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

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria-yobeeeeeee
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.

Hayatu-Deen Withdraws From PDP Presidential Primary, Says Contest ‘Obscenely Monetised’

A file photo of Mr Mohammed Hayatu-Deen .

 

A presidential aspirant under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has stepped down from the race, describing the primary election contest as “obscenely monetised”. 

He announced his withdrawal in a letter addressed to the PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayo, the day the main opposition party is holding its presidential primary election.

“I have been a keen observer of Nigerian politics for so many decades, but have not been opportuned to actively participate in party politics due to my engagements in managing critical public and private institutions, among others,” he said in the letter dated May 27th. 

“I have observed with great concern and sorrow the recent rapid deterioration of all aspects of our national life – characterised by increasing poverty, religious intolerance, banditry and kidnapping, monumental oil theft, corruption, mismanagement of national assets, communal and religious strifes and near collapse of public services and public institutions.

“During my recent nationwide trips, I came face to face with angry and hungry youths, children, boys, and girls abandoned by their states who ought to provide them with education and vocational training. These had become the recruiting grounds of criminals, religious and political extremists.”

The former managing director of the now-defunct FSB International Bank reiterated his decision to join the presidential race, saying he “planned to make Nigeria the continental economic powerhouse”.

According to him, one of his dreams is to end insurgency in the country and also halt the “incessant closure of our universities and other public institutions due to strikes”.

“I wish to reiterate that I did not join party politics and to contest for the presidency because of personal gains and inordinate ambition, but in order to serve our country,” he explained.

“It is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized.”

READ ALSO: INEC Extends Deadline For Party Primaries By Six Days

‘Shifting The Goalpost’

The PDP emblem.

 

He thanked his supporters and well-wishers for believing in his dreams and pledged, however, to work for the party.

“Finally, as a very loyal party member and believer in the democratic process, I will continue to avail myself and my teeming supporters at all times to ensure the victory of our great party,” Hayatu-Deen added.

His withdrawal is the latest twist in the PDP presidential primary contest. Earlier in the week, a former Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi had defected from the party and days later, joined the Labour Party.

Hayatu-Deen’s decision came hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) extended the deadline for the conduct of presidential primaries. Following the move, the All Progressives Congress (APC) fixed a new date for the party’s presidential primary poll.

But the PDP,  Nigeria’s main opposition party, lambasted the electoral body for the decision, saying it amounted to changing the goalpost in the middle of a game.

“The consequences will be grave for the country. And of course, we have to look at that,” PDP spokesperson Mr. Debo Ologunagba said at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, the venue of the PDP primary poll

“The bedrock of democracy is certainty of elections and the fact that the rules are clear to every participant, and you cannot shift the goalpost in the middle of the game.”

Lagos APC Guber Primary Poll Begins As Sanwo-Olu Battles Two Others

Governor Sanwo-Olu is seeking a second term in office. [email protected] jidesanwoolu

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Lagos State has commenced with an accreditation exercise at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan Stadium.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are on the ground for the event. APC supporters are also gathered at the venue to take part in the voting exercise.

The Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is contesting for the 2023 governorship seat, is also present. The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila is also at the Onikan Stadium.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu as well as two other aspirants –  former Commissioner of Energy, Mister Wale Oluwo;  former Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Energy, Mister Mustapha Olorunfemi, who both served during the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode  –  are all contesting for the governorship position in Lagos State under the party.

Five delegates from 245 across 20 recognised local government areas – totalling 1,225 delegates –  are expected to cast their votes.

Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly primaries is ongoing in different wards across the southwest state.

Lagos4Lagos Visioner Jandor Wins PDP Guber Primary Election

Jandor Adediran. [email protected]

 

The Convener of the Lagos4Lagos Movement Olajide Adediran has won the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State held on Wednesday. 

While announcing the result of the poll, the returning officer Emmanuel Ogidi said Adediran, who is also known as Jandor, polled 679 votes to beat his closest rival David Vaughan who got 20 votes.

According to the returning officer, 775 ad hoc delegates were supposed to participate in the primary election. However, 709 of them were accredited.

“The total number of accredited voters is 709, and Olajide Adediran got 679 votes, David Kolawole Vaughan had 20, and we had 10 voided votes,” he said while declaring the result.

“Having satisfied all the requirements in our guidelines, I want to announce Dr Olajide Adediran as our candidate after scoring the highest votes of 679.

“He is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”

Earlier, four other contestants Olanrewaju Jim-Kamal, Adedeji Doherty, Ade Dosunmu, and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, pulled out of the exercise.

‘We Can Rescue Lagos’

In this file photo, Mr Olajide Adediran (aka Jandor), flanked by some PDP governors and leaders, is received into the opposition party’s fold in Lagos on January 21, 2022.

 

Jandor’s victory followed his defection, alongside his supporters, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP. He was formally received into the main opposition party by the National Chairman of the PDP  Iyorchia Ayu in January.

At the event held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Adediran said he joined the PDP to add value to the party. His defection, he maintained, would strengthen the PDP as the battle for the 2023 polls begins.

The PDP chairman also spoke at the event, maintaining that the party will take over Lagos.

“PDP loves Lagos. We love Nigerians. We want Lagos to return to Lagosians and we want Nigeria to belong to Nigerians,” said the PDP national chairman.

“Today, I know you are not happy. You are not happy that you gave your lives to people who deceived you about change. Are you enjoying the change now? How much is a bag of rice today?

“Today, we are happy to join Lagosians to welcome Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran to the PDP so that together, we can rescue Lagos State and rescue Nigeria from the throes of economic hardship.”

2023: Osinbajo Meets Kaduna Delegates Ahead Of Presidential Primary

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has visited Kaduna State in continuation of his presidential campaign ahead of the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary.

Osinbajo arrived in the state on Sunday night where he met with the APC Adhoc delegates behind closed doors at the Murtala Mohammed Square.

He was accompanied by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the Director-General of his campaign organisation Senator Kabiru Gaya among other top government officials.

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Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Professor Osinbajo expressed satisfaction with the outcome of his discussion with the Kaduna APC Delegates.

The Vice President added that the delegates were impressed by his presentation in the areas of security, economy, and healthcare service delivery if he is elected as the next president of the country in 2023.

2023: Osinbajo Meets Osun Delegates, Vows To Hit Ground Running As President

Osinbajo during a visit to Osun State on Friday, May 20th, 2022. Photo: [email protected] akandeoj

 

Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said he has acquired the experience, understanding, and knowledge to hit the ground running from day one if he becomes the country’s President.

Osinbajo stated this on Friday in Osogbo, Osun State, while addressing party delegates as part of his national consultation visit ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential primary election.

He said although it takes one and a half to two years for a new person in government to understand the system and start to perform, in his own case, the almost eight years spent as vice president has positioned him to start working from day one.

“You all know why I’m here. The reason for my being here is because I have put myself forward as a presidential aspirant. I have served for eight years in government and I understand what it takes to govern this country,” he said.

“I have the knowledge, understanding, and experience to govern this country. I can hit the ground running from day one if I become the President of Nigeria. Everybody in government knows that it takes even a governor up to one year to understand the nitty-gritty of government.”

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‘We Are Proud Of You’ 

Osinbajo is promising to hit the ground running if elected Nigeria’s President. [email protected]

 

Prof. Osinbajo acknowledged the achievements of Governor Gboyega Oyetola, the progressive nature of members of the APC in the state, and the struggle to ensure that the Osun was being governed by the party.

Speaking during the event, Governor Oyetola, who was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi, appreciated Osinbajo for his visit and the recognition of the works and achievements of the administration.

“I want to start by appreciating the Vice President. On our way to the Palace, he sighted some of the good works of Mr Governor,” he stated.

On his part, the state Chairman of APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, hailed the Vice President’s record of achievements through President Muhammadu Buhari.

Famodun said: “We are proud of you in the past seven years for serving us and all the achievements through Mr President. We have here 23 out of 26 members of the House of Assembly, all local government chairmen, party chairmen, and secretaries, as well as party leaders. We are represented from our different segments”.

Osinbajo had earlier visited the Ataojas of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, who wished him well on his ambition.

The monarch urged Osinbajo to facilitate the completion of all abandoned Federal Government projects in the state before the forthcoming general elections.

2023: APC Adjusts Timetable For Primary Elections

A file photo of the APC flag.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has adjusted its schedule of activities for the presidential, governorship, National Assembly, and state House of Assembly primary elections. 

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary Barr. Felix Morka.

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He said the adjustment by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC is as followed:

PRIMARY ELECTION

Governorship and House of Representatives – Thursday, 26th of May, 2022

Senate and House of Assembly – Friday, 27th of May, 2022

ELECTION APPEALS

Governorship and House of Representatives – Friday, 27th of May, 2022

Senate and House of Assembly – Saturday, 28th of May, 2022

SPECIAL CONVENTION FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES: Sunday 29th – Monday, 30th of May, 2022.

The development is coming a day after the APC spokesman denied an adjustment in the timetable for the primary elections.

“Our attention has been drawn to a story of purported adjustment to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timetable/ Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Elections which is making the rounds on social media,” he said in a statement on Monday.  “The story should be disregarded as fake news.”

Based on the schedule released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2023 general elections, all political parties are to have held their primaries by June 3.

Buhari Will Decide Fate Of Ministers Who Withdrew From Vying For Elective Post – Lai

 

The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed says President Muhammadu Buhari will decide the fate of ministers who declared interest in elective offices but later backed out.

He made the comment while addressing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held on Wednesday in Abuja.  According to him, he will need to confirm the status of the returning ministers from the President.

“The other question about ministers returning or not going, I think you need to give me more time so that I can tell you exactly what the situation is,” he said during the briefing.

“Right now, I need to cross-check. I need to confirm again from Mr President what the situation is. You see the final decision on who is going, who’s coming back, who’s not going lies with Mr president.”

READ ALSO: [2023] APC Adjusts Timetable For Primary Elections

His comment followed Buhari’s directive to members of his cabinet seeking elective positions in next year’s poll to resign. About nine ministers were affected but some of them later rescinded their decision to vie for an elective post.

Before then, Buhari had a meeting with all outgoing ministers.

Aside from the fate of the ministers, Lai also refuted speculations that the Federal Government plans to ban Facebook due to the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

He said the social media giant has assured that it will take action against posts that incite violence on its platform, months after the government reversed the ban on Twitter.

Speculations about the ban on Facebook gained momentum in recent times following renewed attacks in the South East by suspected IPOB members.

While many have been killed, security formations have also been attacked and properties destroyed in the region although the group has denied responsibility for the assaults.

Most recently, an army couple was killed on April 30 in Imo State, a development that prompted the military authorities to say IPOB was not promoting the interest of the Igbos.

Sanwo-Olu Calls For Peace During APC Congresses, Primaries

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks at an event on December 7, 2021.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during the forthcoming primary elections and congresses of the party in the State.

He also appealed to them to abide by the tenets of the ruling party during the primary elections as well as the elections of local government, and state and national delegates.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made the statement during the Lagos APC Stakeholders’ meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Acme Road, Ogba on Tuesday.

He said it is the responsibility of party members to live, work and dream in the tenets of the party as APC conducts its congresses across the state on Wednesday and therefore urged the party’s faithful to conduct themselves in an orderly manner and comply with the party’s guidelines.

In his address, the leader of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), the apex leadership body of Lagos APC, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, charged party members to work hard for the ruling party to retain Lagos during next year’s elections.

He also advised the party members to ensure that people with integrity are elected during APC congresses and primaries, adding that they must discourage saboteurs from being elected as delegates and party candidates during the APC primaries and 2023 polls respectively.

Also speaking, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, appealed to APC members to support, work and abide by any decision made to ensure the party’s success in order for it to continue to reign.

He appealed to the party members to sacrifice where necessary for the common interest and the progress of the ruling party, especially in the interest of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is running for the 2023 presidency.

Speaking earlier, Lagos State APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said the business of forthcoming congress and primary elections of the party should not be seen as a do-or-die affair by the delegates.

He said they should see both the congress and the primaries as a contest.

Pastor Ojelabi while imploring party members to use internal mechanism to resolve conflicts, said no local government chairman or party chairman at the council level had a right to write a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for redress on any issue without first exploring the internal conflict resolution of the party.

Lagos APC chairman also encouraged party leaders and members to show commitment and passion toward the ongoing continuous voters’ registration by encouraging people to register for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the June 30 deadline.

The stakeholder’s meeting was attended by Governor Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; GAC members, Lagos APC executives, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, members of the National Assembly and Lagos State House of Assembly, Conference 57 and party’s chairmen from 20 local governments and state’s technical support committee, among others.

PDP Blasts Emefiele Over ‘Heart Attack’ Comment, Insists He Can’t Continue As CBN Governor

A combo of Emefiele and the CBN logo.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned as reckless, irresponsible, and unpardonable, the comment by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, that he is “having a lot of fun” in his actions which are in violation of the CBN Act 2007 and the Public Service Rules.

According to PDP’s spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, this comment by Emefiele, who also stated that Nigerians can go ahead and “have heart attack” over the widespread anxiety in the country arising from his involvement in partisan politics, is provocative and enough to trigger a nation-wide restiveness, pitch Nigerians against the CBN, shut down the economy and destabilize the polity.

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The PDP in its statement on Saturday asserted that despite Mr. Emefiele’s alleged withdrawal from the presidential race “due to the pressure by our party, he still cannot continue as CBN Governor having become partisan as a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The CBN which keeps all sensitive materials for elections cannot be trusted with the custody of such materials with a biased Mr. Emefiele at the helm of affairs.

“It was despicable to watch Mr. Emefiele on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Presidency, brazenly and derisively spit at the concerns of millions of Nigerians, the International Community, and the Corporate World when he said of Nigerians, “let them have heart attack. It’s good to have heart attack. I am having a lot of fun.”

“Mr. Emefiele has crossed the red lines; he is provoking and daring Nigerians to do their worse, especially in the face of huge allegations and revelations of massive looting, manipulations, and doctoring of the books in the CBN under his watch as recently exposed in a leaked phone conversation and for which he ought to be behind bars.

“His unthinking and insensitive comment further establishes that he is not a fit and proper person to hold public office and continue the coordination of our national commonwealth as the CBN Governor, having exposed his lack of the required professionalism, code of conduct, and regard for public concerns on issues that affect our economy and the electoral process.”

The party said: “It also underpins the thoughtlessness and endemic corruption in the Buhari-led APC government and further shows the decadence in the CBN under Mr. Emefiele.

“The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to decisively rebuke and sack Mr. Emefiele only confirms that impunity is an official policy of the APC administration.”

PDP further stated that “Emefiele should know that Nigerians will never have a heart attack because of APC’s impunity. Instead, they are now, more than ever before, ready and resolute to confront the situation and rescue our nation from the stranglehold of the APC.

“Now that he has been confirmed to be a card-carrying member of the APC, Mr. Emefiele must forthwith steer clear of the CBN as he cannot continue as the Governor. Anything short of that amounts to testing the will of the people and the PDP will not hesitate to call out our members and teeming supporters across the country to, within the ambit of the law, defend and protect the integrity of the CBN and our electoral process”.

The opposition party urged Mr. Emefiele to be ready for investigation, prosecution, and possible conviction for the atrocities allegedly superintended by him as the CBN Governor.

Osinbajo Engages APC Delegates In Jigawa, Says Nigeria Deserves The Best

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Saturday interacted with stakeholders and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa State in Dutse, the state capital.

Prof. Osinbajo’s visit was in continuation of his nationwide consultations with APC stakeholders and delegates and his main message was that for the 2023 elections, decisions should be based on what is in Nigeria’s best interest.

On arrival, the Vice President was received by a crowd of supporters at the airport and on the streets, APC Chieftains and senior state government officials led by the Secretary to the State Government Abdulkadir Fanini Adamu, who represented Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, who was out of town at the time of the visit.

At the townhall style interaction with the delegates, which also featured a question and answers session, the Vice President restated his view that decisions about the 2023 elections be based on what is best for the country, its destiny, and future as a nation.

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Osinbajo said “we should make a decision based on the future of our children… We can make progress; we can move on. All I ask you to do is what is in the best interest of Nigeria; vote in the interest of our children”.

He restated how his training and experience in governance, serving as VP under President Muhammadu Buhari, would help him to lead the country effectively if given the ticket and elected under the APC platform.

“As Vice President, the President has given me an opportunity that I do not think any other vice president has been given,” he said.

Later while speaking during a brief chat with the media after the meeting, Prof. Osinbajo noted that he was happy with the interactions with the Jigawa delegates.

“Obviously, all the issues that we discussed are issues that concern the country very significantly. We talked about agriculture, we talked about youth empowerment, education, technology, and a wide variety of issues,” the VP added.

“I think it was extremely fruitful, and at least we all understand where we are coming from and where we ought to be in the few years ahead. All of us are very happy that we were able to have this engagement.”

Delegates who spoke during the interactive session included members of the State House of Assembly, local government officials, grassroots leaders and women leaders.

Many of the delegates spoke about the successes of the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), especially the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, which the delegates recalled offered first-time jobs for several women.

They also commended the VP’s contributions in that respect while praising other achievements of the Buhari administration including efforts to make fertilizer available and affordable, a benefit much enjoyed in Jigawa State.

Others at the interaction highlighted the reputation of the VP as “a man of proven integrity and fear of God,” and his “excellent track record, loyalty, and support of Mr. President”.

Generally, several delegates believe that if the VP becomes elected as President he should expand the SIP, and ensure youth and women engagements in government while providing federal support to Jigawa State agrarian economy.

The Vice President described as very fruitful the conversations he had with the people, noting that their recommendations were valid.

UPDATED: Buhari Meets With Outgoing Ministers, Thanks Them For Their Service

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by outgoing Niger Delta Minister, Sen Godswill Akapbio, outgoing Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of State Mines and Steels, Hon Uche Ogah; Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Christ Ngige and Minister of State Petroleum, Timiprey Sylva; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, and Minister of State Niger Delta, Tayo Alasoadua. With them is SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari during a meeting with the outgoing ministers of the Federal Executive Council at the Council Chambers, State House. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 13TH 2022

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with ministers who are seeking elective offices in 2023 and thanked them for their services to the nation. 

In a valedictory session at the Council Chamber in Abuja on Friday, Buhari appreciated them for their cooperation. He also admonished other members of the cabinet to be more diligent and committed to the success of the administration.

On whether former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), he stated that the party is in the best position to know.

During a briefing after the session with the outgoing ministers, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that ten of them were leaving.

According to him, some of the ministers have tendered their resignation while the others are in the process of doing so.

READ ALSOBuhari Orders FEC Members With Political Ambitions To Resign

 

Those who were at the meeting include the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Uche Ogar; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen.

Others are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Goodwill Akpabio; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation,  Ogbonnaya Onu.

 

Nine were physically present while the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who is the tenth, was absent.

The meeting follows the President’s recent directive to all ministers and political appointees contesting for various elective positions to resign from their appointments on or before Monday, May 16, 2022.