POLITICS

I am not owing Kogi workers any salary – Yahaya Bello insists few days after re-election

  The Kogi State Governor-Elect, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, rubbished claims that he was owing salaries, stressing that such were “lies.” Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers. The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after he was declared winner of Saturday’s election. Bello also alleged that the wife of his deputy was also shot at after he emerged winner of the election. He said: “All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were [Read]

Post-election violence: Suspected Yahaya Bello, APC Supporters Burn Kogi PDP Women Leader alive

Kogi State is witnessing a rein of fear and anarchy at the moment. Sporadic gunshots could be heard ringing out from major towns in the state, forcing peace-loving citizens to continue to live in fear and angiush. There is terror in land, walking on all fours. In Monday afternoon, political thugs were said to have gone on the rampage, killing a middle-aged PDP women leader who was said to have been locked up in her house and burnt to ashes. This was a sequel to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Yahaya Bello had been re-elected for the [Read]

Border Closure: Nigeria suffers highest inflation rate since May 2018

The closure of some of the Nigerian borders has led to the increase in food prices and subsequently pushed up annual inflation in the country. The National Bureau of Statistics monthly report released on Monday showed that annual inflation was 11.61% in October, up from 11.24% in September, indicating the highest rate since May 2018. Consumer inflation also dropped to it lowest in almost four years in August. A separate food price index showed inflation at 14.09% in October as against 13.51% in September. “This rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of meat, oils and fats, bread and cereals, potatoes, ham and other tubers, fish [Read]

Kogi Guber: Wada heads to tribunal as INEC declares Bello winner

  LOKOJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi. Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of ABU, Prof Ibrahim Garba, who announced the results, said Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Engr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 189,704 votes. He said Bello, having met the requirements of the law and scored majority of the lawful votes cast, was declared elected and returned as winner of the election. The results declared by INEC showed that Bello won in 12 local government areas out of [Read]

Bayelsa governor-elect, Lyon visits Buhari in Abuja

  ABUJA – Bayelsa governor-elect, David Lyon has paid a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Lyon was declared winner of the November 16 governorship election in the State after polling 352,552 votes against 143,172 scored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Douye Diri. He was accompanied to the Villa by the Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship campaign and Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Silver. The meeting was still in progress at the time of filing this report. [Read]

Wife of Kogi Deputy Governor attacked

  Moments after casting her vote, Mrs. Ejura Onoja, wife of Kogi State Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja has allegedly been attacked by thugs suspected to be loyalists of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Egume, Dekina Local Government Area of the State. She was said to have been attached shortly after casting her vote in Barak 01 unit in Egume. Mrs. Onoja through the aid of her security details was able to repel the attackers and escape unharmed. However, several others who were with her at the time were not that lucky as they sustained different kinds of injuries and have been taken to the hospital in Anyigba for treatment. [Read]

Yahaya Bello Wins Okene Local Government With Very Large Margin

Kogi State Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Bello, has defeated his closest rivals, Musa Wada of the PDP and Natasha Akpoti of SDP, in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi Central. The governor polled 112,764 votes to defeat Ms Akpoti of the SDP and Mr Wada of the PDP who both scored 50 and 139 votes respectively. The result from the local government was signed by the collation officer of the local government, Olanrewaju Samuel, an associate professor. The local government’s results is expected to be strongly contested as it claims none of the PDP or SDP could poll a total of 200 votes in [Read]

INEC May Cancel Results From Units Affected By Ballot Box Snatching

The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) in charge of Information and Voter Education and Festus Okoye has said that election results from polling units where there were reported cases of ballot box snatching may be cancelled depending on reports from the presiding officer in such units. Okoye also said that the Commission was not aware of allegation made by the Peoples Democratic Party that Governor Yahaya Bello and the APC was forcing the Commission to sign prefilled results. The INEC National Commissioner told The Nation that if there are areas where ballot box snatching was reported, the presiding officer is expected to write a report on such incident to the [Read]

Kogi Election: 30 INEC Staff Missing

  The electoral commission, INEC, has declared 30 of its staff missing. The ad-hoc staff took part in Saturday’s Kogi State governorship election. They were posted to Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA) by the commission. They were declared missing around 1 a.m. on Sunday during the final collation of results in the local government. The missing INEC staff include Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) of polling units in Imane ward 1 and 2 of Olamaboro LGA of Kogi State. Many of the ad-hoc staff used by INEC are corps members of the NYSC. Just as the whereabouts of the officials are unknown, results from the polling units [Read]

Dino Melaye’s Nephew, Olorunjuwon Oluyomi Shot By Political Thugs Die, Buried

Mr Olorunjuwon, nephew to Senator Dino Melaye who was shot yesterday at Ayetoro ward 1 unit 4, Dino’s polling unit by political thugs has been confirmed dead this morning by the Senator’s family. This was made known by the Senator this morning via his twitter handle… [Read]

Unpaid salaries: Forgive Yahaya Bello, Aisha Begs Kogi citizens

First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has said Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was unable to pay salaries because of the verification exercise that was organised for civil servants in the state. Mrs. Buhari said since the verification exercise ended, all civil servants on the government’s payroll had been receiving regulr salary. The President’s wife therefore asked the people of the state to forgive Bello if any of them was negatively affected, urging them to forget what they once suffered. Aisha said this at the All Progressives Congress rally in Lokoja on Thursday, shortly after Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, had knelt down before the crowd, asking them to forgive their [Read]

Governorship Elections: Jonathan And Buhari Warns Against Intimidation

Ahead of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states on Saturday , President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday condemned violence that had characterised campaigns in the two states. Jonathan , who handed over to Buhari in 2015 , described signals coming from the two states as disturbing. On Wednesday, one person was killed at the Peoples Democratic Party rally in Bayelsa State . Last month, a man was killed at Anyigba , Kogi State , after hoodlums attacked a convoy of governorship candidate of the PDP in Kogi State , Mr Musa Wada. He expressed concern about violence and killings in the two states, [Read]

Sponsor of Hate Speech Forbid Bill On His Own – Senate

The Nigerian senate Wednesday distanced itself from the bill seeking for the establishment of National Commission for Prohibition of Hate Speeches, is on his own and has no its institutional backing. The bill is being sponsored by Sen Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi. It was first read at the senate on Tuesday. The upper legislative chamber said the bill like other ones, will be subjected to laid down legislative processes in determining its acceptability or otherwise. Reacting to the backlash that has been trailing the bill from the media and the general public since it was passed for first reading , senate’s spokesman, Sen Godiya Akwashiki, said it was too early to [Read]

APC has no governorship candidate in Bayelsa- Federal High court declares

  Justice Jane Inyang of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no candidate for the November 16th governorship election in the state.       She gave the ruling in a case filed by Heineken Lokpobiri, one of the APC governorship aspirants in the state. Lokpobiri, a former minister of state for agriculture, had approached the court, asking it to declare him, and not David Lyon, the authentic candidate of the APC.       “The court pronounced that the governorship primary conducted by the APC in Bayelsa state was not done in compliance with the [Read]