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Gov Bello will have a landslide victory come November says Kogi Speaker

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Gov Bello will have a landslide victory come November says Kogi Speaker

By Femi Olugbemi – Lokoja

Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Member and member Elect, representing Kabba/Bunu State Constituency, Rt Hon Prince Matthew Kolawole has said that Governor Yahaya Bello will have a landslide victory in the November, 2019 Governorship Election in the State. He made this known while addressing newsmen in Lokoja yesterday.

According to him, the results of the just concluded Presidential, National Assembly and State Assembly Elections in the state has shown clearly that the All Progressive Congress APC is fully in charge of the state.

He said the outstanding performance of the party in the elections is not without the concerted efforts of the youngest Governor in Nigeria to reposition the state for rapid development.

He said the doggedness and determination of Alhaji Yahaya Bello to right the wrongs of his predecessors in the state are yielding fruits, noting that another 4 years of the administration will consolidate on his monumental achievements recorded in the last three and half years.

He said despite the party’s loss of one senatorial and two house of representatives seats in Kogi West, the people are more determined now to vote massively for Governor Yahaya Bello having realised his heart of love for them.

He noted that those who deceived the people to vote against the APC are already regretting their actions because their targets were not met, since the APC still maintained the majority at both the higher and lower chamber of the National Assembly aside the fact that, at the state level, the party has 25/25 at the State Assembly.

He used the occasion to congratulate Governor Yahaya Bello, Chief David Edward Onoja and the entire new direction team for the success recorded in the just concluded 2019 General Elections in the state.

He also commended the efforts of the traditional rulers in Okunland under the leadership of His Royal Majesty, Oba Solomon Dele Owoniyi, Obaro of Kabba and Chairman, Okun Area Traditional Council in maintaining peace before, during and after the elections in their various domains.

He appreciated the electorate for keeping faith with the All Progressive Congress (APC) by voting massively for the party across the state in the elections.

He promised that the Kogi State House of Assembly under his watch will sustain the harmonious relationship with the executive for the rapid development of the state.

Rt Hon Prince Matthew Kolawole is one of the lawmakers that was reelected for the second term on the 9th March, 2019

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

**Says remark is an open support for insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed dismay that a President would blame the dead fir his cluelessness.

The major opposition party in Nigeria described as weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by its subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.
The party said it is shocked that the Buhari Presidency has graduated from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.

It said; “This, to say the least, is the height of leadership failure of the lazy, lethargic and incompetent Buhari administration”.
It stressed that it is alarmed by the reckless and bizarre attempt by the Buhari Presidency to rationalize the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.
The PDP particularly said that it is outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the statement by the Presidency is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee Nigerians and other citizens a normal life.

The statement reads, “This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.
“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.
“Such also provides further insights into the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country in the last five years.
“It is therefore insensitive for the Buhari Presidency to have shown this huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians.

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved.
The party therefore chalkenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.
The PDP also restated its call to President Buhari to heed the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture as well as replace his Service Chiefs with more competent hands in the interest of the nation.

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

The provisions of the Nigeria’s electoral law may be disenfranchising over 1 million over one million Nigerians of voting age, the chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has observed
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered.

He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections.
“We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
Prof Yakubu also said the Commission needs to construct strong rooms in all the 36 states of the federation and FCT to store smart card readers and other election materials.
This, he said, was to prevent them from burning in case of fire incident.

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Senator Abbo vows to unseat Fintiri using APC platform

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Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has debunked insinuations that he was overwhelmed by tirades of attacks from his Governor hence he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to senate press Corps after officially announcing his exit he said left the party to be able to square it up with the Governor in 2023
Senator Abbo had announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and read during plenary on Wednesday. 

The lawmaker said though he fought for Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s victory in 2019, the governor chased him out of PDP due to his alleged mismanagement of the party, which, Abbo said, had led to polarization. 

Senator expressed optimism that he will defeat the state governor in 2023. 

He said: “I’m not overwhelmed by Governor Fintiri. I fought to bring him to power. 

“The governor did not defeat me. The governor chased me out (of PDP). I actually gave way so I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, APC now has 60 senators, while PDP 42. The ninth Senate has six vacant seats.

Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House, read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Abbo stated that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

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