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18 Nov 2019

JUST IN: PDP Candidate For Bayelsa Guber Vows To Seek Redress In Court

Senator Douye Diri, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bayelsa state governorship election, says he wholesomely rejects the outcome of the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, as the winner of the election.

However, speaking with Arise News TV on Monday, November 18, Diri said he rejected the results, raising allegations of electoral malpractices.

He accused INEC of conniving with the APC to rig the election. "This is no election, it is a charade," the PDP governorship candidate alleged. "In Nembe, there was nothing like election, the results were manufactured by INEC and APC," Diri said.

Diri also claimed that the military was deployed to rig the election. He claimed that the PDP won in areas of the state where proper elections took place.

"Those results are written figures, they do not reflect the wishes of our people. PDP won in every place proper elections took place," he alleged.

Asked what actions he would take regarding the outcome of the election, Diri said he would consult with his party both at the state and the national levels to know the next line of action to take, noting that he did not contest the election as an independent candidate.

News In Pictures: APC Big Wigs Visit Jonathan As PDP Loses Bayelsa Election

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have visited former president, Goodluck Jonathan, at his residence in Otueke in Bayelsa state.

Governor Muhammadu Badaru of Jigawa state and Senator Ita Enang, as well as other APC party leaders, were said to have visited the Jonathans on Sunday evening, November 17.

Badaru who served as the chairman APC campaign organisation of the Bayelsa governorship election and other party members were seen sharing warm greetings with the former president in some photos shared on social media by a twitter user, Ileowo Kikiowo.

The visit of the APC leaders to Jonathan comes amid speculation that the former president worked to support the governorship bid of the APC candidate, David Lyon, following a disagreement with the outgoing Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson.
However, the former president has denied the speculation that he worked against his party, the PDP, in the Bayelsa governorship election.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially declared David Lyon, the candidate of the APC in the Bayelsa governorship election as the winner of the poll.

The returning officer, Prof Faraday Orumwense, in an announcement by 1 am on Monday, November 18, at the INEC collation centre in Yenagoa declared that the APC won the election by polling 352,552 votes while the PDP scored 143,172, The Tribune reports.
The returning officer, Prof Faraday Orumwense, in an announcement by 1 am on Monday, November 18, at the INEC collation centre in Yenagoa declared that the APC won the election by polling 352,552 votes while the PDP scored 143,172, The Tribune reports.

Naira Marley Shows Off His Beautiful Twin Daughters

Popular Nigerian rapper Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has taken to social media to show off his beautiful identical twin daughters, Aishat and Simiat.
The doting father shared a video of them on his Instagram page. In the video shared on his Instagram page, the beautiful girls, Aishat and Simiat, were seen playing and smiling together. During a cute moment in the video, one of the girls tickled the other girl and they both started laughing.

The girls were spotted wearing the same tops but in different colours, blue and pink. Aishat and Simiat were also seen hugging each other as they smiled at the camera.

In his post, Marley described himself using the Yoruba Language as the father of Taiwo and Kehinde.

The 25-year-old rapper is said to be the pioneer of AfroBashment. His track Marry Juana was the first tune to fuse the slang and accent of Lagos city with Jamaican Bashment.

Davido Finally Reacts To Alleged Arrest In Dubai For Stabbing A Fan

According to reports originating from Instablog9ja that wildly went viral yesterday, Davido was arrested in Dubai for breaking a bottle on someone's head.
The victim had reportedly approached an already tipsy Davido in an elevator. Things didn't go as planned as the music star got infuriated and broke a bottle on the victim's head.

The police were called in, immediately and the music star was arrested while the victim was rushed to the Kuwait hospital in Deira.

In response to this, Davido took to his Instagram page to throw a shade at the originator of the reports.

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Governor Blows Hot, Blames FRSC As Tanker Explodes In Ogun

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun says he has issued a ‘no parking’ directive to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the Ota toll gate axis of the Lagos-Abeokuta highway, scene of the Friday tanker explosion that claimed lives and destroyed properties.
Gov Abiodun blamed the men of the FRSC for accidents that usually occurred around the area.

A statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin on Sunday evening quoted Abiodun as saying, “Those vehicles that the FRSC usually ask to park by the roadside contribute to the gridlock and pose dangers to unsuspecting motorists.

“Governor Abiodun has therefore issued a ‘no parking’ directive to the corps.”

According to Somorin, Gov Abiodun, who wept while at the scene of the incident on Friday,  had directed the Ogun State Public Works Agency to commence palliative works along the road to ease traffic congestion.

“Already, officers of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps are in the area controlling traffic and to possibly move roadside traders from the right of way.

“We are going to ensure that our firefighters are adequately equipped in order to promptly respond to emergencies within their jurisdiction.

“We are engaging the Federal Ministry of Works and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency in such a manner that whenever we have a peculiar reason to work on roads within their coverage, we would alert them while TRACE officers manage traffic during the repair work,” the statement read in part.

#KogiDecides: Yahaya Bello Has Ordered My Assassination - SDP Candidate, Natasha Akpoti

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti has claimed that Yahaya Bello has ordered her assassination.
Akpoti said this on Monday morning on her official Twitter page.

She wrote: “Gov Yahaya Bello has ordered for my assassination.”

Akpoti on Sunday called for the cancellation of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Kogi Central and part of Lokoja, the state capital.

Akpoti claimed that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election,” hence the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should cancel the elections and conduct a rerun.

She made the call in a statement she personally signed and issued on Sunday.

According to Akpoti: “Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state.

Fatoyinbo: You Will Beg Him To Forgive You - Matthew Ashimolowo Shades Busola Dakolo

Following ace photographer Busola Dakolo's sexual abuse allegation case against Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA being thrown out of court, Matthew Ashimolowo has spoken out against his accusers.
Last week, 247NNU d that the High Court in Abuja, dismissed Busola Dakolo's rape case against the lead Pastor of Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo on the basis of  expired statute of litigation and in turn asked her to pay a fine of N1m.

While visiting the controversial church, Ashimolowo who is a senior pastor of Kingsway Christian Center based in London, had quite a few surprising and interesting things to say during the recent Sunday service. He declared that people will come out to beg Pastor Biodun because God will so fight for him, making fastidious references to Bible passages.

Recall that Ashimolowo was one of the witnesses Busola Dakolo listed in her court documents while building the case against Fatoyinbo.

Ashimolowo also thanked God for the recent victory of Fatoyinbo, decreeing that the members of the church would also experience victories in their lives. The clergyman while preaching described ‘Fault Finders’ as a set of people who do not want Christians to make it in life.

He said Biodun Fatoyinbo has four things: Calling, Commitment, Consecration and Covenant with God. He stated that for anyone to come against him, they have to contend with these four things as Fatoyinbo, did not gatecrash but was ”called into the ministry.”

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News In Pictures: Indian Tenant Guards Lagos Apartment With Lion

Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit have surrounded a house being guarded by a lion on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the officials had been deployed in the house since Friday after residents petitioned the state government on the presence of the wild animal in the house.

The animal reportedly belongs to an Indian national who rented an apartment in the house.

The Head of the task force team, Mr. Yinka Egbeyemi, told PUNCH Metro that he had the instruction of the Commissioner for the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture to tranquilise the animal today (Monday).
He said the lion would be subsequently transferred to a zoo.

Egbeyemi noted that the Indian might also be prosecuted, as he would have to explain how he brought the carnivore into the state.

He said, “The lion was found on No. 229 Muri Okunola Street. Our Black Maria and men have been there since Friday. They will remove the animal on Monday.

“The Indian man rented the apartment and lied to the owner of the house that he wanted to be staying there.

“He claimed that the house was under renovation and brought the animal there.
“The neighbours saw the thing and that was how we got a petition from them.

“We have sent him a letter that he should come and talk to us. So, by tomorrow (Monday), we will like to know how he got the animal.

“He will have to tell us why he is rearing a lion in a city; that is a wild animal and anything can happen. So, he may be prosecuted.”

Davido Allegedly Arrested In Dubai For Stabbing A Boy: See What We Know So Far

There are unconfirmed reports that Davido has been arrested in Dubai for allegedly inflicting injuries on a supposed fan's head.
According to the reports on Twitter, the victim had reportedly approached an already tipsy Davido in an elevator. Things didn't go as planned as the music star got infuriated and broke a bottle on the victim's head.

The police were called in, immediately and the music star was arrested while the victim was rushed to the Kuwait hospital in Deira. Davido and his team are yet to react to the allegations levelled against him.

However, the singer took to his Instagram page on Sunday, November 17, 2019, where he shared a photo of himself in a private jet.

Davido was however, spotted in London on Sunday, November 17, 2019, in London at Mayorkun's concert. The singer performed alongside Mayorkun who is signed to his record label.

Let's just say Davido will be controversially ending the year if this story has any iota of truth. This is not the first time Davido will be getting into trouble in Dubai. Recall the time he had a fight with Wizkid and his crew in the city in 2017.

However, music executive, Soso Soberekon has taken to social media to slam claims of the arrest down also. He wrote “Arrest? Lol davido is on his way to London to support his artist mayorkun”

JUST IN: INEC Declares APC Candidate Winner Of Bayelsa Election

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, has emerged winner of the governorship election held on Saturday.

Lyon, who won in six of the state’s eight local government areas, defeated his closest rival, Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Diri won in two local governments.

Lyon’s victory marks the first time the PDP would lose a governorship election in the state since the nation returned to democracy in 1999.

The Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, had after he released the result of the Ekeremor Local Government Area, which was the last being expected by INEC on Monday night, promised that the final result would be made public before 1am on Monday.

Orumwense made good his promise as he announced that Lyon polled 352,552 votes to defeat Diri, who polled 143,172 votes some minutes after 1am.

Lyon was declared winner in six out of the eight local governments announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission at the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Media Centre in the state commission’s headquarters in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The six local government areas won by the APC are Brass; Nembe; Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, Ekeremor and Yenagoa while the PDP won in the Sagbama and Kolokuma/Opokuma local government areas.

In the Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa East Senatorial District, the APC polled 7, 831 votes while the PDP scored 60,339 votes.

The result from Nembe LGA, Bayelsa East showed that the APC garnered 83,041 votes while the PDP polled 874 votes.

In the Kolouma/Opokuma LGA, Bayelsa Central, the APC scored 8,934 votes while the PDP scored 15,360 votes. In the Brass LGA, Bayelsa East, the APC got 23,831 votes while the PDP polled 10,410 votes.

The APC scored 24,607 votes in Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa Central, while the PDP got 19,184 votes.

In the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Ogbia LGA, Bayelsa East, the APC defeated the PDP candidate by garnering 58,016 votes while Diri polled 13,763 votes.

In Southern Ijaw Local Government, the APC candidate polled 124,803 votes while his rival got 4,898 votes.

Lyon also defeated Diri in Ekeremor LGA by polling 21,489 to the PDP’s candidate’s 18,344 votes.

But while Lyon and the Bayelsa APC were already celebrating, the Kogi State APC and its governorship candidate, Governor Yahaya Bello, would have to wait till after 10am today for the final result.

This is because INEC postponed the announcement of the results of governorship elections to Monday.
The Returning Officer for the Kogi State governorship election, Prof. Ibrahim Umar, said the postponement was necessary because INEC was still expecting results from Ibaji and Lokoja LGAs while that of Dekina needed clarifications.

But before the postponement, the electoral umpire had declared results of 18 out of the 21 local government areas.

Out of the 18 LGAs results, Bello won in 10 while his closest rival, Musa Wada of the PDP, won in eight LGAs.

With the results released by INEC, Bello who is the candidate of the APC in the Saturday governorship poll in the state, had polled 365,135 votes while Wada had 151,566 votes.

Bello won in the Ogori/Magongo, Ijumu, Kabba/Bunu, Adavi, Okene, Okehi, Mopa Moro, Olamaboro, Kogi, and Ajaokuta local government areas.

Bello polled massive votes in his stronghold, the Okene Local Government Area of Kogi Central Senatorial District, polling 112,764 votes against Wada’s paltry 139 votes in the area.

The governor also scored 64,657 votes in the Adavi Local Government Area of the Kogi Central Senatorial District against Wada’s 366 votes.

In the Ogori/Magogo LGA, Bello also won with 3,679 votes while Wada had 2,145 votes.

 The governor also triumphed in the Ijumu LGA of the  Kogi West. He scored 11,425 votes against Wada’s 7,587 votes.

In the Omala LGA, where the recently sworn-in deputy governor of the state, Edward Onoja, comes from, the governor lost to the PDP candidate, scoring 8,473 votes while Wada scored 14,403 votes.

In the Kabba/Bunu LGA where the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, hails from, Bello won with 15,364 votes defeating Wada who polled 8,084 votes.

The governor also won in the Okehi LGA, where the candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the election, Natasha Akpoti, hails from. The governor scored 36,954 votes,Wada polled 478 votes, while Akpoti scored 3,095 votes.

In Yagba East, Wada won with 7,546 votes against Bello’s 6,735.

In the Yagba West, where the Secretary to the State Government, Folasade Ayoade, comes from, the PDP won with 8,860 as against Bello’s 7,868 votes.

Results in the Mopa Moro LGA, where Bello’s Director-General on Media and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo, comes from, was also close with Bello scoring 4,602 votes against Wada’s 3,581.

 But in Idah, Wada polled 13,962 votes against Bello’s 4,602. In Ajaokuta, the APC scored 17,952 votes with the PDP scoring 5,565 votes. The PDP also lost in the Korto LGA. Its candidate scored 9,404 against Bello’s 14,097.

But in the Olamaboro LGA, Bello garnered 16,876 votes to defeat Wada, who polled 8,155 votes
 
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