I Have No Preferred Candidate In Lagos LG Poll – Tinubu

A file photo of APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has denied the claim that he has endorsed any candidate for the forthcoming local government election in Lagos State.

In a statement on Sunday, he faulted the allegations of a plot to influence the party’s primaries, saying they were targeted to hurt the party.

Tinubu noted that the APC Governance Advisory Council in Lagos met on Friday last week to discuss ways to ensure the fairness of the primaries for the poll.

“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would like it to be known, by way of this statement, that he has no preferred candidates for the upcoming local government primaries.

“He has no intention to endorse any of the people contesting for the party nomination in any election, whether for chairmanship or councillorship positions,” the statement said.

It added, “On this matter, Asiwaju believes he can speak for the rest of the GAC regarding their belief in the impartiality and transparency of the internal party process.

“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the other GAC leaders seek a free, fair, and transparent process in which the candidates who emerge are those who gather the most support among the party rank and file. Only in this manner, do we best prepare ourselves for the general election.”

According to Tinubu, the integrity of the primary process is of the highest priority for the APC and all efforts must be geared towards the realisation of a free, fair, and transparent process.

To this end, he said party officials were obligated to establish the necessary arrangements to ensure orderly, peaceful, free, and fair primaries.

The APC leader added that the officials have been empowered to deal appropriately with any who might attempt to undermine or otherwise try to inject impair the party primaries, stressing the need for the party to adopt a policy of no tolerance.

He advised aspirants to embrace consensus wherever possible in order to reduce tension and avoid discord and in-fighting within the party.

“However, where consensus is not possible, fair and clean primaries must be held so that party members have a chance to choose the candidate they want from among the competing aspirants.

“All aspirants, however, must realise that only one person can win any given contest. While we encourage everyone to compete with zeal and energy, we encourage all aspirants and party members to respect the results of our primaries,” the statement said.

It added, “Once the primaries end, we must unite as a party so that we win the general elections thereby ensuring the continuity of progressive governance at the local government level throughout the state.

“In this vein, Asiwaju appeals to party leaders in all the local governments to allow democracy to flourish. He urges them to do everything humanly possible to protect and promote the democratic process.”

Police Deploy 17,500 Personnel For Rivers LG Poll

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

Police authorities have deployed 17,500 officers to provide security before, during, and after the local government election in Rivers State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, explained that the personnel would be supported by operatives to be deployed by other security agencies.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Eboka Friday, who is also the Chairman of Inter-Agency Consultative Forum on Election Security for the poll, has barred highly placed individuals, including politicians from going to the polling stations with their security aides.

Omoni noted that the police would block all entry and exit points of Rivers and prevent movement of persons on both land and waterways within the state from Friday midnight till after the election.

He appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with the police who have a duty to provide a conducive environment for everyone to exercise their right to vote and be voted for in a free, fair, and transparent manner.

On Saturday, the people of Rivers would go to the 4,442 polling units across the 319 wards in the 23 local government areas to elect their chairmen and councillors for the next three years.

Ahead of the poll, Governor Nyesom Wike warned residents of the state against disrupting the election in a state-wide broadcast on Thursday.

He had directed the police authorities to arrest and prosecute anyone caught causing trouble in any part of the state.

The governor said the police and the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission have been adequately supported by the state government to discharge their duties effectively.

He had also announced the restriction of human and vehicular movement from midnight of Friday till the end of voting at 5pm on Saturday, except persons and vehicles on essential duties with genuine means of identification.

Governor Wike assured the people that the state government was determined to create an enabling environment for all citizens to exercise their voting right.

He advised the leadership of the 17 political parties that would participate in the election to ensure their members were law-abiding.

APC To Boycott Sokoto LG Election

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Ahead of the March 27 local government election in Sokoto State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced its withdrawal from the exercise.

Addressing journalists on Sunday at the party’s secretariat in Sokoto, APC Caretaker Chairman, Isa Sadiq Achida, said the party cannot participate in an election that will be conducted by unfair, compromised and bias umpire.

According to him, the state electoral commission is a composition of men not only loyal to the state government, but very close allies of the state governor, and are allegedly ready to do his bidding.

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He said the party is pained that the present administration in the state has destroyed the local government administration, noting that the APC cannot tarnish its good mage by participating in a compromised exercise.

The APC chieftain is however sure of winning the election if conducted in a free and fair manner.

Achida blamed the party’s decision to pull out of the exercise on what he described as a lack of transparency by the state government.

Rivers LG Poll: Victory Showcases Wike’s Performance – PDP

Rivers LG Poll: Victory Showcases Wike's Performance – PDP
File photo: Nyesom Wike

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its victory in the just concluded local government election in Rivers State manifests the appreciation of the people for the performance of the state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike.

The party said this in a statement on Monday by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.

They noted that the outcome of the poll, wherein PDP made a clean sweep of all the 23 local government areas of the state, confirmed Governor Wike’s positive impact in the lives of the people.

“Rivers State today is one huge construction site with visible projects that directly touch the lives of the people.

“All that the electorate did at the local government elections was just to reciprocate their governor’s achievements,” the statement said.

The party insisted that the outcome of the polls was a confirmation that PDP was the dominant and preferred party of choice, not only in Rivers State but the entire nation.

They added that governors elected on the PDP platform are all delivering on the promises they made to the electorate.

The PDP, however, claimed that governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are either busy renewing their promises without projects to show for the years spent in office or making outright denials of such promises.

They congratulated the newly elected local government chairmen and councillors whom they urged to take good governance to the grassroots to fulfil the expectations of the voters.