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Kogi bye-election: Former Kogi Speaker vows to declare constituency funds if elected

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Kogi bye-election: Former Kogi Speaker vows to declare constituency funds if elected

By John Akubo

Immediate past Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam has promised to hold town hall meetings to declare constituency funds and the projects which they are meant to be applied to if elected in the forthcoming Lokoja/KotonKarfe Federal Constituency bye election.
Imam who recently dumped the ruling APC for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) where he wish to contest the by-election said he will utilize the constituency projects to make a difference in the remaining 10 months.
The death of the deputy majority leader Buba Jibrin sometimes in March, 2018 called for a by-election which is slated for August 11, 2018.

The lawmaker who is currently representing Lokoja 1, State Constituency says he is embracing the SDP as an alternative party to contest the forthcoming Lokoja-Koto Federal constituency bye election slated for August 11, 2019.
The former speaker, who said he had already written the state house of assembly about his defection, said he was shut out of the party by the leadership of the party in the state.
He declared his intention to contest the forthcoming by-election into the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency seat on the platform of the SDP, saying the current leadership of the party in the state betrayed those that laboured to build it.
He explained that in Lokoja 1 State constituency he was the first to bring to the knowledge of the people that there is a constituency project fund for each State Constituency.
“Since then it is a revelation that all State constituencies are enjoying that constituency allowance. When I get there I am not only going to apply the constituency allowance but I will hold a town hall meeting to announce exactly what the allowance is and the projects they are meant for.
He said the APC in the State is doomed to fail in the forthcoming because they lack the requisite political sagacity to keep its key members that worked for its victory at the 2015 election.
Imam indicated that virtually all those that worked for the success of the APC in the last general election were shut out by the state government.

According to him, as a foundation member of the APC and a former speaker of the house, he was instrumental to the stabilisation of the Yahaya Bello led government which was bedevilled with crises because of the unusual manner he emerged.
Explaining further he said when he was dissatisfied with the way and manner things were being carried out he threatened to dump the party.
“I had indicated that I was still a member of APC but because certain things are not going well I will be pushed to leave the party. It was for me to test the waters whether I was wanted.
“As some one who is a sitting House of Assembly member and a former speaker in the House who actually threatened to leave the party not even a single leader of the party called to know what is happening.
“Imagine when Othom gave the indication that he was given a red card, minutes later on the NTA news the news caster mentioned that the information reaching them indicated that the national chairman of APC was summoning the APC chairman in Benue and the zonal chairman within minutes.”
However he said in the State because the leaders of the party do not know politics they said he is not on ground.
“They said everywhere that Alfa is not on ground forget him but the Lokoja/Kotokarfe election would prove them wrong, then they will know whether I am on ground or not.”
“I am the only experienced contestant in the bye election and some of my achievements are on ground for everybody to see.”

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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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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday 20th March 2021 for the conduct of a bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.
The National Commissioner and Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye made this known in a press statement on Wednesday in Abuja
He said the vacancy arose as a result of the death of Hon. Adegbuyi Oluwajuwa Amos, member representing Ekiti East Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Constituency by the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye.

He said met and deliberated on the conduct of Bye-election into the vacant seat of Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.

According to him, the official notification for the election will be published Wednesday 24th February 2021.

He said the Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 26th February and 3rd March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 8th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 26th February 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.”

Okoye enjoined all political parties intending to field candidates to pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities and to conduct transparent and valid party primaries that meet the provisions of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).

The Commissioner urged 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 he said has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

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Group condemns incitive utterances, pledges support to gov Sule

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Political group referred to as Lafia Progressive Forum has condemned utterances its described as inciting and unguarded made by one Mohammadu Barde against governor Abdullahi Sule’s appointment.

Dahiru Musa, the chairman of the group at a press briefing on Wednesday in Lafia said the utterances and claim of Mr. Bards is disturbing and unfortunate and does not represent the voice of the people of Lafia local government.

“The group stated that the entire content of the utterances are figment of his wild imagination. It is meant to gain cheap popularity, we therefore distant ourselves from everything contained in the utterances.

“The good people of Lafia local government highly appreciate the generosity of governor Sule led administration, fair distribution of appointment and developmental projects across all local governments”, Dahiru said.

The group called on people in the local government to ignore any video on social media inciting the public against governor Abdullahi Sule who has been fair to all the local governments in terms of appointments and developments.

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