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Gunmen disrupt Kogi PDP primary election (VIDEO)

The governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state came to a halt on Wednesday morning as gunmen invaded the venue of the exercise shooting sporadically.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the Lokoja Confluence Stadium after delegates had voted on Tuesday, and during vote-counting in the early hours of Wednesday.

Eight out of the 10 ballot boxes used in the exercise were said to have been sorted out and counted before the attack.

Aspirants and delegates scampered for safety as the invaders shot in different directions.

Ahmad Fintiri, Adamawa state governor, chairman of the electoral committee, was said to have been whisked away to safety by his security detail.

The governor, however, did not continue overseeing the process as he was driven out of the venue a few hours later.

Earlier, Fintiri said 2,388 delegates were accredited out of a total of 2,511 from 21 local government areas of the state.

The aspirants cleared for the primary election are Wada Idris, former governor of the state; Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west; Erico Ameh, Aminu Suleiman, Grace Adejoh, Abubakar Ibrahim, Kabiru Haruna, Musa Wada, Saliu Atawodi, Mohammed Adah, Victor Adoji, Baye Averehi, and Emmanuel Omebije.

Source: TheCable

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NASS has no power to shut Edo assembly – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the National Assembly (NASS) has no power to shut down the Edo state assembly.

The house of representatives had asked Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, to seal up the Edo parliament, pending the time the crisis among the state lawmakers is resolved.

A “cold war” between Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, had split the legislators into two factions.

On June 17, nine lawmakers loyal to Obaseki had elected principal officers and took the oath of office secretly but the 15 lawmakers loyal to Oshiomhole had kicked against it, calling for intervention.

Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, the demand of the lower legislative chamber of the national assembly as “provocative”, saying it has no place in a democratic dispensation.

The party cautioned the leadership of the house of representatives to desist from actions that could “trigger a constitutional crisis in Edo and the nation at large”.

It noted the “inability of the leadership of the APC to manage the avarice and internal strife playing out in Edo”.

“The PDP states that no section of the 1999 constitution confers the house of representatives with the powers to issue orders to a state governor or direct the shutdown of a sitting state house of assembly,” he said in a statement.

“Whether in language or action, such is only obtainable in a military system. The PDP hereby invites Nigerians to note that section 11 of the 1999 constitution, upon which the house of representatives anchored its decision, does not in any way empower the house of representatives to shutdown a functioning state legislature.’’

The PDP also cautioned the federal legislature to note that such “imperial stance” against a legislative house; a symbol of the sovereignty of the people was “self-destruct”.

It added that such act opens the fundamentals of the nation’s democracy to unwarranted attacks.

“The PDP, therefore, counsels against any arm of government overreaching itself to take actions that undermine our constitution,” the party said.

“It encourages dictatorial tendencies against our institutions of democracy and the essentials of personal freedom and rights of citizens in our nation.”

Gbajabiamila is the House of Reps. speaker

Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader in the 8th house of representatives, has been elected speaker.

The choice candidate of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 282 votes to defeat Mohammed Bago, still of the APC, on Tuesday.

Like Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Gbajabiamila was the preferred candidate of the APC in 2015 but Yakubu Dogara, who was then of the APC, had teamed up with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to defeat him.

Dogara had defeated him with just eight votes.

While the sorting of votes was ongoing, Bago walked up to Gbajabiamila to congratulate him and this elicited a thunderous round of applause among their colleagues.

More to follow…

“We’ve endorsed Ndume and Bago” – PDP on NASS leadership

Few hours to the election of National Assembly (NASS) leaders, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced Ali Ndume and Umar Bago as its choice candidates for senate president and speaker of the house of representatives respectively.

This position was contained in a statement on Tuesday delivered by Umar Tsauri, PDP national secretary. He said the party’s national working committee (NWC) took the decision after consulting with party leaders, governors and federal lawmakers.

On the run-up to the NASS leadership elections, Ndume and Bago are seen as the main rivals of Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, both endorsed as senate president and speaker respectively, by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the majority party in the two legislative chambers.

The duo, also of the APC, had insisted they will not step down for the party’s choice candidates.

The PDP said their endorsement of the duo is in line with its “determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance with the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.”

“All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly,” the statement added.

The endorsement comes the day the two legislative chambers are to be inaugurated and would also elect principal officers.

In 2015, PDP backed Bukola Saraki (then APC) for senate president and Yakubu Dogara (also APC at the time) for speaker of the house of representatives.

APC had endorsed Lawan and Gbajabiamila for the respective positions, but Saraki and Dogara won.

10 reasons women break up with men

If you have often wondered why your girl broke up with you, maybe you need to retrospect upon the kind of relationship you shared with her. Take a look at some reasons, which are a complete turn off for women, leading to subsequent breakups.

A successful relationship is plausible only with mutual acceptance of each other, in a complete manner.

But if you make the following mistakes, chances are you’re still going to wind up single sooner or later.

1. You don’t know how to treat or make a woman happy.

2. You only Text. Texting is perfectly acceptable when you want to flirt or ask a quick question. But for conversations that take more than 30 characters, pick up the phone and call your girlfriend.

3. You Never say “I’m Sorry”. Everyone likes to save face. But having too much pride to never apologize can be a really big problem.

4. You are not romantic and you don’t know how to use words such as; sweetie, Angel, Sexy, My world, Treasure, My Queen etc. Women love to hear their praises.

5. Some guys lie a lot believing that ladies fall in love when you tell them lies. It’s wrong because when she finds out the real you, she can quit the relationship.

6. You don’t know her friends. Boxing out your partner’s friends is a relationship deal breaker. You don’t have to love her girlfriends, but you need to respect the bond she has with them.

7. You don’t ask questions. Your silence says a lot. By not asking follow-up questions to her stories, you’re expressing that you’re not interested in her life,

8. You have No Future Ambition (NFA). No woman wants a man that has no prospect.

9. You’re never on time. You got stuck in traffic. You spilled a coffee as you walked out the door. You lost track of time. Whatever the excuse is, your girlfriend is sick of you consistently showing up 5 or 10 minutes late.

10. You can’t stop gushing about your ex. A man who keeps talking about his ex-girlfriend all the time is heading towards a breakup, even before he realizes what’s hit him.

Why did you break up with your Ex?

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