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PDP, LP supporters decamp to APC in Benue

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Thousands of supporters from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in Benue State have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This occurred in Sankera, Kwande, and Ushongo local government areas on Wednesday during Governor Hyacinth Alia’s state-wide thank-you tour.

Speaking at events held at Katsina-Ala township stadium and LGEA primary school in Kwande town, Governor Alia expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support during the last elections. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to returning all internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by armed herdsmen attacks to their ancestral homes to resume normal farming activities.

Governor Alia highlighted the severe impact of armed bandit attacks on the Sankera axis, a major yam production hub. He emphasized that security is a shared responsibility and called on everyone to help eliminate these attacks.

He encouraged the formation of cooperative societies for receiving farm inputs and other benefits from his administration to foster self-reliance. He dismissed widespread reports of borrowing large sums from foreign institutions for infrastructural projects.

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Governor Alia announced a contract for constructing the Sankera-Chito-Vaase Road to address the worsening insecurity in the area. He mentioned contacting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who approved the construction of more road networks in Sankera, including the Katsina-Ala Head Bridge-Hausa Quarters/Victory Bible Church Wukari Junction and the Zaki Biam Yam Market-Iwar Ior-Y-Junction roads.

He urged patience with the president, assuring that he has good intentions for the state’s development projects.

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US election: I’m not going anywhere – Joe Biden assures

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President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has vowed not to go anywhere.

Biden said he will be with his Vice president, Kamala Harris all the way.

The President said this when he called into campaign headquarters on Monday night, urging staffers to “embrace” Harris, according to the Guardian.

Biden, who is isolating with Covid-19 at his Delaware home, vowed he is “not going anywhere” and said he will be “out on the road” for Harris.

DAILY POST reported earlier that President Biden withdrew from the United States November presidential election.

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His announcement came amid mounting pressure from his Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill, top donors and Hollywood stars after a disastrous debate performance last month.

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Council polls: Kwara PDP faults election timetable extension

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The Kwara State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has criticised the state Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) over the handling of the forthcoming September 21 local council polls timetable.

State Secretary of the main opposition party, Abdullah Kayode Abdulrahman, stated this on Tuesday at a one-day pre-election stakeholders forum organized by KWASIEC at Fresh Hotel in Ilorin, the state capital.

Abdullahi expressed concern over the commission’s decision to extend the timetable twice, which he said had distorted the earlier procedures released by the commission.

He charged KWASIEC to communicate the new timetable to not only the registered political parties but also the general public, stating that the public did not expect such actions from the commission.

The state party secretary, who asserted that there was nothing worth commending yet in the activities of KWASIEC, also questioned the authority under which the commission was extending the timetable.

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He urged the commission to caution its yet-to-be-employed ad-hoc staff, electoral officers (EOs), and assistant electoral officers (AEOs) to remain neutral before, during, and after the local government elections.

Abdullahi warned the commission against allowing the ruling party, APC, to recruit ad-hoc staff on their behalf, emphasizing the importance of neutrality in the election process.

He stressed that this would ensure a free, fair, and credible election, unhindered by partisan interference.

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Rivers Crisis: Group Tackles Ikenga’s G-60 over Unnecessary Interference

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Rivers Crisis: Group Tackles Ikenga’s G-60 over Unnecessary Interference

…calls them to order over misinterpretation of valid Court Judgments

A group, Citizens Action for Good Governance has warned Honorable Ikenga Ugochinyere’s G-60 Opposition members for meddling in the political crises and the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Rivers State.

The Citizens Action for Good Governance said it convened a press conference on the 10th of July, 2024 in Abuja to address the “egregious meddling” of the G-60 Opposition Group, led by Honorable Ikenga Ugochinyere.

According to the group, the crisis in Rivers State is an internal matter within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Instead of promoting unity and resolving the issue, Honorable Ikenga and his group have chosen to take sides, exacerbating the situation. This raises questions about the true intentions and purpose of the G-60 group. Their actions are not only detrimental to the PDP but also harmful to the overall well-being of the nation.”

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Garba Murtala, a Co-convener of the group said:“Honorable Ikenga has been linked to controversies related to militancy and violence in his home state and constituency. It is disappointing that he has not shown the same commitment to addressing insecurity issues in Imo State. His lack of action is a clear indication of his priorities, which seem to be centered around personal gain rather than the welfare of the people.

“The G-60 group has failed to provide meaningful solutions to national issues, instead opting for self-serving press conferences that only serve to promote individual political ambitions. Honorable Ugochinyere’s actions, such as creating factional groups and inciting violence, do not serve the interests of the Nigerian people. His behavior is a stark reminder of the dangers of political selfishness and the need for leaders to prioritize the common good.”

“We urge Honorable Ikenga Ugochinyere and the G-60 group to cease their divisive actions and work towards fostering unity and progress within the opposition parties. The people of Nigeria deserve leaders who prioritize the common good over personal gain. We demand an end to the meddling in Rivers State’s internal affairs and a focus on addressing the pressing issues facing our nation.”

“In addition, we are appalled by the G-60 group’s occasional outbursts, which demonstrate their disdain for the rule of law and disrespect for the nation’s institutions. Their recent misinterpretation of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is a glaring example of this. They deliberately distorted the judgment to suit their own narrative, impugning the integrity of the courts in the process. This is an ignoble act and a flagrant disregard for the rule of law. Their actions also show a blatant disrespect for President Tinubu’s efforts to broker a peaceful resolution. The Constitution and the judgments of the Court of Appeal and Federal High Court have been clear, yet the G-60 group continues to disregard them. “

“We demand an apology from the group for their reckless behavior and demand that they respect the institutions that uphold our democracy. Let us strive for a democracy built on principles of integrity, unity, and good conscience. This is a call to order and a call to serve in the true Nigerian spirit. We must work together to build a brighter future for all Nigerians.”

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“The law must prevail over sentimental falsehood as the Rivers State political crisis lingers on. Any further attempts by the Ugochinyere group of g-60 to encourage governor Fubara in disrespecting the Nigerian constitution, president bola Ahmed Tinubu & the judiciary, through incoherent lines of sarcasm, satire, illegal actions and unstructured side-talks, would no longer be tolerated. Enough is enough.”

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