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Today's Headlines: Governorship Candidates Protest At Police Headquarters In Rivers, PDP chieftain

Governorship Candidates Protest At Police Headquarters In Rivers

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Ahead of Saturday's governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State, South South Nigeria, four governorship candidates in the election have staged a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in the state.

The protesting candidates and members of the political parties are Senator Magnus Abe of the Social Democratic Party; Tonye Cole, All Progressives Congress; Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Accord Party and Tonte Ibraye, African Democratic Congress.

According to them, the protest was necessitated by alleged intimidation and arrest of opposition party members by security agencies on the orders of Governor Nyesom Wike.

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PDP chieftain resigns few hours to poll

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A leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta, Chief Dele Omenogor, has resigned from the party.

In a letter he submitted to the party’s chairman of Ward 6 Amai in the council area, Omenogor gave instances of the abysmal neglect of Amai Kingdom as well as the entire Ukwuani nation by the Okowa administration for nearly eight years ago.

Omenogor, an engineer and businessman, said it was bereft of equity and fairness for Governor Okowa to have abandoned Amai while he executed infrastructural projects in other communities in Ukwuani Local government.

“As a leader, I have worked for the party to the best of my ability. I have used both human and financial resources to advance the cause of my party in Amai and Ukwuani Local Government Area as a whole, yet the dividends of democracy have continued to elude us.

“I joined PDP in 2001 because I wanted to use the platform to attract dividends of democracy to my people, but it’s unfortunate that 22 years after, there is little or nothing to show for it.

“I personally embraced the responsibility as the leader of Ward 6, Amai, because I am passionate about the development of my community and its people. However, the only thing that I asked from the Governor is the construction of Amai/Aragba Road, and till date the governor has ignored my request, despite my unwavering support for the party,” he stated.

We’re yet to zone National Assembly leadership positions – APC

Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed reports that it has zoned the leadership positions in the National Assembly.

Felix Morka, the spokesperson of the party, in a statement on Friday, said it has yet to take a decision on the leadership of the party.

The ruling party is expected to form a majority in both chambers of the National Assembly based on the number of seats declared so far.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 98 out of 109 senate seats have been declared while 325 out of 360 seats have been declared for the House of Representatives.

APC won a majority in the Senate with 57 seats while the PDP has 29 seats. LP has six seats, NNPP and SDP have two seats each, APGA and YPP have one each.

In the House of Representatives, APC has so far won 162 seats out of the 325 seats declared while PDP won 102.

Furthermore, LP and NNPP have 34 and 18 seats respectively, APGA four seats, ADC and SDP two each while YPP got one seat.

The Senate president, Speaker, deputy Senate president and deputy speaker are decided by election among the members. While the majority party is expected to appoint majority leader, deputy majority leader, whip and deputy whip for both chambers.

Nigeria is divided into six geopolitical zones; North-west, North-east, South-west, North-central, South-south and South-east.

The President-elect, Bola Tinubu is from the South-west, while his Vice, Kashim Shettima, is from the North-east. In addition, both are Muslims.

The party recently met on the issue at the Presidential Villa but no decision was taken on it.

The 10th National Assembly will be inaugurated in June.

Man Remanded For Stealing 100 Chairs, 3 Bottled Water From Church

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An Upper Area Court in Karu, Abuja, on Friday, remanded one Shedrach Johnson for stealing plastic chairs from a church.

The police charged Johnson, who lives in Gidan Daya, Orozo, Abuja with criminal trespass and theft.

The Judge, Malam Hassan Mohammed, deferred sentence and adjourned the case until March 24.

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