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Kogi Guber: Yahaya Bello Deserves Second Term – Traditional Rulers

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The Ohinoyi Of Ebiraland, Dr Ado Ibrahim, says Governor Yahaya Bello’s his first term was an experimental period where the governor might have made some mistakes

Ado Ibrahim urges the people of the state to support Governor Bello for his second term bid because he has performed very well . The monarch says the peace the state is currently enjoying was not there during the previous administrations

The Ohinoyi Of Ebiraland, Dr Ado Ibrahim, has urged the people of Kogi to vote Yahaya Bello, governor of the state, for a second term saying his first term was an experiment period where the governor might have made some mistakes.

Ohinoyi made the statement when he led the traditional rulers from the central Senatorial district of Kogi to pay Sallah homage to the governor at his residence on Monday in Okene, The News Agecny of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, Ibrahim urged the people of the state to support Governor Bello for his second term bid because he has performed very well.

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Despite reports of dispute Ohinoyi, who also doubles as the Vice Chairman, Kogi State Traditional Council Of Chiefs, noted that the peace the state was currently enjoying today was not there during the previous administrations.

The royal father said Bello’s first term was experimental period where there might be some unavoidable mistakes, but assured the people that in his second term he would right the wrong of the first term, and build on existing success.

The monarch, therefore, appealed to the people to rally round the governor for his second term bid, stressing that he deserved to be reelected. In his remarks, the governor commended the monarchs for the unflinching support he had been receiving from them since his assumption of office three and half years ago, and urged them for continuous support.

Bello noted that the Ohinoyi remained the father of Ebiraland and as such the father of all, commanded high respect and influence in Kogi central and the state at large.

He urged other traditional rulers in the area to rally round the paramount ruler for peace, development and progress of the area and the state in general.

The governor urged the monarchs to unite and cooperate within themselves for peace and unity to thrive in the zone and in the state at large. Meanwhile, a group, Save Kogi Movement, has decried the role of Kogi traditional rulers in the state ahead of the November governorship election.

The group cautioned the monarchs to be fathers to all, weigh their actions, and conduct themselves respectfully, so as to speak the minds of their people alaways. The group’s stance was contained in a statement by its coordinator, Commodore Folusho Daniels

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BREAKING: Senate Approves Buhari’s Request To Increase VAT

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The senate has approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to increase value added tax (VAT) from 5 percent to 7.5 percent.

The senate approved the request after Solomon Olamilekan, chairman of the finance committee, presented a report on a bill entitled ‘Nigeria tax and fiscal law’.

In September, the federal executive council (FEC) approved an increase in VAT and sent a bill to the national assembly for consent.

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BREAKING: Court Sacks Kano New Emirs

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A Kano High Court sitting in Kano State has nullified the four Emirates created in the state by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Justice Usman Naába in his judgment on Thursday, held that the creation of the Emirates and appointment of four first Emirs was illegal.

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Bayelsa Guber: Pressure Mounts On PDP Chairman, Secondus To Resign

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National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus is under intense pressure to vacate office over alleged constitutional breaches, misappropriation of funds and failure to lead the party to victory in the 2015 and 2019 general elections.

Uche Secondus has also allegedly failed to call for major meetings of the various organs of the party including the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which is the second highest decision-making organ of the party.

Daily Trust reports that the pressure is coming from PDP leaders and groups within the party. A former Special Adviser on Public Affairs, to President Goodluck Jonathan and member of the defunct Presidential Campaign Council for Atiku Abubakar, Malam Nasir Zahradeen, confirmed to our correspondent last night that majority of PDP stalwarts and power brokers were demanding for Secondus’ resignation.

“Secondus must go and he must be investigated by the EFCC, ICPC and the SSS because of the alleged impropriety, alleged putting of his hands on the funds of the party which is unacceptable. “You cannot say whether the other members of the NWC are doing well or they are not doing well. But if the head is rotten, definitely, you don’t expect any action from the rest

“Now we have lost the Kogi and Bayelsa elections. On Bayelsa, he (Secondus) connived with the governor. Apparently, the governor had his own idea of getting his kinsman to be the governor while he will get the senatorial seat,” he said. Similarly, a highly placed source from the North West, who sought not to be named, passed a vote of no confidence on Secondus, saying he cannot guarantee victory for the party any more.

“We all had confidence in Secondus when he emerged. But later we discovered there were issues that we did not envisage. The leadership of Prince Secondus has several lapses and breaches of the constitution of the PDP. “For instance, from the very time we lost the 2019 elections, I doubt if there has been any NEC or caucus meeting to discuss the issues and that is weighing us down.

“If they can’t deliver us today, how can we be sure they will deliver us tomorrow? Actually, I cannot ask the other members of the NWC to resign but sincerely, Secondus should resign because I doubt if he is willing to get us to the Promised Land. He should resign,” he said.

But the Special Adviser on Media to Secondus, Mr. Ike Abonyi, dismissed the allegations in a telephone chat with our correspondent, saying the party had more serious issues to discuss on the threat to democracy. “The allegations are baseless and unsubstantiated. Let them provide evidence that Secondus is a thief; that he dipped his hands into the party’s funds.

“The constitution says one NEC meeting to one quarter. And between February and now, he called NEC meetings three times. So he has not violated the PDP Constitution,” he said. Spokesperson of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan also dispelled claims that Secondus was under pressure to vacate office.

“The National Chairman is not under any pressure except the fact that we believe that democracy is gradually being killed by this government and we believe that as the main opposition party we have a responsibility to salvage democracy,” he said.

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