Acomoran president comrade Alh Samsondeen Adebayo Apelogun felicitate with returning and newly elected national assembly members

Acomoran president comrade Alh Samsondeen Adebayo Apelogun felicitate with returning and newly elected national assembly members and congratulate the newly elected senate President and other. Apelogun charge them to discharge their duties without fear or favor and pray that the 9th assembly will put smile on the good people of Nigeria.

Comrade Ogundare Olaoluwa the chairman of Acomoran Lagos state congratulate the newly elected national assembly members lagos state

Comrade Ogundare Olaoluwa the chairman of Acomoran Lagos state congratulate the newly elected national assembly members lagos state and charge them to work with the Lagos state governor HE Babajide Sanwolu for better Lagos.

Libertynews felicitate with the newly elected national assembly member

Libertynews ltd felicitate with the newly elected national assembly member. We thank the good people of Kogi state for standing by their representatives and charge the elected members to discharge their responsibilities without fear or favor. Kogi is faced with challenges of insecurities, non payments of salaries , Infrastructural development  among others. Kogi people deserve better live and more importantly Governorship election is by the corner we charge you people to be a good representatives.

Signed: Comrade Anaja Michael Marijata.

CEO/ PUBLISHER LIBERTYNEWS.

Acomoran president felicitate with president muhammad Buhari and 29 governors

Acomoran president felicitate with president muhammad Buhari and 29 governors

Acomoran president felicitate with president muhammad Buhari and 29 governors.Comrade Alh. Samsondeen Adebayo Apelogun the president of amalgamated commercial tricycle & motocycle owners repairs & riders association of Nigeria, he on this day felicitate with prisedent Muhammad Buhari and 29 Governors across the state on their successful inaugurations and handing over ceremony. He prayed that Almighty Allah shall guide, protect and direct them in the right part of good governance. Apelogun pledge that his association shall work with government to sanitize the transportation sector. Long live Nigeria. Long live Acomoran.

Bans of Okada in some Northern States

Acomoran national president react to the bans on okada in some northern states. Comrade Alh. Samsondeen Adebayo Apelogun is the national president of Acomoran. In an interview with him he said his administration would work with the government to provide solutions to our many challenges. He further said he would work with his executives to make sure the riders at the affected states and the commuters will not suffer. His government in collaboration with the government shall make provision for the riders to avoid them dive into crime. The government of president Muhammad Buhari shall provide auternatives for the riders and the commuters. Apelogun  assured the affected riders not to worry that the federal and state government shall provide auternatives and ask Nigerian to be calm. Acomoran is the recognised mother body for okada operation in Nigeria and the highest employees of labor in Nigeria and the Federal government did not denied this. Acomoran thanks Buhari and minister for transportation and other related bodies.

Edward Onouja Vs Koi Elders

Edward Onoja VS Kogi Elders

By Marijata Anaja

Wada failed us and we sent him out. Bello jas failed and he is going out. Those opportuned in position of governance cannot point out any meaningful achievement.

Edward Onoja only saying the truth but without manners and respect for elders even though he drove Bello to pit he has written his name with a a golden pen in Kogi Politics, he constructed roads, bole wholes, mosques, schools in Ogugu as a chief of staff. The LCDA town hall inAnyigba, we are naming these as an achievement because it has never happened in Kogi east. we have gotten senators, state ministers, Governors without construction of a kilometer road.

In Bello administration, Dekina were the dominant of his appointees and elected offices, what good have they brought to our land except thugry, kidnapping, assassination and disrespect for elders. Power drunk          us know where we should be mindful of how we use power when we are opportuned.

Setting a pace in the Transportation Ministry

Setting A pace in the Transportation Ministry

By Prince Shamsudeen Adebayo Apelogun

Today, Almighty Allah has granted us an opportunity for a new beginning. A beginning that will see us participate more actively in socio-economic development of our dear nation. A beginning that will bring about a robust partnership with the governments of the day, through the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Transportation. A beginning that will bring about solid collaboration with security network. A beginning that will ensure better standard of living for members of our great association. Indeed, this is a beginning that will revolutionize the motorcycle and tricycle section of the transportation sector in Nigeria.

Your Excellencies, distinguished Ladies and Gentleman, it gives me great excitement to have you in attendance at this occasion of the inauguration of a new national leadership for the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Riders and Repair Association of Nigeria (ACMORAN). Our administration will concentrate on four key agenda, namely: Enhanced Members Welfare, total Rebranding, Infrastructural Development and Partnership with government and Security Agencies. These four keys areas, by our understanding capture every aspect of our interest.

I will not like to bore you with a long speech especially as it relates to our agenda for the next five years. That is the reason I have decided to put my thoughts together in a booklet titled: ACTION PLAN. In the booklet that will be unveiled here today, you will find my plans for the association and the objective of each for the pln.

However, before I end this speech, as our administration formally takes off; may I crave your indulgence to make these appeals: Government at all levels should see us at partners in progress. I admit that the reckless riding of some commercial motorcyclists have over the years, endangered the lives of many innocent people. While I sympathize with those victims and their families, out administration is ready to sanitize the industry. We will partner with all relevant agencies to make sure that in the day ahead our riders will be certified, also riders and commuters will be insured.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. To this extent, I wish to appeal to all our members to come together in one accord. The task ahead is enormous and we can only success if all of us join hands and play our roles in the development of the industry in general and our association in particular. May I, again take advantage of this moment to assure you of my readiness to run all inclusive government.

Finally, I want to specially thank my predecessors for their sacrifices over the years. Ever elective office is tenured and we must move on when our tenure is up but let me assure you that though you are out of office, you will continue to be relevant because we need your wealth of  experience to advance the course of our association. I must also appreciate all our members for entrusting me with the responsibility of overseeing the affairs of our association at this point in time.

INSHA ALLAH, my colleagues on the National Executive Council and I, will do everything humanly possible to justify the confidence that you reposed in us.

For witnessing this event, I want to thank you for being a part of the new beginning for ACOMORAN. God bless you.

God bless ACOMORAN

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Yahaya Bello: Presiding Over a Confluence of Absurdities in Kogi

Yahaya Bello: Presiding Over a Confluence of Absurdities in Kogi

By George Oyedepo

Stripped of their collective pride, it appears that most indigenes of Kogi are waiting for the legitimate opportunity to use their vote to oust Bello. Therefore, the groundswell for the removal of Bello from Lugard House, the official residence of the governor, may have started with the insistence by interested parties in Kogi APC that Bello must be defeated at the governorship primary.

Recently, former Kogi State Governor Ibrahim Idris ruffled the feathers of key persons in the current leadership of the State when he boldly stated that life in the state has become a miserable experience.

To a good number of indigenes and friends of the State, Idris was stating the obvious. It is difficult to be mute to how Kogi exists. The sordid stories coming out of the State since Mr. Yahaya Bello became governor has increased the pain of the people.

The Confluence State, as Kogi is proudly referred to by indigenes and residents, has become a Confluence of Absurdities. Arguably, Bello is top on the list of governors swimming in a sea of unanimous disgust and disdain. Perhaps, this is the only meaningful convergence of opinion. And, on one thing, there is overwhelming agreement: that Bello whose emergence as governor was dramatic and incidental, must be shown the exit. If ever, there were developmental gains credited to his predecessors, he has since reversed them all and driven the quality of governance many rungs down the ladder.

Although Bello’s All Progressives Congress (APC) won the majority of seats in the State House of Assembly election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had a good showing in the National Assembly elections, indicating that the impending governorship election in the State is open for a tough duel. Increasing pointers show that stakeholders in Kogi APC do not favour Bello flying the party’s gubernatorial flag. They are convinced that with his dismal performance, presenting him as the party’s governorship candidate is akin to entering a no-contest and giving the position away to the opposing party, the PDP. The State Assembly election, which possibly indicates the wishes of the people may have favoured the APC, but it does not provide any sort of comfort to Bello.

It may be strongly argued that governance has taken a leave from Kogi since Bello entered the saddle. Like many Nigerian states, government is the largest employer of labour in Kogi, and Bello committed his first and enduring blunder when he embarked on a screening exercise, ostensibly to fish out ghost workers and save funds for the State. On the surface, the intention was good, but till today, it is doubtful if the state government knows the exact number of its employees. Different figures have been bandied between the various workers union and the executive arm of government. The most visible and painful result of the head count of workers in Kogi is the unwarranted delay in the payment of salaries and other statutory monetary entitlements for upwards of several months.

Every aspect of government owned labour has been at daggers drawn with the executive arm of government, leaving the running of several MDAs in Kogi prostrate. But Bello has recently been in the news, claiming he only owes Kogi workers four months salary.

Stripped of their collective pride, it appears that most indigenes of Kogi are waiting for the legitimate opportunity to use their vote to oust Bello. Therefore, the groundswell for the removal of Bello from Lugard House, the official residence of the governor, may have started with the insistence by interested parties in Kogi APC that Bello must be defeated at the governorship primary.

As things stand today, the most important confluence in Kogi now is not a natural phenomenon like two rivers, but the confluence of a low bar. The mixture and confluence of mediocrity and incompetence in governance.

Buffeted on all sides by stringent criticisms, Bello has resorted to strong arm tactics. He frequently uses instruments of state to coerce the hapless populace.

His new modus operandi is to abuse or mudsling anyone considered a possible replacement for their mediocrity. Everyone that is mentioned as a possible replacement becomes marked as an enemy who has never done anything good.

Recently, he went after a retiring director general, claiming he charged people to offer employment because that one expressed interest in running for the governorship. Another time, some publication mentioned another DG as a possible consideration and his reaction was to start looking all over the place for election results of the fellow, hopefully to prove that since he didn’t win his polling unit or ward in the just concluded national elections, then he is of no political value.

The story is that the DG whose polling unit in Egbe’s results he is seeking, is disappointing to him. He won the presidential elections in his unit for APC, delivered the APC House of Representatives by a wide margin, and lost the senatorial to PDP by one single vote. This result is one of the best in Kogi West outside Koto and some parts of Lokoja.

The state government’s handpicked and rigged candidates for the House of Representatives and Smart Adeyemi, their senate candidate, could not deliver themselves in their homes, and this his new found foe did.

A comprehensive analysis of the state appointees and the government’s candidates in the election shows that the speaker, commissioners and advisers and assistants all failed woefully and could not sell their boss or the administration they serve in almost all polling units and wards of their homes.

The governor deceives himself by claiming that he delivered Kogi Central to the president. The truth is that Kogi Central has always voted with and stayed with the president in every election before now. Natasha Akpoti is said to have won the Kogi Central elections and prayerfully will have her stolen mandate restored.

In the East, where few individuals and the Audu political family worked for APC, the results are out and good, but in Olamaboro where Onoja comes from, the elections were marred by violence, ballot boxes snatching, gun shots and intimidation.

Bello’s government harassed a senator to be marooned on a hospital bed so that a recall against the senator will take him out, while he was incapacitated. Unfortunately, it is alleged that he wasted the salaries of workers on the failed recall. When elections came, Bello harassed him again, kept him out of the State, prevented him from campaigning, and even tried to stop him from entering the State to cast his vote but they still lost the election to the senator. A governor who cannot secure a recall in absentia or win an election against a candidate in absentia is an apparent political lightweight, and socially irrelevant person who is not fit to come back as governor.

Yet, the governor and his men believe they have earned a second term ticket and superiorly acquitted themselves because they delivered the state to President Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

One of Bello’s closest aides, who is often blamed for the abysmal performance of the governor is Edward Onoja, whose role as chief of staff is supposed to be to administer the affairs of the governor, his calendar, appointments, correspondence, domestic issues and generally ensure he works efficiently. Instead, he is pointed out as having become rambunctious, making no sense of but pretending to run a government.

Onoja and the governor have been accused of preventing state political appointees of a certain extraction from their duty posts in the government house, because their areas didn’t deliver victorious elections to the president, but even worse, that they failed to stop a senatorial candidate who had become their Achilles heel, Dino Melaye, a fellow rambunctious, even if more sensible fellow, but an opposition figure and rabble rouser.

Bello and Onoja had rehabilitated and propped up Smart Adeyemi in the hope and plan that he would defeat Melaye, but their prayers were unanswered; in what is really one of the most unexpected resounding and all-round trumping of the 2019 elections.

The victory of Melaye, instead of being perceived as what it is as a rejection of Smart Adeyemi and Yahaya Bello, because of his failures in governance, is now blamed on political appointees. It appears that they were supposed to rig the elections, parade thugs with guns, suppress those who won’t vote for Bello’s choice, intimidate everyone, introduce violence, snatch ballot boxes, disrupt collation, rewrite results, compromise electoral officers, and where they feel violence won’t work or no opportunity, use the money they were paid to buy the votes of the electorate. It seems they were supposed to use their hard earned (largely unpaid though) salaries to buy the only thing the electorate was worth, the only thing of value they see in people – their votes. They didn’t try to buy the votes of the people by paying them their salaries just before elections, from the monies already provided by the same President Buhari for that purpose, instead they are alleged to have perfected the dehumanising handout of N500, N1000 or N2000 per voter to either induce them to vote, or reward them for voting.

And when they lost both the election and their faces, it was time to punish political appointees for their own loss and failure. Many of the appointees equally deserve this disgrace for shielding and not speaking up when it was important, and even praise-singing and defending the inhuman and the impossible.

At 43 years, Bello is the youngest governor in Nigeria, but his reign of infamy has only brought disgrace to the much touted inclusion of the youth in governance. In more ways than one, Bello is a man of history. The period leading to his emergence as governor appeared to have been enmeshed in a constitutional logjam, as the APC’s governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, who was poised to win in the election died before that governorship election was concluded. Bello was picked by the APC to replace him. Mr. James Faleke, who was Audu’s running mate, objected to the party’s decision and approached the election tribunal in the State asking it to declare him as governor-elect. But the party had persuaded Faleke to retain his running mate position, which he turned down. Thus Yahaya Bello made unusual history as he was sworn in without a deputy. It was the first time in Nigeria’s political history that an elected governor would be inaugurated without a deputy.

Bello has since doused the flame of the prevailing sentiment and squandered the huge political capital he did not earn, but which was given to him freely by death. Through his immature, inexperienced, callous and arrogant mannerisms, Bello has taken Kogi to the abyss of misrule that no one could have imagined.

Kogi is a confluence of absurdities that presents irrational scenarios. It is a sad commentary to note that Kogi boasts of such eminent personalities as the late Prof Pius Adesanmi, the Babatunde Irukeras of this world, Suleiman Baba Ali, Jibrin Isah Echocho, Victor Adoji, Natasha Akpoti, the current Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Late Arc. Olorunfemi; the political sages Sunday Awoniyi and Silas Daniyan and countless others. Today, there is a big move that is eager to remove the serious affliction that the reign of Yahaya Bello has brought on Kogi

ORTOM REAFFIRMS FIGHT AGAINST CRIME, AS THREE KIDNAPPED VICTIMS RESCUED

ORTOM REAFFIRMS FIGHT AGAINST CRIME, AS THREE KIDNAPPED VICTIMS RESCUED

By Jimin Geoffrey

Governor Ortom has reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to chase criminal elements out of the state in the renewed war against kidnappers and cultists.

The Governor stated this today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi while receiving three rescued kidnapped victims, Mrs Mbaidoove Iorlumun, Yakubu Utim and Aondongu Iorlumun.

He stated that the Benue State Government with the support of security agencies had resolved to fight criminality in the state with renewed commitment and vigour.

Governor Ortom acknowledged the dogged efforts of men of Operation Whirl Stroke in the rescue of the three kidnapped victims from Yandev and Tombu, Gboko and Buruku Local Government Areas respectively.

He stated that major stakeholders from Sankera had resolved after a meeting with the government and traditional rulers to jointly combat crime in the state and the Sankera axis.

Mr. Iorlumun Aondongu from Tombu, who was kidnapped on the 12th of February, 2019 while narrating his ordeal, said his abductors came to his house on that fateful day and took him hostage when they did not find his mother, Mbaidoove, whom they actually came for.

“They first came for my mother and when I told them she was not around, they kidnapped me and put in their vehicle and took me away,” he narrated.

According to him, they kept calling his mother to go and rescue him and when she finally showed up with one Mr. Yakubu Utim somewhere in Katsina-Ala axis, they were also taken into hostage.

The kidnap victims stated that they were holed up in a building and fed with only garri and groundnut while a container was given to them for passage of waste.

They said their abductors demanded for money which they did not mention the figure but threatened to eliminate them if the ransom was not paid.

WORK FOR PEACE, ORTOM TELLS TRADITIONAL RULERS

WORK FOR PEACE, ORTOM TELLS TRADITIONAL RULERS

By Benjamin Ngutsav

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has charged traditional rulers to ensure that peace reigns in their communities to pave the way for development.

The Governor gave the charge yesterday at the kingship celebration of the District Head of Mbatsen, Chief Daniel Nder Kuhwa, which took place at his residence, Mbamondo in Konshisha local government area.

The Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Matthew Mnyam, thanked the people of Mbatsen for the overwhelming support they gave him at the polls and promised not to betray the trust reposed in him.

He also appreciated the people for the show of love for Tyoor Mbatsen, Chief Kuhwa and asked the traditional ruler to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that peace reigns in his community.

 

Governor Ortom also charged other traditional rulers to always speak the truth at all times and be neutral in dispute resolution.

Ter Ikyor, Chief Thomas Jam Gbinde urged the celebrant to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his reign, even as he called for the support and cooperation of his people.

Earlier, Chief Nder Kuhwa thanked all those who had come to celebrate with him and had contributed in making the event a success.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase, Chairman/CEO A.T & S. Nig., Mr. Julius Atorough, Director Benue State Arts Council, Mr. Terna Nomsule, among others