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Bello forecloses reconciliation with some APC members in Kogi

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Governor Yahaya Bello may have foreclosed the hope for reconciliation in the State All Progressive Congress as he has expressed concern over some members with dual characters who hide under the reconciliation banner but do not mean well for the administration.

The Governor who spoke at the Lokoja Local Government Secretariat in his democracy day speech on Monday was speaking against the backdrop of some party executives in the diasporas who have been antagonising his administration.

In his words, “People cannot offer us reconciliation with one hand and try to stab us in the back when we embrace them.”

The APC at the National level had set up a reconciliation committee headed by Tony Momoh whose work is still ongoing with the hope of bringing the warring factions under one umbrella for a united front to confront the 2019 election.

Continuing, Bello indicated that his Administration has had the singular record of having the most malicious opposition in the history of the 4th Republic in Nigeria.

He said even those who dream of becoming Governor after had done his part and moved on have developed an unholy romance with the cup of hatred and bitterness.

‘It does not matter to them that Kogi State belongs to all of us.

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.’

The Governor however indicated that the fortunate aspect is that their Animosity merely gives his Government more reason to work harder in order to prove them wrong.

In his words, “It does not matter to them that the fire they kindle among our tribes and zones today will burn them if they ever arrive at Lugard House in the future.

“They do not care that the young people they give arms today or indoctrinate with hate to make Kogi State ungovernable for Governor Yahaya Bello will become the security threats of their own period if they ever become Governor.

Bello explained further that they to get on TV or any other media to raise false alarm that Kogi State is overrun with kidnappers, armed robbers and other violent criminality at any slightest opportunity.

“It does not matter to them that the Investor they scare away with their lies today is an employer of labour and a tax-player they will not have in their own time, assuming God gives them the opportunity to lead the state.

“It is now a proven fact that they can have no joy in whatever does not paint Kogi State as the Hobbesian society of ‘continual fear, and danger of violent death…(where) life…(is) solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.’

He said they do not rejoice at the roads they are building, even to their own country homes or share the joy of the communities at the many water projects his administration has commissioned, or those at several degrees of completion.

“It pains them to hear of our electricity projects. Their heart is broken to hear Labour has called off their strikes and our children can go back to schools and our people can get attention in the hospitals.

“They want to die when they hear that we have concluded the Screening Exercise and have nearly completed payment of salaries and arrears because it removes the only talking point they have against us.

“Unfortunately, what they have is a lifestyle disease which no doctor can help them with unless they are willing to change. We will leave them to either purge their own consciences of evil motives, or continue to boil in their own hatred.

“The New Direction Administration may be less than 15 months in Office, but we have shown our intention to serve Kogi State with good conscience and the fear of God. We are therefore urging Kogites to judge us based on our performance, not based on malice. As Martin Luther King advised:

On the recent accusation by INEC that the Governor registered twice he said he will not join issues with the electoral body as he acknowledged that professor Mahmoud Yakubu would build on the legacies of his predecessor.

“You can not rule out some overzealous staff in INEC who are used to old ways as people corrupting the politicians but those days are over. They should not drag the name of that institution in to the mud.

“I have confidence that our erudite professor Mahmoud Yakubu will build on the legacies left behind for him we will never join issues with INEC.”

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

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”.
The PDP
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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Lawan congratulates Ondo Governor on re-election

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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