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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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Court goes back on its decision on YPP of senatorial election


A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Kubwa, on Friday, declined to set-aside its judgement that nullified the election of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Peoples Party, YPP.

The court on April 11, 2019, had nullified Ifeanyi Ubah’s victory for allegedly using a forged National Examination Council certificate to contest the senatorial election that held in Anambra South on February 23, 2019, Vanguard reported.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ubah and issue a fresh one to Dr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party who came 2nd at the election.

However, On December 4, 2019, the court ordered all the parties, including the INEC to maintain status-quo after Ubah filed for a stay of execution, with a claim that he and his legal team were not served with the court processes nor hearing notice with respect to the suit.

In a fresh ruling on Friday, Justice Kawu held that Senator Ubah’s application seeking the dismissal of the court’s judgement lacked merit and accordingly dismissed it.


#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.

#Newsworthy…

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

#Newsworthy…

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.

#Newsworthy…

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.

#Newsworthy…

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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Kogi: APC scorns post election killings and violence… condoled with deceased family .. (details..)

Kogi PDP woman leader killed after election, Acheju Abuh. Credit: Sahara Reporter

The All Progressives Congress has condemned the post-election violence reported in Kogi State, which led to the death of a Peoples Democratic Party woman leader, Salome Abuh; and destruction of property.

The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in Abuja on Wednesday, condoled with the family of the deceased and others affected by the post-election violence.

Issa-Onilu, who quoted the state Police Command as saying that the killing was as a result of a reprisal attack, urged Kogi people to ensure that the violence is not allowed to escalate.

“We are aware that Governor Yahaya Bello has already directed law enforcement agencies to fish out the perpetrators.

“The APC abhors violence and other criminality which, sadly, have continued to plague our election process.

“We urge people to see election as a democratic contest and not a do-or-die for which we should pay with our lives

“We pray that the culprits are caught and the full weight of the law brought to bear on them.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has advised those who are not satisfied with the results of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa to seek redress in court and shun violence.

“We must all heed this call,” the APC spokesman said.

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