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2019: Itsekiris back Emmanuel Uduaghan for Senate

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Immediate-past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan has received yet another boost which will help reinforce his senatorial ambition as the tempo of political activities increases ahead of the 2019 general elections.

This time around, one of the three ethnic groups making up the Delta South Senatorial District of Delta State, the Itsekiri, has thrown its weight behind the former governor citing his pedigree and antecedents as reasons for their unwavering support.

Speaking recently on behalf of the ethnic group, the president of a political pressure group, Itsekiri Movement for Good Governance, IMGG, Mr. Jolomi Oritsegbemi said aside from Dr. Uduaghan’s influence which will positively rob off on the development of the entire state, the Itsekiri had had the least representation at the National Assembly over the years.

According to him, “It is the turn of Itsekiri to produce a senator representing Delta South and Dr. Uduaghan is the only Itsekiri man who will make us reap the dividends of democracy come 2019. He is a true son, a man of the people who believes in developments and impacting lives. Over time, he has proven this, even when he was the governor of the state for eight years. In fact, this is the kind of leader Nigerians need to move the nation forward.

“It is only the Itsekiri ethnic nationality that has not produced a senator to represent the district since 1999. In the interest of equity and fair play, this should be our turn without any arguments. It is time to prove that Itsekiri people are not made to deliberately play the second fiddle to the other tribes.”

He further reminded Deltans that an Itsekiri man was last in the senate 39 years ago. “Itsekiri also had two federal constituencies, where Late Hon. Vincent Jemide and Late Hon. Sunny Dabor represented them. The two federal constituencies were to be reduced to one when Chief Chamberlain Abeki from Patani LGA, was appointed as national commissioner into the then Federal Electoral Commission, FEDECO,” revealed Mr Oritsegbemi.

From 1979 till the current dispensation, five senators have represented Delta South Senatorial District. Out of these five, two were from Isoko (Senator Stella Omu and Senator Francis Okpozo of blessed memory) and another two were from the Ijaw tribe (Chief E.K Clark and Senator James Manager, the incumbent). The first and only senator who was from the Itsekiri stock was Chief Franklin O. M  Atake in 1979.

Interestingly, the incumbent senator, James Manager, an Ijaw man has been returned to the senate on four occasions consecutively. By the end of 2019, James Manager would have spent a total of 16 years in the Red Chambers and feelers from the district reveal that the people are tired of his representation.

All the ethnic groups feel that being a position for the three groups in the Delta South, either an Isoko or Itsekiri should be favoured for the post this time around.

From all indications, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan is highly positioned to grab the senate seat considering that he withdrew from the race in 2015 to ensure that peace reigned in the state and he has always maintained that peace was more important than electoral victories.

Dr. Uduaghan’s developmental strides while he was the governor of the state speaks volumes. Most of his legacies are still being enjoyed in the state presently.

In a related development, Pa Daniel Pessu, a former Delta State lawmaker who is 96 years old now, has declared his support for the former governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan senatorial bid.

Speaking on behalf of six of the 30 surviving former lawmakers in the state, Pa Daniel who represented Warri South constituency in the then Bendel State House of Assembly between 1979 and 1983 thanks Dr. Uduaghan for taking care of them while he was governor of the state. He also prayed for his success at the polls in 2019.

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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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