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Apathy marks Dino Melaye’s recall

Electorates allege signature forgery.

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Apathy characterised the ongoing recall verification process of Senator Dino Melaye that began on Saturday in Kogi West senatorial district.

SATELLITE TIMES observed electoral officials sleeping at some polling units as there was low turnout of petitioners for signature verification.

Reacting to this, the INEC Federal Commissioner in-charge of Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Mohammed Haruna, said the Commission cannot be held responsible for the poor turnout of petitioners.

Mr Haruna in a statement said the Commission’s duty was to ensure transparency in the recall process.

Adhoc staff during verification process

Some petitioners also alleged that their signatures were forged to reflect on the voters register.

One of the petitioners identified as Kunle, who spoke to SATELLITE TIMES said, “my signature was forged and that of my parents. I can not understand why people will go this far in a political process that is supposed to strengthen democracy.”

Another Kogi indigene, Victor Bello, based in Dallas, United States of America tweeted, “I was just woken up in Dallas Tx that my name was signed in my voting ward in GRA Kabba. I am going to court over the breach of my fundamental human right…,” he said.

The signatures verification exercise of petitioners is part of the processes by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC to recall the embattled Senator.

Mr Melaye has been struggling to retain his seat following a petition by some of his constituents in 2017 alleging that he was not representing them well.

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Oshiomhole declares bid for APC National Chairmanship

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Former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, Thursday formally declared his intention to contest for the national chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former governor is reportedly favoured to replace outgoing chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun. He is believed to have received the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oshiomhole said he was joining the national chairmanship race to contribute to the growth of the party.

The former labour leader made the declaration in Abuja at the Transcorp Hilton hotel. The event was witnessed by the chairman of APC governors and Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Oshiomhole will slug it out with the incumbent chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, if the latter decides to seek re-election.

Both men from Edo State were former governors of the state.

It will be recalled that a meeting by APC state chairpersons and leaders from the South-south ended in acrimony as there was no unanimity to have Oshiomhole as the sole national chairmanship aspirant from the South-South

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Dogara, House Leaders Visit Dino Melaye In Hospital

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dogara at Sen. Dino Melaye bedside at the National Hospital, while deputy speaker, Hon. Lasun and former House Speaker, Hon. Etteh watch.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Yakubu Dogara consoling senator Dino Melaye at the National hospital while deputy speaker Yusuff Lasun and former House Speaker Patricia Etteh look on.

Members of the National Assembly are not abandoning one of their own to face his fate alone. Thus, for embattled Senator Dino Melaye, it was a moment of joy to receive the leadership of the House of Representatives led by its Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara Tuesday at his bedside at the National Hospital, Abuja.

The high profile entourage comprises the Principal Officers and members of the House.

Dogara accompanied by his deputy, Hon. Yusuff Lasun, Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Binta Bello and other members were received by former Speaker of the House, Hon Patricia Etteh, and the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Jaf Momoh.

Melaye, reportedly asthmatic is receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit, trauma centre of the National hospital.

He reportedly developed complications after he was teargassed by police officers conveying him to Lokoja, Kogi state last week.

The speaker prayed God to grant Sen. Melaye quick recovery .

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Fayose’s ‘anointed’ knows fate as PDP holds primaries in Ekiti

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Over 2,100 delegates are gathered in Ekiti to determine the fate of the three contenders for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The aspirants include the Deputy Governor, Kolapo Ishola who enjoys the support of the incumbent governor, Ayodele Fayose. Others are the lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the Senate, Abiodun Olujimi, and the immediate past PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye.

Whoever emerges winner at the Tuesday’s primaries among the three aspirants would fly the party’s ticket at the July 14 governorship election in the state.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of the PDP had appealed to the participating delegates, members and supporters of the party in the state to continue in their resolve to work together to ensure a smooth and hitch-free poll.

The party in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday, commended all stakeholders, particularly the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship being displayed in their commitment towards a peaceful, free and credible process.

PDP also applauded stakeholders in the state for keeping to their resolve to work together to ensure the victory of the party at the July governorship election, irrespective of the outcome of the primary elections.

The party also cautioned against attempts by external forces that aim to disrupt the peace of the state and asked party members to be vigilant and not to give any space to such mischief.

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