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Incumbent Lagos lawmaker seeks reelection to Reps in Kogi

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Incumbent Lagos lawmaker seeks reelection to Reps in Kogi

By John Akubo, Lokoja

Ahead of the 2019 elections, the embattled Deputy Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 Kogi State governorship election, Mr. James Faleke has indicated interest to contest for the Kabba/Bunu-Ijumu Federal constituency in Kogi.
Faleke currently represents Ikeja Federal constituency, Lagos in the House of Representatives.

During the November 2015 governorship election in Kogi, Faleke was the running mate to Prince Abubakar Audu when he transferred his Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to the constituency but the election was later declared inconclusive and the incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello, first runner up in the APC primary election was drafted to inherit the Audu’s votes; though Faleke declined to be made his (Bello) running mate in the supplementary election.

Making declaration on Sunday during the commissioning of some projects he donated in Aiyede, Kabba/Bunu Local Government the Lagos lawmaker said he is not running for the governorship slot this time but for the House of Representatives.

On the insinuation he may defect to the Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), he said, “In politics there would always be speculations but the truth is that he is running for the House of Representatives now.

According to him, “Development should be everybody’s concern. The little I have done should be a wake up call on other well-meaning individuals and politicians to also contribute their quotas.

While challenging other community leaders to support their people, Faleke said, “My effort should not be the end, other community leaders or others should also join hands in contributing to make sure the community becomes great.

He also dismissed the rumour about his planned decamping to the Pe4oples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it was just at the realm of speculation. I still remain a card-carrying member of the APC.

“The only thing I’m sure of for now is that I have the desire and intention to context for the House of reps position of Kabba/Bubu – Ijumu Federal constituency.”

The lawmaker’s declaration has put a stop to the insinuation of his seeking reelection to Ikeja Federal constituency in 2019.

He urged the community to consider him for reelection as he promised to do more when elected.

Faleke said his group holds a strong believe in the reconciliation team of Senator Ahmed Tinubu, saying, “I am hopeful it will berth in Kogi State very soon to resolve the political differences in the party.”

The Chairman Aiyede Community Development Association, Prince P. K. Tolorunse commended the gesture of the lawmaker. He said it would aid in changing the economic fortune of the community.

“This project will no doubt reduce poverty among our people thereby improve the well being of the people. It will equally reduce lost as being experience in the past as people will have place to keep their wares.”

Culled from the Guardian

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Osakwe asks Buhari to embrace Dialogue over South-West Crisis

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The Federal Government must embrace dialogue as a means to end ongoing crisis in the South-West Nigeria, former Presidential candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), in the 2019 general elections, Ambassador Felix Johnsom Osakwe has said.

While expressing concerns over the state of affairs in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, he urged President Muhammedu Buhari to seek for amicable ways to resolve the crisis rather than using any aggressive confrontation that could make things worse.

He stressed that since the country has been effected by COVID -19 pandemic, security challenges and economic downturn at this time, there was a need for the federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari to take responsibility to ensuring that the stabiltiy of the country was not compromised.

He noted that as an Ambassador for Peace with the Universal Peace Federation, he was worried about the deteriorating situation and the Federal government’s confrontational stance about the matter especially with regards to the Pro-Yoruba activist and agitator, Sunday Igboho.

” I am strongly of the opinion that what Mr. President needs to do now is to embrace peaceful dialogue and be the father of the entire nation. He should push for peace and call the agitating parties to a parley and get them to resolve the issues. There is already a lot of tension in the air and considering how tenuous 2020 was for us all, it is only appropriate that as we get on about building back better and rebuilding our economy, we don’t tear down what small wins we have recorded by inciting and perpetuating more conflicts, either explicitly or by complicity,” he said.

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AESID hails Ebonyi CP, warns against intimidation of judges by state govt

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The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has warned the state government to stop intimidating Judges in the cause of their duties, even as it commended the new Commissioner of Police for being professional.

The Ebonyi indigenes said the agents of state government were trying to manipulate the judiciary into causing trouble in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

In a statement released by its President, Amb. Paschal Oluchukwu, on Sunday in Abuja, the association said the goal is to continue to cause division in the PDP by having the Nwebonyi group parade as a factional State Exco of the PDP through Suit No: HAB/161/2020 with Roy Umahi as the lead counsel to the Plaintiffs.

“We condemn, whole and entire the desperate attempts to use the Judiciary to achieve the threat of being in APC and sponsoring crises and divisions in the PDP.”

While commending the Ebonyi Judiciary for remaining firm as the last hope of the common man, the statement charges it to remain steadfast and unwavering.

“Already, we have read in the media through the former Assistant Financial Secretary of the Nwebonyi group who recently dumped the camp, Linus Ogazi how Governor Umahi divided the Excos in order to create a parallel faction of the party.

“AESID is also aware of the threats and intimidations that the young man has been receiving since he made the disclosures and wishes to call on Security agencies to call the Governor, his brothers and the Speaker of the State’s House of Assembly who have been dishing out threats to him to order. They should be held responsible for whatever happens to Mr. Ogazi.”

On the activities of the new Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Garba, the group thanked the police for their professional role in ensuring that those who staged a protest recently at the state High Court were dispelled peacefully.

“We, however wish to counsel the new CP to remain as professional and apolitical as his erstwhile colleague, CP Philip Maku who has been transferred from the state.

“AESID also calls on security agencies and INEC to obey the order of Justice I. E. Ekwo of the Abuja Federal High Court in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1609/2020 restraining David Umahi’s faction of the PDP in Ebonyi State led by the gadfly, Nwebonyi and his cohorts from parading themselves as officers of the Party. They should therefore provide security and accord protection to the Udeogu-led Exco to legitimately takeover the State Secretariat of the Party for the interest of justice, peace and unity of the opposition party.

“AESID lastly commends the Udeogu-led Excos and indeed, the teeming members of PDP for their calmness, steadfastness and resoluteness amidst attacks and wanton provocations by Governor Umahi and his surrogates. For in the end, it shall indeed, be proven to all that Ebonyi is PDP and PDP is Ebonyi State and Umahi is only a solo naked dance in his new political voyage!”

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APC disowns notice on postponement of Membership registration exercise

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The All progressives Congress (APC) has disclaimed “Notice” in circulation and ascribed to the APC CECPC National Secretary, Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe Ph.D.

The party describes the notice as fake and highly mischievous.

This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja, Saturday by its National Secretary
Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe.

The Statement reads, “The APC membership registration, revalidation and update exercise remains on course and commences as scheduled in the attached timetable.

“As earlier announced, the CECPC has approved the constitution of State Membership Registration Committees for the Party’s nationwide membership registration, revalidation and update exercise. This will be followed by a train-the-trainer workshop.”

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