Ex-Nasarawa Rep Wadada Dumps PDP For APC

Ex-Nasarawa Rep Wadada Dumps PDP For APCA former lawmaker who represented Keffi/Kokona Federal Constituency in Nasarawa state, Aliyu Ahmed Wadada, has formerly registered as member of the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC). 

This was followed by a reception in his honor at his residence at Tudun Kofa in Keffi Local Government Area.

Addressing Loyalists of the party, Wadada debunked rumours making the rounds that his defection to the APC is primarily to seek political position under the party’s platform.

The former lawmaker insisted his decision to dump the PDP to join the APC is due to lack of cohesion of the PDP and his quest to serve his people under a better and convenient platform.

”What made me to leave the PDP is concern for my people, that is my first reason, my second reason for leaving the PDP is concern for my people and as well as my third reason is concern for my people” He said.

Mr Wadada said he had fully supported the former G7 governors of the PDP who dumped the party to form the APC during the merger.

He pledged loyalty to the APC and promised to work hand in hand with the leadership of the party in the state to take it to enviable heights.

While presenting APC registration card to Wadada, the party’s Chairman in Tudun Kofa electoral ward, Tanko Sodangi, assured both old and new members of a level playing ground.

In their goodwill messages, members representing Keffi West Constituency at the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Bala, a former member of the House of Assembly, Usman Bala both described Wadada’s defection to the ruling party as a boost, especially in Nasarawa senatorial zone.

The formal registering brought together APC stalwarts and supporters from Keffi and its environs.

Lawmakers Disagree Over 2017 Budget Figures

Lawmakers Disagree Over 2017 Budget FiguresSome lawmakers have disagreed over the 7.298 trillion Naira 2017 budget of recovery and growth presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

While, a number of them applauded the strategy outlined by the president, others are concerned about funding of the proposed budget and its focus.

Addressing a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, President Buhari said that the implementation of the 2016 budget was hampered by low crude oil prices.

The 2017 figure however has an increase of 20.4% over the 2016 figure.

Budget Breakdown

The 2017 budget is based on a crude oil benchmark price of $42.50 per barrel, with an output of 2.2 million barrels per day.

The highlights of the budget include improved business environment, governance as well as security of lives and property.

Government’s expenditure is to be funded with the sum of 4.94 trillion Naira while oil is to contribute 1.98 trillion Naira of the amount.

The deficit of 3.63 trillion Naira, which is 2.18% of GDP, is to be financed through borrowing the sum of 2.23 trillion Naira.

Of this sum, 1.7 trillion would be from external borrowing while 1.254 trillion would be sourced domestically.

Key capital spending provisions would be on power, works and housing, which have been allocated the highest amount of 529 billion Naira, followed by transport – 262 billion, social intervention – 150 billion, defence – 140 billion while the judiciary got an increased allocation of 100 billion Naira.

The area of education got 50 billion Naira while universal basic education got a direct allocation of 92 billion Naira.

The sum of 51 billion Naira was then also allocated to health.

“The plan which builds on our 2016 budget, provides a clear road-map for the policy actions and set design to bring the economy out of recession, to acquire a steady growth and prosperity,” Buhari stated.

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Advance To Semi-Finals

FIBA Cup: Kano Pillars Advance To Semi-Finals Nigeria’s Kano pillars have qualified for the semi-finals of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

The team fought back from a 9-point deficit to beat Algeria champions GS Petroliers 91 to 81 points in the quarter-finals.

The Algerians who started well took the first and second quarters 19 to 17 and 20 to 19 points.

Pillars however showed strong intent in the third and fourth quarters winning 28 to 19 points and 27 to 23 points.

Abubakar Usman kept his impressive form in the tournament recording 34 points with 2 assists and 7 rebounds.

Coach Sani Ahmed is expectant that the Kano Pillars would finish strong in Group A of the FIBA Cup.

Aregbesola Liases With Herbalists To Promote Indigenous Healing Systems

 Aregbesola Liases With Herbalists To Promote Indigenous Healing SystemsOsun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has assured herbalists of his willingness to promote indigenous means of healing, with the inauguration of the Board of Traditional Medicine in the state.

At the inauguration, Aregbesola said traditional medicine has been of tremendous assistance to the black race.

The governor who was represented by Dr. Rafiu Kusamotu, said the state government would assist the herbalists in standardizing their practice in the interest of the well-being of the people of the state.

Aregbesola charged the herbalists on proper hygiene in the preparation of herbs that are meant for human consumption so as to prevent avoidable disease.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Akinyinka Esho, said the selection of members of the board was based on merit and he called for the cooperation of the herbalists.

Chairman of the board, Chief Kayode Esuleke, told his colleagues to pay the sum of 5,000 Naira as practicing fees, as stipulated by the state government so as to obtain the license to operate.

He then warned members of the Traditional Medicine Association to always abide by the code and guidelines of the profession.

Rivers Re-run: Police Restrict Movement In State

Police, Imo, Ember Months, CrimeMovement of persons and vehicles between 12:00 midnight on Friday and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday has been restricted in Rivers State to ensure a hitch-free conduct of a legislative re-run election.

The restriction was announced by the Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday ahead of the December 10 election.

The force said the restriction on land and waterways was placed after due consultation with relevant interest groups.

In a statement by the spokesman for the command, Mr Omoni Nnamdi, the Rivers State Police Command also barred important personalities and Politicians from going to any voting centre with their security details.

“They are also warned to desist from moving from one place to another on the Election Day, as provided under the Electoral Act.

“Movement is strictly restricted from place of abode to voting centres and back,” the statement read.

The police said it would move together with other Security Agencies to ensure strict compliance.

The Commissioner of Police Rivers State, Mr Francis Odesanya, also appealed for the continued support and cooperation of residents, pointing out that the restriction is “intended to provide a conducive atmosphere to conduct free, fair, and violence free election that will stand the test of time”.

Electoral Body Gives Date For Oyo Local Council Election

taraba electio has been termed as the voice of the peopleThe Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has announced the date for election in local councils and Local Council Development Authority (LCDAs) in the state.

The electoral body said it would conduct elections in all the existing 33 local government councils and the newly created 35 LCDAs on February 11, 2017.

Announcing the date, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Jide Ajeigbe, said that the Commission had embarked on a familiarisation visits to all the security agencies in the state to ensure adequate security before, during and after the conduct of the election.

Officials of the commission visited the Headquarters, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Odogbo, Ibadan and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Command,

Mr Ajeigbe told the security agencies that for the commission to achieve free and fair election, it was imperative to beef up security for the lives and property of residents and consequently restated the commitment and preparedness of the Commission in conducting a transparent election.

He, however, canvassed for the support of the security agencies in maintaining law and order as well as peace which has been existing in the state, stressing that although, election is a civic responsibility, adequate security is also required.

In their separate remarks, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) headquarters 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abudulkarim and the Commandant of the NSCDC, Commandant John Adewole, emphasised that it was essential to provide a conducive environment by abiding with the provisional guidelines of conducting local government polls.

While stressing the sensitivity attached to elections in the country, Major-General Abdulkarim enjoined the commission to take cognisance of the respondent (the Police) to maintain law and order.

The duo appreciated Governor Abiola Ajimobi for creating a peaceful environment in the state in the last five years, adding that “anybody that says peace is expensive, let him try crisis”.

They, therefore, assured the commission of peaceful environment where the electorates could exercise their civic responsibilities

“We promise never to compromise on our job during and after the election. We are here to protect government assets and we are all government assets,” Commandant Adewole added.

Ondo PDP Suspends 22 Members For Anti-Party Activities

Ondo PDP Suspends 22 Members For Anti-Party ActivitiesThe Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the leadership of Mr Clement Faboyede has suspended 22 chieftains of the party for anti-party activities in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

This was included in a statement made available to journalists in Akure by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Banji Okunomo, who said the decision was taken at the State Working Committee (SWC) meeting of the party.

He said, “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our great party and the inherent task conferred on the State Working Committee of the party, the following members are hereby suspended from the party with immediate effect for gross anti-party activities.”

The suspended members are:

Mr. Biyi Poroye, the sacked State Chairman of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction;

Senator Omololu Meroyi,

Ebenezer Alabi, the defunct state party chairman and running mate to Jimoh Ibrahim in the 2016 election;

Dr. Bakkita Bello, the former State Assembly Speaker and

Dare Emiola, the former Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly.

Others are:

Chief Sola Ebiseni, the former Commissioner for Environment, who aspired for the 2016 governorship candidacy in the Sheriff faction,

Dr. Olu Ogunye,

Chief Mrs Yemi Ajonibode and 14 others.

Mr Okunomo explained further that “by the virtue of the Court of Appeal judgment, Biyi Poroye did not only seize to be executive as he claimed, but they have also turned out to be ordinary members of the party”.

He disclosed that the suspended members were expected to appear before the disciplinary committee of the party on Monday December 5, 2016.

OndoDecides: PDP Rejects Election Results, Accuses INEC Of Complicity

ondo-election-votes-counting-ondodecidesThe Peoples Democratic Party has called for the cancellation of the result of the Ondo Governorship election won by Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, saying it was ‘a charade’ and not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State.

The political party in a statement by its spokesman, Deji Adeyeye, said that the election was blatantly manipulated from the beginning to the end to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It claimed that the actions of INEC in collaboration with the APC-led Administration left the PDP no time to campaign and sell its candidate and party manifesto to the electorates in Ondo State.

The name of the candidate of the PDP in the election was added to the list of candidates 48 hours before the election, something a member if the party said deprived their candidate the chance to campaign or submit his agents names to the INEC.

Due to the short time before the election, the PDP had asked for a postponement of the election.

“Our persistent call for the postponement of the Election which was backed and supported by more than 20 other political parties were all rejected by INEC which were acting the script of the APC.

“It was a carefully planned and well-orchestrated strategy to rig the Election well in advance by preventing the PDP from planning and campaigning for the Election. The APC has hereby introduced a new formula of rigging Election in Nigeria,” the PDP claimed.

It further said that INEC had graduated from Inconclusive Elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous By-Elections in the Country to ‘Advanced Election Rigging’, as in the case of Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections.

“Charlatans In PDP”

The PDP also alleged that “agents of the APC openly bought votes of the electorates in the full glare of security operatives who did nothing to prevent such dastardly violation of the Electoral Law”.

“It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became so vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the hash economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country.

“Nigerians will recall that we had persistently called for the postponement of the Election before Saturday, for at least two weeks to enable our Party Campaign and prepare properly for this Election as a result of the setback orchestrated by Justice Okon Abang and the charlatans in PDP who allowed themselves to be used by the APC to destroy our chances in the Ondo State Election,” the opposition party highlighted

The PDP further rejected the results of the November 26, governorship election, insisting that the election and all actions leading to it fell short of laid down principles guiding conduct of elections in Nigeria.

“We have instructed our Candidate and the Ondo State Chapter of our Party to proceed to the Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.

“We call on the Judiciary to redeem Nigeria’s image on this matter, as we request for the Total Cancellation of the Election in Ondo State,” the statement read.

It also congratulated its candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, for his gallant performance at the Poll, despite what it referred to as ‘severe injuries’ inflicted on the party, before, during and after the Election.

The opposition party, however, advised its members and teeming supporters nationwide and Ondo State in particular to remain calm and continue to work with the leadership of the Party to move the PDP forward.

Fayose Blames INEC For PDP’s Loss In Ondo Election

INEC Rigged Ondo Election In Advance For APC - Fayose
Mr Ayo Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has lamented the outcome of the Ondo State Governorship election won by Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He believes the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) connived with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its collaborators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the election before it was conducted.

He said; “Just as I would have loved to congratulate the winner, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), because in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser, the role of INEC in awarding victory to him in the election left much to be desired”.

The Governor, who reacted in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said INEC gave the APC victory in the election “by deliberately replacing the name of Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP candidate, thereby creating legal logjam that lasted till three days to the election”.

He said that the PDP went to the election with its hands tied to the back because of the uncharitable actions of INEC, “which has no doubt become an arm of the APC”.

He maintained that apart from the APC, political parties in Nigeria are now contesting elections against INEC.

“The whole process was a deliberate sabotage by INEC, which has totally bastardised the electoral process.

“Obviously, all these shenanigans are geared towards turning Nigeria to a one part state by weakening all opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections but I can assure Nigerians that this will not last because the people will always be defeat tyranny,” he said.

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election Win

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election WinIn a statement issued on Sunday, by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara maintained that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election is a proof that the party is still loved by Nigerians.

“I would like to congratulate my learned colleague on his victory at the poll, and also commend our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for a thorough and successful campaign”, the statement read.

The Speaker urged all stakeholders to come together and ensure that the incoming APC government in Ondo delivers on the mandate given by the people in line with the party’s manifesto.

“As a party, we must take our victory in Ondo seriously since the people have placed enormous trust in us.  We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve their standard of living.”

While commending the people of Ondo state for keeping the election process peaceful and coming out to perform their civic duty, Dogara also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and security agencies for ensuring a hitch-free exercise.

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

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.

Okorocha Congratulates Akeredolu On Ondo Election Victory

APC Governors, Progressive Governors, APCThe Imo State Governor and Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has described the victory of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu in the just concluded Ondo State governorship election as a confirmation of the popularity of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the South-West.

He said that it also demonstrates the love of the people of the region for President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Governor Okorocha said that the margin with which the APC candidate defeated the candidates of other political parties showed that Nigerians understood the circumstances that gave rise to the current economic recession in the nation.

He added that those who thought that the current economic recession would affect the electoral fortunes of APC were wrong.

The Imo State Governor thanked the people of Ondo State for voting wisely and explained that the way they had voted only indicated how highly intelligent they were in interpreting political development and how richly they are endowed with wisdom.

He congratulated the people of Ondo State for what he believes is patriotism and also congratulated Akeredolu on his “resounding victory”.

He urged other candidates in the election to congratulate the winner without further delay.

Amosun Congratulates Akeredolu On Victory In Ondo Governorship Election

Amosun, Akeredolu, Ondo Governorship ElectionThe Ogun State Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his emergence as the governor-elect in Ondo State.

Mr Akeredolu, who was the APC candidate in the November 26 Ondo State governorship polls, emerged winner after scoring the highest number of votes cast in the keenly contested election.

While congratulating the Ondo State governor-elect, Governor Amosun in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Adejuwon Soyinka, also praised the people of Ondo State for choosing Akeredolu and the APC.

He added that Ondo people have made one choice that would bring unprecedented progress, infrastructural development as well as social and economic growth to the Sunshine State.

He described Akeredolu’s victory as one that portends a good omen for the collective development and progress of the southwest geopolitical zone, under the progressive sociopolitical and economic ideals of the APC.

The Ogun State Governor urged the Ondo governor-elect to see his emergence as an opportunity to unite the entire people of the state, regardless of political affiliation or tendencies.