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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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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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