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2023: Southern Kaduna Religious Leaders Lauded For Signing Peace Accord



By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Religious leaders in Southern part of Kaduna, an area prone to election violence, have been commended for coming together to sign a Memorada of Understanding,Mou among Christians and Muslims to uphold peace throughout the electioneering period in the zone of the state.

The Executive Director (ED), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa who gave the commendation said a number of peace accords have also been signed in Kaduna state with a view to ensuring peace before, during after the elections in the state.

The ED CISLAC who was represented by the Senior Program Officer, Solomon Adoga, disclosed this during a press briefing and discussions meeting on peaceful 2023 general elections forum jointly organized by CISLAC and Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), in Kaduna state.

According to Adoga, CISLAC and IMC considered the signing of peace accords as thoughtful, proactive, exemplary and worthy of emulation by other zones in the state and Nigeria in general.

Mr. Adoga said, late last year 2022, political parties and candidates, under the auspices of Kaduna state peace commission, committed themselves to peaceful 2023 general election in the state through signing of peace accord.

He explained that some of the key reasons for the peace pacts, includes the need to build consensus among the electoral stakeholders in the state, and bestowed conference among electorates, emphasising the important of achieving Peace in Kaduna state.

While he stressed the need for reminding stakeholders on their commitment to peace pacts continually as crucial, he noted that CISLAC and IMC are playing the reminding roles to the political parties and its candidates as election approached, urging supporters and influencers to desist from stoking up electoral violence and conflicts in the state.

Kaduna, he noted, has had fair share of its violence over the years which was detrimental to development, pointing out that it’s easier for the people in the state to thrives in peace than combatting chaos.
Also speaking, a guest popularly addressed as Imam and representatives of organisers said every tiny segments of tribes and ethnicity in Nigeria is adequately represented in Kaduna making the state unique, and recalled the adage that “When Kaduna sneezes the entire country catches cold”.

Others officials, including M. Jeremiah and a female counterpart urged the media to properly sensitized the masses on need for peaceful election and avoid use of fake news in other not to escalating election violent.

Participants had however expressed worry over the trending issue of voting buying, popularly known as “provides evidence”, “a situation where votes sellers (voters) provides instant evidence of their votes to vote buyers at polling booth corner during voting process to enable them collect a token amount of money promised.

These, and other salient election matters also dominated days of discussions on peaceful 2023 general elections forum jointly organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), and Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), in Kaduna state.

Journalists participants, had during the discussion session expressed fear and disbelieve on no-cause-for-alarm syndrome of INEC, amidst huge trending incidents of buying and selling of PVC in progress everywhere in Kaduna state for as low as N2,000 or less.

Participants also expressed doubt on capability of INEC in cubing the trends of using handset in taken snap shot of thumb printed votes by electorates to provide evidence to votes buyers so as to be paid their money based on agreement reached between buyers and voters mostly at polling units.

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ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello



Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.

The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.

The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.

The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.

Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.

Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.

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Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri



Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.

He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.

In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.

He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.

‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’

The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth,  communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.

The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.

He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.

He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.

 ‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’

Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.

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Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll

A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.

The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.

The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.

The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.

In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.

It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.

On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.

We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.

As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.

To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.

I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.

By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.

Sunny Areh
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

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