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Our focus is to take over power in 2019- Dickson, Dokpesi

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Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson and one of the chairmanship aspirants in the just concluded convention, Raymond Dokpesi yesterday said that their focus is for the party to take over power in 2019.

Both spoke when Dickson led members of the Reconciliation Committee on a visit to Dokpesi in Abuja.

The governor urged the PDP leaders and members to focus priority attention on the future in order to actualize the objectives of the party to take over power in 2019.

Dickson, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said that while it was a fact that the past was important as a guide to shape the future, the PDP leaders and members had a responsibility to focus their energy on the challenges ahead of the party.

Dickson stated that the committee visited Dokpesi to interract with him because of its awareness of the need to reach out to as many political leaders as possible who have played key roles in the party and whose efforts are crucial to the success of the party in the future.

He commended Dokpesi for his maturity and love for the party as shown by the statement he issued accepting the outcome of the convention and restraining his supporters.

He said: “Now the convention has come and gone the way it did. As party leaders, we know that even though it was a family contest, there was need to reach out to leaders who have played key roles in the party, and whose contributions moving forward would continue to be significant. We thought we should interact with you, to share ideas with you, to discuss some of the concerns and issues that have arisen after the convention.

“Primarily, it is not with a view to looking back as much as we would like all of us to focus on the future to see how we can get to our desired destination. The purpose of this engagement is not so much with a view to looking at the past than the future. We know the past is important to guide the future. But the purpose, the aim of this interaction is how we can move forward.”

In his reaction, Dokpesi assured Dickson and the members of the committee of his determination to sustain continuous support for the PDP.

He stressed that he would not withdraw his support from the party as a result of the events which characterized the December 9, 2017 National Convention òf the party which produced Chief Uche Secondus as National Chairman.

He said that his major mission was to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress from power in 2019.

Dokpesi recalled his pre convention position that the outcome of the convention would be accepted since bring Chairman was not a do or die affair.

“There are quite a number of things that were said before the convention. I believe that Nigerians will recall that I said that the convention and the election that we are going into was not a matter of life and death. That I did say that I was conscious of the fact that power comes from God, and whoever emerges, I will give my unconditional support, to ensure that this party is able to fulfill its mission, to ensure that the challenges that are ahead can be overcome much more easily,” he said.

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2019 election: Why Fayemi, Osinbajo couldn’t take Trader Moni to Ekiti main markets – PDP

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Lere Olayinka

Lere Olayinka

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State has described as laughable, the decision of the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi to take Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to the State Pavilion in Ado Ekiti yesterday, for what it called “indirect re-looting of the recovered Abacha loot through the TraderMoni scheme.”

The party said the governor had taken Osinbajo to the Pavilion instead of the usual markets, because, “Fayemi must be afraid of being booed by the market people in the presence of the Vice President as they have done to him before.”

Director of Media and Publicity of the Atiku/Obi PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Ekiti State, Lere Olayinka, said this in a statement to DAILY POST on Tuesday.

He said that Fayemi must be ashamed that he could not take the Vice President to the markets in Ado and Ikere Ekiti for fear of being humiliated by the market people.

Olayinka, who said traders at Oja Bisi in Ado Ekiti chanted Osoko (Fayose’s nickname) the first time Fayemi visited Oja Bisi in Ado Ekiti, added that “the Vice President should ask Fayemi why he chose the pavilion instead of Oja Bisi in Ado Ekiti or Elegberun Market in Ikere Ekiti.”

He described Fayemi as, ”an unwanted governor who after assuming office through dubious means opted to compound his rejection by the people by ruling Ekiti State like a diaspora governor.”

Olayinka said, “Everywhere the Vice President went to share his N10,000 for votes under the guise of TraderMoni, he went to the market. So why didn’t he go to the market in Ekiti? The reason is simple, the market people would have booed him alongside Fayemi as they have done to him before.”

While reiterating that the recovered Abacha loot was being re-looted by the Buhari led government through the TraderMoni scheme, he added, “No responsible government will send its Vice President to the market to share say N10 million to 1,000 traders at N10,000 each while spending over N25 million on maintenance of presidential jet as well as allowances for himself, aides, protocols, security and others just to share about N10 million.

“If not because of their intention to re-loot the Abacha loot and convert it to the funding of the President’s reelection, the federal government would have adopted the YouWin Programme and also focused on youths in technology development instead of going from one
market to the other to share money that cannot be audited.

“Why didn’t they take records of beneficiaries, take them through Biometric and pay the money to their bank accounts so that the disbursement can be traced and properly audited?

“The painful fact is that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Pastor is helping President Buhari to re-loot the recovered Abacha loots through the TraderMoni Scheme.”

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I regret voting for Buhari in 2015, says Gov Ortom

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Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has appealed to the Christian community in the state to forgive him for working for the election of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general election.

The governor who disclosed this while interacting with the Christian community during his re-election campaign at Wannune in Tarka local government area of the state, regretted that after the people massively voted for the President, he has decided to pay them back in a bad way.

He implored the people to vote Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, whom he described as the best friend of the Tiv nation.

Governor Ortom who lamented the spate of killing of innocent people by armed Fulani herdsmen, reiterated his stands against the proposed grazing routes by the Buhari administration saying the state under his watch would not cede any piece of land for the creation of the grazing routes.

Ortom regretted that after the law banning anti open grazing law was successfully passed by the state House of Assembly, some indigenes of the state including Senator George Akume came out and betrayed the people before the Presidency that citizens of the state were responsible for the killings.

The governor who also lamented continued killing of farmers including women and children by herdsmen, said the greatest challenge confronting his administration is non-payment of salaries but expressed his readiness to source for funds to clear the backlog to make life more meaningful to the people.

Governor Ortom stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled federal government failed to address the problems faced by the people by Jihadists who openly declared their conquest and occupation agenda on the state and thereafter failed to give the people justice when they demanded it.

According to him this development coupled with what he described as the deliberate neglect of Benue people by not giving them strategic positions in government prompted him to seek an alternative platform on which to pursue his re-election.

He appealed to the people to seize the opportunity of the general elections this year to vote for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who he said will protect their interests and guarantee their survival.

Also, the State PDP Chairman, Mr John Ngbede, had appealed to the people to seize the opportunity of the general elections to vote for all the candidates of the party.

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2019: INEC alleges plans by politicians to use food vendors for vote buying

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INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu

INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu


The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it has uncovered plans by some politicians to station food vendors within polling units to use them as “cash points” to voters who would sell their votes to them.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, revealed Monday in Abuja, when he played host to the European Union Chief Observer, Mrs Maria Arena, that the commission will fight any process that will ridicule its resolve to conduct a transparent, free and fair election in the country.

“Following recent consultations with stakeholders across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, the attention of the commission was drawn to a new plan by some political actors to use food vendors around polling units with large voter populations as collection points for cash-for-votes as well as other forms of material inducement to voters on Election Day. We are aware of this trick. It will not work,” Yakubu disclosed.

He noted that the Smart Card Readers will be deployed on election day for voter verification, confirmation and authentication.

“We have enhanced them and improved their functionality. Clause 10 of the Regulations and Guidelines recently released by the commission makes the use of Card Readers mandatory. It is an offence to accredit a voter by any other means. INEC not outsourcing ad hoc staff recruitment

“The bulk of ad hoc staff for election duty will be drawn from the pool of young Nigerians serving in the National Youth Service scheme. The commission has established clear criteria for drawing from students of tertiary institutions to make up for any shortfalls. This has been the practice over several electoral cycles. Similarly, Collation and Returning Officers are drawn from senior academic staff of federal universities led by the vice chancellors. We have already commenced the process following our meeting with the vice chancellors last week. In addition, there is a clearly established system of vetting all election duty staff before they are engaged.

“Therefore, the claim that the commission has outsourced the recruitment of election duty staff to partisan actors is the usual allegation on the eve of elections and should be disregarded. With 25 days to the 2019 general elections, the commission’s attention is firmly focused on the conduct of credible elections. We will not be distracted into a fatuous debate.

“I wish to assure the EU that our preparation for the 2019 general election is on course. We have had a series of very assuring meetings with the security agencies in order to ensure that processes are protected, the right of voters to vote freely safeguarded, access for observers and the media guaranteed, the election transparent and the outcome a true reflection of the will of the Nigerian people,” Yakubu added.

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