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Kogi Gov’ship Election: Melaye Declines Appointment As PDP Campaign DG




Senator Dino Melaye has turned down his appointment by the Kogi State campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 16 governorship poll.

Stakeholders in the state’s chapter had during a visit to the Abuja secretariat of the party yesterday touted Melaye as the Director General of the party’s campaign council.

But in a swift reaction, the senator, who did not accompany the stakeholders on the visit, said in a tweet and on his Facebook page declined the appointment.

He wrote: “Let me state categorically that I have turned down the position of Director General of the PDP Kogi State governorship campaign council.

“I wish the PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty, there is chaos.”

Melaye had contested and lost the party’s September 3 primary election and had subsequently filed an appeal to the leadership of the party complaining that most of the ballot boxes containing his delegates’ vote were snatched when armed thugs invaded the venue of the exercise.

But the leadership of the party had insisted that the number of votes in the said missing ballot boxes was not enough to invalidate the victory of the winner of the primaries, Mr Musa Wada, who scored over 700 votes against Melaye’s 70.

Majority of the 12 aspirants that contested the primaries with Wada however pledged to work for the unity and success of the PDP in the election.

Speaking on behalf of other aspirants, Muhammed Shuaibu Tettes, said the aspirants accepted the outcome of the primary election in good faith.

Tettes said: “As members of the Kogi PDP 2019 G-12, the urgent need for intra-party cohesion and unity of purpose at this moment is recognised.

“It is for this reason that the candidacy of Engr. Musa Wada is considered worthy of undivided support as the task to rebuild Kogi starts in earnest.

“Considering the reconciliation efforts of Engr. Musa Wada and his preparedness to actively partner with other aspirants that lost the ticket, we have accepted him as a partner in progress in the liberation struggle and also accept to work with him in the overall interest of the PDP and Kogi State.”

Some of the party chieftains that were at the secretariat in solidarity with the candidate were a former governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada, who lost the ticket to his younger brother.

Also at the party secretariat were Emmanuel Omebije, Princess Grace Iyeh Adejoh, Dr. Joseph Ameh Erico, Alhaji Kabiru Haruna, Adebayo Averehi and Aminu Abubakar Sulaiman.

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9 Killed In Kogi Bank Robbery Attack



Nine persons were reportedly killed when suspected armed robbers invaded the Isanlu branch of First Bank in Kogi State on Thursday.

The victims were identified as eight policemen and one civilian.

Among those killed were the Divisional Police Officer in the town, five other Policemen and two Policewomen.

While the DPO, the two policewomen, and four Policemen were killed at the Police Station, one policeman was killed at the bank’s premises.

The other victim, a male civilian, died when a stray bullet hit him.

The armed robbers were said to have invaded the Police Station about 1.00 p.m. and opened fire on all officers and men on duty.

They also set free all detainees in the detention facility.

The robbers later proceeded to the bank branch in the area where they killed one of the policemen on duty and carted away money.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Kogi Command, William Ayah, confirmed the attack to The PUNCH.

He, however, said the command was yet to ascertain the number of casualties.

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Kogi Govt Bans Sale Of Beef For 48 Hours After Death Of 12 Cows During Grazing



Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has banned the sale of beef in Lokoja, the state capital and its environs for the next 48 hours.

The ban is coming barely 24 hours after 12 cows mysteriously died in Lokoja on Thursday April 9 while grazing at a land belonging to the Nigeria-Korea Vocational Institute.

A statement released by the state Commissioner for information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said an investigation has commenced into the cause of the deaths.

The statement reads in part:

“The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to the report of dead cows within the Lokoja Township. We wish to inform the people of the State, some of the proactive measures taken by the Government to find out the cause of the death of those cows and to also ensure their beef does not find their way into our markets.

Security agencies and the affected Government Ministries and Departments have been mandated to form strong institutional walls that will stop the beefs from getting into the market as it is detrimental to health.

The State Government has committed to briefing members of the public on findings about the incident. We also urge our people to volunteer intelligence that will help us unravel the mystery behind the death of those cows”.

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Shanghai Shenhua Entices Ighalo With £400k-A-Week Contract



Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua are working very hard to scupper Manchester United’s transfer plans by offering Odion Ighalo a staggering £400,000-a-week contract, according to reports.

The 30-year-old has been an instant hit at Old Trafford since his January loan switch from the Chinese Super League side.

Ighalo has scored four goals in his first three starts at the Reds to set up a permanent summer switch to his dream club.

But Sky Sports reveal how his parent club have rewarded him with an eye-boggling wage package to ensure he commits his future in China.

The Nigerian international was already lining his pockets with a hefty £300,000-a-week contract before joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

It is understood he then took a 40 per cent pay-cut to seal his switch back to the Premier League. A number of incentives were added into the deal by United including an £8,000 goal bonuses.

Solskjaer has hinted that he would hope to make Ighalo’s loan move a permanent one if he continued his fine form until the end of the campaign.

Though the desire to earn a wage that would blow United’s offer out of the water may mean the Norwegian could be forced to get back to the drawing board.

Ighalo will now need to decide whether he wants to bolster his bank balance or fulfill his dream of playing for the Reds permanently.

After scoring his first United goal in a 5-0 win over Club Brugge, he said: “This is what I dreamt of. I dreamt of playing for United and scoring my first goal. I’m very happy for that.”

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