reliefs would amount to usurping the powers of the governorship election tribunal that would be constituted by the President of the Court of Appeal after the supplementary election has been held.

As expected, Bello was declared winner of the governorship election after the supplementary poll. His party (APC) garnered 6,885 votes to bring its total votes to 247,752, having polled 240,857 in the first round of voting. The PDP candidate (Wada) scored 5,363 to take his total votes to 204, 877 votes. He had earlier garnered 199, 514 votes.


Despite INEC’s declaration of Bello as Governor-elect, the Audu/Faleke campaign organization described the supplementary election that produced him as “unnecessary and a complete waste of tax payers’ money’’ and headed for the tribunal to challenge it.

Faleke, in a petition he filed before the Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal, insisted that the election had already been won and lost before the supplementary poll, praying the tribunal to declare him winner.


Wada also challenged the outcome of the election and return of Bello, joining APC and INEC as respondents. Wada, who also prayed the court to declare him winner of the election, also urged the tribunal to stop Bello’s inauguration.

But ruling on the suits, the tribunal’s chairman, Justice Halima Mohammed, said that though the tribunal had jurisdiction to hear the case contrary to insinuations, the prayers were not contained in the original petitions as it was merely a motion on notice. She explained that if the tribunal grants the motions, it will definitely affect the life of the original case before tribunal.


With the court clearing the coast, Bello mounted the stage, perhaps, as the youngest elected governor in Nigeria’s political history. He was 40 years old then.

First term promises and catalogue of crisis


It was message of hope in 2015, when Bello first mounted the saddle as governor of Kogi State. He then promised the people of taking the state to the next level. “By the grace of God I would have no reason not to perform excellently. After four years, Kogi State will never be the same again. Expectations are high, and we know there are challenges out there, but we are going to move in aggressively to ensure we do well,” he said.

Among his strategies was reorganization of the state civil service to make it more efficient and productive. He has also promised to ensure massive industrialization to create employment for the teeming populace in the state as well to harness the mineral potentials across Kogi to significantly improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state and its economy.


The accountant-turned-politician had then identified solid minerals, agriculture and tourism as key economic drivers that can take the state to the next level, and pledged to liaise with the Federal Government to realize the potentials of the Ajaokuta Steel Company and the Itakpe Iron Ore Company.

But, the belief of most indigenes of state, who have suffered the impact of poor governance for years, was that it was unfulfilled dream after Bello’s first term in office. Many even went to extreme by saying that Kogi State, under Bello became a study in leadership failure given the catalogue of crisis the marred the era.


The crisis started barely a month after Bello’s administration was inaugurated, when five out of the 20 members of the state House of Assembly impeached the then speaker, Hon. Jimoh Momoh-Lawal.

Following the impeachment, crisis erupted in the House thereby compelling Hon. Sunday Steve Karimi to sponsor a motion on the floor of the House of Representatives on February 23, 2016. The motion was unanimously adopted with a 10-man committee headed by then deputy chief whip, Hon. Pally Iriase, to investigate the matter.


The committee subsequently visited Lokoja, the Kogi State capital and met with the governor, members of the state Assembly and heads of the relevant security agencies in the state. After the meeting, the committee found out that the House of Assembly had not performed its legislative functions since the suspension of plenary on February 15, 2016, as none of the factions held any sitting in the hallowed chambers of the State House of Assembly.

It also found out that there was an understanding to change the leadership of the Assembly in order to comply with Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to avoid lopsidedness in the distribution of power between the major tribes in the state since Bello and Lawal are coincidentally from the same local government area.


While Bello maintained then that he had no hand in the Assembly crisis as he never tried to influence the decision of the House given that he was then new in office and does not have any prior relationship with the legislators other than to work for the good of the entire state in line with his oath of office, Jimoh-Lawal’s group accused him of a subtle plot to install his choice candidate, Hon. Umar Imam as speaker.

The suspicion was later confirmed, when Imam emerged as speaker of the Assembly on July 26, 2016, following Jimoh-Lawal’s resignation. Many had thought that the crisis would be over given that the governor had his way, but that was not to be as Imam equally bowed out like his predecessor on August 3, 2017 after another round of crisis. In his stead, Mathew Kolawole, the member representing Kaba/Bunu state constituency was elected as speaker.


Besides the state Assembly crisis, Bello also had a long running battle with the then lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye. Interestingly, both were allies before they suddenly fell apart.

Melaye had stood behind Bello from the period of the supplementary election that brought him to power to his inauguration. But trouble started when the senator, alongside some stakeholders in Kogi State APC gathered in Abuja to pass a vote of no confidence on Bello on his administration’s one year anniversary.


Expectedly, the governor fired back and accused the lawmaker of hurling unbridled attacks at him. He also accused Melaye of waging a “selfish and egocentric” war. From then, it was an unending ego battle between the duo, with both actors deploying conventional and unconventional tactics to outwit each other.

There was also a running battle between Bello and the state’s civil servants as well as the various labour unions, following a workers’ verification exercise embarked upon by the state government. While the exercise revealed thousands of ghost workers on the state’s payroll, it equally caused untold hardships and pains to many workers, with some being owed backlog of salaries running into months.


In all these, Bello persistently admonished those he described as detractors to allow his government to focus on its goal of a better Kogi for its citizens, but analysts kept reminding him that the deterioration of any administration begins with the decay of the principle on which it was founded, and that he should be mindful of his actions as power belongs to the people.

Echoes of that counsel reverberated, when Bello declared his intention to seek reelection for a second term. The governor said his declaration came after consultations with the leadership of his party both at the national and state levels and pressure from the people of the state on him to seek re-election.


Bello said of his ambition: “I would like to inform the good people of the state, the APC family and supporters from the state, the local government areas down to the wards and polling units, as well as various stakeholders, opinion molders, families and friends of my interest to run for a second term in office as the executive governor of the state. “I have sought the blessing of the Almighty God and our good people; I will have to contest for the second term, so that we can build on our modest achievements so far in the state by taking it to the next level.” The impeachment of Bello’s deputy, Simon Achuba, on October 18, 2019, capped the catalogue of crisis.

Achuba’s impeachment followed the submission of a report of the committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.


The then deputy governor had raised the alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views. He also criticized the administration for non-performance, claiming that it was the reason for the rift between him and Bello. With Achuba out of the way, Bello nominated his then Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, who was consequently screened and cleared by the state Assembly as deputy governor.

Onoja later became running mate to Bello for the November 16, 2019 governorship and both would be inaugurated today as deputy governor and governor, respectively. Second term triumph despite stiff opposition No doubt, it was Bello’s constitutional right to aspire for a second term as governor of Kogi State, but the belief in some quarters then that it was unfulfilled dreams during his first four years in power, boosted PDP’s bid to return to power in the Confluence State.


This, perhaps, explained the tension that trailed the November 16, 2019 poll.

In what seemed a replay of the 2015 contest, Bello’s main opponent – Wada, from the majority Igala ethnic stock of the state – has close links to two former governors of the state.


He is ex-Governor Wada’s sibling and an in-law to former Governor Ibrahim Idris. Interestingly, the younger Wada trounced his brother – ex-Governor Wada and his brother in-law – Abubakar Ibrahim – in the PDP primary election, but he failed to turn the table against Bello in the main election. Bello, who dedicated his second term victory to his mother, Hajia Hawawu Bello and the people of Kogi State, averred in his victory speech that his re-election election has broken ethnic jinx as well as class and age differences in the state.

His words: “I appreciate my mother, Hajia Hawawu Bello. As a matter of fact, I dedicate this victory to her. I sincerely appreciate the good people of Kogi State from all the length and breadth of the state, starting from Kogi East to Kogi West and Kogi Central. You are the winners of this particular election. “We are making this feat and we have decided to break the jinx; the jinx of ethnicity, class differences and age differences. In diversity lies our strength. With the renewal of our mandate to serve for another four years, I reiterate the promise of our first time, which is to make all citizens of Kogi State benefit from the entirety of our resources. May the Almighty God protect, guide and direct us toward the part of righteousness, good governance and development.”


Not yet Uhuru for Bello The battle in Kogi over the governorship is however not yet over even as Bello takes oath office for a second term today. Wada, who alleged foul play and headed to the tribunal after the poll, is challenging the election’s outcome on the ground that INEC and the police worked in favour of the APC. To the PDP candidate, the election was a coup against the people of the state.

“It is clear to all that there was no election on Saturday, November 16, 2019, but a declaration and execution of war against the people. What happened in Kogi was an organised war against democracy; coup against the people and seizure of power through brigandage and the barrel of the gun with members of the police and other security agencies coordinating the stealing of people’s votes,” he said. Wada accused the police of aiding armed APC thugs to invade polling units with impunity, shoot and kill voters and carted away ballot boxes to government facilities, where results were allegedly written in favour of APC and handed over to INEC to announce against the will of the people.


His words: “Police helicopters were used to attack polling units, fire tear gas on voters and provided cover to APC hoodlums and policemen who brutalised the people of Kogi State and stole their mandate.

The APC turned our state into a theatre of war. No fewer than nine innocent Nigerians were killed. Many more were maimed and injured by the APC in their desperation to seize power at all cost. It is therefore distressing that INEC went ahead with a shameful collation and declaration of fabricated results despite the glaring disruptions that characterised the shambolic exercise.”


The PDP candidate further accused INEC of cancelling votes cast for him in his party’s strongholds and subtracting from PDP votes in many other areas, while padding the votes of the APC to give a semblance of victory to Bello. “We therefore stand with the people of Kogi State without equivocation that this brigandage and stealing of our mandate cannot stand.

We will never despair but remain strong in our determination to retrieve the mandate freely given to us by the people in their desire for a change. We will pursue this course to its logical conclusion within the confines of the law of this country,” he added. The allegations, notwithstanding, Bello, who seems unperturbed over the suit challenging his election, said he is ready to meet any of his opponents in court. He said: “I told you sometimes back that the issue of winning the election was not in question, but the margin with which I will defeat my opponent, and that he will have no reason whatsoever to go to the tribunal.


However, going to the tribunal is their right and if they so wish, we will meet in court. “But I want to use this opportunity to call on all those that contested the election with me starting from the primaries of our party to the main election, all other political parties to please join me in this next level, so that we can together do more for Kogi State.

“We have a lot of task ahead of us, the journey has just begun; I need the cooperation and understanding of every citizen and resident of Kogi State to join hands with me, so that we can do more for the state.”

Second term expectations Political analysts are of the view that Bello would have learnt some lessons from his first term and therefore suggested that he should this time around involve technocrats in government for them to proffer policies that will impact positively on the people of Kogi State. It also the opinion of many that although the issue of state workers’ salaries is been addressed, there is the need to the state government to also accord priority to the plight of pensioners, teachers and local government workers. Equally expected by Bello in his second term, is the issue of local government elections.

Council elections were not held in the state all through the governor’s first term, but it is the hope of many that will dissolve the present unelected administrations at the 21 local government areas in the state to pave the way for elections. The governor is also expected to look into his pattern of appointments by carrying along leaders across political divides. More importantly, it is hoped that the governor, upon taking the oath of office, will hit the ground running in order to basic infrastructure, create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the state as well strengthen the security architecture of the state to ensure safety of lives of the people and that of their and property.


#Newsworthy…

Court permits EFCC to detain former AGF, Bello Adoke.

…necessary and granted as prayed


Justice A. O. Musa of Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, January 2nd granted the application of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to keep the former attorney general and minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke in its custody for additional 14 days preparatory to his arraignment.

In granting the application, the judge stated that “the extension of the remand of the respondent for another 14 days for the purpose of his arraignment in court is necessary and granted as prayed.”

The Commission took custody of Adoke on December 19, 2019, upon his arrival from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


#Newsworthy…

El-rufai’s son, Bello mocks Shehu Sani’s arrest by EFCC.


Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s son, Bello who reacted to report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arresting former Kaduna lawmaker Shehu Sani over an alleged extortion, disclosed that he was trained to destroy his political opponents.

Bello who alongside his father have been at loggerheads with Shehu Sani, stated that ”there’s a limit to how deceit under the veil of populism can take one.”

He tweeted;

“There are reports that former Senator and current contender for best blogger of 2019, ”Comrade“ Shehu Sani has just been arrested by the EFCC operatives on a fraudulent related case. There’s a limit to how deceit under the veil of populism can take you. A leopard and spots.”

I was trained to destroy my opponents - El-Rufai

After a Twitter user commented on how much Bello will love the news than anyone else, the Kaduna Governor’s son wrote in a now deleted tweet “I was trained to destroy my opponents.”

I was trained to destroy my opponents - El-Rufai


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High Court decides Bello’s date to begin Jan. 20

…alleged double registration

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court, Abuja, will on January 20, 2020, deliver judgment in a suit challenging the eligibility of governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to participate in the November 16 governorship election over alleged double registration. Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in the recent governorship election in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, brought the suit.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, yesterday, fixed the date shortly after parties in the matter adopted their briefs of argument. Akpoti had dragged Bello to court over alleged double registration, an act said to be offensive to the electoral laws.

Backed by her counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the aggrieved politician is seeking the disqualification of Bello in the November 16 governorship election in the state on the grounds that he was not qualified to contest the election on account of alleged double registration.

She listed defendants in the suit to include the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello. While adopting his brief of argument, Ozekhome urged the court to make a consequential order that Bello was not qualified to have contested the election having registered in both Abuja and Lokoja, capital city of Kogi, an offence against Section 24 of the Electoral Act. He told the court that the case is not a pre-election matter that requires time limit to file but a case of fraud, which could be filed anytime. He submitted that the 2nd defendant, INEC, already admitted it committed an error to have registered Bello twice but according to Ozekhome, the electoral body its hands were tied to do anything now because of the governor’s immunity. INEC has said on television that it committed a grave error by registering him (Bello) twice in Abuja and Lokoja, saying if not for immunity, they would have moved against him.” Ozekhome insisted that when fraud is involved, as in the instant case, time of filing is not an issue. In his submission, counsel to the APC, Abdulwahab Mohammed, urged the court to dismiss the suit, while questioning the competence of the court to entertain the matter. He said it was a pre-election issue, which is staled because time allowed to file a pre- election matter has already elapsed.

He argued further: “The electoral act is very clear on this, only a person who has been convicted that cannot stand election. Bello has not been convicted, he is not on trial, and the case is only an academic exercise. I urged my Lord to dismiss the suit.” In his submission, counsel to the 2nd defendant – INEC, Al Hassan Umar (SAN) , argued along the same line, and urged the court to dismiss the suit.

Umar also said INEC was challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, saying the 3rd defendant has not been charged or convicted to warrant being disallowed to contest an election. He submitted further that mere suspicion of alleged double registration or an offence, “bordering on fraud was not enough to disqualify anyone through administrative tribunal.” He therefore urged the court to dismiss the case in its entirety and award cost against the plaintiff for wasting the time of the court and counsel.

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Dino melaye slams Adeyemi’s well wishers as he release new song.. says “congratulating him is like entertaining an armed robber.

Dino Melaye has released another song after his defeat in last Saturday, November 30th rerun election in the Kogi West Senatorial district election.

Dino who is well known for his hit song, Ajeku Iya, shared a video of himself singing the new song just as he tweeted that congratulating the winner of the election, APC’s Smart Adeyemi, is like congratulating an “armed robber” after an operation.

Dino maintains that the election was rigged in favour of APC.

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Kogi: Governor Bello Congratulates Adeyemi Over Win.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has congratulated Senator Smart Adeyemi on his victory at Saturday’s Kogi West re-run Senatorial District poll announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed issued in Lokoja, described the victory ”as a collective manifestation of intellectual, moral and cultural virtues, and mandate given by the good people of Kogi West”.

”The APC as a party is particularly grateful to the people of Kogi West for their peaceful conduct at the polls and embracing the promise of the party to work assiduously to ensure development of the area and the state in general.

”Now that we are having all three APC senators representing Kogi at the National Assembly, my administration will work in synergy with them and other APC lawmakers to attract more projects to our state, to make life more meaningful for its citizens”, Bello said.

The returning officer, Prof. Olajide Lawal, announced on Saturday that Adeyemi polled 88,373 votes to defeat the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dino Melaye who recorded 62,133 votes.

INEC had a week ago declared the election inconclusive due to the margin between Adeyemi and Melaye, which was lower than the number of “registered voters in 53 polling units of the 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled”.

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Kogi governor, Bello Inaugurate Naval based in the state for security.

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Friday inaugurated the Nigeria Navy Ship Lugard and Navy Barracks in Banda.

The base was established to ensure adequate security of the waterways in the Confluence state and its neighbours.

Bello inaugurated the newly constructed brick model 96 Housing Units, 1.83km road and other facilities in the new Naval base.

The governor pledged more support for the security agencies to ensure the safety of lives and property of the residents of the state.

He said the Naval base was key to his administration’s commitment to security and safety of Kogi people.

He thanked the Navy for their doggedness and synergy with other security agencies which he noted had improved security in the state.

Bello congratulated the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and other senior officers of the Navy for bringing the project to reality.

“We look forward to other developments like primary and secondary schools, hospitals, ultra-modern markets that would take place in the nearest future,” he said.

While pledging his continued support to the Navy and other security agencies, Bello enjoined them to double their efforts in combating crimes and criminality in the state.

Earlier, Ibas said the event was significant to the Navy in adequately discharging its roles at the base, adding that it would assist in deploying its resources and manpower.

He stressed that the Navy Barracks in Banda would house both operational and administrative activities including barracks, schools, hospitals, residence for Naval staffs and civilians.

He commended the governor for his continued support for the Navy and his commitment in ensuring the security and safety of lives and property in the State.

The Naval boss said that the dredging on rivers Niger and Benue prompted the establishment of the Naval base to ensure adequate security of the waterways.

Other dignitaries at the occasion were representatives from Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Defence, Senate Committee Chairman on Navy, top Naval officers, among others.

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We have evidence that Dino melaye caused the violence – Gov. Yahaya Bello…

Governor Yahaya Bello’s aide has accused Senator Dino Melaye of being responsible for the violence witnessed in the last Kogi State election.

Mohammed Onogwu, Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor who made the allegation while appearing on a Channels TV program on Sunday November 24, said they have a video evidence to back their claim.

“We have (video) clip evidence where he (Dino Melaye) was distributing money on the line where they were voting.

“Going by the reports that various observers have turned in after the election, the Governorship election was largely adjudged as being fair and credible.

“All the violence that took place in the last elections was orchestrated by Senator Dino Melaye who was a candidate in that election,” he said.

This is coming ahead of the rerun election the PDP Senatorial candidate and his APC Counterpart, Smart Adeyemi are expected to participate in.

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