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Power Shift: Bauchi Gov Lists Condition To Support Southern Candidate

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Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed

The governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, has said the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the North are ready to support a southern candidate if he/she wins the primary of the party.

 Mohammed stated this while addressing Oyo State delegates of the party in Ibadan, Sunday.

He said the North felt it is its turn to maintain the power since Yar’adua died in his second year in power.

He said, “The power shift is not going to be monopolistic zoning of the power, because zoning has been done many times in PDP and I told the delegate with humility. Out of the 16years PDP spent in power, 14years was exercised by southerners and we have supported them as patriots and leaders.

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 “The North is feeling that it is their turn to maintain the power and repudiation since Yar’adua died in two years in power. There should be a fresh opportunity for everybody so as for us to start afresh. 

“That does not mean that we are shutting anybody from the South. If we get a southern candidate, we are ready to support him/her, and if we get a northern candidate, he/she should be supported.”

 The governor said the PDP stakeholders should work together to ensure the return of the party to power.

 He added, “I have discussed so many issues especially on zoning, party supremacy, need for love, harmony and the problem of APC which should be avoided; the need to close ranks and ensure that the PDP is back to power. This is because we have the experience and knowledge to fix Nigeria. 

 “My gospel is that we should come together irrespective of who emerges. But I have presented myself as one of the most credible candidates for the election. I have asked them to choose me but if they don’t choose me, certainly I am ready to support whoever emerges.” 

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Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.

Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.

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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.

Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”

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Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration

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Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye

Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) conducted the Local Government Election on October 15 with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the seats.

But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.

However, Adeleke directed the most senior career heads across all Local Government Council Areas, the Area Office, LCDAs and ACDAs in Osun State to take charge of the affairs of their respective Councils with immediate effect.
He hinged the directive on the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors.
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Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.

According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.

“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.

“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.

“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.

“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”

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I will reveal my presidential candidate soon, says Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, said he would soon reveal to the people of the state his choice of presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Speaking during the inauguration of Rukpokwu-Rumuapu-Izo-Ogbodo Igwuruta Link Road at Rumuapu, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, he said, “I will tell you where we will vote. These ones (governorship, senatorial, reps and state assembly candidates) I mentioned, make sure you come and vote for them.

“Very soon, we’ll meet in our houses and take decision where we are going to.

“You will work for a party that has come to your aid; a party that has brought dividends of democracy.

“If the people of Rukpokwu are not happy, will they be here? Governance is all about the happiness of the people.

“When the people are happy, we are happy. So, if I come here to address you everybody will listen to me.”

The governor also spoke on security in Rivers, saying, “Yesterday (Monday), the Inspector General of Police came and we commissioned the Intelligence and Surveillance Centre. I tell all who may be thinking of kidnapping, the time is over.

“As it is now, in that intelligence centre, we will be watching you on screen. Anywhere you are on the road we are seeing you. That period is over when you think you will commit a crime and run away.”

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