2023: Tom-West Asks Court To Disqualify Rivers PDP Governorship Candidate

A photo combination of Rivers PDP governorship candidate, Siminialayi Fubara and the state’s map.

 

Mr. Morgan Tom-West, a former governorship aspirant in Rivers State has asked the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to disqualify Siminialayi Fubara.

On May 25, Fubara, the immediate past Rivers State Accountant General, Fubara Siminialayi emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the 2023 general elections.

Dissatisfied with the process, Tom-West dragged the PDP candidate, Siminialayi Fubara, and the party to court.

While asking the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognise Fubara as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Tom-West also wants the PDP to be restrained from presenting and submitting Fubara’s name as its candidate to the electoral body.

Tom-West, through his lawyer, Ibrahim Idaye, filed the suit at a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to demand that he be declared the validly elected governorship candidate of the PDP in the primary.

The defendants in the matter are the Fubara, PDP, INEC, the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu and the Chairman of the Committee that conducted the governorship primary in Rivers State, Walter Mboto.

His arguments are that Fubara who was declared winner of the primary was not qualified to contest the election and that the party’s guidelines were not followed in the conduct of the primary.

At the proceeding on Friday, Lawyer to Applicant, Ibrahim Idaye informed the court that he has not been able to serve the 1st and 5th defendant, being the Governorship Candidate and the Chairman of the Committee that conducted the primary, the originating processes.

He prayed the court to allow him serve them through substituted means.

His prayer was granted by the presiding judge, Justice Adamu Mohammed, who adjourned the case to July 7.

Niger Govt Declares Two-Day Holiday For PVC Registration, Collection

A file photo of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has declared Thursday, 30th June 2022, and Friday, 1st July 2022 as state-wide public holidays to enable the people of Niger State to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

The governor made the declaration in a press statement signed on Thursday by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane in Minna.

The holiday, he said, is to enable civil servants, public office holders, and citizens of the State who have attained the age of 18 years or lost their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) or even changed their locations to take advantage of the ongoing INEC Continuous Voters Registration Exercise and obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs).

Governor Bello equally directed all Commissioners, Special Advisers, and top government officials to proceed to their respective Local Governments to sensitize and mobilize the general public to come out en-mass to register and obtain their Voter Cards before the closing date announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“At the end of the exercise, Commissioners and Special Advisers are expected to render reports on the outcome of the exercise in their Local Government Areas, the statement stressed. Voters Card remains the only tool that allows people to elect credible candidates of their choice,” the statement read.

While asking everyone to come out in large numbers to obtain their voter cards, the governor then tasked every political Appointee to submit reports on the outcome of the exercise in their local government areas.

Again, Buhari Promises Credible Elections

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s resolve to conduct free and credible elections in 2023. 

He made the commitment on Wednesday during a meeting with representatives of Nigerians living in Portugal. Buhari added that his government will give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the free hand to conduct the exercise.

‘‘We also look forward to a smooth transition to the next government,” presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying at the meeting held in Lisbon.

“As I have said before, our Administration will not compromise on doing the right things and the welfare of Nigerians, home and abroad.’’

The President referenced the governorship elections in Anambra and Ekiti states as proof that his administration has zero tolerance for interference in elections, maintaining that Nigerians should be allowed to vote for people of their choice.

Garba’s statement also quoted his principal as calling on the Diaspora to promote Nigeria’s unity as he cautioned them against the use of social media to insult and incite others.

According to him, while social media platforms have made great impacts on several areas of life, they, however, have been used negatively.

‘‘Many countries, including our own, have had to take strong measures against some social media platforms to curb their excesses and prevent them from destabilizing our societies,” Buhari added.

‘‘I, therefore, call upon you to use social media responsibly. We all want the best for our country and people, so let us strive to build, unite and prosper our nation and people and not to insult and incite from a safe and anonymous distance.’’

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Don’t Forget Home

The Nigerian leader expressed happiness in the success of Nigerians abroad in several fields, noting that the country, and many others,  have shown that their diaspora can be a veritable engine for growth and development.

‘‘In every field of human endeavour, be it the creative industries, sports, health, academia, Nigerians in the diaspora have thrived and leveraged their skills to raise our country’s profile higher, economically, socially, technologically, and culturally,” he said.

‘‘It is for these reasons that this Government established the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to facilitate and support your engagement with our country for a win-win outcome in our effort to keep Nigerians united at home and abroad.

‘‘You must continue to be our ambassadors-at-large in your comportment, actions, and character. You must excel and be the best in all your endeavours. While here, you must also not forget home as you are the example we want to project to the rest of the world.’’

Ayu Not Suspended, On Vacation Abroad – PDP Spokesman

PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has not been suspended from office.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, disclosed this via a statement amid a social media report that Ayu has been suspended by the NWC.

“Such report is completely false and a product of the imagination of mischief-makers with the intent to destabilize our Party, create an impression of crisis within our ranks, and mislead the unsuspecting members of the public,” the statement read in part.

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“It is clear that the false report is the handiwork of vicious anti-people forces who are agitated by the stability, unity, and soaring popularity of our Party under the cohesive Sen. Dr. Ayu-led National Working Committee as well as the intimidating statures of our Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar and His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa respectively.”

While noting that Ayu is on a short vacation outside of the country, the PDP spokesman noted that he officially transmitted power to the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum, in line with the provision of the Constitution of the PDP 2017 (as amended).

According to Ologunagba, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was informed of the development within the main opposition party.

He insisted that both the PDP and the NWC are united, adding that Senator Ayu remains the National Chairman.

This is even as he called on all PDP members, the media, and the general public to disregard the said report, describing it as fake news.

Nigeria Not A Producing Country, Suffering From Bad Leadership – Peter Obi

Peter Obi, speaks during an interview on Channels TV’s Newsnight on March 1, 2021.

 

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Tuesday, said Nigeria is suffering from bad leadership as she is not a producing country.

Obi stated this during a visit to the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He stated that the citizens are not receiving the best from the ruling class, calling for a change from the sharing formula to the production formula.

READ ALSO: 2023: Peter Obi Meets Leadership Of The Nigeria Labour Congress

While noting that young Nigerians in their productive ages are idle, the ex-Anambra governor warned that a crisis will brew if the situation persists.

To avert the pending disaster, the Labour Party candidate called on organised labour to collaborate with the party in determining the future of Africa’s most populous nation.

According to him, nobody can emerge as Nigeria’s President without agreeing with organised labour and other organisations.

“Nigeria is not a producing country. The cumulative effect of what we are suffering today is bad leadership,” Obi said.

“It is a leadership that concentrates on sharing. We have to move from sharing formula to production formula. All our young people in their productive age are not doing anything, so we are going to have a crisis.”

Also speaking, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the Congress was solidly behind the Labour Party candidate and would fully mobilise to ensure the victory of the party come 2023 general elections.

He also recalled that workers’ unions have realised that strikes and protests alone cannot change the narratives in Nigeria, which informed the full venture into politics, to support candidates whose mantra will make life better for their members and Nigerians at large.

2023: Peter Obi Meets Leadership Of The Nigeria Labour Congress

Peter Obi met with leaders of the NLC on June 28, 2022.
Peter Obi met with leaders of the NLC on June 28, 2022.

 

Presidential candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi, on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja.

He met with the labour leaders to solicit their support ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The NLC and Trade Union Congress are major stakeholders of the Labour party.

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Peter Obi joined the Labour party after he pulled out of the presidential primaries of the PDP in May.

He has emerged as one of the favorites to win the 2023 presidential elections, especially among young people.

2023: Choice Of Running Mate Lies With Tinubu, Not APC Governors – Uzodimma

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma on Tuesday said the choice of picking a running mate for Bola Tinubu lies with the ex-Lagos governor, rather than Governors in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

On June 8, Tinubu emerged as the APC presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections after beating Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, among others.

A week after the party’s presidential primary, Uzodimma, who was also the Chairman of the APC special convention, briefed reporters in Abuja after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“The decision to choose a running mate does not reside with any of us, the governors. It is the presidential candidate that will look at the local characteristics and every factor that will make him win the election,” he said.

“There is nowhere in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where religion is a factor as to who becomes the President or running mate.

“We are looking for a united Nigeria where governance will be the issue, a President will be adjudged by his capacity to deliver democratic dividends.”

According to him, the South-East is ripe to produce Nigeria’s next President for the sake of equity and justice.

Despite the setback for the region, the governor pledged to work with Tinubu in the forthcoming election to ensure that the party retains power.

Uzodimma further underscored that what is most fundamental is the aim for a united Nigeria where democratic governance is upheld, noting that the South-East zone will work on what has so far prevented it from attaining the goal of producing a President.

Earlier, President Buhari had met with APC governors at the Council Chamber.

Governors of Borno, Kaduna, Jigawa, Kebbi, Imo, Nasarawa, Kogi and Plateau States were present at the meeting.

‘I’m Proud Of You:’ Dolapo Osinbajo Hails Husband After APC Presidential Primary

 

The wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo has showered her husband Yemi Osinbajo with encomiums after losing the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded primary.

“Oluyemi, Oluleke, Omoluabi, Omo oko, Oninu ire, Oniwa Pele, Oniwa tutu, Ologbon, Olododo, Alaanu, I’m proud of you!”, Mrs Osinbajo wrote in an Instagram post on Friday.

Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Wednesday, won the election by a landslide to become the APC’s official flagbearer for the 2023 general elections.

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Tinubu polled a total of 1,271 votes – more than four times the votes scored by his closet rival, Amaechi who had 316 votes.

Osinbajo, Lawan, and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State came behind the duo with 235, 152, and 47 votes respectively.

More than 2,300 delegates voted in the contest that produced Tinubu as the presidential flagbearer of the ruling party.

He is now scheduled to face the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar and others in the February 25 presidential election.

Meanwhile, Vice President Osinbajo said despite the loss, he remains committed to the dream of a new Nigeria.

He made the remark on Friday while speaking in Abuja at the campaign office of the Progressive Project (TPP), a coalition of support groups that backed the Vice President for the presidency.

The Vice President also stated that he will support the winner and flagbearer of the APC for the 2023 presidential elections, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Uzodimma Hails Tinubu, Says Buhari Will Hand Over To A Worthy Successor

A file photo of Governor Hope Uzodimma.

 

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has hailed Bola Tinubu on his emergence as the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying President Muhammadu Buhari will hand over to a worthy successor.

Uzodimma, who is also Chairman of the just concluded APC Special Convention/Presidential Primary, called on other presidential aspirants to close ranks and work hard towards Tinubu’s victory in next year’s general elections.

He also commended President Buhari for the role he played in the smooth conduct of the party’s primary election.

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“I will also want to use this medium to congratulate our dear President, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR who has always shown great leadership qualities in all situations,” the statement read.

“In my capacity as the Chairman of the APC Special Convention and Presidential Primaries 2022, I want to call on my brothers who were aspirants during the presidential primary to close ranks; the primary election is over and a winner has emerged, now is time to work together to support our flagbearer to win the 2023 presidential election.”

Read the full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

On behalf of the Government and good people of Imo state, I heartily congratulate His Excellency the Former Governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Jagaban Borgu on his victory at the just concluded Presidential  primaries and his emergence as the Flag bearer and Presidential candidate of our great party the ruling All progressives congress for the Forthcoming 2023 Presidential Elections.

By this Victory, our great party has once again demonstrated to Nigerians that the APC is dedicated and committed to the tenets of democracy and upholding all democratic principles by conducting a free, fair and credible primaries that brought in His Excellency Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

This victory has also reiterated and demonstrated the strength, tenacity, experience, credibility and integrity of our Flag bearer Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu who is one of the founding members of our great party, and no doubt his huge support and contributions to the growth and development of our party the APC and the Nation’s democracy over the years cannot be overemphasized.

With this Victory, we are confident that the APC will definitely cruise to victory in the 2023 Presidential elections and other elections at all levels. I therefore call on all our party supporters in Imo state, South east and across the country to come together irrespective differences and support His Excellency Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to emerge the next President of our dear country as his wealth of experience, doggedness and sincerity of purpose is needed to move our country forward at this time.

I will also want to use this medium to congratulate our dear President, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR who has always shown great leadership qualities in all situations. We are glad that you are exciting strong and handing over to a worthy successor who will continue your good works for our dear country.

To the APC National working committee led by our amiable Chairman Senator Abdulahi Adamu, thank you for creating a level playing ground at the primaries and also thank you for all the support given to see that our party conducted one of the most credible, free and fair Presidential primaries in the history of our party and in the country.

In my capacity as the Chairman of the APC Special convention and Presidential Primaries 2022, I want to call on my brothers who were aspirants during the presidential primaries to close ranks, the primary election is over and a winner has emerged, now is time to work together to support our flag bearer to win the 2023 Presidential elections.

 

Signed:

HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR HOPE UZODIMMA

EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR IMO STATE AND CHAIRMAN APC SPECIAL CONVENTION/PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES 2022

Kehinde Shogunle Emerges Ogun Labour Party’s Governorship Candidate

Ogun Labour Party governorship candidate, Kehinde Shogunle, addresses party delegates in Abeokuta on June 9, 2022.

 

Former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State, Kehinde Shogunle, has been elected the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the state.

He emerged through affirmation by the 100 delegates from the 20 local government areas of the state as the second aspirant Gboyega Ijaola was conspicuously absent for the exercise at an event held at the Nigeria Labour Congress state Secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital

In his acceptance speech, the governorship candidate promised purposeful leadership with a great sense of responsibility toward real development of the state as security, human capital development and employment generation as the focal point of his administration.

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“Democracy has been turned to a government of a few, by a few for a few. This is not what we fought for and bargained for pre-1999. The need for a third force, a genuine party of the people, a credible alternative with credible people have become critically imperative,” he said.

“The events in the past few days are indicating that their time is up, our time is now! Our Labour Party, the true party of the people is here! The national and global enthusiasm that followed the primaries election of the popular and credible Peter Obi as the Presidential Candidate of Labour Party is a glaring pointer.”

2023 Polls: Ensure Speedy Registration Of Nigerians, Peter Obi Charges INEC

File photo of the Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, ex-Anambra Governor has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a speedy registration of Nigerians.

The Labour Party’s presidential candidate made the call via his Twitter handle on Thursday, as the deadline for the registration of the new Permanent Voter Cards draws close.

Earlier, the electoral body extended the deadline for online registration for new PVCs from May 31, 2022, to June 30, 2022. It however insisted that the deadline for all registrations is on June 30.

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Taking to Twitter, Obi said his call is to enable millions of Nigerians to exercise their constitutional rights.

“Information reaching me indicates that voter registration across Nigeria, more so in the South East, is dogged by inertia & bureaucratic bottlenecks.  I respectfully call on INEC to facilitate speedy registration of Nigerians to enable them to exercise their voting rights,” his tweet read.

Prior to now, many Nigerians have expressed their frustration over the inability to get their PVC within the timeframe stipulated by INEC for the exercise.

Atiku Meets PDP Governors After Tinubu’s Emergence As APC Presidential Candidate

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar met with PDP Governors on June 8, 2022.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar met with PDP Governors on June 8, 2022.

 

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday met with governors of the main opposition party in Abuja.

This is coming shortly after the emergence of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections.

Channels Television’s correspondent reports that the meeting at the Legacy House in the nation’s capital is being held behind closed doors.

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Governors in attendance are Atiku’s co-contenders in the recently held PDP primaries – Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

Other governors attending the meeting are Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu State and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar met with PDP Governors on June 8, 2022.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar met with PDP Governors on June 8, 2022.

 

Also not left out are Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State and Darius Ishaku of Taraba State are also in attendance as well as the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

It is the first time Abubakar will be meeting with the PDP Governors’ Forum after the party’s presidential primary.

Although details of the meeting are still unknown, it is speculated to be part of a series of moves by the main opposition party to mend fences with all aggrieved members of the party and also strategise ahead of the 2023 elections.

After the meeting ended, the PDP presidential candidate declined to speak to journalists about the outcome of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the PDP governors have resumed their meetings behind closed doors.