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Gov. Sule urges Nasarawa Central lawmaker-elect to be magnanimous in victory



Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has advised the newly elected member representing Nasarawa Central at the State House of Assembly, Mr Ismaeel Danbaba, to be magnanimous in victory.

Sule gave the advice when the State Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), presented the member-elect to him at the Government House in Lafia on Monday.

The governor called on the member-elect to bury the hatchet and to carry everyone along, irrespective of political divide.

“In an election like this, what one has done, what one has not done, put everything behind you because success has already been achieved,” the governor told the member-elect.

Sule urged Danbaba to consider even those from the other political party in the journey ahead.

“It’s time to appreciate God and move on. Draw your time table; this is what I am going to do, this is how I am going to do it,” he advised the newly elected member.

The governor described the bye-election into the Nasarawa Central seat at the state assembly held last Saturday as not only successful but peaceful, transparent, free and acceptable.

He said that there was the need to put this on record, being the first election under his administration.

The governor used the opportunity to thank all those that worked hard to ensure that the election was not only won by the APC but was a successful exercise.

Sule specifically thanked the state Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, for being on ground at the venue of the election to supervise the election, the party and the candidate.

He also commended the party’s flagbearer and his team as well as all the supporters of the APC in the area for working so hard to achieve victory.

The governor equally appreciated the Emir of Nasarawa, Alhaji Jubril Usman for ensuring that voters were mobilised to peacefully cast their votes.

He also commended the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fatu Jimeta, Ahmed Aliyu-Wadada, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu and the member representing Nasarawa/Toto at the House of Representatives, Abdulmumini Mohammed for the success of the exercise.

“I want to specifically thank the BoT Chairman of the PDP, Senator Walid Jibril, who even though he lost his ward, came out to commend the conduct of the election,” he said.

The Leader of the party’s delegation and state Chairman of the APC, Mr Philip Tatari-Shekwo, said they were at the Government House to present the winner of last Saturday’s bye-election, in line with the tradition of the party.

NAN reports that the APC chairman was accompanied on the visit by the state Secretary, Alhaji Aliyu Bello as well as the state Organising Secretary of the party, Hassan Abubakar, among others.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


Minister, senator commend INEC on Edo election



The Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba and Sen. Francis Alimikhena (APC-Edo-North) on Saturday, expressed satisfaction on the conduct of the Edo governorship election.

Agba stated this shortly after casting his vote at Uzani, Ward 3, Unit 8 in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo.

The minister commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the process, saying that he was impressed with the exercise.

“I can only say here and if it is the reflection in other places then it is good” the minister said.

Sen. Alemikhena, APC Edo-North Senatorial District, said that he was impressed with the large turnout of voters.

“The turnout here today is totally unprecedented,” he said.

Alemikhena, however, expressed confidence that with the turnout and peaceful conduct of the poll, his party would win.

“This area is APC and we expect 100 per cent, I am very confident thst if everything goes well like this our party, APC is sure of victory,” he said.

Edited By: Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN
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Zamfara APC: Sen. Marafa’s loyalists react to expulsion of Sirajo Garba, 125 others



The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction  in Zamfara,  under Sen.  Kabiru Marafa, has reacted to the expulsion of Sirajo Garba and 125 other members from the party, describing it as illegal.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a seven-man Disciplinary Committee set up by APC leadership in the state under Lawal Liman,  on Thursday,  announced the expulsion of Sirajo Garba and 125 others for allegedly  violating the directive of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

Garba is the State Chairman of the Sen.  Marafa’s APC faction.

Speaking at a press conference in Gusau on Saturday, the State Publicity Secretary of the faction, Bello Bakyasuwa, claimed that Abdul’aziz Yari loyalists had no legal rights to expel any member from the party.

He accused the national leadership of the party under Gov. Maimala Buni of bias and supporting Yari’s faction,  saying that it would not yield positive results for the party in the state.

“We consider Buni a man of integrity based on his records but with the recent development and what we are seeing now, we are starting to lose hope in his leadership.

“The APC crisis in Zamfara is the first issue that is supposed to be treated by the Buni led  committee immediately after its emergence, but due to sentiments it’s now supporting Yari’s camp,”  he said.

Bakyasuwa further claims that, even the said letter for the setting up the seven-man disciplinary committee by the national secretariat to Yari’s camp, is considered baseless by their faction.

“Because as a faction of the party in the state, we were not communicated to by the national leadership regarding the formation of any disciplinary committee.

“We have not received any documents either from the national secretariat or from our sister faction in the state in that regard.

“The national secretariat of the party  recently issued statements, dissociating itself from giving directives to the state APC under Abdul’aziz Yari to sanction any member of the party.

“We urge  the national leadership to disregard any issue of expelling our members from the party.

“We also urge them  to have the APC in mind and not to support anything that will end up destroying the party in the state.

“If the situation continues like this, the  crisis may affect the APC in the upcoming  Bakura State Assembly by-election.

“We aspire to see that the crisis is over so as to reunite again and work together for the progress of the party. We,  Sen. Marafa’s loyalists are law abiding citizens, we are open for sincere and purposeful dialogue,” he said.

He urged their supporters to remain calm, saying that the faction had already written a petition to the APC national leadership over the issue. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Nasarawa APC pass Vote of Confidence on Gov Sule 



The Nasarawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence on the administration of Gov. Abdullahi Sule.


Mr Philip Sheckwo, Chairman of the party in the state stated this at a news conference held in Lafia on Saturday.


Sheckwo said the decision was taken at an expanded party exco meeting held in Lafia on Friday, Sept. 18.


“The meeting unanimously passed a vote of confidence on his Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule,’’ he said.


The state chairman added that the party at the meeting also lauded the leadership of the Governor for involving the party in his administration.


He said the party also expressed satisfaction with the tremendous strides the administration had achieved so far.


“In less than two years, he has made a lot of impact on the administration of the state. On the overall development of the state, he has also made a lot of impact.


“He has made a lot of impact in all sectors. We express our gratitude and encourage him to continue in that direction,’’ he said.


Sheckwo said the achievements and healthy relationship with the party convinced party members in the state to pass a vote of confidence on the admi9nistration.


He also explained that the party discussed vital issues that touched on the progress of the party in the state and also made an appraisal of the gains of the party so far.


“The meeting, in line with the constitution of the party, encouraged stakeholders at the state and local government levels to shun any individual interest that may seem to override that of the unity of the party.


“Stakeholders are encouraged to synergize with the party at various levels both at the ward, local government and state levels, in order to witness more progress for the party in the state,’’ he said.


According to Sheckwo, party stalwarts also acknowledged with gratitude the cordial relationship between Gov. Abdullahi Sule and his predecessor, Sen. Umaru Al-Makura, who currently represents Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the Senate.


He added that Gov. Abdullahi Sule, all State Executive Committee members, local government chairmen and their secretaries, were in attendance at the meeting.

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN
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Edo Polls: Ize-Iyamu votes at Ugboko ward 4, commends conduct of Election



Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19 cast his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9: 25 a.m.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ize-Iyamu joined the queue at his polling unit located at Iguododo Primary school at about 9:20a.m. before casting his vote at about 9: 25a.m.

Speaking to journalists after exercising his franchise, Ize-Iyamu commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and smooth electoral process.

He also commended INEC for adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.

“The process is good and going on smoothly; there is no thuggery and violence, the place is peaceful and calm.

“I am happy that INEC has a thermometer to check temperature and they also give out face masks to our people.

“We encourage our people to come out in batches so they can strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of social distances”.

He said he had not been able to get information about the conduct of the election across the state due to the poor network at his voting community.

He expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious in the election saying, “I am confident of victory across the 18 LGAs of the State”.

NAN reports that accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously at Ugboko ward 5, unit 26 at about 8: 46 a.m. amidst the presence of security personnel.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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