APC Extends Sale Of Nomination Forms To May 10

A file photo of the APC flag.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) on Wednesday extended the party’s sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the 2023 General Elections to Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

This was disclosed in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Felix Morka, on Wednesday.

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According to Morka in a revised timetable issued by the APC National Organising Secretary, H.E. Sulaiman Muhammad Argungu, the last day for submission of completed forms and accompanying documents is now Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Also, Congresses to elect Local Government Area (LGA), State and National Delegates will now be held from Thursday, 12th May to Saturday, 14th May, 2022.

The party began its sale of forms on April 24th.

Presidential hopefuls are expected to pay N100 million while those for governorship will pay N50 million.

Level Of Tax Evasion In Nigeria Is Scandalous – Fayemi

 

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has said the level of tax evasion in Nigeria is scandalous.

The governor said this when he made an appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

He made the comments just hours after he officially declared his intentions to run for president.

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Fayemi lamented that “rich hardly pay taxes” and so if he is elected, he will ensure that the rich pay more taxes.

Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, also shares the same sentiments.

Addressing members of the press on Wednesday in Abuja, after he declared his intention to run for the seat of the President, Oshiomhole said he will appropriately tax the rich to provide amenities for the poor.

“It is in the interest of the rich to pay that tax so they can enjoy their wealth,” he said saying that he will purchase the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination and expression of interest forms in the next few hours.

 

PHOTOS: UN Secretary-General Lays Wreath To Honour Victims Of UN House Bombing

Photos: UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres lays a wreath to honor victims of 2011 bomb blast at UN House Abuja, On Wednesday. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun

 

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, laid a wreath in honor of victims of the 2011 bomb blast at the UN House in Abuja.

The incident occurred when a car explosion rocked the United Nations House, killing at least 20 persons and leaving over 60 others injured.

 

 

After his visit to the UN House, Guterres proceeded to the state house where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari said his conversation with Guterres centred on the need to ensure peaceful and democratic elections as well as the robust participation of women and young people in all areas.

He also thanked the UN boss for the visit, stressing that it came at a time when the world is focussing on the Russia/Ukraine crisis. Buhari also believes that the visit underscores the assurance that the world is with Nigeria.

The UN chief had arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday and also visited Borno State where he proposed the reintegration of repentant terrorists. This, he said, is key to the restoration of peace in the North East region.

“The best thing we can do for peace is to reintegrate those, that in a moment of despair, became terrorists but want to become now citizens and to contribute to the well-being of their brothers and sisters,” he told a gathering at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.

Jigawa Governor, Mohammed Badaru Purchases APC Presidential Form

Jigawa Governor Badaru Abubakar Re-Elected By A Landslide
(File Photo) Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.

 

The Governor of Jigawa State Mohammed Badaru has purchased the presidential expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The party had announced that presidential hopefuls are expected to pay N100 million while those vying for governorship positions will pay N50 million.

Group Protests At PDP Secretariat, Demands Zoning Of Presidency To South

Protesters on Wednesday converged on the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.

 

Protesters on Wednesday converged on the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, barricading the entrance as they demanded that the presidential ticket of the party be zoned to the south.

The protesters displayed placards carrying inscriptions such as “promote unity, shift power to the south” “save democracy, shift power to the south” and the likes.

The group is basing their demand on the ground that the north has enjoyed the presidency for two terms.

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Similarly, the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has asked that the position be zoned to the south east.

The group is also threatening to curse any Igbo son or daughter, who promotes any presidential aspirant that is not of Igbo extraction, describing such people as saboteurs.

Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general elections, the PDP has commenced the screening of the 17 presidential aspirants at the Legacy House in Abuja.

The exercise, which happened behind closed doors last Friday, was headed by the former Senate President David Mark.

In attendance was the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike; former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President Bukola Saraki; former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, amongst other aspirants.

Two aspirants whose identities were not disclosed were, however, disqualified.

Chief Of Air Staff Urges Officers To Double Efforts Against Insurgents

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Marshall Ishaka Amao, has urged the airmen and airwomen to sustain their tempo of operations and continue the fight against insurgents, bandits and other criminal elements to restore peace to all troubled parts of the country.

He gave the charge at the Eid-El-Fitr lunch with the personnel of Operation Whirl Punch and Quick Response Force in Minna, warning them to maintain professionalism as their efforts and sacrifices are being appreciated.

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Represented by the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command (Kaduna), Air Vice Marshall Kenneth Khumzi said that 312 officers, 37 student pilots and 87 others are undergoing various training courses aimed at maintaining combat readiness and increasing inventory of aircraft.

Marshall Amao applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s support to the Nigerian Air Force and Armed Forces of Nigeria towards the achievement of the desired airpower goals.

In his remarks, the Commander 013 Quick Response Force and Air Component Operation Whirl Punch, Air Commodore, Idowu Ayo assured the COAS that the officers will do their best to curb the incessant killings and provide security for law-abiding citizens of the state.

2023 Presidency: Wike Meets Masari, PDP Delegates In Katsina

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike made an appearance on Channels Television's Politics Today on March 28, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike made an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on March 28, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The Executive Governor of Rivers State and Presidential aspirant in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday visited Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State and PDP delegates in the state to seek their support.

His visit is coming ahead of the PDP National convention scheduled to hold on May 28 and 29, 2022.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House, Katsina, Governor Wike said the visit was to formally inform and seek Governor Masari’s support in line with his intention to run for the Office of the President of Nigeria come 2023.

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Masari while responding, appealed to politicians across the country to play politics in such a way that the nation and political processes will survive “otherwise nobody will survive”.

According to him, most of the political actors in Katsina are products of the PDP.

Masari further appreciated the role played by Wike in not allowing the IPOB to penetrate Rivers State during the most difficult IPOB period, adding that he has also contributed immensely to the development of the political process in Nigeria.

“It’s gratifying to God to see people like Wike and one other Rivers State indigene contesting for the office of the president which shows that the country is becoming united”, he added.

Navy Arrests Man For Attempting To Bribe Commander Over Seized Bunkery Boat

man has been arrested in Rivers State for allegedly attempting to bride the Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) to release his seized boat.

 

A man has been arrested in Rivers State for allegedly attempting to bride the Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder with N700,000 to release his seized boat containing 80 drums of illegally refined diesel.

The wooden boat and products were intercepted during a recent operation by the agency.

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The man who gave his name as Kenneth Sunday was said to have walked into the NNS Pathfinder barracks in Rumuolumeni area of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area with the money wrapped in a white plastic bag and demanded to see his boat.

He was then asked by a naval officer to identify and inspect the consignment among many others that were displayed at the naval jetty.

On his return from the jetty, the commander who waiting at the jetty, ordered his arrest and immediately paraded him and the money before journalists who had just returned with the naval crew from an operation against illegal oil refining.

The suspect, however, denied that he was at the Navy barracks to bribe the commander and claimed that the boat he inspected was not his, but that of a friend.

Meanwhile, the navy has discovered a community of illegal crude oil refiners in the state, and arrested several suspects.

 

Gunmen Reportedly Attack Chibok

Map of Borno State.

 

Gunmen have reportedly attacked Kautikari, a local ward in Chibok local government of Borno State.

Local officials in Chibok, who spoke to the press in anonymity, confirmed that gunshots were heard around Kautikari at about 6:00 pm on Tuesday.

According to the eyewitnesses, the sounds continued for almost an hour before a military re-enforcement was seen heading towards the village under attack.

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There are no details of the attack at this moment, but the military is reportedly engaging the criminals.

This attack comes months after gunmen attacked three communities: Kawtakare, Korohuma, and Pemi in the Local Government Area.

Four persons were reported killed and 110 buildings were burnt in the attack.

Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Umar Ibrahim while briefing Governor Babagana Zulum who visited days after the attack, said 24 people were also abducted.

Chibok community first came into the limelight in 2014 after Boko Haram insurgents attacked a Government Girls Secondary School in the community, and abducted over 200 school girls.

While some managed to escape from their abductors and others were rescued through government interventions, many remain unaccounted for.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, earlier today visited the state where he met with Governor Zulum and later embarked on a field mission where he met families affected by the Boko Haram conflict ravaging the region for more than 12 years.

Guterres is expected to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government officials on Wednesday.

Insecurity Linked To Nigeria’s Failure To Invest In Human Capacity Building – Peter Obi

 

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi says banditry attacks and other insecurity challenges across the country are a form of revenge on Nigeria for neglecting to invest in human capacity building for several years.

Peter Obi who is a Presidential Aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party was speaking during a meeting with delegates at the Rivers State party Secretariat in Port Harcourt.

He believes that what Nigeria is suffering is a cumulative effect of many years of leadership failure and if nothing is done fast, the country could be classified as a failed state.

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According to him, a country that suffers a high level of insecurity and cannot manage its economy properly is already experiencing some signs of a failed state.

The presidential aspirant also raised alarm over the level of out-of-school children and unemployment rate, which he says has reached a crisis situation.

For Peter Obi, these factors will deepen the country’s security and socio-economic challenges if not contained now.

To solve this myriad of problems, the former Anambra State Governor says Nigeria must without delay reduce drastically its rate of consumption.

He says the country he dreams to rule over will invest its resources; whether generated internally or borrowed, into production and other capital investments with the potential for high return on investment.

Labour Day: Gbajabiamila Salutes Nigerian Workers, Promises Better Welfare

Gbajabiamila is asking political appointees to resign before seeking elective posts in the next polls.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has joined millions of Nigerians to salute the country’s workers on the celebration of this year’s International Workers’ Day.

Speaker Gbajabiamila, who commended the resilience, commitment and dedication of the Nigerian workers, said their efforts would never go in vain.

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In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila said he was glad that the Nigerian workers have lived up to expectations over the years, noting that they remain the backbone of the Nigerian working force.

The Speaker said every well-meaning Nigerian must identify with the workers because of their invaluable contributions to nation-building.

He urged Nigerian workers to keep hope alive stating that governments at all levels as well as the private sector are trying to make life better for them.

Gbajabiamila said he was proud of the Nigerian workers because of the way they have been conducting themselves over the years.

Labour Rights Critical To Inclusive Development – NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged government at all levels to observe international best practices in handling labour-related matters.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission Tony Ojukwu (SAN) stated this as Nigeria joins the rest of the global community to commemorate the 2022 International Workers Day (IWD).

He stated that prioritising the rights of workers is critical given that human resources remain the drivers of development in any clime.

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He further stated that entrenching good working relations between employers and employees both in the government and private sectors in Nigeria will bring about industrial harmony rather than suspicion, tension, and strike which all come with their attendant negative tolls on the society.

Chief Ojukwu (SAN) observed that Nigeria as a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), cannot afford to renege on the acceptable standards of relationship with the workforce.

The Chief Human Rights Officer opined that it is interesting to note that Nigeria as a Member of the ILO has always deployed dialogue as a mechanism for addressing disagreements and grievances involving Labour, adding that continuing in that manner will not only portray the nation in good light but also reinforce the confidence of workers in the government.

On the current strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and three other labour unions, the NHRC Boss enjoined the federal government to expedite action to resolve the current impasse with ASUU so as not to further endanger the right to education of the university students who have lost an academic year as a result of the unfortunate strike.

“Incessant ASUU strike has continued to constitute a major threat to the right to Education of students of our tertiary institutions especially the public Universities where the grater population of our youth attend”.

The human rights Czar regretted that the University strikes deform qualitative and productive education for the Nigerian youth and consequently, “education which is regarded as the fulcrum for national development is truncated” he lamented.

He said the ongoing ASUU strike has also taken an ugly toll on the lives and livelihood of family members of the affected lecturers as most of them reportedly find it difficult to cope with the basic responsibilities of taking care of their families.

The Executive Secretary is therefore using the opportunity of the IWD to call on the government to call the ASUU back to the negotiation table, pointing out that while the union cannot have all their demands met at once, the government could intervene to urgently take care of the most disturbing demands, pending when more resources are available to do more.

According to the learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria, it is not in doubt that most of the demands being made by ASUU are genuine, saying that merited allowances, improved facilities and infrastructures are not in any way bogus expectations that cannot be taken care of, considering the positive effects these will have on our universities.

He stated that the preference of University Transparent Accountability Solution (UTAS) to IPPIS by ASUU is something that the government could look into with a view to possibly making some necessary adjustments that will be favourable to both parties.

He called on all the parties to use the opportunity of this year’s IWD to resolve all issues outstanding on the strike and get the students back to school and stop the further violation of their right to education and development.