Yahaya Idris, Lafia
Wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Her Excellency, Hajiya Farida Abdullahi A Sule on Wednesday congratulated His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr. Ahmed Hassan Abdullahi (Yakanajen Uke II) for the commemoration of his 20th years anniversary on throne of his forefathers.
In her good will massage, She described His Royal Highness, YANKANAJEN UKE, as a father all who has over the years works towards ensuring peace, progress and development in his kingdom.
The Governor Wife admonished parents to give proper parental care to their children and ensure they promptly go to school for them to become future leaders and as the leaders of tomorrow.
She call on all and sundry to embrace one another irrespective of religion, tribe and social consideration and as well shun social vices for the betterment of the society.
Hajia Farida then pray God to guide, protect the royal father to continue to play his fatherly role.
Tribunal Sacks Kwara APC lawmaker, Declares PDP Winner As APC Rejects Ruling, To Appeal
The Kwara State House of Assembly Rerun Election Petition Tribunal, on Monday, nullified the victory of Adam Rufai of the All Progressives Congress in the by-election for Patigi constituency.
The tribunal subsequently declared Salihu Mohammed Gada of PDP winner of the by-election held on March 14, 2020.
However, the Kwara State chapter of APC rejected the judgment of the tribunal which declared the candidate of PDP the winner of the recent Patigi by-election.
The seat became vacant when Rufai’s brother, Saidu Ahmed, died in December 2019 after a brief illness.
It explained that the judgment was based on the difference between ‘Adam’ and ‘Adama’ on the certificate of the candidate of the APC.
Kwara APC made the complaint in a press statement by its Publicity Secretary, Folaranmi Aro, on Monday.
The statement was titled, ‘APC rejects, to appeal Tribunal’s judgment on Patigi … Says judgment a judicial subversion of people’s mandate’.
Aro complained that the PDP never called any witness from the examination body to substantiate its claim that the APC candidate was not the owner of the certificate he tendered for his election.
Part of the statement read, “The tribunal did not deny that we won the election overwhelmingly. It instead hid under a feeble excuse that the names of our candidate on the two certificates he presented to the electoral body are slightly different from each other to award our mandate to the opposition.
“It is a sad day for democracy as the judgment is a slap on thousands of the electorate who stood in the sun to make their choices.
“This judgment is a violent attack on the position of the Supreme Court in many established cases where an alphabet was either omitted or added to a candidate’s name. We are definitely going to appeal the judgment because it signals a danger for our democracy and amounted to stealing the mandate of the people. The judgment is a judicial subversion of the mandate of the people.”
Meanwhile, a former senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Yahaya over the judgement.
The former Kwara State governor tweeted, “A big congrats to the candidate of our party @OfficialPDPNig for the State Assembly by-election held in Patigi, Kwara State on 14th March, 2020. Hon. Salihu Muhammad Yahaya has just been declared the winner by a tribunal. I also congratulate all our stakeholders for their steadfastness.”
Edo APC To IG: We Want Suspected PDP killer Arrested, Prosecuted
The Inspector General of Police (IG), Muhammed Abubakar Adamu, must urgently bring Chief Godwin Ukori, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Godwin Obaseki, to deserved justice for allegedly shooting dead Mrs. Yado Odogbo, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member on Saturday, 19 September 2020 in Nikorogha Ward, Ovia South-West local government area, Edo state.
Making the call on Sunday in a release in Benin, the capital, APC noted “The gruesome killing of Odogbo in Unit 6 Nikorogha Ward was just one of very many despicable, callous and violent acts foisted by the PDP across parts of the state to win the Saturday’s election at all cost. From Uhunmwode in Urhonigbe North, to Orhionmwon, Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba-Okha local Government, and several other places in Edo central and Ego North, INEC officers ran away, while voters took to their heels for dear lives as a result of sporadic shootings by PDP agents of death.”
It said: “As they came into the voting environment and upon sighting our party member called Pastor Bishop, Ukori and his men started shooting at him. It is during the shooting that Odogbo was sighted and shot at the head, dying instantly. Her family who are strong APC members has written a petition to Zone 5 and Zone 5 officers have gone to Asaba to effect arrest of Ukori, Obaseki’s SSA on Security. We don’t know if he has been arrested.”
The release, signed by Mr. John Mayaki, clarified that Odogbo was on the said day at the polling station to vote, and was reportedly awaiting her turn, like many others, “when the hoodlums stormed the centre shooting into the midst of voters, party agents and INEC officials. While many scampered and escaped the scene, Odogbo was not fortunate.”
It said: “The blood of Odogbo cries for justice. Those who shot her, making her grisly and ghastly remains the subject of pitiful attention for almost one hour as police officials were being awaited to evacuate same, must be served justice of equal weight. Why PDP, using Ukori, decided to terminate our members life just because she wanted to perform her civic role must be questioned and punished.
“Others who allegedly came with guns in company of Ukori included Kulemine Allah, Tubesa Allah, Jephet Ebiwei, Wisdom Gamine Ebiwei, Gbolu Ebiwei and Ejorliyor Ogodogodo Gibi. As a party, we have done everything possible to stop our enraged members from taking laws into their hands. Pastor Ize-Iyamu has been busy in the last few days visiting and appealing to the bereaved family, as well as those who suffered injuries in whatever way, to exercise restraint, promising them justice and pledging supports.
“As a party, we expressed our commitment to engage in non-violent election and results of our unflagging commitment is now being seen through Odogbo who now lies at the mortuary. Many others who suffered degrees of bruises and wounds have been receiving treatments across various private hospitals in the state.
“The option of peace will be sustainable if and only if justice is served and at the quickest possible time. We lamented the plans of PDP to kill and make voting difficult for our members and the Edo state electorate before and while the election was going on. We were entirely aware of the thugs Obaseki prepared weeks before the election day, and how gun trainings were being undertaken, to declare that the election was indeed war.
“The story now is that PDP, particularly Ukori, has been going round and warning our members in Ovia South-West, as well as other councils, never to disclose what they experienced during the election. Many of our people are now nursing gunshot wounds, and wounds sustained in stampedes occasioned by violence instantiated by PDP daredevils.
“We urge the IG to order the arrest of Ukori and the six others for diligent prosecution and deserved justice, and to investigate several other cases of violence and unrests caused by the PDP. This call is the least we could do in the face of torments and provocation by Obaseki and his party who again have been arresting our members across the councils on trumped allegations, using men of the Nigeria Police,” the statement said.
Hike in Electricity, Fuel High Price Are For Betterment Of Nigerians In The Long Run – Lai Mohammed
The minister of information, Lai Mohammed on Saturday said the recent increase in the price of electricity and fuel pump will certainly benefit ordinary Nigerians in the long run.
Mr Mohammed made the remarks while meeting with online publishers in Lagos.
He also appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress to shelve its industrial action planned for Monday.
The planned action, which is being organised as a protest against the increases, can only bring more hardship to ordinary Nigerians, Mr Mohammed argued.
“Ordinary citizens are not the beneficiaries of the subsidy on petroleum products that has lasted for years,” the Minister said, adding that the government can no longer afford the cost of the subsidy.
The Minister also argued that despite the increase, Nigerians still pay less for fuel, compared to neighbouring countries.
On electricity, Mr Mohammed said the hike will lead to increased quality in the supply of power, noting that the government cannot sustain its subsidy to the sector.
Again, he stressed that Nigerians still pay less for electricity, compared to people in neighbouring countries.
“We thank Nigerians for their understanding, and wish to appeal to them to please bear with the government,” he said
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