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Bello wanted PDP to Defeat APC -Faleke Tells Tribunal

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Mr James Faleke, the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu, has called on the State Election Petition Tribunal to declare him the validly elected governor of Kogi State.

Faleke made the call in Abuja on Monday while being led in evidence at the tribunal by his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

“I confirm to all the documents that were tendered this morning to be the ones I refer to in my petition.

“I will like to adopt the documents in my witness statement on oath and as my evidence in the petition.

“I want the tribunal to accept my petition and grant my reliefs as stated in paragraph 27 of my witness statement on oath and declare me as the winner’’, Faleke said.

When asked during cross-examination by the Counsel to the 1st respondent, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), if he was still a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), he said ‘yes.’

He said “I am not aware that the 2nd respondent, Gov. Yahaya Bello, is a member of the APC. All I know is that the 2nd respondent campaigned and worked for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“I was also not an aspirant at the primary election, but one of the conditions Audu picked me as his running mate was because I am a member of the APC.”

Faleke told the tribunal that he did not know any of the candidates who contested with the late Audu.

According to Faleke, “I did not see the result of the primary election because I left the venue but the next information I had is that Late Audu won the primary and I was chosen as the running mate.”

He also told the tribunal that the result of the election, which he said he co-won with Audu, the late APC candidate , was declared in each polling unit and each of the ward collation centres.

Faleke said the death of Audu had nothing to do with the inconclusiveness of the election and that they had already won before it was declared inconclusive.

He said that he knew they had already won the Nov. 21 governorship election and that was why he did not participate in the Dec. 5 election.

“Myself and Prince Audu were declared winners at each polling unit, ward collation centre, each local government and the state collation centre. The state’s Returning Officer declared the result at the state collation centers.

“Prince Audu died in the morning and the election was declared inconclusive in the evening, so it was declared inconclusive far after the death’’, Faleke said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that part of the documents that was tendered and admitted in evidence were Form CF001, Form CF002 and many more.

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LG Autonomy: Supreme Court Judgment A Distraction -Governor Makinde

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“They said there is a judgment of the Supreme Court on local government autonomy. I think it is just a distraction. We must face the real issue that we have.

“The issue that we have is that we are not producing enough. We are not productive. Maybe it may be part of the problem, we want to have value for what is being shared but our problem is productivity.

“How much are those LGAs generating within their domains? Can they survive without handouts from Abuja? Handouts from Abuja, is that the way to go? Is it sustainable?” -Governor Seyi Makinde, Oyo At Audience With NUJ

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You Cannot Benefit From Country You Curse – Shettima Warns Nigerians

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Kashim Shettima has warned Nigerians against hauling curses on the country as a result of the hardship, stating that it would be impossible for abusers to benefit from a system they have abused.

He stated that there are a lot of opportunities in Nigeria and therefore urged Nigerians to count their blessings instead of putting the country down through words.

In his words, “Let us count our blessings. Let us not put our country down.

He emphasized that, “It cannot be tales of woes all the time. As bad as things are today and with all the inflation, there are sectors that are doing incredibly well. The health sector is doing very well.

The petroleum sector is doing well. The Agric sector is doing well, for those who are planting cassava.

“People buy it there on the farm. I am not saying that things are easy. The government has come with very tough reforms.

“However, you have to position yourself in the reform. If you go out and say Nigeria is a shitty country, forgive my French, you are going to get shitty results.

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President Bola Tinubu steps aside as ECOWAS Chairman as his tenure comes to an end today (Sunday).

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The 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority is holding at the Presidential Villa in Abuja where he is expected to pass on the torch to another leader.

The Military leaders of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso rule out returning to ECOWAS even as President Bola Tinubu leads Heads of State of the 15-member bloc in a Summit in Abuja to persuade them to return.

“Westerners consider that we belong to them and our wealth also belongs to them. They think that they are the ones who must continue to tell us what is good for our states. This era is gone forever; our resources will remain for us and our populations,”
says Burkina Faso’s leader, Capt. Ibrahim Traoré.

“”Our people have irrevocably turned their back on ECOWAS,” Niger’s General Abdourahamane Tiani says.

“The attack on one of us will be an attack on all the other members,” insists Mali’s leader, Col. Assimi Goïta.

The trio signed a confederation treaty on Saturday, underscoring their determination to chart a joint course and exit the bloc which is urging them to return to democratic rule.

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