INEC CANCELLED 149,000 VOTES IN KOGI

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 149,576 votes were cancelled in Kogi State due to violence, ballot box snatching and other incidences that characterised last Saturday’s governorship election. The commission declared Governor Yahaya Bello as the governor-elect for another four-year term. Bello, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scored a total of 406,222 to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Musa Wada, who polled 189,704 votes. Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third with 9482 votes. The State…

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PDP WOMEN LEADER BURNT ALIVE IN KOGI BY THUGS CELEBRATING YAHAYA BELLO’S VICTORY

Post-election violence: Thugs burn Kogi PDP Women Leader alive Kogi State is witnessing a rein of fear and anarchy at the moment. Sporadic gunshots could be heard ringing out from major towns in the state, forcing peace-loving citizens to continue to live in fear and angiush. There is terror in land, walking on all fours. In Monday afternoon, political thugs were said to have gone on the rampage, killing a middle-aged PDP women leader who was said to have been locked up in her house and burnt to ashes. This…

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DINO MELAIYE LOSING OUT IN KOGI SENATORIAL RERUN

Melaye and Adeyemi In results so far announced for the Kogi West Senatorial district rerun election, Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party is trailing Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress. Out of six of the seven local governments of the zone announced so far, Adeyemi beat Melaye in four, while Melaye won in two. Adeyemi now has 60,303 votes, while Melaye has 46,836 votes. Melaye also lost his home local government, Ijumu, by a wide margin. Only the result of Lokoja remains, but in one ward,…

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WE WON’T ACCEPT LAST MINUTE COURT JUDGEMENTS, INEC WARNS ON BAYELSA KOGI GUBER ELECTIONS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has foreclosed any adjustment to its arrangement for the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections on account of recently delivered court judgments. Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Lokoja, during a stakeholders’ meeting/signing of peace accord among political parties and candidates, also assured INEC was ready to conduct next Saturday’s election. He declared all non-sensitive materials had been delivered to the commission’s office in Lokoja while the sensitive materials had been delivered to the Central Bank of Nigeria…

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SENATE OKAY REFUND OF 10BIL TO KOGI GOVT AMIDST PROTESTS

Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Senate on Wednesday approved the N10bn loan refund for Kogi State despite stiff resistance from the opposition senators. No sooner had the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Loans, Senator Clifford Ordia, laid the report of his panel on the issue at plenary than the Senate President called for the debate on it immediately. Details later. https://punchng.com/breaking-senate-approves-n10bn-loan-for-kogi-amidst-protests/  

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INEC RESTRICTS MILITARY PARTICIPATION IN KOGI, BAYELSA ELECTIONS TO PATROL

Chuks Okocha in Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that the military would not be involved at the polling boot security, except on the invitation of the lead security agency, the Nigeria Police. Consequently, said the commission, the military would only patrol as a standby force in case of trouble beyond the control of the internal security forces. The commission clarified that the Nigeria Navy and the Nigeria Air Force have been selected for a special duty of airlifting sensitive electoral materials and protection of the INEC…

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ICPC ARRESTS 2 OVER 68MIL NAIRA SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME FRAUD IN KOGI

Soonest Nathaniel / The recently-launched collaboration between the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to root out corruption in the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) has begun to yield fruits as two persons involved with the programme in Kogi State are currently under arrest by ICPC for alleged N68,097,053 fraud. The suspects include Hon. Adoga Ibrahim and Khadijat Karibo. While Ibrahim was appointed the State Focal Person in 2016 for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) for Kogi State and…

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INEC CHAIRMAN SPEAKS ON WHY HE CANNOT DISQUALIFY YAHAYA BELLO FOR DOUBLE REGISTRATION

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yakubu Mahmood, on Wednesday, October 30, said the commission cannot disqualify the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, over allegations of double registration. Mahmood, while addressing journalists in Abuja, said double registration is not an offence under the electoral act. The INEC chairman, in his reaction to a suit filed by the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, against Bello’s double registration as a voter, said Bello, a serving governor, cannot be prosecuted because of the immunity…

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WHY I PARTED WAYS WITH YAHAYA BELLO- IMPEACHED DEPUTY GOVERNOR, ACHUBA

Yekini Jimoh   Simon Achuba is the impeached deputy governor of Kogi State. In this interview with journalists, he spoke on the prevailing situation in the state and the next line of the action for him. Yekini Jimoh was there. What was it like working with Governor Yahaya Bello? As it should be, it was cordial. As we were going, government policies were fantastic. Things started going wrong when implementation of these policies were not forthcoming. It was becoming very challenging for us as a government and as a party.…

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PDP CRISIS DEEPENS AS ALAIBE, IDRIS REFUSE TO WITHDRAW SUITS OVER GUBER PRIMARIES

•INEC rules out replacements of candidates Chuks Okocha in Abuja In spite of the efforts by the former Senate President, Abubakar Saraki-led five-man national reconciliation committee inaugurated by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to reconcile aggrieved governorship aspirants in Kogi and Bayelsa states, two major aspirants in the two states are still reluctant to do away with their cases in court. This was coming as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said the dates for replacements or changes or withdrawal of candidates had passed. INEC’s Director…

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