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Election Violence : Slain Kogi PDP Woman Leader Burried At Her Country home in Ofu LGA.

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

It was sorrow, anguish and despair as the remains of the late Honourable Salome Abuh, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Woman leader, who was burnt alive at Ochadamu during the last governorship election in Kogi State was laid to rest in her village Aji-Obala in Ofu local government area of the state.

The Officiating Minister Rev. John Adino of the United Evangelical Church, Idah headquarters enjoined Christians to give their lives to Jesus Christ , saying death can come at any time, stressing that how people die does not matter, but it is always good for people to die in the course of the Lord.

Reading from book of Revelation chapter 14 verse 13, the clergyman revealed that whether human beings like it or not judgement day is awaiting every mortal , noting that on that day no lawyer will defend or stand for any one except the good things people did while on earth.

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He lamented that politicians and political leaders have lost focus in providing basic social amenities for the downtrodden to better their lives, rather they continue to acquired wealth that belong to the people.

The Clergyman urged them to bear in mind that one day they will account for their deeds before God .

In his tribute, the husband of the deceased, Elder Simeon Abuh said that his late wife, Salome has paid a supreme price for Igala land through politics, describing her as a martyr whose political sagacity will remain fresh in the mind of her political associates.

He called on the federal government to ensure that the perpetrator of the heinous act are arrested and brought to book.

The Candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the last Kogi Governorship election, Engineer Musa Wada in his remark said Mrs Salome Abuh died for Kogi state and Igala nation, noting that they set out to emancipate the people of the state from the hands of oppressors.

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He said that “no retreat no surrender” in the quest to emancipate the people of the state , saying no amount of intimidation and harassment can hinder them from claiming the stolen mandate, wondering how few elements in Igala land will join hands with the oppressors to suffer the people of the state.

“I am not going to relent a little bit , I will pursue this gruesome and senseless killing of Mrs Abuh.

“Whenever I think of the circumstances of her death I wondered who will ever wish that for his enemy but the unfortunate thing is that the killing was perpetrated by the children of Igala nation who joined hands with the oppressors to kill members of the opposition parties.

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“Regardless of their intimidation and oppression, we will reclaim our stolen mandate because they were just keeping it temporary, I assured you that the emancipation is good very soon” he said.

Mrs Margaret Omoniyi the State PDP woman leader described the late Salome as a lively person who can turn negative things to positive because of her commitment and versatility in politics.

She urged the children of the deceased to emulate their mother in order to continue her good legacies.

Also speaking, the only son of the deceased David Abuh described their mother as a lover of people who has invested much in assisting the needy ones in the society.

He called on the federal government to ensure that justice is done over the killing of their mother.
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Breaking: Labour Suspends Today Planned Strike As FG Reverses Electricity Tariff Hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have suspended the strike scheduled to commence today (Monday).

This followed an agreement reached with the Federal Government at a meeting which started at 8.30pm on Sunday and ended at 2:50am this morning.

After exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised by the labour centres, the meeting agreed to suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments for two weeks.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, read the five-page communique signed by the representatives of the government and labour.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, amongst others signed on behalf of Organised Labour while the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva; Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others, signed on behalf of the government.

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Olaleye confirmed the development in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday morning.

He said, “Definitely correct. We just left a press conference. We signed a document to suspend the action for two weeks for the government to implement those things that we agreed in the agreement. So, we are suspending for two weeks.

“We don’t need a notice again to re-convene if there is a need to do that.”

The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Agencies, NLC and TUC.

 

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Senator Abbo’s followers Pledge Loyalty To Gov Fintiri

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Some key followers of Sen Ishaku Abbo of Adamawa North District have declared a shifting of loyalty to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.

Although, Abbo is in the same Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) with the state governor, Abbo has been a critic of both the party and the governor, waging an unending battle against both.

In an action indicating disaffection against him by some within his own support base on Friday, however, many among his supporters visited Governor Fintiri, pledging their loyalty to him.

Members of the delegation to the Government House in Yola, led by Abbo Support Group’s former Coordinator, Peter Ishaya Kwache, told Fintiri that he now had their “complete shift of loyalty”.

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Mr. Kwache said they were members of the PDP, who worked to ensure the success of all candidates of the party in the 2019 general election, particularly Abbo, but that they had for a while been at a loss about Abbo’s relentless criticism of the party and the government led by Fintiri.

 

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Water Bill: A Northern Agenda To Righten The Noose On The South – Rep Member

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The Member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Francis Waive, has described the Water Resources Bill as a Northern agenda to tighten the noose on the Southern part of the country.

Hon Waive who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC from Delta State in a statement, weekend while expressing concerns on the bill, explained that though some provisions in the bill are welcoming and warm, because of the nature of governance and the tendencies to misuse powers in the country, “we cannot at this point in time properly handle this kind of a law without causing more harm than good.”

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According to him, “One will be tempted to ask, what is the intention behind this law? Is it really for the general good of the Nigerian people as it states? How well has the various natural resources been managed for the general good?”

Speaking further, he said: “The oil from the Niger Delta region has not positively impacted the life of the people from the Niger Delta and the one who bears the impact of the exploration activities.

“The various River Basins which are currently under the control of the government, has not been properly managed; instead it has been grossly politicized, how then can the government manage and control all the water bodies in the country.

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“According to public opinion this law is a Northern agenda to further tighten the noose on the South, because obviously the majority of the states from the middle belt down south are surrounded by water. There is also a high resemblance of intentions of some provisions of this act with that of the unsuccessful RUGA bill.

“In my opinion, the bill is of no immediate benefit to the generality of the populace at this point in time, plus we have not developed enough as a country to be able to properly manage all the resources we have to now begin to look at water. Water is the least of our problems as a country.”

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