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Wike pledges peaceful LG poll in Rivers

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Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers says he has received assurances from heads of security agencies in the state that adequate measures are in place to ensure a peaceful local council poll.
A media aide to the governor, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, in a statement on Thursday quoted Wike as saying that government would “hold the security agencies professionally accountable should insecurity be experienced in the state in the course of the election.’’
The News Agency reports that there are 23 local government areas, 319 electoral wards and 4,442 polling units in Rivers.
The governor also urged community leaders and members of the public to be alert and report suspicious characters and movements in their neighbourhoods to law enforcement agencies.
“Also, the security agencies have definite instructions to strictly enforce the restrictions on human and vehicular movement on election day and arrest any person or group of persons that violate this order.
“All those who have no official business with conducting the election should therefore stay away from the polling units after casting their votes or risk arrest and prosecution,’’ he said.
According to the governor, there is no legal instrument stopping the conduct of Saturday’s election in the state.
“As things stand now, we have no other choice but to conduct the local government election and allow democracy to settle and thrive once again at the grassroots and drive the development of our communities.
“I can confirm to you that the election will take place as scheduled in all the 4,442 units, 319 wards and 23 local government areas of the state as there is no legal obstacle significant enough to warrant otherwise.
“Let me therefore appeal to all registered voters to turn out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice.
“This is a civic responsibility you must exercise in order to rekindle the touch of democracy, good governance and accountability in the local government system.
“I am very pleased with the information that 67 out of the 68 registered political parties have fielded candidates for the election and are therefore participating,’’ Wike said.
He expressed happiness with the assurances by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RVSIEC) that it would conduct free, fair and credible election on Saturday.
“For us, this is an irreducible minimum and we demand nothing less as government will hold the commission strictly accountable for any act or omission that compromise the integrity of both the process and the election,’’ Wike said.
In a broadcast to the people of the state, the governor had given reasons for the delay in the conduct of the election.
“After three years of legal vacillation, it is now clear that the subject matter or fundamental interest of the claimants in that case has practically been wasted by effluxion of time.
“ And whatever remedies derivable by the parties, if any, can only be nominal.
“While the legal challenge continues, the people of Rivers State are denied their rights to freely elect officers to run the councils democratically.
“However, as things stand now, we have no other choice but to conduct the local government election and allow democracy to settle and thrive once again at the grassroots and drive the development of our communities,’’ he said.

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Buhari to Obasanjo, Atiku: You will lose together

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo addressing a world press conference on his endorsement of PDP Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

The Presidency has dismissed the endorsement given by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to his former lieutenant, Atiku Abubakar as a non-event, saying it was least surprised by Obasanjo’s somersault and U-turn.
In a statement, the President’s SSA media, Garba Shehu said the endorsement in Abeokuta at a press conference was a well-rehearsed theatre.
“They will lose together. Listening to the prepared statement of the former President after the meeting showed the usual ego trip and “I know it all” character of Chief Obasanjo”, Shehu said.
“In the first place, we dare to say that a pompous statement from the former President advising Nigerians on a vote against President Buhari is the best recommendation that can come at this time.
“It also betrayed a lack of understanding of today’s politics which is about good governance.
“The country voted for change in 2015 and a leader that ensures good governance which only President Buhari and the APC can provide.
“Bent on these laudable goals, we will not allow ourselves to be distracted.
“We are busy on various national issues including the restructuring and the diversification of the economy, fighting corruption, terrorism and other threats to national security; increasing the availability of electric power, improving education, health, and providing long-delayed infrastructure – roads, rail, airports and so forth.
“Many governments have come and gone, but they did not care about some of these projects.
“We were talking about these things for sixteen years under the PDP and nothing was done.
“President Buhari is proud of his record because his achievements are verifiable, while that of the PDP is manifested by the devastating social and economic impact of large scale corruption during their governance.
“The President will not relent in the war against corruption because the ordinary people are the ultimate victims if we surrender to corruption and let its perpetrators go unpunished.
“Abandoning the war against corruption is not an option. President Buhari is in this battle against graft because he cannot allow a few, rapacious, and selfish class of the elite to divert the resources meant for the well-being of the ordinary people to their private pockets.
“Nigerians trust President Buhari in this effort because they are convinced he is not in government for personal financial benefits, or for an ego trip. It is just eleven years ago that the former President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused each other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to forget all that”.

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Abdulrazaq APC governorship candidate to battle PDP’s Razak Atunwa in Kwara

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the election of Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as the Kwara State governorship candidate of the party.
He will face his namesake Razak Atunwa, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, picked a week ago.
According to APC spokesman Yekini Nabena, Alhaji AbdulRazaq, an oil mogul, polled 29,098 votes to defeat Alhaji Yammah Abdullahi who got 22,116 votes.
Alhaji Lukeman Mustapha, another aspirant got 14,233, Prof.Oba Abu, 23,298, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal, 18,758, Alhaji Mooshood Murtala, 9,511, Isaq Modibbo Kawu, 5,060, Alhaji Yakubu Gobir, 2,420 and Tajudeen Makama Audu, 3,127.
Other governorship candidates from other parties that have emerged are Yahaya Kaale Saadu of Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA) and Kolawole Sarafadeen of Africa Peoples Alliance (APA).Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin has also emerged the governorship candidate of the Accord Party.
Abdulrazak, son of the first lawyer from the old Northern Nigeria, Alhaji AGF Abdulrazaq, was the PDP senatorial candidate for Kwara Central in the 2015 election. He lost narrowly to Senate President Bukola Saraki and sought unsuccessfully to upturn Saraki’s victory in court.
Abdulrazak, who is in his 50s, was a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria before its fusion into the All Progressives Congress, but left to join the PDP when Saraki joined the party in 2014.
After Saraki rejoined the PDP a few months ago, Abdulrazak, left with many others, back to the APC.
He started business in the late 80s setting up First Fuels in Lagos, involved with the marketing of Nigeria’s crude oil and condensates. His company also involved in importing refined fuel.
He said he was inspired to join Kwara politics because of his concern about the extreme poverty and very poor state of basic infrastructure and services in the state.
During one of the debating sessions organised for all the governorship aspirants in the state, Abdulrazk spelled out his vision for the state:
“My priority in Kwara will be the provision of security and creating of jobs for the youths, we will establish industrial training incubators where youths will be given opportunities right after graduating from Secondary School to be trained in technical, electronics ,IT and related skills. This training will be directly related to industry needs as well as self-employment.
“We shall also provide agricultural extension services and take full advantage of the Nigerian Agricultural Mechanized Agency located in Ilorin. This will create opportunities for youths to go into farming on a large scale. We have very fertile soil in Kwara particularly along the banks of the River Niger, where rice will be massively cultivated. We have a huge potential for growing various crops and vegetables all over Kwara. Due to climate change we shall establish green houses with the private sector to harvest vegetables all year round, and possibly develop an export market through our international airport in Ilorin.
“These shall be our focus. However, we shall also address the provisions of good primary healthcare services, good roads ,adequate and constant water supply and provision of power through renewable energy. I recognise the excellent initiative of University of Ilorin in her plan to establish a huge solar farm and power plant on its campus .l pledge to fully support this initiative and bring it to fruition. I also recognise the need for an efficient, well trained and well paid civil service particularly teachers at all levels. Kwara State is a state of reputable public and private universities.
“We shall explore the benefits that these institutions can bring to the state and their adjoining communities.
“Finally we shall also address the tourism potentialities of the state, renovate the dilapidated tourist sites , develop new untapped sights and revive traditional festivals with the active involvement of our royal fathers, whose role also in the peace and security of the state cannot be over emphasised.”

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Buhari Congratulates Atiku

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated winners of All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries across the country, urging losers to demonstrate sportsmanship by accepting the outcomes without bitterness or resentment.

According to the President, in every competition, someone has to win and someone has to lose, but those who lost should not abandon the party or lose their enthusiasm for the advancement of the party.
President Buhari advised Nigerian politicians to learn from several aspirants such as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State who despite his loss didn’t abandon APC for another party because he was angry over the outcome of the Governorship primaries.
The President said that the larger interest the APC is greater than individual ambitions, calling on party faithful to work together for success.

President Buhari in a statement also enjoined the winners to show grace in victory instead of mocking the losers, as such action is capable of destroying party unity and cohesion.

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Anambra Assembly speaker loses APGA nomination for Nnewi South 11

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The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly,Mrs Rita Mmaduagu  has  lost her bid for renomination by her party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Mmaduagu, who is  from Nnewi South 11 Constituency lost the primaries to Mr Chieloka Okoye, a former transition Chairman of Nnewi South Council.
She came second in the contest with 29 votes as against Okoye, who polled 34 votes while Mrs Ify Onyebumo was third with six votes.
In Njikoka, Chief Pete Ibida, secured APGA’s nomination to contest for Njikoka II Constituency in the state House of Assembly.
Returning Officer for the election, Mr Ugo Okonkwo said that Ibida won the primaries with 51 votes, ahead of Mr Emeka Osita, who polled eight votes.
Okonkwo declared four votes invalid.
Ibida is a sitting member of the state’s legislature.

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Margery Okadigbo cleared for APC senatorial primaries

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The wife of a former Senate President, Margery Okadigbo, has been cleared to contest for the ticket of Anambra North senatorial district.

Her husband, late Senator Chuka Okadigbo, served as the third citizen of the country between 1999 to 2000.

Mrs. Okadigbo was also a member of the 7th assembly on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) but lost out in 2015 during the Party’s primaries.

In a statement released on Wednesday by the APC’s spokesman, Nabena Yekini, the Party’s National Working Committee has cleared the candidate to contest next year.

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PDP Enugu West Senatorial Primaries

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Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has emerged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the Enugu West senatorial district just as former Enugu state governor, Chimaroke Nnamani has defeated a serving senator, Gil Nnaji to clinch the ticket for Enugu East senatorial zone contest.

Out of the 873 votes cast in the Enugu West primary election, Ekweremadu polled 690 to defeat four other contestants.
The Returning Officer, Innocent Ezeoha, commended the peaceful and orderly conduct of both the contestants and party delegates.

Winner of the election, Senator Ike Ekweremadu appeals to fellow contestants to come together for the good of the party.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC led by James Nnedo monitored the conduct of the primary election.

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APGA denies sack of Abia executives

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The leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has denied allegations that the Abia State High Court ever ordered the removal of the state executive of the party, stressing that the rumours are being orchaestrated by agents of the government in power in the state.

Describing the reports as false, malicious and without foundation, Abia State chairman of APGA, Reverend Augustine Ehiemere, said the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state was disturbed by the newfound cohesion within the party. Ehiemere said he was not party to any suit, stressing that not even joined any suit there was no way a court of competent jurisdiction could order for his removal, stressing that the state government started making efforts to cause confusion within the party after the warring parties reconciled by the national chairman, Sir Victor Oye, in Abuja.
In a statement, Rev. Ehiemere said APGA was finalizing plans to organize primary elections for aspirants in the state adding that Chief Nnanna Ukaegbu, who filed a frivolous suit in 2014 ceased to be the chairman of APGA Abia state since 2015 following the expiration of his tenure.Part of the statement read: “The attention of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Abia state chapter has been drawn to rumors making the rounds and orchestrated by the agents of the government in power to the effect that an Abia State High court has ordered the removal of the executive leadership of the party at all levels, and announced one Chief Nnanna Ukaegbu as the state chairman of the party.

“There is no truth in the rumors and should be ignored. APGA as a responsible political party will abide by all court orders judicially and judiciously delivered, but will fight to the end any attempt to use the judiciary to destabilize our party.“It is a known fact that a court cannot grant what was not before it. The motion by Ukaegbu deals with 2015 matters, which have gone. We have gone through the court papers with our lawyers and we are convinced that removal of the state chairman was not one of the reliefs before the court.
“The state chairman, Ehiemere was not a party to the suit. So cannot be removed through interlocutory order. Having said that, it will be important to educate the public with information at our disposal.”The party disclosed that sometime in July this year, it received information from a source close to the government of Abia State, that a meeting was held with some judicial officers and a high ranking commissioner in the state to procure an injunction against APGA so as to truncate the party’s primaries and cause confusion in the party.
Ehiemere recalled that in 2014, the former state chairman, Chief Nnanna Ukaegbu filed suit No. HOB/47/2014 at the High Court of Abia State sitting at Obingwa seeking to set aside his suspension as the state chairman of APGA and as a member of our party. “This case went up to the court of Appeal and was referred back to Abia Judiciary, but not without the court of Appeal finding that the parties were not served,” it added, stressing that in August 2018, when the case was transferred before the vacation judge and a well-known PDP lawyer filed for change of counsel.
The party noted that before Ukaegbu’s tenure expired, he was suspended in 2014 for anti-party activities that were aimed at ensuring that APGA didn’t participate in the 2015 election, saying that rather than explore internal mechanism of the party to challenge his suspension, Chief Ukaegbu resorted to openly endorsing and campaigning for the PDP governorship candidate in the 2015 election, Okezie Ikpeazu.


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Ihedioha clinches Imo PDP guber ticket

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By Victor Nwachukwu

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha ,has emerged winner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Imo.
Ihedioha won the contest with a total of 1,723 votes to defeat the Senator representing Imo East senatorial zone, Mr Samuel Anyanwu, who came 2nd with a total of 1,282 votes.
Announcing the results, the returning officer, Mr Emma Nwala, expressed gratitude to all stakeholders who contributed in various ways to the success of the electoral process.
“I am most grateful to all security personnel for their painstaking commitment to the security of lives and materials all through the night and on till this morning.
” Also, I thank all aspirants, delegates and officials for conducting themselves properly.
“With the power vested on me as returning officer, I hereby declare Emeka Ihedioha the winner and flag bearer of the PDP in Imo for the 2019 governorship election, ” Nwala he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise which was originally scheduled to hold on Tuesday Oct. 2 started at 4.00p.m on Monday and ended at 4.30a.m on Tuesday at the Kanu Nwankwo Sports Centre, Owerri.
The exercise which was largely peaceful, hitch-free and transparent had over 3,000 delegates drawn from the 27 local government areas in the state participating.
The party adopted the indirect primaries with delegates casting their votes in alphabetical order of their senatorial zones – Okigwe, Orlu and Owerri zones.
Other aspirants who participated in the process are: former senator representing Okigwe senatorial zone, Mr Athan Achonu, who scored 63 votes, Prof. Jude Njoku, 21votes, Chukwuma Ekomaru (SAN), 7 votes and Mr Chukwuemeka Ezeji, 1 vote.

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Akpabio, Shehu Sani, 275 Others Cleared For Senate

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Former minority leader of the Nigerian senate, Godswill Akpabio, embattled Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state and former PDP publicity secretary Dayo Adeyeye are among candidates that will contest the senatorial election in February 2019 on the platform of the all progressives congress.

A list released by the party on Tuesday indicated that they have all been cleared unopposed in the 276 list except aspirants from Rivers and Osun states.
Others who are unopposed are chairman of progressives governors’ forum, Rochas Okorocha, and George Akume.

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Ganduje gets APC second term ticket

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The Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje has clinched the All Progressive Congress (APC) 2019 governorship ticket with 2,740,847 votes at the just concluded primaries in the state.
The Chief Returning Officer for the election, Dr Pius Odubu announced the result of the election at the state party secretariat in Kano on Monday.
He said: “after collating all the results in the just concluded gubernatorial primary election conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the total votes secured by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje is 2,740,847.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the system of direct primaries was employed in electing the sole candidate.
In his remarks, Ganduje expressed satisfaction with the result and commended the peaceful conduct of party members during the exercise.
“Our dear electorate have faith in what we are doing in our effort to strengthen democracy and sustain the development projects, programmes and policies.”
NAN reports that the exercise was generally considered to be peaceful in all the 484 wards of the 44 local governments in the state.


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