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Oborevwori Re-elected Delta Assembly Speaker

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Former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly in the 6th Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, has been re-elected as the new speaker of the 7th Assembly.

Oborevwori who represents Okpe constituency was re-elected shortly after the proclamation of the house by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa through a letter read on the floor of the house by the clerk, Lyna Ocholor.

The member representing Ukwuani constituency, Ochor Christopher Ochor was elected the deputy speaker of the House.

Meanwhile. the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated the member representing Okpe Constituency, Sheriff Oborevwori and his Ukwuani Constituency counterpart, Ochor Christopher Ochor on their election as speaker and deputy speaker of the 7th Assembly.

Governor Okowa in a statement lauded members of the 7th Assembly for their choice of Sheriff Oborevwori and Ochor Christopher Ochor as presiding officers of the 7th Assembly, noting that the duo will bring their experience to bear in the discharge of their duties.

The Governor also congratulated other members of the House for their victory at the 2019 polls and urged them to bring their extensive knowledge and understanding of law making to the service of the state.

“As governor of our dear state, I promise to give my total support to the House and anything that will be required to ensure that you discharge your responsibilities fully without any inconveniences”.

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Bayelsa Election: We’ve no ill feelings towards Jonathan – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it holds no ill feeling towards former President Goodluck Jonathan over his role in the just concluded Bayelsa governorship election.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this in an interview with journalists after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee in Abuja.

Reports had suggested that Jonathan might face internal party sanctions for what looked like his support for the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, who eventually emerged winner of the governorship elections.

But debunking that notion, Ologbondiyan said, “The issue of former President Goodluck Jonathan did not come up at the meeting and it was not discussed.

“You must know about the procedure and processes in our party. If we do not have a report or an issue before us, we cannot delve into.

“As we speak now, we do not have any matter concerning Jonathan before us in the party.”

Ologbondiyan said that the only issue discussed at the meeting was the November 16 election in Kogi and Bayelsa, of which the National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, would formally address the press on the party’s position on Thursday.

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Cancel Bayelsa/Kogi elections, former Niger gov. tells INEC

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A former governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Aliyu made the call in a press statement on Thursday in Minna by Mr Bala Bitrus, his media officer.

According to Aliyu: “we hereby ask INEC and the government in power to annul the elections in the interest of peace, the growth of democracy and fairness.

“(This is) for the soul of Salomi Acheju Abuh and of all those who were slain in Kogi and Bayelsa states in the course of last Saturday’s elections by the agents of the states.

“We ask the federal government to not only condemn the wanton killings and destruction of properties but to empaneled well balanced committees to probe the dastardly acts and speedily bring those behind the arsons and fish out their sponsors for proper justice.”

He condemned the killing of the PDP’s Women Leader of Wada Aro Campaign Council in Kogi state, Salomi Abuh who was burnt to death in her house by alleged sponsored armed political thugs.

“As civilized citizens, we note with serious concern that the general conducts of the governorship elections in the two states, where innocent citizens were subjected to crude, brutal and naked use of force have rubbished the essence of the elections.

“Therefore we reject the outcomes of the two elections in their entirety,” he said.

“The conducts and outcomes of the elections in the two states are therefore not the reflections of free choice by the electorate in the two states nor are they in tandem with democratic traditions hence we reject the results posted by INEC in all their ramifications.

“It is pertinent to say here that subversion of the free will and wishes of citizens at elections and at any public fora amounts to, not only illegality but gross abuse of the fundamental principles of the rights of citizens to elect candidates of their preferred choice to govern them,” he added.

The Former Governor said that it was time for the country to begin to have critical look at the electoral system and ensure that the right things are done toward safeguarding democracy and its true culture in all elections.

Responding, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Aliyu was merely seeking for relevance.

“He is actually canvassing for such, knowing fully well that INEC cannot annul election after it had declared it,” he said.

NAN reports that David Lyon of the APC in Bayelsa had polled 352,552 votes to defeat Sen. Douye Diri of the PDP who got 143,172 votes.

While the incumbent in Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat his major opponent, Musa Wada of the PDP who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.

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IPMAN appeals to FG to lift ban on petrol supply at borders

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to repeal the ban on the supply of petroleum products to stations located 20 kilometers away from Nigerian borders.

IPMAN’s National President, Mr Sanusi Fari, made the call in a statement issued to newsmen in Owerri by its National Publicity Secretary.

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