APC Postpones Presidential Primary To June 6

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The All Progressives Congress has postponed its special convention for presidential primary for the  2023 general elections from May 29 to June 6.

National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, announced this in a statement hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission extended the deadline for party’s to conduct their primaries.

The short statement read, “Following the Independent National Electoral Commission’s extension of deadline for the submission of list of candidates by political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) hereby postpones its Special Convention for Presidential Primary from Sunday, 29th-Monday, 30th of May, 2020, to Monday, 6th-Wednesday, 8th of June, 2022.”

INEC announced the extension of the deadline for political parties to conduct their primaries by six days on Friday evening.

The commission had initially announced a deadline of June 3 from the presidential primaries. The extension of the deadline covers the six-day period between June 4 and 9.

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The electoral umpire’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

The decision followed a meeting between leaders of various political parties and the leadership of INEC led by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at the commission’s headquarters in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

At the meeting, the politicians under the auspices of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) again appealed to INEC to adjust the timetable for the forthcoming polls.

Chairman of IPAC, Sani Yabagi of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), explained that adjusting the timetable of the election became necessary because the current timetable was too tight for the political parties.

According to Okoye, the request was for a 37 – 60 days extension of the timeline for primaries and the nomination of candidates.

He said INEC was emphatic that such an extension could not be granted because it would disrupt other scheduled activities on the timetable.

He explained that the parties then pleaded with the commission to use the six-day period between June 4 and 9 to conclude outstanding primaries and prepare to upload the list of candidates and their affidavits on the INEC Candidates Nomination Portal.

“The commission has decided to allow the request of the political parties since the six-day period does not conflict with the next scheduled activity which is the submission of the list of nominated candidates or any of the subsequent timelines which remain sacrosanct,” he said.

“However, this request is granted in respect of outstanding primaries only without prejudice to those already concluded by political parties. The commission will not monitor already concluded primaries.”

Zulum Wins APC Governorship Primary In Borno

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has secured the ticket of the All Progressives Congress to run for a second term.

The Governor was unopposed in the primary election which was held on Thursday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Although he was the sole aspirant, the primary was conducted with 1,422 delegates accredited and 1,411 valid votes went to him.

Chairman of the APC primary election committee in the state, Uba Maigari, declared Zulum the winner at the end of the exercise.

In his acceptance speech, the governor thanked the delegates for endorsing him and assured them that he would work to tackle security challenges in the state and pursue the development of the state.

Zulum, 52, was elected governor of Borno State in the 2019 general elections. Prior to becoming governor, he was the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement in the state. He held the position from 2015 to 2018.

He is also a professor who spent more than a decade lecturing at the University of Maiduguri.

Dikko Radda Wins Katsina APC Governorship Primary

Dr Dikko Radda

 

 

Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda has been declared winner of the Katsina State All Progressives Congress governorship primary.

Radda secured 506 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa who got 442. Inuwa was followed closely by Abbas Umar Masanawa who scored 436 votes.

Senator Abubakar Yar’Adua got 32 votes; Faruk Lawal Jobe, 71; Abdulkarim Dauda Daura, 7; Umar Abdullahi Tsauri Tata, scored 8; Mannir Yakubu, 65 votes; and Architect Ahmed Dangiwa, 220.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Kaka Shehu, who announced the result at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina said out of the 1,805 delegates drawn from 361 Wards of the state, 1,801 were accredited with only four invalid votes noted at the end of voting.

Channels Television gathered that a total of nine Governorship aspirants in the State were in the race to succeed Governor Aminu Bello Masari.

The aspirants were a mix of former government officials and business men.

For instance, Radda who won the party’s ticket was the Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN). Inuwa who came second was a former Secretary to the State Government, while Masanawa who came third was the immediate past Managing Director of the Nigerian Security and Printing Company.

The state’s Deputy Governor, Manir Yakubu, was also in the race but finished outside the top three.

Others who jostled for the ticket are former Commissioner for Budget and Economic planning, Faruk Lawal Jobe; the immediate passed Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Architect Ahmed Dangiwa; a Kaduna State based businessman, Senator Abubakar Yar’adua; Umar Abdullahi Tsauri Tata and as well as the former Chief Personal Security Officer to the President, Abdulkarim Dauda Daura.

Danmarke Wins Katsina PDP Governorship Primary

Danmarke Wins Katsina PDP Governorship Primary
Senator Garba Yakubu Lado Danmarke

 

 

Senator Garba Yakubu Lado Danmarke has emerged as the winner of the Katsina Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial primary held on Thursday.

The Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr. Chika Nwozuzu, declared Danmarke the winner of the primaries at about 12: 55 am on Friday.

He announced that Danmarke polled 740 votes to beat his closest rival Salisu Yusuf Majigiri who scored 257 votes, and two others.

The other aspirants, Ahmed Yar’Adua and Shehu Inuwa Imam, got 53 and 44 votes, respectively.

A total of 1,117 delegates drawn from the 34 local government areas of the state took part in the primaries held at the party headquarters, Katsina

In all, 1,108 delegates were accredited out of the 1,117 with 10 invalid, while four accredited delegates that didn’t vote the after accreditation.

Senator Uba Sani Declared Winner Of Kaduna APC Governorship Primary

Senator Uba Sani Wins APC Governorship Primary In Kaduna
Senator Uba Sani

 

 

Senator Uba Sani has been declared winner of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State.

Sani, who represents Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, defeated two other aspirants in the contest to emerge victorious.

In announcing the result of the exercise, the Chairman of Kaduna APC Governorship primary election, Anachuna Izu, said Senator Sani polled a total of 1, 149 votes to clinch the governorship ticket, while the runner up, Bashir Abubakar, scored 37 votes. Sani Shaaban secured 10 votes to finish third.

1, 245  delegates were accredited for the exercise. The total votes cast stood at 1,235 with 1,196 of the votes valid and 39 votes invalid.

In his acceptance speech, Senator Sani described his emergence as victory for all APC members and the entire people of Kaduna State.

He promised to build on the legacies of Governor Nasir El-Rufai if he finally gets elected as the Governor of  the state in 2023.

Also, in his speech, he reached out to other aspirants, appealing to them to work with him in his effort to take Kaduna State to greater heights.

He said, “I, therefore, thank my co-contestants, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sha’aban and Alhaji Bashir Abubakar for their belief in the democratic process.

“I will reach out to these great politicians and strategists and extend my hand of fellowship to them. I would deeply appreciate it if they can work together with me to take Kaduna State to higher heights.

“This is your victory. This is your moment. This is the beginning of the journey of consolidation and continuity. We shall build on the wonderful legacies of our dear leader, the irrepressible Governor Nasir El-Rufai. Together we shall tackle our challenges and forge unity among our people.

“Today’s governorship primary is a showpiece of superb organisation, display of decency, patience and discipline by delegates. We have shown that we believe in democracy and are ready to follow the rule of law and due process. Democracy is about participation. Once people are allowed to express their free will, the process and outcome is a beauty to behold.”

Man City’s Foden Voted Premier League Young Player Of The Season

Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Manchester City and Real Madrid, at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, on April 26, 2022. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

 

Manchester City forward Phil Foden was named the Premier League’s Young Player of the season for the second consecutive year on Saturday.

Foden has been instrumental in City’s bid to retain the Premier League title, scoring nine goals and producing five assists.

The 21-year-old has matched his goal and assist totals from last season and could surpass them in City’s vital Premier League title decider against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side are one point clear of second-placed Liverpool and will be guaranteed to win a fourth English title in five seasons if they beat Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool would win the title if they defeat Wolves and City drop points.

“I’m very proud to have won this award for a second season in a row,” Foden told City’s website.

“There are so many talented young players in the Premier League this season and it’s a real honour to win it again.

“I have been really happy with my performances this season and it has been great to contribute to this team in what will hopefully be another successful year for us all.”

In an award voted on by fans, Foden finished ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, West Ham’s Declan Rice, Arsenal duo Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka and Crystal Palace pair Conor Gallagher and Tyrick Mitchell.

AFP

Irate Youths Set Houses, Shops Ablaze Over Alleged Blasphemy In Bauchi LG

INEC Resumes Collation Exercise For Bauchi Governorship Election Today

 

 

Irate youths in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State have set houses and shops ablaze, injuring people over what they say is a blasphemous message.

Spokesperson of the Bauchi Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said in a statement on Saturday that the youths “set six houses and seven shops ablaze, while some scores of persons were injured as a result of a blasphemous message posted on social media”.

According to him, the message was posted by one Rhoda Jatau a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department of Warji Local Government.

In reaction to the violence which he said happened at about 5:45 pm on Friday, Mohammed said, “The Police have since deployed all Tactical Teams, Mobile Police Force and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) whose joint efforts brought the situation under control.

“The area is calm for now, while visibility Patrols are ongoing to keep the peace.”

The incident has led to tension in the state, but the police urged people to be calm.

The Police Commissioner in the state appealed to the general public to be calm and go about their lawful business without fear of intimidation as normalcy has been restored to the affected area.

“The Command would like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths,” Mohammed said.

“The Commissioner of Police also urged Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, and Elders generally to always speak to youths to desist from anything that could temper with the security of their areas.”

The full extent of the damage and those affected have not fully been ascertained by the authorities.

A source in Warji said three people were shot and injured with Dane guns during the violence.

The violence in Bauchi is coming with the country yet to resolve the case of Deborah Samuel, the 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, who was killed by a mob after being accused of blasphemy.

Deborah’s case sparked outrage, drew condemnation, led to the arrest and arraignment of two suspects, a violent protest (targeted at the Catholic Church in Sokoto) by youths asking for the release of those arrested and the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on the state by the government.

The curfew was only lifted on Friday, some eight days after the killing. All forms of processions remain banned in Sokoto.

 

Buhari Pays Condolence Visit To New UAE President, Seeks Stronger Ties

President Muhammadu Buhari offers condolences to the new UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Mushrif Palace on Friday, May 20, 2022. Photo: Hamad Al Kaabi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has paid a condolence visit to the new President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the passing of his predecessor, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the visit, President Buhari expressed his condolences and that of Nigeria to Sheikh Mohamed and congratulated him on his election as President.

He assured the new UAE leader of his determination to do more to ensure the growth of the strategic partnership between Nigeria and the Asian country.

President Buhari also hopes that under Sheikh Mohamed the two countries will continue to actively champion a vision of sustainable security, strengthen counterterrorism cooperation, facilitate trade and investment, and promote prosperity and development.

President Buhari shakes hands with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the visit. Photo: Hamad Al Kaabi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

 

 

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Saturday that in the seven years of the Buhari administration, the two countries “have actively conducted bilateral dialogues”.

These dialogues, according to him, have led to several agreements and Memoranda of Understanding that have paved the way for further cooperation, mutual understanding and progress in many aspects of their bilateral relations.

President Buhari had left Nigeria for the UAE on Thursday, six days after the death of Sheikh Khalifa.

President Muhammadu Buhari offers condolences to HH Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation (L) during the visit. Photo: Rashed Al Mansoori / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

 

Sheikh Khalifa, who was rarely seen in public died on Friday, May 13 aged 73 after battling illness for several years.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced 40 days of mourning, with flags at half-mast from the day of his death and work was suspended in the public and private sector for the first three days.

Sheikh Khalifa took over as the UAE’s second president in November 2004, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, the richest of the federation’s seven emirates.

He has rarely been seen in public since 2014, when he had surgery following a stroke, although he has continued to issue rulings. The cause of death was not immediately released.

The UAE, a former British protectorate that was founded in 1971, has gone from a desert outpost to a booming state in its short history, fuelled by its oil wealth and Dubai’s rise as a trading and financial centre.

The Arab world’s second-biggest economy behind Saudi Arabia has also begun to wield growing political influence, filling a space ceded by traditional powers such as Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

The country of 10 million also joined military campaigns in Libya and Yemen and broke ranks with much of the Arab world to establish ties with Israel in 2020.

The bearded Sheikh Khalifa had cut a frail figure on his occasional public appearances, while his Sheikh Mohamed hosted world leaders and led diplomatic forays abroad.

The late Sheikh Khalifa, who had no formal higher education, led the UAE as Dubai emerged as a tourism and trade hub and Abu Dhabi pumped oil as a key OPEC player.

He came to the rescue of Dubai when it was hit by the global financial crisis in 2009, extending a multi-billion-dollar lifeline to the debt-laden emirate.

No Plans To Withdraw Naira Notes From Circulation – CBN

 

 

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has dismissed reports that it intends to replace the naira notes in circulation with digital currency, the eNaira, in due course. 

CBN Director, Corporate Communication, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, said in a statement on Saturday that the reports were false.

According to him, the comment purportedly made during a stakeholders’ engagement in Asaba, Delta State on eNaira adoption, and on which the reports were based, was misconstrued.

He called on the general public to disregard the reports.

The CBN director explained the digital version of the naira was meant to complement the existing currency notes and therefore, would circulate simultaneously as means of exchange and store of value.

Mr Nwanisabi touted the benefits of the eNaira, stressing that apart from it safety and speed of use, it will give the underbanked and unbanked populace greater access to financial services, enhancing financial inclusion.

He urged members of the public and business owners to embrace the digital currency as it offers more possibilities.

The eNaira was formally launched into circulation by President Muhammadu Buhari in October last year.

Russia Stops Gas Supplies To Finland Amid NATO Membership Bid

A photo taken on May 12, 2022 shows pipes at the Gasum plant in Raikkola, Imatra, Finland. Inset, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photos: AFP

 

Russia on Saturday stopped providing natural gas to neighbouring Finland, which has angered Moscow by applying for NATO membership after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles.

Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has asked clients from “unfriendly countries” — including EU member states — to pay for gas in rubles, a way to sidestep Western financial sanctions against its central bank.

Gazprom said in a statement Saturday that it had “completely stopped gas deliveries” as it had not received ruble payments from Finland’s state-owned energy company Gasum “by the end of the working day on May 20”.

Gazprom said it had supplied 1.49 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Finland in 2021, equal to about two-thirds of the country’s gas consumption.

However, natural gas accounts for around eight per cent of Finland’s energy.

Gasum said it would make up for the shortfall from other sources through the Balticconnector pipeline, which links Finland to Estonia, and assured that filling stations would run normally.

“Natural gas supplies to Finland under Gasum’s supply contract have been cut off,” the company said in a statement.

In April, Gazprom Export demanded that future payments in the supply contract be made in rubles instead of euros.

Gasum rejected the demand and announced on Tuesday it was taking the issue to arbitration.

Gazprom Export said it would defend its interests in court by any “means available”.

Gasum said it would be able to secure gas from other sources and that gas filling stations in the network area would continue “normal operation”.

Rift over NATO bid

In efforts to mitigate the risks of relying on Russian energy exports, the Finnish government on Friday also announced it had signed a 10-year lease agreement for an LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal ship with US-based Excelerate Energy.

On Sunday, Russia suspended electricity supplies to Finland overnight after its energy firm RAO Nordic claimed payment arrears, although the shortfall was quickly replaced.

Finland, along with neighbouring Sweden, this week broke its historical military non-alignment and applied for NATO membership, after public and political support for the western alliance soared following the invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow has warned Finland that any NATO membership application would be “a grave mistake with far-reaching consequences”.

Both Finland and Sweden are seemingly on the fast track to joining the military alliance, with US President Joe Biden offering “full, total, complete backing” to their bids.

But all 30 existing NATO members must agree on any new entrants, and Turkey has condemned the Nordic neighbours’ alleged toleration of Kurdish militants and has so far voiced opposition to letting them in.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has said the Kremlin would respond to any NATO expansion by creating more military bases in western Russia.

Saturday’s halt to gas shipments follows Moscow cutting off Poland and Bulgaria last month in a move the European Union described as “blackmail”.

AFP

Many Feared Killed As Explosion Rocks Sabon Gari Area Of Kano

Buildings were affected and several people were injured, including children, in an explosion on Aba Road in the Sabon Gari area of Kano on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

 

There has been an explosion on Aba Road in the Sabon Gari area of Kano, leaving several people injured with some feared killed.

Details of the blast and its cause are still sketchy but visuals from the scene show that it affected some buildings and left several injured including school children.

The visuals also confirm that the blast might have claimed several lives with at least one corpse seen on the floor.

A crowd had gathered right after the blast with some people trying to help the injured and others lamenting the damage.

‘Explosion Not In A School’

Initial visuals from the explosion site showed several schoolchildren being moved away from the scene. One of them was injured. This led to speculation that the explosion occurred in a school.

But the Kano State Government has said that was not the case.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Muhammad Garba, said in a statement the blast happened at an animal feed store opposite the school.

There has been confusion about what the cause of the explosion was with some reports saying it was a bomb.

The commissioner, however, said the cause of the explosion and the damage it cause had not been ascertained.

According to him, an investigation has commenced to determine the cause, impact, and measures to be taken.

He called on people in the state, particularly those living in the area where the incident occurred to remain calm while the government works with relevant agencies on the matter.

He cautioned the public against spreading unsubstantiated news and gave the assurance that the government would keep the public updated on any development on the matter.

2023: I Won’t Run For President –AfDB’s Adesina

President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina delivered a virtual lecture on Nigerian restructuring on February 23, 2021.
President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina delivered a virtual lecture on Nigerian restructuring on February 23, 2021.

 

President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 Presidential race in Nigeria.

Dr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday, after months of calls for him to join the race and after a group bought the presidential nomination form for the All Progressives Congress for him.

“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.

“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa, and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.

“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa.”

Read his full statement below:

 

Dr Adesina is currently in his second tenure as President of the AfDB. He was re-elected to the position on August 27, 2020 during the bank’s 55th Annual Meetings. He started his second term on September 1 that same year.

A globally-renowned development economist, a World Food Prize Laureate and Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate, Dr Adesina has distinguished himself in driving a bold agenda to reform the bank and accelerate Africa’s development.

He was first elected as President of the AfDB on May 28, 2015 and is the first Nigerian to occupy the post.

Dr Adesina’s first term focused on the bold new agenda for the Bank Group based on five development priorities known as the High 5s: Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

Under his leadership, the African Development Bank’s Board of Directors approved a $10 billion facility to support African countries to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bank also launched a $3 billion COVID-19 social bond on the global capital markets, the highest US dollar-denominated social bond ever in world history, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Luxembourg Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.