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INEC to Resume CVR in Edo, Ondo

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it plans to conduct the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Edo and Ondo States from Monday, May 27 to Wednesday, June 5.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this at the commission’s second regular quarterly consultative meeting with political parties held on Monday in Abuja.

Yakubu said that INEC would also distribute uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the two states during the period, advising those who were yet to register or collect their PVCs to use the opportunity to do so.

He said that the resumption of the CVR would also afford registered voters who wanted to transfer their registration from other states to Edo and Ondo.

“Let me reiterate that the CVR is only open to new registrants and those who seek to transfer their registration.

“Persons who are already registered voters should not attempt to register again as that will amount to double or multiple registrations and it is illegal.

“Lost or damaged voters’ cards will be replaced during the exercise but this does not require fresh registration,” he said.

Yakubu said that taking into consideration the limited time to the election, the CVR would take place at ward and state headquarters of INEC instead of the local government offices, and a few designated centers.

“This means that there will be 192 Ward registration centres in Edo and 203 centres in Ondo, in addition to our state offices in Benin City and Akure, making a total of 397 walk-in registration centres in the two states.

“There will be no online pre-registration option in the two states because of time constraint. Each centre will be managed by two officials drawn from our regular staff and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC),’’ he said.

He added that in the next few days, INEC would commence the training of at least 794 officials for the exercise, saying that the locations for the registration centres and other relevant information had been made available to political party leaders.

Yakubu appealed to political parties and other stakeholders to join INEC in mobilising prospective registrants for the exercise, particularly on the need to register early and not wait until the eleventh hour.

He said that INEC plans to publish the list of uncollected PVCs in its offices in the two states and simultaneously uploaded to the commission’s website.

Yakubu appealed to party leaders to continue to play by the rules during the electioneering process and beyond, ahead of the April 24 commencement of electioneering campaign for Edo election.

He also urged them to adhere strictly to the timeline for the upload of the list of polling and collation agents to INEC dedicated portal.

He said doing so would enable INEC to produce and deliver identity cards in good time for the expected 76,823 polling unit agents and 3,587 ward, local government and state collation agents for the election.

“Turning to Ondo, political parties have just concluded their primaries. Eighteen political parties conducted primaries monitored by the Commission.

“I wish to remind you that parties have one week to the deadline for the nomination of candidates which is 6.00pm on Monday May 20, 2024 when the portal automatically shuts down.

“I urge you to adhere strictly to the deadline. Political parties have been given 23 days from the end of primaries to prepare and submit the list of only two candidates (governorship candidate and running mate) to the Commission,’’ Yakubu said.

He said that the commission was remobilising to conduct the two State Assembly constituencies in Enugu and Kano States.

Yakubu also said that INEC would soon announce date for the conduct of by-election into existence of vacancies in National and State Assemblies caused by either death or resignation of members in three states constituencies and one federal constituency.

“The constituencies are; Khana 2 State Constituency of Rivers, the Bagwai/Shanono State constituency of Kano State, the Zaria Kewaye State Constituency of Kaduna State and the Garki/Babura Federal Constituency of Jigawa State,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the National Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Mr Yusuf Dantalle, pledged to work with INEC to mobilise voters for Edo and Ondo governorship election.

“Ahead of the forthcoming Edo and Ondo States governorship election, it is important that voters are massively mobilised to register and participate in the poll.

“As the umbrella body of all registered political parties in Nigeria, IPAC will spearhead this crucial exercise in collaboration with INEC.

“In previous elections, Council would move to various states, sensitize and mobilise the people on upcoming polls, called for non-violence and urge them to shun vote buying and selling, etc with the limited funds at its disposal,’’ Dantalle said.(NAN)

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APC Group Advises Ganduje to Resign

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The Forum of Stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has advised the embattled National Chairman of the Party, Abdullahi Ganduje, to resign from the position.

Alhaji Saleh Zazzaga, the North-Central Chairman of the forum, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, in Jos.

Zazzaga said the calls from different quarters for the removal of Ganduje from office, and his insistence on retaining his position spelt doom for the party.

He querried the decision of party’s stakeholders from the North-West, who passed a vote of confidence on Ganduje, insisting that such decisions would only throw the party into serious confusion.

”There have been several votes of no confidence passed on Ganduje; from his Kano Ward, as well as other protests, litigations, among other agitations against him.

”But his insistence to remain in office will only take the APC backward and tear the party apart.

”Ganduje already has a lot of issues surrounding him, and the best thing for him is to quit so that he doesn’t cause any harm or constitute a legal liability for the party,” Zazzaga stressed.

According to him, the position of the national chairman of the party should naturally go to the north-central region, and called on the party to consider zoning it to the region.

”Based on party arrangements, someone from north-central should have replaced the former national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, not Ganduje who is from the north west.

“In the spirit of fairness and equity, the chairmanship position should be occupied by someone from the north-central region.

”We are also part of the ruling party and have played a key role in the emergence of President Bola Tinubu,” he maintained.

Reports says that Zazzaga was a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in the last general election. (NAN)

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APC North-West Stakeholders Brainstorm on Challenges, Plans for 2027

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APC stakeholders from North-West on Sunday, in Kaduna  brainstormed on some challenges and plans for future electoral victories especially 2027.

The National Chairman of the party, Dr  Abdullahi Ganduje, emphasized the imperative for unity and proactive engagement among the stakeholders to propel Nigeria towards prosperity under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership.

Ganduje also underscored Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to national advancement and urged the party members to rally behind his visionary leadership.

He called for sensitization efforts to educate Nigerians about  Tinubu’s transformative agenda and his decisive actions since assuming office.

The national chairman highlighted the importance of political harmony and unity to achieve success in all endeavors, stressing that progress cannot thrive amidst discord.

He emphasized the need for robust collaborations as well as consultations to address the challenges and harness opportunities for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Ganduje proposed innovative solutions to address security challenges, including the establishment of specialized forest response teams equipped with technology to combat banditry and kidnapping.

He advocated the implementation of technology-driven initiatives such as E-registration to enhance party organization and planning for future elections.

The Chairman of the North West Governors’ Forum, Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State reechoed Ganduje’s call for unity and pledged full support for Tinubu’s development agenda.

Radda commended the National Assembly members for their efforts in championing the North-West Development Commission and assured continued support from them and all APC faithful.

He said, ”With unity of purpose and proactive measures, APC will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity for all Nigerians.”

In his Keynote, Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna State,said the meeting was to address key issues facing the party,

 commending the stakeholders for their contributions to the party’s growth.

Sani stressed the strategic importance of the North-West Zone within the party while advocating a consensus approach to issues resolution and adherence to internal party democracy.

He extolled Tinubu’s efforts in tackling Nigeria’s security and developmental challenges and acknowledged the positive impact of his Development Agenda on the North -West Zone.

Sani further solicited for continued support and cooperation with Tinubu’s administration.

Earlier in his welcome ,the APC National Vice Chairman, North-West, Garba Datti,stressed the need to address the obnoxious trend of suspensions within the party, particularly at the ward levels.

He identified instigators within the party who are working against its interests while emphasizing on the importance of adhering to due process and the party’s amended Constitution regarding suspensions.

Datti further called for creative and innovative ideas to prepare the party for future challenges.

He explained that the stakeholders meeting served as a platform for open dialogue and strategic planning to address internal challenges and reposition the APC North-West Zone for future electoral victories.

On her part ,Hajiya Hadiza Bala-Usman, Special Adviser on Policy Coordination to the President, emphasized the importance of bringing rights and resources to the zone.

She expressed gratitude to Tinubu for his continuous support to the zone, urging all the members to work together for the party’s advancement.

Speaking also at the event  ,the Speaker, House of Representatives, TAbbas Tajudeen, called on Ganduje to constitute reconciliation committees at various levels to mend rifts within the party.

He also spoke of the need for peaceful coexistence among party members, encouraged forgiveness and collaborations for future successes.

The speaker also urged the party leaders to provide continuous support to the party structures beyond election cycles.

He highlighted the importance of ensuring competent members’ return to the National Assembly in 2027 and commended Tinubu for key appointments in the North-West.

Abbas emphasized the importance of the ongoing constitution amendment, particularly focusing on critical areas such as state Police and women’s inclusion in governance.

He proposed empowering Senators and members of the House of Representatives to engage with their constituents to gather inputs for the constitutional review process.(NAN)

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Ogun APC Chides Gbenga Daniel for Criticizing Agro-Cargo Airport, others

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Kunle Idowu, Abeokuta

Ogun State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has knocked the former Governor of the State and Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, over his recent interview on some of the projects going on in the State.

Daniel, in a recent interview said he initiated some important projects which were under reported due to ‘bad press’,  including the iconic Gateway Agro-Cargo Airport started by the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun about three years ago and nearly completed with the longest runway and largest apron in Nigeria and West Africa corridor.

Reacting to Daniel’s statement on Sunday, Tunde Oladunjoye, the Publicity Secretary of APC in the State, said the statement credited to Daniel was nothing but a product of hallucination by a serial failure.

He insisted that the lawmaker did nothing to suggest seriousness of his administration to build any airport in the State, adding that the former governor in his usual character merely announced the proposed airport and the intending location as mere political statement for immediate gains.

According to Oladunjoye, the area proposed for the airport by Daniel’s administration remained a thick forest while billions of naira were siphoned under the guise of consultancy for the implementation of the project.

“Unlike the deceptive 8-year administration of Daniel, that was characterized with high level of fraud, political assassination and widespread brigandage,  Abiodun came on board with integrity, and purposeful leadership skill, which is practically responsible for the remarkable success his administration had recorded in the last five years, and the reason for the present headache of his hitherto traducers, including Gbenga Daniel.

“Setting the record straight, like many other failed Governors of Daniel type, who merely made political statements about projects to manipulate people’s emotions and deceive them for political gains, the Agro-Cargo Airport situated at Ilisan-Iperu axis of the State was just one of the many areas where Otunba Gbenga Daniel failed the people of Ogun State very woefully.

“Gbenga Daniel,  after announcing construction of an Airport in the year 2006, the area earmarked for the project remained a tick forest till 2019 when Prince Dapo Abiodun came into the saddle. Daniel’s successor, Ibikunle Amosun based on the nature of his personality and pattern of reasoning did not even open the file of the proposed Airport throughout his eight years in office, the same way Daniel abandoned all the projects left behind by his predecessor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

“The recent interview of having the grand or master plan for what Governor Dapo Abiodun has been accomplishing is not only self-ridiculing, it is simply a sheer hallucination of a serial failure and shameful acceptance of failure on the part of Mr. Gbenga Daniel. His interview and comment on Governor Dapo Abiodun reek of deep envy and insensitive lack of modesty,” Oladunjoye averred.

The Ogun APC Publicity Secretary further took a swipe on the former Governor,  asserting that his ineptitude, deceptive tendency, and maladministration were responsible for his unpopular administration and not bad press as he claimed.

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