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Kogi East Senate: PDP candidate, Sen. Aidoko’s dilemma

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If information filtering in from Kogi State political circle is anything to go by, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Kogi East senatorial candidate in the 2019 election who also is the present lawmaker representing the district at the upper chamber,  Senator Attai Aidoko could as well add “former” to his appellations as his greatest challenge appears to be coming from his party, the PDP, on account of his my-money-can-get-it disposition as well as his notoriety for using and dumping party faithful.

A few days ago, we gathered Sen. Aidoko he enlisted the Odoma Attah Igala and a few party stalwarts to begin the process of reconciliation with aggrieved party members ahead of the senatorial election in weeks. Aidoko is banking on the Atiku influence and the “level of political literacy” of his people to be victorious. But, times have changed as the other two major contenders and Parties appear to have dug deeper than any reconciliation can abate.

Statistically, all the political parties in Kogi East account for less than 30% of the electorate leaving over 500,000 votes to the decision of the electorates assuming party members will, without question, vote the candidates on their various platforms.

There’s also the issue of constituency loyalty and certain salient understanding on the region to produce the next senator of Kogi East, not on the front burner but very major decider of the voting pattern in the forthcoming senatorial election.

In the final analysis, the senatorial race has become a two-horse one between Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji of the ADC and Alhaji Jibrin Isah aka, Echocho of the APC.  Two candidates are strong in their own rights and in the end it comes down to two things: alliances and partnerships across concerns and interests.

As for Senator Aidoko, he has deceit, double-speak, and payback to contend with. Whether he’s able to circumvent the imaginary huddles and leverage the acceptability of Atiku, his party’s presidential candidate is left to be seen.

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APC Cheiftain Escapes Death In Enugu

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A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) narrowly escaped death following an attack by unidentified gun men in Enugu.

The men shot severally at Prince Okugo Nwanjoku at Ogbaku town, Awgu LGA of Enugu State.

Nwanjoku, the son of a former chairman of PDP in Enugu State, His Royal Highness, Igwe Onyioha Nwanjoku of Odumo town, Aninri LGA of the State was returning from his hometown, Odumo, when he attacked by the men suspected to be hired assassins.

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Speaking on the attack, the APC chieftain said that he was returning from Odumo, when the gunmen attacked him.

Though unconfirmed, three bullets said to have been lodged in his head were said to have been removed by his doctor.

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Supreme Court: Hearing On Adeleke, Oyetola’s Guber Suits Begins

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The Supreme Court has commenced hearing in the appeal filed before it by the gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Paryy (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke.

Following the September 22nd governorship election in the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke challenged the declaration of Governor Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor.

The suit was filed following the decalaration of Governor Oyetola as winner of the state governorship election by the Court of Appeal on March 9, 2019.

Recall that the Court of Appeal had upturned the verdict of the State Election Petition Tribunal which had declared Senator Adeleke as the winner based on irregular composition of judges of the lower tribunal, where the judge who delivered the majority judgment, Justice Peter Obiorah, was absent in the proceedings of the lower court, affected the right of the appellant to fair hearing.

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The five member panel of justices, which was presided by Justice Jummai Sankey, also upheld 10 out of the 12 issues raised by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC that the lower tribunal lacked the jurisdiction to entertain some of the grounds of the petition brought by Adeleke over the September 22, 2018 governorship election.

It held that having ruled that the claims of over-voting and voiding of valid votes were unproven by the tribunal in the 17 polling units out of 3,010 polling units in the state, the non-compliance was not substantial to proceed to compute and deduct votes.

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However, Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the verdict and proceeded to the Apex Court urging it to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal which was in favour of Oyetola of the APC.

Adeleke also contended that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it upheld the appeals by APC and INEC, challenging the decision of the tribunal.

 

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Blame Political Parties, Stakeholders For Lapses Of 2019 Election-INEC

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Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo, a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has blamed the shortcomings of the 2019 elections on political parties and some stakeholders in the election process.

He revealed this during a State Level Post Election Review meeting in Gombe State.

Speaking, he defended INEC on the 2019 elections adding that improving the elections is not solely the responsibility of the commission.

“Though the conduct of election is solely the responsibility of INEC, political parties, critical stakeholders and other actors in the country must also improve what concerns them during elections.

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Alhaji Arfo further said “This is a vast country, it is not INEC alone that will improve our elections, although election is our own responsibility, but the political parties, the other actors in the country, they must also improve what concerns them during election.

“Something like simple party primary elections, some parties are not able to hold it properly, and things like violence, vote snatching, or even the lackadaisical attitude of the electorates, all these things are left for the parties to properly campaign among the electorates, to raise consciousness amongst the electorates, to come out and vote.”

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He said INEC is always training, retraining and retraining its staff, while adding that everybody has a role to play to make elections successful.

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