PDP Governorship Aspirants Accuse Incumbents of Imposing Unpopular Candidates

PDP STAKEHOLDERS MEET20 People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants from the North-West zone have protested what they described as an attempt by the outgoing governors of the party in four states in the zone to impose unpopular persons on the electorate as candidates of the party, saying such moves would not augur well for the party in the forthcoming elections.

The aggrieved aspirants in Kaduna accused the incumbent governors of hijacking the party’s recent congress and last Saturday’s screening exercise in order to impose their anointed candidates specifically in Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna and Kebbi states.

A former Senator from Katsina state, Ibrahim Idah, who addressed the press on behalf of 19 other aspirants, which include the former deputy governor of Kebbi state, Ibrahim Aliyu, former Minister of Aviation, Hassan Hyat, from Kaduna State and Abba Anas Adamu, from Jigawa state, said they viewed the move by the governors as a calculated attempt to frustrate and deliberately compromise the success of the forthcoming 2015 general election.

While insisting that candidates of the party must emerge through a transparent primary, they however called on the national leadership of the party to urgently wade into the matter by providing a level playing ground for all aspirants in order not to give an unfortunate but avoidable advantage to the opposition.

Cross River Residents Decry Bad Roads

bad-roadsThe Ogoja-Ikom, Calabar-Itu and Calabar-Ikang roads are the three major Federal Government roads in Cross River state built over thirty years ago and have contributed significantly to the growth of the nation’s economy.

It is estimated that over 1000 loaded trucks of commodities ply the roads on daily basis for commercial purposes.

The roads however, have in recent times become shadows of their own due to lack of proper maintenance leading to untold hardship.

Residents of Cross River State, South South Nigeria are seeking the attention of the Federal Government for a reconstruction of its dilapidated roads as their survival directly or indirectly depends on them.

As another electioneering year draws closer, it is expected that, relevant authorities will wake up to their duties of providing the people with adequate infrastructures to make life meaningful for them

Governor Uduaghan Tells Governorship Aspirants To Avoid Divisive Actions

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Governorship aspirants in Delta State have been told to desist from engaging in divisive actions that are capable of breaching the peace of the state and urged them to be truthful.

The Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, gave the admonition in Asaba during the swearing-in ceremony of the elected Chairmen of Ndokwa East and Ethiope East local government councils, Mrs Nkechi Chukwurah and Mrs Faith Majemite respectively.

Dr. Uduaghan pointed out that during the Ward congresses, there were meetings with the governorship aspirants, where every aspirant and leader contributed to the emergence of the delegates through a consensus list, which they signed and applauded the free and fair nature of the congress that brought up the delegates list.

The governor urged the newly sworn-in chairmen to concentrate on the area of security, payment of staff salaries and ensure that they engage in progressive projects in their local government areas, noting that women are doing well in the politics of Delta State.

Later, at a meeting attended by leaders of People Democratic Party, the governor declared his ambition to run for the Delta South Senatorial District.

Meanwhile,the leaders of the party has elected Chief Edwin Uzor as the acting chairman of the party.

The highpoint of the meeting was the motion moved by the former state chairman, Mr Peter Nwaoboshi for the retention of the Ward delegates list without alterations as prepared by the elders and leaders of the party. This was seconded by the majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Mr Hob Igbuya.

Fashola Urges Communities To Vote An APC Government

fasholaThe Year 2014 edition of the Lagos State Annual Community Day Celebration held on Thursday at the Police College Grounds, Ikeja with the State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, urging eligible voters in the State to vote for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 to guarantee continued good governance in the State.

At the celebration ceremony were thousands of community representatives, including Community Development Associations, members of the Neighborhood Watch, Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Fashola cautioned the people to be vigilant and wary of those who would make unrealistic promises, emphasising that the best way to assess all the promises was to check the antecedents of those who make them.

Governor Fashola, who claimed that he had kept all the promises he made from inception as contained in his inauguration speech in 2007, pointed out that the promises had been kept on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which, according to him, is “a party for whom progressiveness is about the people”.

The Governor told the cheering audience, that the administration had been busy in the last few days handing over community projects, such as water projects, schools, town halls, roads and agricultural projects across the State. He said that the purpose was simply to connect the various communities.

The Governor slammed the Federal Government for its inability to provide the basic infrastructure and utilities for the people of Nigeria in spite of its lion share of 52 per cent from the Federation Account, stressing that it had failed to provide electricity despite the promises it made to the people as the basis for taking the mantle of leadership four years ago.

He also reiterated the importance of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and urged those who registered at the last election in the 11 local governments where INEC is currently distributing the cards to go and collect their PVC in their local government office.

Nigeria’s Electoral Commission Releases Time Table for 2015 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria (INEC) has released the 2015 elections timetable with the Presidential and the National Assembly elections holding on February 14, 2015. 

In a statement released by the commission’s secretary Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, at the end of a four-day retreat in Kaduna On Friday, the commission said the state governorship and House of Assemblies elections would be held on February 28.

The statement also announced that the Ekiti State governorship election will hold on 21st of June 2014, while the Osun State governorship Election is scheduled to hold on 9th August, 2014.

The three-paragraph statement read: “After the deliberations at the four-day retreat held in the Assa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna from January  21 to 24, 2014, the commission has scheduled the presidential and National assembly elections for February 14, 2015 and the governorship and state houses of assembly elections for February 28, 2015″.

On the side-line of the commission’s retreat, the Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini, told Channels Television that the commission would soon commence a nationwide registration of voters in preparatory for the 2015 elections.

He said the exercise would afford eligible voters the opportunity to register while those with temporary voters’ card would be issued a permanent computerised card during the exercise.

He said that the decision to computerise the voters’ card was in line with the commission’s plans to checkmate multiple voting and ballot box snatching during elections.

“We appealed to all stakeholders in the election process including politicians to join hands with the commission towards conducting a credible poll next year,” he said.

Political parties campaign for the Presidential and National Assembly elections will begin on November 16 2014 while that of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections will start on November 30.

Governorship elections will hold in all states except, Anambra, Bayelsa, Kogi, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States. Governors in these states have not completed their term in office.