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Ex-Perm Sec, Onoja, To Battle David Mark For PDP Ticket To Represent Benue South

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mike_onoja_david_markA former federal permanent secretary in the ministry of defence, Mike Onoja, yesterday declared his intention to unseat Senate President David Mark in the 2015 general election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Onoja, who once contested the governorship seat of Benue State against Gabriel Suswam in 2007, has now turned his attention to the Senate.

He would, however, face stiff opposition as Gov. Suswam and the PDP have endorsed Mark for another term as senator representing the people of Benue South Senatorial district (zone C).

Addressing a crowd of supporters that gathered in his honor in Otukpo, the traditional headquarters of Idoma people, Onoja said it was unacceptable and undemocratic that one man – in apparent reference to David Mark – will be representing the senatorial district since 1999 as he must have lost ideas as well as touch with the grassroots.

The retired civil servant noted that Mark had all the while been using the creation of Apa State to hoodwink the Idoma people in other to find his way to the red chambers.

He said, “Deceiving our people is unacceptable and with your support we can stop that through the ballots.

“The zone C senate seat is not a birthright neither it is a traditional stool that one man will lay claims to.

“In the same vain we most change the baton else it is breeding dictatorship, feudalism which end product is backwardness”.

Onoja also inaugurated a committee to mobilise grassroots support for his campaign.

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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