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Don’t mortgage Kogi’s future, Irukera tells APC delegates



An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Babatunde Irukera, has appealed to the party’s delegates for the August 29 primaries not to mortgage the future of the people in their choice of who becomes the party’s flag bearer for the November 16 election in Kogi state.

Irukera, who is Director General of Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) made the call in Lokoja at the weekend while inaugurating his campaign coordinators for the 21 LGAs of the state.

He said that the forthcoming election was a golden opportunity for the people to choose the right governor that would change the state’s negative narratives and turnaround their fortunes for good.

Irukera said the state is endowed with abundant natural and human resources but that the inability to choose the right leaders into governance over time was responsible for the level of underdevelopment and bad governance bedeviling the state. He urged the delegates to be conscientious and courageous in choosing the right candidate for the party ahead of the November governorship election.

“Those who deserve to serve in Kogi are those who have track records of performance. We are better than this. The power to choose is in your hand now”, he said.

He said his vision for the state is encapsulated under the acronym, “HELP”, which entails Healthcare and human security; Employments, Learning opportunities and Prosperity for all. Irukera therefore solicited the supports of the delegates and generality of the Kogi electorate ahead of the November 16 governorship to enable him actualise his vision for the state.

A former Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Alfa Imam, described Irukera as the best amongst all the aspirants seeking to fly the party’s flag, adding that the aspirant has a lot to offer to the state if given the opportunity.

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Details of IBB’s meeting with lawmakers in Minna revealed



Former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on Thursday, told members of the Niger State House of Assembly, that they have met the expectations of the people.

IBB stated this when the lawmakers visited him at his Uphill home in Minna.

“I have been looking forward to meeting with you.

“I am proud to say that you have been doing well. You are meeting our expectations.

“We have heard of states lacking synergy among the arms of the government, but in Niger State that should not be your lot.

“Keep a good working relationship between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. You have been doing this and I want you to keep it up.

“You are closer to the people. It is your responsibility to know what the people need and carry them along all the time. Do not leave them outside your projects and programmes,” he said.

Speaker Abdullahi Bawa Wuse explained that they visited the former President, to get the blessings required to run the legislature effectively.

“We are here to get the blessing of our father; this is because we know your concern and commitment to the development of this state and Nigeria.

“Outside office, you have done more than you did while in office. Your role as a father in the nation has ensured that Nigeria remains indivisible,” Bawa said.

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Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu’s election, dismisses Alex Otti’s petition



The three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, has dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.

The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and electoral act.

Recall that Alex Otti had asked the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas’ election results in Abia State.

Otti claimed that the respondents, PDP, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who was the governorship candidate of PDP perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019, election conducted in the state.

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Importers Smuggling Rice In Tyres, Says Economist



Due to the closure of Nigeria’s borders with Benin Republic, rice smugglers are seeking out more devious ways of importing the product into the country.

National Coordinator of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, Dr Oladapo Ganiyu, while speaking with SaharaReporters said that people have resulted to fitting bags of rice into tyres of automobiles. 

Ganiyu, who claims this method is carcinogenic, said the border closure was untimely.

He said, “The closure of the border now is untimely. People are now packing rice inside tyres.

“When the four tyres are rolling, will you suspect there is rice there? The way they are bringing it in, it can cause cancer.

“The people I have spoken with on commercial buses and market women, say the rice is not sweet and it takes time to cook.”

Speaking further, Ganiyu said ICEN will give the government’s new economic team six months before judging their performance.

For over 30 days, Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic and parts of its Northern border with Niger Republic had been closed.

Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, insists that the border closure will not cease until concerned West African states stop the smuggling of parboiled rice from their country into Nigeria. 

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