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Yahaya Bello takes oath of office, urges support

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Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has urged the people of the state, particularly his political opponents, to put aside all differences of politics, ideology or affiliation and join hands with him to give the state the best of governance. Bello, who stated this yesterday at the Lugard House, Lokoja, shortly after he was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, for a second term, also named 17 commissioner-designates.

The governor appealed to the state House of Assembly to ensure speedy clearance of the 17 commissioner-designates to allow them settle down quickly for the task of governance. According to him, his next level in Kogi State will rely on synergy at every stage, primarily the one between the people and the government but also with a wide array of domestic and international investors, service providers and development partners spread across the public and private sector.

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He said: “By the grace of God, the oath of office I have just taken is a pact to do right by all citizens as the Fourth Executive Governor of Kogi State. In this second and concluding term of my constitutional tenure as governor, it shall be the principal pre-occupation of my administration to bring revitalised energy to bear in delivering refocused governance.

“We will sustain focus on agriculture for improved food security, mass employment and increase in internally-generated revenue. We will take the agricultural revolution, which we started in the first term to the next level.”

Bello, who also promised to build the nation’s largest ethanol plant in Kogi State for the production of ethanol fuel from cassava as this will and further expand the use of green fuels in Nigeria given that climate, said that outside agriculture, his administration would also pay greater attention to human capital development by investing more in training of people for enhanced relevance in a technologically-evolving future.

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“With information and communications technology becoming such a big earner for individuals and societies, we will do our best to facilitate some youths with the relevant cognates and competencies to acquire further education in this area at leading institutions abroad. My primary allegiance as governor will remain to Kogi State and her citizens, not to party or tribe. Everyone is my citizen and I owe everyone the protections and fidelities inherent in the office,” the governor stated.

Meanwhile, as Kogi State celebrates the swearing in and inauguration of Bello for second term in Lokoja, his immediate rival, Musa Wada and supporters gathered in Abuja to mourn the late People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Woman Leader, Mrs. Salome Acheju Abu, who died in the wake of election violence in the state.

Abu died on November 18, 2019 after election results were announced and Bello was returned as duly elected governor when thugs set her house ablaze and she was burnt to ashes.Wada led supporters all dressed in complete black attire to the home of the late Abu to show solidarity with the heroine of Kogi democracy.He said ordinarily, he should have been taking the oath of office in Lokoja.

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“Today is January 27, 2020 the supposed date for the inauguration of the elected government by the people of Kogi State but of course the opposite is the case today for reasons best known to you all.

“We are in the home of the heroine of the election of the popular mandate that Kogi people gave to the PDP and its candidate. “Instead of the celebration, we are here to mourn the temporary death of democracy in Kogi State. The heroine of the struggle is no other person than Mrs. Salome Acheju Abu.”

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2023: Fashola Debunks Rumor Of His Presidential Ambition

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Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

The Media Office of the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has urged well-meaning people to disregard the invitation of some Groups, operating under The Nigeria Project 2023, purportedly to the inauguration of a Support Group for the Minister and the Governor of Borno State over the 2023 elections.

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The social media was awash at the weekend with a poster from the Group allegedly presenting the Honorable Minister and the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum as Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates respectively of an unnamed political party.

According to the statement issued by the Minister’s media office “Ordinarily, the poster and the various social media reports almost instantly orchestrated on its account would have been ignored as the handiwork of mischief-makers. However, it became necessary to issue this disclaimer for two key reasons”.

“The first of such was to answer with a strong negative to the numerous inquiries from right thinking and well-meaning Nigerians on whether the Honorable Minister had been contacted or if the Groups had his consent in issuing the invitation”.

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2023: Fashola Debunks Rumor Of His Presidential Ambition

Without equivocation, no individual or group has contacted the Honorable Minister for or on behalf of The Nigeria Project 2023. As Honorable Minister, Mr Fashola is currently focused on leading his dedicated Team in the Ministry of Works and Housing to deliver on the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari for an expanded and upgraded road transport infrastructure; and affordable Housing nationwide in order to achieve economic growth and prosperity for the citizenry.

Secondly, is the fact that entities unknown to a political party cannot present candidates on behalf of such a political party. As a ranking and loyal member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the individual and groups cited as promoters of The Nigeria Project 2023 are unknown to the APC and the Honorable Minister.

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Against the backdrop of the foregoing, the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN urges members of the public to be wary of the antics of unsolicited individuals and Support Groups whose real intentions remain questionable. Every support possible should be given to the efforts of the current administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver a better nation for all.

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Buhari, APC Campaign Insincerity Produced Insecurity – Lamido

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A former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has blamed the growing insecurity, especially in the northern part of Nigeria on the failure of the regime led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the ruling All Progressives Congresses, to fulfil their campaign promises.

According to Lamido, Buhari and the APC allegedly lied to raise the hopes of Nigerian youths and take power from the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said failure to meet their aspirations is a major cause of restiveness in the country.

Lamido spoke while featuring on Sunday Politics, a current affairs programme on Channels Television.

He said, “What is the root causes of the security problems in Nigeria? Why are our own children – children who are under 25 – taking arms against their own kits and kin, going to villages to harass them, take over their livestock, burn their houses and even rape their women? What is the problem? This cannot alone be moral decadence? What has gone wrong?”

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The ex-governor partly added, “Above everything else, it is about leadership. Leadership is very important. On the issue of Zamfara, why is the state becoming the hub of terrorism in Nigeria. Why?”

Responding to a question on the similarities between the terrorists in the North-East and bandits in the North-West, Lamido stated that crime was crime no matter the location or those involved.

Buhari, APC Campaign Insincerity Produced Insecurity – Lamido

He added, “The issue is that the government must be held accountable and I don’t want to sound too political, it is a matter of life. Attaining political power, the process must be very credible; it must be very transparent. A leader should be able to say, ‘I want to be in government because I will do this, this and that.’ When you ignore this and begin to tell lies and malign and blackmail others…

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“When it was their time to get power in Nigeria in 2014 (ahead of the 2015 elections) and (they came up with) their ‘Change’ mantra … They knew they were telling lies. But for then, it was about getting the power. If they get the power, then they begin to ask, ‘what do we do?’ So, the process and the platform must be very honest; it must be very credible.

“It is this character of telling lies to the young generation. When you raise their hopes in trying to get government, and you are in government, by the time you fail to fulfil their needs, of course, there will be problems. So, these are simply the political consequences if telling lies in campaigns.”

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INEC Worries About IPOB “No Election” Order In The Southeast

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INEC Worries About IPOB “No Election” Order In The Southeast

….Says if there is no election, there will be constitutional crisis

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it is “deeply concerned” about the situation in the South-East especially as it concerns threats to disrupt the elections in the zone.

INEC also explained that there could be constitutional crisis if it (commission) was unable to conduct general elections in the region.

It said it was clear that election would not be organised under chaotic conditions.

The Chief Press Secretary to the commission’s chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday.

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The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra had threatened that no election would hold in the entire South-East zone (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) till it achieved its agitation for secession from the Nigerian state.

Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, had also said the governorship election in Anambra State slated for November 6, 2021, would not hold.

Ekpa, in a tweet on his Twitter page, said a no-election order would be activated by members of IPOB.

Oyekanmi, however, said INEC had been engaging with security agencies on the platform of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

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He said the commission and the security agencies had been discussing and comparing notes on the security situation across the country generally.

As regards the South-East and particularly Anambra State, he expressed the hope that through collaboration, the security situation in the region would be brought under control.

Oyekanmi said, “The commission is deeply concerned about the security situation in the South-East. It is an established fact that INEC cannot carry out electoral activities under chaotic conditions.

“God forbid that INEC is unable to conduct such elections at the appointed time because this will lead to a constitutional crisis. The constitution did not envisage that such elections will not hold.

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“With regard to the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6, we are aware of the various efforts by the security agencies on the one hand, and all the men and women of goodwill in the region on the other, to calm things down.”

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