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Group Launches Campaign Against Electoral Violence In Khana

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a youth-based organisation, Rivers State Youth Federation, Khana Chapter, has commenced senstisation campaign against youth involvement in electoral violence and other anti social behaviour.
The sensitization campaign was flagged off at Bori, Headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, recently, during the formal inauguration of the newly elected executive of the Khana chapter of the Rivers State Youth Federation.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the occasion, Elder Eredor Nwako congratulated the new exco and urged them to be proactive in their role of promoting peace and development in Khana communities.
Nwako, a community leader, pointed out that youth are mostly lured to violence during elections and urged them not to make themselves vulnerable to any political trappings that would endanger their lives, no matter how mouthwatering the offer may be.
On his part, the Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee(PCRC) in Rivers State, Chief Caska Ogosu, also congratulated the new executive of the youth body in Khana LGA and urged them to work assiduously to ensure the prevalence of sustainable peace in Khana.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Chairman of Khana Local Government Area on Youth,  Comrade Neeka Idemyor, pledged the support of the Council authorities to the body and urged them to work towards achieving the objectives of promoting peace in the area.

While assuring the Council’s support to the body, he pointed out that the LGA would not hesitate to report the leadership of the body to the relevant authorities for questioning if they reneged on their statutory obligations.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the flagg off of the anti election violence campaign, the newly sworn in chairman of the Khana chapter of the Rivers State Youth Federation, Comrade Neemene Kpugisi, thanked the body for giving him the opportunity to serve.

Apart from embarking on intensive grassroots campaign against youth involvement in electoral violence,
Comrade Kpugisi said the body would work with the peace committees of the various communities in khana to promote peace in the area.

By: Taneh Beemene

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Ex-Minister, Senator Emerge PDP Senatorial Candidates In Kwara

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Former Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, has emerged the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for Kwara central senatorial district.
Abdullahi was elected through affirmation by delegates at the PDP’s senatorial primary at Mariam Event Centre, Ilorin.
The national officer that conducted the primary, Hashim Jimoh, announced Abdullahi as the winner, having been returned unopposed.
Also a former Senator, Rafiu Ibrahim was elected as the PDP’s candidate for Kwara south senatorial district.
Ibrahim also emerged through affirmation at the primary in Omu- Aran in Irepodun local government area of the state.
Chairman of PDP in Kwara south, Comrade Bisi Fakayode raised up Ibrahim’s hand after his unanimous election.
Speaking with reporters after his emergence, Abdullahi thanked the PDP stakeholders and delegates for confirming him as Kwara central’s candidate.
He also thanked journalists for their support, adding that :” I do not take your support and that of the PDP’s stakeholders for granted.
Abdullahi assured the people of his constituency of quality representation at the Senate.

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PDP Primary: Two Ondo Senators Fail To Secure Return Tickets

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Two sitting senators from Ondo State, Ayo Akinyelure, and Nicholas Tofowomo, have lost their bid to return to the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
They lost in the primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held on Monday in the state.
Akinyelure is representing Ondo Central Senatorial District while Tofowomo represents Ondo South Senatorial District.
In the primary held in Akure, the state capital, Akinyelure came second, polling 58 votes behind Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, who scored 82 votes.
On the other hand, Tofowomo scored 74 votes behind a former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi, who polled 78 votes in the exercise that held in Okitipupa, in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.
In the Ondo North Senatorial District, Mr Adetokunbo Modupe, defeated his opponent, Mr Foluso Adefemi, with 124 votes as against 93 votes.
Speaking with journalists after the election, Akinyelure attributed his loss to the influence of the former Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who did not support him.
Akinyelure said, “As a ranking Senator and with all I have done for them in Ondo Central Senatorial District, the three ad- hoc delegates that favour Olusegun Mimiko, they gave instructions for them to vote me out. I am happy about this but I know my God will never fail.
“I know what I am talking about. We have six local governments in the central, by the grace of God I am still a sitting Senator. The election was so transparent but I know that with the volume of what I have done for the Ondo Central Senatorial District, I did not expect to be paid this way. But I have a destiny that nobody can stop.”
The winner of the Ondo Central primary, Adedipe, said it was the first time he would be contesting for elective office, calling all members of the party to support him to win the main election in 2023.
He said, “The exercise has been peaceful and very free. It is the PDP that has won and not Ifedayo. It is the party that conducts a free and fair election. My fellow aspirants should see this as a vote for all of us.”

 

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Rivers Dep Gov, Others Win Senatorial Tickets

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Mrs Ipallibo Harry Banigo, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Rivers West Senatorial District election.
Ipalibo, who hails from Degema Local Government Area, scored 264 votes to clinch the party’s ticket for Rivers West.
The senatorial primaries, which held across the three senatorial districts, also produced Allwell Onyesoh as the candidate of the PDP for Rivers East.
Onyesoh, who hails from Etche Local Government Area, was said to have scored 270 votes to earn him the senatorial flag of the party.
The party also gave its ticket for the Rivers Southeast Senatorial District to a former House of Representatives member, incumbent senator Barinada Mpigi.
The state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Sydney Tambari Gbara, who described the exercise as peaceful, said consensus method was used in some areas to elect the candidates.

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