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Aliko Dangote asks northern governors to emulate Governor el-Rufai

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Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, says northern Nigeria needs the like of Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna governor, to bridge development habits between the region and other parts of the country.

Dangote spoke on Wednesday as a guest at the fourth edition of the Kaduna economic and investment submit (KADINVEST), where he expressed concerns about the increasing poverty in the region.

According to him, the north will continue to lag behind if the state governments do not take steps to tackle development challenges, adding that more than 60 percent of the population in north-west and north-eastern parts of the country live in extreme poverty.

“Our country human developmental indicators rank poorly when compared with global averages. Nigeria is ranked at 157 out of 189 countries in the areas of human development index.

“While the over all social economic considerations in the country is a cause for concern, the he regional imperative are in fact, very alarming.

“It is instructive to know that the 19 northern states which account for over 54 percent of the country’s population and 70 percent of its landmass collectively generated only 21 percent of the total sub national internally generated revenue in 2017.

“Northern Nigeria will continue to fall behind if respective state governments do not move to close the development gap and that is why we are always saying that the biggest challenge we have and what we are always praying for is to have 10 governors like Mallam Nasir El-Rufai,” Dangote said.

Dangote said closing the gap requires multi layer investment and government will not be able to muster the needed funds.

He said only the private sector can raise the amount of capital required to find the kind of investment required.

According to him, private investment will create jobs and go a long way to erase the challenge of unemployment and poverty.

“Government must create a conducive environment that will trigger a huge inflow of private capital into the private sector of the economy,” he said.

“As more people get employed, you will notice a sharp decline in some of the social vices now prevalent in our society.”

Dangote said while several states are taking steps in this direction, only a few are making visible progress, citing Kaduna as an example.

“As the capital of the former northern region, Kaduna continues to lead on several matrix. Kaduna currently has the highest WAEC pass rate in the north and second highest IGR generation in the northern part of the region after Kano,” he said.

“We have what it takes to turn around our fortunes and I pray all the 19 governors of the northern states will wake up and follow the footsteps of Kaduna State government.

“As private sector investment propels an upsurge in economic activities, the financial viability of state governments will also improve. State governments will have more money to invest in human capital development and the rampant cases of insecurity as we have it now will subside.

“The north must focus on harnessing its massive agric potentials in terms of both production and processing. No region with such agric potentials should be this poor.

“Given the vast tracts of arable land and conducive condition, I think in the next ten years, Agriculture can generate more revenue and prosperity than oil that we have now if we have the right commitment.

“At Dangote, we are ready to partner with any government that creates enabling environment,” he said.

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Kogi decides: ‘This is helicopter election’ – Senator Dino Melaye rejects result, reveals how APC rigged

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Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kogi West Senatorial candidate, has described Saturday’s election as an ‘helicopter election.’

The lawmaker who spoke to Channels TV, said the result released by INEC is ‘fictitious.

Rejecting the results of the election, Melaye added that the election was marred by massive violence and rigging.

He said, “The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday.

“Helicopter hovering around Polling units in Lokoja, dropping bullets on innocent, harmless citizens and electorate; and as I speak, yesterday, teargas being fired from this helicopter.

“Despite the fact that this helicopter was used in harassing, intimidating and firing innocent electorates, the votes of those places were carted away and taken to the government house, stuffed and brought back to the collation centre and they have been accepted and admitted and collation is ongoing.

“They brought mayhem on my own community and even killed my nephew, we are waiting to see what INEC will do, but I reject in totality, this fictitious result and I want to say that all these are not about the election, it is about Dino Melaye.”

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Kogi Decides 2019: Dino Melaye’s nephew dies after sustaining gunshot wounds

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Senator Dino Melaye has announced the death of his nephew, Olorunjuwon, who was shot by unknown gunmen at his polling unit during the Saturday’s election.

Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi are engaged in a fresh battle of who emerges the Kogi West senatorial district representative.

The Kogi West senatorial district election was held alongside the governorship election in the State yesterday. The winner is yet to be announced.

Melaye came out on Sunday morning to announce the death of Olorunjuwon after sustaining gunshot wounds at his polling unit on Saturday.

Dino Melaye announced this on his Twitter page Sunday morning saying: “My nephew Olorunjuwon who was shot at my pooling unit yesterday died this morning.

“My brother your death is a Supreme sacrifice in the struggle for the liberation of our people. Rest in peace aburo… So sad.”

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Kogi decides 2019: Live Results from Collation Centres

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Results of the governorship election have started coming in from collation Centers in the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

AREWA.NG reports that over 20 political parties presented candidates for the election.

However, many would expect the result to go either the way of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, David Lyon or Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Follow this thread for results as being announced by INEC Collation officials at Local Government headquarters.

Okehi LGA

A: 02
AAC: 08
AD: 13
ADC: 67
ADP: 19
ANRP: 16
APC: 36954
APGA: 43
GDPN: 04
GPN: 01
HDP: 00
JMPP: 03
MAJA: 02
NCP: 09
PDP: 487
PPN: 17
PPP: 19
PRP: 03
SDP: 3095
NCP: 12
PDP: 139
PPN: 14
PPP: 15
PRP: 25
SDP: 50
UDP: 4
UPC: 3
YDP: 10
YPP: 6
ZLP: 1
APM: 26

UDP: 52
UPC: 02
YDP: 05
YPP: 02
ZLP: 0
APM: 25

LG Collation Officer:
Prof Ugoh Sylvanus Chukwudi

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