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Kogi: When truth is a casualty there is chaos, says Dino Melaye as he rejects PDP campaign DG position

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The lawmaker representing Kogi West at the Senate and a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Dino Melaye has rejected his appointment as the Director-General of the PDP governorship campaign in Kogi State.

PDP, on Thursday, announced the appointment of Melaye as the DG of its campaign for the 2019 Kogi governorship election billed to hold on November 2.

A statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Bode Ogunmola, said as the campaign DG, Melaye is expected to help drive the campaign of Engr Musa Wada, the PDP governorship candidate.

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Wada emerged the winner on the primary of the party held on Tuesday 3 September having defeated 12 other contestants including Melaye who came a distant fourth with 70 votes.

Melaye, however, took to his Twitter handle on Friday afternoon to announce that he had turned down the offer.

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The lawmaker tweeted:

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“Let me state categorically that I have turned down the position of Director-General of the PDP Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council. I wish PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty there is chaos. Senator Dino Melaye.”

At the PDP’s primary marred by violence, Melaye reportedly sustained injuries when gunmen invaded Lokoja Confluence Stadium, venue of the primary, as ballot papers were being sorted and counted.

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Don’t politicise issues of security, Gov. Matawalle urges Nigerians

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Gov.  Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has urged Nigerians to desist from politicizing issues of insecurity affecting any part of the country.

Matawalle made the call when he visited the Special Army Super Camp Faskari, Katsina state  alongside Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Tuesday.

The two governors visited the super camp to ascertain the level of successes of the recently launched Operation Sahel Sanity to deal with banditry in the North-Western region.

Matawalle also said the call in some quarters to change the security architecture of the country was not necessary, adding that change of security would not provide the needed solution.

According to him, safeguarding and ensuring security is not just the responsibility of the President, the Governors, Service Chiefs, and security apparatuses alone but that of every patriotic citizen.

“In fact, we, the politicians, are to be blamed for the intractable security challenges bedeviling our communities. It is evident that some politicians exploit insecurity for political gains.

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“These unscrupulous politicians will hardly commend the military for their successes at the battlefronts. However, they will be eager to rush to the media to report attacks by bandits or other miscreants.

“For these crop of politicians, politics is not about genuine commitment to the wellbeing of the people; it is all about power and nothing more.

“I, therefore, urge the security agencies to deal decisively with anyone found politicizing security no matter how highly placed.

“It is by so doing that we can significantly address the current security challenges confronting not just the North-West, but the entire federation,” he said.

Matawalle commended the Nigerian Army for the commencement of Exercise Sahel Sanity geared towards enhancing the combat readiness of the troops to rout out banditry and various crimes in the North West.

He said that the troops would be in a better position to defeat the criminals at the end of the exercise, considering the monumental nature of the challenge in the region.

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He assured that the government would continue to support the Nigerian army to achieve the desired operational efficiency in the performance of its roles.

According to him, the state has begun to witness some level of peace in different parts compared to what it used to be.

Also speaking, Tambuwal commended efforts of the Nigerian army in the fight to end banditry and other forms of insecurity in the Northwest.

Tambuwal said that Sokoto state had witnessed situations where farmers had returned to their farms while those who left their villages as a result of attacks had started returning to their homes.

According to him, Sokoto is gradually returning to peace especially the eastern part where we have had many challenges of banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping.

“If we can have more and more of this, we will soon end this issue of insecurity,” he said.

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Tambuwal said that the military needed more funding in terms of equipment and welfare, adding that there should be special funding other than the conventional budgetary appropriation by the national assembly.

He added that the northern governors had agreed to adopt a carrot and stick approach in addressing the issue of banditry and all forms of insecurity in the region.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai conducted the governors round the camp and briefed them on the operations of the troops against banditry in the region.

The GOC 3 Division, Maj.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, thanked the governors for their confidence in the Nigerian army to stem the tide of banditry in their respective states.

Angbazo also commended the governors for their support for the troops and cooperation that had made Operation Sahel Sanity a success.

He said that the supports of the governors had boosted the efficiency of the operations to end the scourge of banditry in the region.

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Enugu Speaker survives Coronavirus

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The Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, held a thanksgiving Mass at the Assembly complex to thank God for making him survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ubosi said at the event on Tuesday that the survival was by an act of God due to the fact that the Coronavirus had no definite cure.

The speaker, who expressed his joy during the Holy Mass, confessed that God in his infinite mercy restored his health and thus gave him a second chance at the time when he had lost hope of survival.

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Ubosi described his recovery as a great miracle urged the public to observe all measures stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, stating that Coronavirus is real.

He appreciated his colleagues and civil servants in the Assembly for their prayers, which led to his recovery from the pandemic.

On the death of Chijioke Ugwueze, who represented Isi-Uzo Constituency, Ubosi said he was heartbroken with the demise of the late Ugwueze because of his contribution to the Seventh Assembly and the state in general.

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In the same vein, Ubosi declared that the Assembly was back to resume its normal activities, adding that all pending matters would be addressed to ensure the smooth running of government in the state.

In a related development, four executive bills have scaled first reading at the Assembly.

The bills are Enugu State Polytechnic Amendment Bill; School of Public Health Nursing and Health Technology, Nsukka, Amendment Bill; School of Health Technology, Oji River, Amendment Bill; and Survey Amendment Bill.

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In his remark, the speaker urged his colleagues to critically study the bills to enable them to make robust contributions during the second reading.

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Days of stolen mandate over, APC tells PDP

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the principle of free and fair electoral process, insisting that under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari, the party has continued to deepen our democracy and improve the electioneering system.

The party was referring to President Buhari’s declaration during a meeting with the state governors from North East geo-political zone, that the ruling party could have used the military and other security services to overrun opposition states in the 2019 general election but chose free, fair elections.

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the Presidential declaration was a pointer that under his administration, “the days of stolen and procured electoral mandates are fast fading.”

The party urged the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to learn from the patriotic adherence to the ethics of the principle of free and fair electoral process as exhibited by President Buhari during the last general election.

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The statement also noted that under the watch of the APC led administration, critical state institutions, such the Judiciary, INEC, security services have been operating under President’s impartiality and non-interference.

The statement reads:

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration that the All Progressives Congress (APC) could have used the military and other security services to overrun opposition states in the 2019 general election but chose free, fair elections is a solid pointer that under the current administration, the days of stolen and procured electoral mandates are fast fading.

“Critical state institutions such as the Judiciary, INEC, security services have been the ultimate beneficiaries of the President’s impartiality and non-interference. We must all support the independence of our state institutions to deepen our democracy and improve our electioneering system.”

On the September 19 Edo State Governorship election, the governing party decried Governor Godwin Obaseki’s continual spinning of puerile conspiracies of the alleged usage of ‘federal might’ by the APC while in the contrary the PDP governorship candidate was using the state apparatus to suppress the legislative arm of government in the state, while Governor Nyesom Wike as head of the PDP campaign council threatens violence.

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According to the statement:

“Ahead of the Edo State Governorship election, the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki continually spins puerile conspiracies on the role of ‘federal might’, while using his so called “Obaseki Boys” and state apparatus under his control to harass the State House of Assembly and APC members in the state. On his part, Governor Nyesom Wike as head of the PDP campaign council threatens violence.

“While we understand the panic and distress in the camp of the PDP and Governor Obaseki following the massive and widespread support given by the Edo electorate to the APC Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC invites the PDP to join us in issue-based campaigns and at least attempt to sell to the Edo electorate the merit of their candidate, if any.

“The APC’s people-focused development records across the country forms the basis of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s six-point ‘SIMPLE agenda’ for the good people of Edo State which stands for Security, Infrastructural development, Manpower development, Public Private Partnership, Leadership and Employment creation.

“We call on partisans, particularly the PDP to purge themselves of their age long undemocratic habits of election rigging, vote buying, violence, abuse of state institutions for political ends and address themselves to new realities that under the President Buhari-led APC administration, power now belongs to the people and during elections, votes count.”

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