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Senatorial Candidates Step Down For Adeyemi

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BARELY 11 days to the Kogi State governorship election and the Kogi West Senatorial rerun, the coalition of Kogi West Senatorial candidates on Tuesday endorsed Governor Yahaya Bello and his running mate, Edward Onoja.

They also said that they have stepped down for Senator Smart Adeyemi in the Kogi West Senatorial rerun scheduled to hold on the same day as the governorship election.

The candidates, including Olabode Adeyemi African Democratic Congress (ADC), Princess Roseline Ibitoye (Accord Party), Chief Samuel Atteh (Progressive Peoples Alliance), Olasunkanmi Aina Olayinka (CAP), Noah John Abiodun (Peoples Party of Nigeria) and Olasunkanmi Aina (PT), at a joint press conference in Lokoja, said their decision to step down was informed by current political exigencies and the need to alter the direction of political reality of Kogi State since 1992, which had always produced successive governors from one ethnic group, and for five uninterrupted terms since the creation of the state.

They described the hold onto power by one section as inequitable, unjust, unfair and demanding the concern of all, thus the need to bury their aspirations.

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They said that the election of Governor Yahaya Bello had automatically reversed the one-ethnic group dominance of the governorship seat and established a process for equitable power sharing that was fostering unity, fairness and equity.

Speaking on their behalf, Olabode Adeyemi of the ADC said having weighed the factors that would inform voting on November 16, took a decision they considered would be the best for the state.

According to him: “As important stakeholders in the November 16 governorship and the (Kogi West) senatorial election, we have reviewed the obvious realities, appraised the political journey of the past and have resolved collectively to defer our ambitions till future election years and support the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the elections.”

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Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello ‘God-sent’ – Edward Onoja

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Edward Onoja, Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has said that Yahaya Bello is ‘God-sent.’

Onoja said this on Saturday after voting at unit 13, ward 3, Omonyoku-Odidoko, Ogugu-Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi.

The Deputy Governorship candidate said voters were eager to return Bello to office.

According to him, Kogi residents will return Bello as their Governor because they want him to consolidate on his achievements.

”You can see the enthusiasm of the voters who want to usher in a government that will continue to consolidate on its gains in service delivery.

”God brought a divine leader who in spite of coming from another senatorial district saw the need to meet the infrastructural gap in the Eastern district that has always produced the governor of the state.

”Because of this, our people who are people of gratitude appreciate that gesture and then made up their mind to repay good for good.

”I think today at the end of the day, we will all be happy,” Onoja said.

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Oyetola Receives 250 PDP, SDP Defectors To APC

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About 250 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Friday, defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Iragbiji community of Boripe local government area of Osun State.

The defectors who were led by Alhaji Folorunso Akinola of the Peoples Democratic Party and Mr Oni-Osun Adewale of the Social Democratic Party respectively were received by both Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the state chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, and other members of the party’s state executives.

Addressing the crowd in front of the Aragbiji’s palace, Akinola said their decision to leave their former parties for APC was informed by the pro-masses policies and programmes of the government in the state.

He said he and other members of the opposition in Boripe local government had seen the need to join hands with the administration of Oyetola to move the Osun forward.

Akinola stated, “it is now for Iragbiji and the entire local government and state to go back to the good old days because the All Progressives Congress is the vehicle of development that God has given to us to advance our state.”

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Kogi Decides: Soldiers Allowing APC Agents To Rig, Chased people Away – Natasha Akpoti Alleges

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has accused soldiers of electoral malpractice.

Akpoti alleged that soldiers chased electorates away at the Kuroko 2 polling unit in Adavi Local Government Area of the state while allowing agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig freely.

She raised the alarm in a tweet, on Saturday.

Akpoti tweeted: “Happening now!!! Soldiers just arrived Kuroko 2, Adavi LGA chasing people away while allowing APC agents to rig freely.”

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