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Group Cautions Yaman Against Attacks On Monarchs



A note of caution has been directed to the Kwara Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by a cultural group to desist forthwith from their careless attacks on monarchs in the region.

Fidel Info reports that The group, Kwara Cultural Advocacy Network, in a statement by their President, Ahmed Jibril, on Tuesday, said it has noted with grave concerns the wilful descent of Kwara PDP to campaigns of calumny targeted at their revered royal fathers.

The President said these efforts would only add to the electoral misfortune of the PDP, as their newfound love is to blackmail and spite the traditional institution in the state.

“We frown at the careless and reckless politics being played by the opposition PDP in Kwara State. What we have witnessed in recent times from their camp has been terrifyingly alarming. While we are not concerned about the side anyone chooses to stay in politics, we won’t tolerate the wilful descent of the opposition elements to denigrating and tarnishing the personalities of our royal fathers.

“We have seen how our revered Emirs and Etsus are being dragged into the mud and accused of receiving what was described as bribes for election. No evidence has been attached to these claims so far. We therefore sense a campaign of calumny in all that is playing out. We won’t tolerate all these blackmails.

“Leaders of the PDP, especially Dr Bukola Saraki, should therefore warn his attack dogs to desist. We see his silence in this open provocation and insult as complicity. They may have in fact been emboldened by Saraki’s example of spiting the Emir of Ilorin, threatening to rotate his seat as Chairman of the Kwara State Traditional Council and  altering the Ilorin Emirate structure.

“Particularly, we are worried that the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the state, Yaman Abdullahi, is also silent as these careless attacks continue by his media handlers in support of his bid. However, we are not too surprised because Yaman has also shown that he does not have any regard for anything Kwara, talk more of our royal fathers. He was well known to have canvassed for the transfer of Kwara North to Niger State which is where he believes in. He even went as far as attending the national confab and making this submission.

“However, what we can assure PDP is that rather than add political gains for them as they assume, their careless attacks on our monarchs will only contribute a great deal to their electoral misfortune. The people of Kwara can see clearly which party and political camp has the development of our region in mind. We have decided where to go and there is no going back on it. For anyone to think that the only way to get our support is to blackmail our traditional leaders is therefore a big wonder to us. Enough is enough.”


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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