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Kogi East 2023: Echocho declares for second term



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***reels out legislative dividends

The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Isah Jibrin (Echocho), has declared to take another shot at the senate, under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC).

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mikail Ibrahim quoted the senator to have made the declaration on Monday at an event that was attended by the party Elders Advisory Council, State Executive, Zonal Chairman, Divisional party chairmen across the 9 (nine) LGAs, stakeholders, and the party members at Ejule, Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Echocho in the statement said, his decision to re-contest, is to continue to provide meaningful leadership for the people of Kogi East Senatorial district.

“My intention to run for the second term come 2023 is to continue to bring more infrastructure development to our people,” he said.

While thanking his constituents for their support, he promised to step up in all ramifications to deliver more democratic dividends on his return.

Echocho thanked His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello for giving him the mandate to represent the people of Kogi East at the Senate of the National Assembly, assured that he will not disappoint in loyalty service delivery.
Echocho used the opportunity to highlight his stewardship since assumption in the red chamber as senator.

Project Executed in his senatorial district he listed to include,

  1. Reactivation of Acharu Oil Mill Plant in Egume;
  2. Construction of Rice Milling Plant in Ejule-Ojebe;
  3. Construction of 33 (thirty three) Boreholes across the 9 (Nine) LGAs;
  4. Construction of 3 (three) blocks of classrooms in 3 (three) schools;
  5. Construction of 3 (three) Health centres in 3 (three) different locations;
  6. Construction of 2 (two) feeder roads
  7. Construction of Skill Acquisition centre, at Anyigba;
  8. Rural Electrification with transformers in 5 (five) towns in Ankpa and Omala LGAs;
  9. Distribution of 13 (thirteen) tractors to the 9 (nine) LGAs;
  10. Distribution of various farming equipments such as harvesters, sprayers, peelers, thresher and hand carrier motorized weeder to 9 (nine) LGAs
  11. Installation of 230 (two hundred and thirty) Solar Lights in various communities;
  12. Provision of drugs and medical equipment to various health centres in the 9 (nine) LGAs;
  13. Reactivation of Kogi State University Bakery, and provision of a delivery bus to the school.

Empowerment facilitated across the 9 (nine) LGAs:

  1. Distribution of Keke napep and Motorcycles across the 9 (nine) LGAs;
  2. Distribution of Grinding Machines;
  3. Distribution of Sewing Machines;
  4. Distribution of Hair Dressing equipment;
  5. Distribution of Baking Kits;
  6. Distribution of Phone repair Kits;
  7. Distribution of Generators;
  8. Training and Cash grants in various entrepreneurial skills, ranging from N20,000 to N100,000 across the 9 (nine) LGAs;

Employment Facilitated:

  1. Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS);
  2. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC);
  3. Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC);
  4. Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC);
  5. Federal Fire Service;
  6. Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency;
  7. Nigeria Correctional Service. Among others.

He used the occasion to highlight some projects captured into the 2022 budget for maximum benefit of his constituents, to include

  1. Construction of Rice Milling Plant in Abejukolo;
  2. Construction of Cashew Processing Plant in Ogbabo Udachi;
  3. Construction of Cassava Processing Plant in Ankpa;
  4. Continuation of On-going Construction of 2 (two) feeder roads;
  5. Construction of 2 (two) new feeder roads;
  6. Installation of Solar light at Various locations (800 points);
  7. Installation of Transformers in various communities;
  8. Supply of Educational materials to various schools;
  9. Construction of Boreholes;
  10. Construction of Blocks of classrooms;
  11. Construction of mini Cashew Processing Plant in Kogi State University;
  12. Construction of Town hall!
  13. Construction of modern market. Adding that he will improve on his entrepreneurship training and grants to youths and women, subsequently.

He mentioned bills and motions sponsored as follows;

  1. Bill for the Establishment of Federal Eye Centre, Ochadamu;
  2. Bill for the Establishment of Orthopedic Hospital in Dekina;
  3. Bill for the upgrade of College of Education, Ankpa to Federal University of Education;
  4. Bill for the Establishment of the Nigerian Cashew Crop Processing Agency;
  5. Bill for the Establishment of the Nigerian Capital Market Development Fund; etc.


  1. Motion for the Rehabilitation of Shintaku, Anyigba road;
  2. Motion for the immediate completion of Abadigba power project at Egume;
  3. Motion for the Rehabilitation of Itobe-Ajaokuta road;
  4. Motion for the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and other relevant organization to provide aid for the displaced persons in communities in Bassa LGA;
  5. Motion for the completion of the Junior Girls Model Secondary School, Odu-Okpiyegede;
  6. Motion for the completion and Take-Off of the Federal Government Aquaculture Project at Idah;
  7. Motion for the Expeditious completion of Rail Line From Ajaokuta in Kogi State to Otukpo in Benue State;
  8. Motion for the Rehabilitation of Communities affected by communal Clashes in Bassa LGA;
  9. Motion for the Rehabilitation of Communities affected by rainstorm in Olamaboro
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LP digs into archives, unearth document that limits NLC power to take party




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In its effort to regain legitimacy the Labour Party (LP) has started digging into its archive to produce historical limitations to the powers of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the Labour Party (LP).

According to the letter displayed by the LP, the Nigerian Labour Congress does not have any status conferred by the statute over the Labour Party; instead, it enjoys the status of any member of the Labour Party.

The letter written in 2015, signed by Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu, Secretary to the Commission, and addressed to the former leader of the Labour Party, Ayuba Wabba, reads: “With reference to your letter on the above subject dated August 5″, 2015, I am directed to inform you that the Commission has reviewed relevant documents and records in its possession in respect of the Labour Party and has established the following:

“Membership of the Labour Party as provided in Articles 1 and 9 of the Labour Party’s Constitution, 2009, does not confer any special or superior status on the Nigeria Labour Congress.”

The letter, INEC/DEPMI/LP/16/T/68, is entitled: Re: request for INEC’s Urgent Intervention To Arrest The Activities Of An Imposter Group In Labour Party

The letter further said, “In accordance with Article 15(7) of the Labour Party Constitution, 2009, the elected National Executive Committee (NEC) has a tenure of four (4) years.”

In a commentary signed by the National Publicity of Labour Party, Pastor Obiora Ifoh, Labour leaders should acquaint themselves with history to avoid unnecessary conflict

The comment reads, in part: “A good student learns from history. If people refuse to learn from history, history will continue to repeat itself. When the Nigeria Labour Congress attempted to crookedly take over the leadership of the Labour Party in 2015 and wrote INEC, INEC replied that they had no locus standi to interfere or change the leadership of the party.

“They have failed to learn from that trajectory, and it is surprising that Joe Ajaero’s NLC is also taking the same line of action and trajectory, and they are expecting a different result.

“A reasonable NLC would have been thinking of how to consolidate with the leadership of the Labour Party having made huge exploits and having achieved great results from the 2023 general election; rather, they have chosen a collision cause that will neither help them nor help Nigerians.

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Olusola Oke says, he did not commit crime for marrying an Igbo woman




Barrister Olusola Oke addressing the media after the submission of his expression of interest and nomination forms for the November Governorship election in Ondo State.
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**Admits he is a polygamist

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election, Olusola Oke has put to rest the misinformation about his marital status and the politics of the first Lady of the State disclosing he is a polygamist

The Social media had been awashed with tweets from his opponents in Ondo State telling people not to vote for him as his Ibo wife will visit tyranny on the State like the immediate past first Lady, Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu.

Reacting to a poser on the issue with reference to a tweet making the round on social media that reads,
“Say no to Olusola Oke, we don’t want another Igbo tyrant first Lady in our place. The last 8 years had been hell under Mrs Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, Olusola should simply go to his wife’s state to contest”
He said, in a contest like this, you don’t expect everybody to be your friend and when they cannot find fault in you, they will look for something.
“First and foremost there is a good population of Igbos in Ondo State who are members of APC, when you say that what you are doing is provoking them to support me.
“In Nigeria, it is unconstitutional for anybody to discriminate against another on the grounds of the circumstances of his birth, his tribe or marriage. So what the person is tweeting is unconstitutional.
“It is not against any law in Nigeria to marry from another section of the country but these people have also forgotten, they keep writing about my junior wife, I am a polygamist.
“They have checked my credentials they know they cannot find fault in terms of relevant requirements, they cannot say that I am not well educated, they cannot question the integrity based on my certificate, they cannot question experience.
“They cannot question my good looks, so they must get something to talk about. Yes the social media is awashed but you will never see me comment. We are talking about competence and the development of the State, you are talking about being married to an Igbo.
“It is a funny story, but the truth of the matter is I married a Yoruba woman first in my life, an Ilaje woman, we have been married for the last 41 years. She is a PhD holder, she has served Ondo State for 35years, even in her right she could be governor of Ondo State, yet when they write, they misinform deliberatly to denigrate my person.
“I haven’t committed any crime and I am happy at the tweet, look at what some said, that the Ibo woman is the most generous woman they had ever seen.
“I have got women, pretty, don’t look at them, they are well mannered women, I have not told anyone who will be my first Lady. Obviously those who write, are not with me.”
The aspirant had visited the Party’s national secretariat to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms on Friday

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LP crisis: Obi drops bombshell, says he will leave if leadership fails to change




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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP)in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has taken many Nigerians by surprise when he hinted about the possibility of dumping the party ahead of the 2027 election season if the leadership of the party failed to toe the part of integrity.
This is coming against the backdrop that the Labour Party held what was described by stakeholders as a kangaroo convention that even the Electoral Umpire; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discredited.
Obi had advised the leadership of the party to tarry a while for proper consultation before the convention, but the leaders went ahead with the convention.
They also reserved the 2027 presidential ticket of the Party for Peter Obi and that of Abia State for Alex Otti the incumbent Governor who is yet to be 10 months on the saddle even when they decided not to take part in the gathering
Obi gave the hint during an engagement with his supporters on his Verified X space hosted by Parallel Facts, yesterday.

The former Amambra State Governor explained that his primary focus which dedicated members of the Obidient Movement have aligned with; is all about making Nigeria work for all citizens, as such, he refused to be distracted.

According to him, the contrived crisis in the Labour Party was part of a distractive strategy which neither he nor his supporters were willing to fall for.

Obi said, “Our engagement is about Nigeria, they are trying to change our focus what we want to do is not about Labour Party it is about what the Obidients want to do about Nigeria.

“We are thinking about water, we are thinking about power, we are thinking about employment, thinking about security that should be our focus.

“The other matter we will deal with. We were somewhere , we didn’t start with Labour.

“I’m a Christain. Jesus said, when you go into a city try to change them, live with them ,fast with them, if in the end you can’t you come out and even wash the sand that is on your shoes .

“He didn’t say go there and die with them. I tell you, I’m making spirited efforts to change them (LP) but I’m not going to die with them.

“That will not stop what we set out to do, We will try to change them (LP), if we can’t, we will leave them, we will not die with them.” End

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