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Okowa swears in another batch of 8 SAs



Okowa swears in another batch of 8 SAs


By Ifeanyi Olannye

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the governor on July 2 sworn in the first batch of five special advisers.

The new SAs are Chief Edwin Uzor, Mr Pascal Adigwe, Mr Mike Okeme, Prince Kelly Penawou, Chief Mary Iyasere, Mr Johnson Erijo, Mr Daniel Yingi, and Barrister Ernest Ogwezzy.

The SAs earlier sworn in were Sylvester Monye (Senior Policy Adviser), Dr Kingsley Emu (Chief Economic Adviser), Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo (Housing and Urban Development), Mr Emmanuel Okoro (Rural Development) and Mr Efe Ofoburuku (Legislative Matters).

The governor, however, directed the newly sworn in SAs to contact the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) for the letters sssigning them their portfolios.

Okowa said that the appointments were coming in batches to ensure that the right set of persons were fixed into the right positions.

“I believe that the process of political appointments is continuous and appointments will come in batches because, we are all aware that there is room for a lot of people to be given political appointments.

“BUT it is not possible to appoint all Deltans into office.

“The appointment and swearing-in of this set of Special Advisers, further demonstrates this administration’s determination and collective resolve to put in place, a viable machinery of governance.

“This will assist in meeting the challenges of repositioning the state towards achieving our vision of a stronger Delta.

“The appointments we are making are premised on professionalism, merit and competence.

“I urge those who are yet to be appointed to be patient because, all those who worked will be rewarded in one way or the other; please, keep praying for me and the administration,” he said.

He admonished the special advisers and other political appointees in his administration to acquaint themselves with government policy direction.

The governor said that the appointments should facilitate professional and technical inputs into the decision making process of government.

“You should demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities, carry the people along and see the appointments as opportunity to serve the people,” he said.

Responding on behalf of the SAs, Chief Edwin Uzor, praised God and thanked the governor for considering them fit to be part of the team to build a stronger Delta.

“We identify with your vision and we will work with you for the desired objectives to be achieved,” Uzor said. .

Edited by Ejike Obeta


Kogi Poll: Police confirm 3 dead



The police in Lokoja on Sunday confirmed three persons dead during the governorship election held in Kogi on Saturday.

The Commission of Police in Kogi, Mr Akeem Busari, who confirmed the deaths to newsmen, said that the command was still compiling its report on the poll to ascertain the actual number of casualties.

Busari also said 10 persons were arrested across the state during the election.

He said it was gathered that three persons died in Lokoja when armed thugs invaded St. Luke Primary School, Adanakolo, during the election.

Busari, however, described the situation in the state as calm.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the poll results from eight more local government areas.

The results showed that that Gov. Yahaya Bello, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 36,954 votes in Okehi Local Government Area while Mr Musa Wada of the PDP scored 478 votes.

In Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Bello scored 17, 952 while Wada polled 5,565 votes.

In Mopa Muro Local Government Area, Bello scored 4,953 votes while Wada scored 3,581 votes.

In Idah Local Government Area, Bello scored 4,602 votes while Wada polled 13,962 votes.

In Olamaboro Local Government Area, Belo scored 16,876 while Wada scored 8, 155 votes.

In Yagba West Local Government Area, Bello polled 7,868 while Wada scored 8,860.

The results from 16 local government areas have been released by INEC.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Chukwudi Ekezie

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INEC begins collation of results in Bayelsa




NAN reports that the collation had earlier fixed to start by 10 a.m. by the commission but it began by 3 p.m.

The venue of the exercise, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Media Centre, INEC Office, Bayelsa is filled with party agents, observers, journalists and security agents on guard.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, urged all the party agents to maintain order for a successful exercise.

Mr Monday Udoh, INEC’s REC in the state, thanked the electorate for a hitch-free poll.

Udoh announced that the collation began with two local government areas — Sagbama and Brass — noting that the remaining six out of eight local government areas of the state were not ready yet.

The agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Dennis Otiotio, commended INEC on the peaceful conduct of the poll and prayed that the goodwill of the people of Baylesa would prevail.

Edited by Muyideen Jimoh/Kayode Olaitan

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LASG commiserates with Late Chief Akinyele’s family



Lagos State Gov., Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commiserated with the family of the Late Chief Alexander Akinyele, describing his demise as a great loss to the nation.

Sanwo-Olu said that Akinyele’s death was a great loss particularly to the public relations practice.

A condolence message issued on Sunday on behalf of the Lagos State Government by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said Chief Akinyele’s commitment to the national service made him to excel as former minister of information and chairman of National Sports Commission.

Sanwo-Olu described Akinyele as a pacesetter who served as the first Secretary-General of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and subsequently its president.

He said that Akinyele’s professionalism and passion for excellence gave depth to public relations practice in Nigeria.

”Gov. Sanwo-Olu sympathises with the Nigeria Customs and Excise, as well as his former colleagues at the National Reconciliation Committee, where he served as Chairman, on the loss of Chief Akinyele, a true statesman and patriot,” Omotoso said.

Sanwo-Olu prayed that God will grant the Ondo Chief, who lived for decades in Lagos, eternal rest and his family, friends and professional constituency the fortitude to bear the loss.

Former Minister of Information, Alex Akinyele, died after a brief illness at the age of 81 on Thursday night.

He studied English Language at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).


Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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Bayelsa residents eagerly await release of governorship poll result



Residents of Bayelsa are eagerly awaiting the release of Saturday’s governorship election result by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Bayelsa people defied flooding and other challenges to exercise their franchise in the election.

While the voting process took place amidst tight security in some areas, eligible voters in flooded parts of the state could only access their communities by boat.

A NAN check around Yenagoa on Sunday showed that the people were expectant of timely release of the results by INEC.

At Opolo, Igbogene, Epie and Amarata areas of Yenoga  residents gathered to discuss the exercise and many expressed joy that the voting process was over.

Mr Adolphus Ebitimi, a resident of Epie, told NAN: “We want to hear the final result, we want to be sure that what has been released at the units and ward levels really counted.

“We are calm and eagerly anxious to see the end of the process and that is by hearing the final results.’’

Another resident, Perekeni Dugura, expressed joy that the election ended without serious crisis.

“We have seen another day after the election, we are grateful to God Almighty, we are expecting the result to be released so that the state can move forward,’’  Dugura, a mechanic said.

In a telephone conversation, Mr Inatimi Walter, a resident of Akassa in Brass Local Government Area, said the community was calm after the election.

“We are only waiting on INEC to announce the final result.

“We have done own part, but the authorised body has to announce the outcome,’’ Inatimi said.

Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Chukwudi Ekezie

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Bayelsa/Kogi: INEC condemns violence, assures voters of fair, credible conclusion



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern about some reported cases of violence  in the Saturday governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections.

In a statement issued by Mr Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja, INEC said that it was unfortunate there were violence in spite all efforts to ensure peaceful elections. 

The commission, however, called for calm while assuring voters of INEC’s commitment to conclude the elections process  in both states fairly and credibly.

It said that the commission was carefully monitoring the processes even as voting had closed in all polling units in both states.

“Reports from accredited observers and our officials in the field indicate that most voters who were willing to vote had the opportunity to do so.

“The commission delivered materials to its two states offices in good time and made adequate preparations for the movement of staff and materials to the various voting locations.

“There are reports indicating that electoral process was in several places affected by thuggery and violence, which the commission unequivocally condemns.

“We are still receiving, collating and evaluating these reports as we move into the critical phase of result collation,” the commission said.

The commission also said that results would be collated at registration areas, local government areas and state levels.

It added that its staff were ready to receive those results while advising stakeholders to keep to their commitments to ensure peaceful conduct.

The commission commended the security agencies, saying they had been supportive so far, in the face of many challenges.

The commission urged the public to remain calm, assuring voters in the two states of its resolve to ensure that the ”elections are concluded fairly and credibly.”

It said that it deployed staff and materials in 4,352 polling units in the two states for the governorship elections, Kogi West Senatorial rerun election and Brass I State Constituency supplementary election in Bayelsa.

“In addition, national commissioners, resident electoral commissioners and other staff were deployed to monitor and supervise the elections.

“These field officers are regularly submitting real-time reports to the commission on developments in the field,” the commission said.

Edited by Jane-Frances Oraka

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Kogi Poll: FCT minister delivers polling unit, ward to APC



The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has delivered her Yagba Polling Unit and Kakanda Ward to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi Governorship and West Senatorial District elections in the state.

Aliyu, who was until her appointment as the FCT Minister of state, was the National Women Leader of the party, still enjoyed support and solidarity at the grassroots.

Announcing the result, the Returning Officer, Dr Okor Henry said that the APC governorship candidate got 350 votes to defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate that got 62 votes at Yagba polling unit.

The returning officer also said that the APC Senatorial candidate polled 480 votes to defeat the PDP senatorial candidate who clinched 53 votes at the polling unit.

“Similarly the APC governorship candidate won a total of 5,631 votes to defeat PDP governorship flagbearer that got 1,109 votes at the Kakanda ward in Lokoja Local Government Area.

“While the APC Senatorial candidate got a total of 4,907 votes to defeat the PDP candidate that got 2,013 votes at the ward.”

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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