USENI VS LALONG: APC CANDIDATE NOT QUALIFIED TO CONTEST SAYS MIKE OZEKHOME

The Counsel to the gubernatorial candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has described Governor Simon Lalong as a pretender, who needs to vacate the seat for the rightful owner (Senator Jeremiah Useni) to take his place as governor of the state. He also said because of the misrepresentation of his name as “Sule Simon”, and could not prove that in his affidavit, Lalong wasn’t qualified to contest the last governorship election in the State. Ozekhome disclosed this to journalists after the…

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WOMAN BEATS 8-YR OLD DAUGHTER TO DEATH FOR STEALING 350NAIRA

The Plateau High Court on Wednesday ordered that a 37-year-old woman, Adeyola Afonja, who allegedly beat her eight-year-old daughter to death for stealing N350, be remanded in prison custody. The Police charged Afonja, who resides in Etobaba Village, Jos North, with culpable homicide, an offence punishable with death if convicted. Justice S.P. Gang gave the order after the visibly distraught mother pleaded not guilty to the charge, stating that she only wanted to correct her child. Justice Gang adjourned the case until October 8 for continuation of hearing and to…

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15-YR OLD STAGES OWN KIDNAP IN JOS, DEMANDS 500K RANSOM FROM DAD

A 15-year-old boy has allegedly staged his own kidnap and demanded for the sum of N500,000 as ransom. The minor, who was paraded in Jos on Thursday, told newsmen that he initiated the plan with his friends in order to enable him buy clothes and celebrate his graduation. “I was the one who initiated the plan and not my friends. I wanted my father to give me money for clothes and to also celebrate my graduation,” he said. Briefing newsmen on the arrest of the minor, the Commissioner of Police,…

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HOW LALONG LOST OUT IN 2015, 2019 MINISTERIAL NOMINATIONS

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau. Photo/Twitter/SimonLalong In 2015, the All Progressives Congress (APC) broke the jinx in Plateau to upstage the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that had ruled for 16 years, as it clinched political power, both at the federal and state levels. When it was time for ministerial nominees, Governor Simon Lalong forwarded a list of names, but none was endorsed. Rather, Barrister Solomon Dalung from the southern part of the state got nominated. He was eventually made the Minister of Sports and Youth Development. Prior to that time,…

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PLATEAU PDP CRISIS: NWC WADES IN

Gyang Bere, Jos Since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the 2019 governorship election in Plateau State, the State Working Committee has been at loggerheads with its embattled chairman, Damishi Sango and his deputy, Amos Gombi. Party members alleged that the PDP governorship candidate, Jeremiah Useni, had signed to collect funds for the presidential election for Plateau but discovered that the money was in Sango’s bank. It was alleged that the state party chairman prevented Useni from access to major stakeholders of the party who would have helped to ensure victory of…

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APC WITNESSES TESTIFY THAT USENI WON GUBER ELECTIONS IN THEIR AREAS

Witnesses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State have testified before the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Jos that the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Jeremiah Useni won the governorship election in their polling unites with a wide margin. Testifying before the tribunal, Dung Isaiah Bitrus of Ratsak Zabot ward of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area during cross examination by counsel to Useni, Benso Igbanoi, said the PDP won the governorship election in his polling unit. “PDP won the governorship election in my polling…

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LANGTANG NORTH LG ELECTION; APPEAL TRIBUNAL DECLARES PDP CANDIDATE WINNER

Plateau State Election Appeal Tribunal on Friday, declared Mr. Ubandoman Joshua-Laven, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the elected chairman of Langtang North Local Government in the Oct. 10, 2018 Poll. Justice Arum Ashom, Chairman of the tribunal, made the declaration in a more than eight hours judgment on the appeal filed before it by Joshua-Laven and PDP. The petitioners had challenged the declaration of the All Progressives (APC) candidate, Mr. Kparnim Nanloh-Amos, by Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) as winner of the poll. The Jovita Binjin-led state…

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HERDSMEN KILL 3 IN FRESH ATTACKS IN PLATEAU

Three people were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen during fresh attacks on Sunday night and yesterday morning on Tafigana and Ancha villages in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. The President of Irigwe Youth Movement, Bassa Local Government, Mr. Chinge Dodo Ayuba, who confirmed the killing in Jos, described as sad the incessant attacks on innocent villagers. He said: “Yesterday, July 14, 2019, Fulani herdsmen attacked Tafigana village in Miango District of Irigwe Chiefdom in the evening and killed Mr Sunday Wolo and his son, Ngwe Sunday. The assault…

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WITNESSES IN PLATEAU ELECTION TRIBUNAL ARE RECEIVING DEATH THREATS, MIKE OZEKHOME STATES

Mike Ozekhome Lead counsel to Plateau State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 general elections, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has disclosed that its witnesses are being threatened with instant death if they testify at the tribunal.The candidate, Jeremiah Useni, had gone to the election petition tribunal to challenge the victory of Governor Simon Lalong, who was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Ozekhome urged the tribunal to take the death threat seriously, as the witnesses confided in him and the petitioners that…

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HOW APC, INEC STOLE PDP’S GUBER MANDATE DURING ELECTION, WITNESS TELLS TRIBUNAL

 Agabus Pwanagba  Witnesses have told the Plateau State Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal of the schemes executed by electoral officials and agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to purportedly rob Senator Jeremiah Useni and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of victory at the polls. More than 30 witnesses cutting across the three senatorial zones, which include Jos North, Wase, Kanam, and Qua’an Pan Local Government Areas took turns to narrate how the elections were allegedly rigged in their various polling units, electoral wards, and Local Government Areas…

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