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Kogi’s Gov Ododo Retains Nine Of Yahaya Bello’s 16 Commissioners



Gov. Ahmed Ododo of Kogi is retaining nine of the 16 commissioners who served in the cabinet of his immediate predecessor, Gov. Yahaya Bello.

He made his decision known shortly after he was sworn in as the fifth Executive Governor of Kogi on Saturday in Lokoja.

Ododo is also retaining the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade and the State Security Adviser, retired Commodore Jerry Omodara.

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The commissioner nominees are Mr Wemi Jones, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, Mr Bashir Abubakar and Messrs Abdulsalami Ozigi, Idris Asiwaju, Mohammed Abdulmutalib, and Barr. Yunus Abdullahi

Others include Mr Sunday Faleke, Mr Segun Joseph, Mr Timothy Ojoma, Mrs Rabiat Momoh, and Dr Adams Abdulaziz.

Ododo also appointed Alhaji Ali Bello as his Chief of Staff; Mrs Hillary Ojoma as Deputy Chief of Staff and Mr Elijah Jelele as Head of Service.

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The governor also appointed a Chief Press Secretary, a Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, a Director-General of Protocols, a Director-General of Government House and a Legal Adviser as some of his aides.

Ododo appealed to the leadership of Kogi State House of Assembly to give all the nominees expeditious consideration to ensure unhindered operations in the Executive arm of government.

The new governor served as Auditor-General (Local Governments) in Yahaya Bello’s cabinet.



UPDATED: LP National Chairman, Abure Arrested, Detained In Zone 5




The National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Barrister Julius Abure, was on Wednesday arrested and detained at the Zone 5 headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Benin City, Edo State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the state chairmen of the 36 states and Abuja passed a vote of confidence on him.

It was gathered that his arrest was as a result of a petition forwarded to the Zone from the office of the Inspector-General of Police in Abuja.

There was a blockade of people entering the premises when some journalists got there except police officers and some VIPs.

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A crowd believed to be supporters and followers of Abure were also stopped at the gate of the premises while Abure and some top LP officials and members were allowed to go in with him.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Zone Tijani Momoh said: “Yes the Labour Party National Chairman is here, and it has to do with a petition that was referred to this office from the Inspector General of Police. It was referred to Zone 5 from the IG’s office, he is with us but I cannot give the contents of the petition right now.”

“There is a standing order for now that nobody should come in.

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When asked if he was being detained or just to take his statement,  Momoh said “I don’t know for now”.

Abure has been having running battles with some members of the party in the state over allegations of substituting candidates in the 2023 general election without the consent of the affected aspirants, an allegation he had denied.

It was gathered that the arrest may be connected to the factional crisis rocking the party as a factional national youth leader was recently brutalized by some suspected members of the party who did a video of themselves, while the official and another person were being brutalized.

It was gathered that the action led to the Apapa faction of the party petitioning the police for attempted murder.

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JUST IN: LP National Chairman, Abure Arrested




The National Chairman of Labour Party, Barr. Julius Aburr has been reported arrested and detained at the Zone 5 headquarters, Benin city.

Though reason for his arrest was sketchy as at when filing this report, a video footage sighted by Info Daily shows a rowdy scene where Abure is being dragged and arrested.

Details later…



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Call For Sen. Imasuen’s Recall: Group Tackles Omobude, Uwangue




A civil society organisation – People’s Defender Advocate has passed a vote of confidence on Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District at the Red Chamber, Neda Imasuen, saying he has been duly carrying out his legislative duties.

This followed a letter said to be written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Leftist Omobude Agho and Commrade Ezeimwenghian Uwangue under the auspices of ‘Concerned Citizens of Edo South Senatorial District’.

In the said letter written and signed by the due, and also a video by Left Agho, they were said to have called for the recall of Senator Imasuen on ground that he has not been performing well as a legislator.

Addressing newsmen in Benin on Wednesday, Executive Director, People’s Defender Advocate, Bishop Osadolor Anthony Ochei, said the due are known for human rights activism in Edo State, but for this bid to recall the Senator, it was not in the interest of the civil society family.

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“Distinguish Senator Neda Imasuen has been performing the duties of a legislator which he was elected to do at the red chambers and members of People’s Defender
Advocate hereby passes a vote of implicit confidence on distinguished Senator Neda Imasuen for his legislative sagacity,” he said.

As a brother in the struggle, I want to advise Leftist Omobude Agho and Commrade Ezeimwenghian Uwangue and his co-travellers that they need the signatures of those
whose names are in the register, those alive in every pulling unit, those that are dead whose names have not been removed from the voters register, those that have relocated out of Nigeria and those that are currently in admission in the hospital to be able to recall a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“He and is co-travellers have a right as a person to make a statement for themselves, but not on behalf of civil right organisations in Edo State as they have not been
elected to do so.

“This is a journey of shame and civil society organisations in Edo State are not part of this evil self seeking journey,” he added.



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