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Kogi at 30: Okun group demands 2023 governorship ticket for zone

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Okun Development Association (ODA) has demanded that Kogi west senatorial district produce the next governor of the state.

In a statement on Thursday by Femi Mokikan, it’s president, the association congratulated Yahaya Bello, governor of the Kogi state, on the state’s 30th anniversary, but said the Okun people are the most marginalised group in the state.

Mokikan said there is a paradigm shift in Bello’s administration as he introduced a policy known as ‘EBIGO agenda’, meaning Ebira, Igala and Okun agenda to promote unity and oneness in Kogi.

“Without an iota of doubt, the EBIGO agenda is commendable and one of the best move of the New Direction Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as it has confirmed that Kogi State belongs to all, Igalas, Ebiras and Okuns as against the claims of some quarters in the past,” the statement reads.

The association said Okun is the only area in a state without a university and appealed to the state government to establish a university in Okun land to “justify the equity, fairness and justice that form the mantras of the present administration”.

“We also appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign into law the bill establishing Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba as done for some states in Nigeria recently,” it added.

On the 2023 governorship election, the association said for the purpose of equity, fairness and justice, the next governor of the state should come from Kogi west.

“For the EBIGO agenda of this administration to be institutionalized for even posterity sake, the next gubernatorial candidate should be zoned to Kogi west. By so doing, governor Yahaya Bello will be leaving a legacy of unity that informed the introduction of the Ebira, Igala and Okun agenda,” the statement said.

The association called on the people of Kabba-Bunu, Ijumu, Mopa/Amuro, Yagba east and west LGA as well as Oworo land to come out and participate in the ongoing voter registration exercise. 

Finally, we congratulate the governor on the 30th anniversary of the state and our prayer is that God grant him the wisdom and good health to do more for the state,” it said.

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Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani

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Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.

Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.

He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.

In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.

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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”

Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.

But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.

Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.

However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.

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Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker

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There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.

Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.

The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.

The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.

But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.

It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.

There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.

After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.

 

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Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles

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Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.

He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.

The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.

In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.

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