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Borno Senator, Shettima reveal who will solve APC zoning issues

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Senator Shettima also stated that the ruling APC will disintegrate over its presidential ticket contrary to insinuation that the party was on the verge of collapse.

Senator Kashim Shettima (APC-Borno Central) has said President Muhammadu Buhari, the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and others will resolve the issue of zoning in the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Speaking at a two-day mid-term retreat held in Ado-Ekiti, Shettima, the immediate past governor of Borno State, stated that it was too early to talk about zoning ahead of the 2023 election.

He warned politicians to stop heating up the polity about which section of the country will secure the party’s presidential slot in 2023.

He said: “Don’t forget that our party still controls the Presidency. We have a leader and other competent leaders that can manage every crisis situation.

“At the appropriate time, our leaders will sit and take the most apt decision that will resolve the issue.

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“APC is a party that is united and nothing can break us. I am confident that we will win the 2023 presidential election. APC still remains the party to beat because of the unity of purpose and togetherness as well as desire to deliver for Nigerians.

“So, I am confident and no cause for alarm, what you called controversy will be resolved in the fullest of time.”

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Lagos Bye-election: Obafemi Hamzat delivers polling unit

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The ADP got two votes and the ADC followed with one vote. One of the votes cast at the unit was voided.

The Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat has delivered his Polling Unit 004, Ward 4, Oke-Balogun registration area for the candidate of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tokunbo Abiru.

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The APC’s Abiru scored 97 votes out of the 111 votes cast at the unit, while his closest challenger, Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) got 10 votes.

The number of registered voters at the unit is 738.

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Just in: Gunmen interrupt Zamfara bye-election

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Apart from Zamfara, bye-elections are also holding today in Lagos, Bayelsa and Cross River, among other places.

A large number of bandits have disrupted the voting process in Shiyar Galadima, Rini village, Zamfara State in the ongoing bye-election holding in the state.

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Noble Reporters Media learnt that the bandits disrupted the voting exercise at Shiyar Galadima 008 Polling Unit when some officials of the Peoples Democratic Party allegedly arrived at the village.

Shiyar Galadima is in the Bakura Local Government Area, whose House of Assembly’s seat became vacant, following the death of the former lawmaker, Tukur Jekada, who passed on in May.

The commission had fixed December 5 for the bye-election.

A source told NoRM‘s known Media on Saturday, 5th of December, 2020 that trouble started when a PDP chieftain arrived at the polling unit which infuriated some of the voters.

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He said, “As the suspected bandits arrived, security operatives had to fire gunshots into the air to restore law and order at the Shiyar Galadima 008, Polling Unit in Rini village.

“There was also an attempt to create chaos by the thugs at the polling units, but security operatives arrived immediately and rounded off the suspected thugs. Order was eventually restored, and the voting continued “

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2023: Goodluck Jonathan express his mindset on return as President

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President Muhammadu Buhari defeated the then incumbent President, Jonathan in 2015.

Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has said that it is too early to talk about returning to office in 2023.

Speculations have been flying about, linking the Bayelsa-born politician to a possible return to the office he left 5 years ago.

But the speculations may have to continue as Jonathan could not give a definite position on his rumoured ambition.

Speaking briefly with reporters on Friday after attending an event organised by the Commonwealth Community Choir in Abuja, the nation’s capital, Jonathan was asked if he would be joining the presidential race for 2023, and he said, “It is too early to talk about that.”

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Recall with NoRM that some governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and chieftains of the party had recently visited Jonathan, as pressure continues to mount on him to contest the 2023 election.

They visited Jonathan at his Abuja residence to felicitate with him on his 63rd birthday anniversary.

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Ghana moves for two-horse presidential race

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Before COVID-19, the economy had already struggled with debt servicing, a weak currency and rising inflation.

Ghanaians go to the polls on Monday in a contest that will revive old rivalries between incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and his predecessor, John Mahama.

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Ten other candidates, including three women, are vying for the nation’s top job, but the vote is essentially a fight between two foes who will be slugging it out for the third time.

More than 17 million people are registered to vote in the West African nation’s eighth consecutive poll since it returned to democracy nearly 30 years ago.

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted but not stopped campaigning for the elections, which are for parliament as well as the presidency.

“There are party events and activity everywhere to drum up support, the airwaves are full of party songs, but we are not seeing mass rallies as usual,” Kojo Asante, director for advocacy and policy engagement at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, told AFP.

The presidential race is expected to be very close.

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Independent polls have predicted a slim win for Akufo-Addo, while his New Patriotic Party (NPP) is expected to have a lower majority in the 275-member legislature.

In 2012, Mahama narrowly defeated Akufo-Addo with 50.7 percent of the vote and in 2016, Akufo-Addo beat Mahama with 53.8 percent.

Disputed outcome?
Many Ghanaians are worried that “vigilantes” hired by parties and deployed to provide security for politicians could cause problems at polling stations.

Ghana has traditionally managed to contain post-electoral violence and have a peaceful transition of power — a rarity in much of West Africa.

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Even so, there have been pre-election clashes and disagreements over the neutrality of the electoral commission, especially on the compilation of the new voters’ register.

“Tensions between the two main parties haven’t subsided and the stage is set for a potentially disputed outcome,” Sam Kwarkye, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies wrote in a report.

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Asante is “cautiously optimistic” that the election will be peaceful, and welcomes the large pool of international and local election observers.

“Everybody wants the Ghana election to go well. We already have too many trouble spots in the region to deal with.”

The police say more than 62,000 personnel have been deployed.

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On the streets of Accra on Friday, there was little of the usual widespread wearing of party T-shirts as a sign of political allegiance. Activists distributed handbills and flyers to commuters and from door to door.

Potentials voters said they hoped for a peaceful election.

“I’ll be voting and I’ve already made up my mind. It’s a matter of continuity for me,” trader Gloria Tsotso Afoley, a mother of three, told AFP.

Student Abigail Lomotey told AFP “we need change. Absolutely change. Corruption has been rife over the past four years.”

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But 70-year-old retired Group Captain Francis Mensah said he would not vote because he could not “trust politicians anymore.”

Corruption issue
A key exporter of cocoa, oil and gold, Ghana saw its economy severely hit by the pandemic.

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Growth in the nation of 30 million people is expected to fall to 0.9 percent in 2020, the lowest in 30 years, according to the IMF, and a steep decline from 6.5 percent expansion in 2019.

Akufo-Addo has been given high marks for his handling of the pandemic and his record on education and on providing access to electricity.

But the 76-year-old has disappointed some in his performance on tackling graft — the key issue on which he was elected four years ago.

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Despite this, corruption is a difficult issue for Mahama, 62, to latch onto, as he himself left office under a cloud of sleaze allegations.

Mahama has also been criticised for poor economic decisions and racking up unsustainable debts.

But the skilled communicator has brushed aside the criticism, making ambitious promises to build infrastructure and modernise the country.

Another bold move by Mahama was picking former education minister Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as running mate, the first woman on the ticket of a major party.

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Akufo-Addo, as expected, opted for continuity, with current Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia as running mate.

Results of the vote could be announced within 24 hours after the polls close.

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Dapo Abiodun presents N339BN budget to Ogun Assembly

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The budget comprises recurrent expenditure of N162 billion (48 per cent of the total budget) and a capital expenditure of N177 billion (52 per cent).

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, yesterday, presented a budget proposal of N339 billion for the 2021 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

The governor, while presenting the proposed budget at the state House of Assembly Complex in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, said the budget represented N110.974 billion reduction from the 2020 budget of N449.974 billion.

He stressed that the budget was meant to address the COVID-19 pandemic, #EndSARS protests, general feeling of disenchantment in the polity, socio-economic yearnings of the Ogun State people for good governance, as well as the stringent calls in all societal spheres for a more representative democracy that speaks to the issues of economic growth, consistent progress and equitable quality of life.

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Abiodun said that the 2021 Appropriation Bill tagged “Budget of Recovery and Sustainability,” would be financed with the monthly Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) and the federal allocation

Highlights of the budget include infrastructure, N61 billion; social welfare and well-being N93 billion (includes health, housing, environment, physical planning, women affairs, etc); education, N58 billion; youth empowerment, N6 billion; agriculture, N15 billion and Enablers N106 billion.

Abiodun said the state would also set aside N12 billion for Stabilisation Fund and N10 billion for Public Debt Charges.

The governor reiterated his administration’s firm commitment to a legacy of hope, financial stability, and fiscal prudence, as he promised a drastic reduction in the discriminatory impact of poverty by strengthening all regulatory and institutional frameworks that are crucial to the preservation of the state’s rich cultural, financial and historical heritage.

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“We have resolved to keep exploring Public-Private Partnership strategies in provision of infrastructure, social services, and conversion of our challenges to opportunities within the context,” he stated.

Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, in his remarks, pledged that the legislature would give the proposal expedited passage to ensure prompt implementation of the budget.

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Fayose blast Reps after Buhari’s invitation; call them ‘toothless bulldogs’

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The House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent killings of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents.

Ayodele Fayose, a former Governor of Ekiti State, has labelled members of the House of Representatives as ‘mere toothless bulldogs’ that only exist on paper in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fayose made the claim while reacting to a resolution by the House of Representatives to invite the President to brief the House on the true state of security in Nigeria.

According to him, he would be surprised if Buhari honours their invitation.

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Recall with NoRM that the decision to summon President Buhari was taken at Tuesday’s plenary.

The debate became rowdy after the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said it would be inappropriate to invite Buhari to disclose the actions being taken towards handling the security situation in the country.

Gbajabiamila described it as counter-productive.

Reacting to the development, Fayose, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, said: “I will be surprised if the President honours the House of Reps invitation.

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“The National Assembly that is supposed to be representing the people should know by now that in the eyes of this President, they only exist on paper because they are mere toothless bulldogs.

“Some of those Rep members at the forefront of the invitation of the President to appear before the House should expect EFCC invitation, freezing of their accounts or arrest for plotting to bring down the legitimate government of the President. I warned,” Fayose tweeted.

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US Election: Trump’s administration throws final supreme court fight

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The Republican who has spent his presidency seeking to limit immigration has said he does not want to allow congressional representation to foreigners in the country illegally.

United States President Donald Trump’s administration wages its last major policy fight before the Supreme Court Monday as it seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population count used to determine states’ representation in Congress.

If the outgoing president’s plan goes forward, states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants could see their influence reduced in the US House of Representatives.

It would amount to a last-minute victory or defeat for Trump, who is due to leave the White House and hand over to President-elect Joe Biden on January 20 even though he is still refusing to concede his electoral loss.

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The US census is carried out every 10 years as spelled out in the Constitution, and it determines certain federal aid and the number of seats each state holds in the House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress.

In July, with the census underway, Trump issued a directive to exclude the country’s estimated 10 million undocumented immigrants from the count determining the number of House seats.

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Until now, the census has included all residents of a state apart from foreigners on a temporary visa.

Several Democrat-led states, including New York, which has a large number of immigrants, have challenged the change and have been victorious in lower courts.

The Trump administration as a result asked the Supreme Court to intervene urgently since the president is due to transmit the results of the 2020 census and the number of seats for each state to Congress in January.

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Monday’s arguments before the court will be by telephone due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and a decision is expected soon.

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after participating in a Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the United States Military, at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 26, 2020. – In the first TV interview since losing his re-election bid, President Donald Trump indicated on November 29, 2020 that he will never concede to Joe Biden and abandon his conspiracy theory about mass ballot fraud. “It’s not like you’re gonna change my mind. My mind will not change in six months,” Trump told Fox News interviewer Maria Bartiromo. (Noble Reporters Media / NoRM)

In 2019, a narrow majority on the court blocked an attempt to ask for the citizenship of census participants, which risked further reducing foreigners’ willingness to respond and undercounting the population in certain states.

Since then, another Trump appointee has been named to the Supreme Court, with conservative justices now holding a six-to-three majority.

The justices could however limit themselves to questions of procedure in the case and avoid the issue entirely.

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According to a study from the Pew Research Center, three states — California, Florida and Texas — could lose a seat each over the next decade if the change goes forward.

Three others — Minnesota, Alabama and Ohio — could gain one seat, Pew said.

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Burkina Election: Roch Marc, far from win

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The problems were not on a scale to have any major impact on the result, they said, urging all parties to respect the outcome.

Burkina Faso’s president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, notched up a hefty lead Wednesday in results announced from more than half of the country’s voting districts following weekend elections.

Kabore, bidding for a second term at the helm of the troubled Sahel state, has 58.14 percent of the vote, according to the ongoing count conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

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Opposition leader Zephirin Diabre has 14.25 percent while Eddie Komboigo, who heads a former ruling party, has 13.62 percent, it said.

The figures are derived from results from 196 out of the 368 districts, embassies or consulates where votes for Sunday’s elections were cast.

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Kabore, 63, is seeking an overall majority from voting day to avoid a runoff in which he would stand against a single candidate backed by a united opposition.

He has been under fire for his response to a five-year-old jihadist campaign that has rolled in from Mali, claiming at least 1,200 lives and forcing around a million people to flee their homes.

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Sunday’s elections were for Burkina’s legislature as well as its presidency, where executive power in the former French colony is concentrated.

Opposition parties say the vote was marked by fraud and flawed procedures. On Monday, they threatened to reject “results stained by irregularities.”

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Their complaints include polling stations that either did not open or opened late, insecure handling of ballot boxes and arbitrary changes to voting areas.

Because of the unrest, the election was not held across at least one-fifth of the territory, denying up to 350,000 people of the right to vote, according to CENI’s figures.

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Parties supporting Kabore on Tuesday argued that the problems encountered on Sunday affected “all the competing candidates and political parties” in a similar way.

An opposition protest was scheduled to take place early Wednesday outside the vote tabulation centre but was cancelled.

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A joint observer team has been sent by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and the African Union (AU).

It has met with governing and opposition figures in what one of the mission’s members described as “preventative diplomacy.”

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2023: There would be serious issue of North opt to produce President – Amaechi

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The former Minister insisted that in order to maintain peace and security in the country, the North must not continue to hold unto power.

A First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi has warned that any attempt by the North to retain power in 2023 will lead to a more serious case that will affect the existence of Nigeria.

Amaechi warned that the country may explode if the two leading political parties decide to field candidates from the North.

He said he was not aware that some people in the North still believe in the Uthman Danfodio mandate that the region will continue to rule the country

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Amaechi said he is aware that there is a new thinking in the North that believe that the North should not just keep power to themselves.

“If that is the case, that the North wants to keep power in 2023, it might lead to a more serious case in the country and it will affect our continued existence as a nation,” he said, according to Sun.

“If the two parties provide northern candidates, then the two parties in their vision have created a situation that would explode and when it explodes, nobody should be blamed, except the people who have created the situation.”


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2023: PDP reveals APC members who will form new party

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Ologbondiyan also confirmed that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party would meet on Thursday.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that some disgruntled members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will form a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, hinted this while speaking on NoRM‘s known Media on Monday.

“We are aware in the Peoples Democratic Party that there are those who are losing out in APC and they are contemplating a third force just as they did in 2014.

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“And as such, they are looking at coming to the PDP and breaking the party by taking members of the PDP to create a new political party,” Ologbondiyan said.

The PDP spokesman also insisted they were not bothered about which region of the country APC will zone its presidential ticket for the next election.

“The PDP is a holistic political party and we are not going to allow distractions. The leadership of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus is steadying the party for the purpose for which Nigerians are aligning with us come 2023,” he added.


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US Election: Trump isn’t ready to accept defeat – see what he did this time

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Then simultaneously, he claimed the victory was because the election was rigged.

United States President Donald Trump in a new tweet has declared himself the winner of the 3 November election.

“I won the election”, Trump declared in all-caps tweet on Monday morning.

The tweet was a continuation of his Twitter rants since Sunday, when he first acknowledged Joe Biden won the election.

He then later tweeted that he was not going to concede as he planned to file ‘big cases’ soon.

He continued the theme of election rigging in three other tweets flagged by Twitter as ‘disputed claims’.


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INEC fixes 2023 presidential election date. [Nigeria]

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Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Thursday.

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday disclosed that the 2023 Presidential election will hold on the 18th of February 2023.

In his good will message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, the INEC Chairman told members of the House of Representatives that they have about 855 days to the next general election.


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OndoDecide’20: Akeredolu graced as INEC declares winner

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Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka, returned Akeredolu as the governor-elect on Sunday

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has been re-elected as Governor of Ondo State on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership marked by economic growth and improved security for people in the state.

Akeredolu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled a total of 292,839 votes while Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 193,585 votes, leaving margin of 99,254.

Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) came a distant third with 60,051 votes.

“Having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of the APC as the winner, and he is hereby returned elected,” Professor Olayinka declared said.

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Below are the votes of the three leading parties across 18 LGAs:

Ile Oluji

APC:13,287

PDP: 9231

ZLP:1971

Akoko north-east

APC:16,572

PDP: 8380

ZLP:3532

Akoko south-west

APC:21,232

PDP:15,055

ZLP:2755

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Akoko south-east

APC:9419

PDP:4003

ZLP:2004

Akoko north-west

APC: 15,809

PDP: 10,320

ZLP: 3,477

Irele

APC: 12,643

PDP:5493

ZLP:5904

Ose

APC:15,122

PDP:8421

ZLP:1083

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Ifedore

APC:9350

PDP:11852

ZLP:1863

Owo

APC: 35,957

PDP:5311

ZLP: 408

Okitipupa

APC: 19,266

PDP: 10,367

ZLP: 10,120

Akure north-west

APC: 9,546

PDP: 12,263

ZLP: 1046

Idanre

APC: 11,286

PDP: 7499

ZLP: 3623

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Akure south-east

APC: 17,277

PDP: 47,267

ZLP: 2,236

Ondo east

APC:6485

PDP:4049

ZLP: 3221

Ondo west

APC: 15,977

PDP: 10,627

ZLP: 10,159

Odigbo

APC: 23,571

PDP: 9,485

ZLP: 6,540

Ese Odo

APC: 13383

PDP: 4680

ZLP: 4760

Ilaje

APC: 26657

PDP: 11128

ZLP: 4405


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OndoDecide’20: INEC releases official results in 12 LGAs; Akeredolu leads.

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The results from the remaining six local government areas were expected to be announced by INEC later.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Sunday began the release of results of the Ondo governorship election

The collation, is taking place at the INEC office at Alagbaka in Akure.

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Here are the results as declared by the collation officers:

Okitipupa Local Government

APC- 19,266
PDP- 10,367
ZLP – 10,120

Ose Local Government Area
APC – 15,122
PDP – 8,421
ZLP – 1,083

Akure South LGA

APC – 17,277

PDP – 47,627

ZLP – 2,236

Akoko South East

APC – 9,419

PDP – 4,003

ZLP – 2,004

Idanre LGA

APC -11,286

PDP – 7,499

ZLP – 3,623

Owo LGA

APC – 35957

PDP – 5311

ZLP – 408

Akure North LGA

APC – 9546

PDP – 12263

ZLP – 1,046

Ondo East LGA

APC – 6485

PDP – 4049

ZLP – 3,221

Akoko North West

APC- 15,809

PDP- 10,320

ZLP – 3,477

Akoko South East

APC – 21,232

PDP – 15,055

ZLP – 2,775

Akoko North East

APC – 16,572

PDP – 8,380

ZLP – 3,532

Irele LGA

APC – 12,643

PDP – 5,493

ZLP – 5,904

Ile Oluji Oke Igbo LGA

APC – 13,278

PDP – 9,231

ZLP – 1,971

Ifedore LGA

APC – 9,350

PDP – 11,852


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Storyline: Ihedioha taught me corruption – Uzodinma spills.

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Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, has disclosed that he inherited systematic corruption from the sacked governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha.

The governor, who spoke at the ceremony marking Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary in Owerri, the state capital, said he equally inherited payroll fraud from Ihedioha.

However, Uzodimma pointed out that despite the challenges, he had made tremendous headways since he became the state’s helmsman in January.

The governor said, “Coming into office barely nine months ago, we encountered a microcosm of systemic corruption and disruption in the public sector. We met monumental payroll fraud in the system; we met a disoriented and disarticulated civil service and a very sorry state of infrastructural provisions.

“Corrosive corruption in all facets of society makes governance more herculean. A horrendous civil war and serial military rule in the short span of 60 years has not helped matters either.”


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