Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019: Katsina APC’s simmering crisis

Rather than abate, the crisis generated within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State over the mode of primaries adopted in electing its candidates for the 2019 General Election, is simmering. In this report by Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, observers say the party needs to address the grievances of some of its leading chieftains in the state before the next general election.
Efforts to nip the crisis generated within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State by the outcome of the primaries held across the state to elect the party’s candidates for the 2019 General Election, may have failed, thereby throwing up fresh troubles in the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari. Expectedly, this is generating serious concern as observers call on the leadership of the ruling party to do more to unite APC in the state.
Political tension in the northwest state took a new dimension on Friday, as some aggrieved chieftains and members of the party, under the auspices of Katsina Forum, announced that they will not work for candidates of the ruling party at the general election unless their grievances are addressed urgently. The angry APC members said the national leadership of the party is not taking them serious.
Speaking after the group’s leadership meeting in Dutsinma, Alhaji Samaila Tsiga, its chairman, said members of the forum are leading chieftains of the ruling party who are miffed by what he described as the imposition of candidates on the state by a few people contrary to the directive of President Buhari that members of the party should be allowed to choose the candidates they want.
“We had rejected the adoption of indirect primaries by some people in the state and we are still rejecting it and its outcome. We stand with our father, President Buhari, in his determination to return the party to the people who are the real owners of the party and government. Those who are afraid of facing the people at the primary should not be allowed to get away with stolen mandates.
“We remain loyal and committed members of the party in the state but we are pleading that our concerns should be looked into by those concerned. We will never stop our agitation against the outcome of the Kangaroo primary election held by Governor Aminu Masari and his cohorts. While we remain loyal to the party and President Buhari, we want this injustice done to party members to be redressed,” he said.
Tsiga said the failure of the leadership of the party to address pertinent questions being raised by genuine party members led to the numerous court cases that are daily springing up against the candidacy of Masari and others. “We told them people are angry, they say they have submitted some names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against the wishes of the people. Now people are taking our party to court every day,” he lamented.
Confirming the simmering crisis in the state chapter of the APC, one of the party’s gubernatorial aspirants, Malam Abubakar Isma’ila Isa, said, “It is pertinent to note that at present, there are not less than seven suits pending before the various high courts challenging the illegality of the present set of executives at the wards, LGA’s and state level of the party in Katsina.
“These suits are challenging the constitutional legitimacy of the present executive council members who constitute the delegates for indirect election at the primaries.  These suits are still pending before High Courts, Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal. “We are, by this, drawing your attention to these breaches of the guidelines and the APC constitution and urging you to take immediate steps to rectify them before it is too late.”
Speaking on the development, the state coordinator of Voters Right Agenda (VRA), Comrade Abu Maude, said though Buhari’s popularity in the state remains on the rise, it is important for the ruling party to mend its fences before the general election. According to him, “the current crisis in the APC here in Katsina is definitely and unnecessary distraction that the party and the President can do without.”
The cases, the issues
Two aggrieved members of the party also approached the Federal High Court in Abuja for an injunction restraining INEC from accepting any candidate nominated by the APC for the forthcoming 2019 General Elections in the state. The plaintiffs, Alhaji Garba Dankani, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC and Muhammad Mainasara, an aspirant for the Katsina Senatorial District seat, claimed the party failed to hold ward congresses in the state.
According to them, the failure of the APC to conduct ward congresses in the 34 local government areas of Katsina State implied that APC could not make valid nomination of candidates to INEC for the 2019 General Elections in the state without first conducting valid congresses in the state. Consequently, they are seeking to stop Governor Masari, who is the governorship candidate of the APC in the state, and other candidates of the party for various elective offices, from being accepted by INEC ahead of the 2019 polls.
The presiding judge, Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo, fixed November 8 for the hearing of the suit which was filed on September 21, 2018.  The APC and INEC are joined in the suit as the first and second defendants, respectively in the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1035/18. They said aspirants for various positions on the platform of the party subsequently met “and in a resolution reiterated the fact that congresses did not hold in all the wards in all the local government areas of Katsina State.”
The plaintiffs prayed the court to declare the local government and state congresses of the APC, which held in Katsina State on May 12 and May 19, 2018, as null and void. While the plaintiffs were represented by their lawyer, Olanipekun, INEC was represented by Umar Bukar. Justice Giwa-Ogunbajo, who acknowledged the need to hear and determine the case expeditiously, fixed the hearing of the suit for November 8.
Similarly, Malam Abubakar Isma’ila Isa, said to be the son-in-law of President Buhari’s and a governorship aspirant in the state, is threatening to seek legal redress if the leadership of the party fails to address his complaints. He has publicly rejected the outcome of the APC party primaries that saw Governor Masari clinching the governorship ticket of the ruling party in the state.
“As stakeholders in the election, we ought to be consulted in whatever decision that may be arrived at, but we were neither consulted nor informed on the decision to go for indirect primaries. Consequently, no notice to that effect was served on us. Therefore our delegates and agents could not trace the venue for accreditation and election. The electoral committee arrived in Katsina in the night of 29/09/2018 on a chartered flight allegedly provided for by the state governor.
“They went straight into the Government House, met with the governor, who is one of the aspirants and members of his government. They did not invite us to the usual stakeholders and did not meet with us until 30/09/2018 by 12.30pm. At the meeting, they informed us that they have finished screening of delegates and we’re to start voting. All these facts cast serious doubts on the partiality of the committee.
“For us, we wholeheartedly align ourselves with the position of President Muhammadu Buhari in deepening and entrenching internal democracy in our party by openly supporting direct primaries as a mode of electing those who should carry the party’s flag in the forthcoming General Elections. However, we are sad to report that the national secretariat of our party closed its eyes to the inherent dangers in conducting indirect primaries in Katsina State.
“This trend, if not checked, will throw the party into chaos and may further factionalize the party and affect its fortunes in the forthcoming General Elections in 2019. We are solidly behind the President in supporting direct primaries in choosing candidates who will carry the party’s flag in the 2019 elections more so as direct primaries remain the most transparent and credible process of selecting popular and acceptable candidates for the party,” he argued.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the ruling party, as well as the government of the state, are insisting that most of the allegations being raised by the angry party chieftains are unfounded. When contacted by The Nation, party leaders and senior government officials say the APC in the state will go on to win the next general election convincingly in spite of the ongoing crisis.
Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Aminu Masari, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, while reacting to the development and the various claims of the aggrieved party members, said the emergence of the governor as gubernatorial candidate did not contravene party rules and the Nigerian constitution. According to the media aide, “the constitution of the APC provided for three options direct, indirect and consensus primaries method.
“A state can adopt any of the three. And Katsina adopted indirect, the party did not query or say anything was wrong with that. “By adopting the indirect primaries, the Katsina APC did not contravene any law, either electoral or Nigerian constitution or the party’s constitution.” Contacted, APC Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Gambo Danmusa, said the adoption of indirect primaries was the prerogative of the party, executives and stakeholders in the state.
Meanwhile, reliable party sources told our correspondent that party leaders, within and outside the state, are worried about the development and are working round the clock to put an end to litigations and media wars currently ripping the APC apart in the state. “Not a few party chieftains are again calling for another round of reconciliatory moves ahead of the next general election,’ a source told The Nation.
It was also gathered that the President may have, following the growing list of court cases instituted against the party by angry members, instructed Governor Masari to do everything possible to pacify warring factions within the party. “The governor is extending the olive branch more than he has been doing before now. More party leaders are also getting involved in the effort to make peace,” another source added.
A party leader from the northwest, who does not want his name in print, while speaking with our correspondent from his base in Abuja, said Katsina State is one of the states that INEC recently called the attention of the APC leadership to. According to him, the electoral body warned the ruling party to mitigate against the growing number of court cases within the party in the state.
“Our party has been urged to do something about growing court cases in some states and Katsina is one of such. We all can see the confusion going on over Zamfara APC list of candidates now. We have to do some something drastic in Katsina to prevent a similar situation. Our house is not in order and it is very important we put it in order as soon as possible if we are to avert some unpleasant development.
“We all know how technical these legal tangos can suddenly become. This is a crucial time when all parties are working hard to tidy up their candidates for the general election. We cannot afford any uncertainty and or unforeseen development, especially in a state like Katsina. This is why we are now working harder to resolve the differences. We are talking and I can assure you everybody concerned is listening,” he said.
The Nation also learnt that the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu, has also waded into the matter with a view to appeasing the aggrieved party chieftains to withdraw the court cases and allow for peaceful resolution of the matters at hand. “He has the support of both the President and the governor in this crucial assignment and he is working hard to proffer much needed solutions to the crisis,” a party source told The Nation on Friday.

‘Conscious, Unconscious Choice Of People’ Caused Nigeria’s Problems – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo speaks at an event in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on November 10, 2018.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo believes the nation is in its present situation because of the choices Nigerians make.
He stated this on Saturday while addressing a gathering of politicians in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The former president stressed the need for the country to take its rightful place among the comity of nations in terms of development, not just on the continent but across the world.
He said, “God did not create Nigeria to be a failed country; God created Nigeria to be one of the leading countries among the comity of nations.
“That we are not there is not the fault of God; that we are not there is the conscious and unconscious choice of people of Nigeria.”
Former President Obasanjo advised the people and the government to be proactive in tackling the many problems facing the country.
He was optimistic and confident that the future of the nation was bright, saying Nigeria would be great again and leave behind its economic and political challenges.
“I just don’t believe that when you are confronted with a bad situation, you should be wringing your hands and say ‘well, what do we do? You should sit down and think, and look at the situation and say what is wrong?” he said.
The former president made the remarks in his address at the presentation of the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr Gboyega Isiaka, his running mate, Mrs Bolade Osinowo, and other candidates of the party vying for various political offices in the general elections in 2019.
He cautioned the candidates and party members to shun the bad practices of vote buying and bitter politics among other vices.
Former President Obasanjo, however, threw his weight behind Ogun West senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state.
According to him, this is because the district has not produced a governor since Ogun State was created 42 years ago.
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Osun Governorship Election Tribunal Relocates To Abuja

(File) An electorate casts his vote in the Osun State governorship election held on September 22, 2018.
The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal constituted to look into the complaints arising from the September 22 poll has been relocated to Abuja, the nation’s capital.
from the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo to FCT High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja.
Secretary of the tribunal, Adamu Aliyu, announced this on Saturday in a statement posted on the notice board within the premises of the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo, the state capital.
The statement read, “The general public should be informed that the sitting of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has been relocated from High Court Justice Complex Osogbo to FCT High Court Apo, Abuja.”
The relocation followed a statement by the National Headquarters of the Court of Appeal that the tribunal has not been disbanded as claimed by a political party in the state.
Mr Aliyu also confirmed the development to Channels Television in a telephone interview but did not give any reason for the relocation of the tribunal.
Reacting to the news, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun said they were not informed of the logic behind the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja.
Mr Dele Adeleke, who spoke on behalf of the party, insisted that the geographical location of the tribunal would not prevent Senator Ademola Adeleke from reclaiming his mandate as the governor of the state.
He added that the party’s legal team remained undeterred in the quest to expose the purported electoral frauds that took place during the election.
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Go for grassroots mobilisation, Atiku Political Associates urge members

APA is one of the support groups working to ensure that Abubakar and his running mate,  Chief Peter Obi,were elected as President and Vice President of of Nigeria during the 2019 polls. The Deputy National Coordinator of the Atiku Political Associates (APA), Chief Dr Mike Audu, has advised  all members of the association to embark on mass grassroots mobilisation of Nigerians and registered political parties for the victory of the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 general elections. Audu made the call at the inaugural meeting of the group held on Saturday in Abuja.APA is one of the support groups working to ensure that Abubakar and his running mate,  Chief Peter Obi,were elected as President and Vice President of of Nigeria during the 2019 polls.Audu said that the association had vowed to do everything within the laws of the land to galvanise and mobilise over 50 million Nigerians to vote for Atiku/Obi in 2019.“I urge all our members to brace up to the challenge ahead of us. Audu said that Abubakar became the flag bearer of PDP not by chance, but by hard work and dedication.“It is the responsibility of all our members to go to all the nooks and crannies of our country, Nigeria by campaigning based on issues for  Atiku/Obi ticket.”He said that the aims and objectives of the group were to canvass and solicit for support across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country for the election of Atiku/Obi in 2019.“To create a dynamic platform for the mobilisation of grassroots supporters for Abubakar in all the wards and Polling units in Nigeria.“To create awareness for proper election processes and procedures.“To promote easy data analysis and accessibility for the purpose of a successful Presidential election by 2019 in Nigeria, ” he said.Audu expressed confidence in the leadership quality of Abubakar to lead Nigeria, saying he had demonstrated his leadership qualities in government and private sector.“That is why we all spent our time and resources to gather here today because of the 100 per cent trust we all have in the  Atiku/Obi Ticket.”He expressed confidence in the current leadership of the PDP, saying I will be bold to say PDP is wearing a new garment which Nigerians have to believe in.The National Coordinator of the group, Mr Peremobowei Ebebi,  advised members of various support groups for Abubakar to make the neccessary sacrifice including their time and resources to ensure the emergence of Abubakar as president of Nigeria.“We need to sacrifice everything we need to put in to actualise the success of Atiku come 2019 and not expecting anything from Abubakar to do the work.Ebebi, a former Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, advised political parties and their support groups to key into peaceful and issue-based campaigns as Nigeria approached the 2019 general elections.“It is not worth it that a supporter dies in the course of campaigns. Even the supporters I want to advise them to keep to the rules. Let them not take laws into their hands and die in the process.”Also speaking at occasion, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Aba Gana, expressed confidence that Abubakar would win the 2019 presidential election.The former minister urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the 2019 elections were credible, and also called  on security agencies to be neutral.Highlights of the occasion include the inauguration of the group’s executives at various levels.

Ishaku, Alhassan Make Taraba Governorship Candidates List

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the names of candidates vying for the governorship seat in Taraba State.
A visit to the INEC office in Jalingo, the state capital by Channels Television on Saturday revealed that the names of 28 candidates from various political parties were published by the electoral body.
Those on the list include the incumbent state governor, Darius Ishaku, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former deputy and acting governor, Sani Danladi, who is running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Others on the list are former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan – United Democratic Party (UDP), and Babangida Umar of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The list also features Adamu Danbako of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Danjuma Umaru – National Rescue Movement (NRM), among several others.
The electoral umpire also published the names of various candidates vying for the State House of Assembly under Jalingo II only.
Reasons were not given on why the names of other candidates were not published.
However, INEC spokesman in the state, Fabian Yame, told Channels Television in a telephone interview that they were working on publishing other lists of candidates.
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CAN declares 72 hours prayer for free, fair, credible poll

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Saturday declared 18-20 November, 2018 as days of non-stop praise to God for his Divine intervention over the next year general election and other problems facing the country.
The “72 hours Praise and Worship” is to be organized in all churches nationwide between 18th November, 2018 – 20th November, 2018 as from 7:00 am on the 18th – 6:00 pm 20th November, 2018.
The Programme is to celebrate the envisaged victory Nigeria is going to experience over economic, security challenges, social, religious and political problems Nigerians are facing as a Nation.
CAN, through the Acting General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola, has asked all bloc leaders and their Secretaries, all Zonal chairmen, all State Chairmen and all denominational leaders to organize their church members in non-stop praise of God’s majesty over the victory he has given us in Nigeria on all our challenges, especially His intervention over the coming general election.
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A statement issued by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, the Christian body said: “Having noted various challenges the country is going through, the CAN Leadership considered the need for us to organize a strategic three days of non-stop praise over them in the country (as was done in the Bible in 2 Chronicles Chapter 20), especially the forthcoming 2019 elections with a view to stopping a crisis-ridden election that will not be free, fair and credible.
“The praise is also about the victory we believe God has given the Church in Nigeria over all powers of darkness that want to engulf the Church in whatever guise. We should praise God that bloodshed will be no more in Nigeria. A bad leader will not be elected as our President in 2019. All human efforts to manipulate elections will fail and Leah Sharibu and all those in captivity will be released.
“All churches in the country are urged to participate in the programme to usher the country into a new era of peace, unity, safety and all round prosperity.

APC primaries: Lagos-East puts structure in place for reconciliation

The All Progressives Congress, APC, stakeholders in Lagos East Senatorial District at the weekend commenced a reconciliation process to heal the wounds created by the last party primaries among members of the party in the district.
The meeting which was held at the CMD in Shangisha had in attendance the five members of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, of the party from the district and other party leaders, all the members of the Lagos state House of Assembly from the district, all the chairmen of local government, party faithfuls and other party loyalist.
They include: Senator, Anthony Adefuye, Alhaji Akanni Seriki, Chief Lanre Razaq, Omooba Sosanya, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, senatorial candidate and member Lagos Assembly, Hon. Bayo Osinowo, Hon. Olusegun Olulade and others,  Hon. Wole Diya (House of Representatives member representing Somolu federal constituency), and Hon. Jimi Benson (House of Representatives member representing Ikorodu federal constituency), the serving senator, Gbenga Ashafa who was said to be away in Port Hacourt sent a representative.
Speaking on the reconciliation, Razaq said unlike the other two districts, central and west which has since moved on after the heat generated by the primaries the east has not been able to resolve its issues which was the purpose of the stakeholders meeting although the leaders have been meeting.
Reading from a report of a meeting held by the leaders in the district on 31st May, Razaq said it was agreed that the district should be divided into three zones made up of Epe, Ikorodu and Kosofe zones.
According to him, “We decided to have a senatorial leader and deputy senatorial leader as well as a district committee. Members would be the Chairman then a zonal leader from Ikorodu and another one from Epe, and Kosofe would be members.”
Senator Anthony Adeduye was appointed the new Senatorial Leader, while Alhaji Akanni Seriki (Baba Bamu) was appointed as the Deputy Senatorial Leader.
For Ikorodu, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye is the Vice Chairman, while Omooba Sosanya would be Vice Chairman for Kosofe Zone, while Chief Lanre Rasak is the Vice Chairman for Epe Division.
“Each vice chairman would chair the meeting in their areas. Also, nobody should break the chain of command in their area,” he said
He said that the new committee of the district would comprise members of the GAC, serving senator from the district, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, senatorial candidate for 2019, Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo, and the Vice Chairman of the party in the East, Chief Asipa Kaoli.
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Also speaking, the Deputy Senatorial Leader of Lagos East, Alhaji Sikiru Akanni Seriki (Baba Bamu) thanked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for all his efforts.
While also thanking the party’s Senatorial Candidate for Lagos East,  Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo, Alhaji Seriki advised that the party should reward those who are working for the party before talking of those who did not work for the party.
“We should all go back home, and work amongst our people at the ward levels. Those, who left for Labour Party then regretted it. We pray not to have a repeat of our bad experiences. We should all work for the unity of the party in our local levels,” he said.
Also speaking the senatorial leader, Adefuye denied the accusations in some quarters that the leaders of the party in the district did not make case for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term.
He said all efforts the leaders made to meet with the governor when it was discovered there were issues on ground before the issue went out of hand was to no avail “even the governor did not pick our calls”.
He also stated how he spoke with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo during Sallah on the issue.
The Senatorial Leader advised the people of the district not to put anybody that is not a member of the party in sensitive positions, pointing out that politics is about what one can get for his people as a good a leader, adding that one might even be disgraced when he is fighting for his people.
While thanking his fellow contestants and other party members for his victory Osinowo promised to donate his salary for four years as a senator if elected to the district, saying “if you know how the constituents, our supporters and followers struggled and suffered inside sun and rain to make sure I win this election, you will know that they are worthy to be given more,’’ Osinowo said.

INEC: Some APC candidates names missing on the list in Zamfara

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that names of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates were missing in the list displayed at the INEC Secretariat in Gusau on Friday. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara has displayed lists of Governorship and State Assembly candidates in the state for the upcoming 2019 general elections without the APC candidates.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that names of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates were missing in the list displayed at the INEC Secretariat in Gusau on Friday.The political parties whose candidates were on the list were APGA, PDP, NRM, SDP, PRP, GPN and NCP among others.Speaking to newsmen in Gusau, the National Commissioner in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara, Hajiya Amina Zakari who was in the state for official visit, said the commission had not received a list of APC candidates.“I think, it has been said several times that the APC didn’t have candidates in the state, so we have not received their candidates.“This issue is in court and if court asks us to go ahead and receive their list, we will certainly receive their names.“Therefore, since date for the submission of candidates has been passed, we shouldn’t go on that now; we should concentrate on what will be beneficial to the communities which is voter register, claims, objections and verification,” she said.Zakari said she was in Zamfara to see how the state INEC office was doing and to observe and monitor the ongoing display of voters’ register, claims and objection.“The reason for the exercise is for eligible persons to check their names and confirm if they are on the list or if there is any mistake in the names or misspelled.“It is important for the politicians to look at the register critically and confirm to have credible list for the election.

2019 election: 37 candidates to contest governorship seat in Oyo

The list showed that 37 out of 49 registered political parties that are functional in the state have governorship candidates. Thirty-seven candidates will contest Oyo state governorship seat comes 2019 general elections, the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports.NAN reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in Oyo state displayed the list of the 37 governorship candidates at its headquarters in Ibadan on Friday.The list showed that 37 out of 49 registered political parties that are functional in the state have governorship candidates.Among the candidates are Oluseyi Makinde of the People’s Democratic Party, Saheed Ajadi of Accord Party and Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Party.Also on the list are Adebayo Alao-Akala of the Action Democratic Party, Akeem Ayodele of the Alliance for Democracy, Olaide Olayiwola of the KOWA Party among others.Speaking with NAN correspondent on the display of the candidates’ list, Mr Mutiu Agboke, the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) in Oyo state, said ”display of the candidates’ list is part of the electoral processes.”The development will give opportunity to all electorate and the political parties to know who will fly the flag of their respective political parties in the gubernatorial election.”The commission will meet all the governorship, national and state assemblies candidates on Tuesday to sensitise them on electioneering and other things that have to to do with the 2019 general elections.” Agboke said.The REC implored all the candidates to abide by the rules and regulations guiding electoral processes.

INEC says 56 political parties ready for 2019 general elections

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Rivers, Mr Obo Effanga, said this during a media briefing on Friday in Port Harcourt. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 56 political parties out of the 91 registered parties in the country are set to participate in the 2019 general elections.The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Rivers, Mr Obo Effanga, said this during a media briefing on Friday in Port Harcourt.He said that INEC was interested in all the 91 registered political parties, adding that the commission would only deal with political parties that registered for the election in 2019.The REC assured Rivers people that the commission was ready to ensure free, fair and credible elections in 2019, stressing that “we assure you that on the day of the elections, every material needed for the elections would be ready to ensure free, fair and credible process.”Effanga noted that the Card Readers would be used for the 2019 general elections.He pointed out that any voter who was not accredited by the Card Reader would not cast his or her vote.He explained that provisions would be made if the Card Reader developed any hitch in the process.He, therefore, called on community leaders to advise their youths against disrupting the elections, emphasising that any community that could not advise its youths to be of good conduct, INEC would not conduct elections there.The REC urged stakeholders to play their part properly, saying that security agencies, the political class, among others, should ensure that the 2019 general elections were successful.He stressed that any politician who would have objections of any kind concerning the 2019 general elections should go to court to seek redress.He called on the electorate to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards at their areas of registration to enable them to exercise their franchise on the day of the election.

INEC Publishes Name Of Imo APC Governorship Candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the name of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State.
The electoral body made the disclosure on Friday following a court order obtained by the APC candidate from a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.
Senator Hope had approached the court for an order to override Thursday’s ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Owerri.
Twenty aspirants on the platform of the APC had obtained the previous order which restrained INEC from publishing the name of the party’s candidate.
Meanwhile, the APC leadership in the state has distanced itself from the name published by the electoral umpire.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in Imo, Mr Jones Onwuasoanya, explained in a statement that INEC closes work at 4pm, except on election days when it may continue collation of results till very late in the night.
He noted that the electoral body had published the particulars of governorship candidates in the state earlier in the day, stressing that there was no fresh court order compelling INEC to publish any name for Imo APC.
According to the Imo APC spokesman, Senator Uzodimma’s running mate is from the same Federal Constituency with him.
“This can hardly be possible, given Nigeria’s political culture,” he said, adding, “The only authentic governorship candidate of the APC in Imo State is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu and this will be proven with time.”
Onwuasoanya accused Uzodimma of taking extreme measure to ensure that his name was published in order to keep his supporters happy and hopeful.
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2019: PDP Decries Change Of Police Commissioners In Bayelsa

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan (file)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the frequent changes of Commissioners of Police in Bayelsa State.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbodinyan, stated this while addressing a news conference on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He alleged that the action by the police hierarchy was a ploy to compromise security in the state and pave the way for rigging in the general elections in 2019.
“Eight different (police) commissioners have been brought in and taken out with a span of three months,” Ologbodinyan noted.
According to him, some of the police commissioners posted to Bayelsa spent less than one week before they were posted out of the state.
The PDP spokesman warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government against actions that can compromise the security of the state ahead of the forthcoming polls.
He stressed, “Our party is saying that they should not create a confusion that they will not be able to manage.”
“It may interest Nigerians to know that in its desperation, the APC has influenced the Inspector General of Police into posting eight different Commissioners of Police to Bayelsa State within the space of the last three months,” Ologbodinyan alleged.
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INEC: 41 candidates jostle to become Lagos governor, 589 eye Lagos Assembly

A check by a NAN Correspondent at INEC office in Lagos revealed that 589 candidates of different parties are also eying 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly. The INEC in Lagos State on Friday published details of 41 candidates of various political parties in the state for the 2019 elections jostling to become Governor.A check by a NAN Correspondent at INEC office in Lagos revealed that 589 candidates of different parties are also eying 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly.NAN reports that the INEC timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections indicated that publication of personal particulars of candidates (CF001) for the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections would be made on Nov. 9.Section 31(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), provides that the publication must be made within seven days of the receipt of the form from political parties at the constituency where the candidate intends to contest the election.The publication on Friday indicated that 41 political parties out of 62 in the state would contest the governorship election while 47 would participate in that of the state house of assembly.NAN reports that only APC, PDP, SDP, ADC, AD and MPN fielded candidates for all the 40 seats in the state parliament.Political parties that fielded candidates in at least 20 of the 40 state constituencies for the house of assembly election are: ADP (34) , ACCORD (28), NCP (23), PPC (21), ANP(20), PPN (20), LP (32) and PT (20)Speaking to NAN on the development, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the Lagos INEC Public Relations Officer, said the commission had fulfilled the requirements of Section 31(1 and 3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) with the publication.Akinbiyi said that the list of political parties and the particulars of candidates participating in house of assembly election had been published in the Local Government Offices of INEC in the various constituencies.“With this publication now, the commission is set for 2019 elections.“We enjoin eligible voters who are yet to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to do so before it will be too late.” Now, following the ongoing display of voters register across the 8462 polling units in the state, those PVCs have been moved to all the wards in each local government to bring it closer to the people for collection.“Not minding the fact that the period for claims and objections during this period of display of voters register ends on Nov. 12, the commission has extended by one week the opportunity to distribute PVCs at the ward level,” he said.

APC, PDP, 30 other parties for 2019 Kwara governorship poll

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ON Friday released the names of 32 governorship candidates of different political parties for the 2019 governorship election in Kwara state.
Three of the candidates female.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is Abdulrahman Abdulrasak, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Razak Atunwa and Labour Party, Comrade Issa Aremu.
Three Kwara female governorship candidates are Muibi Muibat Aduke of the APA, Deaconess Comfort Yinka of the UPP and Rukayat Toyin Tijani of the MPN.
INEC Director, Voter Education, Jacob Ayanda said that the political parties have window of opportunities to change or replace names on or before December 1, this year.

TraderMoni: Osinbajo’s Aide Replies Southern, Middle Belt Leaders

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addressing an audience in August 2018.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s media aide, Mr Laolu Akande, has criticised the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum over the allegation of vote-buying against the Vice President.
In a statement on Friday, Akande faulted the group for accusing the Vice President of corruption and calling for the suspension of the microcredit scheme – TraderMoni.
Following a meeting held on Wednesday in Abuja, the group had issued a statement in which it alleged that Professor Osinbajo was engaging in ‘advanced vote-buying’.
The statement read in part, “Meeting expressed utter disappointment in the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his continued corruption of the electorates in a funny scheme named Tradermoni.
“We noted his odious outing with this corrupt act shortly before the Osun governorship election when he went to dole out cash to would-be voters and distributing forms in which beneficiaries were asked to fill in their PVC details and phone number.
“We demand immediate suspension of this scheme in the manner the VP is going about it presently as it shames the whole anti-corruption campaign of the administration. It is pure bribery of voters!”
Akande, however, described the call by the group as unbelievable and unfortunate.
He noted that such demand was an attack on the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Osinbajo’s aide added that it was a direct confrontation with the millions of Nigerians who benefit from all the programmes, especially those who would be receiving the collateral-free loans by the end of the year.
He said, “It is deceitful for anyone or group to accuse the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, of advance vote-buying through TraderMoni, a micro-credit scheme designed to assist the bottom of the pyramid petty traders nationwide.”
“We do not think the Nigerian people are up for sale, nor can they be bought. Such suggestions are an insult to our collective identity. And calling for the suspension of a scheme that improves the businesses of ordinary, hard working Nigerians, like petty traders, is not only unfair but an attack on the common man.”
Akande explained that the present administration started the SIPs in 2016, and the TraderMoni scheme was part of them.
He insisted that it was false to insinuate that the scheme was meant for advance vote-buying when it was conceived two years ago.
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