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Guber Polls: Soldiers Arrest Hoodlums Armed With Gun, Knife In Ogun



Nigeria Soldiers in Ogun State have arrested four hoodlums armed with knife and pistol on their way to polling units in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

The hoodlums were arrested at Sapon in Abeokuta South Local Government Area, during the Governorship and State House Assembly Elections.

One of the soldiers at Sagon said that the four men were arrested with dangerous weapons including a gun and a knife

The soldier, whose name was not inscribed on his badge, explained why they are usually hard on the people.

He said, “When you see soldiers being hard on anyone, he is not just punishing anyone.

“We arrested four people with gun and knife. What are they doing with the gun and knife at the polling unit?

“I ask you, can you tell me what a voter wants to do with a gun and a knife.

“If they escape from police, they cannot escape from soldiers, we will catch them.”

Meanwhile, another suspected hoodlum was seeing doing a frog jump under the Sapon bridge after being caught by security officers.


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Ganduje Absent As APC Inaugurates Screening, Appeal Committees For Ondo Governorship Aspirants



The ruling All Progressives Congress has sworn in a seven-man committee to oversee the screening of the 16 governorship aspirants who bought the N50m nomination forms to participate in the April 20 primary election in Ondo State.

The inauguration, which took place on Friday at the national headquarters of the APC in Abuja, had some members of the National Working Committee in attendance.

The party’s National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje and the National Secretary, Ajibola Basiru, were, however, absent at the oath-taking event administered by the Deputy National Organising Secretary of the APC, Nze Chidi Duru.

The screening committee is headed by a former Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Joshua Lidani, while a former member of the House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola, was sworn in as his Secretary.

Other members of the committee include Pastor Jones Erue, Chief Second Bakor, Magaret Duru, Prof. Chukwudi Ledirick and Abdul Balogun.

All the officials were asked to take the oath together along with another five-man Screening Appeal Committee which has the senator representing Kogi Central, Oseni Yakubu, as the chairman.

Other members of the appeal committee include Emmanuel Ekeh, Pious Idele and Ibrahim Magaji Dosara.

Addressing journalists after the oath-taking ceremony, Duru explained that the screening of aspirants before every primary election is in line with the Constitution of the party.

He said, “You are chosen to partake in the exercise of the 16 aspirants who purchased the forms from Ondo State. We believe you will conduct it with due diligence, discipline and, also course, fairness that the work demands. Unfortunately, I don’t envy you because it was meant to be a two-day exercise. But an additional day was added to the Eid-el-Fitr holiday. So we had to compress the two days into one, which means that you will work round the clock to complete the exercise within the timeframe that we projected.

“We are also looking to basket each aspirant into certain categories to enable the work to be flawless and reasonably organised. It is also important to stress that the work of the Appeal Committee starts immediately after the screening concludes their own. We at the secretariat will also help the midwife with most of the things you require and hand them over to the Appeal Committee. Then you can go on with the clearance. The work is intertwined.

“If there is any request or support you need, we will be more willing to render such support. All the files of the aspirants will be made available for you to look at and scrutinise to make your point. I am happy to tell you that the committee at this point stands inaugurated and I wish you the very best of luck.”

Ganduje and Basiru were also absent from the oath-taking of a seven-man committee to oversee the screening of the 12 governorship aspirants who bought the N50m nomination forms to participate in the February 17 primary election in Edo State which took place in February.


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Obasanjo, Jonathan Have Failed PDP – Sowunmi



…Says He Expects Former Presidents To Resolve Protracted Conflict That Has Plagued The Party

A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Segun Sowunmi, has expressed disappointment that some of the founding fathers of the party are looking away while the party suffers a haemorrhage.

The ex-Ogun PDP governorship aspirant, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Tuesday, said he expects former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan to have stepped in and resolved the protracted conflict that has plagued the party before the 2023 elections.

Some PDP lawmakers in the House of Representatives recently called for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Umar Damagum, accusing him of working for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Led by Ikenga UgoChinyere, the “60 lawmakers” questioned why the party leadership has stayed silent on the political situation in Rivers State and instead watched President Bola Tinubu intervene.

Sowunmi attributed the calls for Damagum’s removal and other strife within the party’s leadership to the “Wike problem”. He lamented that the PDP dealt with problem of the then Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, before the last general elections and still grapple with same phenomenon one year after the poll.

The PDP chieftain expressed sadness that the internal wrangling within the PDP has lingered beyond the 2023 presidential poll.

Sowunmi said the founding fathers of party should step in and reconcile warring partymen to consolidate the gains of the party.

“A 25-year-old institution is supposed to be one of the legacies that one of the most populous black nations will tell the world that we can also run this thing,” he said.

“I’m disappointed that the founding fathers, the Jonathans of this world, the Obasanjos of this world and co, I am disappointed that they are looking at the platform that gave them the opportunity to lead, I am disappointed that they are looking it bleed.”


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Edo: Philip Shaibu Can Still Become Governor -PDP



The Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Philip Aivoji, has said the impeached ex-deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu can still become governor.

Aivoji urged Shaibu to be patient with the PDP despite his impeachment.

He made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.

The Edo House of Assembly on Monday impeached Shaibu following the adoption of the recommendation of a seven-man judicial panel led by retired Justice Stephen Omonua.

The relationship between Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki, went sour when the former indicated interest to succeed him as governor. The development led to a parallel party governorship primary in February.

Consequent upon Shaibu’s removal, Obaseki immediately appointed and swore in 38-year-old Omobayo Godwin as his new deputy.

Reacting, Aivoji said that Shaibu should remain in the party in spite the development, and never to consider leaving the party at all.

He said: “What we are concerned about is winning Edo back for PDP. The impeached deputy governor needs to be patient and hand over everything to God.

“Whatever happens, no one ever can tell, he (Shaibu) can still become the governor in a future. He should not leave the party.

“That is my advice because it is the party that brought him up. When he became the deputy governor, there were millions of people who could have become the deputy governor before the party picked him.

“Since this has happened, he should look for a way of mending fences to actualise his dream of becoming the governor. He can still become the governor.”


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