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IDPs drum support for Ndume’s senate presidency

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IDPs drum support for Ndume’s senate presidency

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Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno, have expressed support for the emergence of Sen. Ali Ndume as President of the 9th National Assembly.

They advocated for zoning of the senate presidency to the North East region and called on the National Working Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC), Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima and other stakeholders to support Ndume to clinch the senate apex position.

Some of the displaced persons told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Maiduguri that their appeal was to facilitate effective leadership of the senate toward consolidating successes recorded in the war against insurgency and other national issues.

Malam Buba Muhammed, a displaced person, said emergence of Ndume as senate president would fast track proactive legislation to facilitate successful operation of Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims in the war ravaged region.

Muhammed, who quoted Shettima as saying “Boko Haram insurgency has dragged the state to 50 years backwards’’, added that the colossal damage caused by the insurgency needed practical legislative approach to address.

Messrs Muhammed Gajere and Umar Abba-Tata said it was high time for political leaders and communities in the region to support Ndume to enable him win the senate president post.

Gajere said: “Political leaders from the North East region should work together and rally behind Ndume’s ambition in order to address the nagging unemployment, poverty and insecurity challenges bedevilling the region.

“Displaced persons in Borno organised special prayer sessions and fasting for some days to seek for divine intervention to actualise the emergence of Ndume as senate president.

“Our support to Ndume is in appreciation of his contributions to the plight of persons affected by the conflict and address humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Statistics by Borno State Government showed more than 5,335 classrooms; 512 primary, 38 secondary schools and two tertiary institutions were destroyed by the insurgents in Borno.”

Gajere noted that Ndume’s leadership of the senate would fast track effective implementation of government’s policies and programmes, to accelerate social and economic development of the region.

Earlier, Mrs Halima Adamu and Malam Abdulhammed Ishyaku, urged people from the region should support Ndume in view of his penchant for the improvement of their well-being.

Adamu added that Ndume was committed to the realisation of the APC-led administration’s change mantra.

He stressed that Ndume would provide absolute support and cooperation to the executive arm of government to achieve the goals of transforming the country.

Ndume (APC-Borno South) was re-elected for the third time; having served as the senate leader of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

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INEC declares APC’s candidate, Lyon winner of Bayelsa governorship poll

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, who anounced the result, said  APC polled 352,552 votes to win the election.

He said APC’s closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 143, 172 votes.

The returning officer said that the total vote cast in the election was 505,884 votes, total valid votes 499,551, while the total rejected votes stood at 6,333.

Orumwnese said  APC won the election in six Local Government Areas, while PDP won in two.

He declared Lyon winner and duly elected governor having polled the highest number of votes in the contest.

From the results declared by INEC in Southern Ijaw local government area, APC polled 124,803 votes, while PDP scored 898 votes.

In Ekeremor Local Government Area, APC polled 21, 489 votes and PDP scored 18, 344 votes.

In Sagbama, PDP polled 60,339 votes and APC got 7,831 votes.

In Brass, APC scored 23, 831 votes, while PDP polled 10,410 votes.

The results  showed that APC polled 83,041 votes in Nembe anf PDP polled 874 votes.

In Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area, APC got  8,934 votes, while PDP polled 15,360 votes.

According to the results declared by INEC, APC polled 24,608 votes while PDP polled 19,184 votes in Yenagoa Local Government Area,

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the total number of registered voters in the state is 922, 562 while the total number of collated voter cards is 889,308.

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Kogi Poll : PDP candidate rejects results

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Kogi governorship election, Mr Musa Wada has rejected results so far released by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the election.

Addressing newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday, Wada said that the results were doctored to favour Gov. Yahaya Bello of APC.

He alleged that the APC massively rigged the election in Kogi Central where the governor came from.

“The result is not a true reflection of what happened. The people of the state voted for PDP but APC changed the result to favour them.

“Results declared so far by INEC are written results and we can’t accept that.

“Every single result was changed and we are going to challenge the result. The election is not true reflection of what happened in the field,” Wada said.

He promised to challenge the results at the tribunal.

Edited by Joseph Edeh/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Bayelsa Poll: Residents in jubilation as APC leads

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NNN: The Residents of Bayelsa have thrown into jubilation as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced results of the Saturday governorship poll from the six Local government areas out of eight in the state.

Two local government areas yet to be announced are Southern-Ijaw and Ekeremor.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has so far won in the four local government areas, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in two.

Announcing the results by the Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice-chancellor, University of Benin, said in Ogbia, that APC pulled 58, 016 votes to beat PDP that got 13, 763 votes in the local government.

According to Orumwense, APC also wins in Brass, Nembe and Yenagoa local government areas.

PDP leads in Sagbama and Kolokumo/Opokuma local government areas.

Mr Keme Jude, a resident, told NAN that the results so far announced was commendable, noting that with APC, a new Bayelsa would emerged.

“You see, people are already jubilating even when the total result has not been released.

”I know that our people already know that with the results so far announced, we are heading to a new Bayelsa.

“This should be our early dance to the promise land because we are heading to a new Bayelsa with the APC and the candidate, David Lyon.

Mr Samuel Agada, Party Agent of the United Party of Nigeria (UPN), said “the results so far announced has spoken and they are happy.”

NAN reports that six out of the eight local government areas had so far been announced by INEC; APC won in four while PDP won in two.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan

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Kogi, Bayelsa: We remain  strong, united –PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it remained strong and united in the face of all its experience in the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections conducted on Saturday.

The party stated this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday in Abuja while reacting to the outcome of the two states governorship elections.

He said that the PDP would  continue to fully exert itself in upholding the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.

Edited by Kayode Olaitan

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Edo speaker pledges commitment to enact people-oriented laws

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Benin, Nov. 17, 2019 The Speaker, Edo House of Assembly, Mr Francis Okiye, on Sunday pledged his commitment to enact people-oriented laws that would enhance the standard of living in the state.

Okiye made the pledge during his special thanksgiving service to celebrate his victory at the polls and his election as the speaker of Edo House of Assembly.

He said: “Edo Assembly under my leadership will be committed to strengthening existing laws and, where possible, make new ones that will empower the youth and create jobs in the state

“On behalf of my family, I heartily express my profound gratitude to all and sundry for their immense support for my victory at the polls and subsequent elevation as speaker of Edo assembly.

“My utmost indebtedness goes to the revered Benin Monarch, Omo’N’Oba N’ Edo Uku Apkpolokpolo, Oba Eware 11, the Ojuromi of Uromi, HRH Anselm Eidenogie and other Royal fathers for their prayers and support.”

The speaker also thanked the clerics behind him, especially the Spiritual Leader, Christ Chosen Church of God, Apostle David Unuefe,  and other spiritual leaders for their presence and demonstration of Godly affection.

Okiye also thanked governor Godwin Obaseki for his commitment at ensuring that Edo took the centre stage in terms of development and job creation.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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Nigerian Tribune, home of independent, fearless, investigative journalism — Tinubu

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says that the Nigerian Tribune newspaper is a home of independent, fearless and investigative journalism in the country.

In a congratulatory message signed by him and addressed to the Managing Director of the newspaper, Mr Edward Dickson, Tinubu congratulated the management, staff and all those associated with the Nigerian Tribune over the 70th anniversary of the newspaper organisation and the grand opening of its new office in Isheri, Ogun.

“The Nigerian Tribune is the home of independent, fearless and investigative journalism in the country.

“The newspaper has continued to shine the light of truth into every corner of the Nigerian public space.”

The former governor of Lagos said that the Nigerian Tribune had set the standard for journalism practice in Nigeria.

He said all those behind the success of the newspaper should rightly feel proud of this latest milestone in its distinguished existence.

“Accept my hearty congratulations to you, the management and staff, family and friends associated with the Nigerian Tribune on the 70th anniversary of the newspaper’s establishment.

“Nigerian Tribune is, of course, the oldest surviving privately-owned newspaper in Nigeria.

“Over its 70 years of existence, the newspaper has served as an important mouthpiece for the Nigerian people.

“It boasts a proud history of defending the interests of the people from its earliest days fighting for Nigeria’s independence from British colonial rule through to the emergence of an independent, democratic and progressive Nigeria of today.

“Tribune has set the standard for journalism practice in Nigeria and all those associated with the newspaper should rightly feel proud of this latest milestone in its distinguished existence.”

The APC leader congratulated the family of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, on their wise and good foresight in the conception and promotion of the Tribune newspaper and its heritage.

He said that under their skilful guidance, the newspaper remained an essential and trusted voice within the Nigerian media space and beyond.

“My prayer is that the next 70 years will even be more successful than the last.

“Once again, congratulations on this twin-milestone,” Tinubu said.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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