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‘Governor Makinde Is A Disgrace To Public Decency’ – Governor Akeredolu Says

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ONDO DECIDES: Akeredolu lashes Makinde over false alarm on Ogunbodede as returning officer
CANDIDATE of the All Progressive Congress in the governorship election in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has lashed the Peoples Democratic Party for raising false alarm over the appointment of a Returning Officer for this Saturday’s election.
Akeredolu said that “As at the time he raised the objection, INEC had not even announced the appointment of a Returning Officer for this Saturday’s election.
Recall that the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Governorship election in Ondo State, Seyi Makinde had rejected the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, as the Chief Returning Officer for Saturday’s Governorship election in Ondo State.
But Akeredolu through the spokesperson of his campaign office, Richard Olabode Olatunde in a statement in Akure said
“We find as unfortunate, the statement credited to the Governor of Oyo State and Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Governorship election in Ondo State, Seyi Makinde, rejecting the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, as the Chief Returning Officer for Saturday’s Governorship election in Ondo State.
“While it is forgivable for the PDP in Ondo State to continue to raise false alarm and make spurious allegations over the election, it is inexcusable for a Governor like Seyi Makinde to market ignorance in such a shameful manner. This ridicules, in no small measure, the exalted office of Governor.
“As at the time he raised the objection, INEC had not even announced the appointment of a Returning Officer for this Saturday’s election. We cannot but wonder how and where Governor Makinde in particular, got the information.
“Governor Makinde, as a member of the Nigerian Council of State, ought to know that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does not, and shall never appoint a Returning Officer who is an indigene to administer elections. No indigene of Ondo State can ever be made a Returning Officer.
“By this pedestrian dance, Governor Makinde has shown himself to be a disgrace to public decency and the office he is holding.
“For us in the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation, we believe in fairness and credibility. Our trust in INEC on a free, fair and credible election on Saturday remains undoubted.
He said that ” we urge the people of the state to disregard the ignorance exhibited by the PDP and Governor Seyi Makinde while getting set to participate in the election on Saturday.

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Bye-election: Fresh crisis rocks Zamfara APC

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A fresh crisis has engulfed the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressive Congress barely two weeks to the bye -election into the vacant Bakura constituency seat in the state House of Assembly .
A faction of the APC loyal to the immediate past governor of the state , Abdulaziz Yari , named Bello Gamji as its candidate for the contest , a move which has since been opposed by party members loyal to Senator Kabiru Marafa .
Addressing journalists in Gusau on Sunday , the Publicity Secretary of the Marafa -led faction , Alhaji Bello Bakyasuwa , while faulting the decision by the Yari -led faction to field a candidate , said , “ Zamfara State APC is still in court; as such , it has no constitutional rights to present a candidate to contest the election .”
Bakyasuwa rejected claims by the Yari -led faction that the Court of Appeal in Sokoto had set aside an earlier judgment given by the Zamfara State High Court.
He said, “ The court has only set aside the Zamfara State High Court judgment ; but didn’ t give the mantle of leadership of the party to any faction . ”

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PDP sweeps all seats in Bauchi LG poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party has won all 20 chairmanship and 20 deputy chairmanship positions as well as the 323 councillorship seats, in the Bauchi State local government election held on Saturday .
The LGA election was last held in Bauchi State 12 years ago .
The 20 elected chairmen and their deputies were issued their Certificates of Return by the Chairman of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission , Dahiru Tata , at the commission ’ s headquarters on Sunday .
The council leaders were later sworn in at the Banquet Hall of the Government House , Bauchi on Sunday .
The oath of office and oath of allegiance were administered to them by Justice Hamidu Kunaza , who represented the Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Umar .
Speaking at the ceremony, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed , warned the council leaders against indolence and corrupt practices in the discharge of their duties .
He said, “ What the people of Bauchi want is work , service , infrastructure . I assure you , we are going to give you autonomy to give you the little resources that you need .
“ You must work with us to free resources in your local councils . Ghost workers that are taking our money at the primary level , especially the primary health care, primary education and even local workers , must be freed .
“ Don ’t go and create your own ghost workers because that is the circle of corruption that we inherited . Everybody that becomes a chairman or councilor will have his own number of ghost workers that will bring money to him at home . I know by your pedigree , you will not do that .

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I Have Not Defected To APC – Governor Umahi

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Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi has denied reports making the rounds he has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A House of Representatives from Ebonyi, Chinedu Ogah had claimed on Saturday the Governor had defected to the APC.
Ogah, who is the only APC federal lawmaker from Ebonyi, also commended the Governor for defecting to APC.
According to Ogah, Umahi defected to the APC after meeting several leaders of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
He described it as a bold step and move in the right direction and asked About, Enugu and Anambra Governors to join the APC for stability in the polity and South East.
“Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction.
“We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.
“I am calling on other Governor in the southeast to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center, we have to join mainstream politics for the overall development of our zone and the country in general.
President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him”, Ogah said.
But when contacted, Governor Umahi, in a terse reply simply told The Nation “it is not true.”
The Governor’s Media Aide, Maze Francis, also debunked the report.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC)”.
“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.
“It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.
“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers”.
“The general public is advised to jettison such unfounded rumour”.

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