Police confirm arrest of PDP reps member with $498,100 in Rivers
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of Hon Chinyere Igwe, member representing Port Harcourt II Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives for alleged vote buying.
In a statement, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe Koko, confirmed that the lawmaker who is seeking reelection was nabbed with a cash sum of $498,100.
Also recovered, according to the police, was a list for distribution of the money.
Igwe, is a supporter of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,
She said the AIG in charge of election in the state, Abutu Yaro, has ordered swift interrogation and prosecution of the lawmaker.
The police also encouraged members of the pubic to give vital information to the police.
Vote buying has been a major challenge in Nigeria’s elections. Anti-graft agencies have vowed to crack down on politicians seeking to induce voters during the 2023 elections.
Adamawa APC reverses suspension of SGF, Boss Mustapha
The Adamawa State executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed the purported suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, from the party by his ward, as an exercise in futility.
While addressing journalists on Thursday, in Yola, the state Chairman of the party, Samaila Tadawus, said the alleged suspension of the SGF is a joke taking too far.
“APC Adamawa State chapter has reversed recent alleged suspension of the SGF by party exco in its Gwadabawa Ward, Yola North Council,” he said.
The visibly angry Tadawus accused the opposition party of sponsoring the suspension ahead of the coming re-run of governorship poll in the state.
Tadawus, who described the suspension as unconstitutional, null and void, and is of no effect based on the Constitution of the party, directed all opposition parties to stay away from APC activities.
The APC state Chairman directed the Yola-North Council executive committee to constitute a disciplinary committee immediately and recommend appropriate actions against those that were involved in what he described as disgraceful act.
Abaribe urges INEC to declare Alex Otti as Abia governor-elect
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Tuesday asked the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to declare Dr. Alex Otti of the Labour Party the Abia State Governor-elect.
Abaribe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), toldNews Expresson phone Tuesday that Otti won last Saturday’s election.
“Everybody wants this evil government by Okezie (Gov Ikpeazu) in Abia to end,” Abaribe stated.
He added that “PDP does not have the spread as required by the law to win the election, no matter how much money they have bribed the INEC.
“PDP has only six LGA in this election and that cannot give them a win. The Obingwa result they’re contesting, we know how many voters the BVAS accredited. We will not accept anything more than that. Enough of PDP’s rigging in Abia,” said Abaribe.
‘My victory is justice for my murdered brother,’ Chukwu, Enugu East senator-elect says
Enugu East senator-elect, Kelvin Chukwu, has thanked the people of the district for electing him to represent them, just as he said that the victory represents for justice for his slain elder brother, Oyibo Chukwu.
Recall that Oyibo was the candidate if the party for the district but murdered and burnt inside his vehicle alongside his personal assistant three days to the election, prompting INEC to reschedule the election.
To fill the gap, Labour party rescheduled a primary election where Kelvin Chukwu, the young brother was elected in a primary election contested by two other candidates.
He went ahead to defeat Chimaroke Nnamani, former governor of the state and the incumbent senator of the district who was the PDP candidate.
In a thank you message to the constituents, the Senator-elect said his victory “is a victory for justice, a victory for the poor and down trodden and a victory of good over evil.
“May I most humbly say a word of appreciation to His Excellency, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of our great party, whose trail blazed the goodwill for this success.
“To the Labour Party leadership at all levels, and the Obidient family, your catalytic resolve to usher in a new Nigeria polity made this victory possible, and I will never forget.
“I thank all of you who in one way or the other was part of this struggle. It is the struggle for the liberation of the people from the strong hold of those who want to hold them down, and who would go to any length to attain and keep political power. It is a victory for which a very great price was paid with the blood of Elder Barr. Oyibo Chukwu. It is a victory for justice. A victory for the poor and down trodden. A victory of good over evil. A victory for our democracy and of a credible electoral process.
“We must now begin the process of healing and reuniting the people who have spoken very eloquently through their votes. I will strive to be a Senator for all, including my opponents. I sincerely ask for your cooperation to succeed in the very big task ahead of us. I pray the Almighty God to grant us the renewed spirit to serve you well.
“I thank the electoral umpire INEC and urge that you continue in the trajectory of resisting to be compromised in delivering credible elections.
“I dedicate this victory to all of you, and the spirit of the hero of this our struggle, Elder Barr Oyibo Chukwu, my elder brother who was murdered because of his struggle for liberation and social justice. I pray for the continued repose of his soul”.
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