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Alamieyeseigha, Sylva, Others eyeing Bayelsa Governorship Seat are ‘Opportunistic’ – ex-IYC President

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Seriake DicksonA former President of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Mr. Famous Daunemuagha, has urged the people of Bayelsa State to be wary of those looking to contest the 2016 governorship election in the state.

According to him, those currently eyeing the governorship seat are only after their own interests and not the general interests of the people.

Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha; former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe; a leader of All Progressives Congress and former Governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, are some of the prominent politicians said to be interested in contesting the 2016 governorship election in the state.

Others are a former Commissioner for Health, Chief Frank Akpoebi; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr. Godknows Igali; the State APC Chairman, Mr. Tiwe Oruminighe, and Mr. Preye Aganaba, APC senatorial candidate for Bayelsa Central.

The incumbent, Gov. Seriake Dickson, is in his first term and is expected to seek re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

But in a statement on Thursday, Daunemuagha said most of those showing interest in the race were only being “opportunistic and self-serving” if they ever contested next year.

“So, the people of Bayelsa State must be wary of their deceit”, he warned.

Daunemugha, who said the realities on the ground favoured Governor Dickson, claimed that the antecedents of those reportedly in the race were “either too negative or abysmally uninspiring” to now elicit the interest of the people.

He said, “What comes to mind is the past of these characters and of course their deficit of corruption and bad leadership. Even among those who are currently serving, what have they contributed to make life better for their kinsmen back home in Bayelsa State?

“All of them have been in one top position or the other at different times but only used their respective positions to enrich themselves and that is the critical issue they have with the good people of Bayelsa State. There is a growing political awareness among the people and they will certainly ask questions”.

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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