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PDP Holds successful Ward, LG Congresses in Kogi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has concluded the conduct of its ward and local government congresses.
The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Bode Ogunmola, in a statement in Lokoja, recently said the peaceful congresses, where new party
helmsmen at the grassroots emerged through consensus arrangement, was devoid of the usual divisions as a result of “imposition of candidates and impunity”, showed that the former ruling party had learnt its
lessons.

PDP was in power in Kogi State for 13 years until its ouster in 2015 by the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party’s defeat at the
November 21, 2015 governorship election had been attributed to intra-party divisions that saw prominent members defected to the then
opposition APC in the run up to the election.
However, the reverse was the case mid-week as the ward and local congresses went smoothly in Kogi West, Central and East Senatorial
Districts.
Hundreds of the defectors who left the party in the run up to the 2015 polls have since returned.
A major highlight of the congresses was the reception of members of APC who returned to the PDP, recently.
The former acting Governor of the State Chief Clarence Olafemi, who recently returned from the ruling APC to the PDP, were adopted and allocated party posts during the congresses held in Mopamuro Local Government.
Led by a former Vice-Chairman of Mopamuro Local Council who was a State APC Youth Leader, Oyebode Makinde, the returnee politicians from across the 10 electoral wards in the council were received by the Kogi
West Senatorial District Chairman of the PDP, Taiwo Kola-Ojo inside the crowded Mopa City Hall.
The defectors said they were returning
“home” after their “unfruitful” sojourn in APC.
According to Makinde, about 70 percent of the APC ward executives in the LGA joined PDP.
He named the notable figures to include Tope
Ajayi (LGA Party Secretary), Folake Salami (Assistant Women Leader), Maxwell Adegoke (Organising Secretary), Femi Adeyeye (Ward 1
Chairman), Timothy K. Obaba (Ward 2 Vice-Chairman), Henry Jeremiah (Ward 3 Chairman), Segun Alaiyemola (Ward 4 Chairman), Rtd Major RS Akoni (Ward 8 Chairman), Taiye Omokore (Ward 9 Chairnan), all Ward 10
Exco, Rtd Major TS Selewo and Oyebode Makinde.

Barrister Bola Fabola, a House of Representatives aspirant who monitored the congresses in Yagba East Local Government, noted that, ”the just concluded congresses across Yagba Federal Constituency was
“very peaceful, inclusive and a reflection of the mood in the area.

The processes and the outcome are a sharp departure from the twin syndrome of impunity and imposition. I also saw a grand display of
magnanimity and sportsmanship on the part of players. The umbrella asa metaphor, played out”.
According to senator Tunde Ogbeha a leader of the party in Lokoja “We had consensus candidates for all positions, no acrimony and we rallied the new local Government executives to upgrade the unity of the party”
The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Bode Ogunmola, said “I think we have done well, the congresses went well across the 21 local
government areas in the state apart from Okene, which is outstanding but will be resolved very soon. 19 other local government chapters were able to agree on consensus. Ofu local government could not agree on consensus, so they had to vote. Our able party leaders, former governors Ibrahim Idris and Idris Wada, former Deputy Governor, Yomi
Awoniyi and Senator Tunde Ogbeha, among
others, were all around in their respective local governments to see that things were done properly. In the few instances where we had
issues, those issues were resolved amicably to the satisfaction of
everybody”.

He added, “By and large, it is a success story, this shows we have realized our mistakes of the past and we are trying to make corrections. In those days, somebody will just sit in his house and write the list. That is no longer the case in Kogi State chapter of the PDP, we have returned the party to the people, whatever they say, (the party) will abide by it”.

Former Deputy Chief of Staff (Presidency), Prince Olusola Akanmode, who joined other PDP leaders to welcome the returnees, as he urged members to approach the rebirth of the party with “cautious optimism”.
He advised the party faithful not to take things for granted as politics, according to him is full of surprises.
His words: “Let it not be said of us that we have learnt nothing. When an elder falls, he rises up, looks back, dusts himself up and continues his journey, aware not to repeat the same mistake that led to his previous slip. After all what had happened in 2015, one hopes that lessons have been learnt. We should therefore welcome the
situation with cautious optimism. Let us not take many things for granted, especially when it comes to contest for political office.
The immediate past former deputy governor Yomi Awoniyi said it is very heart warming to note that the party the PDP was resurging back to live in a very remarkable manner following the victory we had at the supreme court.
He said a very clear testament of the enthusiasm was exhibited during the just concluded ward congresses.
“All the leaders from far and wide were all present in their various wards and it was most remarkable not only in my local Government of MopaMoro but the local Governments across the west senatorial district where so many decampees from the APC registered their presence forcefully in our party.”
“The leadership across board has decided to accommodate them as much as we can and that has gone a long way to engineering the politics of our senatorial district.”

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2023 Presidency: Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

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2023 Presidency:  Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State may have signaled to all the older persons jostling for the Presidency to jettison their ambitions as the time is for the younger generation
He said, the nation is bedevilled by leadership crises due to the absence of succession plan.
He spoke in Abuja on Saturday when he received a team of ex-Nigerian football internationals, led by a former Super Eagles player and coach, Augustine Eguavoen.
He said Nigerians should focus on competence of aspirants seeking for the presidency of the country as against the clamour for zoning.
The Gover had since thrown his hat in the ring backed with vigorous campaigns for the topmost job.
Bello expressed confidence that come 2023, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix the country.

He added that the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them.

Bello said competence should be the basis for the emergence of Nigeria’s next President instead of ethno-religious considerations.

Using the example of the new leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Governor Bello said it was time the old left the political stage for the younger generation. “Mr President who listens to the calls and yearnings of the youths appointed one of us to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and you are going to see the magic wand in the fight against corruption because Mr Bawa knows that the future lies squarely on the shoulders of the young generations.

So, we will do everything possible to assist Mr Bawa to succeed on the job. “No matter the energy or talent that you had put in building the Super Eagles of those days, if you don’t have successors, younger ones who will take over from you, we would not have still had some brilliant people on the pitch today.  “Both north and south do not know boundaries when it comes to football and other sports. So, we are appealing to Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity. For once, let us get one person who will fix this country irrespective of where he comes from and then the rest shall follow. “I pray that good reasons will prevail on our seniors to know that the time is up for them because I have been charged with the responsibility of educating, sensitizing, mobilizing strong, energetic, committed and patriotic new generation of men and women. I will not fail in that responsibility. “I know that the youths and students are listening to me. We have spoken. We have communicated a nd we understand ourselves. We are ready to take leadership. We are not waiting to be simply called upon. We are saying, here we are. We are taking charge. “By the special grace of God, I can assure you that come 2023, our party under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix this country. There will be Judases. No doubt about it. There will be gang ups. There will be landmines but we will overcome them. There will be obstacles. There will be hurdles but we will cross them. I think the elders, the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them. I want to finally urge our seniors and the federal and state governments to give every necessary support to those who made us proud at one time or the other,” he said.

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

***offers N10M to support purchase of Tinubu nomination form

By Doris Ferdinand

A group under the aegis of Tinubulate Nigeria Agenda (TINA) is urging Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency declare for 2023 presidential election.

Director General -TINA, Alamoh Kehinde Samuel disclosed this in an inaugural world press conference held at Tinubu Support Group Office in Abuja on Saturday.

Kehinde said after much consultation, the group decided to throw their weight behind Bola Ahmed Tinubu and give their unrelenting support to him because they are convinced that he is competent to actualize the Nigeria of their dream.

The group further offered a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 to support Asiwaju’s purchase of presidential nomination form.

“Our group has concluded plans to present a cheque to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as support for the purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms to run for the presidency, when the party commences the sales of form.”Kehinde said.

“As a show of our commitment, we wish to present to Nigerians, a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 as support in the purchase of Asiwaju presidential nomination form immediately the APC commences sale of forms, this is to demonstrate our commitment to this course which is critical to the development and progress of our dear country.

“Again, we are convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu possesses all the qualities, competence, capability, capacity and experience needed to actualize the Nigeria of our dream.” Kehinde added.

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday 27th March 2021 for the conduct of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State.
Thia was contained in a statement that was issued by National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
The vacancy he said arose as a result of the death of Hon. Ossy Prestige, member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State in the House of Representatives and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Federal Constituency by the National Assembly.

He pointed out that the official notification for the election the commission said will be published on Monday 1st March 2021.
“Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 4th and 10th March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 16th March 2021.

“Political Parties shall submit the names of their Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officers of the respective Local Governments on or before 19th March 2021 and campaigns by political parties shall stop on 25th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 10th March 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.

“Political parties fielding candidates for the bye-election should pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the bye-election and conduct transparent and valid party primaries in line with the dictates of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).

“We enjoin political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500, 000.00

“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.”

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