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2023: I Have Fears Over Possible Outcome Of Election – Jega



A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has raised concerns over the current developments in the political space.

According to Jega, he has palpable fears about the outcome of the 2023 general elections.

He stated this while speaking at a colloquium organised by the Electoral Hub in Abuja on Wednesday.

Jega, however, expressed optimism that Nigeria will pull through the current challenges.

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“I have a lot of fears about the outcome of the election. But you will see people like me are what I’ll call an incurable optimist about the future of our country.

“So I remain hopeful that in spite of the recklessness that we see, the vandalism that we see perpetrated by many of our so-called leading politicians, we are hopeful that people will mobilise and become effectively engaged in the electoral process, so that we have a good outcome in 2023,” Jega said.



JUST IN: Appeal Court Sacks Nasarawa Speaker




The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, a member of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

The speaker was sacked in a judgement delivered on Tuesday by the Court which declared the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Sa’ad Abdullahi Ibrahim, as the rightful winner of the election of the March 18, 2023 election for the Umaisha/Ugya State Constituency.

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Ondo: Plot To Make Aiyedatiwa Acting Governor Thickens




The intervention of President Bola Tinubu in the political crisis that has been rocking Ondo State over the feud between Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, may have suffered setbacks with speculation that the state House of Assembly is planning to declare Aiyedatiwa as the acting governor.

It was gathered that the Assembly may convene on Tuesday to deliberate on the proposal to declare Aiyedatiwa as acting governor.

With Akeredolu out of the state for the past six months over ill health, those in the camp of the governor were said to be strategising to prevent the plot against their boss.

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Recall that the presidency, through a press release by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Tinubu, Ajuri Ngelale, advised all warring camps to bury the hatchet and embrace peace, eliciting commitments to this effect. ⁣

Ngelale’s statement read in parts: “This means that Governor Akeredolu remains Chief Executive of the State, Aiyedatiwa remains Deputy Governor, and members of the State Executive Council continue their respective duties, even as the leadership of the State’s House of Assembly and the APC Chapter in Ondo State is preserved.”

However, Aiyedatiwa was said to have met with some members of the Ondo State House of Assembly who were in his camp on Sunday night and insisted that he be declared acting governor on Tuesday.

One of the members of the House of Assembly who received the call from Aiyedatiwa but pleaded anonymity disclosed that the deputy governor queried the president’s intervention in the matter.

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The lawmaker who craved anonymity said: “Last night (Sunday), a number of us received a call from the deputy governor. He informed us that he must be declared acting governor on Tuesday.

“When we reminded him that it wasn’t part of the resolutions reached at the meeting with the President, he said the President can’t tell us how to run Ondo State.”

Contacted over the development, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, insisted that the lawmakers are in line with the outcome of the meeting with President Tinubu.

According to Oladiji, any decision not in tandem with the resolution reached with President Tinubu should be disregarded.

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Gov Oborevwori, Delta APC Trade Blame Over N77bn Road Projects




The four legacy road projects awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC in the metropolis of Warri and Effurun metropolis, respectively of Warri and Uvwie local government areas of Delta State are now bones of contention between Governor Sheriff Oborevwori and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor had disclosed that the “cumulative contract sum for the four projects is N77,997,159,339.91.”

Oborevwori, however, is being accused by the Delta State APC Publicity Secretary, Valentine Onojeghuo, of over-inflating the cost of the project to the tune of N50 billion.

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While the governor has vowed that the completion period of the projects stands at 27 months, APC scoffed, saying that, as usual with the PDP government in the state, the project will not be completed in the next eight years.

Gov Oborevwori, at the groundbreaking ceremony in Warri on Monday, promised to aggressively pursue upgrading roads across the state’s three senatorial districts in line with his MORE agenda.

He itemised the four projects to include a flyover bridge from Enerhen Junction, Effurun, to Marine Warri; construction of a three-quarter Cloverleaf interchange at the existing Effurun flyover bridge as well as two pedestrian bridges in Effurun; construction of a flyover bridge at PTI Junction, along the Effurun-Patani (East/West) Highway; and the construction of a flyover at the DSC roundabout.

The governor said: “[The] strategic projects are aimed at solving the gridlock often experienced between the Effurun roundabout, through PTI Road junction, and DSC roundabout on the Effurun/Patani (East/West) Highway at Effurun.

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“They will also ease vehicular movement at the stretch from Enerhen Junction, Effurun, to Marine Gate, Warri.”

APC, however, raised the alarm that the multi-billion-naira flyover project is not only a ruse but a conduit pipe to fleece Delta of over N50 billion.

A press statement signed by the party’s publicity secretary, Valentine Onojeghuo, in Asaba, noted that it was impossible for three flyovers, which are not up to 1,500 metres, and the expansion of the NPA-DSC expressway, from the Effurun roundabout, to cost up to N79 billion.

Onojeghuo accused Oborevwori’s administration of continuing the fraud that his predecessor, Ifeanyi Okowa, visited upon the state economy for eight years.

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