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Massive Turnout As Ekiti Voters Troop To Polling Units

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There was a massive turnout of voters in Ekiti as the accreditation and voting process got underway in Saturday ’s governorship election.
Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) monitoring the election across the three senatorial districts of the state report that many voters had arrived their polling units as early as 6.30 a.m. to wait for election officials.
Across many polling units in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, there was an impressive turnout of enthusiastic voters determined to exercise their civic responsibilities.
At ward 10 Unit 12 a&b, Basiri area of Ado-Ekiti, the Assistant Presiding Officer, Miss Nafisat Jamie, told NAN that though they collected all the election materials as early as 6.00 am, the process could not start due to transportation challenges to the unit.
As at 8.53 am, the names of eligible voters were just being pasted for viewing and confirmation.
An observer from the Transition Monitoring Group, Mrs Tosin Abati, told NAN that the process started late due to the late arrival of INEC officials.
At Ward 10 Unit 9, Okesha area of the state capital, the Assistant Presiding Officer 2, Mr Owoseni Taiwo, addressed the voters, who were already on the queue and opened the ballot box for everyone to see and confirm that it was empty.
Visits to Wards 3, Units 5 and 13 Idemo, and Ward 9 Unit 12 Odo-Ado revealed that accreditation and voting were going on simultaneously with security men on standby.
Dr Mike Omilusi, an observer from the Alliance for Credible Election, commended INEC for its pro-active strategies in terms of voter education and sensitization ahead of the poll.
He also commended INEC on the use of the card readers for the election but advised that more card readers be made available in future elections.
The observer said that the new idea of accreditation and voting simultaneously was commendable, noting that this would ensure quick conclusion of the exercise.
At the St Michael’s School, Ajilosun, opposite Mobil filling station, the turnout was also impressive while the accreditation and voting process was also going on simultaneously.
Speaking with NAN, an observer from the Justice Development and Peace Initiative, Mr Aluko Isiaih, said that, the election started well until when the card reader in one of the wards stopped working for about 45 minutes before it was rectified.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, elections were going smoothly in all the eight units located within the school ’s premises while there was no report of violence.
Efforts to speak with members of the monitoring team from the British High Commission, however, failed as they declined comments.
Mr Wale Adebayo, a member of the team, told NAN that they had no comment to make.
In Isan-Ekiti, where the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, hails from, accreditation and voting commenced across many polling units between 8.03a.m and 8.38.
In Fayemi’s Polling Unit 009 Ward 11, NAN reports that accreditation and voting commenced at about 8:38 a.m. although INEC officials arrived at about 7:26 a.m.
Accreditation and voting began in Polling Units 006 and 007 as well as 005 between 8: 03 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.
At Unit 009, no fewer than 345 names of voters appeared on the pasted registered list.
In Ikere –Ekiti, the hometown of the PDP flagbearer, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, voters trooped out as early as 6.30 a.m. to various polling units.
NAN reports that a huge crowd was sighted at the Ofamofuru Polling Unit 007, Ward 02, of Olusola.
The Presiding Officer of the polling unit, Mr Layeni Segun, had urged the voters to conduct themselves in an orderly manner after displaying the empty ballot box to those gathered.
He equally appealed to the voters to allow the elderly and nursing mothers to cast their votes first.
Other polling units visited such as ‎L.A Pilot Polling Unit,08, Ward 002, Custom Polling Unit,08, Idiyin Polling unit 006, Ward 002 also‎ witnessed a massive crowd of voters.
NAN reports that no fewer than 667,064 eligible voters had collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) out of the 913, 334 registered.
NAN also reports that the electorate would vote in 2,195 polling units spread across 177 wards in the 16 local government areas of Ekiti while 35 candidates are contesting. (NAN)

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PDP’s Secondus appoints ex-minister Chidoka SA on strategy

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By Emmanuel oloniruha
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus has appointed former Minister of Aviation and former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Chief Osita Chidoka, as his Special Adviser on Strategy and External Engagements.
A statement issued by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja, said that the appointment was with immediate effect.
“Chidoka, who is well reputed for his ingenuity and organisation skills in public office, is expected to bring to bear his analytical expertise and wealth of experience in political strategy development, coordination and implementation, as the PDP sets for the 2019 general elections,” he said.

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Iwuanyanwu says he’ll retire from politics if Atiku wins

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A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party and businessman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu said he will retire from politics once Atiku Abubakar becomes Nigeria’s president.
Iwuanyanwu, who will be 76 on 4 September, declared his support for the presidential aspiration of former Vice President of Nigeria.
Chief Iwuanyanwu in company of other leaders of the PDP in Imo State received Atiku in Owerri during his visit to the state in continuation of his nationwide consultations with PDP stakeholders across the country.
“Atiku’s political journey has come a long way and he is particularly cut out for the demands of the time at this juncture in Nigeria’s political history. I will only retire finally after Atiku is installed. Atiku is an intelligent leader and he is the only one who can be fair to the Ibos,” Iwuanyanwu said.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship aspirant in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha said that Atiku will be the best president Nigeria will have in 2019.
Atiku, in company of a delegation led by the Director General of his presidential campaign organization and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, visited Owerri for a meeting with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Imo State in continuation of his nationwide consultations.
While welcoming Atiku into the state, the former deputy Speaker noted that “Atiku is well prepared to be president of Nigeria and he remains the best president Nigeria will have in 2019.”
After a close door private meeting with Chief Iwuanyanwu, Atiku proceeded to the PDP secretariat in Owerri where he met with the State Executive Council led by the state’s party chairman, Barrister Charles Ezekwem.
In his remarks, Atiku commends the warm welcome he and his entourage received from supporters in Imo State.
He said that his aspiration to become president in 2019 is borne out of his belief that Nigeria deserves a more competent leadership.
“Today our country is at a critical condition. The economy is not working as expected and millions of jobs have been lost. There is so much division everywhere and we need a leadership that can unite the country.
“If I secure the ticket of our great party and subsequently elected president, I am ready to listen to and appreciate the feelings from every part of the country. These are the challenges we face today and I am very humbled by the endorsement from leading party members from this state to my aspirations and I am even more determined in this mission to restore the country to prosperity and unity,” Atiku said.

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Kano PDP Supports Dankwambo Presidential Bid

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Members of the Kano state People’s Democratic Party, PDP, have declared their support for the presidential bid of the Gombe state governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.

The members who were on a visit to Gombe acknowledged the achievements of the Gombe state governor stating the projects would bequest a legacy for the future.
The PDP stalwarts described the governor as the leader of the party in the North.
Gombe state governor Dankwambo thanked the team their support democracy.

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2019 : APC Spits Fire

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The All Progressives Congress says the nation will not go back to the pre-2015 days nothing that Nigerians have not forgotten how the country was destroyed by the then ruling party, People’s Democratic Party.

The All Progressives Congress was reacting to recent allegations of misrule and incompetence levelled against it by the People’s Democratic Party
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekeni Nabena on Sunday says the PDP has failed in its role as opposition to offer constructive criticism but has instead indulged in trying to distract president Buhari in his efforts to return the Nation to it’s prosperity days.
The APC said it was amazing that the party which held the country prostrate for 16 years had the audacity to make comments on the current administration.

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Kaduna Deputy Speaker, One Other Lawmaker Dump APC, Join PDP

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The Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, John Audu Kwaturu, representing Kachia, and another lawmaker, Junaidu Yakubu, representing Kudan, have defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The defection of the deputy speaker was announced in a statement on Friday by the spokesman of the Reformed APC in Kaduna State, Mock Samuel Kure.

Kure said Kwataru had tendered his resignation from the APC and moved to the PDP.
Deputy Speaker Kwaturu later confirmed his defection to PDP in a phone conversation with THISDAY.
Hon. Yakubu announced his own defection in a letter dated August 7, 2018 and addressed to the APC ward chairman in Hunkuyi Ward, Kudan Local government area of Kaduna State.
In his letter of withdrawal from the APC, Yakubu said his decision to leave was informed by the fact that the leadership of the party at the state and local government levels had become draconian.
“I write to withdraw my membership of the APC with effect from today, August 7, 2018. This becomes imperative in view of the draconian leadership of the party at state level and the local government level as well. I feel I will not serve the interest of the people in my constituency under the said leadership” Yakubu stated in his letter.
He added that the decision was taken after consultations with the people in his constituency.
Sources said six more lawmakers in the Assembly were on their way out of the APC and were expected to make a formal announcement on their defection next week.

 

 John Shiklam in Kaduna

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PDP Welcomes Saraki, AbdulFatah, Ibeto

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Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has welcomed the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, the Kwara State Governor, Ahmed Abdulfatah and the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto, to its fold.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday, the PDP said the defection came at a time when “the nation requires the input of genuine patriots that will save it from an impending decline”.
It also said, “The PDP notes the harassment and intimidation that the duo of Senator Saraki and Governor Ahmed had suffered from the lords in the disintegrating All Progressives Congress (APC) which they helped to build and nurture to win elections.
“Senator Saraki, in particular, has conducted the affairs of the Senate in reflection of the wishes of the silent majority of Nigerians and had emerged a hero of democracy”.
The PDP, therefore, noted that it “has no doubts that Senator Saraki, Governor Ahmed and Alhaji Ibeto will contribute immensely to the new order that engender good governance in our nation”.
The party assured all the returning members of all the rights and privileges accruable to every member.
Furthermore, the PDP called on all Nigerians who are desirous of rescuing the nation from what it described as “the incompetent administration of President Buhari”, to join them ahead of the 2019 elections.

 

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Kwara State Governor Ahmed Defects From APC To PDP

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Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ahmed left the ruling APC alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki who announced his defection on his official Twitter handle @bukolasaraki.
Ahmed also announced his defection using his official Twitter handle @AbdulfataAhmed. He said his decision to join the PDP follows consultations with major stakeholders.

Governor Ahmed is currently in a closed-door meeting with Senate President Saraki at his residence in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

Details Shortly…

 

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Court Stops Swearing In Of New Imo Deputy Governor

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Eze Madumere

Reports from Owerri, the Imo State capital say the government has acknowledged that a court order has stopped the planned swearing in of the new Deputy Governor, Calistus Ekenze.

Briefing newsmen at the Executive Chambers of Government House Owerri, venue of the planned swearing in ceremony, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Miletus Nlemedum says the governor nominated Calistus Ekenze following the impeachment of Eze Madumere and that the nomination was unanimously approved by the State House of Assembly.

The Attorney General notes that his attention has just been drawn to an interim order stopping the State Chief Judge from performing the swearing in ceremony.
Nlemedum however adds that the state government has taken necessary steps to quickly vacate that order.
The government says the swearing in ceremony of the Deputy Governor is shifted in obedience to the order of court.

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Former Jigawa Governor Sule Lamido Accuses APC Of Using The Police As A Political Tool

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Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is the only nationalistic party in the country.

The governor was speaking when he received former Governor of Jigawa state Sule Lamido who says the All Progressives Congress has undermined the tenets of democracy in the country.
Speaking in Jalingo during a visit to the Taraba state governor, the former governor of Jigawa state said the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari under the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a repetition of the style of his military rule in 1984.
Lamido also accused the APC of using the police as a political tool to punish perceived opponents.
The former Jigawa state governor added that Africa and the world looks up to Nigeria and the country cannot afford to fail.
Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku described the visit of former Governor Lamido is a homecoming.
He said the PDP is a true nationalistic party that encompasses the interest of all Nigerians.
Governor ishaku assured that the party is set to correct it’s mistakes and reclaim its past glory.

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Kano House Of Assembly Speaker Impeached

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Kano House Of Assembly Speaker Impeached

Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Atta has been impeached.
The impeachment took place this Monday morning.
The new Speaker, Kabiru Rurum has been sworn in and already presiding over plenary.
Kabiru Rurum was the deputy Speaker and immediate past Speaker that resigned last year over bribery allegation.
He was later exonerated by the committee set up to investigate the allegations.
More details and Visuals after plenary

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