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APC Should Consider Changing Its Name, Not PDP



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Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the party is not considering a name change or logo ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Speaking in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT, the PDP Spokesman said it is the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that should be considering a change of name owing to its battered image across the country.

“For those who are talking about change of name, we are not changing our party’s name or logo.

The PDP remains the biggest in Nigeria’s political firmament and so, the issue of name change does not arise. Even without our name and logo, we did well in the last general elections.

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Maybe it is the APC that is very damaged now that will be considering a change of name, not PDP,” he said.

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Kogi LG Election: Gov Bello’s COS, Asuku, Receives In Audience Adavi LG Chairmanship Aspirants, Leaders And Calls For Peace



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By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

Following the preparation gear towards the upcoming Local Government Election in State, The Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Mohammesd Jamiu, has appealed to the political actors especially those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Adavi LG to maintain existing peace in the area.

A statement signed and issue by Abubakar Y. Mujahid, Special Assistant, said the Governor’s Chief of Staff disclose when he played host to APC aspirants and stakeholders from Adavi LG, urging them to embrace peace for overall interest of the party and host LG progress.

Asuku who expressed dissatisfaction with way and manner some people engage in fighting themselves over council poll, saying such negative thoughts will not only divided the party members into factions but rather cause unnecessary unrest in the local government.

Recall that some aggrieved party members had earlier expressed their open grievance over what they tagged marginalization and not working with zonal arrangement in the local government which would have foster unity, equity, peace, progress and development. Their agitation for freedom led to massive protest which caused unrest if not for timely intervention of the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Asuku, who’s effors finally restored normalcy in the area.

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The Chief of Staff, said despite the effort of His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello to find a lasting solution to the leadership problem in Adavi LG, issues like these are still rearing its ugly head.

“When His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello assumed office in 2016, he respected the zoning arrangement and appointed person recommended by Adavi stakeholders, who was later removed due to public lamentations”.

“The time has come for us as one people with common interest to respect, trust and give Governor Yahaya Bello the benefit of doubt in order to move forward,” he said.

He also reminded his august visitors that Gov. Yahaya Bello has place Adavi LG as his second home by appointing in his first tenure, Sen. Yakubu Oseni from the area to occupy the highest elective position in Kogi Central, the newly established Confluence University in Osara among many others laudable projects.

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Pharm. Asuku, urged them to sheath their sword, call their supporters to order as to move the local government forward to an enviable height.


GYB ‘s Chief of Staff, Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Mohammesd Jamiu

He also advised them to emulate others LGAs in the State on how they do their politicking without any form of provocation.

He however, assured them that Governor is a man who listen to his people, and they should table their complaints through the appropriate channels rather than resort to destruction of properties.

Earlier, Hon. Commissioner For Works, Housing and Leader of Kogi Central Appointees, Hon.Engr. Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Ohere who was at the meeting called for a peaceful resolution and advised them to follow the decisions of the Governor who is the leader of the party in the state before registering their complaints.
According to him, there is need for unity of purpose among the political actors in the area.

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In a closing remark, Commissioner for Water Resources, Hon. Abdulmumini Danga, commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his selfless and people’s oriented leadership and assured him of their prayers, supports, loyalty and solidarity.

The aspirants appreciated the Chief of Staff for his timely intervention, sincere approach, commitment to maintaining peace in Kogi Central and beyond.

They equally extended their appreciation to Engr. Ohere, Hon. Abdulmumuni Danga and thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for putting the interest of the people of Adavi first.


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INEC Begins Process To Replace Manual Voting With E-voting



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The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Monday, commenced the processes that would lead to the replacement of manual voting with an electronic voting system.

Already, the commission has invited manufacturers of electronic voting machines around the world to practically demonstrate how the machines work, preparatory to the full migration.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this during the demonstration of electronic voting machines.


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Gov Obaseki Leads PDP Governors To Thank Benin Monarch Over His Prayer And Timely Intervention For Peaceful Election



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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday, led his counterparts on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on a thank you visit to the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II.

The governors include: Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto; Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State.

Accompanying the governors are chieftains of the PDP including the PDP Vice National Chairman, South South, Chief Dan Orbih, and the Edo State Chairman of the party, Dr. Anthony Aziegbemi.

In his remark during the visit, the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of PDP National Campaign Council for Edo gubernatorial election, Nyesom Wike, expressed appreciation to the Oba of Benin, for his timely intervention and prayers which contributed to the peaceful conduct of the September 19 governorship election in the state, in which Governor Obaseki was re-elected on the platform of the PDP.

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Wike said that the peace meeting convened by the Benin Monarch on September 2, 2020 and his fervent prayers for peace contributed immensely to the successful conduct of the governorship election.

Governor Obaseki expressed appreciation to Oba Ewuare II for the warm reception and assured that his administration will serve the interest of Edo people who gave him the mandate for a second term as governor.

On his part, HRM Oba Ewuare II thanked the PDP governors for the honour accorded him and congratulated Governor Obaseki on his election victory.

He commended the political parties and their candidates who participated in the election for respecting the Benin Traditional Institution by honouring the peace meeting.

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The Benin monarch urged Governor Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory, and called for support for the governor.

He urged the PDP governors and chieftains to work with the Edo State Governor as partners.


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