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Dino Melaye Demands Refund Of Funds From Party Agents After Loosing Kogi Guber

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate Dino Melaye, in the aftermath of the November 11, 2023, Kogi State governorship election, is reportedly furious and demanding refunds from certain party members.

According to a breakdown obtained by SaharaReporters, Melaye had disbursed N250,000 per polling unit for various purposes, including “voter’s mobilization,” which sources have indicated was utilized for vote-buying.

An insider revealed that a substantial sum of N87 million was budgeted for “voter’s mobilization,” with additional amounts allocated to Polling Officers and Assistant Polling Officers.

Melaye’s frustration allegedly stems from the belief that key individuals within the PDP, including a Local Government Chairman and his campaign Director-General, failed to deliver the election for him despite the substantial funds disbursed.

 

The report suggests that the PDP candidate is specifically upset over the mismanagement of funds designated for vote-buying purposes, with claims that certain individuals pocketed the money without fulfilling the intended objectives.

Additionally, Melaye purportedly allocated N3,510,000 per polling unit for local security but claims a PDP Local Government Chairman diverted the funds.

The fallout follows the electoral victory of Usman Ododo from the All Progressives Congress (APC), declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after securing 446,237 votes.

Melaye trailed significantly in third place, garnering 46,362 votes, while the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Murtala Ajaka, came in second with 259,052 votes.

In response to the election outcome, Melaye called for the cancellation of the gubernatorial election in five local governments within Kogi Central, alleging irregularities and manipulation of result sheets before voting.

He accused INEC of coordinating a fraudulent election.

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Woman killed while crossing road in Anambra

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has confirmed the death of a woman in an accident at Okpoko Market on the Asaba-Onitsha Road.

The Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Awka on Thursday, said that the woman was hit while she was crossing the road.

He said that the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved a commercial tow truck with registration number XA550BMA.

“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that the truck was towing a vehicle in an uncontrollable speed along the axis.

 

“The vehicle that was being towed got detached from the tow truck.

“It hit and killed a female adult, who was said to be crossing the road, while the tow truck continued its movement.

“FRSC rescue team came to the scene and took the woman to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, where she was confirmed dead and her body deposited at the hospital’s mortuary,” he said.

While sympathising with the family of the dead, the sector commander urged motorists, especially tow truck drivers, to exercise a high level of professionalism.

He also urged the drivers to always use standard equipment and avoid speeding.

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LASG’s maize palliative impactful, says poultry association chair

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The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Mojeed Iyiola, said the state government’s maize palliative to members of the association made a positive impact on the sector.

Iyiola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

“We received about 150,000 tons of maize in February from the Lagos State government as palliative to cushion the effect of high feed prices.

“The major benefit of the palliative is that it actually cushioned the cost of production for most poultry farmers in the state.

“The palliative was beneficial as it made the cost of some poultry produce, especially eggs to drop,” Iyiola said.

He noted that prior to the palliative, a crate of egg was sold between N3,500 and N3,700 at the farm gate, but after the palliative, it now sells between N3,200 and N3,400.

According to the PAN chair, retailers and middlemen who sell from N3,800 to N4,200 do that for their personal gain.

 

“We have urged our members to sell their eggs at reasonable prices following the receipt of the palliative from the government.

“We appreciate the Lagos State government for the palliative but we also urge the federal government to do likewise, to further reduce the cost of production in the sector.

“This will consequently lead to drop in the prices of all poultry produce across board,” he said.

He said the palliative was shared among financial members of the association at no extra cost.

“As an association we shared the grains equally across PAN’s eight zones in the state equally. We also mandated each zone not the sell even a grain of the maize.

“We, however, considered new poultry farmers who wanted to the join the association as beneficiaries of the palliative,” said Iyiola.

He noted that through the palliative, more poultry farmers were recruited into the association.

“The maize was shared only to poultry farmers and not feed millers, it is the major component of poultry feed formulation,” he said.

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