Political Actors Are Responsible For Electoral Violence, Says Kukah

 

Bishop Matthew Kukah has blamed political actors for electoral violence, in the country, calling on them to play according to the rules.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, he said efforts were ongoing to ensure that politicians are held responsible for any violence that breaks out during elections.

READ ALSO: Ekiti Election: Play By The Rules, Kukah Tells Political Parties, Others

“The problem has been some of the (political) actors in these processes,” he said. “They see the dangers that are posed by all these crises. INEC continues to wrestle with the problem of who is responsible?

“The security agencies tell you that we are here to just keep order. INEC does not have the capacity and is overwhelmed by court cases.”

A file photo of a ballot box.

 

As part of efforts to consolidate Nigeria’s democracy, Kukah said the National Peace Committee is exploring options to improve the electoral process.

One of such measures is for political parties and their candidates to sign the peace accord early enough before the commencement of elections.

On whether the Peace Committee is responsible, Kukah said the position of politicians in accepting the electoral outcome is crucial.

“This nation is not short of laws, the question is the lack of goodwill to implement the laws. We are exploring all kinds of other dynamics to improve this process,” he added.

While calling on political parties and their supporters to play by the rules in the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State, Kukah said the National Peace Committee is committed to the peaceful conduct of the poll.

He recalled that the committee was created in 2015 to douse the fear among Nigerians in the build-up to the general elections.

2023: APGA Presidential Candidate Umeadi Picks Abdullahi Koli As Running Mate

A combination of file photos of Retired Justice Peter Umeadi and the emblem of APGA.

 

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2023 general elections, Professor Peter Umeadi, has nominated Comrade Abdullahi Muhammed Koli as his running mate. 

A statement by Peter Umeadi Campaign Organisation said Comrade Koli is a frontline labour union activist and social crusader who has led many struggles for the welfare of Nigerian workers in his capacity as Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Bauchi State from 1999 to 2002.

The move followed the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for political parties to submit the names of their candidates to its portal.

INEC has set a June 17th deadline for parties to do so.

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.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: Amaechi Congratulates Tinubu, Pledges Full Support

“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

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.

READ ALSO: We Only Recognise Peter Obi’s Labour Party Faction – NLC

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.

READ ALSO: That You Prevailed Confirms Your Tenacity: Atiku Congratulates Tinubu

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.

2023: Tinubu, Osinbajo, Other South-West APC Presidential Aspirants Meet

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, presidential aspirants from the South-West and key stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have met in Abuja.

A source who pleaded anonymity confirmed the meeting the Channels Television via the telephone on Sunday.

He said the meeting which held on Saturday night entered the early hours of Sunday morning.

Although the details of the meeting could not be gotten as of the time of filing this report, it was gathered that the aspirants discussed how the region could field a candidate that will serve as a common front for the party.

Those who attended the meeting include the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; former Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

READ ALSO: Northern Governors Ask APC To Zone Presidential Ticket To South

Others are the Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Ajayi Boroffice; ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and Lagos cleric, Pastor Tunde Bakare.

The rest are governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo).

The meeting is coming hours after APC governors from the northern region asked the party to zone its presidential ticket to the south.

In a statement signed by 11 governors, they said it was a question of honour for the APC.

The governors asked all Northern aspirants in the race to withdraw in the national interest.

“This moment calls for the most sober and inclusive approach to selecting our party’s candidate,” the governors said.

Buhari Has Done Well Whether People Like It Or Not – Umahi

 

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, on Sunday praised the efforts of the current administration in handling the nation’s affairs.

Umahi, a frontline aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in piloting Nigeria’s affairs since assuming office in 2015.

“In terms of naming all the indices that are needed now to improve on what Mr President has done because whether you like it or not, this President has done very well. If it is in infrastructure, security, economy, uniting Nigerians, I think God has helped him to do very well in each and every one of them,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“Nigerians are very tired of political promises. They want to see evidence of what you have done. I have evidence of what I have done and I believe that what I have done could be replicated at the national level.”

READ ALSO: Insecurity In South East Politically-Motivated But Not Imported, Says Umahi

In this file photo taken on January 11, 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari exchanging pleasantries with Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, at the State House in Abuja.

 

He further evaluated the Federal Government’s handling of the nation’s security challenges, scoring the current administration high.

Umahi believes that the security situation would have worsened if Buhari wasn’t on board, describing the Commander-in-Chief as one who is not vindictive.

“The security situation in the country, I have always told people that if we didn’t have the kind of President we have that is very humane and not vindictive, nobody knows where Nigeria would have been by now,” he restated.

“So, he has helped us tremendously in the security of the South-East. This thing started as a joke and today it is quite a big issue.”

2023: Ganduje Assures Lawan Of ‘Full Cooperation’ Over Presidential Bid

 

The Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje has assured the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan of “full cooperation” over his ambition to stand as the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the 2023 Presidential election.

According to a statement by Senator Lawan’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ganduje gave the assurance on Saturday night while the Senate President was on a visit to see the party delegates in Kano ahead of the upcoming Presidential primaries of the APC scheduled for end of this month.

The governor described Kano state as a swing state in party primaries and even in presidential elections and declared that Kano State would swing when it is ready to swing.

READ ALSO: 2023 Presidency: Wike Woos Abia PDP Delegates, Pledges To Protect Interest Of Igbos

Earlier, Lawan and his campaign team were received at the Aminu Kano International Airport by Ganduje himself amidst a mammoth crowd of party supporters who thronged the airport and routes with funfair to welcome them to the ancient city.

In his welcome remarks, Governor Ganduje said the people of Kano were aware of Lawan’s sterling qualities and his contributions to the stability of politics and governance in the country.

The Governor said, from Lawan’s antecedents, if he won the Presidency of Nigeria, there would be peace and stability both in politics and in governance.

Ganduje told Lawan: “Your Excellency, I want to inform you that we are fully aware of your capacity. We are fully aware, the way you handle the National Assembly, the House of Representatives and the Senate, which you are the chairman.

“If we can recall with nostalgia what happened between 2015 and 2019, we are all living witnesses that we had a lot of instability, poor relationship between the Legislature and the Executive.

“In fact, we had a situation where, in one day, 15 Senators from APC defected to PDP from the Senate Chamber. Your Excellency, I’m saying all these things in order to show your political dexterity in managing the National Assembly, in managing the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

“Today there is peace, cordial relationship between the Executive and the Legislature and we believe if you become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we can expect peace and stability between the Legislature and the Executive, with the Institutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with the sub-national government in the states, with the Local Governments.

“So Your Excellency we assure you of our full cooperation. Kano state is a swing state in the Presidential primaries, even in the Presidential election and Kano state will swing when it is time to swing.”

Ganduje dwelled in what made Kano so important in the political calculations of Nigeria.

He said: “Kano state has the largest number of delegates in the country. There is no gainsaying about that. This follows from the fact that we have the largest population in the country.

“So Your Excellency, this state is a very important state when issues of elections are concerned.

“We have 44 Local Governments, 484 wards. All our local government council chairmen are elected local government chairmen. Therefore, they are part of the statutory delegates in Kano state and in Nigeria.

“We have over 4,000 elected councillors in Kano state. And most of our 400 legislators especially House of Representatives, Senators, former Senators, principal officers of the state Assembly and National Assembly, Your Excellency, both of them, we are together and we are intact.

“So you can see the composition of our delegation, not only in terms of number but in terms of quality, in terms of capacity, in terms of capability and in terms of political dexterity.”

Speaking at the forum which held at the Coronation Hall of the Kano state government House, Lawan said his mission was to interact with the party delegates on his presidential bid ahead of the primaries.

“I’m here to see and interact with all the 500 delegates from Kano state and I cannot agree more with my leader when he said this is the largest sub-national democracy in Nigeria. I imagine that it could also be the largest sub-national democracy in Africa.

“When His Excellency, our Governor was rounding up his speech, he said Kano is a swing state and it can determine not only the Primaries, with 500 delegates, but also the general elections. Your Excellency, it will swing to my side by the Grace of God.

“I want all the 500 delegates. In fact, I need all the 500 delegates Your Excellency. If I can’t have the 500, please let me have at least 400.

“My brothers and sisters, distinguished delegates, I promise you that, when eventually we discuss and find common ground with His Excellency and vote for me, you will for ever be pleased with the way and manner I will lead this country because it is not possible for anyone to lead the country like Nigeria without the presence and contributions of people like Governor Abdullahi Ganduje,” Lawan said.

The Senate President thanked Governor Ganduje for the warmth reception and commended him for his achievements in Kano both in security, governance and party politics.

“I want to commend His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for the infrastructural miracle in Kano state. You have done so much Your Excellency. You have secured Kano state from banditry, from insurgency and so on. You are indeed a leader, a very successful one at that.

“No amount of propaganda will convince or confuse anyone that Kano is shaking at all. APC in Kano is steady, solid like a rock.

“Come 2023, by the Grace of God, we will have an APC governor and his deputy, all our three Senators will be APC, all the 24 members of the House of Representatives will be APC, all the 40 members of the state House of Assembly will be voted in by the Grace of God. They(opposition parties) will not have anything,” Lawan stated.

Umahi Absent As South-East APC Presidential Aspirants Meet

South-East APC presidential aspirants meet at the residence of Senator Rochas Okorocha in Maitama, Abuja on May 22, 2022.

 

Ahead of Monday’s screening, South-East presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) met behind closed-door on Sunday with Governor Dave Umahi missing. 

The meeting was held for over two hours at the Maitama home of the lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha.

READ ALSO: 2023 Presidency: Lawan Refutes Reports Of Withdrawal, Says He Will Emerge APC Candidate

In attendance were the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; former Science and Technology minister, Ogbonnaya Onu, ex-Senate President, Ken Nnamani and the party’s female presidential aspirant, Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye.

However, Umahi was conspicuously absent. It is however unclear why the governor was not present.

The aspirants agreed to work with any one of them picked by the ruling party to fly its presidential flag come 2023

They also reacted to the zoning formular, saying they hope the APC will do the right thing by giving the presidential ticket to the southern part of the country.

According to them, there is no division among the aspirants from the South-East.

Akwa Ibom Govt Denies Udom Blocking Atiku’s Meeting With PDP Delegates

A photo combination of Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel and Atiku Abubakar.

 

The Akwa Ibom Government has debunked claims suggesting that Governor Udom Emmanuel is blocking Atiku Abubakar, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant from meeting delegates.

In a statement, the Commissioner for Information, In Ememobong, said the governor is not barring the former vice president from meeting with the party’s faithful.

READ ALSO: 2023 Primaries: APC Inaugurates Screening Committees In Abuja

“The news item with the above heading surfaced on the media space, alleging that Governor Udom Emmanuel barred Alh. Atiku Abubakar from meeting with delegates. It also went on to make a lot of spurious allegations, laced with foul and profane language. Nothing can be farther from the truth as this,” the statement partly read.

“The said news is totally incompatible with the known accommodating disposition of the Governor. The truth is that the Governor who has been in communication and contact with all other Presidential Aspirants(Atiku Abubakar inclusive) was informed that the former Vice President will be visiting on Monday, 16th May 2022 to meet with delegates and thereafter see him (Gov. Emmanuel)by 4 pm, a proposal that was unhesitatingly accepted.

“It is therefore pure mischief for anyone to insinuate that the Governor is preventing Alhaji Abubakar from seeing delegates. Other Presidential Aspirants have visited the party in Akwa Ibom without a hitch, so why would Atiku’s be different?

“In the light of current circumstances surrounding Atiku’s media posture, especially online, we will like to discard the news item as not coming from them and not having the authorization of the presidential aspirant himself, especially since the allegation is not personally signed off and is not posted on any of his verified social media accounts.

“We urge the entire public to discountenance the fake news and treat it as an act of mischief of the highest order. Our delegates and team are waiting to receive the aspirant on the agreed date and time.”

Ahead of the PDP’s presidential primary, Atiku has been scheduled to meet with the PDP delegates in the oil-rich state on Monday.

2023: ‘I Am Having Fun’ – Emefiele Laughs Off Anxiety Over Presidential Ambition

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, on Thursday laughed off the anxiety associated with his presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections, saying he is having fun.

Emefiele, who briefed journalists at the presidential villa after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari, said, “There is no news but there will be news.”

When journalists inquired to know his views about the anxiety created by his ambition, the apex bank governor said: “Let them have a heart attack. It is good to have a heart attack. I am having a lot of fun.”

Emefiele’s visit was not officially on the State House’s schedule.

READ ALSO: SGF Directs Emefiele, Heads Of Agencies, Others With Political Ambition To Resign

Condemnations had trailed his move to contest in the 2023 presidential election on the All Progressives Congress (APC) while presiding over the apex bank.

The CBN governor had on May 6 picked the APC N100m presidential nomination and expression of interest form.

Prior to him picking the form, he had in February reacted to the controversy around his interest in the much-coveted seat, saying he would leave his fate firmly in the hands of God.

Adamant about his presidential ambition, he approached the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, filed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022 challenging the legality of Section 84(12) of the amended Electoral Act and preventing its application to him (a government appointee) in h Buhari has directed that all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) running for elective offices to submit their letters of resignation on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has directed the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, ambassadors, heads of agencies, and other government appointees with political ambition to step down.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, the directive affected the CBN Governor who is among the heads of extra-ministerial departments.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this directive affects all Ministers, Heads, and Members of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors as well as other political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices,” read the circular issued hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s ordered members of the cabinet seeking offices in next year’s poll to resign.

You Betrayed South East, We Are Only Wiser – Kalu Replies Clark

File photo of ex-Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

 

Senator Orji Kalu has said that Chief Edwin Clark betrayed the South-East and the region’s quest to produce the next president come 2023.

Kalu in a statement on Thursday asserted that Clark’s “late hour” support for the South East is rather suspicious, adding that the encouragement could have come at least two years prior.

The Chief Whip’s comments come a day after Chief Clark took him to the cleaners.

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The respected statesman from the south-south was of the opinion that Kalu is a “traitor” even though the former Abia State governor is one of the oldest vocal frontline politicians in the South-East.

According to the nonagenarian, Senator Kalu’s sincerity and transparency were in doubt.

These all stemmed from the fact that the lawmaker recently shelved his presidential ambitions and endorsed the candidacy of Senate President Ahmed Lawan.

In his defence, Kalu was of the opinion that the South-East cannot get the ticket of any party in an open contest without a gentleman’s agreement.

“If aspirants from the South-West and South-South cannot support their brothers from the South-East, It is only politically correct to support the North-East geo-political zone,” Kalu noted in his reply to Clark.

He further stated that it would the shortest route for the South-East zone to produce the president “after 8 years instead of waiting for another 16 years”.

The parliamentarian said it was rather surprising to him that Chief Edwin Clark didn’t call the majority of other Southerners including governors working against the South-East “to order or the names he called me”.

“If you meant well for the South East, you could have discouraged other aspirants against running for President,” Kalu buttressed.

In his summation, Senator Kalu believes that “nothing stops the South supporting only presidential aspirants from the South East. The betrayers are those who don’t care about the South. We are wiser”.

He declared to Clark that the majority of the Southerners “in his party (PDP) are secretly supporting a Northeasterner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari”.