By Kingsley Fanwo
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has unveiled Alh. Yahaya Bello, popularly known as Fair Plus as the replacement for the late Prince Abubakar Audu. It would be recalled that Alh. Yahaya Bello was runner-up in the APC governorship primaries.Unveiling Bello at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja, Monday after about 3 hours of meeting, the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun urged party leaders and stakeholders to accept the decision of the party leadership and ensure the party become victorious in Saturday’s supplementary poll.Alhaji-Yahaya-Bello

The party also announced that Hon James Abiodun Faleke will be Bello’s running mate but the former Chairman of Ikeja Local Government Area rejected the offer.
Oyegun explained that the decision to nominate Bello was borne out of the need to conform to the electoral laws of the nation and to ensure cohesion and fairness.
He eulogized the late Prince Abubakar Audu as the face of the party in the state, saying the party will miss his leadership qualities greatly.

While accepting the party’s nomination, Alh. Yahaya Bello pledged to ensure immediate reconciliation of all aggrieved parties in the party, saying he was more than prepared to lead the party to a resounding victory on December 5. He called on all the party leaders to work with him to take the party to higher heights.

Yahaya Bello pledged to immortalize the late Prince Abubakar Audu, describing him as a great leader who contributed immensely to the development of Kogi State while he was governor. He urged the youths of the state to team up with him to foster a united Kogi State. Read More →



Success Nwogu and Adelani Adepegba

 

 

No fewer than 30 people detained at the Kogi State office of the Directorate of State Service were freed on Friday night when it was attacked by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.Boko-Haram

This was as four people, including an anti-riot policeman, were reportedly killed in the attack by the invading insurgents.

The attackers were said to have immediately made for the cell of the DSS office located along Hassan Katsina Road, Lokoja, and released all suspects kept there after gaining entrance.
Our correspondent gathered that around 9.45pm on Friday, the gunmen with sophisticated weapons invaded the DSS office.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the heavily armed men that stormed the DSS office appeared to have overwhelmed the DSS officials present, prompting a Deputy Director of the agency, whose name is yet to be ascertained, to quickly put a distress call to the police at about 10:40pm. Read More →



Posted By: Wale Ibrahim


Former chairmen elected on the plat­form of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi State have described as signifying victory, the emergence of Captain Id­ris Wada as the standard bearer of the PDP in the November 21governorship election in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by the for­mer chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Aloysius Okino, saying that the over­whelming votes Wada got during the election was an indication of his popularity and the support he enjoys from vast majority of mem­bers of PDP who share his vision for Kogi State.

The group congratu­lated the party’s National working Committee, NWC, for a job well done in con­ducting what it described as transparent, free, fair, credible and a well organ­ised primary, which it said confirmed the leadership position of PDP in the Ni­gerian polity. Read More →




Mr. Phrank Shaibu, a public communication consul­tant and former Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to former Governor Ibrahim Idris of Kogi State in an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, spoke on the political developments in Kogi State ahead of the forth­coming gubernatorial elections.Shaibu-Phrank

Excerpts:

Kogi State governorship election is around the corner and the general belief is that the incumbent gover­nor, Capt. Idris Wada, will seek re-election. Is this a welcome develop­ment for the people of the state?

I really don’t know how that can be a welcome development for the good people of Kogi State. Rather, I think it would come as a curse if the incumbent governor de­cides to seek re-election. I say this because many instances abound.

For example, the recent public booing of the governor by the citizens during the inauguration of the new House of Assembly speaks volume of the distaste the people have and have developed for him. In every nook and cranny of Kogi State, the story about Wada’s leadership is depressing, but, sadly, those that are expected to act as po­litical watchdogs and even those officially mandated to check the governor’s excesses in the Kogi House of Assembly either do not have strong teeth or may have compro­mised for self-aggrandizement. Read More →



Written by Usman A. Bello, Lokoja

 

 

Since the beginning, Ojoto, a small, sleepy roadside village in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State had been untouched by the slightest sprinkle of modernity. The only footpath that cuts through this promising but developmentally deprived village is so narrow it is barely convenient to ride a motor cycle on it.
From Ogbabo, people used to travel to Ojoto only once in a year only when there was a joint traditional engagement. “Our village simply didn’t exist on the map of the world,” said Daniel Ocheja, a lifelong native of Ojoto. “We were cut off from the rest of the world, including our immediate neighbours in Ogbabo with whom we share many cultural and historical ties, because we had no roads.”
This state of affairs changed in 2014 when the Kogi State government built a 12.8-kilometre-road and a bridge to link Ojoto and Ogbabo. “I had never seen a tarred road in my life,” said 18-year-old Shaibu Isa who pointed out that the construction of the road has afforded many members of his family to travel to nearby places for business and leisure with little or no difficulty. Read More →



by WALE IBRAHIM


WALE IBRAHIM writes on the deepening crisis in the Kogi State All Progressives Congress, APC, over who flies the party’s banner among the over 20 aspirants battling for its ticket in the 2015 gubernatorial election scheduled for later in the year.Politicians

Ahead of Kogi State gubernatorial election, no fewer than 20 aspirants are already jostling to contest for the number one seat on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.

This was just as the aspirants are already consulting with the people at grass roots level and recruiting foot soldiers for the herculean tasks ahead. .

National Mirror investigations revealed that a war posters has already begun, as the state is now a theatre of posters and banners of aspirants vying for the occupation of Lugard House on APC platform.

It was learnt that from Kogi East senatorial district alone, about 15 gubernatorial aspirants have emerged, while six aspirants have signified their intention to contest from the Western senatorial district and four from the Central senatorial district.

Those eyeing the governorship from the Eastern flank of the state where the incumbent governor comes from and hoping to pick the APC ticket are the former governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu, Air Vice Marshall Salihu Atawodi, Senator Alex Kadiri, Senator Nicholas Yahaya Ugbane, Alhaji Zakari Jiya, James Ocholi, SAN, Chief Tom Diche, Prince Shuaibu and Professor Yusuf Obaje.

From Kogi West senatorial district are Prince Yakubu Rotimi Obadofin, Engineer Olushola George Olumoroti, Alhaji Suleiman Baba Ali, Idris Hussein Kashim and Dr. Habeeb Abdullahi while former Managing Director of Daily Times of Nigeria, Chief Adnoyi Ojo Onukaba, Alhaji Bello Yahaya, popularly known as Fairplus, Alhaji Lamid Lawal Itopa and outgoing senator for the district, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi are the serious contenders from the Central district.

The APC, apart from winning the presidential election, is still basking in the euphoria of wining the state’s three senatorial seats, six House of Representatives’ and eleven House of Assembly seats in the just concluded general elections in the country.

Although the success at the polls in Kogi State is indeed a remarkable victory for a hard fighting opposition party, because no opposition party had been allowed to win even a councillorship seat or more than one House of Assembly seat since 2003, the PDP controlled the state. The APC need to work harder if it really want to dislodge the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Lugard House.

Watchers of political events in the Confluence State are of opinion that APC has extremely done well during the just concluded general elections, however the party must put its house in order, while the current internal wrangling within the rank and file of the party must come to an end now for the benefit of people of the state.

They posited that if APC work harder, it might clinch the governorship seat in the forthcoming gubernatorial election slated for later in the year only if the leaders, loyalists and other stakeholders close ranks and work for success of the party.

But the only albatross now is the internal wrangling rocking APC in the state, as the warring factions have adopted various strategies to fight each other to a standstill, while media war and propaganda have since begun.

It has been allegations and counter allegations galore and advertorials have also become the order of the day since the party achieved its greatest victory in history of the state.

Prior to this time, what appeared like child play has finally snowballed into full scale war, as factions are ganging up against the leadership of Prince Audu, despite the fact that the party constitution recognises him as the leader of the party in the state.

Initially, there were parallel state executives at the beginning of the APC crisis in Kogi State after the merger of its component parties, but during the state congress of the party and the intervention of the national leadership of the party, there was harmonisation of the factions and the party was able to pick state executives at the state level.

As if this was not enough, another crisis rocked the APC to its roots during the primaries which led to the defection of many party members, particularly, aspirants who were seeking elective positions, who alleged that the state leaders of APC denied them the opportunity to contest the party primaries for Senate, House of Representative and House Assembly tickets.

However, when scores of supporters of the ruling PDP defected to the APC in the state, little did the party leadership envisaged that another crisis was in the offing. Though their defections paid off as they worked for the party’s success, particularly, in Kogi East and Central senatorial districts, personal interest is seemingly tearing the party apart when it is expected to cash on the gains of its victory in last general elections.

Be this as it may, tongues have begun to wag as to who is qualified to aspire for the governorship seat in the party within the caucus of the APC in the state and unless the national hierarchy of the party acts on time to resolve the crisis tearing the party apart, it may still be far from being in control of the Confluence State, despite all electoral success in last general elections.

Political pundits in the state argue that though the gubernatorial election will be a different ball game, stressing that character, experience, political antecedent, personality and other factors will definitely come to play in the process of choosing party candidate, who will fly the party’s flag later in the year.

However, feelers from the electorate in Kogi State indicated that if the APC fails to present a credible and acceptable candidate, the party should forget about winning the governorship seat for now

The question agitating the minds of the electorate now is would the APC get it right with the array of emerging gubernatorial aspirants, couple with the internal wrangling that have characterised its existence in Kogi State up till now?

How well or otherwise the party leadership handles the deepening crisis of the party in Kogi State will go a long way to make or mar the party’s chance in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, even as all the gladiators continue the battle for the soul of the party in Kogi State




A Senator-elect from Kogi State, Dino Melaye, has vowed to champion a campaign for salary cut for federal lawmakers when the new National Assembly opens in June.dino_melaye

Mr. Melaye, a former member of the House of Representatives, joined many Nigerians to demand a reduction in the salaries of Senator and members of the House of Representatives, saying he will personally champion the cause.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Melaye said lawmakers must sacrifice their comfort and allow a pay cut, to yield money that could be used for developmental projects and proper oversight role. Read More →