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UWAJUMOGU CONDEMNS MURDER OF STATE ASSEMBLY COMMISSIONER ***Calls on security agencies to take prompt action

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Rt.-Hon.-Benjamin-Uwajimogu

The Speaker, Imo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, has strongly condemned last week’s gruesome murder of Chief Tobias Onyekele, a Commissioner in the Imo state House of Assembly Civil Service Commission by yet-to-be identified gunmen.

Chief Onyekele, who until his death, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and one of the avid supporters of the Speaker’s senatorial ambition for Okigwe zone, was reportedly murdered in cold blood by hoodlums along the ever busy Ama-wire junction, Orji-Owerri road on Sunday afternoon.

The Speaker in a release made available to journalists in Owerri yesterday, by his Senior Special Assistant on media, Mr. Emeka Ahaneku,  decried what he called high level of violence and unwarranted assassinations of his close associates and supporters, with barely three weeks to the conduct of the 2015 general elections in the country.

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According to him, “it is highly disturbing and nauseating too how our state, which had hitherto witnessed relative peace and tranquility in recent times, would be made to unnecessarily contend with such despicable act of violence, especially, now that the country is poised for the upcoming electoral contest”, he submitted.

He further described the late Commissioner, as an honest and dedicated gentleman, who had distinguished his entire life to the service of God and humanity, stressing that his personal ideologies were always hinged on the use of public office for the maximum benefit of the general populace.

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Rt. Hon. Uwajumogu, maintained that the state chapter of the APC, the Okigwe senatorial zone and indeed, the entire state have lost a rare gem, whose legendary contributions to the positive development of the state would have had far-reaching effect in the lives of its citizenry.

He however, called on the relevant security agencies operating in the state, to as a matter of urgency, swing into actions and ensure that perpetrators of such “barbaric and dastardly act” were made to face the full weight of the law, a punitive measure which according to him, would adequately serve as deterrent to persons who might be nursing similar outrageous act of disrupting the existing public peace in the state

 

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Breaking: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator Representing Kogi West

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Biodun Okeowo

The election that saw Dino Melaye emerging as Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district has been nullified.

Senator Melaye’s election  was cancelled by the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

The nullification was announced on Friday, August 23.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC), Melaye polled a total of 85,395 votes to defeat his All Progressive Congress (APC) opponent who scored 66,902 votes.

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The result was however contested on the grounds of irregularities, overvoting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the APC candidate, Sam Adeyemi.

According to reports, the three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for another election in the senatorial district.

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Oyo House Of Assembly Finally Confirms Seun Fakorede As Commissioner

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27 year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede as commissioner.

Fakorede was appointed as commissioner for youth and sport despite a protest by party stalwarts earlier today.

Governor Seyi Makinde had sent Fakorede’s name to the Assembly alongside that of Professor Raphael Afonja, and Faosat Joke Sunni in a list of his second batch of cabinet nominees.

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The three were screened and approved on Thursday, August 21.

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Announcing the approval, the  Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, praised Governor Makinde for nominating the commissioners-designate.

Hesaid: “The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27-year-old Fakorede Seun Temidayo of Ibarapaland and two others as commissioners of the Oyo State Government.”

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Governor Makinde In Dilema Over Future Of Oyo’s Youngest Commissioner-nominee

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Seyi Makinde

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is currently in a dilema over the future of one of his commissioner-nominees, Oluwaseun Fakorede.

Fokorede’s appointment initially celebrated in Oyo State has now turned controversial leading to a face off between groups.

While a group is opposing the nomination of 27-year-old, the other group is supporting his nomination as a commissioner.

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The anti-Fakorede group is made up of members and leaders of the ruling party who have hinged their protest on claims that Fakore’s father had defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked against the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the elections.

The group, which comprises party leaders, elders and women urge lawmakers not to screen or confirm his nomination adding that his nomination  negates the sharing arrangement by the leaders to cover the interest of all the regions and zones of the area.

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