I Am Working For APC’s Victory In Kogi Governorship Election, Says El-Rufai

 

Ahead of this Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state says he is working hard to ensure the second term re-election of Yahaya Bello as governor of the state.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, El Rufai who is also chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Campaign Council of Kogi state, dismisses the purported rumour being attributed to him that he has backed-out from his role to ensure the victory of Yahaya Bello in the forthcoming poll.

El Rufai said he gives his best to all his assignments, adding that the Kogi election will not be different.

READ ALSO: We Will Overrun Bello, APC Across Kogi State – PDP

According to the statement, El Rufai along with other members of the campaign council, ‘’will be on the ground in Kogi this week as the APC works for another democratic mandate.

The statement further dismisses the fake quote ascribed to El Rufai as ‘’ a despicable fabrication, concocted and motivated by the desperation of the PDP..’’

‘’The people of Kogi State will make their free choice at the ballot. Therefore, every political actor has a duty to ensure that the voters act on the basis of accurate information, not lies and fake news.,’’ the statement advised.

Adekeye pointed out that ‘’APC will continue to campaign to persuade the people of Kogi State to renew the mandate they gave our party four years ago. That is the focus of the Malam Nasir El-Rufai and the members of APC Campaign Council.’’

We Will Overrun Bello, APC Across Kogi State – PDP

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says no threats of violence will deter it from overrunning Governor Yahaya Bello and his party in all the senatorial zones of the state, including the Kogi Central in the November 16, governorship election.

The party’s position is predicated on reported threats by Yahaya Bello and the APC to unleash violence and disrupt our campaigns in Kogi Central senatorial zone, apparently distressed by the massive support our candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, is enjoying across the state.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP also condemned the violent attack on the state secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by thugs and urged the police to bring the perpetrators of such heinous crimes to book.

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“As a party, we have on a good authority how Governor Bello and his agents have been threatening the lives of PDP leaders in Kogi Central, all in their failed bid to instill fear on the people and frustrate our campaigns in the area.

“However, the PDP cautions Yahaya Bello and his party to note that nothing will stop our party and the peoples’ candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, from campaigning and consolidating our support in Kogi Central and across the state.

“The people of Kogi state are on the move with the PDP in their readiness to confront and dismantle the machinations of Yahaya Bello and no amount of violence and death threat can change this resolve.

“The PDP calls on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the military hierarchy to note how Gov Bello is turning Kogi state into a theatre of war and making life unsafe in the state.

“Our party draws the attention of security agencies to reports that APC and agents of Governor Yahaya Bello have a training ground for thugs in Kogi Central District, who would be later armed with dangerous weapons to perpetuate violence during the election.

“There are also reports that the APC and agents of Yahaya Bello are sewing fake military, police and Civil Defence uniforms to be used by their thugs to cause mayhem during the election.

“The PDP therefore charges the Inspector General of Police and the military hierarchy to immediately call Yahaya Bello and the APC to order as well as take urgent steps to ensure adequate security to safeguard lives and property in the electioneering time frame of the November 16 election in the state,”the statement read in parts.

Furthermore, the PDP demanded the immediate arrest of the former ADC to Governor Bello, who allegedly refused to leave Kogi state after he has been transferred to Lagos state.

The PDP said its demand is against the backdrop of reports that the former ADC is being used by Yahaya Bello to compromise the security architecture of the state and aid the ruling party to perpetuate violence and all sorts of manipulation in the electoral process.

“Our party urges the IGP to immediately arrest and relocate the said former ADC as the people of Kogi state are ready to confront any irresponsible officer who is working against their interest in this election,” Ologbondiyan said.

INEC Identifies Flashpoints In Kogi, Bayelsa Ahead Of Governorship Elections

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has identified flashpoint in Bayelsa and Kogi states ahead of the November 16 governorship elections.

The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, revealed that an internal risk assessment has been conducted on the two states which he termed ‘politically volatile’ and concerns are mounting over mobilisation of thugs to disrupt the elections in the states.

“There are already waning signals in the two states, both are politically volatile.

“Elections have been severally disrupted in the past by violence; our own risk assessment has identified some flashpoints.

“We are also concerned that thugs have been mobilised from within and outside the state with the aim of either influencing the elections or disrupting the process on behalf of partisan sponsors,” he stated.

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He called on the security agencies, particularly the police, to provide robust security because if there are any cases of violence or disruption in the election, Nigerians will hold both INEC and the police accountable.

“This calls for a robust response before the elections, on election day, and during the process of collation and declaration of results.

“Nigerians expect that by now we have learnt a lot of lessons from previous elections to ensure a swift security response to the increasing desperation by political actors to disrupt election and subvert the will of the electorate. If that happens, many Nigerians will blame the electoral umpire and security agencies. We must continue to rise to these challenges.

Prof Yakubu noted that the INEC is committed to the integrity of the process, and over the last seven months; the electoral umpire has been working assiduously to ensure that credible elections are conducted.

Police To Deploy Over 66,000 Personnel For Kogi/Bayelsa Governorship Elections

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that over 66,000 police personnel will be deployed for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

Mr Adamu played host to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organised by the commission in Abuja.

He revealed that about 31,041 personnel will be deployed to cover the election in Bayelsa state, while 35,200 personnel will man the entire terrain in Kogi as well.

The police boss stated that the deployment of personnel will not allow free activities of touts to perpetrate their heinous acts during the election period.

“In Bayelsa State, we are deploying about 31,041 personnel to cover the election.

“In Kogi State, we are deploying about 35,200 personnel to cover the election.

“These Personnel are to cover every terrain in the two states; no touts will be allowed to be brought from any adjoining states to disrupt elections.”

READ ALSO: INEC Identifies Flashpoints In Kogi, Bayelsa Ahead Of Governorship Elections

The IGP assured the electoral umpire that the security of the INEC and the election materials will be given top priority.

“All those areas will be manned. The security of INEC and its election materials are guaranteed by these deployments.

“State INEC headquarters will be protected in the states and even the LGAs.

According to him, the ward collation centers will be adequately protected; the CBN where the materials will be taken care of, and the polling unit and collation centers will be adequately manned.

INEC Meets With Political Parties Ahead Of Kogi, Bayelsa Elections

 

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu is meeting with political parties in Abuja.

The meeting which is held quarterly is in preparations towards the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections slated to hold in November.

The meeting is also expected to review the performances of political parties during the elections and provide solutions to issues raised.

READ ALSO: PHOTOS: INEC Meets With Political Parties Ahead Of Kogi, Bayelsa Elections

It will be recalled that there had been some agitations among political parties about the call to scrap parties that failed to elect at least a candidate during the last elections.

Chairman of the commission while explaining the decision to combine the Senatorial re-run in Kogi and bye-election in Bayelsa state, said it is more economical.

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INEC Fixes Dates Of Elections For Sabuwa Constituency And Kogi West District

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the dates for conducting re-run elections for the Sabuwa State Constituency, Katsina State and Kogi West Senatorial District.

According to a communique from INEC, the commission met on Monday to consider the timetable and dates for the elections.

The Commission fixed the 30th of November 2019 for the conduct of a Katsina State bye-election, while the 16th of November has been scheduled for the Kogi-West re-run.

According to INEC,  the Kogi re-run election will take place simultaneously with the Kogi Governorship election which had earlier been fixed for November 16, like that of Bayelsa State.

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Edward Onoja Sworn In As Kogi Deputy Governor

Mr Edward Onoja, being inaugurated as Kogi State Deputy Governor on October 21, 2019.

 

 

Mr Edward Onoja has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

The swearing-in ceremony held on Monday at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.

Onoja, a former Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, was inaugurated shortly after he appeared before members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

READ ALSO: Kogi Assembly Confirms Edward Onoja As Deputy Governor

Earlier, the new deputy governor was screened by the lawmakers who then asked him to take a bow, paving the way for his inauguration to replace the embattled former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

Thereafter, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasir Ajana, administered the oath of office on Mr Onoja who was accompanied by his wife.

The event was attended by Governor Bello, some members of the State House of Assembly, and top government officials in the state.

Onoja’s screening and swearing in came barely three days after the lawmakers impeached the former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

Mr Achuba was impeached on Friday after the House received the report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The Majority Leader of the House and the lawmaker representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole.

He explained that the lawmakers subsequently considered the report and took a unanimous decision to impeach Achuba.

In his reaction, Mr Achuba condemned the action of the lawmakers.

He said his impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional.

Mr Achuba was sworn in as the deputy governor on February 9, months after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was, however, reported to be engulfed in disagreement with Governor Bello, an issue which snowballed into trading blames.

In August 2019, the former deputy governor raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.

He also criticised the administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and Governor Bello.

In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government in a statement slammed the impeached deputy governor, saying he had no evidence for his claims.

The statement also said the government does not train assassins and cannot be involved in sending killers after anyone.

This caught the attention of the State Assembly which announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Mr Achuba for criticising the governor.

The lawmakers had, thereafter, directed the Chief Judge in the state to set up a committee to proceed with the impeachment of Mr Achuba.

Kogi Assembly Screens Deputy Governor-Nominee, Edward Onoja

Kogi State Deputy Governor-nominee, Mr Edward Onoja, being screened by members of the State House of Assembly in Lokoja on October 21, 2019.

 

 

The Kogi State House of Assembly has screened the Deputy Governor-nominee, Mr Edward Onoja.

Mr Onoja appeared before members of the House on Monday at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Lokoja, the state capital.

The deputy governor-nominee is the former Chief of Staff to the state governor, Mr Yahaya Bello.

His screening comes three days after the lawmakers impeached the former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

READ ALSO: Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

The House impeached the embattled former deputy governor on Friday following the submission of a report of the committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The Majority Leader of the House and member representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that Mr Achuba was impeached in a unanimous decision by the lawmakers.

He added that a seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole, before the House arrived at the decision.

Mr Achuba, however, rejected his impeachment by the lawmakers, saying it was illegal and unconstitutional.

Kogi Guber: Steer Clear Of Kogi State, PDP Tells El-Rufai

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kogi state National Campaign Council, to steer clear of the state.

In a statement by its spokeman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP asked Governor El-Rufai to counsel Governor Yahaya Bello to accept defeat, claiming that the opposition will take the day come November the 16th.

READ ALSO: My ‘Impeachment’ As Kogi Deputy Governor Is Unconstitutional, Says Achuba

The PDP in its statement claimed that  knows that Governor Bello cannot point to any development project or initiative in his administration, adding that under the governor’s watch, Kogi has been reduced to the poorest state in the country.

“If the APC means well for Kogi state, the party should not be wasting its time to campaign but rather counsel Yahaya Bello to use the remaining days of his abysmal tenure to show remorse, pay up the 36 month arrears he owes workers and pensioners, restitute for those who died because of his suppressive rule and get ready with his handover notes.

“The APC Campaign Council should come to terms with the fact that the people of Kogi state had made up their minds to repay Yahaya Bello in his own coin by kicking him out of office,” the PDP stated.

Kogi Deputy Governor’s Impeachment, A Grave Constitutional Violation – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba.

In a statement on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party alleged that the action was done in violation of the Constitution.

“This action of trying to remove the deputy governor via unconstitutional methods and in total disregard to the verdict of the judicial panel is, in itself, a gross misconduct and grave constitutional violation for which the State Assembly, as an institution, ought to have removed Yahaya Bello as the governor of the state,” it claimed.

READ ALSO: Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

The statement came one day after members of the Kogi State House of Assembly impeached the embattled deputy governor in what they said was a unanimous decision.

In his reaction, Mr Achuba described his impeachment as illegal and insisted that he remained the deputy governor of the state.

On its part, the PDP slammed Governor Bello and accused him of being desperate to use underhand measures to “forcefully remove” the deputy governor.

“Our party holds that by coercing the State House of Assembly against the deputy governor even when the State Judiciary Panel acquitted him of all allegations, Governor Bello only confirms that he has lost public trust and now desperately resorting to dirty politics and crafty methods for survival,” it alleged.

It added, “The PDP, however, alerts that the next victim of such underhand methods would be the state assembly itself, which now appears to be on the way to being used to enact draconian rules to suppress and intimidate the people of Kogi State, since there is no way Yahaya Bello will win the November 16 election and return to office.”

The opposition party said the incident has reduced Kogi to what it described as a butt of jokes among compatriots in other states.

It noted that ahead of the coming governorship election, it was confident that the governor would be “kicked out of office” through the ballot box.

The PDP accused the governor of seeking to repress his deputy over the exposure of alleged impunity and corruption in his administration.

It said Nigerians expected Governor Bello to respond to the allegations by Mr Achuba and called on the citizenry to condemn the deputy governor’s impeachment.

“Nigeria is a nation governed by law and nobody, no matter the desperation, should be allowed to turn her or any part thereof, to Banana Republic,” the party said.

Impeachment: I Remain Deputy Governor Of Kogi State – Simon Achuba

 

Mr Simon Achuba has insisted that he is the Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

He stated this in a telephone interview with Channels Television on Friday, shortly after he was impeached by members of the State House of Assembly.

“What they have done is nothing. I am the deputy governor of Kogi State and I remain the deputy governor of Kogi State,” Achuba said while condemning the action of the lawmakers.

Earlier, the House in a unanimous decision impeached the embattled former deputy governor following the submission of a report of the committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

Majority Leader of the House and member representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that the Speaker, Mr Mathew Kolawole, received the committee’s report which was studied and deliberated upon before the lawmakers took the decision.

READ ALSO: Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

 

A Complete Illegality?

Moments later, Mr Achuba stressed that his impeachment by the lawmakers was illegal, saying they didn’t follow the due process involved.

 

A file photo of impeached Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

 

 

He said, “Impeachment has processes and the last process of impeachment is the verdict of the panel.

“If the panel says the case of the complainant is proved, it means that the accused which is the respondent in the case can be removed. But if their case is not proved, they can’t do anything concerning my office and that is the situation.”

According to Mr Achuba, the report before the Assembly stated that the case brought against him was not proved.

He explained that he did what was expected of him and presented himself before members of the seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge in the state.

“So, what you have seen is the continuation of the illegality that I have complained about loudly.

“I will get a copy of the report in no time to prove to you that what they have done is complete illegality,” Achuba said.

Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

A file photo of Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

 

 

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba, has been impeached.

Mr Achuba was impeached by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Majority Leader of the House disclosed this to reporters at the premises of the Assembly complex.

Achuba’s impeachment followed the submission of a report of the committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former deputy governor.

The House, according to Abdullahi who represents Ajaokuta State Constituency, received, studied and deliberated on the report and a unanimous decision was arrived at to impeach Achuba.

He explained that a seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole, before the lawmakers took the decision.

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Mr Achuba was sworn in as the deputy governor on February 9, months after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He became the APC’s deputy governorship candidate in the election that brought Mr Yahaya Bello into office after a member of the House of Representatives, Mr James Faleke, rejected to be the governor’s running mate.

Years into the Bello’s administration, Achuba was reported to be engulfed in a disagreement with the governor, an issue which escalated with both sides trading blames.

In August 2019, Achuba raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.

He also criticised the administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and Governor Bello.

In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government in a statement slammed the impeached deputy governor, saying he had no evidence for his claims.

The statement also said the government does not train assassins and cannot be involved in sending killers after anyone.

The issue got worsened days later as the State Assembly announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Mr Achuba for criticising the governor.

Members of the assembly described the action of the embattled deputy governor as gross misconduct against Governor Bello and the people of Kogi State.

The Assembly had, thereafter, directed the Chief Judge in the state to set up a committee to proceed with the impeachment of Mr Achuba.

Displeased with the action of the lawmakers, Mr Achuba filed an application before the State High Court, Lokoja, to challenge the impeachment notice served on him.

Elsewhere, the leadership of the APC in Kogi suspended Mr Achuba from the party for alleged anti-party activities before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

The party also alleged that he took some actions which constituted an embarrassment to the APC family in the state.