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A faction of the Social Democratic Party loyal to a former Minister of Information , Prof Jerry Gana, on Wednesday dissociated itself from an alleged ongoing moves by some party leaders to shop for a presidential candidate to adopt ahead of the February 16 elections.

The party ’s National Publicity Secretary , Alfa Mohammed, in a statement made available to journalists said the soul of the party remained in the hands of those he called “ SDP Patriots ” led by Gana.

Mohammed said the party would not have found itself in a tight corner if the National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae ; and the National Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, had heeded wise counsel by majority of the National Working Committee members against appealing the judgment of the Federal Capital Territory High Court which gave the party ticket to Gana .

He said Gana remained the only person that could give SDP members the direction to follow during the presidential election .
He added that the former minister would give the direction after due consultations with appropriate leaders and stakeholders .

He said , “It has come to the attention of the loyal National Working Committee members of our great party , the SDP , that a few persons within the party hierarchy are busy shopping for a presidential candidate to adopt on behalf of our party .

“For the avoidance of doubts , the soul of SDP as at today resides with the SDP Patriots , ably led by Prof Jerry Gana , comprising 26 state chairmen and their chapters , 8 of 12 functional NWC members , three out of the four functional national vice chairmen, 1 .5 m polling unit vote canvassers built by Prof Jerry Gana Presidential Campaign Team , 90 per cent of National Executive Committee members and millions of card -carrying members of the party across the country .

“Having failed to heed wise counsel by majority of the NWC members against appealing the judgment of the FCT High Court which gave the party presidential mandate to Prof Jerry Gana , the National Chairman , Chief Olu Falae and the National Secretary , Alhaji Shehu Gabam , have succeeded in denying our party active participation in the presidential election coming up on February 6 , 2019 , because their candidate Mr Donald Duke , who recovered the mandate through the Court of Appeal since a few weeks ago is nowhere to be found .

“With this state of woeful disappointment , the only person that can give effective direction to millions of the SDP supporters on the February 16 presidential election is Prof Jerry Gana ; this he will do after due consultation with appropriate leaders and stakeholders in a matter of days”.

In the interim , we urge members to remain calm and await further information.
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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

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Bogoro youths reject LG election results, over massive rigging

From Ali Sara, Bauchi

Concerned Bogoro Youth Forum in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State have rejected the Local Government election results that took place last Saturday.
They alleged that the election was characterised by massive rigging.

The Youth Forum protested in Bogoro LGA capital to register their grievances.
They said, “This is the first time in our history that we are witnessing an election like this whereby results were being announced while voting was still ongoing.
“We demand that our votes must count adding whoever wins at the poll should be declared winner, we are not supporting any particular political party, but we need justice and fairness”.

The Chairman of the Forum Mr. Jerome Issac alleged that in Bogoro, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents were seen abandoning ballot papers and other sensitive election materials

Isaac lamented that the results were announced and PDP candidates declared winners when the votes had not been collated”. He said.

“All we want is that our votes must be counted before declaring the winner of the election. I want to also remind the Governor that this was not what happened during his election in 2019 when the people stood by him and elected him as their leader, this shows that he is not a democrat and it is not good for our fledging democracy”.
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You may recall that the Peoples Democratic Party won all seats in the LG election from councillorship level to the Chairmananship.
Even some members of the state Assembly have rejected the results.

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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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