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Opinion - Any Ebira Man That Contest Against Gov. Yahaya Bello In Kogi 2019 Election Is Not a Traitor.
This is a reply to Ebira Youth Vanguard Of Nigeria (EYVON) opinion, that quote that Any Ebira That Contest 2019 Kogi Gov Election Against Yahaya Bello is A Traitor.
Kogi Governorship Election
Kogi Governorship Election
Its true that as 2019 governorship election is approaching, lots of people not only Ebira people are vying for the 2019 governorship.

In a sponsored article sponsored by EYVON president (Engr. Haroon Dio) on Kogireports portal it is said that the attention of the group had been drawn into various rumours surrounding such people ambition for the election.

And they  strongly advise such people to fadeoff their ambition for such position in 2019 and rather give their total support in all ramitification for the re-election of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello as he is chosen by almighty God.

and that they should learn from the past when they fruitlessly agitated for powershift and failed at some crucial point due to their self determined  interest  before almighty God chose Alh. Yahaya Bello to champion entire Ebira kingdom.

My first correction here is knowing the meaning of traitor: meaning of traitor by Cambridge university is a person who is not loyal or stops being loyal to their own country, social class, beliefs, etc.:  so how is a person that stand up to server his people a traitor, first look at it in this direction, I have not pledge my loyalty or vow to be with Gov. Yahaya Bello in any way that I'm breaking, and the position is not for a particular person, this is democracy people, where any one that's up to the task come out to showcase what they have to offer to make a place better.

I believe everyone in the world has their own uniqueness and anyone of us can be chosen by God. My own interest too is to enhance peace and development in Ebiraland and make Kogi State a better place for all of us.

The office of Governor in any State is not for a particular part of the state its for anyone that have interest of his or her people in mind, if this position is for particular region or person I'm sure the Ebira's won't agitate for power shift in the first place.

You know what it takes to come back for second term in Nigeria politics, if the first tenure pleases the people of Kogi State, then let them choose who to rule them in 2019. and you should know that Gov. Yahaya Bello isn't on that seat for only Ebira People interest but for the whole Kogi State and everyone has something to say and to do to make the world a better place.

If you can do better than Gov. Yahaya Bello i think you should go for it, and you will never be tagged as a traitor. 

Once again, I know that the interest of EYVON is to enhance peace and development in Ebiraland. So is mine opinion too, I also know that you are not politically motivated to publish this article, and i want you to know too that this is my opinion and mine only, not politically motivated either.

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Written by CEO of Ebiraland Media,
Yakubu Binuyaminu Adeiza.

Yakubu Binuyaminu September 23, 2017
11 Reasons To Vote Hon. Isa Oyambai aka White Lion for House Of Assembly, Adavi L.G.A (APC).

Before I start my listings on anything let's go to real meaning of house of assembly before we know who is really suitable for the position.



What is House Of Assembly?
As seen on wikipedia the free encyclopedia:- House of Assembly is a name given to the legislature or lower house of a bicameral parliament. In some countries this may be at a sub-national level.

Democracy has spoken. The true heroes of this day are we the people of Ebiraland. Even the incumbent couldn't withstand the wind of change the Democratic process has brought upon the people of Ebiraland.

For my fellow people of Adavi Local Government Area, this doesn't stop there. We have to go a step further and Vote the well and truly competent Isa Oyambai of the All Progressive Congress (APC). To represent us at the state level. (House of Assembly).

We have to put an end to the current situation on ground in Adavi local government area of kogi state. The supporting and the continuity of the good governance provided to us all by the current governor Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.

So let me go directly to the top reasons to vote the White Lion Of Ebiraland (Hon. Isa Oyambai of APC)

  •  He is a young man and would be more compassionate:  He will be considerate and more mature in his decisions. He will be compassionate to people's suffering and misfortunes and he will act when needed to protect the interest of the public.
  •  He is a disciplined person: Hon White lion is less likely to compromise on his principles or let other people ride him if he is voted in. He is also not the kind of person that follows others but rather a natural born leader.
  •  Adavi L.G.A has the most corrupt governance over the past years, judging from the percentage of ghost workers listed in the Governor Yahaya Bello led administrative screening exercise. He's here to cancel all that.
  •  Adavi L.G.A deserves Special Status as Economic Capital of Ebiraland and Kogi State.
  •  He is under the cabinet of All Progressive Congress (APC): Adding more value to his representatives in office if his voted in, this will be given him the full chance to deliberate with the Governor about what we his people needed.
  •  60% of Nationally collected Value Added Tax (VAT) of Ebiraland is from Adavi L.G.A, Yet Adavi gets no mush preference from State and Federal Government when sharing. He's here to free us from all that.
  •  Adavi L.G.A hardly benefit from Ecological funds. Even though it needs it more than any other local gov. In kogi state.
  •  PDP will only reverse the trend of progress. We have seen what they can do at the state level and FG level.
  •  Rehabilitation: Roads, Gutters, and bridges in Adavi local government need rehabilitation. He can speak for us in the house.
  •  Prosperity of Ebiraland and Kogi State is tied to the prosperity of Adavi L.G.A. This is Common sense politics.
  •  Hon. White Lion is not too money conscious: Unlike some other politicians, he is known as a very good business man and he is not seen as a money conscious in his business line, as much as his competitors who might just want to get power for the sake of money. He seems to be more concerned about keeping his good name rather than acquiring riches, and Adavi, Ebiraland, Kogi and the whole Nigeria needs men like that.

This is the chance for all Ebira people to get what they really deserve.

VOTE Hon. Isa Oyambai (White Lion) House Of Assembly (2019) Adavi LGA under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress (APC). And we all shall be freed in Adavi L.G.A.

If not White Lion; Then Who?

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 23, 2017
Ebira Youths Vanguard Of Nigeria (E.Y.V.N) Endorsed Com. Umar Danladi Abubakar As National Youths Council Of Nigeria.
Presidential candidate of December 9 - 11 2016 Election. In a brief meeting between executives of Ebira Youths Vanguard Of Nigeria (E.Y.V.N) express their maximum support for Comrade Barde to pilot the affairs of youths council for sustainable development among Nigeria youths.

Com. Umar Danladi Abubakar

Been satisfied with Comrade, with qualities of good leadership ( Humble, Fidelity, Credible, Endurance and Vocal) In him we urge our fellow youths to support and vote Barde as National Youth Council Of Nigeria.

Signed by President Of Ebira Youth Vanguard Of Nigeria (E.Y.V.N).
Engr. Haroon Dio.

Yakubu Binuyaminu December 7, 2016
INEC to conclude Rivers, Kano, Imo, Kogi rerun before July 31
By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA:

 The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has expressed readiness to conclude rerun elections in four states not later than July 31. MAHMOOD-YAKUBU MAHMOOD-YAKUBU Court-ordered re-run elections in Rivers, Kogi, Kano and Imo states were cancelled or suspended by the commission following alleged widespread electoral malfeasance and violence which marred the exercise. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated this Wednesday in Abuja during his second quaterly meeting with states Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs.

In his brief remarks shortly before the meeting was dissolved into a closed door session, Yakubu also restated the readiness of the commission for the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states. “There are a number of issues to be discussed, though this is a regular meeting. Notably, the preparations for the forthcoming elections. The conclusion of rerun in Rivers, Kano, Imo and Kogi states.

We have started the processes of consultation to determine the date for the conclusion of the rerun elections in the four states that I have mentioned not later than July 31.

We have met with political parties and security agencies. Today, it is the turn of Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs and thereafter tomorrow we shall have the national stakeholders forum involving political parties, candidates involved in the elections, the security agencies, Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Civil Society Organizations and the Media to fix a date for the exercise. “Secondly, we are also going to discuss preparations for the forthcoming end of tenure governorship elections in Edo on September 10 and Ondo on November 26”, he stated. He also added that INEC has concluded the Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise in both states, adding that no fewer than 100, 000 people were registered in each of the state.

According to him, the figure is made of eligible Nigerians who have recently come of electoral age as well as those that transferred their data from other states. Yakubu added that the commission is now into de-duplication to ensure that there are no multiple registrants. “Thereafter, we print the PVCs and distribute them before the elections”, he pledged

Source: Vanguard

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Yakubu Binuyaminu June 29, 2016
Kogi State Governorship Election Tribunal Updates
Order of substituted service was granted Faleke's lawyers to serve Yahaya Bello on the Tribunal's notice board as well as his last known address in Okene(Family residence).

Order was also granted to enable PDP inspect election materials.

Orders were granted by the tribunal in favour of APGA, PPA, ADC and Labour Party respectively to serve defendants.

In all, there were 6 substituted order service granted by the Tribunal today.

Source : EbiraView.
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Yakubu Binuyaminu January 11, 2016
Kogi West elders to meet Faleke over guber poll

THE Elders Committee of the Western Senatorial district of Kogi State has been mandated to meet with the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, James Faleke, to withdraw the petition he filed against the election of Yahaya Bello as the governor of the state.

A meeting of the Western senatorial district held on Tuesday, also tasked the committee to plead with Faleke to accept the decision of the party.

A communiqué at the end of the meeting signed by Chief Richard Asaje, Migbole Samuel and Muhammed Musa, noted that the supremacy of the party was sacrosanct and should be accepted by all.

The group said the West and Central senatorial districts should therefore abide and stand by D partys decision.

The meeting therefore stated that the peace message would be conveyed to the grassroots of the district to enable the people at both the ward and local government levels partake of it.

The communiqué read, "That we accept the divine intervention of God for granting us the desired power shift or power rotation.

"That the West and Central senatorial districts have agreed to stand on the path of unity and hold on the two positions of governor and deputy governor bestowed on us by God.

"That we declare our solemn and total support for the governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and ensure his success; otherwise his failure is ours and not his."

Source::: TribuneOnlineNg.

Yakubu Binuyaminu December 23, 2015
Faleke Is Taking Too Many Wrong Steps On Kogi Election

Emmanuel Owotunse, a human right
activist is not happy with the decision of James Faleke to file a suit at the tribunal over the Kogi governorship election.

Faleke, the running mate to late Abubakar Audu of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21 governorship election in Kogi state filed a suit yesterday at the state governorship election petitions tribunal in Lokoja.

He is challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) decision which declared the election inconclusive and led to the APC picking Yahaya Bello to replace the late Audu.

Speaking on Monday, December 21 in Lokoja, Owotunse described Faleke's action as an affront to the authority of the party, Vanguard reports.

According to him, the APC picked Bello
because he was the most constitutionally qualified to replace the late Audu.

He said Faleke's lawyers were apparently misleading him as he was taking too many wrong steps capable of destroying his political career.

"Moreso, the fact that Faleke is a close ally of the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is raising concerns that the decision of Faleke to go to the tribunal may affect party cohesion as the National Working
Committee will surely be disappointed by the new twist in the whole saga.

"I am not happy that Faleke is giving a wrong impression of himself. He set out to be deputy governor ab initio. Why and when did he become desperate to be the governor of the state? If the party gave him the ticket for the supplementary poll, the tribunal would have nullified his election because he never took part in the governorship primaries. Is he indirectly working for the emergence of PDP?" Owotunse queried.

He therefore, advised Faleke to be cautious of political jobbers around him who are bountifully reaping from his wrong steps.

He added that Falake should accept his
party's decision to replace Audu with Bello and move on with his political life.
Faleke has been in the news lately following the inconclusive Kogi governorship election and his party picking Bello to replace the late Audu at the supplementary polls. He rejected
his party's choice to replace the late Audu with Bello , after Audu died the following morning after the November 21 election.

Upon the death of his principal, Audu, Faleke had written to the INEC asking them to declare him as winner of the polls. According to him, he would not make himself available for swearing in on January 27, 2016 as the Audu/Faleke ticket remained intact and unchanged and he has resolved not to work with Bello as his deputy.

Source::: Naij.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Ebira People United Front Endorses Ogembe for Senate

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the rescheduled Senatorial election in Kogi Central, Ahmed Ogembe has received the endorsement of a powerful Ebira socio-cultural group, EPUF to clinch the senatorial seat vacated by Sen. Mohammed Ohiare
whose election was nullified by an appellate tribunal in Abuja.

Speaking exclusively to Vanguard in
Lokoja, Friday, the spokesman of the group, Joseph Jimoh said the mobilization for the election of Ogembe has started across Ebiraland, describing the business mogul turned politician as a leader who will make
Ebira people proud in the Red Chambers.

According to Jimoh, Ohiare reaped the reward of electoral manipulation, urging political parties to always adhere strictly to the rules guiding internal democracy. "Ogembe represents the true spirit of Anebira. He is a freedom fighter and a dogged strategist and believer in justice. For years, he has continued to fight for what is right for the people of Ebira.

"The Ebira People United Front has come out with a resolution to throw its weight behind Ogembe of the PDP due to our conviction that he will make us proud in the senate. "Ogembe has done a lot for the people of Ebira through his philanthropic activities that have helped people and communities. It is our conviction that he would do more for the people of the state if elected senator of the Federal Republic.

"We have started mobilizing our people to see this as an opportunity to reward the man who has done so much for our people. With Ogembe as Senator, the Ebira nation will no doubt, witness radical development, progress and peaceful coexistence".

Jimoh called on the ousted Senator, Ohiare to close ranks with Ogembe to take the nation to greater heights. In a similar vein, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Progressive Alliance in the last governorship election, Mr. Emmanuel Enesi Ozigi has
thrown his weight behind the Senatorial ambition of Ahmed Ogembe.

The property czar told Vanguard that his support for Ogembe was borne out of the need to support competent hands to pilot the affairs of the nation. Ozigi said he will be deploying the entire PPA apparatus to work for the emergence of Ogembe as the next
Senator to represent the people of Kogi

On the controversy trailing the recently held governorship election in the state, he said he was disappointed by the conduct of the agencies charged with the responsibility of organizing a free, fair and credible election.

He said the victimization of PPA party agents and supporters during the election will never go unpunished, saying the people will soon know the position of his party on the election.

Ozigi promised to soon come up with
a platform to actualize some of his campaign promises to the people of the state.

Source: Vanguard, KogiReports, Ebiraland.


Yakubu Binuyaminu December 22, 2015
Faleke Storms Kogi Tribunal Today
Running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last Kogi State gubernatorial election, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, is set to file his petition before the
governorship election petition tribunal today.

Although the tribunal is yet to be constituted, but petitions are already flying in through the tribunal's secretariat located at the state high
court headquarters.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on November 22 declared the November 21 governorship election inconclusive and rescheduled a supplementary election in 18 local government areas in the state, an exercise which had since taken place on December 5.

But Faleke had earlier wrriten to the leadership of the APC, declining his position as running mate to the governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello,
insisting that he should have been declared governor-elect since he holds a joint ticket with his late principal, Prince Abubakar Audu in the November 21st governorship election in the state.

Faleke was also said to have distanced self from the supplementary election, as he insisted that INEC should have declared him winner, since he had met all the electoral requirements in the last election.

Reacting to the some newspapers publications that the APC leadership has set up disciplinary committee against Faleke, the Audu/Faleke campaign organisation's spokesman, Hon. Duro Meseko, dismissed the publications.

"I don't want to believe it is true. On what basis would that be? Is it because he declined being running mate to Bello, or is it because we are in court demanding for our mandate? I don't
believe the publications. In any case, if it turns out to be true, then let's watch as things unfold," Meseko added.

Meseko, however maintained that Faleke remains a staunch member of the APC and has contributed immensely to the victory of the party
in the November 21st governorship election held in Kogi State.


Yakubu Binuyaminu December 21, 2015
Two Speakers Emerge In Kogi State House Of Assembly

The political crisis in Kogi state has taken a new dimension as two members of the state's House of Assembly are laying claim to the position of speaker in the house.
Governor-elect Kogi state, Yahaya Bello

Momoh Jimoh-Lawal, the speaker of the state assembly was reportedly impeached on Thursday, December 10, alongside his deputy, Aliyu Aku and minority leader, Hassan Bello.

He was said to have been replaced by Hon. Godwin Osiyi representing Ogori-magongo was reportedly elected as the new speaker while Hon. James Eneche from Olamaboro is the new minority leader.
Lawal has however insisted that he still remains the authentic speaker.

Speaking during a chat with journalists in Lokoja, the state capital yesterday, December 12, he stated that the move to hijack the leadership of assembly by some few members was unpatriotic and at variance with the legislative practice and principle all over the world.
Lawal informed the journalists that he is still in firm control of the assembly, addidng that he has written to the Commissioner of Police in the state that the assembly complex should not be opened until Tuesday, Fecruary 2, 2016.

According to National Mirror, he called members of the house to remain focused and be committed to the ideals of the founding fathers of the state.

He said: "It is important to let the public know that though Ukwubile Achanu Ochejenunu of Idah Constituency attempted to move an impeachment motion with some other members".

The speaker added that when the attempt was made to impeach the principal officers, there was chaos in the house, noting that a peace loving leader quickly adjourned till February 2, 2016.

But on Thursday, December 10, 17 members of Kogi State House of Assembly while addressing journalists in Lokoja, insisted that Lawal has been impeached as the speaker and replaced by Godwin Osiyi.

They said the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Momoh Jimoh Lawal has been impeached along with two other principal officers, the Deputy Speaker and Minority leader.

The Chairman, House Committee on information, Honourable John Abbah stated that the action of 17 members of the House became imperative in view of the demand to remove the speaker before now.

Abbah who is the new Deputy Speaker stated that the speaker was impeached because of incompetence, greed and betrayal of the members.

On his part, the newly elected speaker, Godwin Osiyi said the impeachment exercise has nothing to do with the political situation in the state. Osiyi informed that the house has been adjourned to December 16.

The 17 members that signed the impeachment of Alhaji MomohJimoh Lawal are : Hon. Osiyi Godwin Ojo, Hon. Ibrahim Abdulmumini, Hon. (Bar) Oluwatoyin Lawal, Hon. Eneche Ojochenemi Linus, Hon. (Alh) Musa Jimoh Omiata. Hon. Prince M. O. Kolawole, Prince Zakari Osewu Mohammed, Hon. Omofaye Victor Adewale and Hon. John M. U. Abah. Other are Hon. Edoko Moses Ododo, Hon. Obaro A. S. Pedro, Hon. Alfa Momoh Rabiu, Hon. Ndako Idris, Hon. Salifu Isah Idachaba, Hon. Hassan Abdullah, Hon. Ukubile Ochijene-Acharu. an Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam.

The Kogi assembly is made up of 14 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members and 11 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Recall that violence erupted on Friday, December 11, at the assembly, leaving no fewer than five members and some policemen seriously injured in the fracas.

Source::::Naij dot Com:::


Yakubu Binuyaminu December 13, 2015
Kogi Gov-elect hails victorious Dream Team

By Kingsley Fanwo
Kogi State Governor-Elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has paid tribute to the victorious U-23 Men Football Team of Nigeria for becoming the current African Champions. The Dream Team defeated Algeria by two goals to one in the championship held in Senegal.

In a goodwill message through his media office in Lokoja, on Sunday, the governor-elect hailed the undying spirit of the Dream Team and congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for the "harvest of football trophies by Nigerian teams".

He said: "The victorious U-23 Men Football Team has shown the world the undying spirit of Nigerians home and abroad. We have once again, reconfirm our leadership of African football.

"I want to use this opportunity to congratulate the leader of the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari for hoisting two trophies within months.

The heroics of Nigeria in continental and global sporting events is further confirmation of the fact that the Buhari administration has brought real change to all spheres of our national endeavours.

"When I assume office on January 27, 2016, I will pay great attention to sports development in the state of Kogi in order to continue to support sports success in the colours of Nigeria.

"Over the years, our state has produced great sporting talents like the late Sunday Bada and many others who have continued to bring honours to the nation. I have an unbroken
conviction that Kogi State can emerge the breeding ground for sporting excellence in the nation".

Alh. Yahaya Bello assured young and talented Kogites of his readiness to make them realize their potentials through support from government and
private organizations.


Yakubu Binuyaminu
Congratulatory Message to Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor-Elect

Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - Your excellency, Congratulations on your victory during the supplementary election. We look forward to having a governor as loyal and proud as the communities he represents, who believes in Kogi state's assets and potential, and who does his due diligence to support the development of local independent businesses, a growing economy, diverse culture and sustainable future.
Just over some months back, you unveiled in Buffalo your Kogi state Works agenda, a plan that will set Kogi State on a path 2 long-term prosperity.
With great conviction, you committed
to aggressive business development efforts and unique solutions to both sustain and revitalize the state economy with particular attention to
Ajaokuta iron and steel company. Your proposed Initiatives included lowering the cost of doing business in the state, cutting through bureaucratic "red tape" and putting Kogi people back to work through programs like the "Jobs
Now" tax credits.Your programs are praiseworthy and necessary for creating a "business-friendly" environment in which entrepreneurs have more support and fewer restrictions from the government.

Kogi State can benefit greatly from a newly generated tax base that these plans would produce, enable the filling of budgetary gaps, and significantly reduce the deficit.But don't stop there. Set an even bolder agenda and then take swift action necessary to see it through.Make our state a leading green example through legislation and executive actions that promote and incentive real change and long-term sustainability.Good practices should not be mistaken for good marketing – for too long, a good image (often without substance to back it up) has defined the criteria for tax and investment incentives and government
purchasing preferences. Instead, these economic tools should be reserved for sustainable businesses that enhance our community, believe in the triple
bottom line (people, planet, profit), and inspire others to do the same.

Mr. Governor-Elect, we support you as you strive for a local independent economy for Kogi State and hope that a new administration also ushers in
a new era – one of the social entrepreneur.

Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman,
Chairman Nigeria Community In Ukraine. Email:


Yakubu Binuyaminu
Faleke must accept the verdict of Kogi people – Kogi Alliance of Democrats::Source Vanguard
By Kingsley Fanwo
The Deputy Governor-Elect of Kogi State, Hon. Abiodun Faleke has been urged to respect the verdict of the Kogi people by sheathing his sword on the governorship election in the state.
Kogi Alliance of Democrats, a political group in the state made the charge in a communique issued in Lokoja Saturday morning after their 3-day
retreat in the state capital. The group said the Kogi election was in conformity with the constitution of the country.
According to the communique, it is imperative to avoid plunging the country into further constitutional crisis.
It reads: "The governorship election has come and gone but the scars of the past few weeks remain indelible on the political body of the state.
We are yet to move away from the constitutional camera because of the unusual occurrence about the death of the late Prince Abubakar Audu.
"To us, INEC complied substantially with the provisions of the constitution in conducting the election and in replacing the late governorship candidate with the person who came second during the primaries.
"In as much we wouldn't want to be seen as prejudicing the cases in court on the election, the mere fact that Faleke didn't participate in the primaries disqualified him from emerging as the candidate of the party for the supplementary poll.
"Since Faleke remains the Deputy Governor-Elect, he should accept the position and move on to avoid creating more constitutional crisis for the state, moreover he didn't indicate interest to
become governor in the first place.
"We urge all interested parties to work
harmoniously together and discontinue their court cases in order to ensure their is smooth transition in Kogi State.
"As a group, we have decided to work with the Governor-Elect because we believe in his manifesto to chart a new new direction for our dear state".
KAD also called on the State House of Assembly to discharge their responsibilities within the ambit of
law, saying they should allow the interest of the state override their personal ambitions. It said the Assembly must come out to defend its name and integrity in the face of disparaging accusations of inducement from certain quarters.
Source ::: Vanguard.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
APC Kogi Dumps Mohammed Audu Selects Yahaya Bello as Governorship Candidate
APC Kogi Dumps Mohammed Audu
Selects Yahaya Bello as Governorship Candidate After extensive consultations, the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday submitted the name of Yahaya Bello as the party's new candidate for Kogi governorship
supplementary poll.
Bello replaces Prince Abubakar Audu, who died last weekend after leading the poll with 41,000.
It was also learnt that the APC has retained Hon. James Abiodun Faleke as the party's deputy governorship candidate.
Mohammed Audu, the son of the late
governorship candidate, was dumped by the party because the party felt that fielding him might vitiate the entire governorship poll in the state.
But the people of Kogi West were mounting pressure on Faleke yesterday not to accept the nomination of Bello.
Although they asked Faleke to withdraw from the race, the deputy governorship candidate was yet to make up his mind on the next step
at press time.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that APC leaders, with the backing of some forces in the Presidency, opted for Bello because he came second in the party's primaries behind Audu.
It was also gathered that the APC leaders felt there was no way Mohammed Audu could be fielded as a compromise candidate since he was not a candidate in the primaries.
A top source in APC said: "Our leaders met and after consultations reached a conclusion on the choice of Yahaya Bello from Kogi Central as the party's governorship candidate to substitute the late Prince Abubakar Audu.
"The leaders arrived at the conclusion
because Bello was second to Audu at the validly conducted governorship primaries of the party. Instead of running into crisis with fresh primaries, the party opted to dust up the result of the previous one which was witnessed by INEC.
"A letter, signed by the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on the choice of Bello has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday."
Asked of other factors behind the choice of Bello, the top APC leader said: "Our leaders bought into the idea that Faleke is strange to the politics of the state, having had most of his political career in Lagos. They felt it is better for him to learn the ropes in the state before becoming a governor.
"They also argued that the choice of Bello will ensure power shift in the state and since the Ebiras were behind Audu, it won't be difficult to foster understanding between Kogi East and Kogi Central Senatorial Districts.
"Do not forget that Kogi East had already produced the minister from the state.
"Another important factor is that some of the 91 polling units where elections were cancelled are in Kogi Central, and it will be easier to mobilize the electorate in the district to get the required votes to defeat the PDP
candidate, Governor Idris Wada.
"There was also some conspiracy behind the refusal of the ticket for Faleke. Some presidency forces stamped their feet that he must not be allowed to step into Audu's shoes because of internal power struggles in APC.
"I won't give you names but the forced were more powerful than Oyegun and other NWC members."
On the dumping of Mohammed Audu, the source said: "Our leaders were guided by Section 141 of the Electoral Act. If we choose him, the entire election will be voided.
"The section says: 'An election tribunal or court shall not under any circumstance declare any person a winner at an election in which such a person has not fully participated in all the stages of such election.
"We love the Audus but we cannot take such a big risk. If Wada and PDP go to court, they will win against Mohammed Audu."
As press time, there was pressure on Faleke by the people of Kogi West to opt out of the race.
A different source said: "There are many options open to Faleke but the people of Kogi West want him to withdraw from the race. If Yahaya Bello gets the ticket, he might be reduced to a dummy deputy governor.
"Unless Faleke can fight his cause in court and claim his mandate, he will be frustrated as a deputy governor. If he quits, the party will have justification for bringing Mohammed Audu and Kogi West will be politically alienated.
Source: The Nation


Yakubu Binuyaminu November 28, 2015
Kogi lawmakers back Audu's son, threaten to impeach any substituted candidate
APC Lawmakers in the Kogi state House of Assembly have thrown their weight behind the candidacy of Mohammed Audu pictured above, son of Late Prince Abubakar Audu, in the state
supplementary election and have also threatened to impeach any candidate chosen to replace Mohammed in the December 6th supplementary

The Lawmakers made their position known after a meeting at the party secretariat in Abuja today November 27th.

One of the Lawmakers Momoh Rabiu, who spoke on behalf of the others said
"Based on our discussion, we have taken a decision and taken our resolution to the national chairman. We are overwhelmed by the response from them, but we are still waiting for a safe landing so that Kogi will not be doomed. We told the national
chairman that on no account should
anybody be smuggled in to occupy that position which we worked for in
conjunction with the late Audu, without
who there would be no APC in Kogi State today. We presented to the national leadership Prince Mohammed Audu to replace his late father. It is not because he is the first son, but try him, he is very intelligent and equal to the task. With him, we will have the Kogi of our dream. We are the legislators and have told the national chairman our position that in any case anybody emerges contrary to what we present to them, we know the best way to
remove him.

It is not a threat, but we told them that we have no intention of
washing our dirty linen in public.
Removing somebody is just a two-minute job for us as lawmakers in the state. We want the change we worked for and we want Kogi to be part of the moving train.

We are not asking Faleke to stay away
from the ticket. We equally worked with
him during the campaigns. What we are saying is that it should be Mohammed Audu/Faleke ticket. The two of them must work together," he said


Yakubu Binuyaminu November 27, 2015
Kogi West APC endorses Faleke
Lokoja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West Senatorial District has endorsed late Abubakar Audu's running mate, James Faleke as its candidate in the December 5 supplementary election in Kogi State, reports Daily Trust.

In the petition, the party leaders from the zone advised the party to allow Faleke inherit the governorship mandate of the APC based on the need to ensure equity, fairness and justice.

The petition, signed by a former acting
governor and speaker in the state, Clarence Obafemi, on behalf of the party stakeholders in the senatorial district, expressed their belief that the consideration of Faleke would ensure
that the owners of the mandate were not deprived.

They urged the party to avoid the mistake of compensating those who worked against the party and who will want to take advantage of the new primary being organised by the party
and reap from where they did not sow.

Source News24


Yakubu Binuyaminu
More troubles for INEC as Faleke claims victory in Kogi polls
Abuja - The controversy generated over the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare last Saturday's Kogi Governorship election inconclusive shows no sign of abating.

The crisis, which was triggered by the death of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the election, Abubakar Audu has taken a new
dimension, reports Vanguard.

Audu's running mate in the election, James Faleke has formally asked INEC to declare him winner of the election and name him governor- elect.

Faleke said the baton should constitutionally and logically be his as the score announced by commission was for the Audu/Faleke ticket.

Faleke in the letter to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, said the commission's directive to his party to go and conduct another primary election to nominate its candidate for
the supplementary election in 91 polling units is unfounded, both legally and constitutionally.

He noted that in law and logic, no new
candidate can inherit or be a beneficiary of the votes already cast, counted and declared by INEC before that candidate was nominated and
purportedly sponsored.


Yakubu Binuyaminu
PDP urges INEC to declare Wada as winner of Kogi election
Abuja - The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare its candidate, Governor Idris Wada, as the winner of the November 21
governorship election in Kogi State, reports The Nation.

The Kogi election had been declared
inconclusive following the cancellation of the poll in 91 units across 21 local government areas in the state.

The party is also seeking the exclusion of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the supplementary election slated for December 5.

The party's position was contained in a
communiqué issued at the end of its national caucus meeting held in Abuja Wednesday night.

The communiqué, signed by the party's National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, insisted that with the death of the APC's candidate, Abubakar Audu, during the election,
the APC has legally crashed out of the race.

The party noted that with the unfortunate death of Audu, the APC has no valid candidate in the election, leaving INEC with no other lawful option than to declare the PDP candidate as the winner of the election.

Source: News24, TheNationOnline.


Yakubu Binuyaminu
What lawyers and the law say About Kogi Election and Abubakar Audu’s death

With the death of Abubakar Audu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, a new legal battle may have ensued on the fate of the election.
Mr. Audu was leading his closest challenger and incumbent governor, Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, by 41,353 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, however, declared the election inconclusive as possible votes from the 91 cancelled polling units (49,953) is higher than the margin between the two leading candidates.

Mr. Audu would have eventually emerge winner after elections are held in the 91 polling units as the PDP candidate would have needed 100 per cent turnout and about all the votes for his party to emerge victor.
However, before he could celebrate his potential victory, the APC candidate died, throwing the country into a unique constitutional crisis.

Perhaps the closest constitutional section that relates to such a scenario is Section 181 which states that  (1) If a person duly elected as Governor dies before taking and subscribing the Oath of Allegiance and oath of office, or is unable for any reason whatsoever to be sworn in, the person elected with him as Deputy governor shall be sworn in as Governor and he shall nominate a new Deputy-Governor who shall be appointed by the Governor with the approval of a simple majority of the House of Assembly of the State; and (2) Where the persons duly elected as Governor and Deputy Governor of a State die or are for any reason unable to assume office before the inauguration of the house of Assembly, the Independent National Electoral Commission shall immediately conduct an election for a Governor and Deputy Governor of the State.

However, as stated by Abdul Mahmud, a constitutional lawyer, the section only refers to when a person is ‘duly elected’.

With INEC declaring on Sunday that the Kogi election was inconclusive, it is not clear if Mr. Audu could be considered ‘duly elected’.

“We are in a strange legal territory! The 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act do not envisage the unfortunate circumstance that Audu’s death foists. INEC had declared Saturday poll inconclusive, which makes S.181(1) CFRN 1999 irrelevant,” Mr. Mahmud said.

“In my opinion, a fresh poll is not necessary. Section 36(1) of the Electoral Act 2011 empowers INEC to countermand (cancel) the poll for the 91 polling units it had earlier announced and fix a new date for the poll within 14 days. The effect of this section is that the power of countermand can only be exercised on the death of a candidate and after nomination paper has been filed.

“The poll for the 91 polling units is not a fresh poll; it is the same November 21 poll, in my opinion. So, what happens to the APC? Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2011 allows the party to substitute the dead candidate. Under this section, substitution can only be allowed when a candidate dies or withdraws.”

Section 36 (1) of the Electoral Act, to which Mr. Mahmud referred, talks about the death of a candidate before an election.

“If after the time for the delivery of nomination paper and before the commencement of the poll, a nominated candidate dies, the Chief National Electoral Commissioner or the Resident Electoral Commissioner shall, being satisfied of the fact of the death, countermand the poll in which the deceased candidate was to participate and the Commission shall appoint some other convenient date for the election within 14 days.”
However, in the current Kogi case, the poll already commenced and was almost concluded.

Another constitutional lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, called on INEC to continue with the supplementary election in the state and declare a winner.

He insisted that it would be hasty for anybody to call for the cancellation of the election because of the demise of Mr. Audu.

He said, “The way forward is that the election will be concluded and a winner will be declared. One can hastily opine that the election will have to be cancelled because Audu, who was a leading candidate, is dead and that the election be conducted afresh.

“But Audu and Wada are not the only candidates in the election. The parties that were involved are more than the APC and the PDP and by law; no governorship candidate can emerge without a deputy governorship candidate. It is a joint ticket and the party is also involved and that is why in an election petition challenging an election, the candidate and the party can sue.

“For instance, in Ekiti state, Fayemi said he has accepted the result of the election but the APC said no and when to the tribunal. There is a shared destiny between the party, the deputy governorship candidate and the governorship candidate.”

He argued that Mr. Audu passed on when the election had been conducted and not on the eve of the election which could have warranted postponement as indicated in law.

“He didn’t die on the eve of the election to warrant a postponement because the Electoral Act and the constitution allow for the postponement of election if the candidate of a political party dies and provides for the substitution of a candidate,” he argued.

“But in this case, the election has been conducted, certain results have emerged, some results have been cancelled and INEC has declared a supplementary election.

“Because it is not given that if the supplementary election will be conducted, the APC and Audu win because the reason INEC gave for not declaring the result and planning to have a supplementary election is that the number of cancelled votes, put at over 49,000 exceeds the margin of votes between the two leading candidates such that it would affect the outcome of the election.

“So it would be reductionist to assume that if the supplementary election were to be conducted, Audu would win. If Wada were to win, what would happen? Would we still say the election should be cancelled?

“The point is that although the election has not been concluded, if you look at what happened in Adamawa state in 1999 when Atiku Abubakar was elected a governor and thereafter, Obasanjo picked him as a vice presidential candidate thereby making his position vacant which resulted in a legal battle.

“The Supreme Court in that case held that it the deputy governor-elect will step into Atiku’s position and that no new election was required. INEC in that instance was arguing that the governor-elect was not dead but was no longer available and the Supreme Court countered that argument.

“In the present case, since the winner has not been declared and the certificate of return has not been issued, Mr. Ogunye argued that there is no clear difference with what happened in Adamawa state.

“The election can’t be cancelled at this time because Audu is dead. He didn’t die on the eve of the election but when the election was almost concluded. What is called for is a sober acceptance of the law without drama and insistence that there is going to be a constitutional crisis,” he cautioned.

However, Sebastian Hon, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, said he would not comment on the matter since he is a party to a similar case at the Election Appeal Tribunal in Jos.

“I wouldn’t want to comment on the issue and the reason is that I am involved in the Plateau state governorship election petition,” said Mr. Hon.

“I am representing the governor and the PDP candidate (who is challenging the governor’s election also died). It is a similar issue and I wouldn’t want to commit myself anyhow.

“In spite of the death of Pajok, the PDP has appealed and so it is not fair for me to talk on the matter as it were.”

Other commentators have spoken of the possibility of relying on the Supreme Court ruling that made Rotimi Amaechi the Rivers State Governor in 2007 wherein Nigeria’s apex court ruled that it was the PDP that was presented on the ballot and that won the election; and that having declared Mr. Amaechi the true candidate of the PDP, he should be sworn in as governor.

Mr. Amaechi subsequently replaced Celestine Omehia who had occupied the seat having been the one the PDP initially recognised as its candidate in the election.

As at the time of publishing this report, INEC, the APC, and the PDP were yet to offer any opinion on what they believe should be the fate of the Kogi governorship election held on Saturday.

Original Source IS Vanguard Nigeria

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 23, 2015
Police Officer Attacked By Thugs In Kogi Ahead Of Gov. Elections (Photos)
Things already boiling hot in Kogi state ahead of the governorship elections tomorrow.

According to reports which have been circulating on Facebook, this Divisional Police Officer identified as Dekina Akinola was attacked by political thugs who allegedly accosted him and wounded him after a clash today.

The cause of the fight was not disclosed. The police officer was immediately rushed to a hospital where his head which got broken in the process fighting -was treated by nurses…

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 20, 2015