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Sylva Not Our Consensus Candidate For Bayelsa Polls – APC

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The National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Mr. Lai Mohammed, has dismissed as ‘untrue’, claims that the party leadership has adopted a former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, as a consensus candidate of the party in the state.

The governorship primary for Bayelsa was billed to take place at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, on September 19 but was postponed till September 22 but some politicians in the state claim the exercise is merely a formality as the national leadership of the APC had anointed Sylva as the party’s consensus candidate for the December 5 governorship election.

But the APC spokesman in a telephone interview on Saturday, dismissed the claim as untrue.

“As far as APC is concerned, the governorship primary will hold on Tuesday”, he said.

Also, a founding member of the APC in the state, Perekeme Kpodo, debunked the claim.

Kpodo, who spoke in an interview in Yenagoa on Saturday, described the speculation as false, saying it was an ‘evil machination’ of some people to create tension and polarise the party.

According to him “The news flying around in the state that Timipre Sylva has been adopted by the leaders of the APC is untrue and has no basis. Nobody has adopted Sylva as a consensus candidate.

“APC is a serious party that will not toe ignoble path such as adopting any aspirant. It will be a disgrace to the APC because of the following reasons: One, it is not democratic. APC is a party that stands for change. We are talking of the APC on board now and there are a lot of changes taking place in the country. It is visible for all.

“The speculation is diversionary. The party has said every aspirant should go to the primary to test their popularity and that is how it should be and that is how it is right now”.

Similarly, political associates of one of the aspirants, Timi Alaibe, have faulted the report that Sylva had emerged as a consensus candidate.

They described the report as fictitious, untrue and a deliberate attempt by the authors to cause disaffection within the APC ahead of the primaries.

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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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