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Post-primary crises in All Progressives Congress worsened on Thursday as more defections hit the party. The defections occurred three days to the deadline given to political parties by Independent National Electoral Commission for substitution of candidates. It was gathered that the party, which ended its governorship primaries on October 5, had been striving to solve some of the crises before the December 2 deadline for the substitution of governorship and houses of assembly candidates. The plan of the party, it was learnt, was to accommodate interests of members, who were aggrieved by its primaries. But development on Thursday indicated that…
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will not get a United States visa – if the Federal Government has its way. The government yesterday advised United States against granting visa to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Mr Abubakar. To the government, issuing a visa to Abubakar will amount to the creation of an impression that the US Government will be favouring a candidate over the other in the forthcoming 2019 poll. There are indications that Abubakar’s visa application is still being processed by US Embassy. The protest of the government came against the backdrop that Abubakar was alleged to have…
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 03:01

Christian elders shun Buhari, Atiku

A coalition of Christians under the aegis of National Christian Elders Forum has excluded President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Atiku Abubakar from its consultation meeting with presidential candidates. The meeting which is for 2019 general elections is scheduled for Friday in Lagos. Prominent members of NCEF are Solomon Asemota (Chairman); former Minister of Defense Theophilus Danjuma, Joseph Otubu, Joshua Dogonyaro, Magnus Atilade, Kate Okpareke, Ayo Abifarin, Zamani Lekwot, Moses Ihonde, Nat Okoro and Matthew Owojaiye. Others are Kalajine Anigbogu Shyngle Wigwe, P. L. Dabup, John Bagu, Saleh Hussaini, Mike Orobator, James Ogebe, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Debo Omotosho, Priscilla Kuye, S. D.…
A total of 40 presidential candidates of the nation’s registered political parties on Tuesday in Abuja launched a new alliance under the auspices of Patriotic Forum of Presidential Candidates (PFPC). Chairman of the forum and National Chairman of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) Mr Shittu Mohammed; and Secretary Mr Onwubuya Breakforth, who is also National Chairman of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), told newsmen that the alliance was formed out of patriotism for the nation and to sustain her democracy. Breakforth, who briefed reporters after the meeting of the forum urged the federal government, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political…
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:56

2019: INEC to modify campaign finance monitoring

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it would modify its modalities for tracking campaign finances saying individual candidates should also be encouraged to report their campaign finances to the commission. Speaking in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a two-day capacity building for political party leaders organised by Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Director, Election and Monitoring unit of INEC, Mr Aminu Idris, said monitoring campaign finances of individual candidates was the major challenge facing the commission. “We have done a lot of training for our staff…
Akwa Ibom House of Assembly was again thrown into turmoil on Tuesday as a faction made up of five All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers clashed with those loyal to Onofiok Luke, the Speaker, at the assembly premises. APC lawmakers, Tuesday morning, made their way into the House chambers where they quickly held their ‘sitting’ and passed a “resolution” suspending 11 lawmakers. The ‘sitting’ was presided over by Nse Ntuen (Essien Udim State Constituency). The other four lawmakers were Gabriel Toby, Etim Ekpo/Ika; Otobong Ndem, Mkpat Enin; Victor Udofia, Ikono; and Idongesit Ituen, Itu. They were yet to leave the assembly…
President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed that if anyone is displeased with the way and manner anything has been done, and feels deprived of his/her rights, then such a person is at liberty to approach the courts for redress. Reacting to the position of All Progressives Congress (APC) which recently forbade members from dragging the party to court, the president said: “We can’t deliberately deny people of their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus methods, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person can go to court. The…
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 05:02

Saraki forces Kwara Gov out of senatorial race

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has confirmed the withdrawal of governor of Kwara State, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, as the party’s candidate for Kwara south senatorial district. The withdrawal of Ahmed might not been unconnected with the inability of the governor to deliver Ekiti/ Oke Ero/ Isin/ Irepodun Federal Constituency in the November 17 by-election, won by All Progressives Congress (APC). It was learnt that Senate President Bukola Saraki advised Ahmed to forget his ambition after the defeat of the main opposition party in the by-election. A party source however said yesterday that the governor has withdrawn from the race and incumbent…
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 05:01

Probe: I leave Fayose to God - Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has clarified his stance on the fate of the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Ayodele Fayose. Fayemi who spoke with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at Presidential Villa, Abuja explained that there was never a time he said he would probe Fayose. He said, “Well, I am sure I have never said anything about probe. “Looking into books is the duty of any new governor. You need to know what you found in place, I just talked about a visitation panel into the education…
Few months to 2019 general elections, a coalition of Christian leaders under the aegis of National Christian Elders Forum has asked Nigerians not to vote for All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, describing the parties as “two evils.” The group also faulted the current political composition of Nigeria, saying it was structured to favour one ethnic nationality and the supremacy of one religion over others. National Chairman of NCEF, Mr Solomon Asemota, made the position of the group known during a press conference he jointly addressed with NCEF Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Socialist Movement of Nigeria,…
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