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Governorship mandate in Benue must return to APC — Adamu

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdulahi Adamu has said that the Benue State Governorship mandate which he alleged was stolen by Governor Samuel Ortom in 2015 to the Peoples Democratic Primary (PDP), must be reclaimed in the 2023 general elections.

Adamu made the disclosure on Tuesday while delivering a speech at the official flag-off of Alialization Alia/Ode 2023 gubernatorial campaign, at NKST Primary School playground, yandev, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.

Represented by the National APC Vice Chairman, North Central, Alhaji Mu’azu Bawa Rijau, he explained that ‘APC is Benue and Benue is APC’ and with the loyalty of Benue people to APC capped with the landmark achievements recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, APC mandate which he said was stolen in 2015 must return to APC in 2023.

He urged Benue people to remain committed to the APC project by canvassing support from all nooks and crannies of Benue State for overwhelming victory from top to bottom in the forthcoming election.

Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shipper’s Council, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime represented by Hon. Titus Zam, APC candidate for Benue North West Senatorial District, urged Benue people to vote for Tinubu/Shettima for Presidency, Alia for Governor and all APC candidates in order to restore the lost glory and bad governance perpetrated against Benue people.

Earlier, a Business tycoon, Moses Ayo commended the uncommon leadership qualities of the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.

He further revealed that whatever position he is occupying in the society is attributed to Senator Akume’s uncommon leadership posture, adding that Senator Akume connected him to Senator Abdulahi Adamu the present APC National Chairman and the present PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu which the multiplier effect is the position he is occupying in the business realm of the world.

He also revealed that he and Aliko Dangote were selected from Nigeria by President Buhari administration to fight for the stability of Nigerian economy.

Earlier, the Director General Alia/Ode Campaign Organisation, Rev. Frederick Ikyaan, said it was gratifying for him to welcome Benue people to the epoch making event in the annals of  the APC and Benue state.

Ikyaan further explained that it was historical because, “the day officially marks the commencement of electioneering campaigns geared towards the emancipation of the Benue people from the shackles of poverty and confusion in Benue state characterised by deprivation, ineptitude and negligence.

“Today’s event is symbolic. The day heralds the conscious and vehement decision of Benue people to launch a Leadership campaign that is purposeful and divinely prepared to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the teeming Benue masses. It is the Leadership that God Himself had conceived and hatched through his servant from his vineyard. God cannot make a mistake by this choice hence, the need for all to be part of this success story.

“In accomplishing this mission, I was chosen as the Director-General in this meaningful and purposeful leadership recruitment process and I count this as a rare privilege and remain grateful to God and the actors of my appointment.

“In the eyes of man, it is a coincidence for a Reverend gentleman to lead the campaign of another Reverend gentleman, but I want to say here that, there is no coincidence in Gods agenda, hence it is a divine connection to drive the campaign of this-humble servant of God for the Benue project,” Ikyaan said.

The Alia/Ode Campaign DG, stated that irrespective of party affiliations, he welcomed, all and sundry that have come to witness the great revolutionary leadership process that is evolving now.

He called on all the party faithfuls, the Benue business class, workers, pensioners, artisans, the physically challenged and all others “to come out massively to support and vote for “the only hope that God himself has spiritually incubated for the practical manifestation of His glory in this latter days.”

Nigerian NewsDirect reported the highlights of the event include APC flags being presented to all APC candidates from senators to Governor and mass defection of other political parties members into APC fold.

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Mimiko’s younger brother joins guber race in Ondo

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By Akintunde Jacobs, Akure

Abass Mimiko, a  younger brother to the former governor  of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has emerged as the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state.

Mimiko, who emerged the candidate through affirmation in the primary election of the party held on Wednesday at the state party secretariat in Akure, the state capital, said he was going to focus more on education, health, economy and security of the state if elected as the next governor of Ondo State.

According to him, “We are a forced to be reckoned with in this election, we will ensure food security within a year of our being in the office, we will have surplus of food in Ondo State, we will ensure affordable quality education, industrialisation housing , free health services for all residents are  part of our programmes.”

He, however, said his brother, Olusegun Mimiko has thrown his weight behind him in his aspiration to become the next governor of the state.

In his remarks, the National Secretary of the party, Yahaya Wakama said the party was ready to take over the state from the ruling party, urging the members to work hard in order to achieve this.

“Let me remind us however that the days ahead will be even more demanding and disturbing. The signs of what we should expect are already here, harassment, attacks and economic strangulation are some of the weapons that the ruling party will wield in their attempt to prevent the people’s will. But we cannot give up.

“We must resolve to snatch our state from the jaws of death and the predators whose only desire is to sink the ship of state. We must remain the voices of our people and work for their betterment,” Wakama said.

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Edo Guber: INEC final list unsettles LP leadership

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…As Dep. Governorship candidate’s name is missing

By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

The final list of candidates for the upcoming governorship election in Edo state as published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has unsettled the leadership of the Edo State Chapter of the Labour Party (LP).

The party has faulted the electoral body for omitting the name of its validly nominated running mate, Alhaji Asamah Yusuf Kadiri, (SAN) instead of Oluyinka Faith Alufohai who was listed by the electoral body.

Recall on April 19, it was reported that Labour Party governorship candidate in the September 21 gubernatorial election, Olumide Akpata dropped Oluyinka Faith Alufohai and picked Alhaji Asamah Yusuf Kadiri, SAN as the deputy governorship candidate of the party.

In a press statement by Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi, State chairman LP, made available to journalists in Benin City, he assured party members and supporters that “this is simply a technical error.”

According to Comrade Ogbaloi, “Our team followed all necessary procedures and submitted Alhaji Kadiri’s name and credentials as the deputy governorship candidate, well within INEC’s stipulated window. Unfortunately, a technical glitch occurred at the end of the National Headquarters of our party during the submission process, resulting in the incorrect name appearing on the final list.

“We are currently actively engaged with INEC officials to rectify this issue immediately and our team has provided all requisite documentation demonstrating Alhaji Kadiri’s valid nomination. We have been following-up with INEC diligently, to ensure it updates its candidate list with the accurate information.

“We recognise the anxiety this error may cause, but urge our supporters to remain calm and steadfast in their commitment to our party’s vision. Your unwavering support and activism have been invaluable thus far, and we need you to continue spreading awareness of our platform and championing the positive change we represent.

“The Labour Party is determined to contest the forthcoming September 21, Edo State Governorship elections fairly and transparently. We should not allow this minor administrative hurdle to dampen our confidence or impede our momentum. Together, we shall overcome any obstacle, minor or major, as we continue our march towards restoring Edo State to its pride of place nationally.”

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Ganduje lauds Ododo over Ondo State governorship primaries

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has lauded Gov. Ahmed Ododo of Kogi over the successful conduct of the Ondo State Governorship primaries of the party.

Ganduje stated this when he received the report of the State Governorship Primary Election Committee from Ododo in Abuja on Tuesday.

He also commended members of the committee for a job well done.

“You have made history because this is your first national assignment outside Kogi, we thank you and your members for giving the assignment your best.

“On our part, we followed the Constitution to ensure that no loophole was observed during the exercise, I followed you and your team closely from our observation room.

“And you followed the procedure from the collation, this report is very important to us, we will study it and there after, a Certificate of Return will be issued to the winner of the primary,” he said.

The National Chairman called on the other aspirants and the party’s stakeholders to join forces with the winner of the primary election, Gov. Lucky Ayedatiwa, to ensure total victory at the Nov. 16 governorship election.

Earlier, Ododo thanked members of the party in the state for their cooperation and support, expressing optimism that the APC would record landslide victory in the election.

He also called on other aspirants to and join forces with Ayedatiwa, to ensure the party’s victory in the election.

“I hereby submit the results confirmed from 18 Local Government Areas of the state, which covered the whole activities that happened during the primaries, the aspirants and their votes.

“I thank the party’s leadership for giving the committee the opportunity to serve, I am ready to perform in any other national assignments in future,” he said.

Aiyedatiwa got 48,569 votes to beat his closest rival Mayowa Akinfolarin, who polled 15,343 votes in the election, while Olusola Oke came third with 14,865 votes.

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