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Audu/Faleke group carpets Bello parallel ward Congress, says it’s not authentic as Ametuo’s

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Audu/Faleke group carpets Bello parallel ward Congress, says it’s not authentic as Ametuo’s

The Audu/Faleke group yesterday indicated that the results produced by its faction in the last Saturday ward Congress held in all the 239 wards in the State remains the authentic result.

The spokesman of the group, Duro Meseko urged members of the All progressive Congress in the state to shun the results being shunned out by the Ahovi Ibrahim- led factional group supported by Governor Yahaya Bello saying it did not follow due process.

According to him the Haddy Ametuo working committee in the state was the one recognized by the National body of the party wondering why the Governor who is supposed to build the party in the state, is the one tearing it apart for selfish reasons.

According to him, ‘Our party constitution gives power to the State chairmen of the party. They are the ones to recieve the materials for election because it is the State Working Committee of the Party that is supposed to appoint the local electoral officers that should monitor the congresses, and in this case the rightful person is the Hardy Ametuo led executive.
“He is the Kogi State APC chairman that the national Secretariat has been talking about.
He alleged that so called Election committee that came had been bought over but remember that all we have done in the ward congress is still going to be subject to appeal and it can still end up in the court but everyone knows that at the court Ametuo group will win because he is the authentic chairman for now.
“The Constitution does not recognize Governor to be the one to recieve primary election materials but the State party chairmen of the party who sets in motion the processes.
“It is the State Chairman that will write to INEC and give INEC accredited venues that they have approved for the Congresses. And that was what we did the Governor yahaya Bello didn’t do that

“Ametuo has followed due process, they have written to INEC, given INEC the accredited venues and INEC supervised the congress by the Ametuo led group. If the Bello group did another Congress and some persons came from Abuja to talk about that it is wrong and it cannot stand the test of time.
“We have submitted our results. This is how it goes, once we finished the collation it is in triplicate; one is detached to be given to the local electoral officers of INEC, the blue colour is given to the State INEC then the white colour is the one that goes to the committee and we have submitted to the committee. We would not worry about what anybody is saying in whatever committee, we all know Governor Bello, I am sure he would have bribed them.

“The national Secretariat of the party sold forms to us, we paid N26 Million to purchase the forms. They wouldn’t have sold forms to us just like the happened in Imo State the Governor also is crying fowl because he could not get the forms it was given to a faction that is like our own in Kogi.

“So for them to have given us forms shows that they had realised their mistakes because after we threatened to boycott the Congress they realised that they were wrong as it is the State executive that should take the delivery of the forms and they gave us the forms.

“What ever any other group has done is null and void because they did not follow due process, INEC has said they did not receive any correspondent from them” he added
Moreover he said there can’t be two parallel executives of the APC in the State as the Ametuo led executives’ tenure has not expired.
He said the party’s constitution has given the Ametuo led state working committee the upper hand in the conduct of the ward congress.

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

Concerned Bogoro Youth Forum in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State have rejected the Local Government election results that took place last Saturday.
They alleged that the election was characterised by massive rigging.

The Youth Forum protested in Bogoro LGA capital to register their grievances.
They said, “This is the first time in our history that we are witnessing an election like this whereby results were being announced while voting was still ongoing.
“We demand that our votes must count adding whoever wins at the poll should be declared winner, we are not supporting any particular political party, but we need justice and fairness”.

The Chairman of the Forum Mr. Jerome Issac alleged that in Bogoro, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents were seen abandoning ballot papers and other sensitive election materials

Isaac lamented that the results were announced and PDP candidates declared winners when the votes had not been collated”. He said.

“All we want is that our votes must be counted before declaring the winner of the election. I want to also remind the Governor that this was not what happened during his election in 2019 when the people stood by him and elected him as their leader, this shows that he is not a democrat and it is not good for our fledging democracy”.
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You may recall that the Peoples Democratic Party won all seats in the LG election from councillorship level to the Chairmananship.
Even some members of the state Assembly have rejected the results.

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LG election: Dogara’s aides express confidence of victory

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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Lawan congratulates Ondo Governor on re-election

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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