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Kogi State Government House, Lokoja (image courtesy Kogi Reports)

Former first lady of Kogi Mrs Aisha Audu has pledged to tackle poverty and corruption in Kogi, if elected Governor in the November 16  gubernatorial election.

Concise News reports that in a statement issued by her Media Office in Abuja on Wednesday, Audu said that with her experience in grassroots politics, she had what it “takes to set up a workable and result-oriented system.“

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“I have the solution to the current economic and social malaise on my palms,” she said.

Audu, the flag bearer of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), said that the structure of the party across the local governments had deepened its root in past months.

The wife of late Prince Abubakar Audu said that the party had become a household name in Kogi, adding that the political structure of her late husband would be incorporated into the party to further drive the vision of the state.

Audu, who is one of the three female candidates of the 24 governorship contestants, said she had been working underground for the success of the party.

The Kogi East politician said she had scaled through the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) process, adding that her name had been published as a candidate.

According to her, it is now time for electorate in Kogi to rally round her and her running mate, Suleiman Ozigi of Kogi Central for the development of the state.

INEC won’t extend deadline for collection of PVCs in Kogi, Bayelsa – spokesperson

In related news, INEC says it will not extend the September 30, deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Kogi and Bayelsa.

Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed this in an interview with NAN on Monday in Abuja.

Okoye stressed that the commission had no reason to extend the deadline for the collection of the cards in the two states.

He said that enough time had been given to owners of uncollected cards to collect them, adding that the commission adopted measures to reach them for collection.

“We held market outreaches, we called some of the card owners on phone and we also sent out SMS to some of them.

“We approached community leaders in all those places, we also cascaded them to all the places we believe the owners of those PVCs are.

“So, as at today (Monday), there is no reason whatsoever for extending the deadline for the collection of the PVCs.

“We have given people sufficient time to do that. We kept reminding them on daily basis and we were giving a countdown on the deadline in each of the states.

“We have also been informing Nigerians the number of PVCs collected and those yet to be collected.

“So, as at today the commission has not found any reason to extend the deadline.”

Okoye said that INEC needed to close the collection to ascertain the number of cards that would be used during the November 16 elections in the two states.

He added that the commission needed time to continue with its planning and other stages of the elections in both states.

“When the collection is over, we will recall all uncollected PVCs and make a return to INEC state headquarters.

“Then the final figure of what was collected during the period and the uncollected will be made available to all political parties contesting these elections,’’ he said.