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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.

Motions:

  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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Discordant tunes as Obi/LP clash over purported endorsement of Abure

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***Obi says he did not endorse any leadership, as LP counters him

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP) in the 2023 General election Peter Obi may be embarking on a collision course with the party over his motif for the visit to the secretariat of the party on Tuesday along with his supporters.

Apparently piqued by how his visit was portrayed to be an endorsement of the Julius Abure-led leadership, Obi on Wednesday morning clarified that his visit to the Party’s secretariat on Tuesday was not to endorse the leadership but to engender reconciliation.
A statement by Peter Obi Media Relations (POMR) spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that the visit was more of reconciliation not an endorsement of any leadership as it was being portrayed.
In a swift reaction, the LP national publicity Secretary Obiorah Ifoh in a counter statement described Obi’s new statement as a twist of the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate to the leadership of the party.
He said Obi and Abure are on the same page over reconciliation in LP as he warned against any attempt to twist well intentioned visit.
Obi’s spokesperson statement reads,
“Obi’s visit to Labour Party yesterday was not to endorse anybody, but occassioned by his reconcilliatory move. Julius Abure in his speech stated clearly how Obi came to the office, and Obi in his speech clarified same, while preaching peace, and his mantra ‘pursuit of better Nigeria for the poor’

“Leadership of NLC/TUC Political Arm Commorades Titus Amba and Chris Uyot who were informed of Obi travelling out today, hence will honour thier invitation, also met with him, and extensively discussed same peace move with them.

“Obi had repeatedly maintained that his interest was to carry everybody along into one strong family, and not to support one against the other.

“In all his meetings with with all stakeholders, he has always maintained peace, and urge not to lose purpose which is to free Nigeria suffering and pain.

“The LP standards bearer plans to continue meeting with critical stakeholders, and groups to achieve all-inclusive political family with a common dream of rescuing Nigeria.

Ifoh statement reads,

“The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been called to a statement issued by the spokesperson to our National Leader, Peter Obi titled, ‘Obi visits to LP, Reconciliatory, not endorsement…’ Dr. Tanko Yinusa wherein he tried to twist the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate on the leadership of the party.

“As a party we are pleased that our leader has chosen to reconcile all aggrieved members and stakeholders of the party. “This noble step taken by Mr. Obi is in line with the call made by the Labour Party’s National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure during his maiden press conference last week titled ‘Triumphant Resumption of Abure led NWC’ wherein he pleaded with all the warring parties including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to sheath their swords and join in the rebuilding process in the party.

“Peter Obi’s visit and speech on Tuesday during the FCT solidarity rally has been variedly described in some quarters as an endorsement on the Abure leadership being his very first visit after the successful National Convention of the party held in March. But to us as a party we cherish this visit on whatever nomenclature as a positive wind blowing on the party.
“We believe that very soon, the reconciliatory efforts will be consummated and metamorphose into a political force that will usher in a government that will liberate Nigerians from the shackles of maladministration we are presently facing in the country.

“Finally, we urge the NLC and its Political Commission to understand that we are not the foe, and to see us as an ally in the battle to rescue Nigeria.
“They should emulate the Trade Union Congress, (TUC) which has shown greater understanding and willingness to partner with the Labour Party in our efforts to make a new Nigeria possible.”

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Okonkwo accuses Abure-led LP of being equally yoked by corruption as APC

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***Says he is suspending his association with the party

Nollywood actor turned politician, Kenneth Okonkwo, has alleged that the national convention organized by Julius Abure which returned him as Labour Party (LP) national chairman is nothing but criminality and corruption.

He stated this when he announced he was suspending his relationship with the Julius Abure-led National Working Committee of the LP.

According him, a new Nigeria is the priority, adding that he prefers to lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing.

Okonkwo, who was the spokesperson for the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council in the 2023 election, in a post via his verified X account on Tuesday, said the current Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party is another incompetent and corrupt association, just like the All Progressives Congress (APC) he left before.

The post reads: “I am suspending my relationship in all ramifications with the purported Abure-led National Working Committee of Labour Party.

For me, it’s either a new Nigeria or nothing. I prefer to lose doing the right thing than winning doing the wrong thing.

Nothing can wash out the criminality, corruption, and incompetence with which the purported National Convention was purportedly organised by Abure.

I did not leave the comfort of a ruling party APC because I believe that they are incompetent and dishonest only to come and join another incompetent and corrupt association, which is the current Abure led National Working Committee of Labour Party.”

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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