People ‘Doctor’ The Truth On Social Media, Says Remi Tinubu At Lagos Rally

Oluremi Tinubu during an address at the APC South-West Women rally in Lagos on December 7, 2022. Photo Credit: @JokeSanwoolu/Twitter

 

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has cautioned youths in the country to beware of “doctored truth” on social media.

Mrs Tinubu said this during a rally organised by the APC South-West Women in Lagos State on Wednesday.

In a video clip shared on Twitter by President (Iyaloja-General) of Market Women Association, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the senator can be seen addressing a a crowd of supporters at a stadium.

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“The youth of Lagos State and of Nigeria, I address you. Social media is good but it’s good for you to seek for proper information,” she said.

“You always rely on the technology so much that you don’t really know the truth. The truth is doctored on technology. When you want to know people, the technology too will give you the right information.”

Her remarks come barely two days after the APC presidential candidate’s much anticipated response to allegations of identity theft and ill-gotten wealth, among others.

As the 2023 election campaigns heat up, Tinubu has also been accused of evading scrutiny as he has yet to attend town halls and other such events in Nigeria outside of those organised by his party.

During an appearance at Chatham House in London on Monday, Tinubu insisted that his birth, academic, and professional records were consistent, adding that his critics were only wasting their time and money.

Asked to clear the air on some of the issues surrounding his formative years, Tinubu, 70, described the question as “inquisitive,” adding that his birth was “dated March 29, 1952.”

“I’ve had a very good exposure in life, my record is consistent in the school, in the university, they (critics) are now convinced that they wasted their money and their time. The record is there, the transcript is there showing March 1952,” he said.

Following the event, the former Lagos State governor told the BBC in an interview that those criticising his source of wealth were driven by envy, adding that he hasn’t gotten any government contract or appointment since he left office in 2007.

Tinubu was in office from 1999 to 2007 and has since influenced who becomes governor in the country’s commercial capital.

“I am not denying my wealth. I was the most investigated, the most accused governor in the opposition for eight years and since I left the office, I have not taken any government appointment, no government contract,” he said.

Visit To Sanwo-Olu

APC South-West Women delegation led by Senator Oluremi Tinubu during a courtesy visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on December 7, 2022. Photo Credit: @jidesanwoolu/Twitter

 

A delegation of the APC South-West women also visited the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday.

The governor shared pictures from the visit on Twitter.

“I received a delegation of the South West APC women, ably led by Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Hajia Nana Shettima. In attendance was my dear wife, Dr.
@JokeSanwoolu, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat, Dr. Betta Edu, and other top officials of the group,” he tweeted.

Court Clears Rivers APC To Contest 2023 Elections

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State presided over by Justice Turaki Mohammed has dismissed a suit brought against the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In its suit, the PDP had prayed the court to nullify the candidacy of all the legislative candidates running on the platform of the APC in the state on the ground that their primaries were not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and that they failed to comply with the Electoral Act.

The court however dismissed the case, citing a a lack of jurisdiction based on an earlier judgement by the Court of Appeal which barred political parties from interfering in the internal affairs of other parties.

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Speaking to journalists after the court decision, counsel to the APC, Emenike Ebete hailed the decision, calling it a victory for justice. According to him, the APC candidates are now free to campaign across Rivers state without fear.

On his part, the APC candidate for Rivers West Senatorial District, Asita Asita commended the judge for the decision while charging his party to defeat the PDP in the upcoming elections.

However, counsel to the PDP, Dike Udenna declined to comment on the decision.Recall that two weeks ago, the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in the state was disqualified from contesting the election on the basis of dual citizenship, the decision is however being appealed.

Our Election Will Be Free, Fair And Credible – Buhari Tells West African Elders

FILE: Buhari at the third ministerial review in Abuja on Monday, October 17th, 2022. [email protected]

 

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday reiterated once again that the 2023 general elections would be free, fair and credible, as manipulations would not be allowed in any form.

The President spoke at State House, Abuja, while playing host to West African Elders Forum Pre-Election Mediation Mission, led by former Sierra Leonean President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.

“Thank you for accepting to do this service for our sub-region,” the President told his guests, citing off-season elections held in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States, as pointer to the fact that the Federal Government would allow people to choose leaders they want.


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“That right is guaranteed,” President Buhari affirmed. “We are settling down, and making progress. People should vote whoever they want, in whatever party. We shall not allow anyone to use money and thugs to intimidate the people. Nigerians know better now, they are wiser, and know that it is better to dialogue than to carry weapons. Elections are even more difficult to rig now.”

Former President Koroma, who led a team made of Fatoumata Tambajang, former Vice President of The Gambia, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, former Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, and Ann Iyonu, Executive Director of Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, said they had met with stakeholders across the parties, civil society, and Independent National Electoral Commission, among others, “and we commend you for making it clear both locally and internationally that the elections would be free and fair.”

He commended President Buhari for not listening to voices that may have tried to convince him to seek a third term in office, against the laws of the country, noting that “other countries look up to Nigeria for direction.”

“When we had issues in Sierra Leone and Liberia, it was Nigeria that came in to stabilize the system,” the former President said.

He urged the Nigerian leader to look into other areas of concern as raised by the stakeholders, including security, and issues that may cast doubts on the clarity and credibility of the elections.”

PHOTOS: Atiku Visits Ooni Of Ife, Paramount Ruler Of Ijesaland

PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi on December 6, 2022. Photo Credit: @Atiku/Twitter.

 

Amid the 2023 election campaigns, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has paid a visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran.

The former Vice President shared photos with the monarchs via Twitter.

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PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi on December 6, 2022. Photo Credit: @Atiku/Twitter.

“Today, I met with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II and the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran,” he said in a series of tweets.

“My consultations with them underscore the critical roles that traditional institutions play in social cohesion.

PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar visited the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran on December 6, 2022. Photo Credit: @Atiku/Twitter.

 

“I am also humbled by the blessings these revered monarchs invoked on our mission. I am honoured and pleased for the generous time spent hosting my team and I.”

PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar visited the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran on December 6, 2022. Photo Credit: @Atiku/Twitter.

2023: Yari Condemns Political Clashes, Use Of Weapons In Zamfara

Former Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari

Former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari has condemned the recent clashes between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state ahead of the 2023 general elections.

According to him, the state is facing a lot of security challenges and does not need additional violence as a result of campaigns.

In Zamfara, supporters of the PDP and APC clashed two times in the last two months, leading to loss of lives, many injured and campaign properties destroyed.

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Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of state campaign councils, Yari, who doubles as the chairman of the APC campaign council, said his committee would not condone any act of thuggery before, during and after the elections.

The former governor noted that it has designed strategies against youths carrying dangerous weapons during political party campaigns.

“I called on my party (APC) to be tolerant because we are in power and we must tolerate more than anyone else, other parties should also embrace peace,” he said.

“There is guideline in conducting campaigns, it is there in INEC electoral act, so we do not expect any party to come with any form of violence because violence is not the cardinal that give power to anybody.

“The parties should conduct their campaigns, explain your manifesto, what they want to do for the Zamfara people, and if they are convinced, then they can vote (for) you.”

Yari expressed confidence that the APC would emerge victorious in the 2023 elections since the PDP had never won a governorship election in Zamfara.

Tinubu Surprised Critics Who Expected ‘Glitches’ At Chatham House – APC

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has defended its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu’s recent appearance at Chatham House, saying he disappointed those expecting “glitches”.

At the London-based policy institute on Monday, Tinubu discussed some of his plans in the areas of defence, economy, education, and technology, among others.

Mixed reactions however trailed the appearance with many criticising the APC candidate’s decision to delegate some of his allies including serving governors and lawmakers to answer questions posed by participants.

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The APC’s Deputy Director, Media and Publicity, Ali Ali, during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, lauded the party’s standard bearer.

“I would say he did very well as expected, maybe to the surprise of his traducers who thought as usual, there would be one or two glitches and they would latch unto that and make a feast out of it,” he said.

“But you can see that he spoke well and, of course, naturally, people react differently. Some would applaud and some would naturally condemn. Such is the enigma called Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“A lot of people say his cognitive abilities are on the decline and they make a feast out of it. You see all kinds of memes on social media. But occasionally, it happens to people – senior moments, they call it, I think, in medical terms. It happens to the best of people.”

Ali queried the rationale for arguments that Tinubu’s cognitive abilities were on the decline and that the APC stalwart played it safe by redirecting questions addressed to him.

In his response, the spokesperson, Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation, Daniel Bwala, argued that the entirety of Tinubu’s campaign had been plagued by a series of gaffes.

APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu at Chatham House on December 5, 2022

 

“These gaffes are not just misspellings or mispronunciations,” he said. “They are gaffes of fundamental issues which reflect, for example, the cognitive ability of that person. The constitution is clear about who wants to be the president.

“Now, you are talking about somebody who was asked personalised questions regarding his age. Do you need somebody to speak to someone about your age? Where they there when you were born?

“You have, for now, in the media space, about three different dates of birth. There is 1952, 1954, and I think 1953 or thereabout. And you have not cleared that.”

Bwala also criticised Tinubu’s failure to directly answer questions posed to him as well as his absence from presidential town halls in Nigeria outside of events organised by his party.

“About education, if they are asking you questions about individuals that are older than you, after you have made the intervention, you can say, ‘I want ABC to add further.’

“What he is doing is that he is saying, ‘Nigerians, I want you to vote 5, 10 or 12 of us. And a man who does not have regard and respect for the freedom of the press – look at the constitution, the freedom of the press is as important as fundamental human rights.

“He has abdicated the responsibility of appearing before the Nigerian press, but he went to what he called the rest of the world to appear before them,” he said.

INEC, NCC To Meet Over Result Transmission

A photo combination of INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and ballots being counted.

 

To consolidate plans for electronic transmission of results in the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is scheduled to meet with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said this during a one-day strategic interactive meeting with line editors in Lagos State.

Yakubu added that the meeting would include chief executives of the four major telecommunication operators in the country.

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Speaking on identified blind spots in the country’s telecoms infrastructure, the INEC chairman said the commission was working with the NCC to find a solution for effective transmission of results from every part of the country in real time.

“What the commission is doing is that we are in touch with the NCC. The NCC is the regulator of the telecoms industry in the country and we have already identified the blind spots,” he said.

“In fact, on Tuesday at 11 (am), we are going to meet with the NCC and the chief executives of the four mobile network companies to further discuss this issue of access and connectivity.

“We will find a way of dealing with this, working with the mobile network operators. The four of them: MTN, Glo, 9mobile, and Airtel.”

Yakubu noted that the commission already had two years’ experience transmitting results in real time from polling units, having commenced on August 8, 2020.

“Since 8th August, 2020, we have conducted off-cycle and by-elections for 105 constituencies and we have transmitted from all parts of the country.

“We have transmitted from rural Borno. We did so in rural Zamfara. We did so in rural Ondo, in Ilaje and Ese odo. We did so from Oporoma in Southern Ijaw in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and we have had no issues with the transmission of these results.

“But whatever the mobile network operators tell us, we will work together and ensure that we do so speedily, believing that in 2023, we are going to transmit from 176,846 locations,” he said.

The INEC chairman expressed satisfaction with the pilot conducted by the commission. According to him, there is enough connectivity for INEC to deploy and transmit results in a general election.

2023: I Will Reduce Unemployment By 50% In My First Year, Kola Abiola Vows

 

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) presidential candidate, Kola Abiola has said if elected in the 2023 polls, he will reduce the country’s unemployment rate by half.

The latest figures by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) put Nigeria’s unemployment rate at 33.3 percent as of the fourth quarter of 2020.

Abiola, who spoke on Friday during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said he would prioritise sustainable growth and distribution to bolster the nation’s economy.

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“I’m going to start it from day one,” he said. “In the first year, we would definitely halve the unemployment numbers. It’s all about sustainable growth and creating an economy. And we are going to do some things that require that we distribute.

“We’re going to run a market-based economy to create liquidity first. And that liquidity does not mean that the government doesn’t step in from time to time.”

According to him, Nigeria needs a marshal plan, including infrastructural development to increase blue-collar jobs as well as the white-collar jobs.

“We need to go back to agriculture; we need to do it right. We need to make sure that all our river basins come to serve and do what they should do.

PRP presidential candidate Kola Abiola appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on December 2, 2022.

 

“We need to make sure that agric is not just crops, but value added. We need to get our science and technology to add value to our produce,” he said.

Speaking on the complexity of the country’s oil and gas sector, Abiola described it as a “double whammy.”

He listed some of the issues to tackle in the sector to include leakages, corruption, and low production.

“We need to at least produce a million barrels a day to make the numbers work. We’ve worked it out and with that, we need to stop domestic production. We need to make sure that we get the value added from our oil.

“After 63 years of crude production, we’re still importing products? And all we do is export? It will be stopped,” he said.

Responding to the Federal Government’s plans to remove subsidy by June 2023, Abiola accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of kicking the can down the road, saying if it was willing to execute the plan, it would do so with immediate effect.

Political Violence: APC, PDP, LP Officials Trade Blames

 

Following a recent warning on political thuggery issued by National Security Adviser ahead of the 2023 elections, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Labour Party (LP) have pointed accusing fingers at one another.

Representatives of the three political parties made the counter-accusations during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday.

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Monguno had warned state governors employing thugs to prevent opposition from mounting campaign materials in their domains that security agencies would soon descend on them. The NSA, who spoke on Thursday during a ministerial briefing in Abuja, further warned that there would be no hiding place for the perpetrators when the law enforcement agencies take steps. Reacting to reports of state governors implementing policies that prevent the presence of opposition campaign materials in their states, Monguno blamed the action on what he called inferiority complex.

Thuggery Has Reduced

Bala Ibrahim

 

But the Director of Information APC Bala Ibrahim argued that political thuggery had declined since the party took office in May 2015.

“Everyone knows for sure that the government of Buhari and APC have been doing well to reverse the situation that was obtainable under the PDP,” he said.

“When you look at the number of thugs, the number of people that have engaged in political misbehaviour from 1999 – when democracy came – to 2015, juxtapose it with (that) from 2015 to date, you find out that the figures are lower now than they were before.”

Make Someone A Scapegoat

Don Pedro Obaseki

 

Responding to Ibrahim, Director, Research and Strategy, PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Don Pedro Obaseki, absolved his party of any blame, saying the PDP was the victim of political violence.

“I don’t want to say certain parties have raised propaganda to the levels of high art, even when we see it on television. It got to a point that even the National Broadcasting Commission as well as the broadcasting organisations of Nigeria had to plead with the Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle to please let peace reign.

“So far, in the public space, we are the victims, not the perpetrators. Even a couple of weeks ago, there was a necessity for us to cry. Even the National Peace Committee had to be written, particularly in very direct areas.

“We all know that in fact, raising the bar, it has become almost systemic where governors in certain states have now made it almost a policy of its own governance to deny access to places and use thugs to enforce such denials,” he said.

According to Obaseki, the NSA pointed to 52 indexed violations between October 8th and November 9th.

He urged Monguno to be assertive and use someone a scapegoat to serve as a deterrent to others who may see the election as an opportunity to take the lives of innocent Nigerians.

“If you use one person or one particular governor as a deterrent, the others will fall in line. The Benin say, ‘You no dey use mouth tell pikin say dey fear, na wetin you do for im eye.’ They (security agencies) have to come up and do something.

“I remember the woman running for a senatorial seat in Kogi State (PDP Kogi Central candidate, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan); she’s cried all over the place. A woman! There is a limit to elemental brigandage in the name of anything,” he said.

‘LP Most Victimised Party’

Joseph Ndirang

 

On his part, North Central Coordinator, LP PCC, Joseph Ndirang, alleged that his party was the most intimidated in the running.

He decried the introduction of a culture of using violence to win elections into the political arena, saying free, fair and credible elections are antithetical to the use of violence.

“There is no political party that has been intimidated like the Labour Party. When we flagged off our campaign in Nasarawa, the governor denied us a place for us to flag off the campaign. We had to go to an open school field to do that.

“(Governor Godwin) Obaseki also denied us a place to hold our rally in Benin (Edo State).

“It has come to a point where our people are being intimidated but no matter the intimidation, Nigerians are already determined that there must be a change in this country. And the change is going to come.”

But Don Pedro, refuted the accusation against his elder brother, saying the Edo State Government gave the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi “the best” logistic support so far.

“The fact is, the rally was to hold on a Saturday and the application for the use of the stadium was made on a Friday. They had to even publish those things to say, this is what happened.

“But the vehicles that took Peter Obi around from Edo South to Edo North, a (distance) of more than 200km, was provided by the governor of the state,” the younger Obaseki said.

Attacks On INEC Offices

INEC office was attacked by arsonists on November 27, 2022.

 

The APC, PDP and LP presidential surrogates also acknowledged the attacks on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in various states, calling for punitive action against the perpetrators.

Two weeks ago, the Commission lamented the spate of attacks on its offices, saying hoodlums had attacked 50 INEC offices in 21 states.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday, called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprits, “so that vandals and arsonists don’t feel that behaviour is acceptable in our country”.

“Five local government offices of the commission were attacked by yet unknown persons. Buildings are being destroyed, critical facilities lost,” he said.

“These facilities include a total of 1,992 ballot boxes, 399 voting cubicles and 22 electric-powered generators as well as thousands of uncollected PVCs. These attacks must stop and the perpetrators apprehended and prosecuted.”

Speaking about Sunday’s attack in Ebonyi State, the INEC boss described the situation as regrettable because the arsonists struck two days after electoral officials relocated to its office in the South-Eastern state.

In November, hoodlums attacked and burnt down INEC offices in Ebonyi, Ogun and Osun states.

“I agree there is increase in attacks on INEC offices and I want to suspect there is something sinister. I want to suspect there is plan by some people to cause chaos and confusion in order to sabotage the election,” Ibrahim said.

On the part of the LP, Ndirang attributed the recurrent attacks on INEC offices to an alleged failure of intelligence in Nigeria, saying the perpetrators of such attacks were known.

“There is a failure of intelligence in Nigeria. The intelligence committee is not doing its work and that is why things are happening and people are not saying anything,” he said.

“The failure of the intelligence is as a result of the inefficiency of the department that is responsible for issuing out intelligence before things happen.”

Peace Accord Violations

The Peace Accord has been signed in several elections in Nigeria. [email protected]

 

Blaming the APC, Obaseki argued that the PDP was on the receiving end of most of the political attacks in the lead-up to the 2023 elections.

He noted that the PDP made a commitment to the National Peace Committee, which includes several well-meaning Nigerians.

“If I remember clearly, with the benefit of hindsight, the only presidential candidate that didn’t show up was that of the APC. I think this shows that all the states where INEC offices have been burnt are also APC states,” Obaseki said.

However, checks by Channels Television showed that despite the most recent attacks occurring in states governed by the APC, an INEC office in PDP-led Enugu recorded an instance of arson in July.

Poverty Factor?

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Two weeks ago, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said 130 million Nigerians are poor.

In its 2022 Multidimensional Poverty Index Survey released in Abuja, the NBS said the figure represents 63 per cent of the nation’s population.

On possible links between the spate of violent political attacks and the worsening rate of poverty in the country, the APC spokesman argued against the NBS’ findings.

“This is a sign of reduction of poverty: people are now engaged in productive enterprise as against thuggery and other violent behaviours,” he said.

But Obaseki described thuggery as “an almost direct derivative of the poverty level within the country”.

He noted that Nigeria had moved from being the largest economy in Africa as recalibrated in 2014 under former President Goodluck Jonathan to becoming the “poverty capital of the world.”

Responding to popular soundbite of the APC that the PDP subjected the country to 16 years of maladministration, Obaseki said, “They (APC) have weaponised poverty where our take home pay no longer can take us home”.

INEC Will Recover From Recent Attacks, Yakubu Assures Nigerians

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians it will recover from the recent attacks on its facilities.

Speaking at the induction retreat for resident electoral commissioners held in Lagos on Wednesday, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said, “Our responsibility is to conduct elections. I want to assure Nigerians that we will recover from these attacks.

“The lost materials will be replaced but there is a limit to our ability to keep replacing lost or damaged items in just 86 days to the general elections.”

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Within the space of three weeks, two attacks were carried out on INEC local government facilities in Ogun and Osun. Though INEC said its Ebonyi office was also attacked on Sunday, the police said fire gutted the facility.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, speaks at the induction retreat for Resident Electoral Commissioners in Lagos on November 30, 2022.

 

Two weeks ago, the commission had lamented the spate of attacks on its offices, putting the number of INEC offices attacked by hoodlums at 50. The attacks were recorded in 21 states.

To forestall a reoccurrence of these attacks, Yakubu said the commission will work closely with security agencies and traditional rulers.

INEC holds induction retreat for resident electoral commissioners in Lagos on November 30, 2022.

 

The INEC boss called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprits, “so that vandals and arsonists don’t feel that behaviour is acceptable in our country”.

INEC office was attacked by arsonists on November 27, 2022.

 

“Five local government offices of the commission were attacked by yet unknown persons. Buildings are being destroyed, critical facilities lost,” he added.

“These facilities include a total of 1,992 ballot boxes, 399 voting cubicles and 22 electric-powered generators as well as thousands of uncollected PVCs. These attacks must stop and the perpetrators apprehended and prosecuted.”

Speaking on Sunday’s attack in Ebonyi State, the INEC boss described the situation as regrettable because the arsonists struck two days after electoral officials relocated to its office in the South-Eastern state.

He also decried what he called misleading information in circulation about the possibility of voting without a Permanent Voter’s Card.

According to him, the position of the law is clear and no one without a PVC will be allowed to vote.

Tinubu’s Attacks On Atiku Done To ‘Spice Up’ 2023 Campaigns – APC Member

 

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Ayo Oyalowo has downplayed recent attacks by the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu’s on his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Tinubu, last Friday, mocked Atiku over the latter’s multiple attempts to occupy the number one political office in the country.

Atiku, aged 76, previously lost presidential bids in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

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Oyalowo, who made a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, argued that Tinubu’s political jibes on Atiku were simply to “spice up” the 2023 campaign.

However, spokesperson for the PDP PCC, Charles Aniagwu, in his response, pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari had similarly contested for president four times prior to his win in 2015 via the newly amalgamated APC.

“Even Charles knows that he is just making a mountain out of a molehill. Normally, in political contests, there are necessary times you throw jibes,” Oyalowo said.

“We have seen about two, three times the two men have met at the airport on different trips and we’ve seen how convivial they were. So, the jibes are just necessary to spice up the contest.

“It is not the content; the content here is, what are we going to do that we believe Atiku cannot do? That is the issue here.”

The APC campaigner alleged that Atiku as Vice President under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, Federal Government-owned companies such as the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON), Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), and Nigeria Airways, were undervalued and sold in the government’s privatisation efforts.

But Aniagwu stated that while Atiku was in power, the PDP-led government established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC).

“I would remind him (Oyalowo) that the PDP administration embarked on bank consolidation to the extent that today, when you put your funds in the bank, no matter what happens to that bank, your fund is safe,” the campaign spokesman said.

“I will also remind him about reforms in the pension sector. A number of times, they talk about money in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) as if that was the tree that grew in one forest.

“That money in the ECA was made possible because Obasanjo/Atiku administration was able to realise that we were getting some funds far in excess of what was budgeted, and rather than wasting it, we needed to save for a rainy day.”

2023: Kaduna NLC To Support Labour-Friendly Candidate

 

The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, on Monday, said the body is foregoing non-partisanship to work with any candidate that is willing to work with it.

The state NLC Chairman, Ayuba Suleiman spoke at an interactive session on workers’ welfare and security with the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna, Isah Ashiru.

Suleiman stated that the congress had the intention to increase its engagement as well as to sign a charter of demands with the approval of its Contact and Consultative Forum.

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“We want to sign an MoU (memorandum of understanding). Not only that, we are deeply convinced we will work with any candidate that we are so convinced will work with us.

“Working in the sense that workers are not to be non-partisan, but this time around we decided to be partisan (sic). We have so many reasons. We decided this time around as a congress to be partisan, to be actively involved in politics,” he said.

The NLC chairman stated that the meeting was the beginning of its interactions with gubernatorial candidates in the state. He however noted that candidates interested in consulting with organised labour in the state must come to the its turf to explain themselves.

“Our intention for this committee and this interaction is not really to interrogate. Although we are in a democracy, I think it would not be out of place if we interrogate you people,” he said.

“But what I mean, in essence, is that we are not interrogating at the start. This gathering today is just the beginning. We wanted to start on a very good note. That is why we are inviting you to our premises, rather than going to your campaign offices.

“And we’ve decided that even if the (All Progressives Congress-led) Government House invites us, we are not going this time around. We will stay in our own house. If you have anything good for us, you come down to our office and talk to us.”

NLC Chooses Obi

In September, the NLC National President, Ayuba Wabba, vowed to mobilise its members across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria to achieve victory for the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi in next year’s presidential election.

“One issue that we must take very serious is actually conscientising our members and also Nigerians because Nigeria is so much divided along many primordial interests and many interests that are self-centred that we need to address,” Wabba said at the National Retreat of the party in Abuja.

“No country in the world can prosper and work in unity if the country is so divided. So one of the responsibilities of Labour Party is to unite Nigerians along a common goal of development and prosperity.

“Let us organise at all levels. Let us send a message at all levels. I assure you that as Britain did it in 1945 when all the structures were actually won by the Labour Party and recently… Australia also did the same.”