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SANWO-OLU RECEIVES CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, PRAISES MILITARY FOR PROFESSIONALISM

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has praised the Nigerian Army for joining hands with his government to strengthen security in the State. The Governor said his two previous meetings with the Division of the Nigerian Army in the State yielded positive outcome, hailing the military for keeping its commitment to boost the State’s efforts.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu spoke while receiving the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who paid a courtesy visit to him in Alausa on Monday.

The Governor hailed the Nigerian Army for maintaining high level of discipline and professionalism in its operational engagement, saying the actions of Army personnel in state had been in line with best practice.

“I am happy to inform our gallant Chief of Army Staff that your men have demonstrated highest level of commitment to us in Lagos and are giving us great support to enhance security. On multiple occasions, the Army has responded to our distress calls and this is commendable. I want to assure you that we will not take our relationship for granted,” the Governor said.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated his administration’s commitment to keep the state safe for investment and living, stressing that security operations would be strengthened to bring down crimes to minimum level.

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The Governor also praised the Army for supporting the state’s environmental plan, noting that he was personally excited to see soldiers engaging in sanitation last Saturday.

Buratai said the Army would not shirk its responsibility to enhance security of lives and property in Lagos and across the nation, assuring that the military would always deploy its personnel for joint security operations to combat crimes in all parts of the country.

He said: “The Nigerian Army is assuring Your Excellency, Gov. Sanwo-Olu, that we are determined to collaborate with you and support your efforts to secure Lagos and defeat all forms of security challenges. I’m using this opportunity to show appreciation to Lagos government for supporting our activities.”

The Army chief, who said he was in Lagos for Combat Support Arms Training Week and Nigerian Army Day celebration, noted that the visit was also to get the support of the Lagos government to develop the Army’s property in Epe Military Barracks, which is presently occupied by the Lagos State University.

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Buratai said the Combat Support Arms Training Week was a platform to provide combat support section of the Army and re-appraise their performances in their task of providing efficient combat support for the military operations.

He said the Nigerian Army Day was to mark the contribution of fallen soldiers to the unity and security of the country.

“The celebration of the Army Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate and honour some of our deserving personnel, both living and those that have sacrificed their lives for the unity of our nation. We remember their sacrifices and also pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased. Our hearts are with their families now and always,” he said.

Other top government officials that received the Army chief and his entourage included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

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Stop Blackmailing Tinubu, Threatening Journalists, Eze Warns Abe

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…,,Asiwaju, A Democrat Who Won’t Support Party Saboteurs

 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has warned Senator Magnus Abe to stop blackmailing the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, by constantly linking the leader’s name to his numerous betrayal of the party in Rivers State.

Eze, who is former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), in a statement circulated to journalists in the South-South on Monday, said Abe’s activities against the APC in Rivers State can only be described as deliberate sabotage of genuine efforts to liberate the people of the State from the hold of a diabolic manipulator and bad governance.

He said further that the constant flagging of Asiwaju Tinubu’s name by the former senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District is a strategy to justify the unnecessary legal fireworks and political conflagration he ignited within the Rivers APC, which denied the party and Rivers people their constitutional and democratic right of choosing who governs them.

He said “we have watched with dismay the continued linking of Senator Bola Tinubu to the satanic plot to decimate the party and her structures in Rivers State, by a group of unconscious and conscienceless mortals, led by Senator Abe.”

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Eze further expressed worries that the former Senator, who has extended his campaigns of calumny against Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi to the media in a renewed onslaught, has  threatened some journalists with sack by reporting them to the APC National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, for publishing some obvious truths about his politics of smear campaign.

Describing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as a nationalist, seasoned democrat and patriotic leader, whose political structure is not anchored on falsehood, illegality, sabotage and anti-party scheming, Eze said Senator Abe has continued to embark on mischievous ventures in a bid to further perpetrate grievous harm on the image of the party in Rivers State, against the wish of Senator Tinubu on whose name he has tried to rub some dirt.

The party chieftain, however, counselled Senator Abe to retrace his steps by apologising to Rt. Hon. Amaechi and the Rivers APC, stressing that no serious political family, targeting to make a headway, can adopt him into their fold, considering the way and manner he has carried himself as a political Judas Iscariot in recent times.

“Even Governor Nyesom Wike who has been the highest beneficiary of his political selfishness and idiocy is keeping him at arms length,” Eze said.

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Eze expressed displeasure over the act of the Management of Vanguard Newspaper for succumbing to Senator Abe’s pressure and intimidation by rendering him an apology, over an interview granted by Prince Lucky Worlu and  titled, “Rivers APC chieftain urges Buhari to unite Amaechi, Abe,” merely aimed at pleading with Mr. President to intervene and restore peace in the Rivers State chapter of the APC and devoid of any malicious content.

“There is nothing wrong with a call for peace within the party and only a conflict entrepreneur like Senator Abe will object such a noble move. This has further shown that Senator Abe is more determined, now than ever, to wreck the ship of the Rivers APC for no just cause and must be swiftly resisted”, Eze warned.

Eze encouraged Journalists to take solace in the truism that pen is mightier than the sword and not to give in to the threat of Abe and those in his school of thought who think that by intimidation the press can be caged.

 

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Breaking: INEC Declares Yahaya Bello Kogi Governor-elect

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The incubent governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has been declared winner of the Saturday, November 16 gubernatorial election.

The  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate winner of the election and Governor-elect on Monday.

Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Umar, INEC’s returning officer for the election announced the result.

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According to Umar, Bello polled a total of 406,222 votes to defeat his major rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.

Dino Melaye, a former federal lawmaker, also rejected the results of the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun polls released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, November 17.

 

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Kogi Election: Results Will Be Announced Today-INEC

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Results of the Kogi State governorship election held on Saturday, November 16 will be announced today.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  had earlier  postponed the announcement of the result late Sunday, November 17.

The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Ibrahim Umar who is the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna state, told party agents and other political stakeholders at INEC headquarters, venue of the announcement in Lokoja, the state capital, that the collation will continue at 9 am on Monday, November 18. Legit.ng reports that at the time of the suspension of the collation on Sunday, only five local governments were yet to be announced. Results from a total of 16 LGs had already been declared.

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Meanwhile, reports of alleged vote-buying and high level of violence are said to have trailed the Kogi state election with civil society such as the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room calling for the total cancellation of the exercise.

In a statement, the Situation Room, stated that the Kogi election represents a major dent to Nigeria’s democracy.

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The Situation Room is a coalition of prominent civic groups and one of the accredited observers for the election.

Also, Dino Melaye, a former federal lawmaker, also rejected the results of the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun polls released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, November 17.

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