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Delta: Isoko political group endorses Emmanuel Uduaghan for senate



– As Ex-Governor learning materials to school


For what they described as his giant strike in Isoko nation during his administration as governor of Delta state, the Isoko Political Revolutionary Force, (IPRF), a political pressure group of Isoko ethnic nationality, Delta South senatorial district, Delta State, has adopted a former Governor of the State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, as its senatorial candidate for the 2019.

The group in a statement signed by its National Leader, Austine Ejabulor, and Director of Mobilization, Benson Itomor, made available to our correspondent, said “In conformity with the agreed rotational formula, Itsekiri ethnic nationality should produce the next Senator in Delta South senatorial district and we adopt the candidacy of Dr. Emmanuel Uduahan as our senatorial candidate come 2019.”

“We, the members of IPRF have had the delightful opportunity of consulting with leaders and women leaders at various levels in our communities. Such consultations have taken us to every ward of Isoko North and Isoko South in the past few weeks. The tour also afforded us the opportunity of seeing the realities on ground in each ward visited. Dr. Uduaghan is the top candidate for the senatorial district and he is trusted and trustworthy.

According to the group, “He is the most respected of all the candidates, he is a planner and strategist, he is development-oriented and that is what Delta South senatorial district wants, besides that he cares for the downtrodden,” the group asserted.

MEANWHILE, Uduaghan has admonished students to shun social vices such as cultism and drugs that are capable of ruining their educational careers and futures.

Mr. Uduaghan who gave the admonition Thursday when he paid an unscheduled visit to Umuegbe model primary school and Alema model secondary school, both in Abigborodo, Warri North local government area of the state promised to provide the pupils school uniforms as well as other learning materials to aide the children’s learning.

The former governor who was accompanied on the visit by immediate past Commissioners for Transport, Power and Energy, Mr. Ben Igbakpa, and Mr. Charles Emetulu, a former Warri North council chairmen, Mr. Francis Maku, and Mr. Aduge Okorodudu, past and present members of the legislative arm of Warri North and past and present government officials, charged to the pupils to take their education more seriously as the facility they occupied is a world class one and conducive enough for proper academic activities.

The headmistress of Umuegbe model primary school who had earlier highlighted some of the challenges been faced by the school to include pupils inability to afford the school uniforms and other learning materials, was told by the former governor to come up with an estimate so as to make the funds available for the purchase of brand new school uniforms for all the pupils in the school.

At the Alema model secondary school, Abigborodo former governor Uduaghan expressed delight that, parents from across the country have their wards schooling at the model secondary school following its world class facility on ground coupled with the level and standard the school principal had taken the school, saying that if this is sustained the sky would be their limit.

Uduaghan, however cautioned the students to shun any form of social vices that could ruined their future and educational careers even as he promised to assist the students who are ready to make the school, their parents and themselves proud.

-Culled from HardReporters

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Kogi East Senate: APC, Echocho enlist thugs to harass electorates during election



Fresh information at our disposals has revealed that the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its senatorial candidate for Kogi East district in the 2019 general elections, Alh. Jibrin Isah Echocho have enlisted thugs to disrupt the forthcoming senatorial election in the zone, this newspaper gathered.

According to sources, the APC has perfected a grand plan to engage the services of thugs to harass electorates that are not committed to the party thereby forcing its candidate on the people.

We were further informed that the APC and Echocho planned to cause commotion if things don’t go their way.

Sources further disclosed that the party has enmarked over N100 million to implement the plans.

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Amosun, Ogun APC faction set to decamp



Indications emerged on Wednesday that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and the entire All Progressives Congress structure in the state may decamp from the party on Thursday (today).

Elders of the party at a meeting on Wednesday evening in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, resolved that the controversy on the gubernatorial ticket should be put behind them as they prepare for the 2019 elections.

The resolution was arrived at after Governor Amosun had reportedly briefed the elders on all attempts made to validate the election of Hon. Abiodun Akinlade in the gubernatorial primaries in the state penultimate week.
The primaries ran into troubled waters when the State Chairman of the party announced the election of Akinlade, while the Chairman of the National Working Committee on the gubernatorial primary announced Prince Dapo Abiodun as winner of the election.

The conflict remained unresolved and the Presidency directed primaries into state and federal legislative houses to establish the truth about conflicting claims of strength between the group led by Vice President Yemi Osibajo, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Dapo Abiodun on the one hand and Governor Amosun on the other.

The Amosun group claimed to have won all available seats, including three Senate, nine House of Representatives and 26 House of Assembly seats, leaving no seat for the Osinbajo/ Osoba group.

The son of Osoba, Olumide, who contested the House of Representatives ticket for Abeokuta Federal Constituency, was said to have been defeated by Hon. Muiz Kazeem by 23,000 votes to 4,050 votes.

However, the result, which was announced by the NWC committee in Abeokuta did not resolve the crisis.
The Osinbajo/Osoba group, which though accepted the result, consented to Akinlade as gubernatorial candidate but on the condition that they were given two out of the three senatorial tickets, four out of the nine House of Representatives tickets and 13 out of the 26 House of Assembly tickets.

The Amosun group rejected the request, insisting on the party respecting the outcome of the primary elections.
“It is clear that a candidate who lost all senatorial, representatives and Assembly seats could not have won the gubernatorial ticket. The party should do the right thing or else we leave,” a party official who pleaded anonymity said.

He explained that the party leaders had given up on the national leadership of the party but it was Governor Amosun who insisted on pursuing their aspirations on the platform of the APC because of his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The source added: “He told us that the President had instructed (the National Chairman of the APC, Adams) Oshiomole to announce the authentic result of the gubernatorial primaries, but he refused.
“If the President cannot enforce his orders, then he has lost control of his government and it is a waste of time defending him at the expense of our own future.
“If he refuses to accept our request, we will leave the governor alone with his friend.”

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Delta South Senate: I’ll sponsor bills to legalise local refineries – Uduaghan



Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta South Senatorial District, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has promised to work towards the enactment of a law legalising local refineries, if elected.

The former governor of Delta State said this Wednesday on his verified Facebook page. In his words: “About 6,000 illegal refineries operational in the country, were reportedly destroyed by the Joint Military Task Force, JTF, in 2015.

“Some of these refineries were actually glorified rickety science projects. There is likelihood that there will be a good number of well set up refineries among them.

“The illegal refinery industry has been around for years and has grown. Can a country that is struggling to operate its four legal refineries afford to destroy illegal refineries?

“The poorly set up makeshift contraptions are dangerous and should be done away with, but the youths should be engaged in proper refineries.

“This is the origin of the call for the upgrade of the so-called illegal refineries, and if possible, they should be licensed.

“The illegal refineries that are being destroyed offer a lot of employment to the youths.

“Is the government not simply shortchanging the country with the sustained posturing and grandstanding of describing the local refineries in the Niger Delta as illegal and criminalizing their operations?’’ the former governor disclosed.

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