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Bayelsa guber: Oshiomhole rigged guber primary over alleged oil bloc compensation – Kpodoh

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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has accused the National leader of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, of conniving with the leadership of the party at the State to rigged election for a candidate without capacity.

He also alleged that the party’s National Chairman in the contentious primaries, is highly involved in shaddy and bias support to the Former Governor and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources,Chief Timipre Sylva over fake promises of oil bloc.

He called on the National Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomole not to be deceived with empty promises and allow the party lose the forth coming election with the fraudulent emergence of a flag bearer without capacity, ” Sylva cannot singlehandedly give out oil bloc without the approval of President Muhammad Buhari. Such deceit would not be allowed. Oshiomole should know that what happened on Wednesday in Yenagoa is a fraud and a mockery of the APC.’

Kpodoh, who described as ” a show of mockery’ the figure allegedly fabricated as votes cast for the emergence of Chief David Lyon, as flagb-earer of the party for the November 16th Governorship election, noted that if nothing is done, the party will lose out at the polls.

According to Kpodoh, the less than 49,000 votes recorded during the controversial primaries of the party is a mockery of the 2million votes cast for President Muhammadu Buhari during the last Presidential primary of the party.

The former Special Adviser on security matters to the state government, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, while commenting on the outcome of the election in Yenagoa, said the declared result of the Governorship primaries was made without taking note of the fact that the over 2 million members that participated in the Presidential primary that confirmed President Muhammad Buhari did not participate in the alleged fraudulent Governorship primary.

‘With the figures given as results of the primaries, it shows it was handwritten. In the indirect primaries, those involved in the voting are few known officers of the party. But in the Direct mode of primaries, those involved should have party membership cards. Are those involved in fraudulent declaration of result reducing the figures of our party members?Or have they entered into alliance with Gov. Dickson and the PDP to rubbish us at the poll?’

According to him, “instead of an increased participation of party members in the process, It is a joke that the attempt by the people who rigged the purported primaries in favour of Lyon did it without due consideration to numbers of party members. Those who rigged the primaries in favour of David Lyon are invariably telling the world that APC in Bayelsa is less than 50,000 members

“How do you compare this result with the over 210,201 members who voted for Buhari during the APC presidential primaries? How do you also compare 45,000 members to the over 90,000 persons that voted for Buhari in the last general election? Clearly the 45,000 members of APC who allegedly voted for Mr Lyon is a message to the world that APC cannot win Bayelsa state.’

‘In a desperate bid to perpetuate the fraud, results were not signed by Electoral officers and agents of Governorship aspirants. The materials were moved from one hotel to the other until it was declared at Aridolf hotels. ‘

“We want to thank the Yobe State Governor for staying away from the mockery termed Governorship primaries in Bayelsa. His absence from the process showed that he is not disposed to electoral fraud and would not be seen as being involved

“As a ruling government, we should have been seen to be conducting a more transparent and acceptable governorship primaries.”

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PDP congratulates Okowa, Ikpeazu on tribunal judgments

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday hailed the upholding of the elections of Governors Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state by the governorship elections petition tribunals in the two states.

It also said the verdicts have placed a seal on the acceptance of the governors as demonstrated in their landslide victory at the March 2019 governorship elections in both states.

Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a statement to TIMELY POST.

The opposition party also said the report of celebrations in the states at the breaking of the news of the verdict is a testimony that indeed justice was upheld in the rulings.

Parr of the statement reads, “The party notes that just like other governors elected on the platform of the PDP, Governor Okowa and Governor Ikpeazu stand out in their commitments towards developing their states, particularly the massive
infrastructural projects in key sectors including, manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, power, road infrastructure, education among others despite prevailing challenges.

“The PDP urges the governors not to relent but continue in their commitment in delivering on their mandates for the good of all, in line with the manifesto of the PDP”.

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Kaduna cleric Sheikh Gummi, dismisses 2019 general elections as worst ever

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A Kaduna State-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gummi, has described the last general elections as the worst ever in the history of Nigeria.

He explained that the video evidence made available show that few hundreds of people generated millions of votes.

Sheikh Ahmad Gummi made the expression when he hosted the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministry, Jos and the Convener For the Movement of Initiative of a Brighter and Better Nigeria, Prophet Isa elBuba at his residence in Kaduna, said,
“The last election was the worst ever to be conducted in the country.

“We invited INEC, APC, PDP and told them this is what we will do to stop rigging in 2015.

“When the election came, we realized we were handicapped because Nigerians were ignorant, but they failed to realise that Nigerians can create an independent polls.

“In 2015, we saw that INEC was not ready for a flawless election. Then another government came with mantra of change and anti corruption. I expected 2019 election to be neat, but I found it to be the worst I have ever witnessed.

“Many people came to me from all over the country, some came with video and told me those millions of votes you see is coming from just a few hundreds.

“When the results were announced, they said, we told you. So what is the card reader meant for? How can you say you are fighting corruption and you are riding on corruption to come back and create economic damage that will take maybe 40 years to correct.”

Speaking earlier, Prophet el-Buba commended Sheikh Gummi for being a leading light in the present generation on issues that are national importance.

He noted, “I really want to commend you for standing out to speak the truth not just to authorities but also to the followers.

“With situation of things in the country, we need to pull our minds together and salvage the country.

“We cannot afford to continue to leave the control of things in the hands of politicians, if not it will continue like this.

“I have traversed the whole country and discovered that the north is worst. Things are degenerating the more, the poverty is unbearable.”

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Reps tell Buhari how to reduce unemployment

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The House of Representatives, Thursday called on the Federal government to bail out failed companies in order to tackle the rising unemployment.

The decision followed a motion of urgent importance moved by James Faleke.

Leading the debate on the motion, Faleke said that the motion becomes important in the face of growing unemployment in the country.

“My concern Is the number of graduates we are producing yearly, over 1.3m without opportunity for job. This is why some people are being lured into criminality, not that they want to be engaging in criminality, but out of nothing to do, they resort to criminality.

“If government can identify 100 companies and approach banks and get loans. This will help to reduce Nigerians traveling to other African countries for job,” he said.

Speaking in support, Emeka Azubogu from Anambra state noted that there will be need for holistic review of the economy.

” We need a knowledge based economy, there are already existing policies that we need to rejig. There are many incentives by the CBN. There are facts we need to look at holistically. I also thank the president for the Economic Advisory council.”

Shehu Koko from Kebbi State, while supporting the motion called on the federal government to improve power.

He said,” Know that President Olusegun Obasanjo recapitalised banks, I Know that President Buhari bailed out states, if we bail out failed companies, we will generate jobs, however, if the issue of power is not addressed, we will not make any progress.”

Opposing the motion, Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos countered the motion, calling for a review of the reasons being the failure of the sector.

I will not support the idea of bailout, before now those industries were working, why are they not working now?

“Number one, power and number two is premium, If they can improve on premium, that will be better than bailout, and power is just like blood in the body, if there is no blood, the body can not function.”

The motion was subsequently passed after it was put to vote by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and referred to committee on industry.

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