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Bayelsa Elders Caution Governors’ Forum Over Sylva

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AN attempt by members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to intervene in the controversy over eligibility of Governor Timipre Sylva to take part in the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for next week, has provoked the ire of some Bayelsa State elders who yesterday asked the forum to stop meddling in the affairs of their state.    Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the group, Bayelsa Elders and Opinion Leaders, led by Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), expressed displeasure with efforts by the governors to plead with President Jonathan Goodluck to allow PDP clear Sylva to take part in the primary election.    The group alleged that there had been meddlesomeness in the affairs of Bayelsa by people outside the state, saying it was uncalled for.

Reading from a text titled “The fire within”,  Inokoba said: “We have viewed with grave concern, the ongoing debate concerning the upcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa State and would like to state the following that there has been undue meddlesomeness by various groups in the internal matters of Bayelsa State and the PDP.

“The PDP should be allowed to utilise its internal machinery to determine the right candidate for the party for the gubernatorial election. Likewise, Bayelsans should be allowed to determine who governs them at all levels.”

According to the elders, “what appears very disturbing about the Bayelsa situation is the attempt by the Governors’ Forum to interfere in the PDP governorship candidacy by putting pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure the return of Sylva.

“It is worrisome that the entire PDP governors will leave important state duties in their various states to converge in Abuja to lobby the president en-masse and try to convince him to ensure the return of Sylva irrespective of whether he has performed well or not in the eyes of Bayelsans.”

The group noted that Bayelsa affairs should be left in the hands of the people of the state, saying: “The future of Bayelsa State should be left in the hands of the people of that state and not in the hands of other elected governors who in the name of camaraderie want to push at all cost the electoral fortunes of their colleague.

“There is nothing wrong if the PDP governors give a helping hand to a colleague through campaigning for him if he is the party’s candidate, but until that decision is made, they have no moral right to influence his adoption by the party.”

“The crucial acid test must be based on the performance of Governor Sylva over the past four years and the decision must be left in the hands of the people who are the best to decide the extent of his performance during that period,” they said.

The elders alleged that the governor is spending huge state resources to ensure his clearance by the party. “We are aware of the huge funds dedicated by the Bayelsa State government to lobby various persons involved in this matter. We wish to thank all dedicated members of the party who have rejected these offers, and call upon Bayelsans all over to rise up against the squandering of their resources by the State Government in pursuit of personal agenda.”

To the group, “such funds should be used for the development of the state which is in dire need of development after five years of impoverishment by the administration of Timipre Sylva.” They equally appealed to governors of South-South extraction and National Assembly members from the region not to interfere in the matter.

source: ngrguardiannews.com

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.

 

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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

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The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
cashback.

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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A member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela has been sentenced to one-month imprisonment by a Magistrate Court in Wuse, Zone 6.

The lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.

Also Read: North Is The Worst Place To Live In Nigeria -Sultan of Sokoto

Recall that on November 10 that a magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.

The magistrate had, however, set a different date for sentencing of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.

Mr Mela swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country whereas he has a British passport.

 

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