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Kogi Guber: APGA governorship candidate promises liberation for the people

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Kogi Guber: APGA governorship candidate promises liberation for the people

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Sheik Ibrahim Jibril has assured Kogi citizens that his emergence as candidate to fly the flag of the party in the November 16, 2019 Governorship polls is the beginning of liberation for the people of the State.

He spoke at the party secretariat in Abuja immediately he was issued his certificate of return after emerging winner of the party’s direct primary that was conducted in the 21 local Government areas of the State
The candidate Sheik Jibril polled 15, 217 to defeat Chief Sanni Teidi that polled 14, 997.
Sheik Jibril was declared winner by the  APGA Guber primary returning officer Barrister Steve Nwoga.
He said, “Have it on your minds that Kogi State would be liberated from the machinations of the devil as there would no longer be issue of non payment of salary.
Sheik Jibril said, that will come to an end.
He said his administration when he is voted in would devote major part of the resources of the State to building infrastructure that would form the base for his plan for massive internally generated revenue drive.
According to him, Education which is the foundation for science and technological breakthrough would be pursued vigoriously to ensure all sons and daughters of the State get quality education.
When it comes to infrastructure because he is a developer, he will his wealth of experience to ensure that the needed infrastructure that will make private investors to come in would be put in place.
“There would be program for House for all in Kogi State.”
“There will be free medical care for all the aged from the age of 65 and above. What kills our people mainly is Typhoid and malaria, we will ensure the health sector is turned around to take care of minor ailments as well as the major ones.”
On the issue of insecurity he promised he would tackled it headon to ensure the State is free from kidnapping and all other vices which discourages investors from coming to the State.”
When reminded that the State is running on deficit having been indebted to the tune of over N150b and how he will get the funds to execute free medical care and free education at the basic level he said the State has over 32 mineral deposits which he will use his experience to tap and generate revenue to achieve.
“There is a lot of illegal mining of the minerals going on in our State when we come in we would put enabling law in place to ensure that mining of such minerals is done to the greater benefit of the State.”
Sheik Jibril thanked the delegates for finding him worthy and urge chief Sanni Teidi to join hands with him to deliver the goods to Kogi people as he promised to run an all inclusive government.
The National chairman of the party Victor Oye indicated that his party will spring a surprise by winning the Novemeber 16th 2019 Kogi State Governorship election with its candidate Sheik Ibrahim Jibril.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja shortly after the certificate of return was issued to the candidate of the party Oye said Kogi election is winnable, adding that APGA was going to win.
“We are the only political party in Nigeria with a clear cut Ideology. I have always said that PDP and APC would soon fade out, APGA is the only political party with a clean bill of health. 
“We won election all over Nigeria. We won three seats in the Benue State House of Assembly, we reclaim the Governorship seat in Anambra State, three members in the House of Assembly in Abia State, one House of representatives member from Abia, one from Taraba, five councillors in Niger State and two from Kaduna State.”
He reiterated the fact that Winning election in Kogi is doable adding that the reason is the fact that the people are disenchanted with the current administration in Kogi state as the Governor performed woefully and APGA is ready to take over the Governorship of that State.
He said the party will follow its manifesto which is a functional and pragmatic one.
“In Anambra State things are working well because our manifesto is at work there on the vision of the party in terms of development, security because is the moat secured State in Nigeria and we plan to replicate same in Kogi State infact we will reenact the template if development in Anambra State in Kogi State.
“So people of Kogi should be rest assured to reap the dividends of democracy under APGA government. The only thing for them to do is to get out of darkness and hop into light.”
The state chairman of APGA Abdullahi Arikora congratulate Sheik and all party members with a promise to reconcile all differences as he urged the runner up to accept the result.
He urge kogi electorate to vote APGA during the November election.
The chairman pointed out that the presentation of certificate has shown that there is light at the end of the tunnel for APGA and Kogi State as they are set to take over Lugard House in Lokoja.
“The two so called majority party have failed the people adding that the election will not be easy but that they would surmount it all.
“We are good to go as we have elected a good and undefeatable candidate. We will shock the world come November 16, 2019.”
He said the candidate that lost to sheik is like a father saying it is a win win for the party.





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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

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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From Daniel Abogonye, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has tasked both political and public office holders in the state, on the need to be honest, transparent and accountable.

Sule stated this while declaring open a 2-week workshop on procurement and management of supplies for political and public office holders in the state, at the Government House, on Monday.

The Governor specifically tasked political and public office holders in the state, on the need to inculcate the spirit of the procurement law passed in the state, in the conduct of government business.

According to governor Sule, political and public office holders need to be transparent and accountable, because corruption no longer pays, with corrupt government officials forced to hide their ill-gotten wealth perpetually.

Speaking on the event, the Governor said the workshop is intended to instil in the minds of political and public office holders, virtues of due process and trustworthiness in accordance with the principles and procedures established in the public procurement rules.

“This is to ensure that proper mechanisms are put in place in the award of contracts to qualified contractors and in delivering services,” he stated.

While describing the theme of the workshop as apt, timely and well-conceived, Engineer Sule said this was coming at a time when his administration is committed to prudent management of resources towards bringing development to the people.

The theme of the 2-week workshop is: “Public Procurement as a panacea for good governance in Nasarawa State.”

The Governor pointed out that steps have been taken to ensure that contracts are awarded and executed on timely basis, with proper costing, in provision of goods, services and execution of works.

Mr. Sule used the opportunity of the event, to reiterate the resolve of his administration to impart the culture of discipline, transparency and due process in the conduct of government affairs, which informed the setting up of the Bureau for Public Procurement.

The governor urged the participants at the workshop to participate actively with a view to tapping from the wealth of experience of the resource persons.

Earlier in a keynote address, Director-General, Nasarawa State Bureau for Public Procurement, Dr. Dominic Bako, traced the widespread of poverty in developing countries like Nigeria, to the absence of good governance.

Citing the World Bank, Dr. Bako said good governance can be measured by four distinct attributes namely, accountability, effectiveness, rule of law and low levels of corruption, stressing that the Engineer Sule administration must be seen to be accountable, transparent, as well as deliberately promoting a culture of due diligence and respect for the rule of law.

“It must make sure that public funds meant to serve the greater majority of our people, is not diverted into private pockets or looted and sent into foreign banks overseas,” the DG stated.

The 2-week training workshop, organized in collaboration with the Charterhouse Consulting Limited, has participants drawn from public offices, including heads of state tertiary institutions, commissions, boards and parastatals.

The training session, which is organized in batches, has in attendance state executive council, special advisers, and chairmen of commissions, auditors general for state and local government, as well as the Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

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