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Governor Bello, deputy tango over non performance, bribe taking

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Governor Bello, deputy tango over non performance, bribe taking

The crises of confidence between Governor Yahaya Bello and his
deputy elder Simon Achuba may have assume a dangerous dimensions as the state government has started beaming its searchlight on hos activities.
During a town hall meeting held in Ibaji local government area in the Eastern senatorial district on Thyrsday, the Chief of staff to the Governor, Edward Onoja took a swipe at the embattled deputy governor for taking kickbacks from road contractors working on some roads in the area.
He disclose that the deputy governor is under investigation for the alleged underhand dealings, helping all the blames on the office of the Deputy Governor under Elder Simon Achuba for the failure of the government to deliver its mandate to the good people of Ibaji local government area.
Edward Onoja Berated the Deputy Governor for Ibaji Backwardness
While challenging the crowd, the Chief of Staff told them that they would be surprised by some revelations has was going to make concerning their own son the Deputy Governor whom he tagged “the enemy within.”
He noted with disappointment that since the inception of the Fourth Republic the area has continued to give political supports to the opposition party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without any benefit to show in terms of infrastructural developments or the elevation of any of their sons or daughters to the higher position of the state.
Edward recalled the role he played in his nomination and the subsequent emergence of Elder Simon Achuba as the Deputy Governor revealing that he took many factors in to consideration before backing the Ibaji people to produce the “Number Two Position” in the state.
According to him , “Kogi East as a district is under-developed but there are three major Local Government Areas in the district that suffer most.” He cited Bassa, Ibaji and Olamaboro to be the three areas while remarking that Ibaji is worst amongst the most neglected areas.
However, in a swift reaction, Honorious Aromeh the Senior Special Assistant on political matters to the deputy governor described the Edward Onoja as a sinking man.
According to Aromeh, the comments made by the Chief of Staff to the Goveemor, clearly portrayed him as a man with the spirit of telling lies, wondering how a person in the capacity of the governor’s aide would sit in public to denigrafe the office of the Deputy Governor by formulating lies all in an attempt to cover inadequacies of the government.
He added that the Onoja is telling the world that the present government has failed, while calliing on him to go for a psychiatric test.
According to Aromeh , ” Who was the contractor that alleged that the Deputy Governor collected kick backs. Was it because the Deputy Governor also collected kick back that Bassa road is not completed. Was it because the Deputy Governor collected kick backs that roads in the Western and Central Senatorial Districts are not done. Was it because the deputy governor collected kick backs that made projects ongoing to be inconclusive, and why the government cannot commission a project in three years, while workers and pensioners are not being paid salaries and pension for between thirty and thirty five months”.
The SSA described as a blatan lie that the Deputy Governor tried creating disaffection between the Attah Igala and the Government, pointing out that, “The Attah Igala is a father to the Deputy Governor and all their discussions at all time centred on the growth of Igala land.
He said if the Deputy Governor is telling the traditional ruler not to support government, is he not also telling the Royal father not to support him?.
He lamented that a situation where Chiefs were graded and upgraded without the knowledge of the Chairman of kogi Council of Traditional Rulers, and Chairmen of Local Government Traditional Councils called for questioning stressing that the strained relationship between government and the traditional institutions should not be traced to the Deputy Governor.

He noted that the Deputy Governor is not aware of any committee investigating him because he has not been found wanting in the discharge of his duties, describing the efforts to paint Chief Achuba black by Chief Edward Onoja in order to win the support of Ibaji people will fail.
He noted that the people of Ibaji know who is their enemy and they could point to Edward Onoja and his twin government who in three years could not boast of a single project in the LGA.
According to Aromeh, the people of Ibaji LGA are angry with the present administration for not being able to fix the road to Onyedega after the flood, describing the action of Chief Edward Onoja as attempt to score cheap popularity, by calling the Deputy Governor unprintatble names.
He assured that the plan is not enough to sway Ibaji people who have made up their minds about the present administration and the cabals misleading the governor.

The alleged cold war between Governor, Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Simon Achuba, had been on for months to the extent he was made to proceed on a two months compulsory leave whixh ended in January c 26th 2019.
Achuba it was gathered had in the last 9 months been facing untold hardship from deliberated effort to frustrate him out of office.
However, sources close to the Government said the Kogi number two citizen has been handling his ordeal with utmost maturity and trepidation as he remained unperturbed.

At a point it was gathered that the sources of power to the deputy governor’s office, which was directly from the dedicated line of the governor’s office has been severed for months.

Again, water supply into to the office was also alleged to be epileptic, making him and his aids to be passing through hell using the office.

Sources also alleged that the salary of the deputy governor was last paid in February, while his wife’s salary was stopped the following month.

The development, according to sources, had made him to appear in the office once in a while, as he reraly attend public functions in recent times.

Although, the embattled deputy governor had always put up an unruffled posture as if everything was well, never complaining publicly about the way he was being treated, sources stated that his travails had been on for many months.

Another copious indication that all may not be well with the deputy governor came to the fore on when the administrator of his local government area of Ibaji, Hon Tom Offor, was allegelly removed without Achuba’s knowledge.

While the local government administrator was said to be holding an official function with the wife of the governor, Rashida Bello, in attendance in Ibaji, his removal was announced in the media.

It was further gathered that the deputy governor attempted to inquire from the governor about the removal of the chairman but the governor denied any knowledge of the development.

However the governor, in his reaction indicated that the relationship between him and his deputy had remained normal as they had been working together for the development of the state.

Bello, who spoke through his director general on media and publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said the story of any crack between him and Achuba was a creation of mischief makers that wanted to capitalise on the current political environment in the state.

According to Fanwo, the deputy governor represented the governor at the swearing in ceremony of the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, saying he had been functioning without inhibitions.

He also described the removal of the Ibaji local government area administrator as a government routine, adding that the local government boss was only redeployed as Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Power.

According to him, the removal of the administrator of Ibaji on account of his funding the deputy governor was a ruse, saying it was not in the culture of administrators in the state to service individuals but the grassroots.

Achuba was appointed by Bello as a replacement for the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 election, Hon James Faleke, who refused to serve as deputy following the death of the governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu.

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday 27th March 2021 for the conduct of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State.
Thia was contained in a statement that was issued by National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
The vacancy he said arose as a result of the death of Hon. Ossy Prestige, member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State in the House of Representatives and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Federal Constituency by the National Assembly.

He pointed out that the official notification for the election the commission said will be published on Monday 1st March 2021.
“Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 4th and 10th March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 16th March 2021.

“Political Parties shall submit the names of their Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officers of the respective Local Governments on or before 19th March 2021 and campaigns by political parties shall stop on 25th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 10th March 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.

“Political parties fielding candidates for the bye-election should pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the bye-election and conduct transparent and valid party primaries in line with the dictates of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).

“We enjoin political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500, 000.00

“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.”

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Secondus to APC: Fix the country rather than waste energy pestering Fani-Kayode, others to join your fold

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Secondus to APC: Fix the country rather than waste energy pestering Fani-Kayode, others to join your fold


Ahead of 2023, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Uche Secondus, has challenged the All Progressives Congress, (APC) to face the task of fixing the broken economy and insecurity of the country rather than the current illegal hunt for its members.

He spoke during a meeting between former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, in Abuja.

In his words, “We advise our brothers on the other side, especially some of these governors and leaders of APC that they should face the business of governance.

“Jumping around and looking for critical stakeholders of our party to poach will not resolve the issue of security or economy.

“They are aware that security has broken down, the economy has broken down. They should face that business for which they were elected.

“Our brother is firm and a man of his word. There is no amount of trick that will make him sway otherwise. He is firm with PDP and we are back to business while we prepare for 2023.

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday 20th March 2021 for the conduct of a bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.
The National Commissioner and Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye made this known in a press statement on Wednesday in Abuja
He said the vacancy arose as a result of the death of Hon. Adegbuyi Oluwajuwa Amos, member representing Ekiti East Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Constituency by the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye.

He said met and deliberated on the conduct of Bye-election into the vacant seat of Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.

According to him, the official notification for the election will be published Wednesday 24th February 2021.

He said the Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 26th February and 3rd March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 8th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 26th February 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.”

Okoye enjoined all political parties intending to field candidates to pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities and to conduct transparent and valid party primaries that meet the provisions of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).

The Commissioner urged Political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000.00.

The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities he said has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

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