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Jonathan Joins APC For 2023 Presidential Election

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan is ready to join the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is coming hours after disowning a group that bought presidential expression of interest and nomination forms.

Nigeria is set to go to the polls next year in a crowded contest parading many contestants in both the ruling APC and several opposition parties, including the main opposition PDP.

On May 9, Jonathan had rejected presidential expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him by people, described as nomadic Fulani pastoralists and Almajiri communities.

He was quoted as saying that it was an insult for people to buy the form for him without his consent but the former president has now made u-turn on the issue.

A dependable source in Jonathan’s camp, who pleaded anonymity said that the former president had indeed, joined the APC formally, having registered at his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.

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The source disclosed that Jonathan was expected to submit his completed APC expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him earlier in the week by Fulani groups and pastoralist communities on Thursday.

According to the source, the former president has secured the support of the required number of APC delegates from across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“Several bigwigs of the party have also been calling Jonathan to pledge their loyalty and support to the former president,’’ the source revealed.

The source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) political correspondent late on Wednesday that some influential African leaders had called Jonathan earlier on Monday to advise him “to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria.

“At least three top African leaders called the former president on the matter. They all urged him to run.

“One of them specifically told him that it didn’t make sense travelling all over Africa settling disputes only to shy away from leadership responsibility in his home country.

READ ALSO: Miyetti Allah Buys Presidential Nomination Form For Jonathan

“Another reminded him of the implication of failing to put the experiences he garnered as a former Nigerian president and as a continental statesman to good use,” the source added but did not mention the names of the African leaders.

The source cited some of the African leaders as telling Jonathan that Nigeria was passing through challenging times and “needed a unifier like Jonathan at this time’’.

Jonathan, who lost power to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, was born in 1957 in the Ogbia district in Bayelsa State.

He was previously of the PDP party on whose platform he ruled Nigeria until he lost the presidential election to Buhari in 2015.

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Delta CDHR Disowns Giama, Says Edariese Is Authentic Chairman

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Delta CDHR Disowns Giama, Says Edariese Is Authentic Chairman

There is only one CDHR in Delta State headed by Comrade Elder Chief Edariese A. Peter.

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Delta State chapter, has declared that one Jonathan Giama is not its chairman.

According to a statement by the CDHR, the authentic chairman of the group remains Chief Peter A. Edariese.

The CDHR made known this position in response to Giama who has allegedly been parading himself as the chairman of the group.

The CDHR said that Giama was expelled from the organization in in a letter in January, 2021 .

A statement by CDHR signed by Edariese noted as follows: “The fellow, Mr. Jonathan Giama, was the Secretary, CDHR, Delta State till March, 2020 when his tenure expired after serving the organization for four years.

READ ALSO: CDHR Denies Asking Delta Speaker To Resign

“During his period in office, he involved himself in acts incompatible with the aims and objectives for which CDHR was formed by the founding fathers.

“As a result of the above acts of Mr. Jonathan Giama, he was investigated along with one Mr Kehinde Taiga who served as the state chairman at that time and both of them were found culpable and shown the way out by expulsion from the body as referred to above.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is only one CDHR in Nigeria which is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja with its registered office at No. 43, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Nigeria with branches in almost all the states of the federation including Delta State where I serve as the State Chairman having been elected on 22nd June, 2021 by delegates from all the units in the state.

“CDHR has a well- structured organization with National Executive Committee (NEC) with an erudite lawyer Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, a two-time Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State as National President with great men and women who have made their marks in their chosen careers and callings as members.

“The body also has a Board of Trustees duly Registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with a legal juganaut, Femi Falana (SAN) as Chairman surrounded by other eminent lawyers academics and business moguls as members.

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“As a test of genuineness, Mr. Jonathan Giama is hereby challenged to direct the general public to the address of the National Secretariat of the CDHR of his imagination and who in Nigeria are members of his National Executive Committee (CEC) and members of the Board of Trustees of the same which I know, he cannot and for that reason, he should shut up henceforth and look for something to do to make a living instead of parading himself as a member of CDHR and even its state chairman forthwith.

“I, Comrade Elder (Chief) Edariese A. Peter is and remains the only person who can fly the CDHR flag in Delta State as its chairman for now till the end of my tenure.

“I call on the general public to beware of impersonation as represented by Mr. Jonathan Giama.

“I am equally calling on all the law enforcement agencies in Nigeria particularly in Delta State to arrest Mr. Jonathan Giama to investigate his claims as CDHR Chairman Delta State and prosecute him if he is found culpable for impersonation to save the uninformed and unsuspecting members of the public from falling victim to Mr. Jonathan Giama who is bent on using the name of CDHR to extort money from his victims to oil his dubious and expensive lifestyle.”

 

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Gunmen Write Nine Councils In Anambra, Threaten Attacks

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Daredevil gunmen have written letters to nine local government areas in Anambra State, threatening to attack them soon.

The local government areas listed to be attacked are Ihiala, Aguata, Nnewi South, Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Orumba South, Orumba North and Anambra East.

In a message to the LGAs, the anonymous group warned security operatives to get ready for action in ‘Biafra Land’.

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“These local government areas should wait for us soon. We are warning our dear professor that it is time for action and not time to speak big grammar and talking. All the security men occupying should get ready for action.

“Go and tell the President to release our oga (boss), Onyendu, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, or face continuous war – FINAL WARNING,” the group wrote.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State police operatives, on Tuesday, neutralised hoodlums operating and enforcing the sit-at-home in the state.

The suspects were said to be operating around the Ogidi area on the second day of the sit-at-home when they confronted the security operatives.

It was confirmed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, who said the command and other sister agencies had been on patrol to maintain law and order in the state.

Ikenga assured the people to go about their normal businesses without any form of intimidation, harassment or worry assuring them of adequate security.

 

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PDP To Settle For Consensus Presidential Candidate – BOT Chairman

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The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is set to settle for a consensus presidential candidate, the Board of Trustees chairman, Walid Jubril has disclosed .

Jubril made this known to journalists while responding to questions at the PDP secretariat in Lafia on Tuesday.

Jubril said he was in the state to assess presidential aspirants who visit the state to enable them to come up with a suitable candidate for the party in the consensus agreement.

“The NEC has made it known earlier that there will be no zoning and no consensus. But right now there is a loophole, therefore we need to review that earlier decision and come up with a consensus candidature.

“We have agreed to sit together to review that very seriously and come up with a suitable candidate to lead our party in the contest.

“We are not stopping any aspirant from contesting but we have to resort to consensus. All the aspirants from the south east, south west and the north are working together to produce a consensus.

READ ALSO: PDP In North Is Working On Consensus Candidate – Saraki

Meanwhile, Senator Bukola Saraki while addressing delegates in the state vowed to end insecurity and to block all economic leakages that have thrown the country into a serious mess.

Saraki acknowledged that Nigeria is in need of a forthright and dogged leader that will move the country from where it is. He said he has such capacity.

” We are facing the problem of insecurity and bad economy. The level of leakages in our economy is responsible for all we are going through. When I become the president I will block all the leakages and deploy technology to fight insecurity.”

 

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