PDP Wins All 21 LG Chairmanship Seats in Adamawa, APC returns favour in Ekiti

  YOLA – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has clinched all the 21 chairmen seats in the last Saturday local government polls held in Adamawa State. The Chairman of Adamawa State Independence Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), Mallam Isa Shetima, stated this while declaring the polls results yesterday in his office in Yola. The election results indicated that the PDP scored the highest number of votes in all the 21 local government areas in the state. However, the former Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babachir Lawal, yesterday said there was no election in Hong Local Government Area of the state. Lawal, in a [Read]

BREAKING: Court orders forfeiture of Saraki’s houses in Ilorin

  A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday ordered the interim forfeiture of two houses in Ilorin, Kwara State belonging to former Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the order citing section 17 of the advance fee fraud and other related offences act 14, 2006 and section 44(2)B of the 1999 Constitution. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), represented by its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, had applied to the court requesting the temporary forfeiture of Saraki’s property. [READ ALSO] Why you can’t seize my Ilorin house – Saraki tells EFCC The agency told the court that it uncovered monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the [Read]

It’s you that will be crushed in Jesus name – Dino Melaye replies headline about his election loss

  Senator Dino Melaye has responded to a headline by PM News that reads, “Melaye crushed in Kogi West in the last election”.  Melaye wrote, “It’s you that be crushed in Jesus name.” [READ ALSO] BREAKING: APC’s Smart Adeyemi Unseats Melaye as Senator, Wins Kogi West District Polls Recall that Senator Dino Melaye of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lost to All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Smart Adeyemi in a supplementary poll held over the weekend in the Kogi West Senatorial District. [Read]

BREAKING: APC’s Smart Adeyemi Unseats Melaye as Senator, Wins Kogi West District Poll

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Smart Adeyemi, has won the Kogi West senatorial district election. The Returning Officer of the election, Professor Olajide Lawal, announced this on Saturday at the collation centre in Kogi State. According to him, Senator Adeyemi polled a total of 88,373 votes to beat Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 62,133 votes. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the APC candidate as the winner of the keenly contested election two weeks after the people of the senatorial district went to the poll. See the result below: This came after the supplementary poll conducted by INEC following [Read]

Why you can’t seize my Ilorin house – Saraki tells EFCC

  Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has raised alarm over an alleged move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize his country home in Ilorin, Kwara state. Saraki claimed that the anti-graft commission had filed a process at a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, November 27, praying for an interim order for the forfeiture the property. The Cable reports that the allegations were contained in a statement released by his Spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu on Wednesday. He further claimed that the EFCC’s alleged move is illegal just as he explained that an Abuja Federal High Court had restrained the commission from seizing his properties. The EFCC [Read]

Infrastructure, education get lion share as Makinde presents N208b Budget 2020

IBADAN – Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, presented a N208 billion 2020 budget estimates to the State House of Assembly for approval. Governor Makinde, while addressing the Assembly in a 16-page speech, noted that his administration plans to be bullish with infrastructure development in the State by embarking 23 per cent of the budget for the sector. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa indicated that the 23.93 percent allotted to infrastructure is the highest in the state’s history. The statement also indicated that in line with his administration’s belief that education remained the fastest way to take the people out [Read]

Kogi West: Melaye submits another petition to INEC, seeks postponement of supplementary poll

  ABUJA – Sen. Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kogi West Senatorial election, has called for the postponement of the supplementary election scheduled for Nov. 30. Melaye made the call while addressing newsmen at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, where he had gone to submit another petition on the election. He called on INEC to postpone the election, until it was able to address what he described as ‘noticeable infractions’ in the Nov. 16 election and concerns over areas where the supplementary election would be held. Melaye had, on Nov. 20, submitted a petition, calling for total cancellation of the [Read]

Zamfara Assembly cancels N10m monthly pay to Ex-Gov Yari, others

  DAMATURU – The Zamfara State House of Assembly laid to rest the controversy surrounding the payment of pension and other entitlements to former governors, their deputies, speakers and their deputies by repealing the law on Tuesday. Presenting the bill before the House, the House leader, Faruk Dosara, urged his colleagues to, as a matter of urgency, consider the complete repeal of the law which provided the jamboree pay for the former political leaders of the state at the detriment of the retired civil servants who had not been paid their entitlements over the years. According to Dosara, the past leaders were collecting over N700m annually which “the state economy [Read]

Jonathan tackles Lamido, denies trading off Bayelsa to APC

  Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said he did not trade off Bayelsa State to the All Progressives Congress. He stated that the allegations by a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, that he traded off Bayelsa State was incorrect and a blackmail. Jonathan spoke via a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze. Eze said it was not only in Bayelsa State that the country had experienced such a situation where Peoples Democratic Party or even the All Progressives Congress had lost elections to another party. He stated that holding Jonathan responsible for the PDP’s loss in Bayelsa without first investigating the issues that determined the [Read]

Police arrest suspected killers of PDP Women Leader in Kogi

  LOKOJA – The Police Command in Kogi has arrested six suspects in connection with the killing of one Mrs Salome Abu, at Ochadamu, Ofu Local Government Area (LGA) of the State, on November 18. The spokesman for the command, DSP William Aya disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Lokoja on Monday. Aya said that the suspects were brought in on Friday. Abu, a former councillor and Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was set ablaze on November 18 in her husband’s house at Ochadamu, by hoodlums. Aya said the police had started interrogating the suspects to ascertain their level of culpability in the death of the [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]

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]

I sold bread for 13 yrs of my early life – Seyi Makinde reveals

  IBADAN – Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has revealed that he sold bread for the first 13 years of his life by the gate of Adeoyo state hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State capital. The Governor who disclosed this at the 80th thanksgiving service of his mother Mrs Abigael Makinde at St Paul Anglican Church in Yemetu on Sunday November 10, said he only became successful by getting educated. According to him, his declaration of free education in the state was aimed at ensuring residents of the state get the benefit of being educated. Governor Makinde also urged parents in the state to put the education of their children [Read]