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Cancel Kogi guber election — result sheets manifested before accreditation, Melaye tells INEC

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Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the off-cycle election in the state.

Melaye spoke at a press conference on Sunday in Lokoja, the state’s capital.

He alleged that result sheets manifested even before the commencement of the accreditation of voters on Saturday.

“Yesterday in the five local governments of central senatorial district in Kogi state, there was no election. In the end surprisingly, accreditation was done manually, the BVAS was not used,” Melaye said.

“Prepared sheets manifested even before accreditation and evidence is all over media.

“INEC as matter of urgency must cancel the election. Many areas where I won, my agents were told there were no available result sheet to enter the result and we have evidence to back up these claims.

“As I speak to you, it is shameful that this is what our democracy has descended to. INEC has manifested ever than before, that they cannot be trusted, they are biased, they are compromised, and they cannot be a neutral umpire.

“INEC officials, youth corps members were caught yesterday with prepared result sheets even before the commencement of the processes. A youth corps member was arrested with prepared result and N1 million.”

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has also called for the cancellation of the election in the central senatorial district of Kogi.

David Edibo, an agent of the SDP, in a petition addressed to the INEC returning officer at the collation center in Lokoja on Sunday, said the party did not accept the results of the election in five LGAs of the state.

INEC had on Saturday said it was investigating reports of pre-filled result sheets in some polling units in the state.

“Our attention has been drawn to a report that filled result sheets were discovered in some polling units in Kogi State. The Commission views this situation seriously,” the commission said in a statement posted on X.

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Appeal court affirms Douye Diri as Bayelsa governor

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The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state.

A three-member panel of the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Timipre Sylva, for lacking in merit.

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Senator Monguno replaces Ndume as Senate Chief Whip

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The Senator representing Borno North, Sen. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno) has replaced Sen. Ali Ndume representing Borno South (APC-Borno) as the Chief Whip of the Senate.

This was contained in a letter by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje to the President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio.

The letter titled “Complaints Against the Unbecoming Utterances of Sen. Ali Ndume” was read by Akpabio during plenary on Wednesday.

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Ondo LP Governorship candidate, Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi promises ₦120k minimum wage if elected

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Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi, the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Ondo State, says he will implement ₦120,000 minimum wage for workers if voted for.

Olorunfemi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, said that well-paid workers tended to be more productive than poorly paid ones.

“As at 2023 when we were campaigning, we assured our people that LP would be paying a minimum of ₦80,000 minimum wage in Ondo, that was before the economy got to where it is today.

“With the situation in the market now, looking at the cost of living, if this state is put under our control, we shall not pay anything less than ₦120,000 as minimum wage.

“That is the minimum we can pay and we believe we will be able to afford it,” he said.

The candidate said that the party would engage more workers in the state and motivate them to be productive to improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.

“The fact that I know is that what we have now can pay the minimum wage.

“We want our workers to be productive so that more wealth can come to the state,” he noted.

Olorunfemi said that if elected, his administration would rigorously pursue the construction of a dry port to stop the inflow of traffic into Lagos from the state and its environs.

“When we take over as LP, the first agenda is to make sure there is a port in Ondo State, to boost business and the economy.

“We are working with Alaba International Market Association in Lagos. We are going to work on how to have our own dry port to decongest Alaba International Market in Lagos.

“We are getting a dry port at Ore and a very big international market that will reduce traffic inflow to Lagos,” he stated.

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