The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the post-election violence reported in Kogi State, which led to the death of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) woman leader, Salome Abuh, and destruction of property in the state.
The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in Abuja on Wednesday, condoled with the family of the deceased and others affected by the post-election violence.
Issa-Onilu, who quoted the state police command as saying that the killing was as a result of a reprisal attack, urged the Kogi people to ensure that the violence was not allowed to escalate.
“We are aware that Gov. Yahaya Bello has already directed law enforcement agencies to fish out the perpetrators.
“The APC abhors violence and other criminalities which, sadly, have continued to plague our electioneering process.
“We urge people to see election as a democratic contest and not a do-or-die and for which we should pay with our lives.
“We pray that the culprits are caught and the full weight of the law brought to bear on them.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has advised those who are not satisfied with the results of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa to seek redress in court and shun violence.
“We must all heed this call,” the APC spokesman said.
Edited by Abiemwense Moru and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Inauguration of EDHA members- elect will be prioritised- Ize-Iyamu
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)
Ondo 2020: We may suffer defeat over choice of running mate, PDP Chieftain warns
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.
“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.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Constituents laud Dogara’s defection to APC
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
NDDC probe: Uduaghan dismisses reported N429m road contract allegation
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 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)