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Somachi Chris-Asoluka named new Tony Elumelu Foundation chief



Somachi Chris-Asoluka

Somachi Chris-Asoluka has been named CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation by the board of trustees following the retirement of Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu.

The foundation states that Chris-Asoluka’s appointment will begin on March 1.

Tony Elumelu, the foundation’s progenitor, announced this Monday through his official social media channels.

According to Elumelu, Chris-Asoluka’s selection is timely for both the foundation and Africa. Her background in forming alliances, he said, will prove helpful.

Chris-Asoluka, he continued, is the ideal person to continue the progress made by outgoing CEO Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu.

“The foundation, since inception, has been led by a succession of dynamic and diverse CEOs, who have each brought passion, commitment, and innovation,” he said. “As the tenure of Ifeyinwa draws to a close, I look back on the last five years and pay tribute to the impact she has made, first as Director of Partnerships, and later as the Chief Executive Officer.”

Elumelu stated that he is certain Chris-Asoluka will continue Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu’s efforts, using her knowledge and connections in partnership development to stimulate business growth in all 54 African nations.

Chris-Asoluka has been with the foundation since 2014. In that time, she has held several leadership positions, including Head of Research, Head of Policy and External Relations, and most recently, Director of Partnerships and Communications, all of which required her to use her considerable leadership skills, dedication, and strategic mind to realize the organization’s goal of remaking Africa.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics at Mary’s College in California and her Master of Arts in International and Developmental Economics at Yale.


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APC’s Bassey Otu wins Cross River gov election



APC’s Bassey Otu wins Cross River gov election

Senator Bassey Otu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River, has been declared winner of the governorship election held last Saturday.

Otu polled a total of 258,619 votes to defeat his closest rival, Senator Sandy Onor of the Peoples Democratic Party who garnered 179,636 votes.

Otu won in 15 of the 18 local government areas while PDP won three LGAs

Declaring Otu winner, the state Returning Officer and the Vice Chancellor of Federal University Otuoke, Teddy Adias said, “That Otu Bassey Edet, having got the maximum number of valid votes and having met the requirements of the law is hereby declared elected.”

He announced that there were 1766466 registered voters in the 18 LGAs of the state,

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PDP carpets APC, says party planning to create premise to announce Binani winner



PDP carpets APC, says party planning to create premise to announce Binani winner

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of trying to create a premise to announce Aishatu Binani, its candidate, winner of the state governorship election.

The party which was responding to a statement by APC’s national publicity secretary, Felix Morka, accusing it of attempting to rig the election against the will of the people, dismissed the claim as false and mischievous.

Recall that Morka had in the statement, accused Umaru Fintri, the state governor and candidate of the PDP in the election, of trying to use thugs to manipulate the results.

“We draw urgent attention of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and our security services to massive thuggery, violence, intimidation and undue pressure by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) calculated to disrupt final collation and announcement of result of the Governorship election in Adamawa State,” Morka had said.

“Election results show a clear and decisive victory for Senator Aishatu Dahiru (Binani), the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate. Faced with imminent and certain prospect of loss in the election, thugs and political actors led by incumbent Governor, and Candidate of the PDP, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, have unleashed heavily armed thugs to disrupt further collation of result and subvert the will of Adamawa people as expressed at the polls. The Governor is reported to have torn result sheets at the collation centre in a show of unprecedented impunity and executive brigandage.

“We are well aware of the massive pressure on INEC and law enforcement authorities to cave in to the inordinate demands of the PDP to subvert final collation and announcement of result. However, we are supremely confident that INEC and our law enforcement authorities will stand firm and conclude the election process in the State as required by law.

“The result of election in Fufore Local Government Area of the state must not be tampered with as Senator Aishatu Dahiru (Binani) holds a clear, unassailable lead, only awaiting final collation and declaration by INEC.

“Nigeria is on the cusp of a major democratic record with the election and emergence of the first female Governor of a State in the country. We urge all well meaning Nigerians to stand together to protect and uphold this historic victory for women and our country.”

However, responding to the claims by the APC, Hon. Awwal D. Tukur, Director General PDP Presidential & Governorship Campaign Council, said, “Our attention had been drawn to a very deliberate and malicious attempt by the APC Secretariat in Abuja to smear Governor Ahamdu Fintiri, and at the same time create false premise to announce Senator Binani as Governor~elect of Adamawa state.

“The false claim coming from Abuja to our understanding is not only false, mischievous but determined to steal the mandate of the people freely given and obtained by Governor Fintiri. The statement by the APC national secretariat is also lettered with wrong generation of lies to wit:

“That Gov. Fintiri was at the collation centre where he took thugs and tampered with results. This claim is false and to be dispelled as an outright tissue of propaganda, lies and an insult to our collective sense of democratic responsibility. Rather, it was the APC and the INEC that worked out figures in Fufure and insincerely set the agents to change the result to the favour of Binani. The facts are clear, the voice notes of the INEC Adamawa State REC with the Fufore EO captured and readily in circulation by the media and also reported to the security agents is evident.

“It is also a big lie that PDP was or is currently engaged in any electoral malpractice in the state. Instead, it is the APC, at the national level desperately working to entrench and change the results thereby putting pressure on the INEC in Adamawa State to declare results in favour of the losing APC candidate.

“These facts, pictures and further evidences are ready to be given out sooner than expected. Right now around the collation centre, APC thugs are visibly seen holding and wielding weapons to attack and cause mayhem.

“It is on record that from all the election results declared from the twenty local governments declared so far, Governor Ahamdu Umaru Fintiri maintains a clear and comfortable lead. The general public is hereby advised to visit the INEC results portal where all the data for the governorship election in Adamawa has been uploaded already.

“THE ISSUE AT STAKE is the outright disregard for security of which the APC at the National level is inciting in the state. Now that the tension is high and the people are agitated, we expect social responsibility to declare Gov. Fintiri as the rightly elected Governor of Adamawa state. Anything short of that will leave us with no option than taking any necessary action required to claim our mandate in the state.”

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INEC declares APC’s Nwifuru as Ebonyi governor-elect



INEC declares APC's Nwifuru as Ebonyi governor-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Francis Nwifuru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Ebonyi governorship election.

Nwifuru was declared the election winner on Monday after results from the 13 LGAs in the state were collated.

Announcing the result Charles Igwe, the returning officer, said Nwifuru polled 199, 131 votes, followed by Ifeanyi Odii of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 80, 191 votes.

Bernard Odoh, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), came a distant third with 52, 189.

The total number of valid votes cast in the election was 342, 554, while 7, 387 were rejected, putting the total votes cast at 349, 941.

Nwifuru, who is the speaker of the state assembly, will now replace Dave Umahi, the outgoing governor of the south-east state.

In his acceptance speech, the governor-elect said the election reflects the wishes of the people, adding that his “unalloyed loyalty” will be dedicated to the desire of the people that elected him into office.


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