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Page 19 Absence of govs, party officials stalls APC meeting in Katsina From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina The absence of the All Progressives Congress (APC)…

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Absence of govs, party officials stalls APC meeting in Katsina

From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

The absence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, senators, House of Representatives members and other party officials has forced the cancellation of a two-day legislative parley organised by the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) in Katsina.

The poorly attended event themed: “Setting Legislative Agenda for the Implementation of APC Manifesto”, was called-off for another day in order to attract larger attendance.

Briefing newsmen after the cancelation, the chairman of the organising committee and secretary to the Katsina State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, said most of the expected participants travelled for Hajj, adding that a meeting of governors with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) officials has coincided with the commencement of the programme.

PPA elects candidate for Kogi governorship election

From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), yesterday, held its governorship primary poll in Lokoja, with the emergence of Emmanuel Enesi Ozigi as its flag bearer for the November 21 gubernatorial election in Kogi.

Ozigi was unanimously adopted as the party’s flag bearer after the other two aspirants in the race, Frank Onaji and Onimisi Isaac, stepped down for him.

In his acceptance speech, Ozigi said he will ensure transformation of all sectors of the state’s economy through ‘bottom-top and participatory’ approach to governance.

Earlier, Simeon Ojonuba, the chairman of the party in the state, said PPA was out to correct all the ‘anomalies’ in the state, calling on the Kogi electorates to vote massively for the party come November 21.

PDP salutes Bamanga Tukur at 80

By Saawua Terzungwe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described its former national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as a quintessential democrat and humble statesman, who has contributed immensely to the development and stability of the nation.

The PDP, in a birthday message signed by Olisa Metuh, its national publicity secretary, addressed to Tukur, who turned 80 yesterday, said it remained proud that the octogenarian, and one of the party’s founding fathers, has made indelible marks in business and politics within and outside the country.

The party said it remained grateful to the former chairman for his leadership roles and sustained selfless contributions since its formation.

Dickson will win Bayelsa governorship-Senator

By Muideen Olaniyi

The senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Foster Ogola, has expressed his optimism that the incumbent Bayelsa State Governor Seriaki Dickson will win the December 2015 governorship election in the state.

Ogola, who spoke in Abuja, said that Dickson has transformed Bayelsa State into a modern city.

He said the governor would use the next four years to consolidate on what he had achieved, if re-elected.

He, therefore, implored the people of Bayelsa and Nigerians to ignore the people he called ‘expired politicians’ who had been misinforming them on the true state of affairs in his home state.

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