El-Rufai’s Ex-Chief Of Staff Dattijo Wins Kaduna Central APC Senatorial Ticket

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, former Chief of Staff to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, wins Kaduna central senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, a former chief of Staff to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai,  has won the Kaduna central senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Abdullahi was returned unopposed in the primary election held on Saturday at the Murtala Square in the Kaduna State capital. His two opponents – Usman Sani and Hajia Rabi Salisu – withdrew from the contest shortly before the exercise commenced.

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While announcing the result, the Returning Officer of the election, Mohammed Afeez Bayero, said, 396 delegates showed up for the election and all were accredited, but at the end of the poll, Abdullahi scored 388 votes, while eight were invalid.

Speaking after his declaration as the winner, Abdullahi expressed appreciation to the aspirants who withdrew from the contest and solicited their support to ensure the party becomes victorious at the general election.

He expressed optimism that the APC will become victorious in the general election considering the good work of Governor El-Rufai’s administration.

2023 Elections: PDP More God-Fearing Than APC – Fintiri

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri. Source: @GovernorAUF

 

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State believes the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a better option for Nigerians than the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 

The governor spoke to Channels Television on the sidelines of the PDP National Convention which is holding in Abuja on Saturday. While he admitted that the party has made mistakes in the past, the PDP, he maintained is still miles ahead of the APC.

“They have [forgiven us] and I think ours [PDP] is better. We are more God-fearing than the APC,” the governor said at the event being held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Velodrome in Abuja.

“We made a mistake and we apologised which is human. The APC are making mistakes and they are still claiming they are going in the right direction and Nigerians are suffering. We have been licking our wounds.”

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‘They Are Disorganised’

The APC and PDP are two of the country’s leading parties.

 

The PDP chieftain believes with the quality of aspirants on parade by the PDP as well as the party’s preparedness, the APC cannot match his party.

“If you see the character of our candidates, it would attest to you that this presidency for 2023 is for taking for this great party.  The APC have made mistakes, they are still making mistakes,” he argued.

“You can see they are disorganised. Their primary was supposed to be for tomorrow. There was no preparation on their side. INEC had to tune to their side to extend the convention by six days so that it can accommodate their ill-preparation.

“Whatever that will come out of it, I don’t think it would be able to challenge us. Nigerians have learned their lessons and they are for PDP this time around.”

The governor, who said he will be supporting former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the presidential primary, disclosed that an aspirant has stepped down for the Adamawa-born politician.

“Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for him (Atiku),” Mr Fintiri said. “I think he has stepped down for him. He has instructed his delegates to vote for Atiku.

Katsina APC Guber Primary: Inuwa Concedes Defeat, Pledges To Support Dikko Radda

Former Katsina SSG, Mustapha Inuwa

 

Former Secretary to the Katsina State Government and one of the nine Katsina All Progressives Congress (APC)  governorship aspirants defeated during the recently concluded primary, Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has conceded defeat, pledging to support the winner, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda. 

Radda was on Friday declared winner of the Katsina State All Progressives Congress governorship primary after he secured 506 votes to defeat Inuwa, his closest rival who got 442. Inuwa was followed closely by Abbas Umar Masanawa who scored 436 votes.

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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.

Addressing a press conference in Katsina on Friday, the former SSG thanked his teeming supporters, friends, well-wishers and political associates for their cooperation, understanding and encouragement during the primary, praying that God Almighty will reward them abundantly.

He also commended the support he enjoyed from the 442 delegates who sacrificed to vote for him, restating his commitment to support the winner of the primary, Dr. Dikko Radda in order for him to emerge winner of the 2023 general elections.

Inuwa also called on his supporters and well-wishers to support the Katsina APC governorship candidate.

24 Hours After, APC Primary Election Yet To Start In Yobe Constituency 

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A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Twenty-four hours after the commencement of All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives primary elections across the country, the poll is yet to commence at Gashua for the Jakusko/Bade Federal Constituency of Yobe State.

Supporters of the major contestants, who spent the night waiting for the arrival of the APC Electoral Panel, told Channels Television on the phone that they do not know if the election will still hold.

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A supporter, who craved anonymity, claimed that most of the expected delegates have reportedly disappeared to unknown destinations.

Efforts to speak with party officials proved abortive as their lines were not going.

As of 9.25 am on Saturday, supporters of the contestants were seen at the supposed venue of the election waiting anxiously for the arrival of the Electoral Panel.

Kaduna APC Governorship Aspirant Sha’aban Rejects Primary Election Result

APC gubernatorial aspirant in Kaduna state, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Sha’aban

 

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Sha’aban has rejected the  primary election result held on Thursday, alleging that the poll was fraught with irregularities.

The gubernatorial primary in the state was won by Senator Uba Sani who scored 1,149 votes, while Bashir Abubakar came second with 37 votes and Sha’aban was third with 10 votes.

Speaking during a press conference on Saturday in Kaduna State, Sha’aban dismissed the process.

He alleged that the election was a ‘charade’, as most of the delegates from the 23 local governments were locked out of the voting venue and denied the right to vote for  candidates of their choice.

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“We followed the due process by complaining, we wrote letters, we made telephone calls, we made physical visitations hoping that the party leadership will stand to our calls, but as I am talking to you today, there wasn’t any response,” he said.

“APC in Kaduna is behaving as if it is the only party today in Kaduna State, as if there are other parties that are not even participating. We all know that one of the fundamental requirements by any party is to have a congress that is going to be free and fair.

“That congress will produce delegates that will elect candidates for various offices. Kaduna State never had that opportunity, privilege. Kaduna State has a ruling party in APC. If there is anything that has to be done, we should be able to be laying a good example – a good leadership.”

However, the returning officer from the APC headquarters, Anachuna Izu, said Senator Sani scored  the highest number of votes to emerge as the winner of the election.

Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which monitored the primary, described the exercise as free, fair and transparent.

Ohakim Withdraws From APC Senatorial Primary Over ‘Personal Reasons’

Former Imo Governor, Ikedi Ohakim

 

A former governor of Imo State Ikedi Ohakim has pulled out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial primary election.

He made the announcement in a statement released on Saturday, citing “personal reasons” for his decision to back out of the Imo North APC senatorial poll.

“After due consultations with my family and close political associates, I wish to
inform the good people of Okigwe zone, Imo state that I have withdrawn from the senatorial primary election scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2022,” he said in the statement.  “The decision to withdraw is purely for personal reasons.”

The former governor, however, assured his people of his commitment to the good of the Okigwe zone.


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Ohakim said, “I will continue to do everything within my reach to ensure that the zone takes its pride of place both at the state and national level.

“May I also express my profound gratitude to all those, within and outside the zone, who believed in the project and gave me both moral and material support, and plead and hope that they will take this decision in love and in faith.”

The former Imo leader also wrote to the National Chairman of the APC Senator Abdullahi Adamu informing him of the development.

“I wish to assure the leadership of our great party at all levels of my commitment to the success of the party both now and in the future,” Ohakim said in the letter dated May 27th, 2022.

“May I also seize this opportunity to thank you for your encouragement and moral support while I was in the race. Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”

Bwacha Declared Winner Of Taraba APC Gov Primary, Election Chair Alleges Threat To Life

Former Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

 

Former Deputy Senate Minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has emerged winner of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Taraba State.

The Chairman of the APC Governorship Primary Election in the state, Lawrence Onuchukwu, declared Bwacha winner at a press briefing in Jalingo, saying he defeated all the other eight aspirants to emerge as the party’s candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Shortly after the declaration on Friday, the Committee Chairman alongside other members boarded a private jet and exited the north-eastern state.

Onuchukwu alleged that his life was under threat, adding that members of the committee were held hostage.

According to him, he was forced at gun point to declare that he has not authorised the governorship primary to commence across the state due to unresolved issues.

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“What happened yesterday was quite unfortunate. However, election was conducted, few aspirants were happy with the conduct of the election,” he said.

“My members and I were held hostage at a particular location where we could not raise our legs up and we were at gunpoint, under duress to address the press that there was nothing like election which was actually held and after that they allowed us to leave which was the only condition for us to be alive.

“For me it is only a tree that can be cut down and its still there, but we as humans we have to run for out dear lives by doing what they want us to do, but that was not the real position of the truth.

“The result of the exercise was won by one Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and we have declared him the winner of the election.”

On his part, Senator Bwacha reiterated that his victory is valid and called on other contestants to close ranks and sheath their swords.

“I accept this offer from my party and pledge to work in harmony with those who contested with me and I am calling on them to close ranks and define a new road map for the APC which has for long been in the opposition,” he stated.

“At a designated time, I will reach out to those who lost out individually and collectively, because one person must emerge among many contestants and it is not a do or die matter, but one done to restore the lost glory of our state.

“If I say Taraba State is not sitting down on the precipice, I will be economical with the truth, but what we will do if victorious, we will redefine governance and dignity of civil service.”

This however did not go down well with six other aspirants of the party as they alleged that no APC governorship primary was conducted. They also asked the party’s national headquarters to intervene.

Speaking on behalf of the six other aspirants in the state, the Senator representing Taraba Central, Yusuf  Yusuf asked the party to conduct a governorship primary in Taraba or risk losing them to another party.

“We are surprise to know what has happened after the chairman of the committee said he has not authorized any election, only for us to be told he announced a result at the airport and jetted out,” he stated.

“We affirm that there was no election, no approval given, no duress whatsoever because we were there when he announced at the police headquarters that he has not authorized any election to hold in Taraba State.

“Due process of the law will be followed to ensure that internal dispute mechanism is judiciously used, and it will be followed by litigation in accordance to the electoral act of 2022.

“We will hold APC National accountable for whatever that happens to its followers in Taraba state and If the leadership of the party at the national headquarters are not prepared to accommodate our interest we will exit and think of other means of solving our issues.”

APC Postpones Presidential Primary To June 6

The APC flag.

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.”

Edo Senator Quits APC Over ‘Injustice’ In Primary Election

A file photo of Sen Francis Alimikhena
A file photo of Sen Francis Alimikhena

 

The Senator representing Edo North in the National Assembly, Francis Alimikhena has resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a letter dated May 27and sent to the APC National Chairman, the Senator cited “injustice” as a reason for his withdrawal.

“I write to notify you that I have withdrawn from the Primary election as a result of injustice and also withdraw my membership from the party,” the Senator said.

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Alimikhena is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff.

The APC is scheduled to hold Senate primaries on Saturday.

Court Declares Jonathan Eligible To Contest Presidential Election

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa has ruled that former President Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to contest the 2023 presidential election.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Isa Hamma Dashen, gave the judgement on Friday.

He also held that Jonathan’s right to vie for the office of president again cannot be stopped by any retroactive law.

As of the time of publishing this report, the former Nigerian president has not issued an official comment about the ruling.

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The ruling adds to the twists ahead of the 2023 general elections. A coalition of northern groups had bought the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for the former Bayelsa State governor months after speculations emerged that he will join the ruling party.

In the wake of the development, his media aide Ikechukwu Eze, however, said his principal did not consent to the decision.

While reports suggested that Jonathan had registered as an APC member in his Otuoke, Bayelsa hometown, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) insisted that the former vice president is still in its fold.

Jonathan served as vice president between 2007 and 2010 but became president in May 2010 after President Musa Yar’ Adua (to complete the latter’s tenure).
He thereafter contested for the presidential seat in 2011 and won.

But he failed to retain the position after losing to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Imo APC Leadership Crisis: Supreme Court Affirms Daniel Nwafor’s Chairmanship

 

The Supreme Court has affirmed Daniel Nwafor as the authentic Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo State.

A five-man panel of justices of the apex court led by Justice Kayode Ariwola, delivered the judgement on the merit of a suit that was seeking to set aside the judgement of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, which sacked Mr Nwafor as the Chairman of the APC in Imo state.

The ruling APC had through its lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo, SAN, contended that the appellate court erred in law when it okayed Nwafor’s removal, based on a pre-election matter that was lodged before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, by one of its chieftains in the state.

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Earlier, an Abuja High Court had in a ruling by Justice Othman Musa delivered on July 20, 2020, ordered Nwafor not to enforce or give effect to a 2018 judgement of the court that recognised him as Chairman of APC in Imo state, pending the determination of the appeal that was filed by the party.

Justice Musa had stated that the crux of the appeal by the APC was that at the time the court entertained the suit that led to the judgement that recognized Nwafor as its Chairman in Imo, it was more than 14 days from the date it held congresses in the state.

Consequently, while granting an order to set aside the judgement, Justice Musa issued an injunctive order that restrained Nwafor from functioning as chairman, pending the determination of the case, an order that now has been superseded by the Supreme Court’s judgment.

Following the victory at the apex court today, Mr Daniel Nwafor addressed the media declaring that his faction is the only one recognized by law and as such, all the activities carried out by the caretaker committee including especially the election of delegates for all positions in the current party primaries process are null and void.

He advice the party to immediately recognize his chairmanship and authority within his purview, lest the party risks not having any National and State Assembly members come 2023.

Senator Aishatu Beats Ribadu, Ex-Governor To Win APC Adamawa Guber Ticket

Senator Aishatu Binani has emerged as the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary poll in Adamawa State. She beat five other contenders, all men, to clinch the ticket. 

The Chairman of the APC Adamawa State Electoral Committee, Gambo Lawal, announced the result on Friday.

According to the Presiding Officer for the poll, she scored 430 votes to defeat her closest rival and a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, who got 288 votes.

Other contestants in the race were the immediate past governor of the state, Jibrilla Bindow; a House of Representatives member, Abdulrazak Namdas; Wafari Theman, and Umar Mustapha.

The former governor came third with 103 votes. A further breakdown of the result showed that Namdas had 94 votes, Theman 21 votes, and Umar Mustapha scored 39 votes. The exercise recorded 36 invalid votes.

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A file photo of Senator Aishatu Binani.

 

The primary, which took place at the Lamido Cinema in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, started at about 5:00 pm on Thursday with the accreditation of delegates. But voting started at midnight and lasted till Friday morning before sorting and counting began.

Friday’s victory makes the Senator, who represents Adamawa Central in the upper lawmaking body, the first female governorship aspirant of a major political party in the state. The feat also makes her the second female flag bearer of a major party in Nigeria.

The other person to have achieved that feat was the late former Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, who became the APC governorship flag bearer in Taraba State in 2015. She, however, lost to Governor Darius Ishaku.

While she challenged Ishaku’s victory up to the Supreme Court, the former minister lost the case.

Senator Binani’s win is a major upset and a plus for the womenfolks in the country.  She will be aiming to become the first elected female governor in Nigeria’s history. So far, Binani is the first woman to fly the flag of a major political party in the forthcoming election.

In her speech after the victory, the 50-year-old commended the committee for the successful conduct of the primary and promised to work with those who contested with her.

Some of the agents equally lauded the election committee for the peaceful conduct of the exercise. The other contestants also accepted the result and pledged to work together to ensure the APC wins the governorship poll next year.

Minutes after the declaration of the results, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the leader of the APC in Adamawa, Boss Mustapha, arrived at the venue of the event. He applauded the APC for conducting a free, fair, and transparent primary.

Below is the breakdown of the result: 

Binani Aisha – 430
Nuhu Ribadu – 288
Bindow – 103.
Wafari –  21
Namdas – 94
Otumba – 39

Number of accredited voters – 1009
Number of valid votes cast – 975
Number of invalid votes – 36