Same Faith Ticket: Catholic Bishop Warns Christians Against Voting For APC

 

The Bishop of Kaduna Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Mathew Ndagoso has urged Christians not to vote for any political party that fields same-faith ticket for the 2023 elections .

Rev Ndagoso said that such tickets do not promote equity, fairness and unity especially in a diverse country like Nigeria.

Speaking at an event in Kaduna on Monday, Bishop Ndagoso insisted that religion is an important factor to be considered for in the nation’s socio-political charter, which any political party or presidential candidate must take into consideration when making their choices for elections.

The bishop was of the opinion that the nation’s religious, social and cultural diversities are a blessing that can and should be harnessed by those in leadership positions.


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“Nigeria is a very diverse country, we come from different cultural backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and social backgrounds and our diversities are not a curse; they are blessings from God.

“All we need are leaders who will be able to manage and harness these diversities as to enrich our country. Therefore, the kind of leader Nigeria needs is somebody who has the ability to manage our differences and bring everybody together and give everyone a sense of belonging.”

He further admonished Christians not to waste their votes and to avoid voting any political party that fields same faith ticket into power, adding that any party that is insensitive to the feelings of Christians must be ready to live with the consequences of their action.

The Catholic cleric also talked about the rising security challenges bedeviling the country, which he notes poses a major threat to the 2023 general election if not nipped in the bud as soon as possible.

He, however, called on security agencies and president Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that no part of the country is under the strong hold of bandits and terrorists, noting that there is no way the will exercise their franchise in the midst of insecurity.

2023 Election Is About Capacity Not Sentiments – Kwankwaso

NNPP presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso speaks at the Ebonyi State Govt House in Abakaliki on November 9, 2022.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that Nigerians will not vote for any individual who campaigns on sentiments for the office of president away from the capacity to deliver on the job when elected.

The former Kano State governor stated this on Wednesday Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital after he was received by Governor David Umahi, represented by his deputy, Kelechi Igwe at the Government House.

He, however, said Nigerians must elect the next president of the country on the basis of the competence and capacity of the individual and not on the basis of his religion or ethnicity.

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“Anybody who goes out and feels that I am an actor now with the face of religion, ethnicity, that person has lost the election even before the date of the election,” he said.

“It doesn’t work that way. I was at the constitutional conference of 1994/1995. We deliberately put that clause in the constitution, and it has always been there since 1979 that nobody can be declared a winner in this country unless he has the highest vote and two-thirds of the 36 states which is 24 states.

“We don’t have 24 states in the north, the entire south does not have 24 states, meaning you have to reach out.”

The presidential hopeful, who thanked the government of Ebonyi State for the warm reception granted him and his team, went further to state that nobody should personalise becoming president in 2023.

Noting that the NNPP was bringing renewed hopes for Nigerians, Kwankwaso said that those who were aggrieved with the situation could change the narrative in 2023 by voting him as president.

If elected, he pledged to tackle cases of oil theft which have negatively impacted the growth of the nation’s economy.

Five Takeaways From The US Midterms

 

As US election officials continue to count ballots across the country, partial results showed that Democrats have avoided their worst fears, while Republicans are holding out hope that they will retake both chambers of Congress.

With multiple critical races still yet to be called, here are some key midterm takeaways:

– No Republican ‘red wave’ –

The president’s party has traditionally lost seats in midterm elections, and with Joe Biden’s ratings stuck in the low 40s and Republicans pounding him over inflation and crime, pundits had predicted a drubbing for his Democrats.

In the House, early results suggested Republicans were on track for a majority — but only by a handful of seats, a far cry from their predictions.

Top Republican Kevin McCarthy — who hopes to be the lower chamber’s next speaker — struck an upbeat note, telling supporters in the early hours: “It is clear that we are going to take the House back.”

But Senator Lindsey Graham, a top Trump ally, bluntly conceded to NBC that the election is “definitely not a Republican wave, that’s for darn sure.”

At 1400 GMT, NBC News projected that Republicans will possibly win 220 seats, giving them only a thin 2-seat majority.

Democratic US Senator Raphael Warnock arrives to speak onstage during an election night event in Atlanta, Georgia, November 8, 2022. (Photo by SETH HERALD / AFP)

– Senate undecided –

Control of the 100-seat Senate — currently evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats — hinged early Wednesday on four key races that were still on a knife-edge.

Democrats need two more wins to successfully hold the chamber, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tie-breaking vote, while Republicans need three to flip it.

In Arizona, Nevada and Wisconsin, counting the remaining votes for Senate could take days. And Georgia may well go to a runoff scheduled for December 6.

Democrats had been hoping to pick up seats from retiring Republican senators in North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but were only successful in the latter, with hoodie-wearing John Fetterman, who had a stroke during the campaign, defeating Trump-endorsed celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

– Glitches fuel disinformation –

Biden has warned that Republicans pose a dire threat to democracy, calling out their growing embrace of voter conspiracy theories boosted by Donald Trump.

In swing-state Arizona, Trump and his chosen candidate for governor, Kari Lake, alleged irregularities after problems with voting machines.

Officials in the most populous county of Maricopa said about 20 percent of the 223 polling stations experienced difficulties related to printers but that no one was denied the right to vote.

“People of Arizona: Don’t get out of line until you cast your vote. They are trying to steal the election with bad Machines and DELAY. Don’t let it happen!” Trump posted on his social media site, Truth Social.

– Candidates eyeing 2024 –

One of the Tuesday’s most decisive wins was for rising Republican star Ron DeSantis, who won the gubernatorial race overwhelmingly in Florida, cementing his status as a top potential White House candidate in 2024.

But if the 44-year-old views his victory as a presidential mandate, he will likely face a stiff challenge from another Florida resident — Trump, who has teased an “exciting” announcement on November 15.

On the Democratic side, Governor Gretchen Whitmer won her reelection bid in Michigan, a key presidential swing state.

Multiple candidates who ran in the 2020 Democratic primary, including now-Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, made campaign appearances in key races — fueling speculation they are eyeing another run if Biden decides to sit out.

– Growing diversity –

Maura Healey will make history as the first openly lesbian governor in the United States, with the Democrat easily winning her race in the New England state of Massachusetts.

In neighboring New Hampshire, James Roesener became the first openly transgender man elected to a state legislature, joining multiple trans women already in office.

The mid-Atlantic state of Maryland elected its first Black governor, Wes Moore, whose rising profile has some in the US political class commenting on a potential national run.

And 25-year-old Maxwell Frost was elected in Florida, becoming the first member of the US House from the so-called “Generation Z.”

IGP Orders Distribution Of Additional Election Security Kits To Personnel

A file photo of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, addressing reporters in Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the immediate distribution of additional equipment for use by officers and men of the force before, during and after the 2023 general elections.

They include batches of uniforms, kits, accouterments, and anti-riot equipment comprising bullet-proof vests with armored plates, ballistic helmets, long and short-range tear gas for civil disorder management, and stun guns.

In a statement on Monday, Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the items are to ensure officers appear in clean uniforms and are well-suited to discharge policing services professionally and for the general safety of all and sundry across the country.

“This distribution is coming on the heels of the recently procured batch of the items to cater for the welfare of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force as preparations are in top gear for the forthcoming General Elections, to optimize professionalism and friendly engagements in crowd control, as well as the subduing of any civil unrest; and to maximally adopt modern techniques of curtailing crimes and criminality,” the statement read.

The IGP also reiterated his administration’s continuous commitment to upgrading the operational capability of the Force at all levels in order to completely stamp out crimes and criminality in the country while providing top-notch election security management for the 2023 General Elections.

He charged officers and men of the Force to exhibit discipline, and decency, and respect for people’s fundamental rights while discharging their duties.

SDP’s Adebayo Promises Nigerians 30m Jobs Using Technologies Like Crypto

A file photo of SDP’s Adebayo Adewole

 

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Adebayo Adewole has promised to deploy technologies such as cryptocurrencies and partnerships with companies to create 30 million jobs.

He made the promise during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, saying it is part of his plans to reduce unemployment in the country and reposition Nigeria.

“The way to get the job out is this. I realised that if we are to rely on our public expenditure alone, we cannot create these jobs. What I did was to go to the US Black Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber of Commerce in the US – people who know me too well and whom I have worked with. I am a board adviser for some of them and I have gone around the world with them on job creation,'” he said during the show.

“I told them, ‘Look, you know we have done these things before in many countries and I have been your adviser and we have done all of these things. In my country, I know the objective conditions that we can create for you to come to Nigeria and we can create jobs.’

“We sat down together and we looked at it in various sectors – agro-allied, alternative energy, infrastructure, health, and social services, new technologies such as block chain and crypto technology – we discovered that we can create three million jobs times 10 – 30 million jobs – using 2,000 companies and bringing the production that they are doing into the country.”

2023: INEC Not Doing Enough On Voter Registration, PVC – Pat Utomi

A Professor of Political Economy and management expert, Pat Utomi, speaks during an interview on Channels Television.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general election, a political economist, Professor Pat Utomi has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to step up its efforts on voter registration and the issuance of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

Utomi, who was a guest on Newsnight, a pre-recorded show on Channels Television, claimed the electoral body was not doing enough.

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“I don’t like the fact that voter registration is not continuing, I think that is an invasion of the democratic rights of the citizens,” he said.

“INEC likes to put bureaucracy above democracy. I think that all efforts need to be made to ensure that people are getting their PVC after registration. I don’t think they are doing enough; I think more needs to be done.”

He re-echoed claims that INEC can never be a fair umpire as it is perceived to be used by the ruling class. Expressing his displeasure over the situation, Utomi said he will keep pushing the Commission do to the needful in the interest of Nigeria’s democracy.

He also spoke on the nation’s security challenges as Nigerians prepare to go to the polls in February 2023.

The political economist, also a chieftain of the Labour Party, asked the Federal Government to nip insecurity in the bud so that next year’s polls will not be threatened.

He wants the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as well as the security agencies to ensure that some security threats are being tackled. The LP chieftain said Nigeria’s current security situation is the result of not taking heed of warnings issued in that regard from as far as back as the run-up to the 1999 transition to democracy.

He added, “We must do everything to contain as much of it as possible to make a democratic process work next year

“Nothing about this state of insecurity is a surprise. Just at a time, the civilian government was coming in in 1999, an American predicted what we are going through.”

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Despite Worsening Insecurity, There Is Still Hope – Liyel Imoke

Former Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke speaks on Channels Television’s Newsnight.

 

Former Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, has said there is still hope for Nigerians despite the security challenges facing the country.

He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight, a pre-recorded show that airs on Mondays. Imoke, a former Minister of Power and Steel Development, noted that though the security situation has worsened than it was in 2019, he is optimistic that next year’s general elections will still hold.

Recalling the security threats in the last eight years, he stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was still able to conduct the 2015 and 2019 elections respectively. This, he stated, is a result of close collaboration between the electoral body and security agencies in the country.

“The security situation in the country now is worse than it was in 2015, that is a fact. In fact of that, I believe that there is still hope for a better future,” he said.

“That is the basis of strengthening not just the electoral commission, but also that is the basis of the security agencies working hard to build confidence among the electorates that they can secure the nation for the purposes of the elections.

“Working collaboratively, we should be able to conduct elections across the country in spite of the current security situation.”

The former governor commend security agencies for making concerted efforts in tackling some of the security threats.

He also hailed the electoral body for carrying internally displaced persons along by ensuring that voting is held in the IDP camps in line with the current Electoral Act.

INEC has fixed February 25 for the commencement of the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections. The electoral body also released the schedule of activities for the election, paving the way for political parties to commence their campaign as of September 28.

Watch the full interview on Monday by 9:00 pm on Channels Television. 

2023: Tinubu Present As APC Sets Up Women Presidential Campaign Team

APC bigwigs meet at the State House over the APC Women Presidential Campaign Team on October 10, 2022. Credit: Bashir Ahmad.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to inaugurate its Women Presidential Team for the 2023 general elections.

The Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this on his Twitter handle on Monday.

 

He shared an image of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima as well as the party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

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They were at the State House, Presidential Villa in a meeting, although the exact venue cannot be ascertained at the time of this report.

 

Also in attendance at the meeting is the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, among others.

The development seems to have laid to rest the purported rift between the ex-Lagos State governor and the APC Chairman.

On September 29, Adamu accused Tinubu of appointing members of the Presidential Campaign Council without the approval of the APC National Working Committee.

Adamu demanded the immediate withdrawal of the presidential campaign council list, warning that any sign of disarray in the party’s ranks would undermine the spirit of the campaign and give an undue alarm to party followers across the country.

But the APC spokesman, Felix Morka, in a statement said the letter did not emanate from Adamu, adding that the party will not be distracted by those he described as detractors.

“To be clear, the “DRAFT” letter did not emanate from the Party. An UNSIGNED letter that marks itself as a ‘DRAFT’ cannot and should not be attributed to its purported author,” Morka said.

“The National Chairman of our Party and our Presidential Candidate maintain cordial and effective communication channels and enjoy full liberty of open and frank conversations on matters of interest to the Party and our Presidential Campaign. As such, an unsigned  “DRAFT” letter of the kind in circulation is patently unnecessary and of no qualitative value to engagement between the Party and the PCC.

“We will not be distracted by the wishes and actions of detractors that wait gleefully but in vain for some kind of crisis to erupt between the Party and the PCC.”

The accusation comes days after the APC candidate unveiled a 422-man committee comprising political heavyweights and other notable members of the party to pilot the various sub-committees of the campaign council.

Campaigns for the 2023 general election officially commenced on 28 September in line with the timetable and schedule of activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

2023 Polls: Nigerians Can Trust PDP Again – Atiku

PDP Candidate, Atiku Abubakar speaks to part supporters at the Gombe State Airport on October 1, 2022. Credit: @atiku

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday said Nigerians can trust the main opposition party again.

PDP had held sway at the national level for 16 unbroken years, before being defeated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. The main opposition party also lost to the APC in 2019.

 

But speaking in Gombe State after commissioning the PDP campaign secretariat in the state, Atiku said the main opposition party may have made some mistakes in the past, but it is ready to correct those mistakes and provide good governance for Nigerians.

The former Vice President was received by a crowd of supporters in Gombe State and he arrived at the state airport at exactly 10:45 am on Saturday aboard his private aircraft.

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Thereafter, hundreds of vehicles loaded with supporters drove to the airport to receive the PDP presidential candidate.

The supporters with banners and posters thronged to catch a glimpse of the arrival of Atiku, chanting his name.

 

In response, Atiku waved in delight at the cheering supporters before departing the airport in a long motorcade.

He was accompanied by some members of the PDP, including Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu and some lawmakers.

He first attended a wedding ceremony at the palace of the Emir of Gombe State where a large number of his supporters turned out to welcome him.

Thereafter, he commissioned the newly constructed campaign office located opposite the office of the deputy governor of Gombe State.

Atiku said he was elated by the turnout, adding that his administration will among other things focus on reuniting Nigeria and transforming the economy.

PHOTOS: Again, Peter Obi Meets With Obasanjo

Peter Obi enjoys massive support from young people in Nigeria. [email protected] Obi.

 

The presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi on Monday held a meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo. 

Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, shared photos of the meeting on his official Twitter handle. He, however, did not indicate where it took place.

‘Extensive Discussions’

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“I deeply appreciate the opportunity to hold extensive discussions with President Olusegun Obasanjo earlier today on arising national interest matters,” he wrote, alongside the photos. “As usual, the exchanges were forthright and animated.”

Monday’s meeting followed a similar one Obi had with him weeks back. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was around for that meeting which was held in London, UK.

See more photos from the most recent meeting below:

2023 Election: Presidential Candidates To Sign Peace Accord – NPC

The National Peace Committee (NPC) has slated next Thursday for presidential candidates to sign a free, fair, and peaceful accord ahead of the electioneering campaign.

In January, they will also sign an agreement to accept the result of the election come 2023.

The chairman of the committee, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, briefed the press after the committee meeting in conjunction with INEC held in Minna, Niger State on Thursday. He urged Nigerians to desist from selling their votes during the elections.

According to him, in this election period, two peace accords would be signed by the presidential candidates. They consist of the signing of an accord to accept the outcome of the result and to ensure rancor free and a fair campaign devoid of acrimony.

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Unlike before, the candidates will sign two accords.

 

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu applauded the bold steps and involvement of the NPC in ensuring peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.

He stated that the Commission is set for the election ahead of the lifting of the campaign embargo.

The INEC boss noted that 8 out of 14 activities identified have been implemented and urged the media to ensure parties and candidates focussed on issue-based campaigns.

Also, the former Chief of Defense Staff, General Mathew Luther Agwai, hinted that the meeting has incorporated new members to bring new ideas and revitalized the committee to ensure best practices towards peace and getting the best leadership for the country.

The meeting has in attendance, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; Archbishop Hassan Mathew Kuka, a former HOS, Yayale Ahmed among others.

2023: We Must Have Nigeria Before A President, Says Jonathan


Ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has warned politicians and their parties to eschew violence, saying Nigeria must exist before having the next President.

He stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2022 peace conference organised by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.

The former Nigerian leader called on those seeking elective positions to protect Africa’s most populous nation from being destroyed.

According to him, those interested in becoming president, governors, and legislators have roles to play in preserving the nation’s democracy.

“We must have a state before you talk about having a President or a governor. If you destroy the country, then where do we need a President?” he said.

“Anybody who is interested in leadership at the level of a president, governor, senator, etc, you have the biggest stake to protect the nation.

“Both those who want to be President, governors and their supporters should first know that we need to have a nation before whoever you are supporting can emerge (into leadership position).”

Jonathan commended Nigerian youths for picking up interest in the 2023 general elections, advising them to guard against hate speech.

He identified fake news, hate speech and propaganda as the biggest threat to Nigerian democracy, calling on the citizens not to indulge in it.

The peace conference titled, “The Role of Elections in a Multi-Ethnic Context,” drew prominent personalities to the NAF Conference Centre.

Participants at the conference seek to examine the trends and threats to a peaceful election and build a multi-stakeholder consensus toward a peaceful general election.

In attendance is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjkpo, former Governor of Bauchi state, Isa Yuguda, Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese, among others.