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September 6, 2018

Party Primaries; Kogi APC Adopts Indirect Primaries

By Halimat Isah and Mohammed Yabagi

The leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has adopted the option of indirect delegates primaries in the forthcoming party's primaries to field candidates for the various elective positions in next year's general elections.

The resolution was unanimously reached by members of the party at the Executive Council (NEC) meeting that held on Wednesday in Government House, Lokoja.

Addressing party faithful, Governor Yahaya Bello urged aspirants interested in standing for elective positions to go ahead and purchase their intent forms as the government does not have anointed candidates as widely presumed by members of the public.

Governor Bello assured that the party would create a level playing ground for all aspirants to test their popularity, and promised to work with whoever eventually emerged from whatever methodology agreed by leaders and members of the party on how candidates should emerge.

Governor Bello says; "Forms are on sale, feel free to purchase. Every member of the party and aspirants alike are all my people. 

"The insinuations that some aspirants have been anointed by me are false. I will not anoint anyone. We are ready to make the process free, fair and credible. I will eventually support whoever you decide to select as our party's candidate," he added.

According to the Governor, the interest of the party is to sweep all the elective positions on offer with a landslide in the coming elections, describing the NEC meeting as the first meeting that has held as Governor.

He further warned all the party executives in the state to desist from all forms of extortion from  aspirants with the promise of securing party ticket for them, adding that anyone found engaging in the illegal act would face the full wrath of the law.

"The era of extorting money from aspirants with the aim of influencing the outcome of primaries in their favour is over. I have been a victim of extortion in the past and I know how it feels. Don't take advantage of anyone seeking public office. Let's allow them equal opportunity and rally round anyone who emerges the flag bearer."

Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Matthew Kolawole had earlier applauded the decision of the APC family to hold the NEC meeting, stressing that it was an avenue for leaders and members of the party to harmonise and come up with concrete resolution on their choice method for the party's forthcoming primaries. 

He particularly lauded the Governor for giving all party faithful the opportunity to air their views, adding that the decision to choose indirect primaries was a step in the right direction. 

Speaking, recently elected member of the Federal House of Representatives for Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, Hon Haruna Isah had described the decision of an indirect primaries as laudable one in view of the myriad of challenges being faced in the authentication of accurate membership of the party. 

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Edward Onoja had earlier told the gathering that the APC was not ready to jeopardize its chances at the primaries, stressing that love of the party has continued to soar under the current administration as it has gained over 500, 000 foot soldiers in the various Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

"We have agreed as a party that our choice is indirect primaries. Let's save our party the challenges of direct primaries. I would align myself with the option proposed, which is indirect primaries and avoid sponsored individuals who would want to disorganize the process and infiltrate the APC," he said.

Hon. Onoja expressed optimism that the peace witnessed in the various congress elections in the state would be replicated in the party's primaries and called for team work and synergy amongst members.

On his part, Chairman of the party in Kogi State, Hon Abdullahi Bello had lauded members of the APC for their peaceful disposition and commitment towards ensuring overwhelming victory at the polls, and assured of the party's commitment towards a transparent process. 

He praised Governor Bello for his dedication towards the cause of the APC, assuring of the party's preparedness towards ensuring convincing victories at the polls.
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June 9, 2018

APC is Sick – Dino Melaye

APC is Sick – Dino Melaye

By Ifreke Inyang 

The Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is sick.

Melaye stated this while speaking on Channels TV programme on Friday.

The lawmaker, who is a member of the APC, said the party is “suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.”

This comes after one week, when he hinted that he might defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Melaye said he does not have a problem with the party, “but my party may have a problem with Nigerians, because of the way it is presently being run.

“I will not run away from the fact that the APC is sick. And it’s not only sick but is equally suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.

“There is a need for amelioration. There is no doubt the APC is sick.”
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May 13, 2018

Ishaq Asuku Express Satisfaction With Conduct of APC Congress in Adavi

Ishaq Asuku Express Satisfaction With Conduct of APC Congress in Adavi

By Josiah Aliyu.

House of Assembly aspirant, Ishaq Asuku Ilyas has expressed satisfaction with the local government congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adavi.

Asuku made this known on Saturday after the congress that took place at the party secretariat along Kabba Junction.

He commended APC faithful for their “maturity, peaceful disposition and the orderly manner the congresses was conducted.”

He noted that the atmosphere was peaceful, devoid of violence and done in a most friendly manner.
According to him, “The APC has once again risen to the occasion and proven to be a party of choice for Adavians and Kogi central senatorial district at large. Our members displayed maturity and shamed apostles of doom.”

He further wished the elected Local government party executive success in their new assignment charge them to be agents of new direction.
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May 7, 2018

APC Congress: Crisis Brews in Largest Ward in Okene, Leaders Write Gov Bello

All is not well with the ward congresses by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state as executives of Abuga-Ozuga, the largest ward in Okene local government area, said the outcome may lead to electoral loss in 2019.
In a protest letter sent to Governor Yahaya Bello, the 26-man executives alleged that members of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have hijacked the party from founding APC members.

The Abuga-Ozuga ward executives lamented that they have not benefited from their efforts to bring about 'change' in Kogi state. They alleged that dividends of democracy had continued to elude them and other founding members of the party.

In the letter, the executives and stakeholders alleged that Gov. Bello had earlier directed that the loyalists be retained but some Lokoja-based politicians did otherwise, allotting ward executive positions to 'strangers'. They warned that the party stand the risk of losing next elections if the executives are disposed of.

However, the Managing Director of Kogi ADP, Mr Oyisi Okatahi, who hails from Abuga-Ozuga ward, has appealed to the stakeholders.

He urged them to remain calm as he has escalated the problem to Governor Yahaya Bello. He stated that lack of internal democracy and injustice was dividing the party but a solution will be worked out.

Abuga-Ozuga ward has the largest number of registered voters in Okene local government, the home of Gov. Bello.

Source: Ebirareporters.
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February 17, 2018

No More PDP in Kogi, Says Gov Bello

Kogi State Governor, Alh Yahaya Bello says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken over Kogi state, and ended the existence of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. 
Gov Bello declared this when he received decampees from the PDP at the APC Mega rally held on Saturday at the state capital, Lokoja.

According to him, the major pillars of the PDP have all decamped from the party to the APC. 

"This is a confirmation that APC is grounded in Kogi State," he said. 
He extolled the strides of President Muhammadu Buhari which he said, endeared other party 
stalwarts to pich their tent with the progressives.

On his part, the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie Oyegun commended the efforts of the Governor,  describing him as a strategist at the critical party activities. 

The rally marked the official welcoming of former PDP Chieftain in the state, Alh Yahaya Karaku and his loyalists. 
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Ametuo Remains Kogi APC Chairman, National Leadership Declares

Ametuo Remains Kogi APC Chairman, National Leadership Declares

By Amuda Dan Sulaiman FAB.
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, has dismissed reports that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the Party in Kogi State has been suspended.
According to him, the reports did not emanate from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party or any of its organs vested with the constitutional power to do so.
Abdullahi, who made this known to journalists in Abuja on Friday. said: “Our attention has been drawn to a story on a National Television that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has been suspended.
“We want to state that this action does not emanate from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party or any of its organs so empowered to do so.
“Although, there are issues within the party in Kogi State and the NWC has empowered a committee to investigate the issues and make recommendations, the NWC has not been appropriately briefed on the outcome of the committee’s work and therefore has not taken any decision.
“In this wise, we affirm that the State Working Committee of APC in Kogi State led by the Chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo remains the only recognised executive committee of the party in the State until the appropriate organ of the party decides otherwise in accordance with the procedure laid down by the party constitution.
“We wish to affirm that whether in Kogi or elsewhere, the NWC will ensure that justice is done to all concerned and will be guided by the constitution of the party and the best interest of the party. At the moment, we believe this action, purportedly sacking the Kogi executive is prejudicial and incongruous with the party’s desires for reconciliation.
“We enjoin all party members at all levels to desist from taking unilateral actions.
In is own reaction, the embattled APC chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, fingered the Kogi State Governor,Yahaya Bello as the brain behind the plot to unseat the state executive committee, saying that the governor cannot remove them on the pages of newspapers.
He said all the governor’s effort to unseat them had always hit the rock warning that Bello should stop using the state resources for frivolities.
“ Bello should face his woes and tackle the over 20 months salary arrears owed the state workers instead of unnecessary distractions.
“Why is Bello in a hurry to remove us, after all, our President, Muhammadu Buhari has appointed our highly revered national leader, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu to resolve all the crisis in the party nationwide.
“Thank God, the party leadership who knows that we are democratically elected had spoken,” Ametuo said.
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Full List Of Replacements For Sacked Kogi APC Exco

A new list of officials who are replacement for the removed Kogi State All Progressive Congress (APC) party executives has been released.
In a statement sent to Kogireports, the new officials are replacements for the sacked executive.
Tthe Haddy Ametuo-led leadership of Kigu APC was dissolved yesterday via a statement by the North Central Executive of the party that sat over a petition levied against the former officials.
According to the statement, the former officials were found wanting of allegations levied and hereby removed. Senior officials of the party in the state were asked to take over the affairs of the party pending when a stakeholders meeting would be convened by the north central executives.
The list of the new party officials to however run the affairs of the party in the state as made available to the Kogireports include:
1. Hon. Ahovi Salam Ibrahim….Zonal Vice Chairman Central to State Acting Chairman to replace Alh. Haddy Ametuo
2. Abdulrahman Ibrahim…Kogi LGA Welfare Officer1 to Acting Deputy Chairman to replace Osune Shaibu.
3. Mr. Bola Oshe Ward Chairman to State Acting Treasurer to replace Adesoye Ismaila
4.Billy Aliu Onumoko… Okene LG ex-Officio to State Acting Assistant Treasurer to replace Abdulkadir Yahaya.
5. Jacob Adekunle…Legal Adviser….Yagba East LGA to replace JN. Molemodile Esq
6. Ibrahim A.Abuh was the formal vice chairman of Apc Olamaboro now acting chairman.
7. THANKGOD ATTAH was the acting secretary now state Acting Assistant secretary. To replace Anjorin
8. Abubakar Usman…Local Govt Youth Leader(Ajaokuta) to Welfare Officer. To replace Abubakar Momoh Adamu
9. Adaji Ainokoh…. Ex-Officio to Acting State Organizing Secretary to replace Isah Abubakar.
10. Lukman Onekata…Local Govt Auditor(Ajaokuta) to State PRO to replace Ghali Nda Usman
11. Muhazab Aminu Obajimoh…Local Govt Treasurer(Okehi) to Chairman Okehi LGA to replace Dauda Momoh Jimoh.
12. Abdulrhman Husseini…Okene LG Vice Chairman to Okene LGA chairman to replace Haruna O Dauda
13. Oyibo Barnabas… Adavi LG Secretary to Adavi LG Chairman to replace Musa Ohiane
11. Mr. Jacob Isaac Segun formally Auditor3. To Zonal Youth Leader West…Mopamuro LGA to replace Oyebode Makinde
12. Tosin Fadunmo. To Yagba East LGA Chairman to replace Bashiru Shuaibu
13. Arc. Sunday Lawal Aina… Formally Ex-Officio to Acting Local Govt Party Secretary.
14. Madam Hawa Ibrahim…Local Govt. Women Leader to Zonal Women Leader Central to replace Hajarat Adamu Aliu
15. Abu Adejor… PRO Omala LGA to Acting Chairman Omala LGA to replace Danjuma Baba
16. Ahmed Attah Deputy Youth Leader to Acting Zonal Vice chairman East to replace Isa Daniel
17. Muhammed Jibril…Financial Secretary Lokoja LGA to State Acting Assistant Financial Secretary to replace Bozi Attati
18. Mohammed Ndababo…Lokoja LGA PRO to State Acting Assistant Organizing Secretary to replace Muhammed S. Lawal
19. Ibrahim A. Abuh…Vice Chairman Olamaboro to Olamaboro LGA Acting Chairman to replace Dickson Ayada
20. Audu Onuh to Igalamela LGA Acting Chairman to replace Musa Yahau
21. Ishaq Yunusa Abu… Dekina LGA Vice chairman to Acting Chairman Dekina LGA to replace Peter Akuboh
22. Shagari Yahaya Vice Chairman Ofu to Acting Chairman Ofu to replace Abubakar Yunusa
23. ThankGod Omale…Ibaji LGA Acting Chairman to replace Isaac Abah
24. Nasiru Muhammed Alfa Ofu LGA… Zonal Youth Leader East to replace Noah E. Akwu
25. Daku Shigaba Bassa Lga Acting chairman to replace Isaac S. Ibrahim
26. Andrew Audam. Bassa LGA State Acting Financial Secretary to replace Sekpe Daniel.
27. Abdul Yakubu is the former vice chairman Apc Ankpa Lga now the Acting chairman. To replace Abdul K Ahmed
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June 25, 2017

2019: Kogi Central Senate Seat Should Be Reserved for Okehi, Ajaokuta, Ogori-Magongo – Atimah

2019: Kogi Central Senate Seat Should Be Reserved for Okehi, Ajaokuta, Ogori-Magongo – Atimah

Atimah made this call in an exclusive chat with Kogireports.
The former council scribe noted that in the political history of the zone, only two out of the five local governments that made up Kogi Central have been presenting them as Senators.
He noted that indigenes of the five local governments are all brothers and sisters with strong, unbreakable bond. However, he bemoaned a situation where only Okene and Adavi have produced Senators since the political evolution of Kogi Central to date, saying the trend is unfair to brothers and sisters from Okehi, Ajaokuta and Ogori-Magongo.

Atimah called on Governor Yahaya Bello to use his good office and position to establish a fair and equitable distribution of political slots in Kogi Central.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has proven to the whole world that he is a detribalised Kogi indigene by spreading his appointments and development projects evenly across the three senatorial districts in the state. We call on him to replicate this equitable distribution of political offices in Kogi Central so that all local governments in the district can have a sense of belonging.

“As we approach 2019 general elections, I call on all leaders and stakeholders in Kogi Central to consider the three local governments that have not produced Senator for the seat. This will further strengthen our unity and give sense of belonging to everyone in the district.

“It is time for the Senate seat to leave Okene and Adavi. The next beneficiaries should come from Okehi, Ajaokuta or Ogori-Magongo local government areas.

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