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Kwara Women Hold Rally For Gov AbdulRazaq’s Second Term Bid



Thousands of Kwara women, led by female government cabinet members and ruling APC candidates, on Saturday held a rally to mobilize support for the re-election of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

Fidel Info reports that the rally was part of the activities to commemorate the international women’s day (IWD) in the state.

The rally commenced at the Queen Elizabeth Secondary School Ilorin, the state capital, and criss-crossed some major streets of the metropolis, with marchers displaying various banners that spoke to the strides of the Governor in gender mainstreaming and other programmes designed to protect women’s interest.

The rally was also attended by party faithfuls and women and youths support groups in the state.

“This is an after event of celebration of the International Women’s Day, and all the women in Kwara came together to celebrate His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for deepening gender parity in governance and politics,” Commissioner for Finance Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi told newsmen on the sideline of the rally.

She said Kwara APC has just produced the highest number of women contesting for elective positions in Nigeria, a feat she traced to the gender inclusion policy of the Governor.

“As you can see, we have all our candidates here. The state has the highest women representation as party candidates, who are contesting for House of Assembly seats. This is an opportunity to come out and celebrate His Excellency’s achievements for his gender inclusion in governance to ensure that women are doing it right. We are sure that women of Kwara State will reciprocate this gesture at the polls,” Oyeyemi said.

“You would recall that His Excellency has also signed a law of affirmative action of at least 35 per cent  representation (appointments) in public offices. So this is just an appreciation to the Governor for his support. We are grateful to him for setting the pace for other Nigerians to follow.”

Other dignitaries at the rally included the Principal Private Secretary to the Governor Mrs. Jumoke Monsura Gafar; Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Hassana Ahmed; Water Resources Mopelola Bashir-Abdulmalik; Special Duties Bosede Olaitan Buraimoh; Education Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; Environment Remilekun Banigbe; Clerk of the State House of Assembly Hajia Halimat Jumai Kperogi; House of Assembly candidate for Ilorin East Constituency, Arinola Lawal; and her counterpart for Owode/Onire constituency Rukayat Shittu; among others.

Arinola, for her part, said the Governor has given women folk a fair chance to contribute their quotas to the development of the state and beyond, hence the celebration.

“I want to say a big thank you to His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for giving women the chance to contribute their quotas to the society. This is a walk for women all over the world that what a man can do a woman can do better,” she said.

Rukayat, in her submission, corroborated that the AbdulRazaq government has been youth and women-friendly, adding that such disposition has given people of her age bracket the space to bid for elective positions.

She expressed hope and prayed that she and other candidates of the party would come out victorious in the next Saturday polls.


Binani Applauds Decision To Declare Adamawa Gubernatorial Election Inconclusive



The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa State, Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru, popularly known as Binani, has applauded the Independent National Election Commission for its decision to declare the gubernatorial election in the state as inconclusive.

Fidel Info reports that The 18th of March election was declared inconclusive on the 20th of March by the state collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Muhammadu Mele of the University of Maiduguri, due to the irregularities in the votes margin.

The incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri and the candidate of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 421,524, while Binani polled 390,275.

He said, “Elections were not held in 47 wards, affecting 69 polling units. So, this gives us a margin of 31,249. The total number of PVCs collected in places where elections were not held amounted to 37,016.”

Binani alleged that violence and irregularities were recorded in 16 of the 21 local government areas (LGAs) in the state, hence the decision to declare the elections inconclusive was just.

“My position is that the INEC REC did very well by declaring the result inconclusive and my reasons are simple,” she said on Friday during a monitored programme on Channels Television .

“Whoever saw or monitored the election of Adamawa State knows that the election was marred with violence, rigging, over-voting and all manner of irregularities.”

“The figures that were deposed were really, as far as I’m concerned, concocted figures.”

According to her, several of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) devices were bypassed, allowing for over-voting and intimidation of electoral staff in a number of locations.

“[For instance] if the BVAS accredited only 10 people, you’ll find out that over 30 people must have voted. That is part of irregularities,” she added.

According to her, the only way for the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) to “come out clean” was to declare that result inconclusive.

Citing the Electoral Act, she argued that INEC has the powers to review the results within seven days to determine whether any declaration was made under duress or where it failed to comply with the electoral laws and regulations.

“I’m never afraid, but all I’m asking is that let INEC please conduct a review on this said local governments so that it will bring out the real figures for all the candidates,” the APC candidate said when asked if she was worried about winning the rerun.

“That is all I am asking, and as soon as that is done, we would be home and dry, and then we would be confident to go back to the field.”

On the possibility of becoming the first elected female governor, Ahmed said she feels great and happy.

“I’m not doing this for Binani; I’m not doing this for myself. I’m doing it for every girl child in this country. It’s for all the women in Nigeria,” she added.

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BREAKING: Adeleke Reinstated As Osun State Governor



Ademola Adeleke has been reinstated as governor of Osun state once again by the court of appeal in Abuja.

Fidel Info reports that A three-member panel of justices ruled in Adeleke’s appeal on Friday, concluding that the electoral tribunal erred in finding that Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress had proven their claim of excessive voting.

Adeleke is the legitimately elected governor of the state, according to the jury that rendered its decision on Friday.

The Osun governorship election tribunal, in January, held that Oyetola was able to prove that there was over-voting in some of the polling units.

Consequently, the majority judgment of the tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Adeleke and issue a fresh one to Oyetola as the duly elected governor of Osun.

Dissatisfied with the ruling, Adeleke appealed the judgment.

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Gov-Elect Alex Otti Promises Total Restructuring Of Abia



Alex Otti, the Abia State Governor-elect, has revealed that Abians should expect general restructuring of the state once he assumes office.

Fidel Info reports that while Speaking on Arise Television’s The Morning Show, Otti said in the next few days he would appoint a team that would help him, adding that he would create a bigger and more robust economy in Abia.

Otti said, “In the next few days, I will appoint a team that will be sworn in on the 29 of May. I will appoint the right people who will help me.”

“We will look at a lot of things, but we will take it step by step, including revenue.”

“As of yesterday, I have already started engaging banks. Things they will expect is a general restructuring of Abia.”

He added, “There is no problem in taking loans, but the problem is what you do with the loans. Payment of salaries is my priority.”

“We will create a bigger economy, a robust economy, we will do everything possible to ensure our economy grows.”

NEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti, declared Otti the winner of the Abia State Gubernatorial election on Wednesday evening after the resumption of the final collation of governorship election results in Umuahia.

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