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Enugu PDP guber candidate attends party meeting at his Owo hometown amidst jubilation



The people of Owo community in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu State, at the weekend, went agog in celebration as they rolled out the drums in large numbers over the surprise visit of their son, Dr Peter Mbah, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mbah, while on solidarity visits to PDP ward meetings in many parts of the state stopped over at the venue where the party faithful in his hometown of Owo were holding their monthly meeting.

His presence aroused jubilation among the community who came out en masse for the meeting with cultural troupes expressing their gratitude to God and the leadership of the party for considering Mbah’s wealth of experience in different sectors and choosing him to fly the party’s flag.

The uncontrollable crowd numbering in the thousands prayed for the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the people of the state for making it possible for a possible rebirth of the state through the support given to their son whom they described as an astute technocrat, accomplished entrepreneurial innovator and philanthropist of note.

Speaking at the venue of the meeting, the leader of the PDP local government monitoring team, Hon. Patrick Osita Onu said he was amazed at the existing love and unity among the people, saying Mbah made it possible as a unifier.

While receiving the governorship candidate, Onu enthused: “These are your people; we are your people, and this mammoth crowd is a testimony to your wide acceptance among your people. When we see you, we see our tomorrow and we see hope.”

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In his welcome address, the chairman of the Owo Ward, Hon. Joe Arum stated that Mbah represented the light at the end of the tunnel to the people of the state, and assured him that all the people of Owo had resolved to follow him wherever he decided to lead them to as they trusted in his wisdom and unassailable decision.

Addressing the huge gathering of the party faithful, the visibly overjoyed member representing Nkanu East constituency at the state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Nnajiofor described the Mbah as a “hero and a shinning light for the people of the state,” stressing that God had wiped away their years of tears in Nkanu East through Governor Ugwuanyi.

The lawmaker who took time to sensitize the people on the need to collect their voter’s card and make sure the cards are kept intact further said it’s time to work hard and leave no stone unturned in reaching out to people from other areas.

“It’s time to work. It’s time to hit the ground running for this collective project. I’m calling on all the youths, leaders of thought, women, support groups and other bodies to mobilize for the great project. Let’s make sure we obtain our PVCs. Mbah’s project is God’s project for the good people of Enugu State.

“Peter Mbah has done it before and he will do it again. He has constructed roads for us, built schools for us, built a good hospital here, offered free education and a whole lot of things. Therefore, it’s time to show him the love he has always shown us,” Nnajiofor added.

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Acknowledging the cheers from the people, the PDP governorship hopeful said he decided to pay them the surprise visit to encourage them and to also remind them of the task ahead, stressing that PDP has always been winning every election in Owo and would continue to win.

Mbah who charged the people to lead by example further admonished them to refrain from trading words or fighting anybody in the state including members of the opposition adding that PDP did not need to campaign in Owo as it had already been taken by the party.

“It is our time to show that we are ready by making sure that nobody fights or act out of provocation because we have a greater task ahead. Let’s have patience and live in peace. We have to be example to other communities, show them what it means to be united and frequently reach out to people outside there,” he said.

Addressing the people on the importance of their voter’s card, Mbah enjoined the qualified electorate in Owo to make sure they collect their PVCs, keep them secure and encourage others to do the same, adding that ward meetings should be attended and supported with commitment. According to him, there’s no alternative to PDP in the State.

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SDP begs President Tinubu to halt attacks, carnage in Kogi



• Kogi SDP Governorship candidate, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Wednesday begged President Bola Tinubu to stop the incessant attacks and carnages occasioned by the governorship electioneering in Kogi State.

The Director General, New Media, SDP Campaign Council, Mr Isaiah Ijele, made muricthe plea during a news conference in Lokoja on Wednesday.

Ijele said that innocent citizens are being maimed and killed across the state by sponsored political thugs.

He alleged that members and supporters of the SDP Governorship Candidate, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka, were constantly under attack, allegedly sponsored by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

But the APC Campaign Council’s Spokesman, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, had denied sponsoring any attack against SDP supporters in the state.

Ijele, in his recounts, said: “There were gun shots through the night of Tuesday in Anyigba and Ankpa towns where houses and property of innocent SDP supporters were vandalised and destroyed.”

“Our campaign Coordinator in Anyigba and his family were victims as they were chased away from their house and property destroyed, including his motorcycle in Tuesday night attack.

“As it’s now two persons are missing as a result of the attacks being unleashed on Ajaka’s supporters across the Kogi East.

“We are under siege, given the intimidation, harassment and attacks on us simply because of the humongous support our governorship candidate is enjoying in the state.

“As law abiding citizens, we are appealing to the President and the Inspector General of Police to come to our aid by calling Gov. Yahaya Bello to order.”

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The spokesman added: “Election is not a war nor do or die affairs, but a game of numbers based on candidates’ pedigree and acceptability before the electorate.”

According to him, nobody has the monopoly of violence but that courtesy demands that people of Kogi should be allowed to peacefully choose the person they want to govern them on Nov. 11.

The director general said that Bello’s administration has failed the citizens, who he claimed has decided to vote in Muritala Ajaka to rescue the state from poverty and hunger.

“We want the quick intervention of the President to save the lives of innocent citizens before they are brutalised and destroyed by sponsored political thugs,” he pleaded.

Responding to the allegations, Fanwo, the APC spokesperson, debunked the SDP’s claims, saying: “We are a Government and our priority is to protect all the people of Kogi State, irrespective of political leanings.”

Fanwo said that all allegations without proof are as good as no allegations.

“As a Government, our concern and responsibility is to create an enabling environment for all to pursue their normal businesses.

“The SDP is a nest of funny birds that cry by the pain of their losses rather than the action of anyone.

“We won’t glorify them and we won’t be dragged into their frivolities, gasping lies and lack of direction,” he said.

On its part, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relation Officer, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, said that he was yet to be briefed on the alleged Tuesday night attacks by the Respective Divisional Police Officers in Anyigba and Ankpa towns.

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He however promised to furnish the public on the development. (NAN)

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Nnamani loses as tribunal affirms election of LP Senator, Kelvin Chukwu



•Former Governor of Enugu state, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani
National Assembly election tribunal sitting in Enugu has struck out the petition filed by the former Governor of Enugu state, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, challenging the election of Senator Kelvin Chukwu of the Labour party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Chukwu, who replaced his late brother murdered during the campaign ahead of the February 25, 2023, as the winner of the Enugu East Senatorial district election. He scored over 69,000 votes to defeat Chimaroke Nnamani who secured about 49,000 votes.

Not satisfied, Nnamani alleged that the election was marred by over-voting, irregularities, election malpractices and non-compliance with the electoral guidelines and petitioned the tribunal and urged the tribunal to declare him the rightful winner of the election or cancel the election.

Giving its ruling today (Wednesday), the tribunal which consists of 3-man panel led by Justice Nusirat I. Umar unani upheld Chukwu’s victory and awarded a cost of N500,000 against the petitioners in favour of the three respondents, Kelvin Chukwu, Labour Party and INEC.

The three man honourable Justices unanimously dismissed the petition for being vague, lacking in merit, incompetent, generic and academic exercise.

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KOGI GUBER: Former Dep. Gov Achuba endorses Muri, urges Kogites to reject Gov. Bello’s violence, 3rd term agenda



Former Kogi Dep Gov, Hon Simon Achuba

…Says Bello brought his cousin, Ododo of APC, to elongate his grip on Kogi resources

Ahead of the November 11 governorship poll, a former Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, has declared his support for the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Yakubu Murtala Ajaka.

Achuba, who served under Governor Yahaya Bello, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), told journalists in Abuja at the weekend that he decided to back Ajaka because of his pedigree and capacity to retrieve the state from maladministration.

He charged voters not to be intimidated by the spate of kidnapping and killings that has permeated the state since the commencement of the electioneering.

Also, he tasked the people of Kogi East in particular to desist from causing mayhem against the people because of political gains.

Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, Kogi SDP Governorship Candidate

According to him, Governor Bello brought his cousin, Ahmed Ododo, of the APC, to elongate his grip on the resources of Kogi State without any commensurate development.

“If this is allowed to go through, his wife may become our Governor in 2027. God forbid!!!. We call on all well meaning Kogites irrespective of political ethnic and religious divide to rise up and resist the evil seed being plotted in Kogi State.

“It has been 7 years and 8 months of reckless plundering of our state resources without any tangible legacy to show for his two tenures.

“Rather, all legacy projects by his predecessors has been sold off without reinvestment. I know as a matter of fact that about fourteen billion was paid to Kogi State by the Federal Government for a road constructed by his predecessor.

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“Can the successor of Bello expect such legacy fund? It is like daydreaming to think so. He had the opportunity to write his name in gold but turned it down. He will be remembered for bad governance and violence perpetrated in Kogi State.

“Kogites have mastered your tactics and are at the game wisely. The result of the election come November 11 will prove to you that you have so much to learn.

“As you continue to receive decampees, we wish you state the disappointment that follows. Take note that your antics of violence and manipulation not withstanding, this time around will fail.”

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to be diligent in the discharge of their functions.

“We wish to call on INEC to be free and ensure that the election is free and fair. Thank God we have BVAS, Glory to God.

“Anywhere there are votes beyond what the BVAS has accredited the agents are expected to protest.

“On the issue of security, we wish to call on the inspector general of police and the chief of army staff to keep a close eye on Kogi.

“When I was a still the deputy governor in 2019, the State House of Assembly raised the alarm over importation of military software. What concerns a civilian government with military software? Sincere then, there has been killings and kidnappings. We cannot continue like that.

“We urge Kogites to face the evil and terminate it. November 11 is by the corner. We urge the people to reject bad administration through the ballots.

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“We call on INEC to check what is happening. I want to ask the youths in Kogi East why have they accepted to be agent of the devil? They should stop destroying the property of their brothers and sisters. The intention of this is to make sure that the votes in Kogi East are suppressed.

“If you endorse it, your children will suffer it . You may enjoy it for now but later you will suffer it. Instead of using the money to develop the state, he has pocketed it. This time the voices of the people will be loud and clear,” he added.

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