The Benue House of Assembly has approved the extension of tenure of caretaker committee chairmen of the 23 local government areas of the state for another six months.
The approval followed a correspondence from the state Gov. Samuel Ortom on Thursday during the plenary requesting the house to grant the caretaker committee chairmen and their members an extension of tenure.
Ortom explained that the extension was necessary in order not to create vacuum at the third tier of government but to ensure smooth operations until elections would be conducted in year 2020.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the tenure of the caretaker committee which were confirmed by the House on May 30, would end on Dec 8, 2019.
Moving a motion for the approval, the Speaker, Mr Titus Uba and the House Minority Leader, Mr Bem Mngutyo (Tarka/APC), said that the Local Government Law provides for the extension of tenure of the committee for another six months.
Mr Terkaa Ucha (Tiev/PDP), who seconded the motion, said that the governor’s request was within the law.
Edited & Vetted By: Modupe Adeloye/Kayode Olaitan
Nsukka residents laud INEC on credible election in Edo
Some residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have commended INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo, on Saturday.
The residents spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday.
They attributed what they described as violence-free election to the fact that INEC operated as a neutral umpire and gave all the political parties that fielded candidates level-playing playing field during the exercise.
Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that INEC deserved commendation for presiding over a credible, free, fair and violence-free governorship election in Edo.
Abada, the immediate past head of the department, said that what INEC did in Edo had restored the confidence of many Nigerians in the commission, urging it to do same in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.
“I commend INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo. I urge the commission to do same in Ondo State during the October 10 governorship election.
“The result of Saturday’s election in Edo has shown that power indeed belongs to the people and that the era of godfatherism in that state is over.
“I urge the APC governorship candidate to show maturity and spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election, as the people of the state have spoken,” he said.
Mr Fabian Onah, the chairman of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Nsukka Local Government area, commended the people of Edo for trooping out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice.
“The victory of Gov. Godwin Obaseki in the governorship election on Saturday reflected the voice of Edo people.
“I commend INEC and security agencies for providing a conducive environment that ensure the success of the election. I want to urge them to keep it up.
“I also urge Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, to show a spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election,’’ he said.
“The Edo election should be a lesson to politicians in the country, especially those who see themselves as political godfathers, that only God crowns a king,” he said.
Mr Anthony Ozioko, an APC chieftain in Nsukka, hailed the exercise, saying that the electorate came out to vote without any molestation or intimidation.
Ozioko attributed the loss of the governorship election by APC to what he called the misunderstanding between Obaseki and a former APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, which resulted in the former leaving APC to join PDP.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq
Ekiti PDP congratulates Obaseki
The Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his victory at the polls.
The party, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Sanya Adesua, in Ado-Ekiti, described Obaseki’s victory as well deserved.
According to the statement, the State Working Committee, under the leadership of Mr Kehinde Odebunmi, expresses the joy of Ekiti PDP and its members for the outstanding victory.
The party commended voters in Edo, PDP members in particular, for their doggedness and fighting spirit in ensuring the desired victory.
It encouraged its members to take a cue from the ruggedness, determination and sincerity of Obaseki, PDP members and Edo people across political divides, for not allowing politics of money bags to thrive in the state.
The party charged its members to maintain the tempo and fighting spirit in order to ensure the party’s victory in subsequent elections, especially those of Ondo and Ekiti states.
“This is a timely warning to those still acting God in our democracy to have a rethink and respect the power of the people.
“Obaseki neither compromised the victory of the party nor was he involved in underhand tricks against the party.
“They were transparent and sincere to the party; and here is the reward today.
“Ekiti State PDP also commends our courageous leaders led by Governor(s) Nyesom Wike of River; Seyi Makinde of Oyo state; Okowa of Delta and other leaders for ensuring the desired victory.
“As we continue to celebrate the victory of Godwin Obaseki, we must be on guard that it is not yet Uhuru until PDP removes all the anti-people rickety structures from the North to the South.
“That is the only hope of restoration for the Nigerian people; the next victory being Ondo state governorship election of Eyitayo Jegede, on Oct. 10, 2020,” the statement added.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Donald Ugwu
Bye-elections: Lagos East has about 1.4m registered voters -INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)says no fewer than 1.4 million registered voters will participate in the Oct. 31 bye-elections of the Lagos East Senatorial District.
INEC spokesman, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.
Akinbiyi added that 280,363 registered voters from Kosofe State Constituency II would participate in the Lagos State House of Assembly’s bye-elections, holding the same day.
According to him, not all the registered voters are, however, in possession of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to participate in the elections.
He said that the registered voters in the Lagos East Senatorial District spread across the five local government areas comprising: Somolu, Kosofe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe.
He said that the registered voters for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are spread across the six Registration Areas (Wards) located in : Ketu-Alapere, Ikosi/Ketu, Isheri/Olowo-Ora, Agboyi I, Agboyi II and Odo-Ogun/Ajegunle.
NAN reports that candidates from 12 political parties will be contesting in the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections.
Eight candidates from various political parties will also be contesting the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-elections.
Others are: Adebowale Ogunlaru, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressives Congress (APC); Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The rest are: Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The eight contestants for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are: John Akerele, AA; Sadiq Olawale, AAC; Wasiu Saheed, APC; Adekunle Oladapo, LP; Muyideen Agoro, NNPP; Ademorin Adelaja, NRM; Sikiru Alebiosu, PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh, ADC.
The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the former occupants.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Peter Dada
Court remands woman over alleged armed robbery
A Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi on Monday ordered that a woman, Mary Jeremiah, who allegedly robbed a provision with a locally made pistol and knife, be remanded in a correctional centre.
Magistrate Erdoo Ter, who did not take the plea of Jeremiah for want of jurisdiction, ordered that she be remanded in the Makurdi Correctional Centre.
Ter then adjourned the case until Oct. 22 for further mention.
He alleged that Jeremiah who pretended to be a customer entered the complainant’s store with two others with a locally made pistol and knife.
Ewache alleged that Jeremiah robbed him of N373,755 and an Infinix IV ell phone, worth N69,000.
The prosecution, however, said investigation into the matter was still ongoing and prayed the court for an adjournment.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 6(b) and 1(1)(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Special Provision Act 2004.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza