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Apprehension as Kogi wait for tribunal judgment

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Apprehension as Kogi wait for tribunal’s judgment

Citizens of Kogi State are waiting with bathed breath for the Kogi State governorship election tribunal that is set to deliver judgments in petitions filed by different political parties, challenging the emergence of Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as governor.
The tribunal, chaired by Halima Mohammed, is sitting at the premises of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court in Jabi Abuja. It will today deliver judgment on the petition filed by a member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke, challenging the emergence of Alhali Yahaya Bello as the governor.
Bello was nominated by the APC to replace its late candidate, Abubakar Audu.
Faleke
Mr. Faleke was running as the deputy governorship candidate under Mr. Audu and they were coasting to victory as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, collated results; before Mr. Audu suddenly died.

INEC declared the election inconclusive and asked the APC to make a replacement as substitute for the deceased.
Bello was nominated and he upheld the nomination of Faleke as deputy with Faleke turned down the offer.
Faleke refused to abide by the decision of the party and approached the tribunal asking it to declare him governor elect.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Idris Wada, and other smaller parties such as the Labour Party (LP) and the African Democratic Congress, (ADC), also approached the tribunal asking it to remove Mr. Bello.
Confluence Update reliably gathered that after listening to all parties to the various petitions, the tribunal is set to deliver judgment in all the petitions beginning with Mr. Faleke’s petition on Monday, followed by that of former Governor Idris Wada on Tuesday.
Other petitions by the other parties will also get judgment on Wednesday.
Prior to reserving judgment, the tribunal had listened to the final addresses of all counsels to the parties.

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

By Aminci Audu

The House committee on custom and excise duty on Thursday mourned the demise of her Chairman Honorable Yuguda Hassan Kila, APC -Jigawa who died in the National Hospital, Abuja today.

The deputy chairman honnorable Abejide Joseph Leke, (ADC -Kogi) communicated the report of his death during the budget defence of the Nigerian Customs Service before the committee.

Honorable Leke in his opening prayer had asked the house to pray for Kila’s quick recovery.

Leke further prayed for the peaceful repose of his colleague and expressed his deep sympathy for Kila’s family.

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has expressed dismay over the epileptic power in the State that has even forced the Govetnment House, Lafia to be on 24hour generator.

This he said is occasioned by avoidable delays in the completion of the 330 KV power sub station in Akurba.
In his words,
“The Government House is on generator for almost 24 hours. It does not make sense, especially at a period like this when people should be saving.

The Governor expressed the displeasure shortly after inspecting progress of work at the site of the project, on Wednesday.

Engineer Sule was particular about the poor handling of the project by contractors, as he vowed to intervene by meeting with all parties concerned to achieve speedy completion of the project.

In a chat with journalists at the site of the project, the Governor lamented over the power situation, especially in Lafia, the state capital, where residents enjoy only 1-2 hours of electricity daily, with residents left to depend on generators for power.

“A state like Nasarawa should be saving money, not wasting money on diesel and then generating power from a source that is even unhealthy even to the human body,” he stated.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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