Dino Reveals Names Of Top Govt. Officials After His Recall

The embattled Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has alleged that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), top Federal Government officials, and top security officers are after his recall from the upper legislative chamber.

Recall that a Federal High Court on Monday, ruled that INEC should continue with the recall process of the embattled Senator.

However, in a swift response to the judgement, Dino described the judgement as persecution from top government officials who are against him.

His words: “My great people of Kogi West Senatorial District of Kogi state, in the face of obvious persecution and appealable judgement of the Federal High Court Abuja today, let not your heart be troubled. Lies will never overtake or conquer truth.

“The presence of the Kogi State Attonery General and Commissioner for Justice in court today over a matter that Kogi State is not joined as a party shows the clear collaborative efforts of INEC and Kogi State Government. However, these combined efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello, INEC, top Federal Government officials and top security agents to harangue and stampede me out of the Senate against the will of Kogi West constituents will fail woefully. He who is with me from above is greather than all of them put together.

“I will not stop speaking truth to authority. Kogi State Government must pay workers’ salaries and pay pensioners. We cannot all sleep facing one side of the bed. We shall overcome this temporary Shenanigan in the long run. We will neither sleep nor slumber on this. I use this opportunity to thank my dear constituents for their abiding love for and confidence shown towards me. God bless you all. Imole de, okunkun parada!”

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#DinoRecall: Court Orders INEC To Commence Recall Process

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to serve Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, a recall petition, schedule of signatures attached to the recall petition and full list of all persons in support of the recall process in jute bags before the verification exercise.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in his ruling on Monday, said that the recall process is a political question, which is beyond the court to deal with.

“The electorate voted the legislator into office; they gifted him with the office, they also have the powers to take away that which have been given,” he said.

Recall that Senator Melaye, had through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/587/2017 challenging the bid to recall him.

Mr. Ozekhome, thereafter, wrote to INEC informing it of the suit and asking it not to commence the recall process until the matter is heard.

The judge dismissed Melaye’s claim that the petition emanated from malice, bad faith, vendetta and against the natural justice.

He also dismissed the senator’s assertion that the the 188, 000 signatories to the petition contained those of non-existent, dead and forged” was hasty since he has not exhausted the INEC verification process for the signatories.

The judge described Melaye’s complain that officials of the electoral umpire ought to swear to an oath of neutrality as “premature” since it is not certain that a recall election will hold.

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Strike Looms In Kogi As Labour Unions Issue Seven-Day Ultimatum To Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Trade Union Congress (TUC), have issued a a seven-day ultimatum to Governor Yahaya Bello, to pay the July salary in full on or before September 12.

In a meeting presided over by the joint leadership of the trade unions in Lokoja on Wednesday, the workers resolved to reject the half salary policy of the state government.

The labour unions faulted the claim of the government that its wage bill was N3.1 billion as presented during its meeting with the leadership of the workers.

According to the organised labour, which also includes the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, the state government later brought down the figure to N2.6 billion after the issue was raised with it.

The part statement reads: “If the N2.6 billion being quoted now by the state government as July 2017 wage bill is sacrosanct, and if the monthly allocation that accrued to the state from the federation account without the IGR shared in the month of August 2017 stands at N2.6 billion as presented to the organised labour, we wish to ask: why the percentage of salary?

“We wish to assure all workers that the organised labour still maintains its stance on ‘no percentage/half salary as proposed by government’.

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Kogi Assembly Members, Journalists, Others To Wear Name Tags

Honorable members of the Kogi State House of Assembly will from September 12, wear name tags as part of security measures directed by the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole.

Kolawole, in an interaction with members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of Kogi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Lokoja, added that accredited journalists covering the House proceedings and visitors to the complex will also be mandated to wear tags.

This according to him the measure was to enable easy identification of authorised persons that come to the assembly.

The speaker said the directive was also aimed at checking the influx of “hoodlums and miscreants” into the assembly complex, particularly the chambers and gallery to curtail the recurrence of the August 1 invasion of the chamber by hoodlums

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Kogi Central Senatorial Constituency: Group Drums Support for Okino

Youths, women and elites under the aegis of “Kogi Central Project” in the central senatorial district of the state have declared their supports for the aspirant vying to represent the district at the Red Chamber in 2019, Engr Malik Okino.
The group declared its support on Saturday 2nd September, 2019 after its stakeholder meeting in Okehi.
While speaking with pressmen, the Team Leader of the group and a former Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Hon Abdulazeez Ochuvo Abdulsalam  expressed satisfaction with the antecedents and profile of the aspirant, hence the need to throw weights behind him.
According to him, Okino possesses the dire qualities for true representation which the district has been yearning for.
“We are leadership orphans, and have been scouting for those who can give Kogi Central a true and better representation. Based on our critical assessment, Okino does not only have the credentials we want, but also the wherewithal to take Kogi Central to the height we have always sought for.
“He is widely traveled, innovative, God-fearing and full of developmental experiences that can transform the entire district. Even as a private businessman, his strides in his immediate society and the sociopolitical development of Ebira land are visible for attestations,” he said.
He urged the people of the district to support the aspiration, describing it a cause with high regards for the interest of the people.
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Bello Receives Bangladesh High Commissioner, Promises To Improve Ease Of Doing Business In Kogi

The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has reaffirmed his commitment to establish economic stability for the indigenes and inhabitants of the state.

The Governor said he strongly believes that uniformity in the economic development of the states in the federation will guarantee sustainable growth across the nation.

The Governor made this known when the  Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency,  Major General Sharif Kazi Kaikoba, paid him a courtesy call today, Saturday August 26th, 2017,  at the Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, to discuss economic opportunities in Kogi State.

The High Commissioner said investors from his country are interested in establishing a ceramic factory in Kogi State and this visit became important to underscore the genuineness and importance the Bangladeshi government attaches to this interest. He said he would have loved for the investment to have taken off since but for the challenges of insecurity that the state was bedeviled with.

However, the evident improvement brought about by the effective measures put in place by Governor Bello’s administration has rekindled their interest and would be great to have bilateral relations take root for the benefit of both parties.

Responding, Governor Bello reiterated the enormous opportunities which abound in the state. He acknowledged that indeed when he took over the mantle of leadership of the state, insecurity was rife. However, his determination to have a secure state for all and with the cooperation of all security agencies and people of the state, crime has drastically reduced as criminals could not freely ply their trade in the state anymore.

To ensure that bureaucratic bottlenecks do not frustrate the process, the Governor assured the Envoy that his administration will do its best to improve ease of doing business in Kogi State.

The Governor pledged to continue his positive strides in promoting economic growth in the state through human capital, adequate tax reform, better infrastructure, good policy in technology as well as other reforms which have been put in place to provide incentives for individuals to own businesses and for small businesses to expand, while assuring that his administration will continue to create and ensure increase in jobs and more economic opportunities in Kogi state especially in the Agriculture and Solid Mineral sectors.

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Kogi State Gets Female Head Of Service

Mrs H.O.K. Lawal has been appointed as the substantive Head of Service of Kogi State.
The Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo announced this while briefing newsmen at the end of the weekly State Executive Council in Lokoja.
He said the Governor approved the appointment to replace the retired former Head of Service of the State, Dr. Moses Atakpa.
“The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alh. Yahaya Bello has approved the appointment of Mrs H.O.K. Lawal ad the Head of Service of the State. She is to replace the retired former Head of Service, Dr. Moses Atakpa.
“While thanking the outgone Head of Service for his service to the state, he charged the new Head of Service to ensure the fruition of the ongoing reforms in the Civil Service of the state for optimal service delivery. He said the success of his administration depends largely on the efficiency of the civil service”.
Mrs Lawal thanked the Governor for the confidence reposed in her and pledged to lead a well motivated and disciplined civil service. He said the entire civil servants in the state will key into the New Direction Agenda of the administration to take the state to new heights.
In the same vein, the Commissioner for Works in the state, Engr. Abdulmumuni Sadiq told newsmen that Council has approved the rehabilitation and construction of hostels for students of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja to ameliorate their suffering. He said the present condition of the hostels is unacceptable to the present administration.
He also said contracts have been awarded to boost power supply in some areas across the state, saying the present administration in the state is poised to improve infrastructures.
The State Executive Council has also approved the total rehabilitation of the NYSC Camp in the state to make it befitting and conducive for corp members.
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Kogi SDGs Boss Drums Support for Mercy Johnson

The Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Arc Ahmed Abdulmumeen Okara on Tuesday pledged to support the development strides of  the ‘Gov Yahaya Bello Talent Hunt Team’ led by the Senior Special Assistant on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie.
The team was on a courtesy visit to the SDGs boss in office after successfully pulling-off a talent hunt for actors and actresses across five key districts of the state.
The veteran actress in her address, intimated Okara on her strides in projecting Kogi State to the world through the entertainment industry.
She also revealed that the team would shoot “Inikpi,” the first ever a Kogi state government movie project, adding that the talent hunt was a step towards ensuring that the casts are all from the state.
“We do not want a situation where we would have to shop for people from outside, therefore, we are going to shoot our own movie, by our own people, and for Kogi state,” she stated.
Arc Okara elated who was elated to meet veterans in the movie industry such as Francis Duru, John Okafor and Frank Rajah, pledged to be at the beck and call of the actress.
“Wherever this entertainment movement wants to go, count on SDGs for your support. We did not bring you to fail, which is why we will support you to succeed,” he said.
Earlier speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Francis Duru expressed appreciation to the state for the support given to Mercy Johnson, and the warm reception accorded them while acting as judges in the talent hunt.
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Oyegun Inaugurates Seven-Member Reconciliation Committee For Kogi APC

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has inaugurated a seven-member reconciliation committee for the party’s Kogi chapter.

According to a statement issued by Malam Bolaji Abudullahi, the APC National Publicity Secretary, the committee is chaired by Gen. Idris Garba, while the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Mr Victor Giadom would be its Secretary.

Other members of the committee are: Chief Don Etiebet; Rt. Hon. Patricia Etteh; Group. Capt. Rufai Garba; Alhaji Umar Lawan Kareto and Group. Capt. Joe Orji.

Odigie-Oyegun thanked members of the committee for agreeing to serve the party in the committee, adding that the party´s leadership wanted peace and settlement in its Kogi chapter.

He added that the situation in Kogi was unique, saying that what triggered the event in the state was tragic in their nature.

He further added that the party leadership was bending backwards because it understood the feelings of the people and what they had been through.

´´ We understand the work that you have put in to get the APC elected; we understand also that God who disposes of power, brought somebody at the last minute to be the beneficiary of all the work and labour that everybody obviously had put in.

´´Fortunately, we had a fact-finding committee that has done a lot of the basic work and submitted a report which will be made available to the reconciliation committee.

´´We know the principal parties in the various groups in Kogi; we know what their grievances are.

´´So the issue now is really to call just the principal groups and say look, this has to stop, how do we go about it.

´´The governor of course will be there to say his piece and give you all the assistance necessary to make your task successful.

“We want peace in Kogi state. Events there have been very very unusual. But like I said, given the emotive nature of the event that led to it, we have decided to stretch the opportunities for reaching peace,´´ he said.

The chairman of the committee thanked the party for the opportunity to serve and assured the party that the committee wold bring peace and settlement to the party in Kogi

“There is no doubt that it is an onerous task, but we are committed people and believe in bringing our experiences to bear on the issue, we will be able to resolve the issue as directed by our great party,´´ he said.


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APC-Led Administration In Kogi Is A Disaster – PDP Chieftain

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, has expressed displeasure over the present state of governance in the state.

Ogbeha alleged that Governor Yahaya Bello has destroyed the Confluence State, and not only that, has faile to provide infrastructural development to the people of the state.

Ogbeha, retired Brigadier-General and former governor of Edo and Akwa Ibom states, described the APC-led administration in Kogi as a disaster, saying: “Though we are not campaigning, the present APC administration is campaigning on our behalf. Its performance is a disaster. It is a story of woes. They are just begging us to come to their rescue. There is a very high hope that the PDP will bounce back in Kogi.

“The governor has not been paying the salaries of workers. There is lack of infrastructural development. The governor lacks human compassion. Many people are dying as a result of the action and inaction of the present government in Kogi State.”

Ogbeha also predicted a bright future for the PDP at the national level, saying that the party will reclaim power, if the imposition and other forms of impunity are not allowed to mar the selection process, ahead of the next elections.

Ogbeha added: “The PDP will bounce back, if there is no imposition and impunity. At the next convention, popular and credible candidates will emerge by consensus, not by imposition and impunity. The present leadership is capable of organising a good convention that will foster those values.”

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Mercy Johnson Is A Rare Gem To Kogi People, Says Monarch

The Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has been described as a rare gem to the people of the state.
The Obadofin of Owe Land and the paramount ruler of the Okun people, HRH Oba Michael Yusuf made the remark when he received the Veteran Actress and her team in Kabba.
The team was in the palace of the Oba to seek his blessings to continue the talent hunt for actors and actresses across the state, a project powered by the actress.
The monarch eulogised the human development project that the Mercy Johnson-led team has embarked on, describing it as a work of prosperity.
“You are doing a work of prosperity by taking the youths out of the streets. This is a chance to right the wrongs. You will never regret coming to Kabba.
“I know you are going to discover talents, and I assure you that you are in safe hands. Your people can also come here to shoot films because we have so many hills here, like Obangogo. We do not play with women, and we have regards for you.
While speaking, the actress thanked the monarch for his blessings, promising not to let the state down.
She also urged the people to cooperate with the Governor of the state, Alh Yahaya Bello in delivering the dividends of democracy.
In the team were top Nollywood actors, Francis Duru, John Okafor and ace comedian, Klint D Drunk.
The “GYBTalentHunt” began on Thursday 17th August, 2017 and has been held across the major districts of the state.
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Kogi Movie Audition: Mercy Johnson Launches Talent Hunt For ‘Inikpi’

Poised to deliver on the “New Direction” mandate of placing Kogi State on the radar of development through the entertainment industry, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has commenced the “GYB Talent Hunt” for young actors and actresses to be featured in “Inikpi,” a folklore movie project from her office.
In a press statement signed by the veteran actress, the talent hunt scheduled to commence on 17th August, 2017 across five notable districts of the state, will help to launch the acting career of the youths in mainstream Nollywood.
It would be recalled that the Actress had hinted on the 26th April, 2017 during the first ever Kogi Summit on Entertainments, Arts and Culture that she would be shooting a movie based on one of the prominent stories of legends in the state.
She also revealed that she would shop for talents from the various tribes in the state as a panacea to unite the people.
“This is my way of giving back to the state that made me who I am. I have been incredibly blessed to have played my little part in the revolution, that is Nollywood, and it is now time that my brothers and sisters in Kogi state get the same opportunity,” she added.
The search for Kogi state’s future Nollywood stars is billed to commence on August 17th at the Civic Center in Okehi; August 18th in Kabba.
The team will also be in Ayingba on the 19th at the Theater Arts Hall, Kogi State University; and Idah on the 20th, at the Idah Local Government hall. The search ends in Lokoja on August 20th, at Reverton.
Joining Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the judging panel are some of Nollywood’s most reputable acts such as Bimbo Akintola, Francis Duru, and Movie Director Frank Rajah.
The first prize winner will be taking home 250,000 naira and a lead role in the upcoming movie, while the first runner up will receive 150,000 naira and a key feature in the movie. The second runner up will win 100,000 naira and a feature in Inikpi.
‘Inikpi’ is a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala Princess ‘Inikpi’, who out of love for her father and her people, gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.
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