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Activist urges Kogi Govt on funding of December council polls

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By Friday Idachaba

A Human Rights activist, Idris Miliki, has called on Kogi Government to ensure timely and adequate funding for conduct of December 12, elections into the 21 Local Government Councils in the state.

Millki who is also the Executive Director of Kogi-based Conscience for Human Rights and conflict resolution (CHRCR) made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lokoja.

The rights activist said that the call had become necessary in view of the fact the state government took a bold step in approving the conduct of the Council elections having operated for four years without democratically elected councils.

“Having failed to conduct elections into the local government councils in the last four years government can not afford to fail this time around as the people will not accept any excuses for failure.”

Miliki observed that not much had been heard from the Kogi State Independent Electoral commission (KOSIEC) in terms of enlightenment of the general public since the September 9, announcement of the election.

“Elections go beyond the political parties as it is not only members of parties that always vote on elections days.

“Therefore, there is need for SIEC to be up and doing in educatiing the electorates on elections procedure and guidelines as provided for in the nation’s electoral laws and Kogi state in particular.

“We urge the SIEC to organize more stakeholders meetings and other enlightenment activities so as enable them evaluate their level of preparedness and as well, correct foreseeable lapses that may exist”, he said.

Miliki also implored political parties, as the electioneering campaigns commenced Wednesday, not to engage in unguarded and inflammatory utterances and statements that could highten the already tensed security situation.

He called on the people of the state to actively participate in the electoral processes and ensure that they avoid anything that could jeopardise conduct of a credible and acceptable election.

“Everything must be put in place to guarantee free, fair, credible and accountable Local Government elections in Kogi State as election is do or die.

“We call on the security agencies to be professional and maintain neutrality as this is a state organised election coming up on the 12 December 2020”, he added. (NAN)

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Fracas as PDP Zonal Congress in Kaduna Ends in anarchy

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Fracas as PDP Zonal Congress in Kaduna Ends in anarchy

The People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Congress for the north west zone in Kaduna has ended in a disorderly manner after supporters of major contenders clashed.


The disorderly atmosphere led to destruction of ballot boxes by thugs of opposing camps

The major contenders for the position of National Vice Chairman for north west zone include Senator Bello Hayatudeen Gwarzo, Aminu Wali and a preferred candidate of former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

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Harvest of defectors as Prof Jerry Gana, Humphrey Abah others, join PDP

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Harvest of defectors as Prof Jerry Gana, Humphrey Abah others, join PDP

Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, former minister of State for interior, Humphrey Abah and other top political leaders on Saturday joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The decampees were received at the North Central Zonal Congress of the party taking place in Makurdi, Benue State.
Others who joined the opposition party were Ambassador Mrs Esther Audu and Hon Adakole Ijogi.
The defectors were received into the PDP by leader of the party in the North Central Zone, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Professor Jerry Gana who spoke on behalf of the defectors said PDP will reclaim power in all the states of the North Central Zone currently being ruled by the APC and Nigeria at large.

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Jerry Gana, Part of Nigeria’s Problem Says Niger Amalgamated Youths Societies

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Jerry Gana, Part of Nigeria’s Problem Says Niger Amalgamated Youths Societies

From John Adams, Minna

Former information Minister Professor Jerry Gana was on friday described by the Amalgamated Youth Societies of Niger state as being part of the problem facing Niger state and Nigeria.

The Youths in a statement made available to newsmen in Minna claimed that for the years Professor Gana was in power “there is nothing he can show as his contribution to the socio economic and physical development of our state.

“It is sad enough that the former Minister who held juicy political positions in the regime of former military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida rtd has not even been able to float a foundation which will assist the needy neither has he been able to give even one scholarship to a nigerlite in all the years he held public office.

“How can such a person complain about lack of development in his state or lack of governance/government when in all the years he was in government he did not do anything to better the life of his people” the Amalgamated Youths said in the statement signed by it’s President Ndako Mohammed

“This state has done a lot for Jerry Gana what has he given back to the state, what has he done for the country that made him a Minister and National Orientation Agency boss apart from speaking big big English” Mohammed said.

In apparent reference to the remarks by Professor Gana at his reuniting with the PDP where he said ” There is no governance in Niger state, there is no governance in Nigeria” the youths said Professor Gana was part of the PDP for 16 years during which the economy of the country was bastardised and corruption was the order of the day

“The effect of the maladministration of the PDP for 16 years is what we are facing as a country today” the Youths said.

According to the statement Professor Gana with his defection from the Social Democratic Party where he contested and lost the presidential ticket of the party just three years ago has also shown him as “an unstable and unprincipled politician who jumps from one political party to the other because of bread and butter”.

The Youths told Professor Gana that Niger state has been in good hands since the APC under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello started in 2015 adding that the administration has been “righting the wrongs the PDP government of which he was a part of committed in the state”, adding that the Minna- Bida road is now under construction, several roads hitterto abandoned in Minna are being constructed.

People in most towns and villages in the state now have access to potable water the hospitals are no longer mere consulting clinics, civil servants are receiving their entitlements as at when due contrary to what obtained when the PDP was in power in the state the Youth said in the statement.
Professor Gana had while reuniting with the PDP last Wednesday at his Busu countryhome had berated the state and federal government for lack of performance saying the country ” is nosediving”

According to Professor Gana “today (Wednesday) is not a day for lecture, it is not a day for campaigns, we just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully

“I tell you, we are going to go round strategically, in such a way that the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) so called government, whether in Niger state; is there a Government in Niger state? Because many people are not aware, or at the Centre? At the federal level, we don’t even have a Government

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