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2019: Delta entertainers endorse Emmanuel Uduaghan for Senate

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Members of the Nigeria Entertainment industry of Delta State origin have lined up behind the former governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan and his ambition to represent Delta South in the Upper Chambers of the National Assembly.

The entertainers led by popular comedian, Mr. Francis Agoda, a.k.a, I Go Dye and Akpobome Ogude, a.k.a, Ogus Baba Ogus Baba stormed the Warri country home of the ex-governor to give their unalloyed support to him recently.

Conveying the goodwill message to the former number one citizen of the state, Mr. Ogus Baba as he is popularly called thanked Dr. Uduaghan for the opportunity given them to express their profound gratitude for all he has done in the entertainment industry in spite of the impromptu visit.

Recalling with nostalgia the time they shared with him while he was governor, OGUS said, “We have missed you, we missed the breakfast, the smiles and jokes, above all, you gave a lot of us platforms and encouragement to excel, hence we have come to say sir, we are behind and with you on your new political endeavour;  we do not have much but this 50,000 Naira we give from our hearts to  open a new chapter in your new political quest.”

Also speaking,  I Go Dye wished the erstwhile governor well and assured him that the token they have given in support of his senatorial pursuit was from the entire Delta State youths viz-a-viz the gate-takings from the Harry Song show held at the Warri Township Stadium recently.

Responding,  the senatorial hopeful appreciated their show of love and support towards him and the good people of Delta State.  He further stressed that he invested in entertainment while he was Governor because he always believed in the talents of the youths from the state.  Uduaghan noted that his time as governor brought Asaba to limelight as the number one destination for the Nigerian movie industry as measures were put in place to make life easy for movie producers and directors.

“Virtually all the hotels used for the shooting of movies were subsidized by government to encourage the industry. Hence Nollywood became one of the biggest export in Nigeria with a lot of return on investment to the Nigerian economy,” he said.

The PDP bigwig declared that when he becomes a senator, he would ensure adequate laws are made to promote the industry just as he would ensure sustenance of peace in the region to provide the enabling environment for its operations.

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Osun Decides 2018: APC, INEC creating illegal polling units to rig election – PDP

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Addressing a press conference on Friday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, however, said the party would dismantle all the plots of APC.

He said, “We have also alerted Nigerians that the APC in connivance with INEC was creating illegal polling units and delineating illegal wards across the federation.

“It will interest you to know that just as we are preparing for the Osun election, we have been able to burst one of those fictitious electoral wards created for APC to rig election.

“Ila Local Government has 11 electoral wards, but ahead of tomorrow’s (today) election, INEC has created an imaginary 12th ward for Ila and allocated over 4,000 votes for that ward, and that ward is called Iperin.

“What they have done is to create two wards in Iperin, instead of one; allocated votes for both wards including the original ward and the fictitious ward.”

The party spokesperson pointed out that PDP would not accept rigging, saying, “as we promised, we will dismantle every rigging‎ plots of APC ahead of the election.”

He added, “It is strange that an electoral body will connive and collude with a political party with the intention of generating votes that will make them win an election.

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2019: Avoid divisive utterances – Gov Ahmed

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Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged politicians to desist from unguarded and misleading comments capable of creating discord and heating up the polity.

Responding to recent social media posts regarding a message by People’s Democratic Party(PDP) elders in Ifelodun Local Government area inviting members to a political meeting, Governor Ahmed described the issue as a party affair which should not be given any negative connotation. While condemning the post and commentaries that followed, he said such unguarded utterances are not only misleading but also have the capacity to cause divisions that will be difficult to heal in the Kwara South Senatorial district if allowed to fester.

Alhaji Ahmed said while the party as presently constituted in Ifelodun Local Government and indeed Kwara South is known for its inclusiveness and consensus building, the meeting is an internal party affair and should not be given any negative undertone that can undermine the harmony, peace and cohesion of Kwara South Senatorial District and indeed the state at large.

Governor Ahmed urged all PDP aspirants in the state to abide by the party structure’s tradition of unity, peaceful conduct, inclusiveness and respect for the leadership in exercising their right to aspire to elective posts.

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Why Toke Benson is fighting James Faleke

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Mrs. Toke Benson Awoyinka, a House of Reps aspirant, Ikeja Consistency, Lagos State is using every possible means to ensure that she takes over the constituency from Hon. James Faleke amidst several of her allegations against him.

Sources told us that her major grouse was that Faleke contested election in Kogi State and shouldn’t have returned to Lagos to recontest for the seat as House of Reps member representing Ikeja Constituency, Lagos. But she did not tell Lagosians if Faleke resigned his position at the national Assembly while contesting the election in Kogi State.

They added that Toke Bensonalso failed to realize that Hon. James Faleke would have been the governor of Kogi State today if not for political game played against the national leader, Ahmed Tinubu? How do you imagine INEC declaring an election inconclusive when Audu/Faleke were leading the PDP seating government in Kogi – State with about 41,000 votes, while the areas declared inconclusive had just 19,000 votes, but for politics against Tinubu by APC national body, a party Tinubu worked hard for, why would the party substitute the late Abubakar Audufor Yahaya Bello, who was just a runners up in the governorship election primaries?

Those in the know said that Mrs Toke Benson ignorant of the fact that Faleke changed the tide of that election in Kogi. That in the two previous elections that Abubakar had contested in Kogi State he was unable to win Kogi West District. Falekemade it possible within 3months of joining the race, they won 6 of 7 LGAs in Kogi West District. Barr. Toke Benson has benefitted a lot from Faleke even though she never acknowledged it.

We gathered that Hon. James Faleke has brought a lot of developmental stride to Ikeja since he occupied that position at the National Assembly and has touched many lives through empowerment and jobs creation.

It is interesting to know that Toke Bensonhas not won any election, not even Party Primaries, compared to Faleke whose political structures cut across Lagos State.

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