The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kogi East Senate aspirant, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji has been endorsed by the coalition of all political parties in Kogi State.
Speaking at Adoji’s declaration ceremony in Olamaboro on Saturday, chairman of Coalition of Political Parties in Nigeria, Kogi State chapter, Hon. Itodo said Kogi East has found a worthy ambassador in Adoji.
Itodo urged Kogi East electorate to support Adoji’s quest to represent the area in the red chamber.
“Over the years, we have sent our third eleven to represent us at the Senate and they have made a mess of the opportunities, that was why I had to throw my hat into the ring in the 2015 senatorial election. But with Adoji in the race now, all we should do is provide support for him to emerge because we know he has the capacity to deliver on his mandate.
“Dr Victor Alewo Adoji is intelligent, proactive, humane and one of the front-runners in the struggle to move Kogi East from the pitiable situation we are in today to a more conducive atmosphere we can all be proud of.
“We cannot miss this chance of sending one of our best, Victor is one of our best and will do well as a Senator,” he said.
Hon Itodo was the senatorial candidate of Labour Party in the 2015 general elections and the subsequent rerun election.
In collaboration with Nigerian National Volunteer Service Diaspora Affairs, Itodo presented a certificate of endorsement and passed a vote of confidence on Adoji.
APC Vows To Win 30 States In 2019
The chairman of South West national peace and reconciliation committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has boasted that the party was positioned to win 30 states in the 2019 general elections.
He disclosed this on Wednesday when the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, inaugurated the committees headed by six governors in different geopolitical zones to address the post-primary elections disputes in the party.
Shettima, who said ‘contest for power was not a tea party’, added that the maturity with which it was handled was very important.
“We are in control of 23 states. Such hiccups are inevitable in every political dispensation. We will try our best to reconcile aggrieved members.
“Collective interests should supersede our own interests. And our interest is to ensure that President Buhari wins. We want to ensure we have 30 states,” he added.
Earlier, Comrade Oshiomhole, said the National Peace and Reconciliation Committees for each of the six geo-political zones were constituted to find ‘in-house solution’ to the challenges facing the party.
Oshiomhole, who said the committees were free to consult them on new issues arising to proffer solutions, added that the terms of reference given to them were amenable.
Buruji Kashamu Enters Ogun PDP Guber Race
The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the national assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has replaced Adeleke Shittu as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of next year’s elections in the state.
It was learnt that Shittu whose name was pasted alongside other governorship candidates of 38 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “voluntarily withdrew” from the race for Kashamu.
Shittu had emerged the governorship candidate of PDP from the primary conducted by Bayo Dayo-faction in the State.
The other faction of PDP headed by Sikirullahi Ogundele had equally presented Hon Oladipopu Adebutu as the party’s governorship candidate, but the electoral umpire accepted the list submitted by Dayo faction.
In accepting candidates list submitted by Kashamu-backed faction, the INEC cited subsisting court judgments which recognized Dayo-led faction.
Kashamu’s Media Aide, Austin Oniyokor on Sunday, confirmed that his boss had replaced Shittu as governorship candidate.
Oniyokor in a telephone interview said the leaders and elders of the party “prevailed” on Kashamu to throw his hat in the ring in the coming election.
He said: “The party’s stakeholders, leaders, and elders met and decided that it would be better for Senator Buruji Kashamu to run if the PDP wants to win.
“Shittu who was at the stakeholders meeting saw the reason to quit the race for Kashamu.
“I can confirm to you that Shittu had last week Friday intimated the INEC of his voluntary withdrawal from the race.”
APC Wins Kwara Bye-Election
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Raheem Olawuyi, was on Saturday declared the winner of the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency bye-election held across the four councils in Kwara State.
The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji, while declaring the result at the Irepodun Local Government Secretariat in Omu-Aran, said Olawuyi polled 21,236 to emerge the winner.
He defeated his closest rival, Saheed Damilare of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 18,095.
Abimbola, who is of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, said Olawuyi having scored the highest number of votes in the election was declared the winner.
Other contestants in the election were Femi Ona-Ara of Labour Party, Ajadi Olayemi of Peoples Party of Nigeria as well as Olaniyan Ayorinde of Unity Party of Nigeria.
Abimbola gave the total number of total registered voters as collated as 168,707; accredited voters as 41,185; total valid votes as 39,599; total number of rejected votes as 1,331; and the total number of votes cast as 40,930.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some cancellations arising from snatching of ballot boxes and over voting were reportedly experienced in three polling units in Irepodun Local Government Area.
The affected units as listed by the Presiding Officer in charge of the council included Registration Area 02 of Esie-Ijan Ward, where two ballot boxes were reportedly snatched and 955 number of registered voters lost.
Other areas were Oro Ward 1 RA 02, Polling Unit 01, where a case of ballot snatching was recorded and a total of 297 registered voters were affected and over voting in Oro Ward 2 RA 10 Polling Unit 01 with 474 registered votes lost.
Election cancellation was also recorded in Ile Apaasin RA 04 Polling Unit in Isin Local Government where only 59 voters were accredited but turned in 377 votes.
Some Independent National Electoral Officers were confirmed to have been attacked and had wounds in the process.
NAN reports that the declaration of the results was witnessed by notable officials that included the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Fafowora; the Resident Electoral Commissioner from Kwara State, Malam Garuba Madami; as well as his Imo and Lagos States counterparts, Emeka Nzeonu and Sam Olumeko respectively.
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