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INEC monitors 59 parties primaries in Kogi, 64 in Bayelsa

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),on Wednesday, confirmed that it monitored governorship primary elections conducted by 59 political parties in Kogi and 64 in Bayelsa.

The commission gave the confirmation in separate documents for the primary elections results it made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.

The documents made available to Nigeria News Agency indicated the names of political parties, date of the primaries, the mode of primaries adopted, winners, gender and remarks, names of aspirants and votes scored.

The documents also revealed that in Kogi, INEC monitored the primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) which produced Yahaya Bello as well as Musa Wada as winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary in the state.

Also on the list were Abubakar Mohammed as winner of primary by Accord, Mrs Harirat Yakubu for Labour Party; Ephraim Medurin, Alliance for Democracy (AD); Nathasa Apoti, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and 53 others.

It also recorded that the APC primaries it monitored in Bayelsa produced Lyon David as the winner and Sen. Diri Douye as winner of that of the PDP.

It recognised Imomotimi Simeon as the winner of the primary conducted by the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Okala Azibola for Peoples Redemption Party (PRP); and Mrs Oguara Nengimonyo of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).

The document indicated that only three women out of 56 emerged as candidates from Kogi and five females out of 64 candidates in Bayelsa for the Nov. 16 elections.

Meanwhile, INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said that they were just results of primaries monitored by INEC, not candidates list for the two states elections.

Osaze-Uzzi said that the documents were just results of parties primaries monitored by INEC.

“kindly note for purposes of clarity and to avoid any ambiguity that the lists above are not the list of candidates contesting the respective governorship elections.

“They are the results of political parties primaries monitored by the commission.

“Some parties may chose, for whatever reason, not to sponsor any candidate even after conducting primaries,” he said.

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Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan

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Kogi: INEC distributes electoral materials to RAC’s ahead of Saturday’s poll

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday dispatched both sensitive and non-sensitive materials to the Registration Area Centres (RACs) in Kogi for Saturday’s election in the state.

The centres at the ward levels are located in Mopamuro, Kabba/Bunu and Yagba East Local Government Areas of the state.

Nigeria News Agency correspondent, who monitored the distribution, reports that vehicles conveying both sensitive and non-sensitive materials left INEC state headquarters at Mopa to the RACs at about 4 p.m.

NAN also monitored the safe arrival of the materials at some RACs in Amuro, comprising Amuro Community Secondary School (ACSS) Amuro with three wards, namely Ward 06, Ward 09 and Ward 10 of Orokere, Aiyeteju, Aiyede communities.

Mr Folorunsho Aje, the RAC Manager of Aiyeteju Ward 09 and Mrs Dorcas Aiyegbajeje, the RAC Manager of Wards 06 and 10, confirmed to NAN that all the materials were successfully delivered at the RACs.

Both Aje and Aiyegbajeje commended INEC for the timely distribution of the materials, accompanied by security personnel.

NAN observed that the atmosphere at some RACs visited was peaceful, while two armed police personnel were seen on ground at each RAC visited.

NAN reports that governorship election would be held across the 21 LGAs of Kogi, while National Assembly re-run election would also hold in Kogi West senatorial district, simultaneously on Saturday.

(Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Sam Oditah)

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Election observer group lauds INEC’s readiness for Bayelsa guber

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Women Arise for Change, an electoral observer group, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) level of preparedness for the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa.

The President of the group, Dr Josephine Okei-Odumakin, said at a news briefing in Yenagoa on Friday that the group was satisfied with the logistics arrangement put in place by INEC for the poll.

Okei-Odumakin further said that the group trained 30 election observers, who were deployed in the state for the exercise.

She said: “Our observers have been trained in best international practices in election observation.

“Feedback from our observer teams reveal that INEC has already moved sensitive materials to the Registration Area Centres.”

Okei-Odumakin also commended the pre-election comportment of security agencies deployed in the state.

She said that neutrality of security agents on election duties was crucial to the success of the process.

“Our appeal is that other stakeholders should support the  efforts of INEC and the security agencies to ensure a credible and peaceful election.

“We are also urging political actors in the state to play by the rules, they must shun violence and other  electoral vices,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin said that the group’s expectation was that the poll would be credible, adding that “observers must remain neutral”.

She further urged the media to ensure balanced and objective coverage of the process in the interest of the nation’s democracy.

(Edited by Azubuike Okeh/Sam Oditah)

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Ransome-Kuti wants more women in politics

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 A woman politician in Lagos State, Ms Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, on Friday advised women to get more involved in political and social activities to achieve adequate female representation in governance.

Ransome-Kuti gave the advice in Lagos at the 2019 Thrive Women Conference, with the theme: “Today’s Women: Influencing and Shaping the Future.’’

“We need more women in politics; as a woman, are you politically savvy, and are you engaged with the political and social developments of our country?

“We need to have adequate representation to sit at the table with men to draft policies and set agenda for equity and good governance.

“We need to be ready to step up and run for office, bringing to an end clapping and cheer leading for the men,’’ she said.

She urged women to inculcate in their children good morals so that political parties would not use them as thugs to cause problem in the country.

Ransome-Kuti, who was the 2011 Lagos Central Senatorial Candidate for Social Democratic Mega Party (SDMP), urged women to summon the courage and be prepared to challenge the system until there was true democracy.

The politician also advised women to live responsibly by fulfilling their duties as citizens as well as paying their taxes.

According to her, women should hold government and relevant institutions at all levels accountable to ensure the provision of democratic dividends to the people.

For this to have effect, Ransome-Kuti said, women needed to be organised at community levels to create the impact.

“Are we defending and fighting for our rights, our security, and our protection.

“We cannot go to sleep and imagine that angels are going to come and do it, we have to organize, bring discussions about democracy and good governance.

“We also have to discuss social issues, domestic violence and drug abuse. We are the ones that have to own the problems and propose the change and implement it,’’ Ransome-kuti said.

Also speaking, Ms Anike Odunlami, Chevron Nigeria General Manager, Content Development, urged women to make good use of every available opportunities that came their way.

“Women need to be prepared so that when opportunity presents itself, it will not meet them unprepared.

“Preparations mean you have to be eager to learn and build your career and take calculated risk to try new things.

“Never limit yourself; even when the opportunity is not within your comfort zone, take the bold step, sacrifice, evaluate and reevaluate it and you will be successful,’’ she said.

The Executive Director, Royal Roots Communication, Mrs Debbie Odutayo, advised women to develop passion for whatever it was they were planning to do.

“Women should be passionate, confident, committed and be consistent about what they do in their different fields if they want to shape a better future.

“We must also change our attitudes in all aspects of our life. We should not always wait for husbands to provide before we are able to do things.

“We should stand and be the person that we want to be, this can be achieved if we update ourselves and stay dedicated,’’ she said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was sponsored by Zenith Bank, Nestle, Noxie Limited, among others, and supported by ACCION Microfinance Bank as well as Women Advocates and Documentation Centre.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Akinyele contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development – Tinubu

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday, commiserated with the family and professional colleagues of former Information Minister, Chief Alex Akinyele.

Tinubu, in a statement signed by Mr Tunde Rahman, his media aide, described Akinyele as an elder statesman who contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development.

Akinyele died on Thursday at the age of 81.

“The late minister would be deeply missed by the country he served to the best of his abilities.

“Chief Alex Akinyele was an elder statesman. He served the country to the best of his abilities.

“He did his best as minister of Information and later Chairman of the Nigerian Sports Commission.

“He was also one leader who was very proud of his Yoruba, indeed Ondo heritage, and demonstrated this often in his appearance and conduct.”

The former Lagos State governor said that Akinyele radiated warmth and tenderness.

“To meet him is to like him. He was full of life and was unmistakable with his sartorial elegance.

“The country he did his best for will sorely miss him.

“I commiserate with his family, friends and relations at this moment.

“I mourn with his professional colleagues, the Public Relations practitioners and members of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations.

“My condolences also go to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the government and people of Ondo State.

“May they find the strength to live through his passing and may the soul of Chief Akinyele find eternal rest in the bosom of the Lord,” Tinubu said.

Edited by Saidu Adamu/Oluwole Sogunle

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Sen. Olujimi lauds judiciary for upholding justice

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Abuja, Nov. 15, 2019 Sen. Biodun Olujimi, (PDPEkiti South), who was newly sworn in, has lauded Nigeria’s judiciary for upholding the course of justice in the country.

Olujimi gave the commendation on Friday during a visit by a delegation from Ekiti State to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Olujimi was sworn in on Thursday following a judgement of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna which declared her winner of the Ekiti South senatorial election held on Feb. 23.

Olujimi replaced the former Senate spokesperson, Adedayo Adeyeye.

She said that winning her appeal had further strengthened her confidence in the Nigerian judiciary.

The senator called on her opponent to join hands with her in working for the good of their contitutuents.

“I went to it (Judiciary) without the necessary confidence, being a female, two; without a governor, three; without the ruling government at the centre behind me and yet, justice was done.

“I doff my hat to the judiciary.

“I also want to use this opportunity to call on my brother, my friend, who was my opponent in the race and at the tribunal, Sen. Adeyeye, to please let us put all hands on deck and ensure that the senatorial district is promoted because it is by doing this that the future will be bright for us and for the people.

“What has happened is just the travails of democracy, which we all subscribed unto it,” she said.

Olujimi, who thanked her constituents for their support, pledged to do more for them and ensure that there was development in the Ekiti South Senatorial District.

Earlier in his remarks, the traditional ruler of Omuo-Ekiti, Oba Noah Okinbaloye, said that they were in the Presidential Villa to intimate the vice president on some of their needs such as roads, electricity and having a tertiary institution in Omuo kingdom.

The monarch said Osinbajo promised to look into their plight and do his best to address them.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Plateau crisis: Sango formally resigns as PDP Chairman

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Chief Damishi Sango, the embattled Plateau Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday formally stepped aside by handing over to his deputy, Mr Amos Gombe.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Sango’s resignation was announced by retired Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni, the leader of the party in the state.

Useni, also PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting in Jos on Friday.

“Sango is no more our state chairman as directed by the National Secretariat but now a member of PDP Board of Trustees (BOT).

“Mr Amos Gombi, his deputy, is now the acting chairman of PDP in the state. This was done to settle whatever crisis we were having.

“Left for us the leaders of the party in the state, there is nothing like PDP I and PDP II because we are one big family undivided.

“The allegation that Sango collected money from the headquarters for 2019 general elections was not true because three of us signed for whatever stipends given to us by the National Secretariat.

“So, the insinuations raised against him (Sango) were but false and a disservice to him,” he stated.

Useni, who was flanked by his running mate, Mr James Dalok, described PDP as a big family devoid of any form of division and ready to reclaim its stolen mandate at the Court of Appeal.

“Our appeal is coming up on Nov. 22, with great and strong belief that we shall emerge victorious.

“But no matter the outcome of the appeal, we shall end up at the Supreme Court because I will never give up the fight.

“I am a dogged fighter, and never give up. That’s why I attended all the sittings at the Election Petition Tribunal to the end.

“What I want from you people is your continuous prayers for God to help us reclaim our stolen mandate,” Useni said.

Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa

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