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Just in: PDP fix Edo primary election date. [Nigeria]


Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State will on June 23 and 24 choose a candidate for the state governorship election scheduled to hold in September.

The party stated this in a timetable and schedule of activities signed by its National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akubundu (retd.)

The document also showed that the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms will begin on Friday, May 29, while June 2 has been set aside as the last day for the submission of the forms.

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The party will screen candidates for the primary election on Thursday June 4, while Saturday June 6 is the date fixed for the consideration of appeals emanating from the screening exercise.

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Ward congresses to elect a three-member ad hoc ward delegates will hold on June 9 and appeals arising from the ward congresses will be entertained on Friday, June 19.

The party further stated in the document that Local government congresses to elect one national delegate and persons with disability per local government is scheduled to hold on June 16.


#Newsworthy…

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Political terrorists have taken over APC – Kwara Chairman


Embattled Chairman of Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bashir Bolarinwa, yesterday opened up on the festering political crisis rocking the party in the state, saying the party had been hijacked by “Political parties marauders” in the state.

Bolarinwa called on “all genuine party members to join us in the tortuous task of saving our party from leeches and serial killer jobbers.”

The party chairman who was conspicuously absent at a briefing at the state party secretariat in GRA Ilorin, was represented by deputy Chairman, Kwara North, Chief Sunday Oyebiyi.


According to him: ”Ladies and gentlemen, the soul of our party is being threatened by political marauders. We call on all genuine party members to join us in the tortuous task of saving our party from leeches and serial jobbers. “At this juncture, we need to reiterate that, contrary to the norm, there is gapping disconnect between the governor and the party and between the governor and revered party elders.

“This scenario has been in place after the party primaries, during and indeed after the polls. We were also part of the success of the governor at the election petition tribunal and we went to Government House to congratulate him and even took pictures with him but these aggrieved party executive went back on the second day and told the governor that, they are for the governor and his support group called “AA” support group and since that time, they decided to exempt themselves from the main stream of the party executive in the state”


He pointed out further that, “Severally party elders had tried to wade into the matter by meeting with the state party chairman, Bashir Bolarinwa, Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed and the governor.

However, a follow up meeting with the governor to resolve the areas of differences has not been possible because the governor has refused to grant audience to the elders”.

He however assured that the party would continue to remain resolute and focused on the task of party building and straightening based on the principle of cohesiveness and oneness.

According to him,” Reference to a cabal within APC led by Alhaji Lai Mohammed is petty, childish and laughable. They are afraid of their own shadows, and in going down, they are willing to pull any strands with them. The APC will outlive many of them. If the memories of these aggrieved people are short, we cannot be accused of same. The struggle to win election was fierce and challenging. During this period of tribulation, it was only Alhaji Lai Muhammed that we saw, he sponsored sensitisation programme, provided logistics and other such supports requested from him. He stood by us and together we navigated the rough roads to victory. This is not news to our traducers; the only choose the part of mischief.”


#Newsworthy…

SDP: House splits ..


When President Mohammadu Buhari in 2018, honoured the late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO) with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and Babagana Kingibe with Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON), winners of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential elections, political pundits had predicted that such recognitions would automatically bolster the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on whose platform they contested. The situation is however different as at today as infighting, backstabbing and poor performance had crippled the party.

The name SDP as a registered political party drew sympathy, as politicians jostled to be identified with it notwithstanding that there was no similarity in the SDP of the aborted Third Republican, and the current SDP.


The early signs that all will not be well with the SDP of today is that most of the popular politicians who made the old SDP thick did not identify with the current SDP. In fact, they belong to other political parties.

Trouble started shortly after the party’s convention on November 6, 2018 that produced Donald Duke as its standard bearer as announced by the Returning Officer, Ishaq Abdul, ahead of February 2019 general elections.


In that convention that had 4, 500 delegates, Duke polled 812 votes to defeat former minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana who polled 611 votes. Then an ally to General T.Y Danjuma, John Dara; former ambassador to Mexico and Canada, Prof. Hagher Iyorwuese; and Pastor Johnson Osakwe scored 104, 72 and 10 respectively.

Dissatisfied with the outcome, Gana after hugging and congratulating Duke, headed to court, challenging the eligibility of Duke to participate.


His argument was that the presidential ticket was zoned to the North and claimed that Duke who was a former governor of Cross River State was aware and still went ahead to contest.

According to the Director General of G19, Ike Neliaku, he said: “I wish to draw the attention of some party leaders to the fact that the presidential ticket was constitutionally zoned to the North. Aspirants from the South should have been accordingly advised. This matter of zoning was ignored.”


Gana maintained that the position was in line with the provisions of SDP Constitution on the principles of rotation and zoning of offices, as contained in section 15.3 (I&ii) (SDP Amended Constitution 2018) which states that: “The office of the President and National Chairman of the party shall rotate between the South and North and amongst the 6 geopolitical zones.”

In his reaction, Duke said he was shocked at Gana’s outburst. He claimed that other contestants embraced the outcome.


According to him, “As for Prof. Jerry Gana, like I said in my opening remark, I had met with him and other aspirants and we agreed on one thing which is brotherhood in our aspiration.

“If you were at the arena and as the results were being announced, almost impulsively, each of the aspirants congratulated me.”


From that day, the structure of the party started wobbling; a deep ditch was created. Two factions emerged. One loyal to Duke and headed by Professor Tunde Adeniran, after the retirement of Olu Falae and the other to Gana governed by Supo Shonibare.

The schism triggered a bazaar of suspension and expulsion; Gana’s camp suspended Adeniran for “unconstitutional and unilateral appointment and announcement as Ag. Chairman of the SDP.”


Adeniran’s camp, through its Publicity Secretary, Yemi Akinbode, while reading Article 19:4; discipline, fired Gana and suspended its own presidential candidate, Duke.

“The National Working Committee of the party shall have exclusive powers to suspend any member of the party for violation of its constitution, anti-party activities or on recommendation of the appropriate Executive Committee to be ratified by the NEC and in cases of gross violation, expel any member of the party, to be ratified by the National Convention (the Constitution of the SDP 2018 , as amended hereby expel Professor Jerry Gana from the party with immediate effect, “ he said.


As for Duke, he said: “for his disrespect for the leadership of the party and relying on the provision of the party’s constitution, the NEC wish to announce the immediate suspension of the party.”

Inability to withstand the impasse, Duke’s campaign Director General, Prof Iyorwuese resigned.


Gana later got judgement, December 14, 2018 from a Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja, as the candidate of the SDP in the 2019 elections.

In his judgement, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf held that the regulations contained in the party’s constitution were binding on every member and must be obeyed.


He said the zoning and rotation formula as contained in the party’s constitution stipulated that both the chairman of the party and the flag-bearer should not come from the same zone. But this was short-lived as the supreme court which sat in Abuja, upturned the judgment.

Reacting to the judgement, he frowned at it and said:”it is important to remind ourselves of the saying that, the Supreme Court is not supreme because it is infallible but only because it is the final court of the land. It is only time that will reveal the grave consequences and implications of that judgment.”


He also divulged plans to organise a consultative meeting to chart a new course for his teaming supporters by coming up with what he called ‘New and Credible Political Order in Nigeria.’

“We hope to soon convene a consultative meeting to jointly review and decide our collective future…we will continue to resolutely uphold our collective principles and vision for the emergence of a New and Credible Political Order in Nigeria.”


Since then, the party has continued to fight for political space with no commemorate results. A dirty blow was inflicted on the party in last year’s Kogi State governorship poll when its candidate, Natasha Akpoti was disqualified from the race by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC had claimed that Akpoti picked one Mohammed Yakubu believed to be underaged. More so, the party’s campaign office in Lokoja was viciously attacked by men of the world even though she lost out of the election.


Well, regardless of the hurdles, Professor Adeniran admitted the failure of the party but assured party supporters that he would revamp it and make it viable in subsequent polls with the support of well-meaning members.

“Regrettably, we were derailed and our members and candidates across the country were thrown into a state of gloom. There is no arguing the fact that, as a party, we apparently frittered away by ourselves the massive goodwill that had built up for us in the minds of the Nigerian electorate ahead of the last general elections.


“As a focused party that has its eyes on the ball, if we all sincerely commit to fixing the cracks that appear on the walls and are prepared to walk and work together in unison, we will surely reposition the party.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the party’s Mobilisation and Reconciliation Committees are still at work and the party’s doors are open to those who believe in its ideology, Directive Principle, Manifesto, and Fundamental objectives. Together, we shall make progress and this country will be great. I have no doubt whatsoever that we shall succeed in building the party to a desirable lofty height.”

Speaking on his ratification as the substantive party’s chairman, he said: “I therefore consider today’s decision of NEC to approve my leadership position of the party as not only auspicious but strategic. It is consequent upon that formal approval that I am now statutorily empowered to function and operate fully as the National Leader of the Party and the Chief Executive Officer pending ratification by National Convention.

“This is importantly so because it is the instrumentality of this declaration that has officially established the legal framework upon which I will stand, forthwith, to operate maximally without any let or hindrance and, with the collaboration of my colleagues in the National Working Committee (NWC), begin to unfold my development agenda and strategies which I believe (by the grace of Almighty God) will open new vista of growth for the party.”


#Newsworthy…

Court to SDP’s Natasha: You have no legal rights


The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit filed by Natasha Akpoti, Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s candidate in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi, against the Governor, Yahaya Bello, for lacking in locus standi.

Natasha Akpoti had filed a suit seeking Gov. Bello’s disqualification over alleged double registration as a voter.


Justice Inyang Ekwo, who delivered the judgement, held that the alleged offence was criminal and not a civil case that could be instituted by an individual.

The judge, therefore, declared that the plaintiff had no legal right to institute the case

Natasha Akpoti (SDP)


#Newsworthy…

Appeal court turn deaf ears to INEC over agitation on Natasha Akpoti’s inclusion


The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the case filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission challenging the inclusion of the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Natasha Akpoti, in the November 16 election in Kogi State.

On November 7, 2019, a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered INEC to restore Akpoti as candidate of the SDP in the governorship election.


Following the directive, the electoral body appealed against the ruling on the ground that the lower court erred in law by a miscarriage of justice.

However, before the case with suit number CA/A/1123/2019 between INEC and Akpoti was dismissed, counsel to INEC, Alhassan Umar (SAN), pleaded that the case be withdrawn since the election had been concluded.


He said, “We respectfully apply that the appeal is withdrawn since the election which is the subject of the matter had been conducted.”

In his response, counsel to the respondent, Mr A.S Oguajamma, conceded to the request.


In the certified copy of the judgment made available on January 10, 2020, Justices Stephen Adah, Emmanuel Agim and Mohammed Idris dismissed the appeal after the appellant had withdrawn the matter.

They held, “The appeal, having been withdrawn by the appellant is hereby dismissed under Order 11, rule five of the rules of this court.”


In her reaction to the dismissal, Akpoti said her unjust disqualification by the electoral body on September 24, 2019, caused her great loss of followership and voters in the election.

She added that despite the order by the lower court on November 9, 2019, the name of her party, SDP, was hand-written on the result sheets in some areas while in other areas it was not reflected.


She said, “On November 7, 2019, which was nine days to the election and seven days to the close of campaigning, the Federal High Court granted me the judgment and I had a chance to campaign for only five days.

“The unjust disqualification of my party cost me a great loss of followers who assumed my party wasn’t going to be on the ballot. It also caused a lot of physical and emotional stress to my person.

Social Democratic Party, Natasha Akpoti


“Some polling units recorded the SDP’s result with pencils, some pens, and crayons, while many failed to record scores for SDP as the INEC officers forgot in the heat of crisis thereby costing me a lot of votes.”

Akpoti has however, filed a petition at the Kogi Governorship Elections Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the November 16, 2019, election.


#Newsworthy…

Up to 1,000 members defected to APC in Nassarawa.

…from PDP, APGA


More than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and other political parties have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wakama ward of Nassarawa State.

NobleReporters learnt that the defectors included former elected councillors as well as PDP ward chairmen and secretaries.


Receiving the defectors at a formal ceremony on Sunday at Wakama, the state APC Treasurer, Mr Mohammed Aya, said the party was encouraged with their decision to join the ruling party.

The treasurer who represented Mr Philip Shakwo, the APC State Chairman, assured the new comers that they have equal rights and privileges like the old members.


He therefore assured that the government would site projects that would impact on the lives of the people of the community to justify the action of the defectors.

Similarly, Mr Silas Agara, the immediate past deputy governor of the state, said that now that the people of the community decided to join the party in government, more development would come to the area.


He noted that it is only the government that is capable of bringing development hence the need for them to join the government if they are in politics for development.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr Bala John, said they have decided to join APC due to the developmental stride of the party at both state and national levels.


He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for constructing road in the community.

“Wakama community is the only community in the state that the federal government is currently constructing over 6kms of road.

He therefore pledged their unalloyed support to the APC government at all levels and appealed to them to site more development projects in the area.

The occasion was attended by members of the state house of Assembly, Chairmen of local government councils and other stakeholders


#Newsworthy…

Okorocha tells Nwosu, says you were never imo governorship candidate.

The candidacy of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of former Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has been voided by the Supreme Court.

Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the National Chairman of the Action Peoples Party (APP) and spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) who addressed newsmen after the Supreme Court Judgement said the apex court upheld APP’s argument that Uche Nwosu was never a candidate for the Imo governorship election in 2019.

Reading the unanimous judgment, Justice Amina Augie stated that Uche Nwosu’s double candidature placed him at a spot for disqualification in line with the clear provisions of the Electoral Act. The judgments of the High Court and the Court of Appeal was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Ikenga said;

“Just a few minutes ago, the apex court finally quashed the over bloated governorship ambition of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of former Governor Rochas Okorocha and his stooge through which Okorocha would have continued his stranglehold on the resources of Imo State and technically be holding office for a third term.”

The APP Chairman affirmed that Imo State has been liberated from Okorocha’s dynasty and also called on the EFCC and the ICPC to investigate the former Imo State Governor and his son-in-law with an aim of recovering all that was allegedly stolen from the state.

#Newsworthy…

Sanwo olu: Professionals should be encouraged to join politics.

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared that professionals that have interest in politics should be encouraged to join partisan politics. Making the declaration while delivering his speech at the University of Lagos Alumni lecture, the governor, speaking on the theme: “Professionals in Politics: Panacea for Sustainable National Development”, noted that many of the greatest politicians that Nigeria has produced have come from various professional callings and walks of life.

The governor, however, added that such professionals going into politics must be well prepared. While declaring that politics takes a lot of learning and unlearning, the governor added that first thing any professional who comes into politics must realize is that the technical and professional skills acquired outside of politics are mostly of limited usefulness in the sphere of partisan politics and public service.

He added: ‘’Many of the decisions you will be faced with will not be clear cut choices between good and bad, but instead more complicated scenarios. Politics is the art of making difficult decisions, foregoing present comfort for future progress. It is never about insisting you must have your way, but instead about considering the often incompatible wishes and desires of large numbers of stakeholders and forging an acceptable course of action out of it.’’

While saying that Nigeria’s development will not happen outside of politics and political activity, the governor noted that other developed countries that Nigerians look up to, deployed political leadership to take the decisions that set them on the path of development.

#Newsworthy…

Kogi: Court should include SDP governorship candidate – INEC plead.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has appealed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja reversing the commission’s disqualification of the Social Democratic Party candidate, Natasha Akpoti, in the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State.

The Federal High Court presided by Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa, had on November 7, 2019, ordered INEC to restore Akpoti as candidate of the SDP in the governorship election.

The court held that INEC had no power to disqualify any candidate for an election as contained in sections 31(1) and 83 of the Electoral Act.

But in an appeal petition filed by the commission at the appellate court, INEac said the Federal High Court erred in law and thereby occasioned a miscarriage of justice.

The respondents in the appeal were Natasha Akpoti, Adams Khalid, and the SDP.

The INEC added that without proper evaluation of the evidence of appellant, the court proceeded to grant the reliefs sought by the respondents.

In the eight-ground petition, INEC stated among others that the Federal High Court failed to put into consideration the fact that SDP had no validly nominated deputy governorship candidate at the close of the period for nomination on September 9.

The petition further stated that the invalidity of the deputy governorship candidate (Muhammed Bashir Yakubu) invalidated SDP’s nomination of Akpoti as its governorship candidate.

But reacting to the appeal, the SDP candidate alleged that INEC was biased by going ahead to conduct the election when there were issues.

She said, “INEC’s decision to appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court is simply to silence me at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

“They do not want anything Natasha in the courts with regards to the Kogi governorship election because they know that I will fight vigorously to the end.

“I have sent in a petition to the tribunal asking for the cancellation of the entire election.

“Questions arising from INEC’s decision to appeal will include: what happens to the election? I recorded about 10, 000 votes, so what happens to these 10, 000 voices? Will there be another election? We would have 10,000 who have been deceived into voting Natasha?

“The judgment came nine days before the election, why did they not appeal against it and they would have gone ahead without me being on the ballot.

“They also had the option of postponing the election and allow the courts to deal with this. Unfortunately, they did not do this. Coincidentally, SDP was not on any of the result sheets.”

Floods of protest in Rivers over LG polls

…youth imposition.

Hundreds of youths have protested an alleged move by some political god fathers to impose candidates in the pending local government election in Cross River State.

The Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) has tentatively fixed February 22, 2020 for council elections.

This has led to beehive of activities at the 18 local governments and 196 wards of the state.

But suspecting fowl play in the build up to the election, youths from Boki council took to the streets of Calabar yesterday, shouting, ‘we-no-go-gree ooo’.

The youths, who carried placard with various inscriptions, said they were opposed to recycling of politicians from Boki who had been in power since 1999 to date.

Speaking with journalists, one of the youth leaders and chairmanship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party, Kidze Leo, said: “In our hearts we have a lot of worries. We are saying no to imposition of one person against the opinion of many people. There have been a lot of killings in Boki which leaders have not come out to react to. They are only interested in their political ambition.

“Someone who has been nominated and confirmed as commissioner at that level will go as low as causing confusion. It is a big disappointment. I am a businessman and politician, an aspirant (chairmanship) for that matter. If I don’t come out to speak, who will talk for millions of these people? We have come to join forces to produce a vibrant chairman during the election.

“The leaders causing confusion have been in power for a very long time. They don’t want anybody to rise to their level or even above them. They are intimidated by young people coming up in politics. When they see a rising star they gang up and bring you down.

“They brainwash the other youths who are hungry, who cannot fend for themselves and use them against the other fellow youths. But this time, the majority of the people who want to see this transformation are on this side. So, we will definitely conquer.”

Another chairmanship aspirant, also on PDP platform, Jonathan Osang, said: “They should allow us to go freely into the election. The problem of Boki is not the youths. The problem of Boki is the leaders. They have been in power since 1999 to date.

“They were there when they were youths. Now they don’t want the youths to grow. We have a digital governor. We need a digital youth as chairman. The problem of Boki can never finish if we don’t have a youth as chairman.”

Responding, the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security in the governor’s office, Alfred Mboto, promised to take their complaints to the governor.

#Newsworthy…

Oshiomhole insist that the rally to receive defectors from PDP would hold.

…says all conditions have been met.

The All Progressives Congress in Edo State loyal to National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has insisted that the mega rally to receive defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party would hold as planned.

It said all the needed conditions for the rally to hold have been met.

Publicity Secretary of the Edo APC, Mr. Chris Azebamwan said Barr Anselm Ojezua was no longer competent to speak as State Chairman of the party haven been removed from office.

Azebamwan advised members of the public to ignore Ojezua’s statement denouncing the planned rally.

According to him, “Anselm Ojezua seized to exist as the state chairman of the APC since November 11 when 11 members of the State Working Committee passed a vote of no confidence on him which has since been ratified by the relevant organs of the party.

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“The leadership of the APC have met and we agreed that the rally is going on to receive new members who are planning to join us. Are there no other parties in the state, don’t they hold rallies? Do they need to take permission or inform the state government that they are doing rallies? In this circumstance of holding a rally, all you need to do is to inform and get the permission of the police which we have done so the rally is going to hold” he said.

But a source closed to Ojezua challenged Azebamwan and others to hold meeting at the party secretariat in Bénin City.

“When they said they met, is it in Abuja where Oshiomhole is feeding them you hold State party meetings? Ojezua remains the party chairman and he has directed APC members not to attend.”

#Newsworthy…

Ocholli: Why we burnt PDP women leader in Kogi state – Gang leader. (Full details of how Mrs. Salome’s death)

Edicha Ocholli, suspected to be the leader of political thugs that burnt to death, Mrs Salome Achejuigu, the PDP women leader, has confessed that they carried out the dastardly act because he had been nursing a grudge against the woman before the November 16 governorship election.

Ocholli, who spoke with newsmen shortly after being paraded yesterday, confessed that he was an All Progressives Congress (APC) thug who mobilized other thugs from Ejule in Ofu Local Government Area to set the house on fire and reigned mayhem shortly after the election.

Mrs Salome Abu, the women leader of Wada Aro Campaign Council, Ochadamu Ward, was said to have been burnt alive in her residence when she was resting after treatment from an injury on the election day.

While reacting to the act, the spokesman, Wada/Aro Campaign Council, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, had claimed that the thugs, shooting sporadically, arrived Abuh’s house at about 2pm on the fateful day and surrounded the house, blocking every exit and escape from outside.

“They then poured petrol on the building and set it ablaze as other terrorized villagers watched from hiding. She reportedly attempted to escape through a window but was prevented by the metal burglary proof and gunshots with bullets raining in her direction.

“The blood thirsty thugs waited, shooting and watching with relish while Mrs Abuh cried from inside the inferno until her voice died out. They reportedly left only when the entire house and Mrs Abuh had been burnt to ashes,” he was quoted to have said

But the police commissioner, Hakeem Busari, while parading the suspect with five others, said the whole crisis erupted when there was a misunderstanding between Gowon Simon and Awolu Zekeri, which led to the death of the latter.

He said the death of Zekeri led to the mobilization of some angry youths in the town, who moved to the house of Simon Abu, who is an uncle to the suspect where the 60-years-woman was burnt to death.

The CP, who said other suspects are on the run, however, added that as soon as investigation is completed, the suspects will be arraigned in court.

He gave the names of other suspects, who claimed they were only arrested differently as robbers and not killers of Abuh as Haruna, Egbunu, Alido, Attai and Eje.

Gov. Akeredolu: See why I agreed to renaming AAU after Oluwasegun Mimiko.

…because he built the edifice.

Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has declared that he was in support of the naming of the Senate building of the state owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko after a former Governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

He said the former Governor merits the honour considering his contributions to the development of the university.

Authorities of the university had during the last convocation ceremony of the university held at the weekend named the Senate building after Mimiko who was a two term Governor of the state.

The administration of a former Governor of the state, late Chief Adebayo Adefarati founded the university which was sited in his hometown.

Also, former Governor Mimiko’s administration established the University of Medical Sciences sited in his hometown, Ondo.

The naming of the institution’s Senate building after Mimiko beat the imagination of many politicians in the state as the former Governor is not in the same political party with the incumbent Governor who is the visitor to the university.

Akeredolu said he did not turn down the request to name the senate building after Mimiko because he built the edifice.

He said, “I wholeheartedly acceded to the request made by the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun when he informed me that he wanted to name the university after Mimiko.

“I didn’t turn down the request because Mimiko built the senate building and he refused to name it after himself,” he said.

#Newsworthy…

Ex presidential aide, Titi Ajankanu dies.

…after battling with cancer till 73

Chief (Mrs) Titilayo Ajiti Ajanaku, former Special Adviser on Women Affairs to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, is dead.

Ajanaku, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 73.

Though details of her death were still sketchy as at press time, ‘New Telegraph’ learnt that the foremost female politician succumbed to death after having battled with cancer for years.

Until her death, the late Ajanaku was the Otun Iyalode of Egbaland.

She was the chairman of old Abeokuta Local Government in Ogun State and, indeed, the first woman to be elected as a local government chairman in Nigeria.

A trained nurse, administrator and women leader, Ajanaku was born on January 25, 1946 at Ago-Odo Quarters in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

She attended Nawair-Ud-Deen Secondary School, Abeokuta and trained in Nursing at Stobhill General Hospital, Nether-Edge City General Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom between 1964 and 1965.

Ajanaku was member of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria.

She came into national limelight when she emerged against all odds as chairman of old Abeokuta Local Government under the zero-party arrangement. She defeated about 10 men lined up as candidates in that election.

Ajanaku was in the vanguard of G-34 which metamorphosed into the PDP in 1998.

She was also one of the top politicians arrested and arraigned in 1995 over phantom coup before the Patrick Aziza-led military panel.

In 2015, Ajanaku dumped the PDP and joined the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) ahead of that year’s election.

#Newsworthy…

NASS should Adjust electoral bill to allow electoral transmission of results.

…PDP urges

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, called on the National Assembly to urgently revisit the electoral bill and demanded the bill be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, in order for election results to be transmitted electronically.

The 8th Assembly under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki had proposed an Electoral Act Amendment Bill which was vetoed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP, however, renewed calls for a review of the bill in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of the Southwest PDP stakeholders in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Prominent among the leaders at the meeting included the vice chairman, Northwest, Senator Ibrahim Kazaure, National Vice Chairman, PDP, Southwest, Eddy Olafeso, PDP chieftain, Dr. Doyin Okupe and former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

Others included Chief of Staff to the Oyo State government, Bisi Ilaka, Deputy National Chairman, PDP, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, Ladi Adebutu, Sikirulai Ogundele among others.

The party argued that the electoral bill must be signed so that results can be transmitted electronically to forestall rigging and manipulation by the ruling party.

It equally condemned the growing use of security agencies in in untoward manners to compromise election results in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), especially during the last governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

“We demand an urgent revisit of the electoral bill by the National Assembly, particularly the bill passed by the 8th Assembly and curiously vetoed by the president. This bill represents an immediate panacea to the crisis and debacle elections have since become in our nation.”

“It is a shame that the legacy of respect for the electoral desires of the people the PDP bequeathed to President Buhari has been destroyed to the extent that Nigerian elections no longer command respect in the comity of nations nor generate legitimacy at home”, the party stated in the communique.

Meanwhile, the southwest chapter of the party condemned the gruesome murder of the PDP Women Leader in Kogi State, Mrs. Salome Acheju during the recently concluded elections in Kogi.

The party demanded that justice be served in the case, adding that “only such firm action will prevent the state from becoming a labyrinth of violence in the nation.”
It, however, raised the alarm over a plot by the presidency to upturn the victory and mandate of the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde.
“We wish to reemphasize and place firmly in public view that the PDP roundly defeated the APC in Oyo State during the last governorship election, winning in twenty-eight local government areas while APC won in only five.”

“The only judgement that can remain consistent with the electoral desires of the People of that State is that which confirms the victory of the PDP in that election. Bayo Adelabu and APC’s direct evidence at the State Election Petition Tribunal, even if acceded to, cannot harm or injure the outcome of the election”, the party submitted.

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Senate rejects APC nominee, approves others.

…for belonging to APC

…inec

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday approved the nomination of Umar Mukhtar Gajiram (Borno) and Dr. Aiaiibo Sinikiem Johnson (Bayelsa) as Resident Electoral Commissioners for their respective states, it however struck out the nomination of Mr Raheem Muideen as the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State allegations of his partisan membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The lawmakers in a voice vote unanimously dismissed the nomination during its plenary on Wednesday.

Recall that Muideen had earlier during this screening on November 5, 2019 ,told the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he remained a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Muideen had also during screening confirmed being a member of the governing party, he also revealed that he was a campaign director of a Governorship Aspirant in the state.

During the debate over the matter,the chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya presenting the report of his committee on Wednesday told the Senate that Muideen’s nomination was not confirmed because he could not defend the allegations of bias levelled against him by a petitioner.

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo –Agege who presided at plenary, made efforts to save Muideen, but all his attempts proved abortive.

Omo-Agege had argued that since the petitioner failed to show up at the Senate panel to defend his petition, that Muideen should be confirmed.

But the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, pointed out that the committee had to stand down the confirmation of the Osun nominee because Muideen confirmed he was a card-carrying member of the APC.

According to him, the panel only deferred Muideen’s confirmation pending when he would clear himself of the allegation.

After approving the recommendations of the INEC panel, the Senate confirmed the appointment of other nominees but rejected that of Muideen

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APC urges PDP to give way for other active political parties.

…says it is a failed opposition.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a failed opposition party that has become disillusioned by the string of election victories recorded by the ruling party.

Counting its blessings and electoral victories, the ruling APC, listed the 2019 Presidential Election victory, majority governorship wins, National Assembly seats and other governorship elections in Ekiti, Osun, Kano, Kogi and Bayelsa states.

APC apparently responded to the attack from the PDP’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, on Monday, that it would be difficult for the PDP to participate in future elections in the country.

“This is exactly our fear. Is this not a confirmation of APC’s earlier position that Nigeria was fast becoming a one-party State as a result of the rudderless and soulless PDP, Nigeria’s supposed main opposition party?

“No doubt, our country deserves a strong and vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity and to deepen democracy. The PDP has shown crass and shocking incapacity to perform that role. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, we are worried by this obvious vacuum.

“No rigorous and intelligent interrogation of the current administration’s policies and programmes by the PDP. Just idle chatter, propagation of fake news, post-election delusions and other unpatriotic conducts. This is dangerous for our democracy.

“The APC hereby invites other registered political parties to step up and perform the crucial opposition role the PDP has failed so woefully to play.

“The PDP accuses APC of conniving with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to record the string of election victories in the recent elections.

“Is the APC surprised by the PDP’s pointless outbursts? No! This has become the PDP’s stock-in-trade and coping mechanisms following the PDP’s rejection in 2015.

“The same PDP has maintained a graveyard silence over the election robberies in Zamfara and Rivers states. The APC was punished for allegedly not conducting proper primaries in Zamfara State, while PDP got rewarded in Sokoto and Kano for not conducting any primaries at all.

“In Osun, Ekiti and Bayelsa states, why will the APC ever contemplate “conniving” with INEC in elections where voters had rejected the PDP and their candidates long before the election day?

“In the case of Kogi State, we challenge the PDP to name one of its politician who had the status and goodwill to give PDP the imagined votes they are now claiming, post election. The Kogi electorate ignored the PDP’s propaganda and clannish campaigns to reelect the APC candidate, Governor Yahaya Bello.

“The Kogi West Senatorial rerun gave the electorate an opportunity to reclaim their earlier stolen mandate. They were decisive in kicking out a joke and replacing him with APC Senator-elect, Smart Adeyemi. The PDP canvasses electoral reforms.

“The most important reform before the leadership of PDP is to change their ways. By now, the PDP should have realised that their old underhand political methods no longer work. PDP should adjust to the reality of an emerging political environment where manipulation, intimidation, and brigandage are becoming unhelpful to any political party.

“While at it, they should remember to find a political direction with clear and purposeful ideology that can benefit our country. Until they achieve this, no amount of electoral reform can cure PDP of its malady. “Nigerians would continue to reject them until they do away with their odious ways.

On the governance side, the PDP is reminded how compared to its past administrations which enjoyed record earnings, yet frittered our commonwealth, with limited resources, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration continues to achieve several visible milestones.

“The governing APC recognizes the importance of a vibrant opposition, which the PDP has failed woefully to play. Of the several other registered political parties, we challenge any of them to step up and play this important role.

“Finally, we reiterate our position that there remains much to be done in ensuring the sanctity of our electioneering process, particularly partisan approach to elections. The PDP must begin to address itself to the new reality that under the President Buhari administration votes are beginning to count.

“We will continue to check and frustrate PDP’s inglorious practices of massive thumb printing, ballot box snatching, vote buying, thuggery, using state institutions, particularly INEC, the judiciary and security agencies to manipulate the electioneering process,” the statement read.

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PDP, Dickson lost bayelsa due to ego – APC slams.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the outgoing governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, lost the governorship election, due to oversized ego.

The statement signed by the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, taunted that following the resounding victory of the party’s governorship candidate, David Lyon, in the November 16 Bayelsa poll, the outgoing governor, Dickson has blamed everyone, including public institutions, but himself for the loss of the PDP and his governorship candidate who he tried unsuccessfully to foist on the state.

“If governor Dickson should stand before the mirror, he would see a clown, a prodigal son, and a failure, all rolled into one. We know he cannot do that. Shame would not allow him to carry out self-evaluation.

“He should sit down to ask himself critical questions: how did he waste the opportunity he had to become a hero in a state that badly needs one? A state with the 4th highest federal allocation among 36 states; benefitting from huge oil derivation funds; ranked 27th among 36 states in terms of landmass; least populated of the 36 states, yet has nothing to show for it.

“Governor Dickson should be accounting for his stewardship. He should account for how his oversized ego cost him and PDP the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

“Governor Dickson, for eight years, did what a typical PDP governor would do: he ran a directionless government, he squandered the state resources, and had no traceable positive impact on Bayelsa State.

“Rather than sounding ridiculous in an attempt to look for a scapegoat by blaming everyone else besides himself, he should explain how he single-handedly chased away other PDP leaders.

“APC did not need to intimidate the voters or arm-twist the agencies involved in the electoral process in Bayelsa State. Besides the fact that it is not our way, we actually had an easy victory in Bayelsa.

“Thanks to Governor Dickson himself for making victory easy for us. Dickson failed woefully on all fronts. He failed the people of Bayelsa who are daily faced with the reality of underdevelopment. There are no roads, no schools, no hospitals, and no visible improvement on their social life.

“On Monday, it was disclosed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that the inoperative and non functional N60 billion Bayelsa International Airport which Governor Dickson “launched” in February was constructed without perimeter fencing, the number one safety requirement for any airport. Surprisingly, he still wonders why the PDP lost the Bayelsa governorship election,” the APC taunted in the statement.

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APC vows, say ‘we will uproot PDP in Ekiti state. #Poll

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has vowed to root out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)/in the state and show the world that the APC remains the only party in the state by winning in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state in the forthcoming LG elections on December 7.

Warning the State Independent Electoral Commission ,(SIEC) not to engage in any illegal acts during the electioneering, the parry state publicity secretary, Hon. Ade Ajayi assured that the party was fully prepared for the election and has been campaigning vigorously at the grassroots.

” We are not taking any chances in the coming elections as we have been campaigning vigorously at the grassroots. We have been moving across the 16 local government areas and the 177 wards in the state and the presence of our party is being well felt.

We want to show to the world that we are the only party on ground. We will root out the PDP on December 7. APC will clear all the seats in the 16 local government areas and the 177 wards in the state.

We will not behave like the PDP who are fond of rigging. We are going into the polls and preparing for it as if we are in the opposition. And we will win the elections.

” We are reiterating that we will not tolerate any act of illegality from the SIEC. No candidate should be registered after the registration has closed.

” APC is the choice of Ekiti people and we will show the world that this is true by winning g this election with a landslide. I can assure you that APC will allow a level playing group d during the polls. We are not going to have anything to do with SIEC outside matters regarding the polls. We appeal o SIEC not to favour us. Let the electorate favour us. We are confident that the food works of our Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is doing will make Ekiti to vote for us. This is why we are enjoining other parties to take part in the polls so that we can prove to the world that APC is the only party here.

” Most of our candidates that have been fielded in our party are not money bags even the party itself have no money to buy votes. We won’t use money to buy votes.

Our good works and performance will win the polls for us. Workers have been receiving their salaries regularly and we have been embarking on social development. So, people will vote us because they want development I. Their communities,” he said.

#Newsworthy…

APC crisis deepens ahead 2023 presidential election.

…Dep spokesman warns 2 northern govs against dabbling into Niger Delta politics

There may be no end to the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2023 presidential election, as the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, has accused two northern governors of using a Bayelsa state governorship aspirant to feather their political aspirations.

The APC deputy spokesperson, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja last weekend, threatened to name and shame the northern APC governors, should they fail to retrace their steps and follow the path of honour ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain further alleged that the said governors are using the APC Bayelsa governorship aspirant, Heineken Lokpobiri, to cause disaffection in Bayelsa and the Niger Delta zone of the APC.

Lokpobiri, had recently approached the court to declare him, not David Lyon (now Governor-elect), as the authentic candidate of the APC.

However, reacting to the litigation, Nabena said; “It is common knowledge that Lokpobiri has refused to congratulate and identify with the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon after his landslide election victory.”

“Lokpobiri has refused to drop his misplaced and ill-advised legal action against the APC and David Lyon with the hope of acquiring the Bayelsa governorship mandate with the support of his sponsors.

“After the Bayesla governorship election, stakeholders have had several meetings where Lokpobiri’s sponsors were identified as two northern governors which I am not disposed to name for political reasons.

“Depending on the zoning arrangements adopted by the APC for the 2023 presidency, the governor’s are positioning themselves by scheming to control Bayelsa State through Lokpobiri and then use that as a springboard into other South-south states.

“I will not dwell on the political power play among APC leaders of the South-south for the soul of the region ahead of 2023. However, my strong advise for the governors is that they should focus on the development of their states and not meddle into the affairs of Bayelsa state and the South-south.

“Bayelsa state and other oil-producing states of the South-south enjoys a fragile peace as a result of the commendable efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari government to develop the zone and productively engage the youths. We will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace of Bayelsa state in furtherance of their selfish political interests.

“President Buhari is a stickler to democratic principles and the rule of law, we all must follow these principles. David Lyon emerged as the popular APC governorship candidate and went ahead to overwhelmingly win the Bayelsa governorship election.

“It is Heineken Lokpobiri’s constitutional right to approach the court, even if his case has no merit. But, I think it is important to let the world know that Lokpobiri’s actions are sponsored by outsiders in furtherance of their political interests ahead of 2023,” he claimed.

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(Details) Melaye is my political house boy.

The newly-elected Senator Smart Adeyemi has said his defeated opponent, Dino Melaye, is his political house boy who could not manage well his earlier election into the Senate but decided to burgle it with unnecessary exuberances.

Adeyemi while addressing newsmen on Sunday after his victory at the poll said’ when a servant steals the garment of his master, the garment will be too big for the servant that the joy of having his master’s garment will cause the servant to misbehave to people- he ordinarily could have respected.
The two-term senator said Melaye’s over size garment made him to misbehave while in the Senate saying legislation is not synonymous with rascality and recklessness .

He apologized on behalf of the people of his constituency to all those the outgoing Senator Dino Melaye had offended through his unguided utterances and actions and said the trait was alien to the culture and tradition of his people.

Adeyemi specifically begged President Muhammad Buhari, the APC national Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, the APC leader, Ahmed Tinubu, the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello and a host of others that Melaye had at one time or the other had altercation with to forgive the defeated senator.

Adeyemi who pledged to represent the people with dignity and decorum at the Red Chamber, also promise to do more for the people of his constituency in his third term at the Senate.
He thanked the electorate, the APC, traditional rulers, Governor Bello and all those who contributed to his success at the poll and stressed he would not disappoint them.

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My Ex Class Mate, Your Daughter Should Have Contested Against Me And Not You – Lalong Mocks Useni.

Governor Simon Lalong has taken a swipe at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate, Lt. General Jeremiah Useni who lost out at the tribunal and the appeal court after challenging his victory at the 2019 Governorship election in Plateau state.

Lalong who recalled praying for his victory at the poll which according to him was the wish of the people of the state, stated the 76-year-old PDP Governorship candidate should have allowed his daughter who was his classmate contest against him.

He also averred that the validation of his reelection by the appellate court on Friday November 29, is “very sweet”.

“As far as I am concerned, the main election was more important for me. I did the election, I did a run off, we went to the tribunal the first time, we went again for the second time. Well I don’t know whether he is going for the third time,” he said.

“One thing I am very sure and with the confidence I have in Plateau people I know that this victory they are very happy about it. They have prayed about it and the victory is very sweet.

“I will say it again here, his (Useni) daughter was my classmate, I have told him several times, his first daughter was my classmate. So at this stage I would have been expecting his daughter to contest for governor and not him.

“His daughter was my classmate, we went to school together and so why should we be fighting? Fighting him is like fighting a father, it’s unfortunate but for me, I say my focus is Plateau state. We have done that in the first election, he was defeated, he said no, they will go back for a re-run, I said let’s go back for rerun.

“We went back for rerun I defeated him, he said no he was going for the tribunal. We went to the first tribunal, he said he is a general he doesn’t fight and retire, he will go to the Supreme Court. That I think is to make me lose focus but I have not lost any focus in Plateau State. As he is moving, I am becoming more determined because just before the judgment I think he will say go to Plateau state.”

Retired General Jeremiah Timbut Useni was responsible for the administration of Federal Capital Territory Abuja under the military junta of Sani Abacha. He was also the military governor of the old Bendel State from 1984 to 1985 and has also been a minister of transport.

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Zamfara: Consider our challenges as test from God – APC.

The Zamfara chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said that whatever challenges they are facing under the Peoples Democratic Government administration in the state are a test from God.

The party also condemned “the arrest and detention” of its members in the state.

The state chairman of the party, Lawal Liman, spoke in Gusau on Thursday while meeting with the 14 local government chairmen elected on the platform of the party in the state.

He described the APC members’ arrests as “political witch hunt” by the state government.

Liman noted that members of the party had been “facing harassment, intimidation and threats from the government.”

According to him, the meeting was summoned to discuss various issues affecting the party, “especially the current challenges of harassment and intimidation” that members of the party are facing in the state.

“I commend APC members in the state for their resilience in supporting the party in spite of the the threats, intimidation and harassment from the present administration in the state under the Peoples Democratic Party.

“I am appealing to members of the APC in Zamfara to consider the challenges as a test from God.

“We are not discouraged on what is happening to our members, APC supporters remain intact in Zamfara under the leadership of Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari,” he said.

“You know it is normal in politics for members of the opposition parties to face such challenges.

“In spite of the challenges, APC maintains its position as the strongest political party in this state,” he added.

Liman called on the courts and security agencies in the state to avoid being used by politicians.

He said the APC members will continue to play politics in line with the provisions of the constitution, and will remain law abiding and avoid anything that would lead to disruption of peace and stability in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state Secretary, APC Publicity Committee, Ibrahim Danmalikin-Gidangoga, was arraigned on Tuesday before Upper Shariah Court 1, Gusau, over alleged defamation and incitement,

The Court also on Wednesday remanded the immediate past Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bello Dankande, over alleged kidnapping and cattle rustling charges.

#Newsworthy…