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Do-Or-Die Approach To 2015 Elections Threatening Democracy – Obong Of Calabar

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obong-of-calabarThe Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, has warned that the do-or-die approach to 2015 polls by politicians constituted a serious threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

The Efik monarch made the observation in Adiabo in Odukpani Local Government Area while interacting with some journalists.

The monarch chided the political class over what he described as a do-or-die approach to 2015 polls.

He said that he was yet to be convinced that some politicians had the interest of the country and that of ordinary Nigerians in mind from what he saw at the just concluded political party primaries.

“Their ambition and interest of many politicians seem to have overridden the interest of the people they are supposed to serve.

“The political class has now made politics a do-or-die business. To them, once you sail through, you automatically become a millionaire.

“If we can separate the political powers from the financial powers in the running of the country, Nigeria will be better for it.

“The governor, for instance, controls the state’s finances and decides what to do with it.

“All over the country, people are complaining over the just concluded party primaries. It was very shabby; it was a disgrace to the power of democracy.

“They virtually hand-picked their cronies and tactically locked out others.

“Our democracy has deteriorated to the level that it is those at the corridors of power who decides who should take over political power, not on the basis of quality of service to the people.

“It has become an avenue to settle political acolytes. The people’s voices are no more important. This is very bad for our body polity.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had taken steps to ensure credible elections, but politicians are not willing to play by the rules.

“You invite INEC to witness the sham called party primaries, but the electoral laws do not empower the umpire to take decision on the glaring imposition we are witnessing.

“The National Assembly should do something about the manner these primaries are conducted, else we may end up saying good bye to our hard earned democracy”, the monarch stated. (NAN)

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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