Wilson Dauyegha, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Minority Leader in the Bayelsa House of Assembly, says Bayelsa does not recognise zoning system, assuring his party members of victory in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
Dauyegha, who represents Ekeremor State Constituency II, told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Port Harcourt that come Nov. 16, APC would take over Bayelsa Government House in an expected credible electoral process.
According to him, the state since inception had never recognised zoning system in their choice of a governor.
“There is no zoning in Bayelsa, remember, when former President Goodluck Johnathan was the governor of Bayelsa, he was from Ogbia, and then people were saying that he would be succeeded by somebody from a different Senatorial district.
“But that was not the case as the next three governors that led Bayelsa after Jonathan were all from the same Senatorial district.
“So, here in Bayelsa, we don’t recognise zoning system, our governor can come from any part of the state and by my personal understanding, the three Senatorial districts in Bayelsa have all produced a governor, no part of the state is being marginalised in that regard,” he said.
Dauyegha, who is also the Chairman House Committee on NDDC in the state’s Assembly, said that Bayelsans were actually tired of what he called “People Deceiving Peoples Party”.
He added that the people are yearning for change as they are equally deserving of the next level agenda of the Federal Government.
“If we followed closely events in the last election, in the House of Representatives, out of five seats for Bayelsa, APC won two seats and in the Senate we were able to win one seat of three.
“In fact, Bayelsa APC is waiting to conclude its primary election and who ever emerges winner shall enjoy the total support from the parry.
“I can’t predict any candidate for now until we conduct our party primaries,” he said.
Dauyegha, however, said that so far, two deserving APC stalwarts had purchased the Expression of Interest Forms for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
“So far, a young woman who was a former Police Commissioner and Sen. Heineken Lopkobiri have bought forms, I’m sure more persons may also buy in no distant time.
“ As for our primaries, it is going to be very transparent and at the end of it, whoever wins shall enjoy full support from Bayelsa APC,” he said.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)
Former Niger governor extols IBB at 78
The immediate past governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu, on Saturday extolled the virtues of former military leader, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) of contributing positively to Nation building.
Aliyu made the remark in Minna, while congratulating IBB who turned 78 years on Aug. 17.
“Many people will be interested to know about IBB’s birthday because he is an elder statesman who has contributed positively to the development of our country.
“I am happy that he is still alive and healthy, I wish him well at 78.
“We hope he will still live longer because we need him around to continue to contribute to national development,” he said.
He assured he would continue to encourage and support Babangida towards contributing to the development of Nigeria.
“I think IBB is a statesman that we will continue to pray for,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that IBB, who was born Aug. 17, 1941 was the military President of Nigeria between Aug. 27, 1985 and Aug. 26, 1993.
He previously served as the Chief of Army Staff from January 1984 to August 1985.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
First Lady celebrate APC ex-chair at 80
First Lady Aisha Buhari has described the former national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as a complete gentleman and a peace maker.
She made this known in her Instagram handle on Saturday in a message to celebrate the former APC chairman on his 80th birthday anniversary.
The first lady also described the celebrant as a unifying factor who worked tirelessly for the development of his fatherland.
She therefore wished him long life in good health and prosperity.
The message reads: ”Happy Birthday, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of APC.
”A complete gentleman, a peace maker and a unifying factor of our time.
”Wishing you many years ahead in good health and prosperity.”
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chairman, Organising Committee of the event, Mr Ray Morphy, said the committee plans to mark Odigie-Oyegun’s birthday in Abuja on Aug. 17.
Morphy said that eminent Nigerians, including top APC chieftains, are expected at the event.
He urged young Nigerians to emulate the leadership qualities and values demonstrated by Odigie-Oyegun when he served as a Permanent Secretary, governor of Edo and National Chairman of APC.
“Chief Odigie-Oyegun has kept his name clean right and fair over the years.
”Even as he left office as National Chairman of the APC, you noticed that he has never engaged in any battle with anybody in the party.”
Road crash claims 1 on Lagos-Ibadan highway
The Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, told Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Ota that the accident happened at about 8.00 p.m on Friday.
Oladele explained that a Toyota SUV with registration number GGE 30 DF, was coming from Lagos when the driver lost control due to speeding.
He said that the driver veered off the road, somersaulted and crashed into a parked bus.
“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at the mortuary of Idera Hospital in Sagamu, Ogun State,’’ he said.
The FRSC boss advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid avoidable road crashes and its attendant fatalities.
FG flag-off agric. inputs distribution in Adamawa
The Federal Government, through its North East Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, has flagged off the distribution of agricultural inputs in Adamawa.
The over 20,000 beneficiaries would be given inputs and non food item kits from seven local government areas affected by insurgency in the state.
Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa, Chairman, North East Development Commission (NEDC) flagged off the distribution in Michika Local Government Area.
Tarfa, who was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Danjuma, federal project coordinator of the Programme, said the intervention included rehabilitation of infrastructure affected by insurgency in the areas.
“The core objective of the project is to support Government of Nigeria in rehabilitation and improving critical infrastructural service delivery to improve and sustain the livelihood of conflict and displacement in affected communities in North East,” Tarfa said.
Mr Maurice Vonubolki, Adamawa project coordinator of the programme, listed the benefiting councils to include Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Song and Gombi.
He said the distribution was a continuation of several interventions made by the programme in the benefiting communities.
“Apart from the distribution of agricultural inputs and non food item kits witnessed today, the project under component one had reached out to thousands of beneficiaries with improved small animal inputs, non agricultural livelihood and soft skills training for small entrepreneurship.
“Under component two, the project has commenced rehabilitation of critical physical infrastructure that include water provision, transport sector, education, health and public buildings in the affected areas,” Vonubolki said.
He noted that already about 295 hand pumps and 59 solar boreholes had been provided across the affected communities in the seven councils.
Responding on behalf of the state government and the benefiting communities, Mr Haruna Ali, Deputy Transition Caretaker Chairman of Michika, thanked the federal government for the intervention.
Ali tasked the beneficiaries to use the items to improve their living condition for sustainable economic development of their areas.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
Gov. Matawalle of Zamfara appoints new HOS
Until his appointment, Balarabe was the Permanent Secretary, Government House.
A statement signed by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Press Affairs to the governor and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Saturday, said the appointment takes immediate effect.
The appointment followed the retirement of Alhaji Mujtaba Isa, the former Head of Service.
Matawalle charged the new Head of Service to live up to the administration’s expectations by restructuring the service in the state and making it a role model.
Born in March, 1966, Balarabe, a graduate of the University of Sokoto, joined the civil service as a Research Officer in the old Sokoto Military Administrator’s office in August, 1991.
He had served in various capacities including as Private Secretary to late President Shehu Shagari between 1993 and 1996.
Balarabe was also a Principal Private Secretary to the Zamfara State first civilian governor, Sen. Ahmed Sani and a former Local Government Sole Administrator of the old Kasuwar Daji Local Government.