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PDP Accuses Kaduna Electoral Body Of Relocating Collation Centres

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Ahead of Saturday’s scheduled election in Kaduna, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has accused the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) of relocating collation and distribution centres in Igabi local government.

The Chairman of PDP Stakeholders Forum in Igabi local government, Mohammed Yaro, made the allegation on Friday during a courtesy visit by the forum to KADSIECOM headquarters in Kaduna.

The Chairman of KADSIECOM, Mrs Saratu Dikko-Audu, in a statement signed on Friday, said scheduled elections for the chairmanship and counsellorship positions would hold Saturday, September 25 in Chikun and Kajuru local government areas.

Others including Kachia and Soba local government areas were on hold following pending cases at the courts while those of Zangon Kataf and Birnin Gwari would not hold due to insecurity.

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Yaro said the forum was at the commission to formally submit a letter of compliant to the KADSIECOM Chairman and to urge the commission to carry out its functions within the provisions of the law.

“The crux of the matter is about the undue relocation of collation and distribution centres of electoral wards in Igabi local government.

“The same was observed in the recent election and had an inconclusive situation in two of our wards namely; Sabon Birni and Gwaraji wards.

“The election is coming up tomorrow and we realised that distribution centres were relocated to different locations.

“We feel this is not in accordance with the law governing this election and the state guidelines,” Yario explained.

He, however, urged KADSIECOM to rid itself of any external interference, adding, “we feel we can only participate in this election only when it is fair, transparent and credible”.

Responding, Mrs Saratu Dikko-Audu, Chairman of KADSIECOM, commended the delegation and assured that concerns raised would be looked into.

Dikko-Audu, however, advised the delegation to further channel its complaint to the state commissioner of police as the decisions bothered around security of life and property.

 

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Saraki Joins Presidential Race

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Saraki Joins Presidential Race

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday declared his interest in the 2023 presidency.

Saraki’s declaration is coming after former National Leader of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi; Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu and former Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha declared similar interests.

The former Kwara Governor said he had a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.

Saraki, born on December 19th, 1962, is the son of Second Republic Senator, the late Olusola Saraki.

He was first elected into the Senate in 2011 and emerged Senate President in 2015.

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On his official Facebook page, Saraki said: “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.

“As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.

“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for EVERYONE!”

 

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Adebayo Sues For Peace In Ekiti APC Primary

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Adebayo Sues For Peace In Ekiti APC Primary

As the All progressives Congress (APC) members in Ekiti State go to polls on Thursday to elect their gubernatorial candidate in the June 2022 election, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has called for a rancour-free election.

In a statement on Wednesday by Special Assistant on Media, Ifedayo Sayo, the minister sued for peace amongst party members, urging them to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.

According to him, the primary is a family affair and nobody must stand in the way of the party in ensuring that the election is hitch-free and peaceful.

He also called on the party leadership to ensure a level-playing ground for all the aspirants, saying equal treatment for the aspirants would make reconciliation easy at the end of the election.

The former governor admonished the aspirants not to see the election as a do-or-die affair, pointing out that they must put the interest of the party above other interests.

He called on the aspirants to accept the outcome of the primary in good faith and resist the temptation of being used against the party in the coming elections.

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The minister said as a leader, he would queue behind the majority decision in the primary to ensure the unity and oneness of the party.

The minister lauded the performance of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led government which has raised the bar of governance and made the party the toast of the good people of the state.

He assured that whoever emerged from the primary would continue the good work of the APC administration if elected in the June governorship election.

 

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Posters Urging Jonathan To Run For President In Lagos, Abuja

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Posters Urging Jonathan To Run For President In Lagos, Abuja

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan is apparently still under pressure to run for the number one office in the country.

Currently, there are posters in some parts of Lagos State and Abuja urging him to contest for the presidency.

According to the information on the posters, which have the inscription, “Please Run, Nigerians Are Calling Again”, a group known as Greater Nigeria Ambassadors (GRENA), are behind them.

Although Jonathan is yet to throw his hat into the ring, there are reports that he is being considered by a section of the presidency and some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the presidential ticket of the party come 2023.

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The former president has been very frequent at the seat of power, hobnobbing with his successor.

This has created anxiety in the ruling party, which has other presidential aspirants from the South, should APC decide to zone its presidential ticket to the region.

Last year, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that the APC was wooing Jonathan but the APC responded saying he was free to contest on its platform.

Jonathan has been absent from key PDP functions of late. He did not attend the party’s convention, which held late last year.

 

 

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