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APC cautions members on fake news on Kogi, Bayelsa governorship elections

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APC cautions members on fake news on Kogi, Bayelsa governorship elections

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned its members, supporters and the general public on the fake news being spread in the social media on the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.


Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the party was initially ignoring the fake statements on the elections until recently.

He added that it however, became necessary to debunk the several fake statements because they were being ascribed to the party and its National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

“It should be noted that neither the party nor the national chairman has made any statement at any forum regarding these elections.

“The numerous quotes being ascribed to the party and the national chairman are mere fabrications intended for mischief.

“APC has demonstrated absolute fidelity to the best democratic practices in the manners the party has conducted its affairs so far.

“As a progressive party, we are focused on even doing better as we look forward to the commencement of a new four-year tenure,“ the APC spokesman said.

He added that in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for the country and APC’s continued effort towards deepening participatory democracy, the party`s National Working Committee (NWC) would abide by the rules at every stage of the process of primary elections.

He assured that the party’s leadership would provide a level playing ground to all aspirants for the elections in the affected states.

Issa-Onilu said that relevant information and the official party guidelines for the respective elections would be released by the party through official channels in due course.

He, therefore, advised that the fake news and quotes should be ignored.

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Inauguration of EDHA members- elect will be prioritised- Ize-Iyamu

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives candidate in the Edo Sept. 19 governorship election says he will give priority to the inauguration of the Edo House of Assembly (EDHA) if elected governor of the state.


Ize-Iyamu stated this when he received decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on a visit in Benin on Monday.

Ize-Iyamu said that it was difficult for development to take place in the state when some seats were vacant at the house of assembly.

He said that his administration would also revamp projects abandoned in the state by the present administration for the benefit of the people.

He noted that the present administration had closed the College of Education in Ovia North East Local Government Area that would have brought development to the council.

“College of Agriculture, Iguorikhi, College of Education, would be revamped, anything that would benefit our people will not be closed.

“We are into politics so that people will progress through good governance,” he said.

He also said: “I don’t support thuggery and oppression of our people, only government officials wearing uniforms will be allowed to collect taxes.

“We must look for jobs for the thugs in the motor parks and markets. You cannot solve one problem and create another problem in the long run”.

Earlier, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect, EDHA, from Ovia North East Constituency 2, who presented the decampees to the  Edo APC governorship candidate said that more opposition members would decamp to the party. 

Uwadiae said that the decampees from opposition parties in his local government area were ready to support Ize-Iyamu to victory in the Sept. 19 governorship election.

Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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Ondo 2020: We may suffer defeat over choice of running mate, PDP Chieftain warns

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A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, has raised the alarm that the party might be defeated in the Oct. 10 governorship polls over the choice of the running mate its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.


Akinrinlola stated this on Monday in Okitipupa, while addressing a group of PDP youths in the southern district of the state over developments within the party.

He said that the tussle over the choice of running mate, which had set party members against one another, might make the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) win the election, if not handled with utmost caution.

According to him, Jegede is supposed to pick his running mate from his political camp in Ilaje Local Government area of the state among the aspirants who contested the primary with him.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there has been pressure on Jegede to pick Agboola Ajayi, the state’s deputy governor, but that he had submitted the name of Olumide Ogunje, one of his closest allies, as running mate, which might later be substituted after conclusion of talks with party leaders.

Akinrinlola said that it was a sad development that while APC had started its campaign, PDP was still battling with the issue of running mate.

“The choice of running mate is very critical to the success or failure of any candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, no matter the political party involved.

“But the issue of running mate being considered by our party’s governorship candidate is making me afraid of the election, because victories are determined before the polls.

“A strong running mate from Ondo South will help secure victory for the party; but if the issue is not settled on time, defeat of PDP may be imminent.

“We have endured the opposition for four years and we can’t wait to return to Alagbaka, the seat of power. It is our right and we must do all within the laws to sack APC.

“Youths are the power-house of PDP and we are ready to reclaim the state from the ruling APC; but the choices and decisions being taken may affect our chances,” Akinrinlola said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Constituents laud Dogara’s defection to APC

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Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the constituency of a former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have commended his defection to the party.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dogara had recently written a letter to the Bogoro Local Government secretariat of the People Democratic Party (PDP), giving his reasons for leaving the party for the APC.

An APC Chieftain, Mr Elisha Gwamis, who spoke at a briefing organised by stakeholders from Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency on Monday in Bauchi, said that the defection to the party by Dogara was commendable.

He said that the return of the former speaker into the party was not only a blessing but was also most welcome by the entire constituents and the state.

According to him, Dogara’s could not have come at a better time than now, especially with the approach of the local government elections, slated for October.

“Dogara’s defection to APC is a blessing to the party as well as its members at all levels.

“We call for his full support in the forthcoming local government elections and to ensure that our unity and strength in Bauchi State remain strong.

“We indeed remain committed and resolute in supporting Dogara as one of our illustrious sons who is determined to upholding the people’s mandate and deliver democratic dividends, in line with our party’s progressive agenda,” he said.

According to him, the former speaker is an all-round instrument in any political party he belongs to.

Gwamis also called on the state secretariat of the party to give the former speaker all the necessary support so that he could feel at home.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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NDDC probe: Uduaghan dismisses reported N429m road contract allegation

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Former Delta Governor, Dr Emmanuel, on Monday said the allegation linking him with a Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) road contract in Port Harcourt, Rivers, was false.


Uduaghan in statement in Warri which was signed by his media assistant, Monoyo Edon, urged the public to disregard the allegation as reported by the media on Monday.

According to the media report, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, had in a letter linked two former Delta governors, James Ibori and Uduaghan, to various contracts awarded by the commission.

The letter was said to have been addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Uduaghan, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Delta, said he had reached out to the minister to immediately correct the falsehood.

The former governor who served for two terms under the PDP before he defected to the APC, said that he had never approached the commission for any contract.

“The publication states that the former governor was linked to the contract for the emergency repair of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt, at a cost of N429m.

“I want to state clearly that the said accusation is false. Uduaghan has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever.

“It is even more ridiculous that the said contract is a road inside Port Harcourt town.

“The attention of the Minister of the Niger Delta, Sen. Akpabio, has been drawn to the publication and I hope he makes a correction,” he said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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