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APC Alleges Plot By The ZLP To Militarise Ilaje During The Poll

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images 2020 10 02T121159.620 APC Alleges Plot By The ZLP To Militarise Ilaje During The Poll

The Akeredolu Campaign Organisation in Ondo state says it has uncovered a sinister plot by the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) to militarise Ilaje council area of Ondo State, during the next Saturday’s governorship election.
This evil plan, the campaign organization alleged “is targeted at intimidating the people and discouraging them from coming out to vote, thereby giving the ZLP a conducive atmosphere to rig the election in favor of its unpopular candidate.
This was contained in a statement by the organisation’s spokesperson, Richard Olabode Olatunde in Akure.
Olatunde said “We can authoritatively say that this is part of the grand plans of the ZLP and its candidate, Agboola Ajayi to subvert the will of the people who are determined to return a bloc votes for the APC and its candidate, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in Ilaje Local Government Area.
“The ZLP is aware that the people of Ilaje are determined to vote massively for the APC, particularly to see that their son, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who is the deputy Governorship candidate of the APC, is voted into power.
“The Akeredolu/ Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation is bringing this to the public, due to its belief that the people must be allowed to exercise their franchise without intimidation or fear on Election Day.
“Again, since prevention of crime remains the best way to enhance security, the appropriate agencies must act now.
“Also, the State Governor and APC Governorship Candidate, Ararakunrin Akeredolu has at different times, reiterated the fact that no election is worth the blood of the citizens. So, this dubious plan by the ZLP should not only be condemned, but prevented from happening.
“While we are calling on the security agencies to intervene and save Ondo State from electoral violence and deliberate intimidation, we want to urge our supporters across the state, particularly the people of Ilaje to remain calm, but say no to intimidation and evil plans by the ZLP and their cohorts.
He said “we trust that the security agencies, particularly the Military will be above board and discharge as an unbiased actor in the election.
In its reaction to the allegation, the ZLP Publicity Secretary, Felix Olatunde said
“The allegation of planned militarisation of the Southern part of Ondo State as irresponsibly made by the Akeredolu campaign team against our party is purely inconsistent with reality, false and totally deceptive.
“The Zenith Labour Party has no connection with individuals and or people that could be used to militarise the coastal areas of the state or elsewhere as alleged.
“We have heard of the plans of the APC to import thugs from Kogi and elsewhere. We have heard his people boast of moving anti-terrorism teams to Ondo State to harass youths and adults intent on voting him out.
“The whole world heard when an APC chieftain openly said he was a militant and that his party is ready to bring all sorts of guns for electoral processes.
“The whole world saw how Aketi’s thugs openly intimidated the people of Oba Akoko by shooting sporadically into the air even while in the convoy of the outgoing governor.
“We have heard of many instances of brigandage, burning of opposition party’s vehicles and harassment of opposition party leaders by known Akeredolu thugs,” he added.
“The hypocrisy of Akeredolu in alleging militarisation should not only be noted but be seen as an attempt to divert attention from his innermost intention.
“Akeredolu and the APC in words and action have been the most abusive, most belligerent and most violent that any hypocritical cry of militarisation from him and his party in Ondo State has no meaning in the ears of Ondo State people.
Olatunde said that the governor “has been very violent till now and will not stop being violent out of desperation unless the agencies of State prepare to halt his satanic plans to militarise our State.”

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Bye-election: Fresh crisis rocks Zamfara APC

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A fresh crisis has engulfed the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressive Congress barely two weeks to the bye -election into the vacant Bakura constituency seat in the state House of Assembly .
A faction of the APC loyal to the immediate past governor of the state , Abdulaziz Yari , named Bello Gamji as its candidate for the contest , a move which has since been opposed by party members loyal to Senator Kabiru Marafa .
Addressing journalists in Gusau on Sunday , the Publicity Secretary of the Marafa -led faction , Alhaji Bello Bakyasuwa , while faulting the decision by the Yari -led faction to field a candidate , said , “ Zamfara State APC is still in court; as such , it has no constitutional rights to present a candidate to contest the election .”
Bakyasuwa rejected claims by the Yari -led faction that the Court of Appeal in Sokoto had set aside an earlier judgment given by the Zamfara State High Court.
He said, “ The court has only set aside the Zamfara State High Court judgment ; but didn’ t give the mantle of leadership of the party to any faction . ”

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PDP sweeps all seats in Bauchi LG poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party has won all 20 chairmanship and 20 deputy chairmanship positions as well as the 323 councillorship seats, in the Bauchi State local government election held on Saturday .
The LGA election was last held in Bauchi State 12 years ago .
The 20 elected chairmen and their deputies were issued their Certificates of Return by the Chairman of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission , Dahiru Tata , at the commission ’ s headquarters on Sunday .
The council leaders were later sworn in at the Banquet Hall of the Government House , Bauchi on Sunday .
The oath of office and oath of allegiance were administered to them by Justice Hamidu Kunaza , who represented the Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Umar .
Speaking at the ceremony, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed , warned the council leaders against indolence and corrupt practices in the discharge of their duties .
He said, “ What the people of Bauchi want is work , service , infrastructure . I assure you , we are going to give you autonomy to give you the little resources that you need .
“ You must work with us to free resources in your local councils . Ghost workers that are taking our money at the primary level , especially the primary health care, primary education and even local workers , must be freed .
“ Don ’t go and create your own ghost workers because that is the circle of corruption that we inherited . Everybody that becomes a chairman or councilor will have his own number of ghost workers that will bring money to him at home . I know by your pedigree , you will not do that .

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I Have Not Defected To APC – Governor Umahi

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Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi has denied reports making the rounds he has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A House of Representatives from Ebonyi, Chinedu Ogah had claimed on Saturday the Governor had defected to the APC.
Ogah, who is the only APC federal lawmaker from Ebonyi, also commended the Governor for defecting to APC.
According to Ogah, Umahi defected to the APC after meeting several leaders of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
He described it as a bold step and move in the right direction and asked About, Enugu and Anambra Governors to join the APC for stability in the polity and South East.
“Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction.
“We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.
“I am calling on other Governor in the southeast to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center, we have to join mainstream politics for the overall development of our zone and the country in general.
President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him”, Ogah said.
But when contacted, Governor Umahi, in a terse reply simply told The Nation “it is not true.”
The Governor’s Media Aide, Maze Francis, also debunked the report.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC)”.
“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.
“It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.
“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers”.
“The general public is advised to jettison such unfounded rumour”.

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