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Kogi East Senate: PDP delegates warn party against imposing Sen Attai Aidoko

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Kogi East delegates of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the imposition of Senator Attai Aidoko, whom they described as “Political Liability” on the good People of Kogi East.

In a statement made available to newsmen, by the Delegates’ Spokeperson, Hon. Enemakwu S.O, noted that the call has become necessary as the unhealthy development has generated confusion among the delegates and PDP’s faithfuls in Kogi East.

The release which is contained in about fourteen paragraphs disparaged on the sad development that is capable of causing monumental failure for PDP in Kogi State come 2019 general election.

He said, “Kogi East which accounts for 70% of PDP’s votes from Kogi has vowed to resist this imposition and impunity” which he further elucidated were the factors that led to the failure of the sitting Governor, Captain Idris Wada in 2015 election.

 

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“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sold and collected money for Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from the Aspirants; Its screened the Aspirants and cleared them for the Primary Election; Its set and published the date of 2nd October 2018 for the Primary in Kogi East.

On 2nd October 2018, all the Aspirants, their Agents and the Delegates assembled at the venue of the Primary at 0800 and waited till 12.45am.

There were no Electoral officials or materials. To the greatest shock of everybody, the PDP Kogi State headquarters informed us that the NWC had issued a written instruction to the Kogi Electoral Committee to affirm Senator Attai Aidoko, as the automatic Candidate for Kogi East.

The Primary for Kogi East never took place, it was stalled. However, after Senator Aidoko put a spurious claim on the African Independent Television (AIT) that he had won the non-existent Primary, the Returning Officer appointed for that Primary, Hon Samuel Abenemi, who is also the Kogi State PDP Deputy Chairman and Alhaji Faruk Yahaya, the Kogi State PDP Secretary, went on the air to debunk claim of any Primary and advised the NWC to set a new date for a proper Primary.

In addition, the Appeal Panel headed by Princess Bolanle stated clearly in their report to the NWC that no PDP Senatorial Primary took place in Kogi East and recommended to the NWC to set a new date for the Primary which the PDP has up till now refused to do.

If the PDP had an MOU with r-APC to return Senator Dino Melaye, that MOU did not cover Senator Attai Aidoko who is a PDP Senator.

In the eyes of the law, Senator Aidoko is not even the Senator representing Kogi East and he is seating there illegally as a subsisting Court judgement had ordered him to stop parading himself as a Senator representing Kogi East and vacate the Seat.

If the PDP fails to conduct a proper Primary after selling the Forms, screened and cleared the Aspirants; after publishing the date for the Primary which it never cancelled and the Aspirants mobilized us to the Venue and satisfying the Party’s Internal Resolution Mechanism processes, as stipulated by appealing to the Electoral Appeal Panel, which recommended to the NWC to set a new date for the Primary and which the NWC failed to heed, then aspirants will have no other option than to seek redress in a Court of Law with competent jurisdiction to restrain the PDP from submitting Senator Aidoko’s name to INEC as its candidate for Kogi East and INEC from accepting Senator Aidoko’s name.

The whole of Kogi East which accounts for 70% of PDP votes from Kogi has vowed to resist this imposition and impunity and teach the PDP the same bitter lesson that cost the PDP a sitting Governor in 2015.

The PDP has no moral justification for criticizing INEC and other Political Parties if it also indulges in the worst form of imposition and impunity.

The PDP is therefore requested to conduct this Primary latest 07 October 2018 to avoid numerous embarrassing legal actions.

 

Signed:

 

Hon. Enemaku S. O.

For: All PDP Delegates in Kogi East

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Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

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Tears flowed, tributes poured in as the remains of Tiyamiyu Kazeem a.k.a (Kaka), assistant captain of Remo Stars FC of Ogun State were buried on Thursday at his family house in Ajaka, Sagamu, Ogun state, according to Islamic rites. The Witness reports.

The footballer was allegedly pushed out of a vehicle by an operative of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Inspector Olaniyi Ogunsoro, who had mistaken him for a suspected internet fraudster (Yahoo boy), before he was hit by an incoming vehicle on Saturday.

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Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

Late Tiyamiyu Kazeem

 

Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

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Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

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Man treks from Calabar to Yenagoa for new Bayelsa Governor Diri

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Man treks from Calabar to Yenagoa for new Bayelsa Governor Diri

Murtala Anas Jos, an indigene of Plateau State and staunch supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has trekked from Calabar, Cross River State to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital to celebrate the victory of Bayelsa Governor Diri.

The Witness reports that Jos, who arrived Yenagoa on Wednesday, February 26, said it took him eight days to complete the journey, adding that he undertook the task to mark the victory of his party and Governor Douye Diri at the Supreme Court.

Jos said having followed the political trajectory of Diri, he was happy that the senator against all odds later emerged as an incumbent governor of Bayelsa.

The PDP supporter claimed that the main opposition party remained the only party that understood the problems of the country and knew how to address the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

Bayelsa Governor Diri

His words: “I came from Calabar to Bayelsa State. It took me like eight days trekking to reach Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

“I decided to do this because of the love I have for my party, the PDP and to celebrate with Senator Douye Diri over his victory at the Supreme Court and subsequent swearing-in as the Bayelsa State governor.

“This act is to show how I love and cherish my party, PDP, and to encourage the distinguished gentleman, who has come to work for prosperity, growth and development of Bayelsa State.

“I have never had any interaction with the governor not discussed with him but I’ve been following him since his days in the House of Representatives and Senate, and I know he is the type of leader Bayelsa needs at this moment.

“Though some hoodlums attacked me between Akwa Ibom and Rivers, they snatched my phones but I was not discouraged, because I was eager to celebrate my party’s victory in Bayelsa State”.

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Breaking: Court delivers judgment on Ambode’s suit seeking to stop Lagos Assembly probe

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Breaking: Court delivers judgment on Ambode’s suit seeking to stop Lagos Assembly probe

A suit by a former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, seeking to stop the State House of Assembly from probing him, has been dismissed by a High Court sitting in Ikeja, the Lagos capital.

The Witness recalls that State Assembly had in August 2019, set up a nine-man ad-hoc committee to probe Ambode’s administration over the purchase of 820 buses for public transportation in the state.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, February 27, Justice Yetunde Adesanya held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to stop the lawmakers from investigating the ex-governor, stressing that the investigation is not an indictment.

“The claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted. An invitation by an agency of government cannot in any way cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.

“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.

“That is not the function of the court, and no court of law should accede such invitation. The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out,” the Judge ruled.

Ambode loses in court

The former Lagos State Governor instituted the civil suit against the State House of Assembly, its Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, and the Clerk of the House, Mr A. Sanni.

The Witness understands that other respondents to the suit are Fatai Mojeed, the Chairman of an ad-hoc committee, as well as eight members of the committee. They are Mr Gbolahan Yishawu, Mr A. Yusuf, Mr Yinka Ogundimu, Mrs Mojisola Meranda, Mr M. Makinde, Mr Kehinde Joseph, Mr Temitope Adewale, and Mr Olanrewaju Afinni.

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