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Ize-Iyamu Resigns From PDP, Says Act Not To Throw Stone At Home He Once Inhabited

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Pastor Ize-Iyamu announcing his resignation

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Edo State 2016 gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has resigned from the party.

Ize-Iyamu resignation followed a motion moved and seconded respectively by representives across the three senatorial district of the state that him and his supporters should move enmass to the APC.

Formerly announcing his resignation in Benin City on Thursday, Ize-Iyamu said his action was not to throw stone at anybody or a house he once inhabited, saying “PDP or any other political party of that matter is not our enemy.”

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He urged his supporters to refrain from any form of attack and insult, stressing that his leaving the party was not in anger nor bitterness but a good intention of joining a party through which he can bring development to his people.

“PDP or any other political party of that matter not our enemy. Please refrain from any attack that suggest that we are leaving PDP in anger or bitterness. What’s important is our primary objective in politics; what is important is why we chose to be in politics.

“If you read the content of that resignation, we made it clear that we have no intention of throwing stones at a house we once inhabited. The house we have many friends and associates. Many of them have left to come and join us on this journey, some for tactical reasons will remain while some are undecided where to join”, he added.

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The one time secretary to Edo State government disclosed that his resignation from the PDP was to move to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the date for the formal movement would be announced.

He urged his supporters not to entertain fear, assuring that before he made his decision he had made consultations widely with concerned stakeholders and with God and he was satisfied that the act was for the best interest of the masses.

Ize-Iyamu pointed out that he was not going into the APC to join faction but with good intention in strengthen the party and in allegiance to people in authority.

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He said, “We are going into the APC with the best of intention, we are not going there to join a faction, we are going there to join APC, to strengthen the party. And we intend to give our full allegiance to those in challenge, those in authority. We will not undermine the power that be. We will not join in any fight or name calling, but we have come with the best of intention.”

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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month

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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.

Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.

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He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.

Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.

According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.

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“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”

“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement

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“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”

The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.

He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.

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INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.

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Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.

He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Hoodlums Set INEC Office Ablaze In Enugu

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Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

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”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
PVCs.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: INEC Speaks On Voters Registration In Niger Republic

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”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.

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Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48

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The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.

Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.

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According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”

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Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.

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He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.

He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.

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