Compiled by: Dada Aanuoluwa
Students at De-Dames College in Kemta, Odede Local Government Area of Ogun State pleaded with their parents and other residents of the state to vote and give overwhelming support to Governor Dapo Abiodun for a second term.
The students, led by a JSS2 student, Olayemi Odutola, advocated on behalf of other students in the state, during the operation of the Kemta-Somorin road, leading to their school.
Asking their parents and everyone else in Ogun State to vote overwhelmingly for Prince Dapo Abiodun, the students made their appeal clear about what they described as the Governor’s outstanding achievement.
Miss Odutola, while speaking on behalf of others, thanked the governor and prayed for his return to high office for a second term.
“We are extremely grateful to him for the magnificent road on our axis,” she said. It will allow easy and fluent access to our school. “It will also reduce the repair costs our parents spend on their vehicles.
“We also thank you for the precious peaceful existence and outstanding development of the state, because it has opened the door to investment.
“There is a saying that ‘seeing is believing.’ We have seen significant improvement in infrastructure and other aspects in this state. So we appeal to our parents and good citizens of Ogun State to support and widely vote for Governor Dapo Abiodun,” she said.
The Governor continued his campaign for a second term with the inauguration of the 5 km Somorin-Kemta-Idi-Aba road in the Odeda local government area of the state.
Speaking in Kemta, one of the campaign sites, the governor noted that the huge infrastructure deficit left behind by his administration had led to the adoption of a new strategic approach to ensure that every part of the state benefits from one project or another.
He said that Kemta, in addition to benefiting from the road, also has the first housing estate built by his administration located on the axis, saying that with these projects, the area will see a boom in business.
Governor Abiodun, who considers Odeda LG to be one of the state’s key local government areas, said the Council has two road projects, as well as almost all of the other projects undertaken, that are geared towards the population and consistent with your government’s I.S.E.Y.A. program.
“We`ve demonstrated that we are a promise-keeping administration, we have a road project, at least one in every local government, but this local government has two. We have the Gbonagun-FAJOL Road, which is about seven kilometers and we have this road, and that is just a clear example that if we make these promises and we have come to commission these roads, then you can expect that we will continue in the same vein and keep our promises.
“I want to plead with you that if you are happy with what you are seeing, please endeavor to go out and collect your PVCs, because it is through your PVCs that you will vote for a continuity of the good works of this administration that you voted in 2019 and that you will vote again in 2023,” he stated.
While commending the traditional rulers in Odeda LG for maintaining peace in their domains, the Governor promised that his administration would not stop until all access roads are put in good condition, calling on the people to vote for him to continue his good works.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Akin Adesanya, said the road is one of the various projects executed across the state, adding that the 5.1-kilometer road, provided with an adequate drainage system, would solve the perennial flooding that had affected the area for long.
Kemta’s Olu, Oba Okikiola Tejuosho, says that the poor condition of the road is affecting people’s economic activities, as many hours of work have been lost in the process of disposing of bad drugs strewn on the streets and road, he added.
More than 40 communities are also taking advantage of the road. In Bode Olude, the Governor announced that the Elega-Bode Olude road would be built within a week, while a transformer and a borehole would also be built to provide drinking water to residents in the area.
“I came here, found the road very bad, and heard that there was no water. I ordered to bring a brand new electric transformer here, and you will receive the transformer.” Also, in a week, we will start construction on the Elega-Bode Olude road. In addition, we will dig a borehole to supply drinking water to this area. “Please continue to support us to do more for you,” the governor said.
Anambra: Armed Men Set Fire to INEC Offices and Destroy Election Materials
Gunmen set fire to the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) office in Ogidi, South Idemili Local Government Area, Anambra State, destroying non-sensitive material for the year’s general election in 2023.
The Commission disclosed this in a statement by the Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission, the Information and Voter Education Commission, Festus Okoye, in Abuja.
Okoye said Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Queen Agwu, reported that the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday.
He said the building was significantly damaged because all furniture and other items, including non-sensitive materials that had just been delivered for the 2023 general election, were destroyed.
“Among the items lost in hell were 729 ballot boxes, 243 polling stations, 256 voting bags, 11 megaphones, a generator, and large quantities of indelible ink and bleach.”
“However, the uncollected Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) were kept in an unobstructed fireproof cabinet.”
“Similarly, no sensitive documents were forwarded to the LGA office,” he said.
He said that, despite the despicable incident, INEC wanted to reassure the people of LGA that emergency arrangements would be made to replace the documents.
Okoye assured the people that the presidential election and the National Assembly will hold on February 25 as scheduled, and two weeks later the election for the State House of Representatives will hold.
APC Legal Team Meets Osinbajo and Reviews Plans Ahead of the 2023 Election
Before the elections in February and March 2023, the Radical All Progressive Congress, the APC, the legal team, and other senior lawyers from the current administration met with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
The meeting took place at the Presidential Villa after the weekly FEC meeting, seeking advice from the vice president to ensure adequate preparation before the election.
Two current ministers, Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Festus Keyamo and Mr. Babatunde Fashola, attended the meeting.
The ruling party’s current national legal adviser, Barr. Ahmed El-Marzuk, and his predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Ogala, SAN, as well as other party and government officials, were also present.
State House correspondents saw attendees at the vice president’s wing in the presidential residence, but no one spoke to the press.
However, it is understood that the discussion focused on planning and looking at the party’s preparations for the upcoming polls with the VP.
2023: Rivers State People Already Know Who I’m Supporting — Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike says the people of Rivers State already know the candidate he wants them to vote for in the February 25, 2023, presidential election, stressing that those expecting him to make a public declaration on his choice of a candidate would wait in vain.
In Port Harcourt, for the Rivers Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally for Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Wike also accused the Commissioner of Police, CP Okon Effiong, of shying away from checking perceived infractions on election campaigns by opposition parties in the state.
Apparently reacting to the 2015 Rivers All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who challenged him to declare his preferred presidential candidate, Governor Wike said he has never promised to make a public declaration on who to support for the president.
He said, “I never told anybody I would face cameras to announce to you this is who we will vote for.” I promised to tell the Rivers people who they should vote for. I did not state the method of telling it. I did not say I would hold live coverage to declare it.
“And Rivers residents are already aware. Are you not aware? So “mumu” people who never win in politics are expecting me to make a live declaration that we’re now going for Joseph (hypothetically).
“Far from it. But you (the Rivers people) are aware. Have we not said it? I’ve told people who don’t know. In G-5, we are fighting guerilla warfare. “The more you look, the less you see.”
On the perceived indifference of the CP Rivers Police Command to alleged infractions in campaigns by opposition parties in the state, Wike warned CP Okon that he would take over his job and unleash Neighborhood Watch, the state’s established community policing outfit, on opposition parties.
He said of the CP, “You are the one making them (the opposition parties) break the law.” We will take over your work if you don’t. We will release our neighborhood watch. You cannot support people who are breaking the law.
“You know the truth of the matter; you are scared so that they won’t transfer you.” You can be transferred anywhere, any day. So you are neither here nor there. Your fear of being transferred will not save you. Do your work. Nobody should threaten you. Tell them not to push us against the wall.”
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