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426 candidates jostle for Saturday’s poll in Niger



426 candidates jostle for Saturday’s poll in Niger


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that 426 candidates of different political parties would feature in Saturday’s governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Niger State.

Prof. Samuel Egwu, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday.

Egwu said 31 out of the candidates are for governorship poll, while the rest 395 are for the state House of Assembly election.

He noted that materials required for the elections are now at the 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

He assured that the commission would provide level playing filed for all the candidates in the elections.

He appealed to stakeholders, especially leaders of political parties to preach the principle of tolerance and understanding among their supporters.


Reps make case for road construction in Imo



The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to urgently undertake remedial works on the

Owerri-Orlu-Ideato-Uga Federal Road in Imo.

This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Chogozie Obi (AA-Imo) at the plenary on Thursday.

Moving the motion earlier, Obi said that the road linked Owerri, the capital of Imo through Uga to Awka, the capital of Anambra.

Obi said that stretches of the road from Orlu-Mgbee-Umuchima-Obiohia-Urualla have collapsed with devastating gullies on both sides of the road.

The lawmaker said that the Government of Imo State under Sen. Rochas Okorocha had executed projects and made appreciable efforts with regard to the road.

He, however, said that unintended flooding destroyed some of the works to unmanageable proportions.

According to him, the heavy traffic on the road which links several local government headquarters in Imo could constitute further hazards to communities, villages and hamlets in Ideato Federal Constituency.

“The grave devastation on the road, includes the collapse of Umuchima-Mgbee bridge as a result of excessive erosion as well as the non-continuation of the expansion and dualisation project on the road.

“The high death rates from accidents and other minor mishaps, especially on the collapsed bridge linking Mgbee, Orlu and Umuchima, including the ravaging impact of the erosion is becoming a menace,” he said.

The House, therefore, urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to include the duailisation of the road in the 2020 budget.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Idris Wase, mandated the Committees on Works and Housing and Appropriations to ensure compliance.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Ex Niger Gov. urges INEC to cancel Kogi, Bayelsa elections



The former governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Aliyu made the call in a press statement on Thursday in Minna by Mr Bala Bitrus, his media officer.

Accordding to Aliyu: “we hereby ask INEC and the government in power to annul the elections in the interest of peace, the growth of democracy and fairness.

“(This is) for the soul of Salomi Acheju Abuh and of all those who were slain in Kogi and Bayelsa states in the course of last Saturday’s elections by the agents of the states.

“We ask the federal government to not only condemn the wanton killings and destruction of properties but to empaneled well balanced committees to probe the dastardly acts and speedily bring those behind the arsons and fish out their sponsors for proper justice.”

He condemned the killing of the PDP’s Women Leader of Wada Aro Campaign Council in Kogi state, Salomi Abuh who was burnt to death in her house by alleged sponsored armed political thugs.

“As civilized citizens, we note with serious concern that the general conducts of the governorship elections in the two states, where innocent citizens were subjected to crude, brutal and naked use of force have rubbished the essence of the elections.

“Therefore we reject the outcomes of the two elections in their entirety,” he said.

“The conducts and outcomes of the elections in the two states are therefore not the reflections of free choice by the electorate in the two states nor are they in tandem with democratic traditions hence we reject the results posted by INEC in all their ramifications.

“It is pertinent to say here that subversion of the free will and wishes of citizens at elections and at any public fora amounts to, not only illegality but gross abuse of the fundamental principles of the rights of citizens to elect candidates of their preferred choice to govern them.

The Former Governor said that it was time for the country to begin to have critical look at the electoral system and ensure that the right things are done toward safeguarding democracy and its true culture in all elections.

Responding, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger, told Nigeria News Agency that Aliyu was merely seeking for relevance.

“He is actually canvassing for such, knowing fully well that INEC cannot annul election after it had declared it,” he said.

NAN reports that David Lyon of the APC in Bayelsa had polled 352,552 votes to defeat Sen. Douye Diri of the PDP who got 143,172 votes.

While the incumbent in Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat his major opponent, Musa Wada of the PDP who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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APC faults committee’s report on former Gov. Abubakar of Bauchi



The Bauchi State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the report of the State’s Funds and Assets Recovery Committee against former Gov. Mohammed Abubakar as baseless.

Mr Umar Mohammed, a former Commissioner for Housing in the state disclosed this during a news conference on Thursday at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.

Mohammed who led former aides of Abubakar and some lawmakers at the state House of Assembly to Abuja on the issue said the falsehood put out by the committee would not go unchallenged.

“We are addressing you today to set records straight and to challenge the falsehood put out by the asset recovery committee. This falsehood would not go legally unchallenged,” he said.

He said that the allegations raised by the committee were either outright fabrications or exaggerations, adding that the former governor was never given opportunity to explain his own side of the story.

“Those conversant with political development in Bauchi state are aware that the ‘committee’ itself was peopled by certified political foes of the former governor, with rancid reputations.

“The Chairman, Sen. Isa Hamma Misau, is currently battling with sundry charges of corruption, self enrichment and abuse of office levelled against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) when he held sway as Senator representing Bauchi Central between 2015 and 2019.

“This alone, puts a dent and a big question mark on his integrity and that of the committee in discharging its responsibilities without witch-hunt. The leadership of the committee is reflective of the leadership of the current state government,” he said.

Mohammed said that all contracts awarded by the administration of Abubakar were done through laid down procedure.

“The road constructions, rehabilitations and supplies were subjected to rigorous due process,” he said.

Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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INEC fixes Nov. 30 for Kogi West Senatorial District, Ajaokuta Federal Constituency re-run



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Nov. 30 for the conduct of supplementary and re-run elections for Kogi West Senatorial District and Ajaokuta Federal Constituency respectively.

In a statement, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said the decision was taken at the meeting held on Thursday in Abuja.

He recalled that at the conclusion of the court-ordered Kogi West Senatorial re-run election on Saturday, supplementary polls were indicated by the Collation/Retuming Officer for the Senatorial District.

The affected areas includes 20 Registration Areas, 53 Polling Units and 46,767 Registered Voters spread across seven Local Government Areas of the Senatorial District.

“In addition, the court ordered the conduct of Supplementary re-run poll in Ajaokuta Federal Constituency affecting 22 Polling Units.”

Okoye said that collation procedures shall be in line with extant Guidelines for Collation at the Supplementary polls.

He added that the list of affected registration areas and polling units would be uploaded on INEC website and communicated to the stakeholders in the respective registration areas and polling pnits.

“We enjoin all the political parties and stakeholders to cooperate with the commission for conclusive free and credible elections in the affected areas,” Okoye said.

INEC declared the Saturday’s senatorial re-run election for Kogi West inconclusive because the margin of win was less than the total cancelled votes.

INEC Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Olayide Lawal said the candidate of the APC, Smart Adeyemi polled 80,118 votes while Dino Melaye of the PDP got 59,548.

Lawal, however, said that votes were cancelled across 53 polling units in the senatorial district with 46,127 registered voters due to violence and snatching of ballot boxes

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Kogi Election Result: Let’s meet in court, Bello tells PDP, others



Gov.-Yahaya Bello of Kogi


Abuja, Nov. 21, 2019 The re-elected Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, has expressed his readiness and that of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to meet any of his opponents in court over the result of the Nov. 16 Kogi governorship election.

The governor stated this when he fielded questions from State House Correspondents after he paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Returning Officer of the Nov. 16 Kogi governorship election, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, had on Monday declared Yahaya Bello as winner of the election after polling 406,222 votes.

Bello defeated 24 other contestants, including Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 189,704 votes.

He opined that the presentation of certificate of return to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had proved that he won the gubernatorial election as expected.

“Just few hours ago, I received my certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Lokoja. That is the conclusion of the Nov. 16 gubernatorial election that was held, that I won with landslide.

“I told you sometimes back that the issues of winning the election was not in question but the margin with which I will defeat my opponent, and that he will have no reason whatsoever to go tribunal. However, going to the tribunal is their right and if they so wish, we will meet in court.

“But I want to use this opportunity to call on all those that contested the elections with me starting from the Primaries of our party to the main election, all other political parties to please join me, we are all citizens of Kogi State, in the this next level so that we can together do more for Kogi State,” he said.

The Governor, who said he inherited a state facing the challenge of ethnicity, noted that he had been able to problem and pledged to do more for the state.

Her said: “I inherited a state that was largely divided along ethnic lines but this particular election, I was able to put that behind us, that we ethnicity is not the way, that it is a monster that has held the country down and that tore the states apart sometimes.

“ grace of God, today in Kogi State ethnicity has been buried finally.

“Because, in this particular election I won overwhelmingly in all three senatorial districts of Kogi State.

“We have a lot of task ahead of us, the journey has just begun, I need the cooperation and understanding of every citizens and residents of Kogi state to join hands with me so that we can do more for Kogi State.”

The National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied the governor to the State House, assured the people of Kogi that the governor would work hard to transform the state.

He said: “I think that for analysts and keen observers for Nigeria’s politics particularly the geo-political politics, you will agree that the victory of Yahaya Bello in Kogi State represents many things for those who truly believe that Nigeria politics should move away from sentiments, to dealing with people for who they are rather than where the come from.

“So, for us in the APC, we are very proud and we presented him to the president. The president was very proud, of course he congratulated, he was happy to see his certificate and he has encouraged us to recognize that the reward for hard work as they say is more work.

“And I am sure that governor Yahaya Bello having passed through the learning curve is going to approach the second term with all the vigor with eye for posterity and legacy marks in the development of Kogi state.

“We as party we appreciate the people of Kogi State for standing by the party and voting for Yahaya Bello.’’

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Savanah Bank: Reps C’ttee to interface with CBN, NDIC



The House of Representatives has mandated the Committee on Banking and Currency to interface with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) to determine the current status of Savanah Bank.

Magaji Aliyu (APC-Jigawa) at the plenary on Thursday.


He said the withdrawal was on the grounds that the bank did not have enough assets to meet its liabilities and did not comply with CBN obligations.

According to him, the promoters had been unable to prevent further deterioration of the bank.

The lawmaker recalled that the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) took over as liquidator of the bank which led to the sealing off of the branches of the bank all over the country.

“The bank challenged the closure in court and in a ruling on Oct. 20, 2006 High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, held that the CBN had acted properly in revoking the bank’s licence.

“The Court of Appeal in a ruling on Feb. 6, 2009 ordered the re-opening of the bank and also ordered the CBN and the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation to pay N100 million to the bank as damages.

“History was made in the Nigerian banking industry when in line with the order of the court, the licence was restored thus putting an end to seven years of agony for directors, depositors and other stakeholders of the bank,” he said.

According to him, the 17 years after Savannah Bank’s licence was restored, the bank has yet to commence operations.

that at the time of its forceful closure, the bank had nearly 85,000 shareholders, a share capital of N1 billion and about 118 branches with depositors funds which were in hundreds of millions.

Aliyu said that most of the depositors whose funds were trapped in the bank for the last 17 years were either dead, bankrupt or in dire hardships after many years of depression and discontentment.

The house directed the committee to interface with the shareholders and the new management of the bank on possible ways to refund funds of depositors.

The committee will also find out from the CBN effective measures put in place to avoid the reoccurrence of what led to withdrawal of the licence of the Savanah Bank and its eventual closure in 2002.

The committee is to report back within two months for further legislative action.

Edited by Donald Ugwu (NAN)


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