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INEC declares former chief of Air staff winer of Kogi East Senatorial rerun election

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INEC declares former chief of Air staff winer of Kogi East Senatorial rerun election

The Idependent National Electoral Commission late yesterday evening declared AVM Isaac Alfa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Kogi East Senatorial re-run election.

Alfa who was a former chief of Air Staff polled 57, 575 votes to defeat five other candidates.
A judgement of the Appeal Court had banned the All Progressives Congress ( APC) and its candidate from participating in tge elwction.

Prof. Lucky Ovwhasa the returning officer in the election declared Alfa winner having polled the highest number votes.

He indicated that the candidates of ACPN, KOWA, MPPP, UPP and the Labour Party scored 1,793 , 888, 498, 349 and 11,908 votes respectively in the election.

The senatorial rerun election was held in eight out of the nine local governments in Kogi East senatorial district that included Bassa, Dekina, Ankpa, Olamaboro, Ofu, Idah, Igalamela/Odolu and Ibaji.

The election was held in 236 out of the 1,080 policing units in the senatorial district while only 140, 297 out of the 643,559 registered voters in the area participated in the election. A total of 1, 390 personnel conducted the election.

The Returning Officer of the Idah state constituency re-run election , Prof. Femi Ajayi had late Saturday evening declared Hon. Haruna Idoko of the APC as the winner of the election for polling the higgest number if votes.
 
Idoko scored 8,346 votes to defeat his closest rival, Hon. James Ukwubile of the PDP that polled 8,274 votes.

The result of Ofu state constituency re-run election was still being awaited at the time of filling the report.

Sequel to the second rerun election for the Kogi East senatorial district INEC indicated that it was abiding by the court judgement that recognized Air Vice Marshal Isaac Alfa as PDP candidate following the disqualification of Senator Attai Aidoko the party’s candidate in the national Assembly election and the earlier rerun in February.
It would also be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on May 10 affirmed Alfa as the PDP candidate for the inconclusive senatorial election for the Kogi East senatorial district.
The court’s declarative judgment by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba was sequel to a stay of execution application filed by Sen. Attai Aidoko on an earlier judgement of the court asking him to stop parading himself as the candid)ate of the PDP for the election.
The rerun election on February 20th 2016 was declared inconclusive on the bases that violence in some polling units disenfranchised some voters hence the new date of 23rd July, 2016 for the repeat of the rerun in those units.
The first rerun that took place February 20th, 2016 was held due to the court of Appeal judgement that nullified the election of the APC candidate Abdul Abdulraman who won the National Assembly election for Kogi East senatorial district in the March 28th general election where it ordered a rerun on the ground that he was not properly nominated.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced the exclusion of APC from the rerun election in to the Senate for Kogi East Senatorial district and Ofu State constituency based on the court judgement.

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buharihas returned to Abuja after weeks on medical trip in London.
This was according to a statement from the presidency on Thursday.
The president had been heavily criticized for his perchance for medical expedition inspite huge budgetary allocation to the Presdential Villa clinic.
His critics also blamed him for embarking on such trip even when resident doctors in his country were on industrial action.
The presidential aircraft that brought Buhari and some of his aides touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m.
Dignitaries at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno.
Others were the service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the State Securitt Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.
President Buhari, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidentrtial helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.

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Participants urge Kogi to key into Open Government Partnership

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By Friday Idachaba

Participants at a one-day stakeholders strategic meeting on Open Governance Partnership have called on Kogi government to urgently key into the global concept to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting organised by Conscience For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with African Centre For Leadership Strategies And Development (Centre LSD) on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Communiqué was signed by Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director of Kogi-based CHRCR and made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

The Communiqué said that in view of the importance of the global OGP concept with potentials to check corruption and enhance good governance, 16 states in Nigeria had presently signed up.

It however revealed that Kogi State was yet to key into the global concept and urged the state to, as a matter of urgency, sign up for the state to derive inherent benefits of the partnership.

Objective of the meeting in line with the OGP concept, according to the Communiqué, is to encourage accountability, transparency and reduce corruption in Kogi State.

It is also to build on the existing Networks on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (NATA), to mobilize Media institutions and professionals in reporting activities on OGP in Kogi State.

The participants however, urged multi-lateral financial institutions particular the World Bank to begin to hold State Governments accountable by verifying the situations of implementations on ground before rating them on financed projects.

The Communiqué reiterated that there should be no rivalry but rather, a broad based relationship and partnerships between the state government and the Civil Society Organizations as both work for and in the interest of the citizens.

The Communiqué said there was need for the current House of Assembly members to live up to their constitutional responsibilities by performing their oversight functions on all institutions of the state, “particularly the local government councils.”

It also called on Media Professionals to take more interest in OGP issues and partner more with the Civil Society Organisations in particular and other relevant institutions to drive the OGP Concept.

“The Civil Society Organizations needs to do more in raising awareness and sensitization of the general public on the OGP and with the Government to get the OGP.

“There is need for the development partners to continue to work with the Civil Society Organizations in the state to promote the OGP process”, the Communiqué added. (NAN)

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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has come under attack again from the Presidency for describing Nigeria as a killing field under the Buhari administration.
Kukah in his Easter homily on Sunday, said both the government and the citizens have become helpless as criminals continue to cause havoc in parts of the country.
The battle over insecurity in Nigeria has continued unabated especially in the northern parts of the country where bandits and insurgents have turned to a killing field.
Kukah said the security situation has frustrated many citizens making them to believe the government has gone AWOL (absent without official leave).

“Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart” the bishop said.
“Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession, as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.
“The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly. A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last.”

However in a statement issued in Abuja Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman said Kukah’s “bashing” of President Muhammadu Buhari is “ungodly.”
“All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth. But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness,” he said.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. 

“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021.”
Shehu also faulted the bishop for saying Buhari is not concerned about those displaced because of the security crisis, citing the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development as part of the president’s efforts in that regard.
“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” the presidential spokesman said.
“We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”

With additional reports from Cable

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