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Investigate senator Melaye alleged bribery audio tape concerned lawyers tell Presidency

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From John Akubo, Lokoja

Some Lawyers in Kogi State under the aegies of Kogi Integrity Group have called on the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osibajo, to direct all relevant agencies to thoroughly investigate the audio tape released by Sahara TV on the bribery allegation leveled against Senator Dino Melaye, and the Chairman of 2015 National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Kogi, Justice Akon Ikpeme.

The audio tape released recently by the popular online newsmedia, Sahara TV, that went viral on social media network was alleged to have uncovered a conversation between Dino Melaye and Justice Akon Ikpeme on the allegation of bribery that perverted justice.

The lawyers under the aegis of Coalition of Concern Lawyers of Kogi State said the investigation is imperative because the audio tape and the conversation therein shows that Melaye is living on a stolen mandate.

Coordinator of the group, Barrister Dare Zaccheus said, “Corrupting the judiciary is the worst form of corruption that anyone can ever think of; it is totally unacceptable. We want Melaye to show reason why the electorate of Kogi West senatorial district should not recall him.

“We, the concern lawyers are calling on the acting President to order the Police, the EFCC, the DSS, Anthony General of the Federation (AGF), Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), and other security apparatus to as a matter of urgency begin an immediate investigation to establish the truth and the genuineness of that audio tape, and if it leads to the commission of an offence of bribery and corruption, then Dino and the tribunal chairman should be compelled to face the full wrath of the law.

“We want the relevant stakeholders to call for the establishment of this link and come up with their position on it. Since the government is trying all her best to sanitise the judiciary; this will definitely lead to a great feat where another bad egg would be eliminated from the system”.

The group also enjoined Mrlaye to come out quickly to defend and clear himself of allegation of corruption in that tape, “This is a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who in a statement that went viral described the former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s government as ‘government of greed’ and described the government of President Mohammed Buhari as “the government of the criminal by the criminal and for the criminals”, while there is an allegation against him (Dino) for bribing the chairman of the tribunal in Kogi.

“This is the same man who publicly in a press conference described our Governor as a “thief”, “criminal” and using a lot of derogatory and defamatory statement to qualify a State Governor. Are we now saying such a man facing the allegation of bribery should be left un-interrogated?

“This is a senator on the floor of the senate who raised lots of allegations against the acting EFCC Chairman, and publicly told him that he had failed the integrity test; but this is the same Dino that has issue of bribery that bothers on integrity question. We want this issue to be thoroughly investigated and get to the root of the matter.
“We, therefore, urged all the relevant agencies saddled with the responsibility of ensuring justice and fairness to all, to investigate this matter and ensure that the errant senator and his cohorts face the consequences of their actions if they are found wanting.”
However the senator who accused the Governor of masterminding every protest conference said those who are not informed are deformed.
“Yahaya Bello requesting recall form from INEC further confirm how ignorant, empty and intellectually stagnant he is. So in between coconut head chief of staff and semi blind governor, dem no know what to do. Kogi is in trouble but we will rescue her.”

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LG election: Dogara’s aides express confidence of victory

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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No PDP member defected in Ogbadibo -Media Group

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No PDP member defected in Ogbadibo -Media Group

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A foremost media support group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, has described as untrue, the propaganda on the social media that some members of the party defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

The group, Benue South PDP Social Media, in a statement on Friday by its Coordinator, Comrade Yemi Itodo, said those selling such propaganda were only doing so for personal gains, urging the public to disregard such “unfounded rumours”.

The John Ngbede led State Working Committee of the PDP had, on Tuesday, inaugurated the executive of the Ogbadibo chapter of the PDP.

Barely 48 hours after the inauguration, some APC members took to the social media, suggesting that some members of the PDP abandoned the party for the broom party.

But Comrade Itodo in the statement, said it was rather the APC members that indicated interests to join the ruling PDP which the chapter Chairman of the party, Hon. Vincent Amuche had hinted the state leadership of PDP and a new date shall be fixed to welcome over 3000 members of opposition parties who are itching to join PDP.

“I can authoritatively tell you that there shall be great tsunami in the camps of the opposition parties in the coming weeks. What has been delaying it was the inability to inaugurate the elected chapter executives, due to COVID-19.

“But now they are being inaugurated and you will be shocked at the caliber of persons that have already concluded arrangements to join PDP”, Itodo said.

He stressed that, “no member of PDP left the party for any other party”, challenging anyone with names and wards of those defectors to publish them.

“The truth is that, some aggrieved persons left their parties after the primaries did not favour them few years ago and joined forces with APGA, SDP, Labour, etc. So, if those persons decided to rejoin their parties, how would you ascribe such defections as from PDP?

“Do you know how many great members of PDP that had since returned to the party in their various wards without making noise”, Itodo posited.

While calling on the leadership of PDP in Ogbadibo and Benue South not to be distracted in the quest to have estranged members reunited into the fold and create enabling environment for those willing to defect to the party; Comrade Itodo warned the opposition parties against heating up the polity at the time all hands must be on deck in the business of governance of Benue State.

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