Katsina SDP Guber Candidate Vows To Rescue Residents, Unveils Agenda

The SDP guber candidate for Katsina Zakari Ibrahim Talba

 

The Katsina State governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Zakari Talba has pledged to rescue residents of the State if elected in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.

Talba made the promise on Friday when he unveiled his seven-point agenda at his campaign office in the state capital.

Part of the seven-point agenda he said includes peace and education restoration, rural development, youths and women empowerment, and agriculture among other important aspects of development.

He promised them the dividends of democracy, maintaining that he would win the forthcoming governorship election with God by his side.

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“We are here to give our quota as indigenes of Katsina State. We are not only rescuing the power from the ruling party but also the people of Katsina State,” he said.

“Everyone knows the situation the country has found itself not only Katsina State. I am not saying I am not confident because everything belongs to Almighty Allah. He knows who will become the governor of the state and the president of Nigeria.”

He, however, appealed to electorates to vote wisely because they will receive their commission for anything good or otherwise they have committed or contributed on earth in the hereafter.

Channels Television recalled that on June 6th, 2022, Talba announced his withdrawal from the NNPP governorship primaries, citing some irregularities and conspiracy. His opponent Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil was eventually declared the winner of the exercise.

During the primaries, Khalil secured 950 votes to defeat Talba who got 29 votes.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim announced the result on Monday after almost a two-hour voting process in which 1,154 delegates participated. He said out of 981 votes cast, two were invalid.

The exercise which took place at the Katsina NYSC Camp located at Mani Road Katsina commenced at about 4:45 pm and ended at around 7:00 pm

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.”

APC Plagiarising Campaign Slogans, Says SDP Presidential Candidate

Prince Adewole Adebayo of the SDP

 

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party for the 2023 elections, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has accused the All Progressives Congress of plagiarising slogans.

The APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, unveiled his manifesto on Thursday titled “Renewed Hope 2023” which sound similar to MKO Abiola SDP’s “Hope 1993” campaign slogan and current SDP campaign slogan of “Hope Again 2023”.

Reacting to this while appearing on Channels Television Politics Today on Friday, Adebayo said the APC are borrowing slogans they don’t understand.

“This is them plagiarising and borrowing slogans they don’t understand. You could see that they were running on something differently and we running on hope again 2023 and they just saw that maybe ours is fancier and you could see how bipolar they sound when they talk about their programme,” he said.

The SDP candidate said his party won’t abandon its slogan because it is the basis of its promise to Nigerians.

“We will continue to do hope again 2023, that is our slogan and our hope is based on farewell to poverty, insecurity and if you see the copycats you see how they are struggling in front of you denying even that today is Friday and denying the reality. So they are like aliens, aliens produce concoctions, that will not distract us, we will face our own.

“When we have our manifesto night, people will see clearly that the parody that now from the other side is far flung from what we have. But basically, what we are saying is exactly what we said 30 years ago that you need to eradicate poverty, people are struggling with the idea of poverty alleviation, amelioration and we say we need to get rid of poverty,” Adebayo said.

The SDP flagbearer said if elected, his government will build one million houses in each state every year to address housing issues, adding that he will achieve that by blocking corruption and stealing in government.

“We need to deal with housing, we will build one million house in every state every year, Jakande did it in Lagos State, Shagari and Dosunmu tried to do it at the federal level, so it that be done, that is easy to do and when people have good housing and good nutrition they won’t be poor again.

“We will finance that by blocking corruption and theft. Remember we the Social Democratic Party were the one that drew attention to the fact that 80 per cent of our crude is being stolen. Until then the government were blaming covid, they were blaming international community, global market, recession but we said no, the oil is being stolen, that is why you are not getting the money. And when we raised that point for five months then the government started to acknowledge it, now they are magically discovering thing which market women and everybody knows these pipelines are there,” Adebayo added.

Many Members Of National Assembly Are Vote Buyers – SDP Presidential Candidate

 

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo has said that the majority of the members of the 9th National Assembly are guilty of vote buying.

Prince Adebayo made this known on Channels TV, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, where he decried the current issue plaguing the country’s democracy.

“The problem of Nigeria is not that we are sinners, God can forgive us. But we are hypocrites, God can’t help hypocrites,” he said.

“Majority of the people in the National Assembly are vote buyers, even though they are passing the law against vote buyers and they are desperately looking for money everywhere to buy votes.”

“So it is not difficult to just make us believe that this is an offence that can only be committed by the political class and the same political class is the one passing the law they know they are going to disobey.”

Vote buying has been an issue in Nigeria, with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Yakubu Mahmood restating the commission’s commitment to putting checks in place to ensure that the issue of vote buying does not happen in the 2023 elections.

The SDP presidential candidate also said that anybody involved in that act of vote buying would be expelled from their party and assured that his party does not have anyone involved in such activity.

“In the Social Democratic Party, there is not a single vote buyer there. if there is a single vote buyer, let us know we will expel them from our party.”

“So you look at the senatorial candidates, house of assembly candidates, governorship and house of representatives candidates, you can stop vote buying if every political party can say we will expel every candidate who engages in vote buying,” he said.

Adebayo also accused some of the candidates running for the 2023 presidential office of vote buying during the election primaries.

“Many of the candidates or some of the candidates you see today did vote buying to win the primary in their party.”

He noted that the way forward was to take a “moral challenge” to the candidates”

“I think that the first thing we are supposed to do is to take a moral challenge to these candidates. SERAP asked us to sign an undertaking against vote buying and I think that they should make a ceremony out of that and let it be a part of the process but from the point of view of INEC.”

 

Magnus Abe Emerges SDP Governorship Candidate In Rivers

No APC Ward Congress In Rivers, Says Magnus Abe
File photo: Magnus Abe

 

A former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe has emerged the Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Abe who was a representative for Rivers South-East Senatorial District and strong opponent of the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi within the APC emerged the governorshop candidate of the SDP at a substitution primary conducted by the party and supervised by an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Emmanuel Isong in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

The Chairman of the substitution electoral committee of the SDP Governorship primary in Rivers State, Muhammed Ibrahim said Abe scored the entire 30 valid votes cast in the election to emerge the winner.

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Abe was represented at the primary by his proposed running mate, Patricia Ogbonnaya.

Last Wednesday, Senator Abe who could not get the APC governorship ticket in Rivers announced his exit from the party.

On Friday, his spokesperson, Parry Benson, announced that the former federal lawmaker has pitched his tent with the SDP.

Senator Abe has, for a long time, been at loggerheads with the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over the leadership of the APC in Rivers State.

Senator Magnus Abe Joins SDP After APC Exit

A file photo of Senator Magnus Abe.

 

The former lawmaker representing Rivers South-East senatorial district, Magnus Abe, has joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Senator Abe, a former member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had last week announced his non-involvement in the activities of the APC in Rivers State.

He, however, declined to disclose his new political affiliation following his exit from the APC.

In a statement on Friday, Senator Abe’s spokesperson, Parry Benson, said the former federal lawmaker has pitched his tent with the SDP.

He said the former lawmaker announced his membership of the new party in a post on his Facebook page.

“Former representative of Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has said that he is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and very committed to the growth of internal democracy in the politics of Nigeria,” said Benson.

“Yes, I am, and I have been a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP),” Senator Abe said in the social media post. “I remain irrevocably committed to the ideals that have driven my politics through the years.

“And we will continue to do all we can to improve internal democracy in the politics of our country and focus on the people.”

Senator Abe has, for a long time, been at loggerheads with the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over the leadership of the APC in Rivers State.

Last Wednesday, Senator Abe who could not get the APC governorship ticket in Rivers announced his exit from the party.

Amid the crisis in the Rivers State chapter of the party, he explained that he decided to leave the party to achieve his political ambition elsewhere.

The governorship hopeful also clarified that he did not submit a formal resignation letter to inform the party’s leadership of his exit.

He explained that according to the APC Constitution, the affiliation of any member is terminated once such an individual joins another political party.

Ekiti Election: SDP’s Segun Oni Challenges APC’s Victory At Tribunal

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in the July 19 governorship election in Ekiti State, Segun Oni , speaks during the governorship debate on June 12, 2022.

 

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State, Mr. Segun Oni, has submitted his petition against the outcome of the election at the Election Petitions Tribunal in Ado the Ekiti state capital.

Oni was accompanied to the secretariat of the Election Petitions Tribunal Thursday evening by his legal team and SDP state Chairman and chieftains to submit the over 1,000-page petition.

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The SDP candidate did not speak to the content of the petition but simply said that the move is to defend the sanctity of the system.

But the leader of his legal team said the petition will challenge the eligibility of the Governor-elect, Mr Oyebanji to contest the election and question the actual victory attributed to him in the poll.

‘Third Force’ Will Win 2023 Election – SDP Candidate

 

Flagbearer for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Adebayo Adewole, says he is confident that his party will emerge top among the ‘third force’ political parties, seeking to overthrow the other two leading political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Beyond that, he is very optimistic that his party, representing the ‘third force’, will win in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.

Adewole expressed his optimism during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, while responding to questions about his party’s readiness for the elections.

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Court Reserves Judgment In Appeals Challenging Yahaya Bello’s Election

A file photo of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello during an interview on Channels Television's Sunday Politics on April 19, 2020.
A file photo of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on April 19, 2020.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgement in the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Musa Wada, as well as Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), challenging the re-election of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

At the final hearing on Monday, Wada’s counsel, Jibrin Okutepa, urged the appellate court to upturn the decision of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

He insisted that there were overwhelming evidence that the election was marred by electoral malpractices.

On his part, counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Alex Izinyon, asked the court to dismiss the appeals.

Lawyers to Governor Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joseph Daudu and Ahmed Raji, aligned themselves with the submissions of Dr Izinyon.

After listening to the arguments, the five-man panel of justices led by Justice Adamu Jauro reserved judgement in the appeals.

Wada and the PDP had in December 2019 approached the Tribunal, asking it to order INEC to disqualify Governor Bello from contesting the 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.

In the appeal filed by the SDP and its governorship candidate challenging the governor’s election, the appellants also alleged massive electoral malpractices and falsification of certificates on the part of the deputy governor of the state, Edward Onoja.

The five-man panel of justices also reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) to a date that would be communicated to the parties.

INEC Challenges Judgement Upholding Natasha Akpoti’s Candidacy

A file photo of Mrs Natasha Akpoti.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has filed an appeal to challenge the judgement which asked that a Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Natasha Akpoti, was eligible to contest the governorship election in Kogi State.

In the case filed at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the electoral umpire stated its dissatisfaction with the judgement delivered by Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa on November 7 at the Federal High Court in Abuja

Justice Ogunbanjo-Giwa, at the time, ruled that INEC was wrong to have disqualified Akpoti from the November 16 poll.

In her judgment, she held that INEC lacked the power to disqualify any candidate for an election as it was the exclusive preserve of a competent court of law.

The judged then granted reliefs 1 to 7 of the plaintiffs and ordered the electoral umpire to include the names of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the SDP, as well as the party’s logo on the ballot in the poll.

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Meanwhile, the electoral umpire confirmed to Channels Television that it planned to challenge the judgement and some others, if possible up to the highest level to help strengthen the nation’s electoral system.

Akpoti and her running mate, Adams Khalid, had approached the court to challenge their exclusion from the governorship election by INEC.

INEC had refused to accept the nomination of Khalid in replacement of the earlier nominated running mate, Mohammed Yakubu.

Yakubu was replaced on the ground that he was not qualified to run as a deputy governorship candidate on account of his age.

Akpoti and the SDP were then disqualified by INEC for nominating an unqualified deputy governorship candidate.

SDP’s Natasha Akpoti Calls For Cancellation Of Election In Kogi Central, Lokoja

 

The Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has called for the cancellation of the elections in Kogi Central and parts of Lokoja, the state capital.

Akpoti wants the Independent National Electoral Commission to cancel the elections in the areas and hold a rerun on the grounds that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election”.

“Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state,” she said in the statement on Sunday.

“Our agents were chased away from the various polling units of the Kogi Central Senatorial District.”

For Akpoti, these incidents were enough to make INEC take drastic action.

“I am therefore calling on you and in line with your powers as enshrined in the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended to cancel the election in Kogi Central Senatorial District and some part of Lokoja and order for a rerun,” she said.

Saturday’s election had been marked by reports of violence, thuggery, harassment and intimidation with INEC condemning those incidents.

The electoral umpire had, however, said in a statement on Saturday that most of those who wanted to vote got to do so.

For Akpoti and her party’s agents and supporters, it was a different story, according to her statement.

“In some polling units, our agents were tied with ropes by APC-led thugs,” she said.

She also alleged that gun-wielding thugs supporting the APC did not allow SDP agents in Okene to come near the polling units. These thugs, she added, told voters not to come and vote unless they were to vote only APC.

SDP’s Natasha Akpoti Votes, Decries Violence In Kogi Elections

 

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) at the 2019 Kogi Governorship Election, Natasha Akpoti, has cast her vote in the polls, after which she accused incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello of sponsoring violence.

Akpoti told reporters that she has the “tremendous support” of the Kogi people but is worried about the violence being sponsored by her opponent.

“I am the most credible of all the candidates and I have the tremendous support of not just people from Kogi Central, but also Kogi East and Kogi West,” she said. “And it is unfortunate that the government at hand, with due respect to the APC candidate, Yahyha Bello, has decided to take laws into his hands and sent thugs to embark on violence and attack.”

Akpoti also noted that she was concerned about the level of training exhibited by the INEC officials at the ward where she voted.