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Steer clear of politics, you are not a political party, Arewa pastors tell CAN

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Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace, a Pan Northern Vanguard of Christian Clerics on Thursday cautioned the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to steer clear of politics because it is not a political party.

Bishop John Richard, National Chairman Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

Richard said in the past weeks CAN dabbled into high sensitive national security issues that could set the country on fire.

“Most worrisome is the fact that the issue are not in their field of operation as clergymen,” he said.

He said that CAN had also attacked the person of the President Muhammadu Buhari and fought his administration by publishing comments on the suspended Ruga settlement, Fulanis and even petitioned the United Nations raising false alarm.

He said the group made several moves to reach out to CAN leadership but all effort ended in futility hence the need to sensitise Nigerians that religious bodies are being hijacked by politicians.

“God knows why he designed Nigeria like this, to be mixed up with two major religions; even God will not force anyone to be converted, so why become fanatical?

“It was not like years back, all these situation you are seeing now started in 1999 when they military era was over and politicians came in so they felt that they could use religious leaders to gain political votes.

“In 1993 when chief MKO Abiola contested for president, he and his running mate, Mr Babangana Kingibe were Muslims so it was a Muslim Muslim ticket.

“CAN has been existing as far back as 1976 and they did not talk then, there is an objective that formed CAN they were focused until when these politicians came in and now hijacked the leadership ,’’ he said.

Richard said that politicians are using religious bodies for their personal gains, as most of their comments have political undertone.

He said that the group is asking CAN leadership to apologise to the Nigerian Christians for going against the objectives that formed the association.

“We are asking them to resign their positions for allowing themselves to be used by politicians,” he said.

He appealed to Nigerians to reject calls for religious anarchy and called on security agents to call CAN leadership to order especially regarding utterances of the leadership on sensitive national security issues.

Richard said that the mandate of Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace is to campaign against hate speech among others.

“The mandate of Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace is to campaign against hate speech, to engage in crusade for religious tolerance, to encourage good governance and stand for peaceful co-existence and unity of the country,” he said..

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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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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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