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.
Read full Press Release below:
“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.
Hon. Enemaku S. O.
For: All PDP Delegates in Kogi East
OPAN disassociates self from online group called ‘OPMAN’
The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) wishes to disassociate itself from the group known as Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, which cleverly adopts the acronym ‘OPMAN’.
This statement serves as a notice to individuals or organizations having dealings with this group, ‘OPMAN’ as our lawyers engage the Corporate Affairs Commission to address this development, OPAN said in a statement adding that it has no affiliation whatsoever with the group.
OPAN President, Austyn Ogannah, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the existence of a group which adopted a name similar to ours and goes by an acronym that is closely identical to ours.
“For the record OPAN has no affiliation with this group or its promoter(s).
“The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on 14th of November 2011, is the umbrella body for organisations and persons in the online/digital media space with a mandate to self regulate practitioners and promote responsible use of the new media in Nigeria.”
NITDA sets up team to investigate, protect Nigerians from data breach
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), today inaugurated the NITDA Data Breach Investigation Team at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters, Abuja. The effort was aimed at safeguarding the rights, privacy and data of citizens in the country.
The Director General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE, while inaugurating the Team said thay, “ever since the Agency issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) on 25th January, 2019, there has been an unprecedented interest in the regulation as witnessed by the various engagements and inquiries about it”.
He further stated the objectives of the National Data Protection Regulations includes: Safeguarding the rights of citizens on data privacy; Fostering safe conduct in transactions involving the exchange of Personal Data; Enabling Nigerian businesses to be globally compliant & competitive to create jobs for eligible Nigerians.
Inuwa said that, “NITDA, as the IT sector regulator has a duty to ensure that the objectives of the regulations are being realised”. The highlight of the event was the inauguration of a 15-man committee that will investigate and checkmate any breach of the National Data Protection Regulations (NDPR).
Reps ask CBN to suspend cashless policy
The house of representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to halt the controversial cashless policy it recently re-introduced.
At plenary session on Thursday, the lower legislative chamber said the policy leads to significant decrease in credit extension by Nigerian money deposit banks.
The also said it has negative impacts on small and medium enterprises “which are clearly the engine room for growth of the economy.”
In a circular released on Tuesday, the CBN had directed all deposit money banks in the country to charge 3% processing fees for withdrawals and 2% for deposits of amounts above N500,000 for individual accounts.
Corporate account holders will be charged 5% processing fees for withdrawals and 3% for deposits of amounts above N3 million.
The directive was, however, criticised by some Nigerians for various reasons.
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