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In detention Melaye recieves heroic recognition at Kogi PDP state flagoff rally

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In detention Melaye recieves heroic recognition at Kogi PDP state flagoff rally

Even in detention Senator Dino Melaye recieve a heroic aclaim and recognition in Lokoja Kogi State at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagoff rally for the February 2019 general election.
The controversial Senator representing Kogi west turned himself in after seven days siege laid on his residece in Abuja.
However, melaye who is the Atiku Abubakar campaign spokesman stole the show as speaker after speaker called for his immediate relese.
Just like it happened during his recall that could not see the light of day while he was also in detention Melaye who has been very vocal at the zonal rallies could not be part of his State’s flagoff yesterday.
Melaye though absent for reason of his incarceration by the Nigerian police over trump up charges became more popular than any politician in the State as he was the center issue of the rally.
They asked those holding Melaye to free him now as they rain curses on his traducers.
The Presidential candidate of the (PDP) Former vice President Atiku Abubakar, senate president Bukola Saraki as well as other leaders of the party reechoed their call for senator Dino Melaye to be released for his campaign for 2019 general election.
He said Senator Melaye is Kogi most prominent, promising and vibrant young politician that has been clamped into detention even as he called for his immediate release while he led the chorus ‘free Dino, Free Dino’
According to him, Kogi has all it takes to be the most promising State saying the APC Government cannot even pay salaries.
He said in the area of unemployment Kogi ranks the first adding the the APC has failed because they could not do anything except to owe workers salary
He promised to create jobs and complete the inland Port, the Ajaokuta steel and the Geregu 1 and 2 power projects that have been abandoned.
“If you return me all the projects abandoned by the APC Government would be completed.
“We would turn the abundant natural resources in Kogi State in to tangeable resources and complete all the infrastructural development abandoned.
On restructuring he said it is even a beacon of hope for Kogi State to be able to develope from its own endowment.
Abubakar indicated that any time he is in Kogi he has the mix feeling that he is at home
He made a roll call of prominent sons of the State who made their mark in politics as his associates who he interacted with that have fallen like late Awoniyi, A.T. Ahmed, Stephen Achema and a host of others as he prayed for their souls to rest in peace
He said in 2003 he promised to return the State to PDP which he achieved when firmer Governor Ibrahim Idris became Governor
He said it was PDP that built the Stadium and all other legacy projects including Geregu electricity projects.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said the rally coincides with the birthday of Dino Melaye as he asked for his release ubconditionally.
He congratulated the Kogi PDP which like its Kwara State counterpart are in the forefront leading PDP to victory.
He said one man can not stop everybody adding that they brought him to power and they remove him from power come February 16, 2019.
“The poverty and hunger is too much, Nigeria is not known for hunger, if the hunger you have suffered is not enough you can follow APC if Nigerians are ready to move forward then they should vote PDP.
He said the biggest cement company in Africa at Obajana was established by the PDP government adding that it is only PDP that knows how to create job.
“Dont follow propaganda, it is not fight, the hunger is unbearable, dont be afraid because you are standing for the truth.
He said trader moni or Dollar moni cannot help the women as he admonished tgem to vote PDP

Former minister of police affairs Gen(rtd) David Jemibewom said Atiku is the most qualified, to tackle security, and also as a unifying leader in the country’s quest for unity.
Former Governor Ibrahim Idris said the APC has brought down all their bill boards, and turn all posters of PDP candidate however he challebged the electorates to vote out APC as it has failed.
He advised the people not to sell their votes as that would be like mortgaging their future and that of their children.
Idris Wada asked the people to check their stomach whether they have ever been as hungry as they are at the moment coupled with the inability to pay rent.
He asked them to vote Atiku to get Nigeria working again.
Wada said they should not allowed themselves to be decieved by the APC lies.

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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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Group condemns incitive utterances, pledges support to gov Sule

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Group condemns incitive utterances, pledges support to gov Sule

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Political group referred to as Lafia Progressive Forum has condemned utterances its described as inciting and unguarded made by one Mohammadu Barde against governor Abdullahi Sule’s appointment.

Dahiru Musa, the chairman of the group at a press briefing on Wednesday in Lafia said the utterances and claim of Mr. Bards is disturbing and unfortunate and does not represent the voice of the people of Lafia local government.

“The group stated that the entire content of the utterances are figment of his wild imagination. It is meant to gain cheap popularity, we therefore distant ourselves from everything contained in the utterances.

“The good people of Lafia local government highly appreciate the generosity of governor Sule led administration, fair distribution of appointment and developmental projects across all local governments”, Dahiru said.

The group called on people in the local government to ignore any video on social media inciting the public against governor Abdullahi Sule who has been fair to all the local governments in terms of appointments and developments.

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Sule tasks public office holders on transparency, accountability

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From Daniel Abogonye, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has tasked both political and public office holders in the state, on the need to be honest, transparent and accountable.

Sule stated this while declaring open a 2-week workshop on procurement and management of supplies for political and public office holders in the state, at the Government House, on Monday.

The Governor specifically tasked political and public office holders in the state, on the need to inculcate the spirit of the procurement law passed in the state, in the conduct of government business.

According to governor Sule, political and public office holders need to be transparent and accountable, because corruption no longer pays, with corrupt government officials forced to hide their ill-gotten wealth perpetually.

Speaking on the event, the Governor said the workshop is intended to instil in the minds of political and public office holders, virtues of due process and trustworthiness in accordance with the principles and procedures established in the public procurement rules.

“This is to ensure that proper mechanisms are put in place in the award of contracts to qualified contractors and in delivering services,” he stated.

While describing the theme of the workshop as apt, timely and well-conceived, Engineer Sule said this was coming at a time when his administration is committed to prudent management of resources towards bringing development to the people.

The theme of the 2-week workshop is: “Public Procurement as a panacea for good governance in Nasarawa State.”

The Governor pointed out that steps have been taken to ensure that contracts are awarded and executed on timely basis, with proper costing, in provision of goods, services and execution of works.

Mr. Sule used the opportunity of the event, to reiterate the resolve of his administration to impart the culture of discipline, transparency and due process in the conduct of government affairs, which informed the setting up of the Bureau for Public Procurement.

The governor urged the participants at the workshop to participate actively with a view to tapping from the wealth of experience of the resource persons.

Earlier in a keynote address, Director-General, Nasarawa State Bureau for Public Procurement, Dr. Dominic Bako, traced the widespread of poverty in developing countries like Nigeria, to the absence of good governance.

Citing the World Bank, Dr. Bako said good governance can be measured by four distinct attributes namely, accountability, effectiveness, rule of law and low levels of corruption, stressing that the Engineer Sule administration must be seen to be accountable, transparent, as well as deliberately promoting a culture of due diligence and respect for the rule of law.

“It must make sure that public funds meant to serve the greater majority of our people, is not diverted into private pockets or looted and sent into foreign banks overseas,” the DG stated.

The 2-week training workshop, organized in collaboration with the Charterhouse Consulting Limited, has participants drawn from public offices, including heads of state tertiary institutions, commissions, boards and parastatals.

The training session, which is organized in batches, has in attendance state executive council, special advisers, and chairmen of commissions, auditors general for state and local government, as well as the Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

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