From Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
As Kogi state local government election draws nearer Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) has advised the state governed not to intimidate the electorate as was done during the November 16 2019 governorship election.
In an interview with Daily Times at the PDP Secretariat in Lokoja, state Organising Secretary of the party, Hon. Ojodugbe Christopher, lamented that thugs, government officials, backed by security operatives, unleashed terror on the electorate that paved way for massive electoral malpractice across the state.
He said PDP will not shy away or be threatened to abandon the election as it is confident of winning elections in the state including the forthcoming local government council election.
” We urge the electorate to turn out en masse to vote for candidates and political parties of their choice. They should avoid violence or anything that can lead to breach of peace ,before, during and after the December 12 LGC election.” Hon. Christopher said.
The Organising Secretary alleged that the governorship election was characterized by over use of power leading to loss of lives of several innocent people.
He said ” PDP is fielding candidates for Chairmanship in all the 21 LGAs and Councillorship seats in the 239 wards across the state”
Christopher also said PDP primaries for Councillors will commence on Thursday to be followed by those of the Chairmanship aspirants .
Already the APC has picked its Chairmanship candidates for the 21 local government areas and the 239 Councillors, despite protests from party members and aspirants. They were expecting that APC to organise primaries, but party sources said it has to embark on guided democracy to avoid fictionalisation.
WTO DG: Don’t Allow Trump Disappoint Okonjo-Iweala, – Gov Obiano Begs Buhari, Other Africa Leaders
The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has encouraged the President, Major Muhammadu Buhari and other African pioneers, not to permit US President Donald Trump to disappoint Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s offered to rise as the following Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
Obiano said this in an announcement named, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African pioneers to venture up conciliatory hostile’, marked by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, on Thursday.
The announcement read to some degree, “Everything necessary is an incredible discretionary hostile before the conventional declaration of the champ on November 9.
“Individuals and administration of Anambra State, consequently, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African pioneers to promptly get under way the apparatus to get the United States to make the best decision by supporting the top and the most famous up-and-comer.
“The Trump organization needs South Korean Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, who has the help of just 55 countries, around 50% of Okonjo-Iweala’s vote. It needs not to have its direction.
“Recently it restricted the re-appointment of Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s previous Minister of Agriculture and African Union’s decision, as the African Development Bank President dependent on unconfirmed claims like nepotism.
“It is hard to comprehend why the Trump organization ought to be on an impact course with Africans on global tasks.
“In the COVID-19 pandemic in May, the organization declared it was cutting off relations with the World Health Organization drove by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian, blaming the association for being China’s flunky, a similar charge it levels against the WTO.
“Acts like this assistance fuel analysis that the organization may not be liberated from bigotry.
“Individuals and legislature of Anambra State are of the supposition that President Buhari needs to accomplish more to desperately prepare African pioneers, yet in addition the EU and, undoubtedly, the remainder of the world to get the United States to make the best decision
“I Am Not In Govt For Fame Or Money, But To Serve – Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said politicians must begin to prioritise the vehicle of governance to benefit the people, adding that political leaders must remain selfless for Nigeria to attain its full potential.
Speaking to journalists in Benin City, Obaseki said he is not in government to be famous or make money at the expense of ensuring development that will benefit the people.
The governor noted that there is need for a mechanism to be put in place to ensure transparency in government, noting, “Only few persons in government are held accountable for their decisions in government.”
According to him, “I am not in government to make money; I am not in government for fame. I am in government to serve. The youths are the reasons why I am in government. If I cannot serve you, I will quit.”
He added: “The issues of better government, proper governance and transparency are what we are emphasising. When we have younger people who can use technology in government, we will have transparency and accountability, which informed my decision to have many younger people working for my government.
“For things to be working in Nigeria there are structural challenges that we must fix. Let us not gloss over the cracks. Let us go to the foundation and begin to fix the conditions because the cracks are expanding so wide.”
Obaseki continued: “In a democracy, you need an institution that will ensure law and order and that is why we have the security agencies.
“Our security arrangement in the country must reflect our federal system as I can’t be a governor of a state and not able to hire and fire my Commissioner of Police, but #ENDSARS protests have helped us start the process.”
Eid-El-Maulud: Kogi Commissioner For Water Resources Hon. Danga Felicitates with Muslims
……Urges Them To Emulates The Good Morals, Teachings, Tolerance Of Prophet Muhammad.
Yahaya Idris, Kogi.
The Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Hon. Abdulmumini Danga, has urged Muslims across the globe to emulate the good morals, and teachings, tolerance of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
In a statement, the Commissioner urged Muslim faithful to continue to show love and sacrifice as espouse in Islam as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W).
The water Commissioner urged them to commit themselves to the teachings of the prophet not just as a matter of religious obligation but a means to promote peaceful living in a multicultural society.
According to him, “I felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Kogi State and across Nigeria on this day set aside to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).”
He encouraged Muslims to continue to eschew acts and behaviours that undermine the unity and progress of the society, just as the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) would, urging them to be good neighbours and enviable ambassadors of change.
He however, calls on the populace of Kogi State to continue rendering their supports and prayers to the Governor Yahaya Bello’s led administration in the State in order to get more dividends.
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