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Benue Speaker humble, knowledgeable — Ogundoyin



By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislature of Nigeria (CSSLN), Rt. Hon. Adebo Edward Ogundoyin has described the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Hon. Hyacinth Aondona Dajoh as a humble, knowledgeable and an active member of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.

Ogundoyin also revealed that the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Dajoh is one of the decision makers in the Speakers Conference as a result of his vibrant participation in their meetings.

Ogundoyin made the disclosure in an address as the chairman of the Grand Civic Reception put together by Mbatiav Development Association in honor of Hon. Hyacinth Dajoh, Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly and the Vice Chairman (North Central), Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria at LGEA Primary School Akoagher , Mbatiav, Gboko local government Area of Benue State.

Represented by the Speaker of Gombe State House of Assembly and the vice Chairman (North East), CSSLN, Rt. Hon. Abubaka Muhammad Luggerewo, explained that their physical presence in Mbatiav in their numbers is to identify with the entire Mbatiav people for making the right choice of sending their son to represent them  as the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly and the result of making the right choice is evident in  the transformational agenda  courtesy of the Benue Speaker that  they are witnessing in their respective areas.

He pledged the support of CSSLN to the Benue Speaker to continue with his selfless service to mankind, Benue State and Nigeria at large.

Earlier, the Majority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly Hon. Saater Tiseer spoke on behalf of Members of the Benue State House of Assembly, thanked Mbatiav people for the honor done to them, added that the reception in honor of the Speaker by his people reflect the true love they have for their son is worthy of emulation.

Hon. Saater also said that the Benue Assembly under the watch of the speaker will continue to remain supportive and loyal to his leadership to succeed.

On his part, His Royal Highness, Ter-Gboko,  Chief Gabriel Shosom, described the uncommon leadership style of the Speaker as first of its kind  since the return of democracy in 1999 as demonstrated in his  speedy connection with personalities across the country  within the short period of time in office.

Chief Shosom, enjoined Mbatiav people to give their children  the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Aondona Dajoh  and the Executive  Governor of Benue state Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia their blessings and support to succeed.

President General, Mbatiav Community Development Association, Chief Terfa  Usoho, explained that the Mbatiav community has not witnessed remarkable development since the inception of Democratic governance in the state.

“This trend is even worrisome when one considers the size and the position of Mbatiav in Gboko local government area.

“For the records, we are the most populous in all of Jemgbagh, we vote massively and wisely yet we have always asked in vain, lived on handouts and hardly received benefits commensurate to our size and significance.”

“We continue to lack even the basic health, education and security infrastructure that our people so desperately need.”

“But suddenly, our story,as a people, has begun to change,. hopefully it is changing for the better. This change has been occasioned by the elevation of our son to the esteemed position of the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly. The Speaker has relentlessly and consciously pursued various developmental initiatives that have significantly transformed Gboko West constituency in the short while since he assumed office as the Speaker,” Chief Usoho explained.

Responding, the Speaker of the 10th Assembly Hon. Hyacinth Dajoh, thanked Mbatiav community for the honour done him and colleagues and promised to pursue with vigour initiatives and make laws that would have direct bearing on their lives.

Hon. Dajoh, also promised to be hundred percent loyal to the Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia administration for the overall good and development of the State.

He thanked his colleagues from other states for traveling from far distances despite their crowded schedules to come and identify with him on the occasion of the grand reception in his honour by his people and prayed for their safe trips back to their respective destinations.

Nigerian NewsDirect reports that highlights of the occasion was the decorations of the Speakers of other States, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe among others in Tiv traditional attire as well as members of the Benue State House of Assembly who have been supportive to the Speakers cause in the tenth Assembly.

Speaker, Hon. Aondona Dajoh, accompanied by his counterpart from other States, commissioned  a traditional Council hall he built.

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PDP appoints Chinda as Chairman for Ondo LG Congress, ahead of primaries



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appointed Rep. Kingsley Chinda as the Chairman, Local Government Congress Electoral Committee for Ondo, ahead of Saturday’s governorship primaries.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ologunagba said that the constitution of the committee was approved by the National Working Committee (NEC) of the party.

“The committee members are to serve on the local government Congress Electoral Committee to conduct National Delegates Congress for the purpose of electing one national delegate per local government area in Ondo,” he said.

Ologunagba said that the congress would hold at the Collation Center of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in each of the local government areas of the state.

Ologunagba advised all the governorship aspirants, leaders, critical stakeholders and members in Ondo to take note and be guided accordingly.

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Ondo 2024: Don’t field wrong candidate for us — Odimayo tells APC



By Akintunde Jacobs, Akure

The National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been called upon not to make the mistake of fielding a wrong candidate in the forthcoming April 20th governorship election in Ondo state.

Jimi Odimayo, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, who made the call on Thursday at the official declaration of his intention to run for the office, held at the NUJ Press Centre, Akure said the leadership of the party should ensure that the South senatorial district whose turn it is to produce the next governor of the state is not prevented from spending its eight years in office.

According to him, the law does not permit the incumbent governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa to be sworn in as governor thrice if he intends to run for two terms because he was sworn-in as deputy governor alongside his late principal, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on 25 February 2021.

Odimayo who is the current Chairman, House Committee on Population in the House of Representatives, said he believes that it will be right for any aspirant who by law will be deprived from spending a two-term of eight years to jettison his governorship ambition in the best interest of Ondo South senatorial district.

He said; “If you attempt to bring anybody that is short of eight years we would struggle in the next election, if you flag off anybody who is not up to task, especially someone who would not do eight years, people would not support him. Our leaders should not be sentimental because people are watching

“We the Southerners, will ensure that APC doesn’t produce anybody that would be questionable or challenged by the opposition party. We are going to address our challenges as a party, we are not going to make a mistake, APC is a predominant party in Ondo State.

“Basically, it is the turn of the South, and the party would not play with it, we want the party to utilise this opportunity, we have eight years, we will not tolerate anything less than eight years for the south. So, we should be very careful not to fall into the trap of our enemies.”

Speaking on his vision for the coastal state, Odimayo said he’s fueled by a passion for service and a vision for a brighter future for Ondo while his aspiration is rooted in a commitment to unity, progress, and inclusive governance that prioritises the needs and aspirations of every indigene.

“Ondo State is endowed with immense potential, from its rich cultural heritage to its natural resources. However, we cannot ignore the challenges that have hindered our progress and prosperity.

“Issues such as inadequate infrastructure, unemployment, healthcare disparities, and educational gaps require urgent attention and innovative solutions.

“As a son of Ondo State, I am acutely aware of these challenges, and I am prepared to tackle them head-on with your support. My aspiration is not just about winning an election; it is about ushering in a new era of progress and development for Ondo state.”

The aspirant said he envisions a state where every citizen has access to quality education, healthcare, and economic opportunities as he believes in harnessing the state’s natural resources sustainably to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

“I pledge to prioritise the safety and security of every resident of Ondo State. I am committed to strengthening Amotekun and fostering seamless collaboration with other security agencies to ensure a safer environment for all.

“Access to quality healthcare is a fundamental human right, and no indigene of Ondo State should be denied this essential service. As Governor, I will prioritise healthcare reform aimed at expanding access to primary care, upgrading healthcare facilities, and recruiting and retaining skilled healthcare professionals.

“I will also champion initiatives to address public health challenges such as maternal and child mortality, infectious diseases, and non-communicable diseases. Recognising the pressing healthcare needs of our people, particularly in the face of chronic diseases like hypertension, I vow to provide accessible and free healthcare services, placing the well-being of every resident of Ondo State at the forefront of my administration’s agenda.”

He emphasised that, if given the APC ticket and eventually emerges as governor, he will declare a state of emergency on education, with a firm commitment to resetting the educational system to ensure quality and accessible education for every child in Ondo State.

“Our youth are the future of Ondo State, and investing in their education and empowerment is paramount. I am committed to revitalising our educational system, from primary schools to tertiary institutions, by improving infrastructure, enhancing curriculum, and providing scholarships and vocational training opportunities.

“Additionally, I will prioritise youth empowerment initiatives that equip young people with the skills and resources they need to succeed in a competitive global economy.

“Agriculture,” he said, “is the backbone of our economy, and rural communities play a crucial role in sustaining our agricultural sector. I am committed to implementing policies and programs that promote modern farming techniques, provide access to credit and markets, and improve rural infrastructure such as roads and irrigation systems.

“By prioritising agriculture and rural development, we can enhance food security, create employment opportunities, and reduce poverty in rural areas. I aim to revolutionise our agricultural sector by mechanising it by 80 percent, thereby boosting economic growth, ensuring food sustainability, and creating employment opportunities for our youth.”

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APC shifts screening of Ondo governorship aspirants to Friday



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has shifted the screening of its aspirants for the Nov.16 Ondo State governorship election to Friday, following the declaration of Thursday as public holiday by the Federal Government.

This is contained in a message on the party’s official X page, @OfficialAPCNg on Wednesday.

“Due to the inclusion of Thursday, April 11, as a public holiday by the Federal Government for ELd el-Fitr, all aspirants are requested to attend the screening on Friday, April 12, at the party’s national secretariat,” the party said.

A total of 16 aspirants were expected to be screened, ahead of the April 20 primary election.

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