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PDP withdraws from Ogun LG Elections

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Barely 48 hours to Saturday’s local government election in Ogun State, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the council polls.

The Chairman of the party in Ogun, Sikirulai Ogundele said this in a statement on Thursday.

Ogundele, in the statement, urged aspirants and members of the party to remain calm, saying the withdrawal was sequel to a judgment of an Ogun State High Court between him and Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC).

DAILY POST reports that Ogundele had earlier dragged OGSIEC to court for dealing with a faction loyal to late Buruji Kashamu of the PDP in the state.

The OGSIEC Chairman, Babatunde Osibodu, said he handed over the forms of the party to the faction with the authentic documents.

“Sequel to the judgement of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo in suit no M/55/2021 between Sikirulai Ogundele VS OGSIEC, affirming the CONSENT JUDGEMENT of the Federal High Court, Abuja as delivered on 22nd June, 2021, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the able Chairmanship of Alh (Dr) Sikirulai Ogundele hereby make the following pronouncement:

“That consequence upon the said judgement in suit M/55/2021, Ogun State PDP withdraws its participation in the Ogun State Local Government Election which is scheduled for Saturday 24th July, 2021.

“That all candidates of the party who have been earlier screened by the party to contest in the LG election and all our teeming party members and loyal supporters are enjoined to remain calm and sustain their confidence in the leadership of the party,” the statement reads.

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Tension As Hungry Bandits Mount Road Block In Katsina

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Residents of some communities in Kankara Local government of Katsina State have raised an alarm over the influx of bandits possibly dislodged from Zamfara State.

The fleeing bandits are said to have been moving to the area in droves.

A resident of Pawwa village, who was in Katsina on Friday, told Daily Trust that the bandits have already mounted a gate where they conduct stop and search on commuters plying the Kankara-Zango road.

“Their main concerns now are food and fuel. They have some Jerry cans where they collect fuel from motorists and whatever food stuff they see, they collect it.

“About two days ago, they ambushed two pick up trucks loaded with food stuffs and carted all the grains away,” the resident who pleaded anonymity said.

Another resident, who corroborated the allegation, said, “We want to draw the attention of the relevant authorities, particularly the security agencies to the imminent danger that we are facing.

“There were already bandits operating freely in our area, but our fear now is the rate at which they are increasing, and we suspect that they are those fleeing from the military attacks in Zamfara,” he said.

Daily Trust reports that the routes in question are the ones through which the Kankara school attackers passed and abducted over 344 students in December.

The road is from Kankara to Tsamiyar Na Baushe, Unguwar Malali, Zangon Pawwa up to Dansabau which is on the border with Zamfara State.

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APC Governors Pass Vote Of Confidence On Buni Committee

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Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have passed vote of confidence on the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) headed by Mai Mala Buni, their Yobe counterpart.

The governors said the Supreme Court Judgement on the Ondo Governorship Poll gave an expected legal backing to the CECPC of the party.

They made the commendation at a meeting to discuss issues affecting the party.

The meeting, which took place at the Kebbi Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, FCT was Chaired by the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

The governor said the CECPC led by governor Buni has done a great job in refocusing the party and making it stronger ahead of the 2023 poll.

The meeting stressed that the backing by the Progressives governors will serve as confirmation of the governors’ determination to back the party through repositioning and strengthening it as its structures are taking shape through the ongoing Congresses.

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Abductors Demand N500 Million Ransom Before Release Of Niger Commissioner

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The abductors of the Niger State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Idris Sani Mohammed, have established contact with his family, demanding N500 million in ransom for his release.

The abductors are said to have crossed the shore of the state with Commissioner Mohammed, who they abducted at about 11:00 pm on Sunday, to an unknown destination.

Although there is no official update from the state government on the incident apart from the confirmation by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, on the abduction, the government has gone into an extended security meeting at Government House.

The meeting is being presided over by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Ketso, with all the security heads in the state in attendance as anxious journalists kept vigil for an official update from the security meeting.

Government House has been in a sober mood since news of the commissioner’s abduction was made public in Minna, the state capital, while there is an atmosphere of disquiet at the Ministry of Information as staff were seen in groups discussing the incident.

Sympathisers have in the meantime continued to troop to the residence of the abducted commissioner both in Minna and Baban Tunga in Tafa, where the incident occurred.

Commissioner Mohammed was taken at his residence at about 11:00 pm on Sunday by heavily armed men, with his second wife witnessing the incident.

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