By Yahaya Idris, Benue.
“We have read some mischievous statements by members of the opposition in Benue State insinuating that Governor Samuel Ortom plans to rejoin All Progressives Congress, APC.”
Those involved in the impish allegation are clearly doing so to soothe their stuck-up apprehensions.
Why will Governor Ortom return to APC? To do what?
In a statement by Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor said It is true that he was contacted by some notable persons to defect from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but he declined the invitation.
According to the statement, Governor Ortom is the leader of PDP in North Central Nigeria, and he is enjoying a robust relationship with other leaders of the party in Benue State and the entire region. It is therefore ridiculous for anyone to insinuate that the Governor has the intention to leave PDP.
He, however advise young men who have been peddling the hang-about rumour to take advantage of the numerous entrepreneurial opportunities the Ortom administration has created through its collaboration with Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and other financial institutions to engage in rewarding ventures and shun falsehood.
It would be recalled Governor Samuel Ortom was first elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC and prior to 2019 elections he defected to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Kogi Lawmaker Calls On Gov Bello To Run For 2023 Presidency, Lauds His Effort On Security
Ahead of 2023 Presidential elections, Member representing Bassa constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Ranyi Daniya has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to heed the clarion call of well meaning Nigerians to contest for Nigeria’s Presidency in 2023.
Daniya made the call while addressing stakeholders and leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of Bassa LGA extraction on Tuesday.
The lawmaker highlighted the achievements of the Governor in areas of security, unity, infrastructure and youth inclusiveness.
“It is high time we join the train of national politics. Governor Bello should be encouraged and supported by all well meaning Kogites in other to ensure we have purposeful leadership in our country,” he said. Daniya also called on the people of Bassa LGA to vote massively for all the candidates of the APC in the council elections scheduled for 12th December.
He thanked Bassa citizens for standing firm with the APC and the government led by Alhaji Yahaya Bello and prayed for sustained peace and development in the area.
INEC Seeks Amendments Of Constitution, Electoral Act To Shelve Bye Election
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it is proposing a bill to the National Assembly, seeking amendment of the constitution and electoral act to enable parties replace their elected representatives that die or vacate seat before end of tenure.
Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kogi state, Professor James Akpam, disclosed this at the stakeholders meeting preparatory to the Ibaji state constituency bye election held on Thursday at the INEC office in Lokoja.
He said the bill if considered and passed into law will go a long way to curb cost in the electoral processes of INEC and other untoward activities associated with election in Nigeria.
The Ibaji constituency seat is currently vacant following the demise of Hon. Abah early this year after a prolonged ailment, the Commission is preparing for his replacement through bye election.
According to the Commissioner, INEC has concluded arrangement to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Ibaji, despite the Covid 19 scare as all the pandemic protocols would be observed during the Saturday, December 5 election.
He explained that the constituency has 148 polling units,10 registration areas(RAs), 76,575 registered voters, 96% of which have collected permanent voters cards with 630 adhoc staff, one returning officer, 10 collaboration officers have been recruited and trained for the exercise.
Akpam who also revealed that non sensitive materials have been received from Abuja, added that smart card readers have been configured, the sensitive materials are expected on Thursday for on ward movement to the registration areas.
He explained that during the recent Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo State respectively INEC observed Covid-19 protocols , stressing that voters in next Saturday election in Ibaji must observe protocols to aviod crisis.
The REC pointed out that the social distancing, use of face masks , washing hand and Sanitizers would be strictly applied during the election.
Akpam added that all the INEC Staff would do the same, calling voters to come to various polling units with their face masks.
He stated that that card readers would be sanitized intermittently , saying that immediately a voter is allowed to vote the INEC officers will apply sanitizer on Card readers before the next voter will vote
Breaking: Senator Elisha Abbo Defects To APC, Says PDP Is Finished.
Globaltimesnigeria.com reports that Senator Elisha Abbo has formally defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
According to the report, Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.
Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.
In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.
Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.
Abbo is a close ally of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
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