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ONDO 2020: Betrayal From Akure People Remains A Shock To Me- Akeredolu

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I was shocked that Akure people turned against me ― Akeredolu
Ondo state Governor-Elect, Rotimi Akeredolu has expressed shock that he lost the Saturday governorship election in three local government council areas in the central senatorial districts despite his developmental works in the councils.
Akeredolu said this during an interview on Channels Television monitored in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
The governor-elect lost Akure South, Akure North and lfedore council areas to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede in the governorship election held on Saturday across the 18 council areas of the state.
These three council areas in the state are considered the stronghold of Jegede.
Akeredolu in the poll won 15 of the 18 councils with 292,830 votes as against Jegede who the three councils areas polling 195,791votes.
The candidate of the third force, Zenith Labour Party who didn’t win any council polled 69,127 votes
While reacting to a question on winning 15 of the 18 councils in the election, the Governor-Elect said ” When it comes to the issue of winning 15 local governments, it’s just a slight improvement of what I did the last time.
“The last time I won 14. Talking seriously, I thought I was going to win the 18 local governments.
“I’m shocked at what happened in Akure because I take Akure South, Akure North and Ifedore as one Akure. So, I’m shocked at the development there.
“But I’ll put that behind me. I’ll move forward. I thought I would win in Akure because I worked in those three local governments where people turned against us. But it’s alright with me. We’ll forget it.”
“The event that commenced this process, like the deputy governor who decided to jump ship. I was shocked too. Although, I got to know it’s going to happen when I saw his movements. I said okay, this man has made up his mind to go.
“I think God answered my prayer, I was praying for him to go and I think he has to go anyway because you cannot have people who will be there and want to stab you at the back and you want to keep them in the house, no.
“You cannot have a snake under your roof and think you can sleep well. So, it was good we asked the snake to go, so we had to sleep properly.
“So, that’s taught me a lesson in politics. But it’s not a new thing. It has happened over and over, right here in South West, even in the North, everywhere.
“Look at the case of Baba Awolowo and Akintola, look at Omoboriowo and Ajasin here. So many instances.
” For me, it’s not something new. When he had to leave, I was very happy and I knew it was politics and I was going face a lot of what I’ll call blackmail because that is their stock in trade because there is no other thing they’re going to throw at us, throw at me, at my wife and children.
“But what I’ll say is that matters like this do repeat itself but it cannot come from the deputy that I’ve chosen now.
Akeredolu said ” I have a lot of confidence in him. I don’t see him behaving like the former one.

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2023 Presidency: Zoning Can’t Stop Tinubu From Clinching APC Ticket, Says Former Minister

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2023 Presidency: Zoning Can’t Stop Tinubu From Clinching APC Ticket, Says Former Minister

Former Minister of Works and National Chairman of South West Agenda for 2023, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has declared that former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, remains the best candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, based on experience and political networks.

Adeyeye said this in Ado-Ekiti during the official launching of the South West Agenda, SWAGA 2023, a political platform rooting for the presidential aspiration of Asiwaju Tinubu.

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INEC Creates Additional 56,872 Polling Units Ahead Of 2023 General Election

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BREAKING: INEC Creates Additional 56,872 Polling Units Ahead Of 2023 General Election
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As 2023 general election draws nigh, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday announced the creation of additional 56, 872 polling units across the country.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners.

According to him, Nigeria now has a total of 176, 846 Polling Units from the initial 119, 973 following the conversion of voting points and voting points settlement to full-fledged Polling Units.

Yakubu said the commission had also removed 749 Polling Units from inappropriate facilities, with nine of them from shrines and several others from religious houses, royal palaces and private property.

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Issuance of Certificate: Wait for Ratification of Candidate by CEC, Umuojians Tell Anambra State Govt

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Issuance of Certificate: Wait for Ratification of Candidate by CEC, Umuojians Tell Anambra State Govt
The winner of May 8th 2021 traditional ruler election in Umuoji, Chief Sir Kanayo Okoye
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Issuance of Certificate: Wait for Ratification of Candidate by CEC, Umuojians Tell Anambra State Govt

By Abuchi Onwumelu

Following the continued Igweship tussle in Umuoji ancient kingdom where two illustrious sons are laying claim to the traditional stool of the town, concerned indigenes of the community have prevailed on Governor Willie Obiano’s led administration to allow the town to exhaust the processes provided by the constitution of the town before issuing certificate to any of contestants.

According to them, it behoves on the Central Executive Council (CEC) to ratify the selection of Igwe and subsequently present to Ndi Umuoji their next traditional ruler, even as they described issuance of certificate to any of the contestants without CEC/Special Assembly ratification as recipe for disaster.

They submitted that failure to allow the CEC which is regarded as the highest decision making body in Umuoji to carry out the task assigned to them by the constitution would distort the peace and progress of the community as well as pit brothers against brothers. They argued that such denial would usher in break down of law and order in the community.

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The concerned indigenes had recently at Government House, Awka through a peaceful protest demanded that Chief Sir Kanayo Okoye of Umuechem Village who scored the highest number of votes in May 8th 2021 election organized by Umuoji Improvement Union Nigeria (UIUN) and supervised by Anambra State Government be declared as the authentic winner as the new traditional ruler of Umuoji community, in Idemili North Council Area of Anambra State.

The peaceful protesters who were from the twenty-three villages that make up Umuoji, accompanied by community leaders, village Heads and members of Igwe-In-Council demanded for the issuance of certificate of recognition to Chief Kanayo Okoye who scored the highest number of votes during the Igweship election organized by the State government for the town on eighth May 2021.

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During the exercise, the protesters were seen with placards with inscriptions like; “Igwe Umuoji is not for sale”, ” Umuoji want Chief Kanayo Okoye”,” Umuoji demands Kanayo as the Traditional Ruler, among others.

Chief Tochukwu Mmodu who spoke on behalf of others said that during the May eighth election in the community, majority of Umuoji people voted for Chief Kanayo Okoye, which he said made him to win the election.

He expressed displeasure with the shape the event had taken, noting that few individuals were trying to so hard to create unnecessary tension in the community by organizing what he described as a shambolic and kangaroo jamboree in the name of run-off election on June 8th 2021.

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Chief Mmodu who described the action as unacceptable by the people of Umuoji community, appealed for immediate intervention of Anambra state government on the matter.

Contributing, the former President General of Umuoji community, Chief Gab Mbanefo and another stakeholder in the town, Chief Ifeanyi Efobi said that Umuoji Traditional stool is not for sale, described imposition of traditional ruler on communities as a taboo in Igbo land, pointing out that Umuoji community is too big to be so treated.

While receiving the peaceful protesters
at the Government House, Awka, Governor Willie Obiano called on various communities across the State to make communal living and peaceful coexistence their watchword.

The governor who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu promised to look into their matter.

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