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I Already Know Of Three Presidential Aspirants In PDP – Makinde

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I Already Know Of Three Presidential Aspirants In PDP - Makinde

Ahead of its national convention, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has declared that he is aware of three people in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who have indicated interest in the 2023 presidential election.

Makinde listed these people as former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and his Bauchi State counterpart Bala Mohammed.

There have been speculations in the past weeks over the candidates for the next general elections, especially with the issues raised around zoning.

During an interview on Channels Television on Thursday, Makinde said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had “eminently qualified” personalities that could lead Nigeria.

He also said the only way the PDP could be stopped was if the party was divided internally.

“Once PDP governors are able to move in one direction, align on most of the issues and the challenges we are faced with, I think there is hope for this country.

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“Our party has eminently qualified personalities that can lead this country successfully.

“Some have indicated interest like former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, like governor Tambuwal, like governor Bala Mohammed.

“The bottom line is when we get to that bridge, we will definitely cross it. What is important at this stage, which I will solicit the support of PDP members and the generality of Nigerians, is please support us to have a successful national convention.

“There is no way you can become anything — president, vice-president, even governor — if we don’t have a party.

What we want to do first is to ensure that we get things right within our party,” Makinde said.

When Makinde was asked if he thinks PDP would take over power from the APC in 2023, he replied: “Well, it is a question that I know Nigerians will answer and they will answer decisively.”

 

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Why Conducting Elections In Nigeria Is Like Holding Polls For Entire West Africa – INEC Chair

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Why Conducting Elections In Nigeria Is Like Holding Polls For Entire West Africa - INEC Chair

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said that conducting an election in Nigeria is similar to holding one in the entire West African region.

“The size of our voter population and elective institutions make elections in Nigeria a huge undertaking. This fact is better appreciated within our regional context.

“There are 15 countries in West Africa today, including Nigeria,” Mr Yakubu said at a strategic interactive meeting with online publishers organised by the electoral commission.

Held in Lagos on Wednesday, the event was in collaboration with the Institute for Media and Society and the International Press Centre.

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Yakubu said with Nigeria’s current voter population of over 84 million, Africa’s largest economy has about 11 million more registered voters than the other 14 West African countries put together, “which have 73.6 million registered voters.”

“Elections are held all-year round between one general election and another with no respite,” he said.

According to him, Nigeria’s size and population make it one of the biggest democracies in the world and the largest presidential democracy after the United States of America.

Mr Yakubu, who called for stronger INEC/Media partnership to foster a strong democratic Nigeria, said that the task of deepening Nigeria’s democracy was a collective duty.

Regarding the recently held Anambra governorship election, especially the concerns surrounding the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, Mr Yakubu said all hitches noticed in the deployment of the BVAS had been addressed ahead of future elections.

(NAN)

 

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Buhari Approves February 2022 For APC Convention

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Buhari Approves February 2022 For APC Convention

President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed February 2022 as new date for the National Convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, confirmed this development to State House correspondents at the end of a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was also attended by the Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe, as well as Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa.

Bagudu, who was not specific on the exact date for the convention in February, said the convention was shifted because four states were yet to complete their congresses.

He said: “Yesterday, Nov. 21, the Progressive Governors’ Forum met, where we congratulated and thanked the Caretaker Committee for working so hard in leading the party. We also thanked the President for supporting them to deliver on their mandate.

“I also explained yesterday that the Progressive Governors’ Forum discussed the issue of national convention of the party and they mandated us to come and discuss with the President as the party’s leader to give the input of the governors so that the party and the president will consider.

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“Part of the inputs we got yesterday was that we still have four states which are in the process of completing their congresses like Anambra; understandably because of the recent gubernatorial election, Zamfara and two others, because of logistic challenges and then, Christmas is around the corner and early January we will be very busy with Ekiti.

“So, the governors, based on all these, suggested the party and the president should graciously consider February and the president is favourably disposed to the suggestion.”

The National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said: “The Progressive Governors’ Forum after their meeting, has suggested February to the party and the president has concurred so we are going ahead to plan for the convention in February.

“Nigerians should expect more unity and progress as a result of the forthcoming convention.”

On insinuations in some quarters that he might be delaying the convention to extend his tenure as the Caretaker Chairman of the APC, Buni said: “Am I a jobless person who is always trying to extend his tenure; to do what? I have my primary responsibility as a governor to go back to my state and carry out my primary responsibility.

“What I am here to do is ad-hoc and of course to reposition the party and that is exactly what we have been able to achieve.”

 

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Peterside, Sanusi, Kukah, Others Rally Youths to Register, Vote In 2023

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Peterside, Sanusi, Kukah, Others Rally Youths to Register, Vote In 2023

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the President and Founder of Anap Foundation, Mr. Atedo Peterside has announced that the foundation has teamed up with select social influencers across the country to appeal to Nigerian youths to register en-masse and collect their voters’ card so as to enable them to vote during the 2023 general elections.

Quoting from Socrates immortal statements, Peterside said in the video that announced the move to mobilise Nigerian youths to reclaim the country through the power of the ballot paper that “one of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

He, therefore, urged, “Nigerian youths of 18 years and above to register for and claim their voters’ card well before the 2023 elections. Let us act now to build the Nigeria we desire.”

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Those teaming up with Anap Foundation are the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II; Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto; former World Bank Treasurer and Chairperson of Royal African Society, Ms. Arunma Oteh, who was also a former director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission; a former Minister and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman; the National Chairman of Youth Party, Mr. Tomiwa Aladekomo; an author, Ms. Ayisa Osori and former Deputy Managing Director of NLNG and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ibrahim Dahiru.

 

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