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INEC issues certificates of return to PDP candidates in Zamfara

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued certificates of return to Bello Matawalle as governor-elect of Zamfara state.

Matawalle and Mahdi Gusau, deputy governor-elect, both of whom are of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were presented their certificates of return at the Electoral Institute in Abuja on Monday.

Also presented with their certificates of return were the three senators-elect and seven members-elect of the house of representatives from Zamfara — also of the PDP.

The supreme court had on Friday voided votes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the state in the last elections. It ruled the party did not hold valid primaries.

809 COURT CASES CHALLENGING PARTY PRIMARIES

Speaking before the presentation of the certificates, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, reiterated the importance of party primaries ahead of elections.

He said there were over 800 suits in court challenging outcome of various primaries.

“I want to reiterate the importance of conducting proper primaries before elections in order to reduce the spate of litigation associated with them,” he said.

“At the moment, there are 809 pre-election cases pending in various courts across the country challenging the conduct of primaries by political parties for the 2019 general election.

“This is clearly more than the total number of petitions currently before the various election petition tribunals nationwide challenging the outcome of the main elections.

“In our last update, the commission reported that 25 certificates of return had been withdrawn and issued to persons declared winners by courts of law. Since then, three more certificates have been withdrawn by court order. With the Zamfara case, the figure has now risen to 64.

“In addition, the commission is studying nine more judgements we were served in the last one week in which primary elections conducted by different political parties were upturned by the courts.”

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Sanwo-Olu Transmits Name Of Commissioners, Special Advisers To State Assembly For Screening

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In fulfilment of his election promise to accelerate his administration’s development agenda, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, transmitted a list of Commissioner-designates to the House of Assembly for ratification.

The list contained twenty five names, who are to assume duty as Commissioners and Special Advisers upon ratification by the legislature.

A statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said Sanwo-Olu carefully picked the nominees based on their cognate experience in their respective professions.

The list, Akosile said, comprised names of technocrats and politicians, who understand the challenges of the state, noting that the painstaking and laborious selection process was aimed at constituting the best team that will serve Lagos in line with the agenda of his administration vision of delivering a city-state that will rank among the top most liveable cities in the world.

The statement said: “We took our time to pick the best hands for the tough job Lagosians have elected us to do. The nominees for the twenty five Commissioner and Special Adviser positions include women and men who have made their mark and at the zenith of their professional callings.’’

Governor Sanwo-Olu’ media aide stated further that the current list is first batch, saying that consultation was going on with regard to the complete number of the cabinet members.

He further disclosed that the new cabinet would be unique, because of its diversity. Quoting Governor Sanwo-Olu, he said Lagos would continue to take the lead in innovation, gender-balance and youth inclusion in the administration of the State.

“We have a blend of youth who are under 40 among nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers. Women too are well represented in the list. We believe Lagos deserves the best and we cannot give the people anything less than that,” the statement said.

Breaking down the list of nominees, there are 17 men and eight women that will be sworn in as members of the State Executive Council. Also in keeping his promise of millennial’s inclusion, Governor Sanwo-Olu included youths who are in their early and mid-thirties in the list of nominees.

The State House of Assembly is expected to carry out a screening of the nominees to set the machinery of governance in full swing.  

Below are names of the nominees:

1.     Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo

2.     Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo

3.     Prof. Akin Abayomi

4.     Dr. Idris Salako

5.     Mr. Tunji Bello

6.     Mr. Gbenga Omotoso

7.     Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka

8.     Mrs. Bolaji Dada

9.     Mr. Lere Odusote

10.   Dr. Frederic Oladeinde

11.   Mr. Gbolahan Lawal

12.   Ms. Adekemi Ajayi

13.   Mr. Femi George

14.   Dr. Wale Ahmed

15.   Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)

16.   Mr. Hakeem Fahm

17.   Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle

18.   Engr. Aramide Adeyoye

19.   Mr. Segun Dawodu

20.   Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf

21.   Mr. Sam Egube

22.   Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya

23.   Princess Aderemi Adebowale

24.   Mr. Tunbosun Alake

25.   Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo

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Tinubu, Akande, Osoba, Fayemi, Others Storm Ondo To Reconcile APC Feuding Members

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Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest were in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday to reconcile the party’s feuding members.

On the peace team were former Lagos, Ogun and Osun states governors Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Aremo Segun Osoba and Chief Bisi Akande as well as Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi.

They met with Governor Oluwarotimi Akredolu and other critical stakeholders of the local APC at the Heritage Hotel.

The meeting was at the instance of the host governor, it was learnt.

Other party stakeholders at the meeting were former Ondo Deputy Governor Alhaji Alli Olanusi; a governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the last governorship election, Chief Olusola Oke; former Osun State Regional Integration Commissioner Bola Ilori and Isaac Kekemeke, among others.

Akeredolu, it was learnt, will be seeking the APC ticket for a second term after the expiration of his four-year tenure next year. The governor has not made his ambition public.

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My government is not ‘come and chop’ – Governor Umahi

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Governor David Umahi has decried the move by different parties, jostling for  “juicy political appointments” in his government. 

The Ebonyi State Governor in his speech at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed head of service and senior special assistants at the government house, Abakaliki, on Thursday, maintained that his government is “come and work not come and chop” and those who performed below expectation will be dropped. 

“I am told that we have over 10,000 applications for commissioners, SAs, and SSAs. This is in fact troubling and doesn’t give me joy at all. What is trending in Ebonyi state is no longer I want to be coordinator, TA or STA. It is I want to be SSA or SA. Everybody wants to come as SA, as SSA. They don’t even know the meaning of SA or SSA and it is very unfortunate.

“But let me make this bad news, if I am making more SSAs and SAs, it may not be up to 10 percent of what I have appointed. It is my opinion that we should find something doing not just appointments.

“My commissioners will come last. I want to let them know that this job can be done without anybody. My former commissioners started a very bad trend. Everyday, they are discussing the governor, going from one office to the another. They were going about saying that there were not being given anything and not taken care of. If I get complaints again, I will get rid of that person.

“Anybody we will appoint now, we will tell the person, ‘this is not come and chop, it is come and work’. So, from day one, if you do not want to sacrifice to work for the people, you better go and look for another opportunity.

“If I get anybody complaining there is no money, I will get rid of the person. This is no longer going to be a gossip workshop; people are called to work. This is not the era of coming with files. You have to create wealth. Let’s look beyond the money we get” he said. 

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