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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has stated that the Federal Government cannot stop states from implementing the anti-open grazing law. The Minister of Defense, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (Rtd), had on Tuesday called for the suspension of the law in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti State.

Reacting on Wednesday, the governor said its the right of the State Houses of Assembly of the federating units to make laws for the smooth running of their states.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said there was no going back on the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Ekiti State.

He said: “The President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government is acting as if there is more to its opposition to the ban on open grazing by some States than it is telling Nigerians.

“Those who are genuinely interested in peace and unity of Nigeria know that anti-grazing law is not responsible for killings across the country by herdsmen because herdsmen have killed more people even in States where the law is not in existence.

“Rather, it is the federal government’s refusal to act decisively on pure security issues that has emboldened the killer herdsmen to even go about attacking military formations and police stations.

“It is also interesting that this same federal government told Nigerians last year that most of the herdsmen carrying out attacks across Nigeria are foreigners. Is the Minister of Defense telling states to suspend their laws in the interest of foreigners that are killing Nigerians?”

“In January, this same Minister of Defense blamed the passage of anti-open grazing law in some states as the cause of the recent killings by herdsmen in some of the states. Yesterday again after a security meeting with President Buhari, the Defense Minister was still singing the same song. Is there something to this old system of nomadic cattle rearing that they are not telling Nigerians?”

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Ifeanyi Ubah Dumps YPP For APC

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Ifeanyi Ubah, Anambra South Senator-elect, of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ubah’s defection was made known by the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Monday.

Oshiohmole informed the APC National Working Committee members, returning/newly-elected senators at the Presidential Villa, on Monday, that Ubah was now with the ruling party, NAN reports.

Describing Ubah as a ‘smart politician Oshiomhole in his opening remark, said the “YPP Senator-elect from Anambra South has decided to pitch tent with the ruling party because he felt more comfortable with the winning team.”

He, however, added that other issues related to Ubah’s defection would be perfected on a later date.

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INEC Declares PDP’s Bala Mohammed Winner Of Bauchi Guber Poll

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Bala Mohammed, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the Bauchi state governorship election.

He defeated Mohammed Abubakar, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor.

Announcing the results of elections on Monday, Mohammed Kyari, the returning officer, said Mohammed polled 515,113 votes to defeat Abubakar who scored 500,625 votes.

The total votes cast was 1,133,966, out of which 1,111,406 were valid and 22,560 votes, invalid.

He said the PDP candidate, having scored the highest number of votes and satisfied all requirements, had therefore been returned elected.

Earlier, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the resident electoral commissioner in the state, had appealed to politicians to take defeat in good fate.

“In any contest there will be winner and loser,” he said, urging them to celebrate with decorum.

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Ganduje Declared Winner Of Kano Guber Poll

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Kano APC Gubernatorial Candidate and Incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has won his reelection bid, he was declared winner by Bello Shehu, the returning officer for the Kano governorship election.

The results of a combination of March 9 and 23 elections show All Progressives Congress as garnering 1,033,695, while Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) netted 1,024,713.

Ganduje won with a margin of 8,982.

Declaring the winner of the election, Shehu said the APC candidate garnered 1,033,695, while Abba scored 1,024,713 votes.

He said the APC candidate defeated the PDP candidate with 8,982 votes margin and therefore declared Ganduje the winner, having satisfied the requirements of the law by scoring the highest number of votes.

According to Shehu, the winner was declared after the collation of results from all the affected 28 local government areas where the supplementary elections was conducted on Saturday, March 23.

He said Ganduje polled a total of 45,876, while Kabir of the PDP got 10,239 votes during last Saturday’s supplementary elections in 28 local government areas of the state.

The governorship election was earlier declared inconclusive following the high number of cancellation of votes as a result of violence and over-voting.

According to the collation officer, the total number of votes cancelled during the earlier election which led to the declaration of the poll as inconclusive was beyond the margin between the PDP candidate who was leading with 26,000 votes and that of the APC candidate.

Yusuf had 1,014,474 against Ganduje who garnered 987,819 votes in the March 9 election.

Suleiman Rabiu-Bichi, the state’s PDP chairman, has rejected the entire re-run election, especially that of Gama in Nassarawa local government area.

The PDP chairman described the election processes as “shameful” and called for the immediate cancellation of the exercise.

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