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Still On Akinwunmi Ambode

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The popular idiom is that “you don’t hit a man when he is down.”

However, this idiom doesn’t seem to apply to the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), especially where erstwhile Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode is concerned.

Ousted from office after his first term as governor, the man’s claim to superiority where the godfather of Lagos politics is concerned was supposed to be his emergence as a minister in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Having failed to be nominated, he was recently dealt another blow with the decision of members of LAHA to probe the abandonment of a cardio-renal center in Gbagada General Hospital said to have been equipped to the tunes of N 7 billion.

Commissioned and handed over to the government of Ambode by his predecessor Babatunde Raji Fashola, the center like several other uncompleted projects, remain abandoned till date.

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Yahaya Bello Nominates Onoja As Deputy Governor

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has nominated Edward Onoja as his Deputy Governor.

This follows the impeachment of his former Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, by the Kogi state House of Assembly over an alleged gross misconduct.

Onoja’s nomination as Deputy Governor comes two days after he resigned from his position as Govenor Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff with Abdulkareem Jamiu appointed to replace him.

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Onoja who is the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet is likely to be sworn-in today.

The 44-year-old indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, had sought the ticket of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011. He was also the chief strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015.

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Kogi Deputy Governor Remains Impeached-House Majority Leader, Hassan Abdulahi

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The Majority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, has stated that the state’s Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba remains impeached.

Abdullahi stated this while speaking with journalists on Friday, after Achuba’s impeachment.

Achuba was impeached by the state house of assembly following the submission of a report by a committee set up in August by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct brought against him.

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Achuba had accused Governor Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and allowances running into N800m since 2017.

He had also alleged that the state governor was also after his life, adding that he sent gunmen to kill him.

According to the House of Assembly, the claims, allegations, actions, and utterances of the deputy governor amounted to gross misconduct

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APC, PDP Supporters Clash In Bayelsa State

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A stakeholders meeting between supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State ended in a rowdy session on Wednesday, October 16.

Organised by the national leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the meeting which had INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in attendance ended abruptly, after outbursts by elders from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting which had heads of security agencies such as the Inspector General of Police Muhammad Adamu, represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Abdulmajeed Ali was designed by the Prof. Yakubu Mahmood-led commission to discuss burning issues with stakeholders for the November 16 governorship poll.

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However, actions by elders of the parties during the interactive session caused tension and rowdiness in the hall.

A source who spoke with us said trouble started after the Chairman of the PDP Bayelsa Elders Forum, Dr. Francis Duokpola, alleged that some persons were chased out of their community and made to live in Yenagoa as Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) after the last general election in the state.

He said: “We are busy talking about 2015 elections and we forget that we had an election in 2019. The Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state were one of the worst polls organised by INEC.

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“Because of that election, part of a community is living in an Internally Displaced Camp (IDP), because they do not belong to a particular party. INEC has not done anything about it. I am talking about the people of Nembe Bassambiri.”

But an APC stalwart, Dr. Dennis Otiotio, immediately interjected, shouting Duokpola down and calling him a liar.

Other APC leaders in the hall joined Otiotio to refer to Duokpola as a liar, alleging that he belonged to partisan elders destroying the state.

Apparent that nothing could be achieved with the two parties in a face off, Mahmood called for vote of thanks and the national anthem to end the programme.

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