Johnson Oghuma Is Edo APC Candidate For Etsako Federal Constituency

Johnson Oghuma Emerges Winner Of APC EDO PrimariesJohnson Oguma, has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress Primary election, which took place in Edo state, for the Etsako Federal Constituency election slated for January 28, 2017.

He polled 334 votes as against Blessing Agbomere who polled 75 votes.

Oguma was announced winner after a rowdy session had earlier ensued during the primaries, following protests by his opponent Blessing Agbomere, who called for cancellation of the exercise on allegations of rigging.

The officials initially requested all delegates to leave the field, explaining that they would be identified by their respective party chairmen and accredited before voting.

Although the Chairman of the Electoral Panel, Senator Na’Allah, had assured voters that the process would be free and fair, Agbomere, alleged that the election was being rigged, as there was no proper identification of delegates.

“They didn’t use any means of identification. Once they agree that this person should go and vote, the person will go. And all those who are my people are outside now, getting ready to protest. So this election is not free, its not fair, its biased.”

In response, Bala Na’Allah, insisted that the primaries would continue as both aspirants had agreed to the modalities.

“We told them that we want everybody to go out so that we vote based on constituency – local government by local government, all the aspirants including Blessing agreed.

“I am here to do an assignment and I will do it. We are going to continue with the election,” he stressed.

The dissatisfied aspirant then proceeded to lead his supporters into the arena, leading to a clash between them and the vigilante.

However, calm was restored and the voting continued, after which Mr Oghuma was announced as winner.

In his acceptance speech, he said: “I think the only reward for what they have done, is for me to serve them with the whole of my heart”.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the APC, in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua, said “If he claims he is being rigged out, he should give you the particulars of that.

“I believe that word is being used recklessly. It’s just a pity because if you watch his behavior and countenance it appears to be pre-planned, that this is how he was coming to behave here.”

On the other hand, the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, described Agbomere’s actions as disrespectful, especially to the elders present, while he apologized on his behalf.

Johnson Oghuma will now face the PDP candidate, Jude Imagwe, a former Senior Special Adviser to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan in the January 28 election.

Wike Vows To Support Six Dismissed Officers

Nyesom Wike, Rivers State, Justices Of The PeaceThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has vowed to stand by the six dismissed policemen attached to him during the December 10 rerun elections.

The Governor who believes that “sometimes success comes in the form of a bad experience”, also said that any attempt to intimidate him would fail.

He made the comments at a defection ceremony of a former Chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area and a former Chieftain of the APC to the PDP, Cassidy Ikegbidi, in Ahoada East Local Government Area in the state.

According to him, the dismissal of the men is a blessing in disguise.

The government had earlier described the situation as a “sad development for professionalism in the Nigerian Police force”.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Police high command, Mr Don Awunah, announced the dismissal of the six officers who accompanied Wike in the wake of the drama at Rivers East collation centre in the Port Harcourt city council.

Awunah told journalists at a news conference in Abuja, that the officers acted contrary to the laws that ought to have guided their conduct during the exercise.

Abia Elections: PDP Wins All LGA Chairmanship Positions

Court Adjourns PDP Leadership Suit IndefinitelyThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the chairmanship positions in the local council election held in Abia state on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

The poll which was contested by the PDP, All Progressives Congress, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Labour Party and the Progressive Peoples Alliance, was concluded late in the night of Wednesday.

The Chairman of the Abia state Independent Electoral Commission, retired Justice Igbozuruike Akomas, who announced the result, declared the ruling party in the state, as the winner of all the 17 councils.

Meanwhile, the four opposition parties that took part in the election have rejected the results, saying the poll was marred by irregularities, threatening to approach the court over the outcome.

The Governor on the other hand, Okezie Ikpeazu, is impressed with the electoral process and commended INEC for the smooth polls.

He then advocated the use of electronic voting systems in the state for future elections.

Court Adjourns PDP Leadership Suit Indefinitely

Justice Ademola’s Trial Stalled In AbujaThe Court of Appeal in Abuja has adjourned indefinitely the hearing into the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A three-man panel of justices led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, suspended hearing on the matter to await the outcome of a related case pending before another court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

The decision followed a motion filed by the Ali Modu sheriff faction of the party.

The group’s counsel, Akin Olujinmi, asked the court not to attend to the suit filed by the senator Ahmed Markafi-led faction.

The defense counsel’s argument was based on the fact that the Port Harcourt division of the court has already reserved judgement on the matter.

In that suit, the appellants are challenging a verdict that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on June 30, which recognized Sheriff as national chairman of the party.

Mimiko Advises Akeredolu To Sustain Peace In Ondo

Mimiko Advises Akeredolu To Sustain Peace In OndoOndo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has appealed to governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu ‎to be tolerant in power in order to sustain the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

Governor Mimiko stated this while the governor-elect paid him a courtesy visit at the governor’s office in Akure, the state capital. .

On his part, Mr Akeredolu said that the essence of his visit is to work with the government in preparation for ‎the transition.

Mimiko had promised to facilitate a smooth transition from his administration to that Akeredolu.

“It is incumbent upon me as Governor to facilitate a smooth transition between my government and the incoming one. I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process”.

While promising to continue to provide leadership to the State till the takeover date, Mimiko expressed his appreciation to the people of the State.

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Ondo state Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu

Akeredolu had also promised that there would be no inter-party division during his administration.

According to him, “my victory at the polls is not for me or for my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), but for the entire people of the State, no matter their political divide.

While the governor-elect describe his victory as a manifestation of God’s power, he also stated that he would like to focus on the mandate rather than probe the past government.

Rivers APC Reacts To Governor Wike’s Comments

Rivers APC Remembers Late Victims Of 2015 ElectionsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has reacted to comments credited to the governor of rivers state over security details given to APC candidates, as well as other comments made by the governor in the past two weeks.

In a statement signed by the Chairman of the party in the state, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, titled: “Why is Governor Wike hysterical over APC candidates’, it said the conduct of the governor makes people wonder if he understands the office of a governor.

It wondered why the governor who had been labelled the king of rigging by some persons, will be raising unfounded accusations against all and sundry over plans to rig the rerun elections.

The statement went on to state that the governor has sinister motives for wanting to know the security architecture of opponents and based on his utterances in the past two weeks, should be checked by all relevant agencies.

The party also condemned what it called the cheap blackmail of its candidates and members by the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the run up to the polls.

The statement read:

“Despite the decision to ignore the barrage of worthless statements by Governor Nyesom Wike in the past weeks concerning the December 10 rerun election in Rivers state, the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) however, has observed that the governor seems to have particularly taken interest in scrutinising precautionary personal security arrangements by APC candidates as the rerun elections approach.

“To drive home his needless hysteria, Governor Wike has gone to town reeling out names of alleged security agents protecting APC candidates, claiming that the security agents will be used to cause electoral mischief particularly for snatching of ballot boxes.

“The governor’s verbal incontinence in the past two weeks has led to several people wondering aloud publicly, whether the governor truly understands what the office of a governor in Nigeria means.

“The APC finds this matter quite worrisome because ordinarily the governor should not be bothered by security arrangements people make for themselves in the face of general insecurity that presently pervades our once peaceful state now under his watch.

“It is all too well known that he lacks the moral grounds to genuinely fight insecurity, having caused it ab initio. It is highly suspicious that a governor will climb a political soapbox and start reeling out names of security agents attached to his political opponents.

“The easiest thing that comes to mind is that Governor Wike has very sinister motives for seeking to always ascertain the security architecture around his opponents. Why does he always complain whenever it appears that his opponents are not as vulnerable as he would want them to be security-wise?

“The APC gave up on Governor Wike when he recently declared before the world in one of his infamous exercise of verbal indiscretion that he is the “the king of rigging” and swearing: “make thunder fire all these APC people.”

They went further to say, “even if we are no more shocked by Governor Wike’s circus show, we only ask what manner of governor is this. How did we get here?, the party questioned.

“A couple of days ago, Governor Wike boasted about a recording in his possession in which the Rivers state police commissioner was planning with APC to rig the rerun elections. Today, he said that he also has information on the inspector-general of police planning how to deploy policemen to rig the elections.

“Tomorrow, we do not know the next scoop the governor will boast of, as a superman of politics and everything.

“The APC condemns the continued blackmail of all stakeholders except himself and PDP in the forthcoming rerun elections. We remind Gov. Wike that immunity in public office has expiry date.

“The DSS DG recently disclosed that the service will surely come for Gov. Wike whenever he leaves office for obstructing the lawful action of arresting and investigating a suspected high court judge. It is certain that there are many issues he will have to be made to account for someday.

“The APC calls on the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General, DSS and other security agencies to hold Governor Nyesom Wike responsible for any harm that happens to any APC candidate or member before, during and after the December 10 rerun elections,” the statement read.

Wike had berated the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ), for allegedly releasing an All Progressives Congress (APC), dominated list of ad-hoc staff, for the December 10 rerun elections.

According to him, INEC had included APC Ward Chairmen and Ward Secretaries as Assistant Presiding Officers (APO’s).

Akwa Ibom Govt. Assigns Portfolios To New Commissioners

Governor Emmanuel, Corruption, Gov. Udom,18 commissioners and two special advisers sworn in by Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, have now been assigned portfolios.

The state House of Assembly on Wednesday confirmed the nominees, following their screening exercise.

House leader, Udo Akpan, had moved a motion for their confirmation and was seconded by Aniekan Bassey, the member in charge of Uruan constituency of the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Emmanuel dissolved the state Executive Council on October 15, 2016.

The new list was sent in on November 26, exactly 45 days after the dissolution of the former EXCO.

Here is a full list of the 20 government officials.

1. Victor Antai, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
2. Orman Esin, Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources.
3. Linus Nkan, Ministry of Finance
4. Akan Okon, Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal and Special Duties
5. Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, Attorney General, Ministry Of Justice
6. Dr Dominic Ukpong, Ministry of Health
7. Ephraim Inyangeyen, Ministry of Works
8. Glory Edet, Ministry of Women Affairs
9. Monday Ebong Uko, Ministry of Youth And Sports
10. Prof. Eno Ikpe, Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry
11. Udo Ekpenyong, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
12. Dr Uduak Charles Umoinyang, Ministry Of Agriculture
13. Arc Ime Ekpo, Lands and Town Planning
14. Paul Alexander Udofia, Ministry of Education
15. Charles Udo, Ministry Of Information and Strategy
16. Idorenyin Sunday Udo, Ministry of Economic Development, Planning and Man Power Development
17. Dr Nse Udo Essien, Ministry of Science And Technology
18. Dr Iniobong Essien, Ministry of Environment
19. Rt. Hon. Barr. Ekong Sampson, Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs
20. Mrs Ekemini David, Special Adviser on Rural Development and Co-orporatives

 

Ondo Election: Former Opponent, Jimoh Ibrahim Congratulates Akeredolu

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Mr Jimoh Ibrahim

One of those in the governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the earlier period of the campaign, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, has congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on his victory in the Ondo governorship election.

He also went on to endorse him as one who will make a good governor.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Ibrahim, at a time, was the candidate of the PDP in the race, after the final candidate, Eyitayo Jegede had his name replaced by that of Jimoh Ibrahim by INEC, in obedience to a court judgment.

Although, the Appeal Court later disqualified Jimoh Ibrahim and reinstated Eyitayo Jegede as the rightful owner of the PDP ticket, the ruling came just few days to the election which INEC refused to postpone.

There was also a call by the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, for a postponement of the election owing to his inability to campaign but the electoral body insisted that it would not shift the election, as it had printed and initiated processes for the election.

Jegede went on to lose the election, coming second behind Akeredolu.

Akeredolu  polled 244,842 votes while Eyitayo Jegede polled 150,380 votes. Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.

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In congratulating his former rival, Mr Ibrahim warned the governor-elect to avoid his fellow PDP member and the outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko when the baton of leadership eventually gets to him.

He also said that the accounts of Ondo state require urgent audit, advising the governor-elect to do so quickly.

INEC Declares APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu Winner Of Ondo Governorship Election

Ondo Governorship Election, INEC, Rotimi AkeredoluThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Returning officer, Professor Ganiu Amali made the announcement at about 12:50PM on Sunday.

Akeredolu  polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes.

Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.

Results from all 18 local governments were announced, including that of Ilaje Local Government Area which had delayed a bit.

Grassroots Development

Jubilation erupted in Akure, the Ondo state capital, with the announcement of Mr Akeredolu as the governor-elect of the state.

With this victory, he is expected to take over from the incumbent Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of the PDP.

The governor-elect has described his victory as a clear demonstration of the will of the people of Ondo state.

He believes that “the people have spoken and have indeed spoken well”, as he would go straight into work, to bring about improvement in all aspects of the state’s economy.

According to him, “there has been obvious neglect of people in the rural areas, and his government will focus more on grassroots development.

This is the second time he would be contesting to be governor of Ondo state.

He lost the first time to Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Violence Free Election

The election which many had feared would be characterized by violence, given the tension that preceded the exercise, has however been adjudged peaceful.

Although violence erupted a day before the polls took off, leading to the unfortunate killing of one person, the Federal Government ensured the deployment of 26,000 policemen and 15,000 personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, to avoid a further breakdown of law and order.

There was also a call by the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, for a postponement of the election owing to his inability to campaign due to INEC’s initial removal of his name as PDP candidate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had dropped Mr Eyitayo Jegede and published the name of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, forcing Jegede to head to the Court of Appeal to retrieve his ticket.

It was only few days to the election that the Court of Appeal announced Jegede as the rightful candidate of the party, after a go-ahead by the Supreme Court.

The electoral body, however insisted that it would not shift the election, as it had printed and initiated processes for the election.

Ondo Election: Appeal Court Declares Eyitayo Jegede PDP Candidate

Ondo election, appeal court, Eyitayo Jegede,A final verdict has been given by the appeal court, declaring Mr Eyitayo Jegede, as the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP), political candidate for the Ondo governorship election holding on November 26, 2016.

In a lead judgement by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, he confirmed that the lower court erred when it replaced Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim.

The justice nullified the proceedings of October 14, when Justice Abang ruled in favour of Ibrahim.

He has also nullified the primary election that produced Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, describing it as an “illegal contraption”.

Earlier on in November, the court of appeal in Abuja had reserved judgment in an appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede, challenging the judgment of the lower court that recognised Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the upcoming election.

The recent development is coming 24 hours after the supreme court, gave the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the court of appeal, the go ahead to deliver its judgment on the tussle between Mr Ibrahim and Mr Jegede (SAN), for the Ondo state governorship candidate of the PDP.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), recently dropped Jegede and published the name of Mr Ibrahim as the PDP candidate, forcing Jegede to head to the court of appeal to retrieve his ticket.

Mr Ibrahim, who lost his interlocutory application at the Court of Appeal, at the last sitting had his recent application thrown out, when his counsel Jadegoke Badejo, informed the court about his intention to “withdraw himself from the matter”.

Mr Badejo had earlier asked the court for an adjournment, for him to return the case file to his client because he was no longer interested in the matter, looking at how rowdy it had turned.

A wild jubilation has erupted in major cities and towns in reaction to the judgement.

 Imo Re-run Election: Political Parties Sign Peace Accord

Anambra-ImoThe Imo State Police Command has warned politicians, group of persons to desist from any act of thuggery, hooliganism or any related action that might disrupt the peace and success of Saturday’s National and State Assembly re-run election in the state.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, handed out the warning at an election stakeholders meeting and signing of peace accord at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Mr Lakanu said that the command and other security operatives in the state have put measures in place to check mate any act or action that might cause a breakdown of peace in the state during the election.

He urged all political parties involved in the election to play by the rules, noting that the command will give all the parties a level playing ground.

The Police Commissioner also warned against any act of thuggery, hooliganism or any act of criminality that might cause the breach of peace during the election.

The Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Evurulobi Chinedu, said INEC in the state is ready and fully prepared for the election. He also disclosed the new accreditation and voting pattern for the re-run election.

The election will take in Okigwe Senatorial District, Owerri West, Oru East and Isiala Mbano State Constituencies. Movement within these areas have been restricted between 7:00 and 6:00pm.

PDP Members Differ Over Party Leadership

pdpThe leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is far from over, as the factions of the acting National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, and Mr Ali Gulak, an ex- aide to former President Jonathan, continue to lay claim to the party’s leadership.

Mr Gulak and his supporters including Dr. Doyin Okupe, also an ex- aide to the former President stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday where he told a news conference that he was assuming office as the National Chairman of the party.

Mr Gulak claimed that he had a court judgement in his favour.

Meanwhile, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Victor Kwon, who is a member of the Secondus faction, said there was no court judgement ordering Gulak to assume office.

However, the PDP has vowed to reclaim the power it lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2015 elections.

The party claimed that it remained the only true national political party well equipped to hold the national character.