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Senate 2019: Kogi East elders endorse ADC’s Victor Adoji

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a sub-committee of the Kogi East Elders’ council political committee has adopted the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, (ADC), Dr. Victor Adoji as the preferred choice for the Kogi East Senatorial seat.

In report signed by Pro. Sunday Okpanachi (Chairman) and Prof. S. O. Ejima (Secretary) and nine others, noted that Adoji came top when compared to candidates of the other political parties.

While stating the reasons for the setting up of the committee, the report said, “At a time when the Igala/Bassa ethnic nationalities find themselves at critical crossroads in their political itinerary, the Kogi East Elders Council established the Political Committee to facilitate a viable and smooth political transition and development in the zone.

“The membership of the Committee is drawn from the political and business elite the academia, various professionals and socio-cultural groups.

“The general mandate of the Committee includes, among others, to; Provide a level playing field for contestants to political offices at the Local Government, State and Federal levels for the governance of Kogi East Senatorial District.Yukon

“To screen and present the best candidates for the proper representation of Kogi East Districts into Chairmanship of Local Government, State Houses of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship irrespective of political affiliation. Such selections will be presented to the Kogi East Elders’ Council who will in turn present same to the appropriate constituted Authorities in the Senatorial District for ratification.

The report further said that part of the objectives was to deploy all legitimate means necessary to assist and ensure the success of all cleared candidates from Kogi East Senatorial District.

It stressed that the establishment of the Committee was a welcome development, especially in view of the fact that some of the people elected to represent the people have used all their tenure fighting legal battles to the detriment of the people and land.

“It is in pursuance of this mandate that the political committee set up an eleven member committee to interact with the senatorial candidates from Kogi East in order to select the most credible, focused and people development-oriented candidate.

“On the basis of the outcome of the interaction, the candidate who deservedly scored the highest rating of 88.80%, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji of ADC, is very strongly recommended for adoption as the Igala/Bassa Senatorial candidate for the 2019 election.

“The Committee found in him a focused, dynamic, clear-headed and patriotic young man whose antecedent coupled with his vision will propel the Igala/Bassa people and land to heights that could be the envy of others in no distant future.

“All hands should be on deck to mobilize traditional and community leaders, political leaders, the Kogi East Academia, market women, socio-cultural organizations and others to ensure the victory of the candidate.

The committee added that letters of invitation was Sent to the candidates contesting the election. They include: Senator Attai Aidoko (PDP), Senator Abdulrahman Abubakar (SDP),

Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji (ADC), Alh. Jibrin Isah Echocho (APC). Others are Edime Godwin Amade (APDA), Egwu Amana Mathias Paul (PPA), Yahaya Okai (PPN)Benjamin Idoko (APGA), Abdulwahab Yunusa (LP) and Bala Gabriel Akogu (PPC)

While appreciating the Kogi East Elders’ Council Political Committee for the opportunity given to serve on the committee, members of the committee said it is their earnest hope that all needed support will be accorded Dr. Victor Adoji to facilitate his victory.

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Emeka Ihedioha wins Imo governorship election

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Former Deputy Speaker and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha has been declared the winner of the keenly contested Imo State governorship election by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta.

Ihedioha polled a total number of 273404 to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu.

The candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and All Progressives Congress (APC), Ifeanyi Araraume and Hope Uzodinma scored 114676 and 96458 votes respectively.

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Delta Elections: We’re optimistic that APC will win – Uduaghan

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Former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and APC Delta South Senatorial Candidate in the February 23 elections, says he cannot give verdict for the ongoing governorship and State Assembly elections in Delta State.

Uduaghan who spoke after casting his vote at Abigborodo, Warri North LGA, however expressed optimism that his party would carry the day at the end of voting and collation of vote cast.

Speaking, he said, “About two days, they (INEC officials) started sending out the materials to the various local government councils and by yesterday, the materials would have been at the RAC (Registration Area Centres) and Abigborodo is a centre.

“But I think my party in Warri North protested. Based on our security experience, if you take the materials a day before the voting to any of the riverine areas, it is a very risky business because people can go there at night and vandalise them. So, I think the party protested and INEC evaluated. So, it was this morning that they (INEC officials) left Koko but it was much earlier than the last time.

“I will not be surprised in the case of Sapele because you know that in the last exercise, there were some skirmishes and people died. So, I think the security is tighter in these elections because of what happened in the previous elections.

“The security agencies usually evaluate what is on ground based on information and, of course, intelligence report. So, maybe the security arrangement, this time, was because of previous experience, currently information and intelligence report, which I don’t know.

“We are optimistic. Let us get the results first; let me get the reports first because I don’t know what is happening in other areas. I don’t know whether people are behaving, misbehaving or there is a security challenge. So, it is difficult for me to just give a verdict.”.

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Oyo guber: Gov. Ajimobi loses polling unit to PDP

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Saturday lost his polling unit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in today’s gubernatorial election.

He was accompanied to the poling unit close to his Oluyole residence, by his wife, Florence.

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