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Ademola Adeleke emerges Osun PDP gubernatorial primary winner

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Ademola Adeleke has been declared the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun after winning the primary election backed by the national working committee (NWC).

Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the returning officer and deputy governor of Bayelsa state, said 1916 delegates took part in the exercise.

He said Adeleke polled 1887 votes to defeat the other contenders in the race.

Dotun Babayemi, Akinbade Fatai and Akin Ogunbiyi each had no vote while Bamidele Adeleke polled one vote and Sanya Omirin had four.

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Babayemi had earlier won the parallel primary election backed by Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the former governor of Osun state.

Both primaries took place simultaneously — one at WOCDIF event centre and the other held inside Osun Township Stadium.

Bamidele Adeleke, nephew of Ademola Adeleke, and Akinbade had earlier announced their withdrawal from the race — but they later pitched their tent with Babayemi.

“We know some people will go to court after this exercise, but God will not allow them,” the younger Adeleke had said.

“Let’s come together and support our candidate, Dotun Babayemi, and ensure he wins the governorship election.”

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The Oyinlola-backed faction said the NWC failed to heed a court order mandating the use of the list from the congress held across the 215 wards in the state.

The congress was organised by Olasoji Adagunodo, PDP national vice-chairman (south-west).

However, the Bayelsa deputy governor maintained that the NWC does not recognise the parallel election conducted by the Oyinlola faction.

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“It is fake,” Ewhrudjakpo claims at the Osun Township Stadium.

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Fubara orders audit of LGs accounts in Rivers

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Fubara orders audit of LGs accounts in Rivers

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has ordered the audit of the accounts of the 23 Local Government Areas for the past three years.

Fubara gave the order to the Auditor General of the state on Wednesday while swearing in the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the local councils at the Executive Council Chamber of the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Also read: BREAKING: Fubara swears in caretaker chairmen for 23 LGs

The governor said the audit of the accounts is intended to serve as a check for the incoming chairmen and make the local councils more accountable.

Fubara urged the caretaker chairmen to protect the interests of their people, not to see themselves as superheroes and to demonstrate that the government was right in appointing them.

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He, however, cautioned that their tenure would not be excessively long, because the process for local government area elections would commence soon.

The governor also ordered a probe of the tenures of the outgoing local government chairmen, saying that the current events in the state are a product of democracy.

He warned against violence, stating that it is not his approach, urging the officials to sort out the salaries and entitlements of the outgoing chairmen.

Fubara explained that the fight against tenure extension is not just about the state, but the entire country, as allowing it in one state could lead to it being replicated nationwide.

The governor pointed out that Rivers State was not doing anything unusual, as most states in the country are also run by caretaker committees.

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BREAKING: Fubara swears in caretaker chairmen for 23 LGs

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BREAKING: Fubara swears in caretaker chairmen for 23 LGs

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State, on Wednesday, sworn in new caretaker chairmen for the 23 local government areas of the state.

The governor inaugurated the new caretaker chairmen hours after the House of Assembly, led by factional Speaker, Victor Jumbo, screened and approved the nominees sent on Tuesday.

 

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Theheute reports that the swearing-in is currently ongoing at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital, amid tight security.

Our correspondent reports that the first batch of 11 caretaker chairmen are taking their oath of office.

The swearing-in comes a day after the governor forwarded the list to the state House of Assembly and the nominees were invited for screening as early as 8 am on Wednesday.

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Just In: Protesting youths chase Rivers LG from council secretariat

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Just In: Protesting youths chase Rivers LG from council secretariat

The Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Rivers State chapter, Allwell Ihunda, escaped death narrowly as protesting youths chased him along Moscow Road in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Tuesday.

Ihunda, who is the outgoing Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, was on his way to the council secretariat with some aides and security details when the incident occurred.

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It was gathered that he had alighted from his vehicle and tried to make his way into the council but met a group of youths who occupied the entrance.

Almost immediately, the youth started shouting, chasing him, the youths tried to get hold of Ibunda, who raced towards his car.

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But the security details attached to the Mayor, as he is fondly called, resisted the youths from getting hold of their principal, shooting into the air to disperse them.

Ihunda jumped into a black SUV vehicle, escorted by aides and zoomed off while the youths continued shooting into the air.

Two other vehicles, including a white van believed to be that of aides of the outgoing chairman, were spotted going after him, while the youths rained abuses at him.

Some of the youth were heard shouting, “That is him, Allwell. Chase him. Who is he? Look at him, Mayor is running. Chase him. Are you mad? God punish you.

“Don’t run, come, you will see pressure. We are not afraid of you. You are mad. Thunder will fire you.”

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But some of his security details were seen trying to calm the youths who refused to listen to them, saying, ” Why is he running?”

Recall that the state ALGON had vowed not to vacate office after the expiration of their tenure on June 17.

The LG chairmen, who were elected under the administration of Nyesom Wike as governor, had cited the local government amendment law made by the Martin Amaewhule-led House of Assembly.

The law extends the tenure of the council chairmen by six months due to the failure of Governor Siminalayi Fubara to conduct local government elections.

The Amaewhule-led 27 lawmakers loyal to the FCT Minister have been having a running battle with Fubara, due to the disagreement between him and his predecessor.

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Fubara survived an attempt to impeach him last year, which worsened the political crisis in the state.

Fubara, in a state-wide broadcast on Tuesday, directed the heads of local government administration to take charge of council affairs from Wednesday, June 19th, pending further directives.

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