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Senators Melaye, Adeyemi(APC Kogi West), Aidoko 64 others jostle for Kogi’s 3 senate seats

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Senators Melaye, Adeyemi(APC Kogi West), Aidoko 64 others jostle for Kogi’s 3 senate seats

Senator Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi West) and Senator Attai Aidoko (PDP, Kogi East) are amongst the 67 senatorial candidates whose names have been published on the provisional list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to contest the National Assembly election in 2019.

Also on the list is Senator Ahmed Ogembe who currently represents the Kogi Central Senatorial district on the platform of the PDP.

According to the list, two terms Senator Smart Adeyemi is the APC candidate for Kogi West Senatorial district while Alhaji Jibril Isah and Alhaji Yakubu Oseni are the party’s candidates for Kogi East and Central senatorial districts respectively.

A closer look at the list shows that a total of 59 of the 67 candidates are males while eight are females.

All the current senators representing the three senatorial districts of the state got return tickets to contest under the platform of the PDP.

They include Senator Dino Melaye (West); Senator Ahmed Ogembe (Central) and Senator Attai Aidoko (East).

In the same vein, published provisional list indicates that James Bola Fabola is the PDP candidate for Yagba East/West while Abimbola Henry is the APC candidate for the the Federal Constituency.

Lawal Muhammad Idirisu is the APC candidate for Ajaokuta federal constituency while Okino Aloysius Adeiza is for the PDP.

For Adavi/Okehi federal constituency, Engr Joseph Asuku Bello is the APC candidate while Onimisi M. Itopa is for the PDP.

In the case of Idah federal constituency, the incumbent Rep Emmanuel Makoji Egwu is the PDP candidate while David Idris Zacharias is that of the APC.

For Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency, the incumbent Rep Tajudeen Yusuf is the PDP candidate while Wemi J. Ojo is for the APC.

In the case of Okene/Ogori-Magongo federal constituency, incumbent Rep Yusuf Ahmed Tijani Damisa is the APC candidate while Muhammed Suka Isah is for the PDP.

For Dekina/Bassa federal constituency, the incumbent Rep Ikani Benjamin Okolo is the PDP candidate while Hassan Abdullahi is for the APC.

Isah Shaba Ibrahim is the PDP candidate for Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency while Abdulƙarim Usman Isah is for the APC.

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

**Says remark is an open support for insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed dismay that a President would blame the dead fir his cluelessness.

The major opposition party in Nigeria described as weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by its subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.
The party said it is shocked that the Buhari Presidency has graduated from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.

It said; “This, to say the least, is the height of leadership failure of the lazy, lethargic and incompetent Buhari administration”.
It stressed that it is alarmed by the reckless and bizarre attempt by the Buhari Presidency to rationalize the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.
The PDP particularly said that it is outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the statement by the Presidency is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee Nigerians and other citizens a normal life.

The statement reads, “This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.
“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.
“Such also provides further insights into the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country in the last five years.
“It is therefore insensitive for the Buhari Presidency to have shown this huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians.

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved.
The party therefore chalkenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.
The PDP also restated its call to President Buhari to heed the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture as well as replace his Service Chiefs with more competent hands in the interest of the nation.

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

The provisions of the Nigeria’s electoral law may be disenfranchising over 1 million over one million Nigerians of voting age, the chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has observed
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered.

He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections.
“We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
Prof Yakubu also said the Commission needs to construct strong rooms in all the 36 states of the federation and FCT to store smart card readers and other election materials.
This, he said, was to prevent them from burning in case of fire incident.

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Senator Abbo vows to unseat Fintiri using APC platform

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Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has debunked insinuations that he was overwhelmed by tirades of attacks from his Governor hence he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to senate press Corps after officially announcing his exit he said left the party to be able to square it up with the Governor in 2023
Senator Abbo had announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and read during plenary on Wednesday. 

The lawmaker said though he fought for Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s victory in 2019, the governor chased him out of PDP due to his alleged mismanagement of the party, which, Abbo said, had led to polarization. 

Senator expressed optimism that he will defeat the state governor in 2023. 

He said: “I’m not overwhelmed by Governor Fintiri. I fought to bring him to power. 

“The governor did not defeat me. The governor chased me out (of PDP). I actually gave way so I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, APC now has 60 senators, while PDP 42. The ninth Senate has six vacant seats.

Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House, read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Abbo stated that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

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