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Kogi Speaker declares for Reps, pledges quality representation

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By Friday Idachaba

Incumbent Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has declared his intension to run for the Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency seat in the upcoming 2023 General Elections.

Kolawole a stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) disclosed his intension during the Official Declaration and Annual Widows Empowerment Programme in Kabba, Kogi West Senatorial District.

He said that the need for quality representation informed his decision to join the race adding that he had to throw his hat into the ring to enable him bring his experience to bear in the service of his constituents at higher level.

He averred that he had garnered a lot of experience over the years as a two-term legislator saying, “I have been in the House of Assembly for a couple of terms now.

“And it is my intention to contest for the Federal House of Representatives seat to represent the good people of Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Constituency under APC come 2023.”

Kolawole said he had spent the last seven years providing skills acquisition for his constituents with several Empowerment Initiatives.

He stressed that If given the mandate to represent the Federal Constituency, he would use the position to do more and advance his efforts to affect lives of the down trodden.

“While in the State House of Assembly, I have used my office to facilitate employment, we have facilitated projects to the Constituency, provided boreholes, youth Empowerment, rural electrification, skill acquisition and so on”, he said.

The Speaker commend the 30 Ward Executives of the APC in the Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency and urged them to continue to support the party for its overall success in the area come 2023.

On the Widows Empowerment Programme, he revealed that it was organised to immortalise his Late mother as well as his wife, Pastor Esther Kolawole who died in December, 2021.

Kolawole used the occasion to call the national leadership of the APC and all delegates to rally round Governor Yahaya Bello for him to realise his presidential ambition.

He said that Bello possessed the requisite knowledge and all it would to take to manage the complex diversity of the country, pointing out that his experience in Kogi state would help him to reposition the country for the betterment of all.

Notable grassroots politicians in the area as well as beneficiaries of of the Speaker’s Annual Widows’ Empowerment Programme commended Kolawole for his continual gestures and pledged their continued support for his aspiration. (Ends)

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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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Obi visits Atiku, Saraki, Lamido in Abuja over State of the nation

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Apparently worried about the state of the nation and the increasing uncertainty in the living conditions of the poor and underprivileged, the 2023 Presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has consulted some top opposition leaders to chart a way out.
Among those Obi consulted with were Former Vice President, and PDP Presidential Candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, the Former Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki and the Former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
A statement Spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that his visit to the leaders is in continuation of his determination to live up to his expressed commitment to the peace and progress of the nation. “His abiding devotion has always been for the emergence of a Nigeria that works for all its peoples where the people are quickly pulled out of poverty.
“At the center of discussion during each of these visits was the state of the nation and how to reduce the suffering of all Nigerians irrespective of class and location.”
The statement explained that the desperate condition of the downtrodden in in the country was particularly highlighted.
“Of particular interest and emphasis in these discussions was the worrisome situation in the Northern parts of the country”

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Dan Nwanyanwu insists, no remedy for 27 Rivers lawmakers that dumped the PDP

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The National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, has insisted only fresh election can reinstate the 27 lawmakers from Rivers State who who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him by voluntarily switching political allegiances, the lawmakers have effectively relinquished their previous seats, with no avenue for reinstatement.

Despite directives to INEC to refrain from taking action, Nwanyanwu argued that delaying elections merely prolongs the inevitable outcome.

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In an interview with Arise TV, he remarked, ”I agree with Wike that nobody will remove the 27 lawmakers but they have removed themselves.

They have on their own volition decided to leave the state assembly. And I want to say without mincing words that nothing will bring back the 27 lawmakers to their seats unless another election is conducted and they emerge victorious in the election.

As of today, any lover of democracy and laws would know that the constitution has written it clearly that if on your own, you decided to join another political party, there is no provision that you want to come back.

I’m aware that there are plethora of cases and INEC has been told not to do anything. But you see, they are just postponing the day of the election.

These lawmakers are no longer recognized members of the state assembly. I’m a lawyer and most lawyers are unanimous on this matter. When a law is clear and unambiguous, you don’t need to give it any strange interpretation.

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