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In Kogi, opposition kicks as APC sweeps all Council seats in LG polls

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In Kogi, opposition kicks as APC sweeps all Council seats in LG polls

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the 21 Local Government chairmanship seats and 239 Councillorship seats in the just concluded elections into the 21 Local Government Council in the state.

Mr. Mamman Nda Eri, Chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) made the disclosure while officially declaring results of the Saturday Council polls on Sunday in Lokoja.

Eri commended the people of the state for the peaceful and orderly conduct and commended security agencies and other stakeholders for making the election successful.

The election was contested by other political parties, notably, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party (PDP).

It would be recalled that though the election witnessed low turnout in some places, but it was peaceful through out the state as it was devoid of crisis and violence.

The elected chairmen are expected to be swear in on Monday at Confluence Stadium Lokoja.

However, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Kogi state chapter, has faulted the council polls across the 21 Local Government Ares of the State describing the scenario as a big mockery to the nations nascent democracy.

Mr Bode Ogunmola, Publicity Secretary of the Party in the state, in a statement described the entire process as a scam.

He said the State Government should have opened up to the people that it was not ready to conduct any council election rather than wasting the precious time of electorates.

Ogunmola said that the electorate were looking forward and willing to express their anger through the ballot to dislodge the APC in view of its maladministration in the last five years.

He said the ruling party would have tasted a sweeping defeat if they where willing to conduct a credible, free and fair election, as their five years in power has been greeted with poverty, unemployment, hunger and shrinking economy.

His words”there is no election any where in Kogi State. I am at 002 Open space voting unit in Ogori, This is 9.30am and there is no sign of any voting any where.

In same vein, Alhaji Mukhtar Atimah, the state chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP) condemned the conduct and outcome of the election describing it as an abberetion to unknown democracy.

Speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Lokoja, Atimah revealed that having being assured by the SIEC Chairman of a credible conduct, he was shocked to discover that the council election lacked the minimum standard.

He called on the President to ensure that a wholistic reform on the conduct of elections was carried out before leaving Office, else it would be far from the truth to say democracy that in the country had been murdered.

The State SDP Chairman called on the members of the party to observe a month of mourning as a way of registering their displeasure over the “ignoble conduct of the Council election.

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

***offers N10M to support purchase of Tinubu nomination form

By Doris Ferdinand

A group under the aegis of Tinubulate Nigeria Agenda (TINA) is urging Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency declare for 2023 presidential election.

Director General -TINA, Alamoh Kehinde Samuel disclosed this in an inaugural world press conference held at Tinubu Support Group Office in Abuja on Saturday.

Kehinde said after much consultation, the group decided to throw their weight behind Bola Ahmed Tinubu and give their unrelenting support to him because they are convinced that he is competent to actualize the Nigeria of their dream.

The group further offered a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 to support Asiwaju’s purchase of presidential nomination form.

“Our group has concluded plans to present a cheque to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as support for the purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms to run for the presidency, when the party commences the sales of form.”Kehinde said.

“As a show of our commitment, we wish to present to Nigerians, a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 as support in the purchase of Asiwaju presidential nomination form immediately the APC commences sale of forms, this is to demonstrate our commitment to this course which is critical to the development and progress of our dear country.

“Again, we are convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu possesses all the qualities, competence, capability, capacity and experience needed to actualize the Nigeria of our dream.” Kehinde added.

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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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