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Dont spare vote buyers, PDP charges INEC, Security Agencies

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Dont spare vote buyers, PDP charges INEC, Security Agencies

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Security Agencies to be weary of the activities of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as it concern the Lokoja/Kogi bye-election slated for Saturday 11th, August.

This was contained in a statement that was signed by the party’s State Publicity secretary Bode Ogunmola and made availlable to the National Update.
It stated that the party deems it necessary to alert the elwctoral body and the security agents because the APC has deployed its men dor the purpose of vote buying and possibly to disrupt election in some Wards in Lokoja and Kogi LGAs during the bye-election.

Ogumola explained further that it has it on good authority that the APC has assigned Chief Edward Onoja to Ward A, Alhaji Isah Jibril to Ward B, Asiru Idris, Ward C, Smart Adeyemi Ward D, Abdullahi Bello, Oworo Ward, Yahaya Karaku Gegu Ward and Engr. Abubakar Ohere Kupa Ward.

He said the above named APC leaders have been empowered and so assigned to engage in vote buying and to disrupt election process at the various wards where necessary.
The publicity secretary described the plot if carried out as electoral offense as it is against the electoral act for people to be in Wards and polling units other than where they registered to vote during election.

Ogunmola therefore call on security agents and INEC to be alert and vigilant to enforce the law by arresting such persons that would violate the electoral act.

The publicity secretary described the desperate moves by the APC to win the election at all cost by engaging in vote buying and use of thugs to disrupt election as a futile attempt

Ogunmola called on security agencies to nip such actions in the bud and arrest culprits.

He point out that the APC have inflicted pain and suffering on the citizens for over two years it has been in charge only to realize when it is too late that it has been rejected, hence it sees the bye- election as a do or die affair.

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Cross River: Odey is the senator for Northern Senatorial Zone says Eba

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Cross River: Odey is the senator for Northern Senatorial Zone says Eba

**says Appeal Court Calabar affirmed him as the duly elected candidate of the PDP

The Director-General, Cross River State Due Process, and Price Intelligence Bureau, Alphonsus Ogar Eba has stated in unequivocally clear terms that Dr. Stephen Odey remains the serving Senator for Cross River North insisting no court order has asked him to vacate his seat in the Senate.

Speaking recently to journalists, Eba said, on the issue of two certificates of returns, one looks like a worthless Zimbabwean dollar in the hand of my dear friend and brother Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe. A duly issued certificate of return was given to Senator Stephen Adi Odey and it was on that basis, the senate president has sworn him in as the senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and he has been so sitting since on the 16th of December up to this moment and as we speak, he is even sitting in the senate today that is because the purported certificate of return which was issued by INEC, “I wouldn’t know what was their persuasion but I think to excuse them, it was total ignorance of the clear provision of section 75 subsection 1 to the provisor and other subsection 2 with the communique written of section 141 of the electoral act and section 285 subsection 13 of the constitution of Nigeria”.

Eba stressed further, “the crisis of the cross river north senatorial seat was an avoidable and unnecessary political tussle, the two actors are very good friends in fact the sitting senator today was the DG of Hon. Jarigbe joint campaign in 2019, the vacuum was created by the demise of late Senator Dr. Mrs. Rose Oko and so the party thought it wise that, this vacuum should be completed by somebody from the same local government where the woman died because this is Ogoja/Yala federal constituency, two local government. In 2019 the decision was taken that, the house of the representative seat should be in Ogoja and the senate seat should be in Yala local government because Yala is quite larger than Ogoja and so with the vacuum created, they needed somebody to fill and cover this remaining two years of the late senator and in doing so, no other person than the young man who has been chairman of SUBEEB, whose projects were littered across any political wards and whose acceptability cannot be questioned because it was even based on that acceptability that Hon. Jarigbe in the first place chose him to be DG of his campaign organization, wonderful friends, in fact the moment the candidacy or aspirations of Senator Stephen Odey expressed, Hon. Jarigbe came on his social media page to express his support and said the man works, everybody must rally around him. There is nothing we did not do, me in particular, I went on my knees to beg them because the persons involved are my friends because Hon. Jarigbe confided in me that, all he wanted was an opportunity to go a third term in 2023, and I said, since this is the case, come let us sit down with the leadership of the party and see how we can drive this but you see When a man no longer has control of his own decision and someone else is the one beating the drums for him, all he has to do is a dance to the tune. We wouldn’t know what exactly led to this crisis but our discovery today is that somebody somewhere else is stoking this fire, there is no need going into that now because all that has gone into no issue and his attempt to win at the primaries failed, the party nominated senator Dr Stephen Odey set his name to inec, he was the only one that filled the nomination paper of the party in inec, contested the general election on the 5th of December and he won with over one hundred and nineteen thousand votes against his closest rival of the APC who polled about nineteen thousand votes and every attempt made by Rt. Hon. Jarigbe to stop either the issuance of certificate of return failed even his attempt to stop the senate from swearing in failed and even the attempt at the supreme court also failed, At every point he keeps failing.

Eba clarified further that, what the supreme court did, you might look at it from the standpoint of whether there is a victor or vanquish and if there is anybody to be called a vanquish is still Hon. Jarigbe because as at today, the only thing the supreme court did was by the majority decisions of four justices declared jurisdiction and refused to hear the appeal for which leave has been granted to senator Stephen ode from the court of appeal to appeal against a judgement which he was not part of but which he applied to be joined as an interested party, it actually wont have bugged us be cause, on the authority of the supreme court as in the case Barrister Shofulu Chukwueze Onwuka vs PDP, the supreme court has finally put to rest, that if you are not a party to a suit, any order made in that case is not binding on you however we wanted the supreme court to be aware of the Nicodemus and criminally orchestrated arrangement where somebody goes, having a matter in calabar which he lost and uses one of his boys to come and sue him, we wanted to tell the world the diabolical, unpresidential dimension in which our politics was taken and so the supreme court by the decision of the four justices were not courageous enough to look at the substance of the matter in the case but we are console by the decision of the minority particularly one of the justice who came up boldly to decimate her colleagues to say, this kind of judgement is going to put the judiciary in bad light and today that has come to show.

Eba commended the state governor his excellency for the development in cross river state and he calls the state governor, the Lee kwa yun we found again after the one we found in Singapore, the man who collects less than what you could call a paltry sum from FAAC and even from our IGR but when you get to cross river state and you see the line of gigantic project taking on from the civil service dependent state to an industrialize state, today as i speak to you, almost twenty seven industries are almost up and set to rub with about nine already completed running starting from the rice mill, cocoa processing, garment factory, poultry and feed mill, pharmaceuticals company, block molding factory , roofing sheet factory etc and the question has always been, where do you get this money from and the governor has told everybody clearly that, our emphasis is to make sure we provide employment because the experience if #endsars further comes to tell us that the army of young men you found in the community if engage in the proper venture, they will do away with this and today in marking his fifty third birthday anniversary, the governor has open the fabrication academy if west Africa with over seven thousand youths today enrolling to start various trade as students at no cost at all with all the provision made by the government and just recently twenty thousand youths have been engaged across the local government as a way of taking unemployment off the street.

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2023 Election: Goodluck Jonathan describes rumours of his interest as mere speculation

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Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has has laid to rest speculation that he will run again for the position during the 2023 general elections.

Jonathan spoke in Delta State when he paid a condolence visit om Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House in Asaba, over the demise of Sir Okorie Okowa.
According to him, what is left for him now is to continue to serve God, humanity, Africa to the best of his ability.

In his words, “On the rumour of my interest to contest the 2023 presidential election, it was mere speculation.

“I will continue to serve God, humanity, Africa, and the world to the best of my ability and with all sense of commitment and sincerity.”

Jonathan was Nigeria’s president from 2010 to 2015, however he lost the presidential election in 2015 to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Your plot is to forcefully take over Zamfara under the guise of state of emergency, PDP to APC

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Your plot is to forcefully take over Zamfara under the guise of state of emergency, PDP to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over what it described as a sinister plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Federal Government to forcefully take over the governance of Zamfara state through an imposition of an orchestrated state of emergency in the state.

This was contained in a statement that was issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary,Kola Ologbondiyan

The Statement reads in Part, “Our party rejects this attempt by power-mongers in the APC administration to undermine and subvert the democratic order in Zamfara state by creating the impression that the state government, under Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, is to blame for the failures of the APC-led federal government to contain insecurity in the state.
“I is instructive to recall that the plot by the APC to derail the Matawalle administration and forcefully take over the control of the state started immediately after the Supreme Court handed him victory in the Zamfara state governorship election.”
He said the plot heightened after Governor Matawalle refused the pressure to decamp to the APC.
“Nigerians can recall that our party had on December 19, 2020 issued a statement to alert of plots by the National Caretaker Committee of the APC, using an impostor, as spokesperson, to heighten insecurity in the Northwest part of our country.
“The PDP had in that statement, further alerted of conspiracies by the APC to use the said impostor to destabilize Northwest states, particularly Zamfara, by creating the space for acts of violence and blame it on Governor Matawalle.
“Our party had also expressed concerns on series of devious statements against Governor Matawalle by the APC, a party that has been exposed to be encouraging acts of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in our country.”
Ologodiyan therefore invited Nigerians to further note how the APC has been quiet over disturbing videos, which had gone viral, showing self-confessed bandits admitting their fury of being abandoned by the APC after the party use them to muscle the 2015 and 2019 elections.
“Equally disturbing is the attempt by some APC leaders, who are masquerading under extraneous organizations, to seek political capital out of the situation in Zamfara state, which escalated due to the failures and compromises of the APC-led administration.
“We demand that the APC should leave Governor Matawalle alone and take up their responsibility of confronting bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and vandals, particularly those they brought from other countries. 
“Our party insists that the statutory onus, under our democracy, is on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to secure life and property in all parts of Nigeria, including Zamfara state.”

It is further instructive to state that the Matawalle administration adopted an intervention approach as a distressed measure following the manifest failures of the Buhari Presidency to guarantee the security of lives and property in the state.

It is on record that Governor Matawalle is not the first Governor, particularly in the North West, to adopt such approach in the face of the huge incapacity of the Buhari administration to save lives.

More so, there is escalated banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of violent acts in APC controlled states of the North West, like Kaduna and Katsina;  in the North East of Borno and Yobe as well as the North Central states of Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kogi, yet no attempt has been made by the Buhari Presidency to intimidate the governors of the various states, seek to impose a state of emergency or declare such states as “no fly zone”.

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