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PDP Plans To Take Over Anambra

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Anambra State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Mr Uchenna Emodi has vowed to deliver the state to the party, saying it was ready for the 2010 election.
Also, the party has denied that there was a rift in Abuja between its executive and members of the state Assembly who were also on a visit to the national headquarters.
Emodi told newsmen that there was no going back in capturing the state, insisting that the party would reclaim all the positions starting from the governorship position.
“Already all Anambraians are yearning for us to take charge and we are already working hard for our victory”.
Also, a statement signed by Afam Ilounoh, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), which was made available to newsmen, denied that there was clash or bickering between the members from the state as well as the party’s state executives that visited the headquarters of the party on Thursday in Abuja.
His words: “My attention has been drawn to some newspaper report which stated that there was a clash of interest between two visiting teams from Anambra State at the National Headquarters of our party.
“For avoidance of doubt, nothing of such happened as the two groups, viz the state PDP executive and the state Assembly members, were on separate missions and on the official invitation of the national chairman”
Ilouno urged the press to treat reports on Anambra State PDP fairly, especially as considering that the chapter was still recovering from internal crisis, which almost crippled the party.
He said that the entire PDP in Anambra State was one big family, including elected members of the party, saying that the report was incorrect.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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