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BREAKING: Abaribe withdraws from Abia PDP guber race, hours to primaries

 

Senate Minority Leader and a frontline governorship aspirant of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has formally withdrawn from the PDP governorship primaries scheduled for today (Wednesday).

 

Abaribe who disclosed his withdrawal from the exercise in a press statement cited use of “imaginary delegates list and lack of transparency” as reasons for his action.

 

Similarly, another leading governorship aspirant from Abia North, and former State Chairman of PDP, Senator Nwaka, has also said he would not participate in the primaries which he dismissed as a charade.

 

Nwaka expressed disappointment over non compliance with due process and the extant laws in the conduct of the three-man delegate congress which he insisted never held.

 

Senator Abaribe also said there was no three-man delegate election anywhere in the state by PDP, alleging that the list being bandied about was cooked up by those who want to impose their candidate on the party.

 

The Senate Minority Leader in a strongly-worded statement personally signed by him, said his next political move would soon be made public.

 

Below is a full text of the statement made available to Vanguard in Umuahia:

 

“Notice of Non-Participation in the Abia PDP Gubernatorial Primaries

 

“The last couple of weeks has been tortuous as we battled hard to navigate our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) away from a self destructive path.

 

“The essence was to create an unfettered democratic space and a level playing field for all aspirants vying for all elective offices in the state, to participate equally in the primary elections.

 

“That was not the case and of course what we are witnessing is a shambolic process driven by a procured court injunction.

 

“To make matters worse, the use of only an imaginary 3-man Adhoc delegates to the exclusion of the party’s statutory delegates in the primary elections to elect our candidates even when INEC the nation’s electoral umpire, has unequivocally stated that no congress held in Abia State for that purpose, has no doubt put the party and her candidates in a quagmire.

 

“The implication for our party is grave and as such has put all ongoing primary exercises on quick sand.

 

“I am known for standing firm in defence of my convictions for the right of all people to a free and fair democratic process. That was why my campaign set sail on a democratic journey that took us to all the nooks and crannies of our dear state. We covered all the local governments and we could see the enthusiasm on the faces of our people who are desirous of change to a progressive government with a human face.

 

 “We committed human and material resources, preaching the “Rise Up Abia” message for the total emancipation of our State from the drudgery of imposition and godfatherism, which has seen the state at the lowest wrung of infrastructural, human and material development index among the states of the federation.

 

“Our people were and are indeed fired up for a new lease of life that will be brought about by a people’s government.

 

“There was no doubt that Abians are tired of being subjected to being the butt of jokes and ridicle from their peers, particularly those from the contiguous states that were hitherto far behind Abia State in the development index in the time past.

 

“That was the narrative we sought to change when the campaign took off.

 

“Unfortunately, the ugly developments ignited by a rapacious ambition to maintain the wicked governance status quo of imposition and godfatherism have aborted this quest in PDP.

 

“Accordingly, I Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe will not be part of this charade.

 

“I am therefore withdrawing from the exercise, which means that I will not be part of the PDP governorship primary election that holds in Abia State on Wednesday 25th of May, 2022 as doing so would have amounted to endorsement of an illegality that is already being challenged in the courts.

 

“I therefore, ask all our people, our teeming supporters and Ndigbo to remain calm, keep the faith and wait for the new direction, which will be announced very soon.

 

“What is important is that the campaign to liberate Abia State would surely assume a new dimension. The time is now.

 

“Thank you for always being there for me and the campaign. Together we shall triumph.

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Pregnant woman and children killed in Nigeria attack

Police in Nigeria say they are tracking down gunmen who killed at least 12 people, including a pregnant woman and her four children, in the south-eastern state of Anambra.

The police have blamed the increasing violence in the region on Biafra separatists.

A community leader told the BBC that the pregnant woman and her children were returning home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the Orumba area.

Several other people were also shot dead in separate incidents on Sunday evening. Police say they are investigating.

The killings have sparked outrage on social media.

They happened a day after mutilated bodies of a local politician and his aide were discovered a week after they were abducted.

The worsening violence in south-eastern Nigeria is being blamed on a banned separatist group – the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) – which is campaigning for a breakaway state in the region.

The group has denied involvement in some of the attacks.

Security forces are also grappling with various armed groups carrying out killings and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria.

In the north-east of the country, more than 30 people were reported either killed or kidnapped in an attack in Borno state last Sunday.

Militants from Boko Haram and an IS-linked group are active in that region.

The widespread insecurity is a major concern ahead of elections due to take place in February next year.

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Pregnant woman and children killed in Nigeria attack

Police in Nigeria say they are tracking down gunmen who killed at least 12 people, including a pregnant woman and her four children, in the south-eastern state of Anambra.

The police have blamed the increasing violence in the region on Biafra separatists.

A community leader told the BBC that the pregnant woman and her children were returning home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the Orumba area.

Several other people were also shot dead in separate incidents on Sunday evening. Police say they are investigating.

The killings have sparked outrage on social media.

They happened a day after mutilated bodies of a local politician and his aide were discovered a week after they were abducted.

The worsening violence in south-eastern Nigeria is being blamed on a banned separatist group – the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) – which is campaigning for a breakaway state in the region.

The group has denied involvement in some of the attacks.

Security forces are also grappling with various armed groups carrying out killings and kidnappings in other parts of Nigeria.

In the north-east of the country, more than 30 people were reported either killed or kidnapped in an attack in Borno state last Sunday.

Militants from Boko Haram and an IS-linked group are active in that region.

The widespread insecurity is a major concern ahead of elections due to take place in February next year.

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Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

Findings of research have predicted a landslide victory for incumbent Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako in Ashanti Region during the upcoming Regional Election.

Chairman Wontumi, as he is affectionately called, is tipped to win by 57.8 percent with the closest rival gaining 36.5 percent with marginal increase of 3.6 percent.

The research led by the Director of Research at Kumasi Technical University, Dr. Smart Sarpong, sampled the views of 540 out of possible 869 delegates. It shares 6.2 percent of votes among the three other aspirants with a marginal increase of 1.2 percent.

The research grouped all forty-seven constituencies in the Region into seven clusters depending on their geographical location.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals
Director of Research at Kumasi Technical University, Dr. Smart Sarpong

Chairman Wontumi dominated four areas including the cluster containing the Afigya Kwabre area where the closest rival is popular among the delegates.

The areas include; Ejura, Konongo, Atwima and Bekwai clusters were all won massively by the incumbent.

Interestingly, constituencies within Kumasi are likely to be won by Odeneho Kwaku Appiah by 56.4 percent among Ahafo and Kwabre clusters.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

In the heat of the campaign towards the elections, some party members are attributing a dip in party fortunes in the Region in the 2020 General Elections to the incumbent Chairman.

But findings of the research have revealed otherwise, with majority of the delegates trusting the incumbent to lead the party in the bid to break the eight.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

“According to many delegates, Performance of the region in Election 2020 was more blamable on the national executive than the person of the regional Chairman. Very late release of Election logistics and negative influence of independent candidates are some of the causes” the research revealed.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

It further reveals, “all aspirants had good messages, but many delegates believe that Chairman Wontumi has the agility and resilience to overcome the machinations of the main opposition in Ashanti.”

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Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

Findings of research have predicted a landslide victory for incumbent Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako in Ashanti Region during the upcoming Regional Election.

Chairman Wontumi, as he is affectionately called, is tipped to win by 57.8 percent with the closest rival gaining 36.5 percent with marginal increase of 3.6 percent.

The research led by the Director of Research at Kumasi Technical University, Dr. Smart Sarpong, sampled the views of 540 out of possible 869 delegates. It shares 6.2 percent of votes among the three other aspirants with a marginal increase of 1.2 percent.

The research grouped all forty-seven constituencies in the Region into seven clusters depending on their geographical location.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals
Director of Research at Kumasi Technical University, Dr. Smart Sarpong

Chairman Wontumi dominated four areas including the cluster containing the Afigya Kwabre area where the closest rival is popular among the delegates.

The areas include; Ejura, Konongo, Atwima and Bekwai clusters were all won massively by the incumbent.

Interestingly, constituencies within Kumasi are likely to be won by Odeneho Kwaku Appiah by 56.4 percent among Ahafo and Kwabre clusters.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

In the heat of the campaign towards the elections, some party members are attributing a dip in party fortunes in the Region in the 2020 General Elections to the incumbent Chairman.

But findings of the research have revealed otherwise, with majority of the delegates trusting the incumbent to lead the party in the bid to break the eight.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

“According to many delegates, Performance of the region in Election 2020 was more blamable on the national executive than the person of the regional Chairman. Very late release of Election logistics and negative influence of independent candidates are some of the causes” the research revealed.

Wontumi to retain seat by 57.8 percent – Study reveals

It further reveals, “all aspirants had good messages, but many delegates believe that Chairman Wontumi has the agility and resilience to overcome the machinations of the main opposition in Ashanti.”

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NPP UK Branch elects new executives

The United Kingdom Branch of the Governing New Patriotic Party [NPP], has held an executive election to choose new leaders to steer its affairs for the next four years.

The elections, which was held on Sunday, 22 May, 2022, had Mr. Kingsley Adumattah Agyapong (Wofa K) being elected as Chairman.

Other elected executives are; Mr. Alex Mensah (1st Vice Chairman), Mr. Ibrahim Abdul- Mumuni (2nd Vice Chairman), Mr Otuo Acheampong (Branch Secretary), Mr. Charles Asmah (Treasurer), Mrs Patricia Achiaa Boakye (Daakyehemaa)- (Women Organiser), Mr. Richmond Kwame Boateng (Branch Organiser), Mr. Ike Prince Asante (Youth Organiser) and Mr. Issah Ayumah (Nasara Coordinator).

The UK Branch of the party is made up of London and all members from various Chapters which are semi-autonomous in their decision-making and resource mobilisation.

All the Chapters held their elections peacefully before the general Branch elections.

The new Chairman, Mr. Kingsley Adumattah Agyapong, takes over from Derrick Kwaku Nkansah, whose tenure has expired.

The leadership of the party said it was hopeful that the new leaders will help the mother party in Ghana as well as the government to achieve all of its election 2020 promises to breaking the 8.

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Special Prosecutor charges failed Juaben MCE nominee with 26 counts of corruption

The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng has charged the embattled Municipal Chief Executive aspirant for Juaben, Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka with twenty-six counts of corruption in respect of public elections.

According to a writ filed at a Kumasi High Court, and court documents cited by JoyNews, the accused influenced the conduct of about twenty-six Assembly Members who are members of the Juaben Municipal Assembly by gifting them an amount of GH5,000 during an election to confirm his nomination in September last year.

Special Prosecutor charges failed Juaben MCE nominee with 26 counts of corruption

He is scheduled to appear before a Kumasi Court on June 1, 2022 to answer the charges on corruption contrary to Section 256(1) and (2) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) as amended by Section 9 of the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The meeting to confirm Mr. Sarfo-Kantanka, Juaben Constituency New Patriotic Party Chairman as MCE, was marked with drama as he publicly demanded the refund of monies paid to some Assembly Members to influence them to get him confirmed.

Special Prosecutor charges failed Juaben MCE nominee with 26 counts of corruption

The President’s nominee is said to have assaulted one of the Assembly Members, Patrick Yeboah outside the conference room where the meeting took place.

He failed in yet another attempt to get him confirmed as the first-ever MCE for that newly created municipality, carved out of the Ejisu municipality.

The Special Prosecutor in a letter dated November 2, 2021 invited the embattled Municipal Chief Executive nominee for questioning and subsequently granted him bail.

Special Prosecutor charges failed Juaben MCE nominee with 26 counts of corruption
Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng

Bailiffs of the Judicial Service were in the Juaben home of Mr. Sarfo-Kantanka to serve him with the writ of summons on Tuesday May 24,2022 but met his absence.

Officials from the Office  of Special Prosecutor and Judicial Service located him at the Juaben NPP office and served him at  exactly 10:42am paving way for trial to begin.

Mr. Sarfo-Kantanka is the first of two high-level politicians to be investigated in the Ashanti region in connection with corruption-related election charges.

Former Member of Parliament for Ejisu, Kwabena Owusu Aduomi and a former Deputy Minister of Roads, are also under investigations for a similar offence.

He is said to have publicly admitted on television to paying cash to delegates in the constituency to confirm him as parliamentary candidate.  

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2023: Disregard fake news, I am still in gubernatorial race – Oyo Senator, Folarin to APC

A member of the National Assembly, Senator Teslim Folarin has said that he is still in the gubernatorial race on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 elections.

Folarin who represents Oyo Central senatorial district made this disclosure on Tuesday.

Our correspondent reports that Folarin is one of the gubernatorial aspirants of APC in the state.

The lawmaker said the need to voice out became necessary due to a rumour that he has been asked to shelve his ambition.

Our correspondent gathered that some online media had reported that the lawmaker has been told by the APC leaders in Abuja to back out of the gubernatorial race.

Folarin in his reaction said he was still very active in the race to secure the governorship ticket of APC on Thursday.

Folarin while describing the rumour as the handiwork of his political enemies, enjoined members of the party to disregard the news he called “fake news”.

He said, “The news is a sponsored fake news aimed at misleading the people of Oyo State, teeming members of our great party (APC) and my teeming supporters across the length and breadth of our state.

“I want to disclaim that there was no instruction handed down to me by any person, group of persons or the highest hierarchy of our great party.

“I am actively in the race and will undoubtedly get the majority votes of our party delegates on Thursday, 26th May 2022 to become 2023 Oyo APC governorship flag-bearer.

“To this end, I enjoin members of our great party and supporters to disregard the fake news and entertain no fear. With God on our side, I’ll not only win the 2023 governorship ticket of our great party but also defeat the ruling PDP in the 2023 general elections”.

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It’s too late to sign electoral act amendment, poll observers advise Buhari

 

The Coalition of Election Monitors and Observers (CEMO), an organisation made up of 24 election monitoring groups, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign a bill amending the electoral act.

 

Addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Idris Yabu, convener of the coalition, said if the president signs the bill, it would be “counter-productive”.

 

The national assembly had passed an amendment to the electoral act allowing statutory delegates to vote in the primary election or convention of political parties.

 

Section 84(8) of the current Electoral Act 2022 does not allow statutory delegates to participate in conventions of political parties.

 

But Yabu said signing the bill now would be “changing the rules in the middle of the game and disjointing the entire electoral process”.

 

“It is now too late since political parties have already commenced activities for the 2023 elections under the provisions of the extant law,” the convener said.

 

“After a very extensive review and consultations on the issue, we submit that the amendments sought to Section 84 of the Electoral Act 2022, as desirable as they may be, have been overtaken by events leading to the 2023 general elections.

 

 “It is instructive to note that political parties, especially the two major political parties in Nigeria have already started the electoral processes under the timelines, schedules and rules prescribed by the provisions of the extant electoral act 2022.

 

“More importantly, it must be noted that political parties have already structured their timetables, sold nomination forms, screened aspirants, conducted congresses, elected delegates, with major parties already holding primaries and candidates already emerging under the rules provided for in the current electoral act, 2022.

 

“In this regard, any alteration or amendment to the electoral act, at this moment, will amount to changing the rules in the middle of the game. Such will be dangerous and counter-productive to our democratic process. It will trigger widespread political crises and result in litigations that can derail the 2023 general elections.

 

“Our observation shows that political parties, aspirants and the electorate have already adjusted to the current provision of section 84 of the electoral act. Candidates are already peacefully emerging. Any alteration at this moment has the propensity of dislocating the current political tranquility in the country and disrupting the entire electoral process.

 

 “CEMO therefore urges President Muhammadu Buhari to save the nation from a serious political crisis at this moment by returning the amendment bill to the national assembly for reprocessing for future elections.”

 

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Jigawa ex-Governor, Turaki, former Reps member, Namadi pick PDP senatorial tickets


Former Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki has picked Jigawa North West senatorial ticket for the 2023 general election.

Turaki, who was also a former Senator, won the ticket after withdrawal of the former Commissioner for Finance during Lamido’s administration, Nasiru Umar Roni.

It was reported that Saminu Turaki had recently decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Hussaini Namadi was also elected unopposed as candidate of the PDP for Jigawa Northeast senatorial zone.

He was the former member who represented Hadejia/Auto/Kafin Hausa Federal Constituency between 2011-2015.

For the Jigawa North Central, former member, House of Representatives, Hon. Mustapha Habeeb emmerged as consensus candidate.

The primary elections, conducted at the senatorial zones’ headquarters in Gumel, Dutse and Hadejia witnessed a large turnout of the party faithful.

The exercise was conducted under the supervision of INEC officials, security agencies and representatives of the PDP National Headquarters.

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FG re-arraigns Dasuki, Bafarawa, Yuguda, others over alleged N388bn money laundering charges

The Federal Government on Monday re-arraigned former National Security Adviser NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki, former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda on corruption charges.

They were re-arraigned at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory FCT on allegations of breach of trust and criminal misappropriation of public funds amounting to N388 billion.

In the 16-count criminal charges, Dasuki, Bafarawa and Yuguda were alleged to have diverted various sums in various currencies to different bank accounts under the false pretext of using the funds for the procurement of security equipment.

The charges prepared by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC claimed that the funds were, however, used to fund the Presidential campaign of the People’s Democratic Party PDP during the 2015 general elections.

When the charges were read to them, all the accused persons pleaded not guilty.

Following a passionate plea by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, Justice Halilu Yusuf adopted the earlier bail conditions granted them in 2018 when they were first arraigned.

The Judge fixed the trial for June 7, 2022.

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Banky W Wins PDP Ticket For House Of Reps

 

On Monday, Nigerian singer turned politician Bankole Wellington, popularly called Banky W, won the PDP primaries ticket to represent the party as the House of Representatives candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.

 

Banky W is contesting for the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat and had earlier said he would patiently wait for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election.

 

The music star won twenty-eight votes while his closest opponent scored three votes.

 

A total of 140 aspirants contest PDP tickets for the 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly, while 85 candidates are vying for the state’s 24 House of Representatives seats.

 

Earlier, Banky W was the butt of internet jokes after following rumours that he had lost his primary election.

 

The keenly contested primaries began at 5 p.m. on Monday.

 

In a viral video, the votes of the primaries were counted and closely monitored by the delegates and members of the party.

 

Banky W first announced his decision to run for the House of Representatives back in November 2018. In the 2019 elections, he contested the House of Representatives seat under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) but lost to Ibrahim Obanikoro of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

The music star announced that he would be running for the House of Reps seat again in April 2022.

 

“We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It is time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move,” he tweeted at that time.

 

Challenges

On Sunday, Banky W said he would patiently wait for the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party primary election.

 

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday, he gave the assurance while reacting to a delay in the commencement of the primary election.

 

He told NAN that he believed that the delay was to enable the party to get everything right.

 

“I think that is the reason for the delay; if it takes some more time, there is no problem. We will be here as long as it takes, and we shall stay here till the process is completed,” he said.

 

Mr Wellington also urged contestants for PDP tickets to accept the delegates’ will. He expressed optimism that the election would hold peacefully and orderly.

 “We will all align with whoever has the ticket. You need two things to win: the grace of God and the will of the people. I am very optimistic that I have both, and at the end of the day, that will be clear for everyone to see, and we can move forward together,” he said.

 

Egunjobi Segun, contesting for Eti-Osa 1 Constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly, told NAN that the delay was unfortunate.

 

He noted that the time given by the party for the election was 8 a.m., saying that delegates had yet to arrive at the time of the report.

 

He expressed the hope of winning the election but said that the people’s will would prevail.

 

Ademola Oyede, also contesting for Eti-Osa Constituency 1, told NAN that logistics involved in mobilising electoral officers and others contributed to the delay in starting the primary election.

 

“We also have to consider Lagos traffic; yesterday, there was a downpour in the state. Whenever we start the process, we are confident that chosen contestants will reflect the people’s will,” Oyede said.

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Banky W Wins PDP Ticket For House Of Reps

 

On Monday, Nigerian singer turned politician Bankole Wellington, popularly called Banky W, won the PDP primaries ticket to represent the party as the House of Representatives candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.

 

Banky W is contesting for the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat and had earlier said he would patiently wait for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election.

 

The music star won twenty-eight votes while his closest opponent scored three votes.

 

A total of 140 aspirants contest PDP tickets for the 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly, while 85 candidates are vying for the state’s 24 House of Representatives seats.

 

Earlier, Banky W was the butt of internet jokes after following rumours that he had lost his primary election.

 

The keenly contested primaries began at 5 p.m. on Monday.

 

In a viral video, the votes of the primaries were counted and closely monitored by the delegates and members of the party.

 

Banky W first announced his decision to run for the House of Representatives back in November 2018. In the 2019 elections, he contested the House of Representatives seat under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) but lost to Ibrahim Obanikoro of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

The music star announced that he would be running for the House of Reps seat again in April 2022.

 

“We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It is time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move,” he tweeted at that time.

 

Challenges

On Sunday, Banky W said he would patiently wait for the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party primary election.

 

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday, he gave the assurance while reacting to a delay in the commencement of the primary election.

 

He told NAN that he believed that the delay was to enable the party to get everything right.

 

“I think that is the reason for the delay; if it takes some more time, there is no problem. We will be here as long as it takes, and we shall stay here till the process is completed,” he said.

 

Mr Wellington also urged contestants for PDP tickets to accept the delegates’ will. He expressed optimism that the election would hold peacefully and orderly.

 “We will all align with whoever has the ticket. You need two things to win: the grace of God and the will of the people. I am very optimistic that I have both, and at the end of the day, that will be clear for everyone to see, and we can move forward together,” he said.

 

Egunjobi Segun, contesting for Eti-Osa 1 Constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly, told NAN that the delay was unfortunate.

 

He noted that the time given by the party for the election was 8 a.m., saying that delegates had yet to arrive at the time of the report.

 

He expressed the hope of winning the election but said that the people’s will would prevail.

 

Ademola Oyede, also contesting for Eti-Osa Constituency 1, told NAN that logistics involved in mobilising electoral officers and others contributed to the delay in starting the primary election.

 

“We also have to consider Lagos traffic; yesterday, there was a downpour in the state. Whenever we start the process, we are confident that chosen contestants will reflect the people’s will,” Oyede said.

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Banky W Wins PDP Ticket For House Of Reps

 

On Monday, Nigerian singer turned politician Bankole Wellington, popularly called Banky W, won the PDP primaries ticket to represent the party as the House of Representatives candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.

 

Banky W is contesting for the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat and had earlier said he would patiently wait for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election.

 

The music star won twenty-eight votes while his closest opponent scored three votes.

 

A total of 140 aspirants contest PDP tickets for the 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly, while 85 candidates are vying for the state’s 24 House of Representatives seats.

 

Earlier, Banky W was the butt of internet jokes after following rumours that he had lost his primary election.

 

The keenly contested primaries began at 5 p.m. on Monday.

 

In a viral video, the votes of the primaries were counted and closely monitored by the delegates and members of the party.

 

Banky W first announced his decision to run for the House of Representatives back in November 2018. In the 2019 elections, he contested the House of Representatives seat under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) but lost to Ibrahim Obanikoro of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

The music star announced that he would be running for the House of Reps seat again in April 2022.

 

“We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It is time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move,” he tweeted at that time.

 

Challenges

On Sunday, Banky W said he would patiently wait for the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party primary election.

 

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday, he gave the assurance while reacting to a delay in the commencement of the primary election.

 

He told NAN that he believed that the delay was to enable the party to get everything right.

 

“I think that is the reason for the delay; if it takes some more time, there is no problem. We will be here as long as it takes, and we shall stay here till the process is completed,” he said.

 

Mr Wellington also urged contestants for PDP tickets to accept the delegates’ will. He expressed optimism that the election would hold peacefully and orderly.

 “We will all align with whoever has the ticket. You need two things to win: the grace of God and the will of the people. I am very optimistic that I have both, and at the end of the day, that will be clear for everyone to see, and we can move forward together,” he said.

 

Egunjobi Segun, contesting for Eti-Osa 1 Constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly, told NAN that the delay was unfortunate.

 

He noted that the time given by the party for the election was 8 a.m., saying that delegates had yet to arrive at the time of the report.

 

He expressed the hope of winning the election but said that the people’s will would prevail.

 

Ademola Oyede, also contesting for Eti-Osa Constituency 1, told NAN that logistics involved in mobilising electoral officers and others contributed to the delay in starting the primary election.

 

“We also have to consider Lagos traffic; yesterday, there was a downpour in the state. Whenever we start the process, we are confident that chosen contestants will reflect the people’s will,” Oyede said.

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Banky W Wins PDP Ticket For House Of Reps

 

On Monday, Nigerian singer turned politician Bankole Wellington, popularly called Banky W, won the PDP primaries ticket to represent the party as the House of Representatives candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.

 

Banky W is contesting for the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat and had earlier said he would patiently wait for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election.

 

The music star won twenty-eight votes while his closest opponent scored three votes.

 

A total of 140 aspirants contest PDP tickets for the 40 seats in the Lagos State House of Assembly, while 85 candidates are vying for the state’s 24 House of Representatives seats.

 

Earlier, Banky W was the butt of internet jokes after following rumours that he had lost his primary election.

 

The keenly contested primaries began at 5 p.m. on Monday.

 

In a viral video, the votes of the primaries were counted and closely monitored by the delegates and members of the party.

 

Banky W first announced his decision to run for the House of Representatives back in November 2018. In the 2019 elections, he contested the House of Representatives seat under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) but lost to Ibrahim Obanikoro of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

The music star announced that he would be running for the House of Reps seat again in April 2022.

 

“We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It is time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move,” he tweeted at that time.

 

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On Sunday, Banky W said he would patiently wait for the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party primary election.

 

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday, he gave the assurance while reacting to a delay in the commencement of the primary election.

 

He told NAN that he believed that the delay was to enable the party to get everything right.

 

“I think that is the reason for the delay; if it takes some more time, there is no problem. We will be here as long as it takes, and we shall stay here till the process is completed,” he said.

 

Mr Wellington also urged contestants for PDP tickets to accept the delegates’ will. He expressed optimism that the election would hold peacefully and orderly.

 “We will all align with whoever has the ticket. You need two things to win: the grace of God and the will of the people. I am very optimistic that I have both, and at the end of the day, that will be clear for everyone to see, and we can move forward together,” he said.

 

Egunjobi Segun, contesting for Eti-Osa 1 Constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly, told NAN that the delay was unfortunate.

 

He noted that the time given by the party for the election was 8 a.m., saying that delegates had yet to arrive at the time of the report.

 

He expressed the hope of winning the election but said that the people’s will would prevail.

 

Ademola Oyede, also contesting for Eti-Osa Constituency 1, told NAN that logistics involved in mobilising electoral officers and others contributed to the delay in starting the primary election.

 

“We also have to consider Lagos traffic; yesterday, there was a downpour in the state. Whenever we start the process, we are confident that chosen contestants will reflect the people’s will,” Oyede said.

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No primary elections held in Lagos – PDP Reps aspirant kicks

A House of Representatives aspirant in Lagos, Mr Babatunde Aleshinloye-Williams, has said there were no primary elections held by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on Sunday.

It was reported that the PDP conducted its House of Assembly and House of Representatives primary elections on Sunday, May 22.

But Aleshinloye-Williams, who is contesting for Somolu Federal Constituency described the primaries conducted at the Somolu Secretariat of the PDP in Lagos as illegal, saying it was “a fraudulent sham that cannot stand, and should be disregarded.”

According to the aspirant, “the Lagos State PDP has not only canceled yesterday’s primaries, but urged the National working committee, NWC of the party to re-schedule it.”

He said the Lagos State chapter of the PDP had urged the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to cancel the House of Assembly and House of Representatives primaries slated for Sunday in Lagos because “the ad-hoc delegates lists brought by the party’s electoral committees for both primaries had been compromised.”

However, Aleshinloye-Williams, who said he was invited to the party secretariat to discuss modalities for the election, where he had intended to tell the LGA chairman that the PDP State executives had postponed the election, stated that he was shocked to see that the election was well on the way, and almost completed.

He said, “the whole process amounts to nullity” as he was not part of what he termed an electoral fraud, which he said was against the directives of the Lagos State PDP, stressing that the whole process was null and void.

The House of Representatives hopeful wondered how any legal primary election could be conducted without the proper delegates list and the national electoral committee, especially when the state PDP had postponed the exercise.

He said the exercise was fraudulent, illegal and a sham that must be disregarded, saying the election never took place as far as he was concerned.

Aleshinloye-Williams urged his supporters and party faithful to stay focused and wait for the state’s directives on the said primary elections.

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Enugu PDP primary: Reps Deputy Minority Leader, Okechukwu, Asadu lose return tickets (FULL LIST)

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday conducted its primary elections for the positions of the State House of Assembly and that of the House of Representatives.

It was reported that some serving lawmakers in the State lost their return tickets.

Notable among them is the Reps Deputy Minority Leader, Rt. Hon. Toby Okechukwu, representing Oji River/Awgu/Aninri. The party’s ticket was won by Anayo Onwuegbu, with Okechukwu condemning and rejecting the process.

Also in Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Pat Asadu lost to a former chairman of the PDP, Engr. Vitta Abba. The medical doctor’s loss came amidst opposition to his fifth term bid, especially from the people of Nsukka Local Government Area.

Efforts to reach Asadu from Sunday evening, through Monday morning, on his mobile number have been unsuccessful.

However, Hon. Cornelus Nnaji, Enugu-East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency and Hon. Offor Chukwuegbo, Enugu-North/Enugu-South Federal Constituency won their return tickets. Hon. Martin Oke, Igbo-Etiti/Uzo- Uwani and Hon. Simeon Atigwe, Igbo-Eze North/Udenu also won their return tickets.

It was a different scenario in Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency where a serving lawmaker, Hon. Dennis Amadi also lost his ticket. It was the Chief of Staff to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Hon. Festus Uzor, that had his way. Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Cecelia Ezeilo also contested for the position.

Some of the results for the House of Assembly include: Udenu LGA, Hon. Solomon Izuchukwu Onah, a serving local government chairman, Igbo Eze North Constituency 2, Hon. Clifford Obe, Igbo Eze North Constituency 1, Hon. Mrs Ngozi Ezeja, Igbo Eze South Constituency, Hon. Vitus Okechi, a serving local government chairman, Igbo-Etiti East, Hon. Ezenta Ezeani, Igbo-Etiti West, Engr. Chukwuebuka Ugwu.

Others are: Nsukka East Constituency, Barr. Christiana Onah, Nsukka West Constituency, Amos Amadi Agbo, Uzo Uwani State Constituency, Hon. Chukwuma Ekweme.

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‘Let Kano swing my way’ — Lawan begs APC delegates for votes

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates in Kano state to vote for him in the party’s presidential primary election.

 

The presidential hopeful pleaded with the delegates when he met with them in Kano on Saturday night.

 

Lawan said there is no propaganda that will convince anyone that the APC is not strong in Kano.

 

“When His Excellency, our governor was rounding up his speech, he said Kano is a swing state and it can determine not only the Primaries, with 500 delegates, but also the general elections. Your Excellency, it will swing to my side by the Grace of God,” he said.

“I want all the 500 delegates. In fact, I need all the 500 delegates Your Excellency. If I can’t have the 500, please let me have at least 400.

 

“My brothers and sisters, distinguished delegates, I promise you that, when eventually we discuss and find common ground with His Excellency and vote for me, you will forever be pleased with the way and manner I will lead this country because it is not possible for anyone to lead the country like Nigeria without the presence and contributions of people like Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.”

 

On his part, Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano governor, said under Lawan, the legislature and executive have enjoyed a cordial relationship.

 

 “If we can recall with nostalgia what happened between 2015 and 2019, we are all living witnesses that we had a lot of instability, poor relationship between the Legislature and the executive,” he said.

 

“Infact, we had a situation where, in one day, 15 Senators from APC defected to PDP from the senate chamber.

 

“Your Excellency, I’m saying all these things in order to show your political dexterity in managing the national assembly, in managing the relationship between the executive and the legislature.”

  

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EFCC arrests man over offensive 2023 campaign advert in Enugu

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested an outdoor advertisement executive over a political advertisement about the 2023 elections.

 

The advert on two billboards in Enugu State had the name and logo of the commission.

 

The messages on the boards sited at Otigba and Zik Avenue junctions threatened some politicians over the general polls.

 

One of the messages reads: “2023: Enugu PDP Learn From 2007 Election… EFCC IS COMING WITH KOBOKO ON CORRUPT CANDIDATES.”

 

A statement on Sunday by the spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives arrested Baron Nnamdi, the alleged designer, printer and owner of the billboards.

 

Nnamdi claimed he was contracted by a media aide to a former Enugu deputy governor who is in the governorship race.

 

The suspect said he was paid N160,000 for the one week campaign and that the aide supplied him with the messages, EFCC logo and pictures.

 

“The commission visited the two sites and pulled down the offensive advertisement”, Uwajaren noted.

 

The statement warned politicians to play by the rules and refrain from dragging the EFCC “into the political fray”.

 

The anti-graft agency vowed to “bring the full weight of the law to bear on errant politicians” who impersonate.

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Aggrieved NPP supporters in Aowin set party office on fire over constituency elections

Some disgruntled supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Aowin Constituency of the Western North Region have set the party’s office on fire over a decision by the National Executive Council (NEC) to have the recent elections run again.

Their agitations follow attempts by the Council to conduct the constituency elections again due to alleged irregularities that characterised the process.

But the supporters, who are unhappy about the decision, say they will resist any attempt for the elections to be reorganised.

The NPP’s constituency elections turned chaotic in some parts of the country as party members threatened to halt the process.

One of the notable spots was the Okaikoi South Constituency in the Greater Accra Region where over 413 names were alleged to have been deleted from the register.

The aggrieved delegates added that people from other constituencies were rather included in the register to partake in the exercise.

They also alleged that some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were added to increase the fortunes of some aspirants.

In a related development, the election was suspended in the Yendi constituency of the Northern Region due to confusion over which album to use in conducting the elections.

The matter was referred to the Party’s steering committee to be discussed for a new date to be announced.

Meanwhile, delegates of the Party expressed disappointment over the development.

They also accused some top officials in the Party of manipulating the electoral process to favour their candidates.