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APC urges Sokoto Govt to stop alleged workers victimisation

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Sokoto April 21, 2019 The All Progressive Congress (APC), Sokoto state Chapter has appealed to the state government to curtail alleged political victimisation of civil servants in the state.

Addressing a press conference in Sokoto,  the party Chairman Alhaji Isa Achida, said that the chapter had been receiving complaints from the state and local government workers on various forms of political victimisation.

He said the victimisation ranged from refusal to be paid their salaries, punitive posting or outright removal from office without any posting.

“Investigation carried out by our party has confirmed that these series of victimisation have to our dismay, actually taken place in many government ministries.

“This particularly concerns state Ministry of Health, Information, Water resources and or its agencies as well as the government House.

“It has similarly taken place in many local government areas of the state. The worst affected departments are local government education authority, health and the administration department,” he said.

Achida added that the resultant loss of morale among civil servants was widespread, including those who are not yet affected.

“This will go a long way in dampening the general morale of civil service in the state. As stakeholders in the overall development of the state, we would like to volunteer some counseling to the government.

“That no matter the amount you pay a civil servants, his motivation and security of tenure will play a more significant role in determining his output,” he added.

He appealed to the teeming APC supporters in the state civil service, particularly those effected to continue to persevere.

“We assure you that our party will go to any length to ensure that justice is done and that your rights and privileges are fully restored.”

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Edo election: INEC’s result consistent with our PVT outcome, says Yiaga Africa

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Yiaga Africa, a civil society organisation, on Sunday revealed that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC), election result in Edo was consistent with its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology.


Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, Board member, Yiaga Africa who made this known in a statement, said that the group deployed PVT to assess the credibility of the Sept. 19, Governorship poll in Edo.

Nwagwu said that the group, through its `Watching The Vote  (WTV )citizens movement’, had deployed 500 observers to monitor the election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WTV is an advanced election observation methodology that employs well-established statistical principles and sophisticated information technology to provide timely and accurate information on conduct of elections.

“Based on reports from 96 per cent  (241 of 250) of sampled polling units, Yiaga Africa’s statistical analysis shows that the APC should receive between 39.1 per cent  and 46.3 per cent of the votes.

“The PDP should receive between 52.5 per cent  and 59.7 per cent  of the votes, while no other party will receive more than one per cent  of the vote share.

INEC’s official result for the 2020 Edo State gubernatorial election is consistent with the Yiaga Africa WTV estimate.

“Had the official results been changed at the ward, LGA or state collation centres, the official results would not have fallen within the Yiaga Africa WTV estimated ranges,” Nwagwu said.

Nwagwu said  because  the official results fell within the estimated ranges, governorship contestants, parties, and voters should have confidence in INEC’s official results for the election because it reflected the ballots cast at polling units.

He said that it was  important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the two political parties that received the most votes.

He said that Yiaga Africa PVT result revealed that INEC’s official results for turnout and rejected ballots were also consistent with its WTV estimates.

He said that  Yiaga Africa was able to estimate that turnout was 27.4 per cent  with a margin of error of ±2.1 per cent (between 25.3 per cent and 29.5 per cent), while INEC’s official turnout was 25 per cent .

He said that Yiaga Africa estimated rejected ballots were 1.8 per cent with a margin of error of ± 0.6 per cent  (between 1.2 per cent and 2.4 per cent) while INEC’s official result for rejected ballots was 2.3 per cent .

According to him, the results are consistent.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Renown Ibadan-born businessman, Adegoke joins APC officially in Oyo

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Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, the Executive Director, OES Energy Services Limited, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State.


He made the announcement while addressing his supporters on Sunday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adegoke, a political disciple of Sen. Rasheed Ladoja, is the Ajia-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland.

NAN also recalled that Adegoke contested the House of Representatives seat for  Ibadan South-West/North-West Federal constituency in 2015 on the platform of Accord Party (AP) and lost.

He was also part of those who worked for the emergence of the present administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Adegoke, who is eyeing the Oyo South Senatorial seat, said his decision was after several consultation with his political associates, leaders and supporters across the 33 local government of the state.

He dismissed speculations that he was still in the PDP, assuring his supporters that he was in the APC fully.

Adegoke thanked his supporters for their concern on the matter, saying there was no cause for alarm.

According to him, “Few days ago there was a fake news story that I, Olooye Adegboyega Taofeek Adegoke has decided to stay back in the PDP.

“Nothing could be far from the truth. I am in APC 100 percent and will remain in APC. Please disregard such fake news. Just be calm, there is no cause for alarm as victory is certain by His Grace.”

NAN reports that the Ibadan-born politician had been sighted at various reconciliation meetings of the APC in the state.

Supporters expressed joy over the news coming from their political leader and benefactor.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN

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APC rejects result of Edo governorship election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), Edo chapter on Sunday rejected the result of the Edo Governorship Election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Benin on Sunday.


Chairman of the Edo APC Media Campaign Council, Mr John Mayaki, said in a statement that the party rejected the result, citing alleged strong arm tactics in the process.

“Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated.

“Areas where we won, they cancelled them, they decreased the votes in areas we had advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs,” Mayaki said.

According to him, the election was characterised by arbitrary arrests of local party members who could have resisted the outrage, while Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo was busy diverting attention with false alarm.

“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field,” Mayaki said.

He, however, thanked the APC loyalists for the support and urged them to remain calm as the party leaders were studying the result and would soon announce their decision and course of action.

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Edo poll: Secondus, Peter Obi congratulate Obaseki

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Uche Secondus, National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, have congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.


Secondus, in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi, in Abuja on Sunday, also congratulated the Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu. 

He described the PDP victory as a clear affirmation and demonstration of the people’s goodwill in appreciation of the outstanding performance of the governor and his deputy in their first term.

Secondus, while wishing the victors successful tenure, urged them to  observe all the tenets of democracy and rule of law in the course of administering the  state.

He commeded Edo people for standing up for democracy through their avowed determination to ensure that the will of the people and nobody else prevailed in their state.

“Edo people by their dogged display on Saturday were determined to take their collective destiny in their own hands and for this, PDP is proud of them,” he stated.

The PDP chairman also noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the various security operatives significantly played by the rules which he said reflected in the limited number of electoral cases.

 Secondus, who said that the Saturday governorship election was far better than any previous elections under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to deepen democracy in the same way.

“We are standing on the euphoria of this to urge the President to sign the amended Electoral Act into law and carry out further electoral reforms that will engender peace and less interference in our electoral process.

“Also, we salute the gallantry of the  APC, and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for providing healthy challenges,” Secondus stated.

The PDP national chairman also commended the international community for their vital interests in the country’s democracy, urging them not to relent to endure the people’s will continues to prevail in all electoral circumstances.

He commended PDP members across the nation for their support, particularly the chairman and members of the party’s National Campaign Council.

Secondus, also commended Gov. Nysom Wike of Rivers state, Forum of PDP Governors, members of the Board of Trustees, members of the National Working Committee, and civil society groups.

On his part, Obi in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Valentine Obienyem, said that the victory was deserving and a true reflection and wish of the good people of Edo State.

The former governor of Anambra said that he saw the victory coming, given the good record of performance of Gov Obaseki in his first term.

“Democracy is when the people are allowed to determine who leads them after weighing the records of the candidates,” Obi said.

Obi, who was the PDP vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, urged Obaseki and his deputy to see their victory as a catalyst to do more for their people.

He also commended INEC and others who played roles in the election for playing by the rules, urging them to continue in the direction for sake of peace in Nigeria.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN

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