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Aftermath of Widespread Violence: Adoji, Kogi East PDP Senatorial Candidate Calls for Outright Cancellation, Rerun



* Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, Austin Okai also cry out

Arising from the widely-reported violence, intimidation and manipulation that attended Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in most parts of the Kogi East Senatorial District, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Dr Victor Alewo Adoji has rejected the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a statement personally signed by him, Adoji called for the outright cancellation and rerun of the election by the electoral body.

“Our attention has been drawn to the fraudulent manipulations of the electoral process, and invasion of numerous polling units by armed thugs of the APC in connivance with the electoral officials and security agents.
The APC thugs who were armed with dangerous weapons roaming freely unchecked invaded various polling units majorly across six LGAs in Kogi East scaring electorates, destroying ballot boxes, and carting the BVAS in some cases along with sensitive electoral materials to unknown destinations to declare fictitious results in favour of the APC.
The entire election results of Dekina LGA, 7 wards in Ofu LGA, 5 wards in Olamaboro LGA, 10 wards in Idah, 11 wards in Ankpa LGA, and 5 wards in Igalamela LGA are hugely doctored and must be cancelled.

“A good number of voters were denied their rights to vote because some of the BVAS machines showed that they had been accredited. How? Who used their PVCs? Or, were some of the BVAS machines preloaded?

“Having created ample grounds, the INEC officials in cahoot with the APC were busy throughout the night tweaking and manipulating votes to the credit of the APC. An INEC official in Ankpa who was not part of the arrangement from above naively stood his grounds and almost paid the ultimate prize. We need to see the result sheets booklets and count to reaffirm that multiple result sheets were used.

“Until the APC achieved their transient end, they intimidated PDP agents, threatened them with deaths of even family members and destruction of anything they own and were forced to sign some of the results at gun and matchete points, in the presence of some INEC officials. Even some areas where INEC announced cancellations of voting have posted results from only God knows where. This can not be said to be sane.

“The future of Kogi East and by extension Nigeria is bigger than individual or partisan interest and it is the responsibility of all Nigerians, including Governor Yahaya Bello, to make sure we do not cause a breach of the peace. The genuine votes of the people must count, no matter whose ox is gored.

“We have in our custody audio and video recordings to validate complaints of state-facilitated tempering and allegations of compromise on the parts of the military, police and INEC and we shall make them available in court. We shall name and shame the unpatriotic officials who as it stands have collected bribes that should be regarded as their gratuities or retirement (or (sack) benefits as they are not fit to protect either the common or public good.

I refuse to accept governance by fear, force and intimidation and shall fight this deploying all legitimate means possible.

For sake of emphasis, I reject the results from the areas mentioned and shall go to all and every length to seek redress and get Justice.

“I use this opportunity to extend sincere gratitude to the great Kogi Easterners who came out in the numbers and stood their grounds in some cases not minding threat to life. You have earned my respect and I shall do everything legitimately possible to recover such brazen theft of your mandate.

God bless you, God bless the good people of Kogi east, God bless Kogi State and God bless Nigeria and Nigerians of good conscience”.

Adoji is not alone in the condemnation of electoral process as played out in the state as the PDP House of Representatives candidate for the Dekina/Bassa Federal constituency, Comrade Austin Okai also issued a statement rejecting the totally of what played out in the constituency on the election day.

According to him, what played out was outright robbery, intimidation, brigandage that will not be allowed to go unchallenged.

SunriseNigeria recalls that during the elections, there were incidents of ballot box snatching and destruction by hoodlums, some of whom were nabbed by security agents in areas such as Dekina, Omala, Ofu and Idah Local Government Areas.

Similar incidents were reported in Okehi, Adavi and Okene areas of the state where the Kogi Central Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Barrister Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan also raised alarm over electoral malpractices.

Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan

In a viral video hours before the election, Akpoti-Uduaghan had raised an alarm over state-sponsored intimidation, including the excavation of all access roads to her country home for which she accused Governor Yahaya Bello of being responsible.

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Supreme Court Victory: Atiku Felicitates with Governors Fubara and Kefas



* Asks Nigerians to Always Seek Lawful Means in Seeking Redress

By Ojone Grace Odaudu

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has felicitated with Governors Simi Fubara of Rivers State and Agbu Kefas of Taraba State respectively on the affirmation of their electoral victories by the Supreme Court.

In a post on his ‘X’ handle, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections described the victory as not only for the governors, but also the Peoples Democratic Party, the Nigerian electorate and all lovers of democracy and justice.

He enjoined all Nigerians to be vigilant and to always rely on lawful means in seeking redress as he has always done.

The post:

“I celebrate with governors @SimFubaraKSC of Rivers State and @GovAgbuKefas of Taraba State, whose victory at last year’s gubernatorial election polls were unanimously affirmed today by the Supreme Court. No doubt this is not just personal victory but victory for the PDP family, the Nigerian electorate, and all lovers of Democracy and Justice.

Indeed, their victory has reinforced the hope of the survival of our democracy, which citizens are getting disillusioned and disenchanted with the APC’s win-at-all-cost policy and brazen disregard for the rule of law.

I enjoin all Nigerians to be vigilant and to always rely on lawful means in seeking redress as I have always done, and by the grace of God, we shall triumph.

Accept my congratulations, Your Excellencies. -AA”

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BREAKING! Supreme Court Upholds Election of Sanwo-Olu, Bala Mohammed, Reverses Nullification of Yusuf’s



The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the elections of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, effectively killing the appeals filed by the governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party in the state.

Similarly, the apex court also upheld the election of Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, ruling against the appeal by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress,

In a twist of fates, the court upturned the verdict of the court of appeal which nullified the election of Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, saying that the appellate court’s decision to uphold the tribunal’s earlier decision was wrong.

– Supreme Court Affirms Dauda Lawal’s Election As Zamfara Governor

Supreme Court also reversed the sack of Caleb Mutfwang as the duly elected governor of Plateau State

Details of Friday’s judgments on Eight Governorship elections soon….

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Kogi Inaugurates New LG Caretaker Chairmen



By Christopher Sunday in Lokoja

The recently appointed Caretaker Committees for the 21 Local Government Areas in Kogi State have been sworn-in in Lokoja.

Administering the oath of office, Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Secrecy to the appointees, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Arike charged them to be focused on service delivery, while their loyalty should lie with the people and the government of Kogi State.

Dignitaries at the swearing-in event

She told them that their new positions are of high responsibility and not for self aggrandisement and oppression of the people they are meant to serve.

The event drew a large crowd of supporters from all the local government areas and party faithfuls, including members of the state and national assembly.

The newly inaugurated Caretaker Chairmen include:
Hon, Rasheed Bashiru Okatengwu – Adavi LGA

Hon. Haruna Aliyu Ogido – Ajaokuta LGA

Adamu Yahaya Mohammed – Ankpa LGA

Theophilus Adama – Bassa LGA

John Urah – Dekina LGA

Hon. Emmanuel Uge – Ibaji LGA

Amade Egwuda Ochijenu – Idah LGA

Hon. Cosmas Attabor Ilemona – Igalamela-Odolu LGA

Ibrahim Haruna – Ijumu LGA

Barr. Zaccaeus Dare Michael – Kabba-Bunu LGA

Hon Musa Abdulmalik – Kogi LGA

Hon. Abdullahi Adamu – Lokoja LGA

Hon. Ademola Bello – Mopa-Muro LGA

Hassan Atawodi – Ofu LGA

Hon. Rosemary Ohiezu – Ogori-Magongo LGA

Hon. Monday Amoke Odu – Okehi LGA

Hon. Enesi Ahmed Nuhu – Okene LGA

Ameh Williams O – Olamaboro LGA

Edibo Ameh Mark – Omala LGA

Dare Joshua Venza – Yagba West LGA

Hon. Tosin Olokun – Yagba EAST LGA

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