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APC Chieftain Seeks Tinubu’s Urgent Intervene in Cooking Gas Price Hike

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Chief Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to urgently intervene in the high cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the country.

Oyintiloye, who made the appeal while speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo, said the cost of the cooking gas was becoming unbearable for the masses.

The APC chieftain said although the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, on February 22, announced that the Federal Government had asked LPG producers to stop exporting the commodity, but the decision was yet to yield positive results.

He said this might be as a result of LPG producers secretly exporting the product or the ban has not been fully implemented.

Oyintiloye, a former member of defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), noted that it was alarming that the cost of refiling a 12.5kg of cylinder in many parts of the country now cost between N17,500 and N18,000.

Oyintiloye, a former lawmaker, urged the President to take drastic measures to crash the price of the product in the interest of the masses.

He said that as a result of the exorbitant prices, many LPG users who could not afford the price were gradually shifting to solid fuel like charcoal and firewood.

Oyintiloye said that the shift to the use of charcoal and firewood by the masses could lead to climate change and its adverse effects such as deforestation, desertification and soil degradation that could lead to erosion.

According to him, the use of solid fuel can also pollute the air with carbon monoxide emitted from solid fuel, which is harmful to human beings.

“This will in turn pose serious danger to the respiratory organ, fatigue, headaches, confusion, and dizziness to human system due to inadequate oxygen delivery to the brain, thereby reduces overall well-being of people.

“Human being depend on green plants for our daily supply of oxygen, while giving back carbon dioxide to the plants.

“In an attempt to substitute clean cooking gas to firewood and charcoal by cutting down green trees, this will affect human survival because there will be no adequate oxygen in the blood system,” he said.

He said that while the masses were struggling to look for what to eat, the means of cooking should not be made difficult for them.

“I know Mr President has a listening ear and he will do something urgent about this matter.

“The announcement by the petroleum minister(state) on the ban on the exportation of the product is a good one, but it has not started having any positive effects on the masses.

“The fuel subsidy removal is biting hard on the people and electricity supply is not stable.

“All relevant and critical stakeholders must join hands with the President to tackle the challenges in the gas industry,” he said.

Oyintiloye, however, commended Tinubu on his proactive steps in stabilising the Naira against the United States dollar.

He said the gradual and steady appreciation of the Naira against the dollar in the last few days was commendable.

He said the warning by the Presidency to currency speculators to desist from unpatriotic act against the Naira was also timely and necessary.

Oyintiloye said with patience and absolute support to the President, the economic challenges the country is passing through will be a thing of the past.

“I want to commend the President on his tireless efforts in putting the economy of the country on the right path.

“With patience, endurance, prayers and support for the President, we will come out stronger from these challenges,” he said.

The former lawmaker said that the efforts of the President in revamping the economy would soon begin to yield positive results. (NAN)

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Ex- governorship Candidate Rallies Support for Ododo

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Rep. Leke Abejide, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for the Nov. 11 Kogi governorship election, has urged the people to support Gov. Usman Ododo toward taking the state to a greater height.
Abejide, who represents Yagba Federal Constituency, at the National Assembly said this when he addressed some supporters in Lokoja on Monday .


“Politics is over since Ododo won the election and what is left for us as citizens is to support and join hands with his administration in building a secure and prosperous Kogi.

“Today, I’m calling on all Kogi indigenes to shun politics for now and support the government to achieve progress on all fronts, more so that the election was freely won.

“There is time for politics and time for governance. The time for politics is over, what is left is governance that can put smiles on people’s faces.
“We have had our election and a winner has emerged. I still find it surprising that some people are still working to pull down the government because of election that was freely won, with the people’s voice heard loud and clear, ” he said.
Abejide urged those who contested the election with Ododo, to put behind the election and give the governor the needed support to succeed.
“Let’s give the governor the desired support to work for the good of the generality of the people of zkogi,” Abejide said. (NAN)

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Newly Elected Bayelsa LG Chairmen Receive Certificate of Return

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The Bayelsa Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC) on Monday presented Certificates of Return to winners of the state April 6 local government councils poll.
BYSIEC Chairman, Dr Peter Singabele, presented the certificates at a ceremony at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre, Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat, Yenagoa.


Speaking at the ceremony, Singabele congratulated them for their victory at the poll.

He urged them to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots.

Responding on behalf of other elected officials, the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council, Mr Bulodisiye Ndiwari thanked Gov. Douye Diri and other stakeholders for their support.
He pledged to justify the confidence reposed on them by striving hard to improve the quality of lives of the people.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all eight Chairmanship and councillorship 105 seats at the poll.(NAN)

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Kogi poll: INEC Tenders Documents Against SDP, Ajaka’s Petition at Tribunal

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, tendered electoral documents against the petition by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate, Murtala Ajaka, challenging the election victory of Gov. Usman Ododo.

INEC’s counsel, Uchenna Njoku, who held the brief of Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, tendered the documents before the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

It would be recalled that INEC conducted the Kogi governorship election on Nov.

11, 2023.

However, the SDP and its governorship candidate in the poll are challenging the declaration of Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the poll.

In the petition, INEC, Ododo and APC are listed as 1st to 3rd respondents respectively.

Some of the documents tendered on Monday by the commission’s lawyer before the three-member panel of justices, led by Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu, include INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of the Election; INEC Manuals for Electoral Officers and INEC Form EC8C.

Others include INEC Form EC8B; INEC Form EC8E; List of Accredited Agents for SDP; List of Accredited Ward Agents; Receipts of Payment for Forms, among others.

After the documents were tendered, Justice Birnin-Kudu admitted them in evidence and marked them as exhibits.

Njoku then applied for an adjournment to enable the electoral umpire present its witnesses on the next adjourned date.

The judge adjourned the matter until April 16 for continuation of hearing.

Earlier, Justice Birnin-Kudu, who observed that the SDP’s petition would elapse on May 29, said there was the need to amend the number of days earlier given for the 2nd and 3rd respondents to present their case and for the filing of the final written addresses of the parties.

He, therefore, reduced the number of days to five instead of the earlier 10 days given for the respondents’ lawyers to present their case.

He assured that where five days would not be enough, the panel would not hesitate to give additional more days.

He solicited for the cooperation of the parties in this regard.

But APC’s counsel, Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, pleaded with the tribunal not to reduce the earlier days given to prepare their defence.

Ukala, who pledged the cooperation of the respondents in ensuring timely completion of their case, pleaded that the order on the schedule for hearing should not be amended.

The panel, however, clarified that the amendment to the order was done off record.

While Joseph Daudu, SAN, led Gov. Ododo’s team of lawyers, Jibrin Okutepa, SAN, led Ajaka’s team.

It could be recalled that SDP and Ajaka had, on April 5, closed their case after calling 25 witnesses.(NAN)

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