Zamfara State Candidates Sign Peace Agreement

Candidates contesting for various elective positions in Zamfara State have signed a peace agreement as part of pro-active measures to forestall violence before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

The exercise which was supervised by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of zone 10, Mr Bala Hassan had in attendance governorcandidatesship, National Assembly, and State House of Assembly candidates from various political parties, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and foreign observers.

Addressing the candidates, the AIG enjoined them to comport themselves orderly during their campaigns and warned that the police and other security agencies would deal decisively with any candidate or group found to be involved in political violence. He also cautioned them to stop making unguarded utterances that are capable of breaching the peace before and during the elections.

On his part, the State Governor and Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abdulaziz Yari expressed confidence on the capability of the Police to provide adequate security during the elections, and also added that the President has the constitutional powers to deploy the military for the elections if he deem it fit based on the security challenges facing the country.

The purpose of the gathering was to remind candidates and their supporters of the political parties codes of conduct signed in 2013. The code of conduct stipulates the ways political parties should conduct themselves during their campaigns and elections.

Speaking earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Abubakar Wara urged political parties to approach the elections in accordance with the provision of the Electoral Act.

He Assured them of the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible, free and fair election.

The candidates at the event were unanimous in their call for a level playing ground for all parties by the security agencies. They also harped on the need for the police and all other security agencies to remain neutral.

The candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor of the State, Abdulaziz Yari, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart and former governor of the State, Mahmud Shinkafi, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Sani Shinkafi were in attendance at the event held at the State Police Headquarters.

Others were the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPA), Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) and People for Democratic Change (PDC), Mega Party,KOWA, NCP, CPP, Labour Party,SDP, ACD, PPN and ACPN.

Federal Allocations: APC Governors May Drag FG To Court

Rochas OkorochaGovernors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may be heading to the court to ask the federal government to explain the several deductions from their federal allocations.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the governors in Abuja, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who is also the chairman of the forum, said that some states in the last few months have had about 40 per cent of the allocations deducted.

He described the deductions as illegal and that every constitutional means will be explored to ensure the deductions are stopped.

Other governors who attended the meeting include Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe state and the Deputy Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Umar Mustapha.

On the proposed National Dialogue, the governors said that the Party will make its stand known at the end of their National Executive Committee meeting, which is on-going at the Party’s National secretariat in Abuja.

APC Zones Presidential Slot To The North

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has ceded the presidential slot to the Northern region ahead of the 2015 elections.

The decision to cede the presidential slot to the Northern zone was reached after a series of meeting which was held last week amongst top leaders of the coalition party.

It is no longer news that opposition parties have decided on a merger which brought about the creation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in a bid to wrestle power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

According to information gathered by Channels Television, some key members of the ruling party in different states of the federation are being wooed to cross over to the mega alliance party.

However, one issue generating hiccups for the party leaders is that of the national chairmanship of the alliance party as the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) was billed from the onset to produce someone to occupy the national chairman slot. All that changed as the Action Congress of Nigeria national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, decided to lobby in favour of the ACN for the slot.

The ANPP sounded it’s objection to this, prompting party leaders to hold talks with the ANPP.

It was reported that the merging parties agreed to cede to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) the national secretary position and it was also learnt that the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, will likely occupy the position.