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Thursday, November 21, 2019

PDP Senators Reject Bayelsa, Kogi INEC's Election Results

PDP Senators Reject Bayelsa, Kogi INEC's Election Results

PDP Senators Reject Bayelsa, Kogi Election Results

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the Senate yesterday rejected the outcome of the Bayelsa and Kogi states’ governorship election.

FreshReporters News had earlier reported that the PDP holds emergency NEC meeting yesterday.

The Senators, led by the Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, announced the caucus’ position at a news conference in Abuja.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) – David Lyon and Governor Yahaya Bello-winners of last Saturday’s Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections, respectively.

Other PDP Senators with Abaribe during the briefing include Senators Sahabi Yau, Matthew Urhoghide and Philip Aduda.

Abaribe In His Statement:

“We totally reject the pronouncement made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and we are worried about the trend of what happened in those elections.

”The outright intimidation and killings of Nigerians during the elections; we know that those results were not a true reflection of what happened in the field.

”We are concerned that all the gains made by the PDP since 1999 seem to have been eroded by elections starting in Edo, Osun, Ekiti, and recently Bayelsa and Kogi, seem to have been lost.

”We are also worried about the killing of a Woman Leader in Kogi, even after results had been announced and winners declared.

”We call on the President to direct the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately fish out the killers of the lady, Mrs. Acheju Abu, whose only offence is that she is a member of the opposition.

”What it tells us is that all of us who are members of the opposition are not safe. We hear that the police are launching an investigation, but it must not be swept under the carpet.”

He added that Senator Dino Melaye had also told him that his (Melaye’s) cousin was killed.
”If we leave the matter to continue to stay this way we don’t know what will happen in 2023,” Abaribe lamented.
“For INEC, all we have seen is a steady decline in the efficacy of our elections.

”We do not know where they got the figures they declared in Kogi and Bayelsa. We are in touch with our members in the various states and they have told us that the results did not reflect the voting pattern at the polling booths. We are totally resolved to confront what is going on in our electoral system.”, the lawmaker added.

Also Read: Sad!!! Thugs Roasts Kogi PDP Women Leader To Death, Prevent Rescue Operation 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

FCTA To Demolish 140 Illegal Structures In Abuja Communities

FCTA To Demolish 140 Illegal Structures In Abuja Communities

FCTA To Demolish 140 Illegal Structures In Abuja Communities
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has concluded plans to demolish no fewer than 140 illegal structures built on service corridors in Kuruduma II and Kpaduma II communities in Guzape District of Abuja.

Mr Thompson Hope, Chief Town Planning Officer, FCT Department of Development Control, disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after inspecting the illegal structures on Wednesday in Abuja.

Hope said that the department had earlier issued seven days ultimatum to the inhabitants of the affected illegal structures in the area, adding that as soon as the ultimatum expire on Monday Nov. 25, demolition would begin immediately.

He said that the development control had marked some of the illegal structures for demolition as far back as two, three years ago. He also said that the department had carried out several sensitise campaign to the indigenous communities for many years but they refused to abide by the FCTA regulations on land allocation.

According to him, the indigenous communities and villages has expanded beyond the indigenous settlement and most of this expansion and illegal structures, the areas are been sold by the indigenous communities themselves.

He said that the department held several meetings with the leaders of the indigenous communities on the need for them to stop selling plots of land to the people.

“We have severally warn the indigeous communities including the local chiefs that all the lands in FCT is vested within the confine of the FCT Minister and that they should desist from selling land.

“But because some people are so desperate and desirous to build thinking that before government takes action they will either make one or two profits out of it.

“This illegal structures are already build [/b]on service corridors where plot allottees are desirous to develop their properties but because of this illegal development along the corridor they cannot take possession of their plots.

“Recently, the FCTA has sent signals to plot allottees to take possession of their plots else they stand a chance [b]of been revoke and that has put us under enormous pressure as a department.

” By our estimate, we have about 140 illegal structures on this corridors. 

We have given them 7 days ultimatum and hopefully by the expiration of the ultimatum, we are coming to demolish all the illegal structures. ” The notice was given to them on Monday Nov. 18 and it will expire by Monday Nov. 2.

”Hopefully on Tuesday, we will come with our machines to demolish them,” he said. On the issue of compensation to the owners of the illegal structures, Hope said compensation was a policy issue that can only be handled by the Minister.
Atiku Abubakar Celebrates Jonathan On His 62nd Birthday

Atiku Abubakar Celebrates Jonathan On His 62nd Birthday

Atiku Abubakar Celebrates Jonathan On His 62nd Birthday

The former Vice President and 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated the ex-president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, as he turns 62-year-old.

Atiku who took to his Twitter account to celebrate the former president described him “as an evergreen face of democracy, peace and freedom”.

He wrote: 
“Happy 62nd birthday, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, @GEJonathan – an evergreen face of democracy, peace and freedom.”

“I wish you continued good health and wisdom.”
Atiku Abubakar Celebrates Jonathan On His 62nd Birthday

This comes amid accusations that the former president supported the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Bayelsa State election.

Breaking!!! Buhari Signs Executive Order 009 To End Open Defecation

Breaking!!! Buhari Signs Executive Order 009 To End Open Defecation

bREAKING!!! Buhari Signs Executive Order 009 To End Open Defecation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed Executive Order 009 to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025.

The new order signed by Buhari states, “That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation-free by 2025.

“That the National Open Defecation-Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.

“There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called ‘Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.’

“The Secretariat is authorised on behalf of the President to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places, including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.

“All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.

“The National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation, with appropriate sanctions and penalties.”

Recall that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had declared that with the high rate of over 43 million Nigerians still practising open defecation, the country may become the capital city of open defecation in the world.

Mr Bioye Ogunjobi, a specialist with UNICEF, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, made this known in August 2019, at a media dialogue on sanitation in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.

Ogunjobi who stated that India currently holds the position would quit it for Nigeria in October when open defecation would be outlawed in that country.

He said, “By October 1, 2019, India which at present occupies that position will ban open defecation and Nigeria which currently occupies the second position will take over from India as the number one open defecation country.”

Also Read: PDP Senators Reject Bayelsa, Kogi INEC's Election Results
PDP Denies Claims Of Plans To Suspend Goodluck Jonathan

PDP Denies Claims Of Plans To Suspend Goodluck Jonathan

PDP Denies Claims Of Plans To Suspend Goodluck Jonathan

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed a report that the party planned to suspend former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, over suspected anti-party activities in the last Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Rather, a member of its National Working Committee (NWC) blamed Governor Seriake Dickson for the defeat of the party in the governorship election won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr. David Lyon.

This is coming as Dickson accused the APC of turning the visit of some of its stalwarts to the former president to a propaganda message to legitimise the electoral robbery he accused it of perpetrating in the state.
The NWC of the party is, however, expected to meet today to review its outing in the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections held last Saturday.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, confirmed the meeting in Abuja last night.

However, responding to the insinuation to suspend Jonathan, he said: 

“We have not even met to discuss what happened in the last governorship election.

How can somebody or a newspaper be talking about suspending a former president?”

However, another member of NWC, who also spoke with our source in Abuja, dismissed the report of suspending Jonathan for allegedly being instrumental to PDP’s defeat, blaming Dickson for the loss of the state to APC.

The chieftain, who spoke anonymously, said the PDP would have escaped the defeat if the governor had listened to the advice of the former president and party leaders in the state to support the governorship aspiration of a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe, instead of his preferred candidate, Senator Douye Diri.

He said: 
‘’It was Governor Seriake Dickson who defeated PDP and nobody else. You don’t play God. Since he became governor, he has done everything to belittle former President Goodluck Jonathan, the same person who did everything to make him a governor.

‘’In the last general election, he did not even allow Jonathan to produce a member of the state House of Assembly representing his state constituency; the same thing with House of Representatives and the Senate. And on the basis of that silly action by the governor, the people revolted and voted APC.

‘’And when the governorship primary was also approaching, the leadership of the party, both at the state and national level, prevailed on Governor Dickson to allow the former president’s choice, Chief Timi Alaibe, who was also the choice of the leaders. He refused. And he did everything to skew the primary in his candidate’s favour.’’

The source added that when Dickson was proving tough, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was encouraged to intervene; but the governor was said to have told Obasanjo that the party could win the election with or without the support of Jonathan.

He added: 
"A few weeks to the election, when it became very clear to him that Jonathan and his wife would not support the PDP’s candidate and considering the implications, Governor Dickson approached PDP governors to help beg Jonathan. They did; but then it was too late.

‘’Even though Jonathan did not openly campaign against our candidate, his body language sent a clear message to his huge followers in the state, who worked against our candidate. As a matter of fact, it was Governor Seriake Dickson who defeated our candidate and our party in the governorship election.”

The source explained that though the election was manipulated in some polling units, especially in the Southern Ijaw areas, the APC capitalised on the people’s sentiments to carry out its electoral fraud.

APC Playing Politics with Officials’ Visit to Jonathan, Says Dickson

However, Dickson yesterday accused the APC of turning the visit of some of its stalwarts to the former president to a propaganda message to legitimise the electoral robbery he accused it of perpetrating in the state.

He also described as balderdash, the notion that it was the alleged disagreement between him and the former president that led to the APC’s purported victory, saying that Jonathan remained a leader of the entire country who shouldn’t be drawn into the local politics of the state.

Dickson explained that as a leader of the country, the former president was at liberty to receive any visitors, but warned on the dangers posed by the insinuations being weaved around the visit by the APC.

He alleged that the APC had recently begun to romance the ex-president to sell the narrative that the party did not win by rigging elections but by attempting to legitimise what he said was an illegitimate and indefensible electoral outcome.

He stated that no politician had stood by Jonathan more than himself and that in the build-up to the elections, he had visited Jonathan about 16 times to meet with him on the way forward for the PDP.

He said: 
“My reaction is that President Jonathan remains a leader of our country. He is at liberty to receive members of any political party but in the context of all that is going on I know that the insinuations are not misplaced.

“APC came to Bayelsa to take his state and people by force. With the comments they are making about him, Oshiomhole coming to Bayelsa to praise Jonathan, what they were doing is laying the foundation to perpetrate fraud and violence.

“No politician has stood by Jonathan more than me. They simply used his name and image to legitimise illegitimacy. I can see the strategic content.

“They used Jonathan to expand the notion of disagreement and after the rigging to go to him like Pontius Pilate to wash off their hands and put it at his doorsteps to say he sanctioned it…But let’s accord him the right to meet with other dignitaries.”

He also tendered what he said were video evidence in support of the alleged killings and violence that characterised the conduct of last Saturday’s governorship election in Nembe Local Government Area and some other parts of the state.

Addressing a press conference in Yenagoa, Dickson described the election as a charade and a carefully orchestrated plan to forcibly take over the state.

One of the videos captured heavy shooting in Koluama in Southern Ijaw, while the other videos captured thumb-printing of ballot papers by an alleged APC chieftain (name withheld) at Nembe where INEC recorded over 83,000 votes for APC and 837 for PDP.

He condemned what he termed the brazen connivance of security agents, particularly the Nigerian Army, with APC thugs to hijack electoral materials in most local government areas.
He said soldiers were deployed in Ogbia Local Government Area and other parts of the state to cart away electoral materials thereby undermining the process in favour of the APC.

The governor called on the federal government to take drastic action in safeguarding the country’s democratic principles and protecting the fundamental rights of Nigerians in every election.

The governor who was speaking for the first time after the conduct of the election, accused the army of involvement in the killings of some members of the PDP, ballot snatching and hijacking of election materials by APC members and declaration of results by INEC even in the areas where election did not hold.