Kano Government To Embark On Aggressive Revenue Generation

KanoIn the face of Nigeria’s oil revenue crisis, Kano State Government is set to embark on an aggressive internally generated revenue programme backed by an anti corruption agency that will prosecute corrupt government officials.

Addressing journalists on his new master plan, Kano State Governor, Abdulkahi Umar Ganduje, said that his administration will be committed to serving the good people of Kano State.

Ganduje said that he would begin with a rigorous drive for internally generated revenue to be able to complete the ongoing projects and introduce new ones.

In addition, Ganduje will establish an anti corruption agency to fight anyone who may be involved with any form of corruption.

Although Mr. Ganduje would have to settle a debt liability of N379 billion naira incurred from the Government of Mr. Kwankwaso, he was optimistic about his master plan’s chances of success, insisting that the huge debt will not stop him from performing.

On the security situation, Ganduje said that he would soon set up a security trust fund as part of step to bring the security problems in the state to an end.

The trust fund will be charged with the responsibility of sourcing fund to assist various security agencies in the state.

Ganduje, Others Get Certificate Of Return

GandujeKano State Governor-elect, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been served with his Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano State, North West Nigeria.

The Certificate of Return was handed over to the elected representatives by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of North West region, Ahmed Wali.

This was after observing one minute silence for the late Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mikhail Abdullah, who died during a fire incident shortly after the presidential elections in Kano.

Speaking shortly after receiving his Certificate of Return, the State Governor-elect, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, thanked the people of Kano State for turning out en masse to vote for him. He promised to work hard for the betterment of economic activities in the state.

Mr Ganduje also pledged his allegiance to the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He charged Kano residents to continue to have confidence in government by way of extending their support and corporation for the progress and development of Kano State and Nigeria in general.

All others newly elected as members of the National Assembly have also collected their Certificates of Return.

Ganduje Declared Winner In Kano, As APC Sweeps State Assembly

KanoKano State Deputy Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been declared winner of Saturday’s governorship elections under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Announcing the results, the Kano State collation officer, Professor Muhammad Hamisu, said that Ganduje scored 1,546,434 votes to defeat his PDP counterpart Salihu Takai who polled 509,726 votes.

A total of 2,109,811 votes were cast out of the 2,238,369 accredited voters from a total of 5,006,713 registered voters across the 44 local government areas of the state. 2, 073,165 votes were valid while 36,646 votes were rejected.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, also won all the 40 seats of the state House of Assembly in Kano State.

In Katsina State, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bello Masari of the APC was declared winner having polled 943,815 votes to defeat his PDP counterpart Mr. Musa Nashuni who scored 496,768 votes.

The APC also won the 33 seats in Katsina State and all the 25 seats in the Zamfara State House of Assembly respectively.


Ekiti APC Rejects House Of Assembly Results

EkitiThe All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has rejected the results of the state House of Assembly and vows to challenge at the tribunal.

In a press statement issued by the party secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, The All Progressives Congress said that the election was full of irregularities.

The People’s Democratic Party has won 25 constituencies out of 26 in Ekiti State House of Assembly polls.

Ilejemeje constituency is still on hold over the crisis resulting to ballot snatching and the attack on the officials of INEC.

Ijaw National Congress Supports APC’s Peterside Ahead Of Rivers Polls

petersideThe eastern zone of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) has declared support for the Rivers State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dakuku Peterside.

Various leaders and affiliate bodies of the congress reached the resolution at a meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The meeting was attended by members of the eastern zone of the INC, elders and opinion leaders of Ijaw extraction.

According to the President-General of the group, Mr Boma Obuforibo, the group would only vote for candidates from the Ijaw community.

13 Kwara Governorship Candidates Step Down For Governor Ahmed

governor ahmedThirteen governorship candidates in Kwara State have stepped down for the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The candidates called on their members to re-elect Governor Ahmed for a second term in order to complete his laudable programmes.

At the National Union of Journalists press centre in Ilorin, the governorship candidates under the aegis of Congress of Nigerian Political Parties, gathered to inform of their desire to step down in order to pave the way the re-election of Governor Ahmed.

Some of the 13 political parties include: Action Alliance, United Progressive Party, Social Democratic Party and African Peoples Alliance and others.

Meanwhile, the governorship candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Simeon Ajibola and that of Labour Party, Dr Mike Omotosho, have  dismissed the endorsement as a mere show that would not affect their chances of emerging as the next governor.

Reacting to the action, Senator Ajibola described the endorsement as nothing to worry about. He wondered how the endorsement by the other candidates would have any effect on his chances since most of them lacked followers.

Also opposing the endorsement, Dr Mike Omotosho of the Labour Party denied the rumour of stepping down for any candidate, wondering how he could withdraw in an election he is sure of emerging victorious.

Fayose Dismisses APC Lawmakers’ Impeachment Plot

fayose- on- APC lawmakers The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has advised members of the All Progressives Congress in the State’s House of Assembly to jettison their plan to impeach him, saying it is a ‘joke of the century’.

Responding to a purported impeachment notice, Governor Fayose asked the APC lawmakers to stop acting like jesters, saying, “the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed he is, would be allowed to test the will of Ekiti people”.

The notice posted online and signed by Dr. Adewale Omirin, as the Speaker of the House, read: “Please, find attached herewith, allegations of gross misconduct made against your persons by a total of 19 members  of the Ekiti State House of Assembly in pursuance of the Provision of Section 188(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“You are hereby informed that you are at liberty to respond to the said allegations in writing within seven days hereof”.

The governor described the purported notice as a “joke of the century” and reminded the lawmakers that “the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly is Hon Dele Olugbemi and not Dr Adewale Omirin.”

In a statement issued on Saturday , the spokesman to the governor, Lere Olayinka, said “Dr. Omirin is already in court, challenging his impeachment and common sense dictates that when you are challenging an action already taken in court, you have accepted the consequences of such action pending the determination of the suit you filed.”

The governor further urged the APC  lawmakers to stop advertising their ignorance and crudity in the market place by posting impeachment notice online.

“Since last year November, these so-called lawmakers abdicated their duties and ran to Lagos only for them to resurface on Wednesday, but they hurriedly ran away again.

“Now they are posting notice of impeachment signed on March 9, 2015 and Ekiti people are asking, was the motion for impeachment moved and adopted in Lagos or Osun State House of Assembly?

“Is impeachment of a governor done along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway inside a moving bus?

“Rather than going about advertising their ignorance and crudity, the APC  lawmakers should wait for the court to adjudicate on the case they filed because even the President-elect, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) would respect the rule of law when he assumes office,” the governor said.

APGA NASS Candidates Reject Results In Anambra

APGA-2The National Assembly candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) have rejected the election results and accused candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of rigging the election in Anambra State.

A former executive vice chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ernest Ndukwe, who contested on the platform of the APGA, said he won the election for Anambra South Senatorial Zone.

Dr Ndukwe called on INEC not to issue a Certificate of Return to the incumbent Senator, Andy Uba, who had been declared winner of the election, insisting that the mandate be surrendered to him.

Dr Ndukwe, in a briefing at his Oraifite residence in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the State, said that no proper collation was done anywhere in Anambra South Senatorial Zone on Saturday’s National Assembly election.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Election Operation Committee of the PDP, Mr. Ken Emeakayi, has dismissed Dr Ndukwe’s claim, saying that the former NCC boss has no basis to talk as he was caught red-handed violating the electoral process.

Similarly, the APGA Senatorial candidate for Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Dubem Obaze, has also rejected the result that threw up former Aviation Minister, Mrs. Stella Oduah, as the winner.

Mr. Obaze further said he would head for the court, to reclaim his mandate.

Reacting to the accusation, the Campaign Director of Stella Odua Campaign Organisation, Mr. Okwudidli Uzoka said that if the election was repeated ten times, Mrs. Odua would be victorious.

Balarabe Musa Urges Buhari To Form Government Of National Unity

buhariThe former Governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has urged the president-elect,General Muhammadu Buhari, to be magnanimous in victory and consider forming a government of national unity that will involve all parties for national integration and development.

In an interview with Channels Television, Mr Musa noted that, instead of the usual winner takes all system, General Buhari should bring members of other political parties into his government and also carry all the zones along in the distribution of infrastructure and appointment, irrespective of how each of the zones voted.

He added that, the unity government if formed, would not only douse the acrimony that characterized the electioneering campaigns, but would also assist the government in power to effectively deliver on its promises.

The former Kaduna State Governor, while describing the election as relatively credible, expressed doubt that the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC)  government would be different from the current Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration.

According to him, members of both political parties are the same and do not have the interest of Nigerians at heart.

Mr Musa also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat and congratulating the winner, General Buhari.

Bukola Saraki Decleared Winner Of Kwara Senatorial Seat

sarakiThe Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, Dr Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been re-elected as the Kwara central senatorial seat in 2015 senatorial election.

Saraki emerged winner of the Senatorial election with 118,879 votes, defeating his closest co-contestant from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Abdulrasak Abdulrahman, who polled 66,864.

After announcing the result of the election, Collation Officer, Dr Mrs Kemi Ahmed, declared Saraki winner, having polled the highest vote cast in the election.

Results for Kwara South and Kwara North Senatorial seats are being awaited.

Similarly, the speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Atunwa Rasak, of the APC has emerged winner of the Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency.

Atunwa polled 58,227 votes to defeat Mr Sheriff Shagaya of the PDP, who polled 31,467 votes.

Results for other House of Representatives election in the State are being awaited.

Osun State REC Confirms Election Results Receipt

osun stateThe Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) in Osun State, Adekunle Ogunmola has confirmed the receipt of results for the Presidential Election from 23 local government areas out of the 30 councils in the state.

Speaking to newsmen at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) state headquarters in Osogbo‎, the Osun state capital, the REC said that INEC was still expecting the remaining results from the other 7 local government areas to come in before the final declaration.

Mr. Ogunmola attributed the delay to the fact that the collation involves the results of the senatorial and that of the House of Representatives which he said must be carefully collated to avoid mistakes.

The REC said that INEC had been able to deliver what he termed a credible election despite the hitches experienced in some parts of the country, just as he gave the assurance that no voter was disenfranchised in Osun State.

David Mark Expresses Worry Over Card Reader Performance

markThe Senate President, David Mark has expressed worry over the performance of the card readers which failed to capture bio-data of voter card holders after several attempts.

Senator Mark’s concern followed several attempts to be accredited at his polling station in Otukpo, Benue State, a situation said to have affected many of the eligible voters who turned up for the accreditation exercise.

Senator Mark, however, called for patience by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) officials and the electorate in other to ensure a hitch-free general election, while commending the peaceful conduct of Nigerians who came out in large numbers to cast their votes.