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Mr. Peter Obi

The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 election, Mr. Peter Obi, has denied having a hand in his posters being circulated both offline and online, through different social media platforms.

The release made available by his Media Office and signed by Mr. Valentine Obienyem, said that the office had been lately inundated with sought-for-clarifications on Obi’s Presidential posters being circulated through various media platforms. The release made it clear that Obi is not in any way connected to, neither has he contracted/authorised anybody or organisation to promote such on his behalf.

The release further noted that Obi is not the one to jump gun on a matter the party is yet to give final directives. “As a faithful party man,” the release adds, “he will abide by the final position of the party on the issue.”

However, the release frowned at people’s preoccupation with the next election when the situation in the country, according to him, calls urgently for all hands to be on deck towards the restoration of security, eradication of poverty, creation of jobs and provision of other productive ventures for the country’s teeming unemployed youths, improving education and making health care accessible in the country. “These are precisely what Obi is concerned with right now,” the release concludes.
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The former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo on Sunday launched a new political party, the African People's Party's congress,(PPA-CI) which marked his return to the forefront of the political scene, after ten years of absence.

Gbagbo was elected the head of the PPA-CI by some 1,600 delegates on Saturday night as he seeks to "reunite the left" and use the occasion as a springboard to the 2025 presidential election.

''We have created the PPA-CI, our party, it is a structure to prepare my withdrawal. Dear comrades, dear friends, my ambition today is to leave. At this age, the wisdom is to prepare to leave," said Gbagbo.

Political representatives from a dozen African countries attended this weekend's congress.

For his supporters, it's a new beginning for social cohesion in Côte d'Ivoire.

''We acted in his absence, perhaps without knowing it, but practically illegally so that we are imprisoned, beaten, today with his arrival and the creation of the new party it's a new beginning," a supporter said.

The 76-year-old, whose 2000-2011 rule was marked by turbulence and division in the world's biggest cocoa producer, has been highly visible since returning.

He was removed from office in April 2011 after a short civil war that claimed 3,000 lives, sparked by his refusal to accept electoral defeat by the current president, Alassane Ouattara.

Gbagbo was then flown to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity resulting from the conflict but was eventually acquitted.
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…tasks new APC State Executive on leading party to Victory in 2023

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has congratulated Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi on his emergence as the new chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State.

Speaker Gbajabiamila said he was not surprised at the emergence of Pastor Ojelabi, a former member of the House of Representatives and former state commissioner, whom he described as a good ambassador of the House of Representatives. 

He said the new Lagos APC Chairman has demonstrated loyalty, determination, dedication and commitment to the growth and development of the party, especially the progressive family, over the years.

Gbajabiamila noted that with Pastor Ojelabi's emergence, the APC family in Lagos State would witness another level of good leadership.

The Speaker was delighted that Pastor Ojelabi and other members of the new APC State executive emerged in a peaceful and transparent manner, which he said is one of the qualities of the Lagos APC family.

Speaker Gbajabiamila tasks Pastor Ojelabi and other newly elected members of the Lagos APC EXCO to swing into action in mobilizing more members into the party particularly the youth and women who are key to the party’s victory in 2023. As well as sensitization of the public on obtaining their Permanent Voters Card. 

He urged them to build a stronger APC family and leave a good legacy behind.

The Speaker wishes Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi and other members of the new APC state executive members in Lagos a successful tenure.

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The Borno All Progressives Congress (APC) has on Saturday concluded the state party congress with all the 36 members of the outgoing state executive retain for second term. 

Hon Ali Bukar Dalori emerged as Chairman and Hon Bello Ayuba emerged as Secretary among other executives who are to champion the cause of the party for the next four years.

The  election done through affirmation was conducted by the Chairman of the Congress Committee for Borno, Alhaji Uba Maigari at the Elkanemi Sports Centre Maiduguri.

The Speaker of Borno House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdulkarim Lawan moved motion for the affirmation of the candidates through voice votes and was seconded by the Deputy Speaker,  Alhaji Abdullahi Askira.

Speaking on the development,  Maigari lauded the maturity and unity displayed by members of the party in Borno and urged them to continue to unite as a family.

In his remarks, Governor Babagana Zulum urged for sustain unity and assured that his administration would continue to work for a more united party.

“I want to thank all stakeholders of our great party and our teaming supporters for the solidarity and support.

“As governor, I will do everything possible to carry everybody along in our policies and programmes.

“I want to also enjoined all of us to work in unity and one voice. I urge the newly elected leaders of our great party to carry everyone along so as to move our party to victory come 2023 and beyond”. Zulum said.

Speaking on behalf of the re-elected executive, the party Chairman, Alhaji Ali Dalori, thanked party members for the confidence reposed on them, and assured that they would not disappoint the party.

“On behalf of my humble self and other elected executives, I called on all supporters to unite and give their maximum cooperation to us.

“As your elected leaders, we pledged not to disappoint you in any ramifications as doors would remain open for any good Advise or criticisms that would move our party forward.” Dalori stated. 

The Congress was attended by former governors Kashim shettima and  Ali Modu Sheriff, serving and former senators, House of Representatives and the APC gubernatorial aspirant 2019 general elections, Alhaji Idris Mamman Durkwa among other dignitaries.
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the extension of sale of nomination forms for national officers for the October 30 to 31 National Convention, from the earlier announced date of Friday, October 15, 2021 to Sunday, October 17, 2021

Consequently, the last date for the submission of duly completed forms has also been extended from Saturday, October 16 to Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Accordingly, the date for the Screening of aspirants for various national offices has also been adjusted to Wednesday, October 20, 2021, while Screening Appeals, to consider appeals arising from the Screening Exercise, is now scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021.

The date for the National Convention still remains Saturday October 30 - Sunday 31, 2021.

All aspirants, leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of  the party are by this statement guided accordingly.

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Prof. Charles Soludo

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, affirmed the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Prof. Charles Soludo, as candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of Justices led by Justice Mary Odili, upheld the judgement of the Kano State Division of the Court of Appeal, which validated the primary election that produced Soludo.

The Supreme Court held that the appellate court was right when it quashed a Jigawa State High Court judgement that recognised a parallel primary election that was conducted by the Jude Okeke-led faction of APGA.

It will be recalled that Soludo emerged from the primary election that was organised by the Chief Victor Oye-led faction of the party.
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The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke who defected from APGA into the All Progressives Congress weeks ago, was today, formally received into APC at the State House by President Buhari.

Dr. Nkem Okeke is amongst the critical stakeholders of other parties welcomed into the APC by Senator Hope Uzodimma, who is the Chairman, Campaign Council of the Anambra Guber Election Flag Bearer, Sen. Andy Uba.

Recall that during the inauguration of Gov. Hope Uzodimma as the Chairman, Campaign Council of Sen. Andy Uba, he made promises to bring in critical stakeholders into the APC fold before the Anambra Guber election to hold on November 6.

Speaking shortly after meeting President Buhari, elated Dr. Nkem Okeke expressed confidence that come Nov. 6, APC would take over Anambra State.

He said his defection was necessitated by his desire to join in mobilizing and getting Anambra connected to the center.

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Following news making rounds on social media about Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello “ditching his presidential ambition and lobbying for the Vice Presidency slot”, a youth group under the umbrella GYB2PYB has described the purported claim as “a mischievous and dead on arrival tactic of duplicitous propagandists”.

A publication by a newspaper outlet went viral on Monday.

In the report, governor Bello was quoted to have dumped his ambition to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Reacting, GYB2PYB in a statement signed Tuesday, by its National Secretary, Joy Samuel, said the publication is “another failed attempt by detractors to stop Yahaya Bello’s presidential ambition”.

“We strongly condemn the said article, author and sponsors in its entirety as it is not only ill-intentioned, it is based off on irrationality.

“His Excellency, governor Bello has yet to answer the rising call upon him to declare his candidacy (which we are very hopeful he will and to the delight of all), neither is he getting distracted from the delivery of excellent governance, which has been the hallmark of Kogi state.

“It is rather devious to state that GYB is ditching a presidential bid for which he has yet to even declare. Thus, this is another failed attempt by detractors to try and stop the fast moving train which is the actualization of a Yahaya Bello presidency come 2023.

“In conclusion, we strongly recommend that the said article be taken down as it is a very shallow excuse for journalism on the part of the author and the media outfit.

“We are still intensifying our call on governor Yahaya Bello to declare for Presidency and as usual, bring all these detractors and mischief makers to shame as we the Youths and many other well meaning Nigerians are solidly behind and ready to deliver on project PYB (President Yahaya Bello),” the statement read.
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A group of young professionals from the southwest geopolitical zone, the Oduduwa Young Professionals, has condemned what it described as hatred for the Yorubas by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Arising from its meeting, Sunday evening, the group’s Publicity Secretary, Joshua Alade said the party should have been sensitive enough to know there is equity in its constitution.

According to the group, “This matter is not only about PDP but all the political parties. But we must say that we are shocked and embarrassed that despite the obvious fact that it is only South West that is yet to produce its chairmanship.

“PDP Zoning Committee in plain sight had enough temerity to call the bluff of the entire Yoruba race and the pronounced equity in its party’s constitution and zoned out the same position to the North.”

Alade, who is the spokesperson said “except the party, through its National Executive Committee will stop this coup its Ad-hoc Committee orchestrated against the Yorubas, our group and many others shall take the action as a direct threat against our people and shall do everything within the law to protect our interest in 2023.”

The PDP Zoning Committee had through its release zoned all positions currently occupied by Southerners to the North and all being held by the Northerners to the South.

Though the party’s Zoning Committee’s decision is not the official position of the party, its recommendations are yet to be submitted to the NEC which set it up and have powers to deliberate, amend or ratify whatever the recommendations are.

“We are not unaware that the position taken by the Zoning Committee is not official yet but for it to have released its report without recourse to the NEC that set it up shows there is a sinister plan against the Yorubas in the party and we are right now passing a strong message to the party, that whatever arrangement that will not end with a South West chairmanship shall be viewed as a threat to the political rights of our people who are its members.

“So, it is left for the NEC to decide on the outcome of its ad-hoc committee that has so much disrespected it, to ease the tension already created”; Alade said.

Reacting to the rumor that zoning the party chairmanship was in preparation for its zoning the presidential ticket to the South in 2023, the group said the chairmanship position is first a sure bet than a presidential ticket which will be thrown open to all southern zones and possibly might not be picked by someone from the Southwest.

But Alade said, “what is ours should be given to us now, when we get to presidential issues, then the party can decide whatever will ease the current sufferings in the land.

“What if the ticket is eventually zoned to the north which has also labored for the party but by fate only has gotten two years nine months presidential representation out of the party’s sixteen years of being in power, unlike the southern part? 

“So, we know what we are saying by saying that the chairmanship that in all parameters is now the turn of our brothers and sisters in PDP should be given to them.”

The group also sent words to other political parties to play by the rules of their books in promoting and consolidating democracy in Nigeria and engender brotherhood through political inclusivity.
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Despite continued silence of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over his rumoured presidential ambition for the 2023 general elections, a loyal group, SWAGA’23, has commenced aggressive consultations with stakeholders and power-blocs in Lagos State for endorsement.

The group had flooded Lagos metropolis with various Tinubu’s posters for the presidential contest.

SWAGA’23, is as a campaign group championing the candidature of the former Lagos State Governor, Tinubu, Southwest Agenda.

The group has therefore, intensified sensitization, consultation and mobilisation tour in the state.

Tonled credence to their moves, Tinubu’s posters for the poll were pasted in many strategic areas of the state, such as: Ojota, Maryland, Ketu Ikeja, Lagos Island, Ikorodu, Ikotun, Igando, Ojuelegba among others.

SWAGA’23 which is being led by a former Minister of Works and Media Adviser to the late Chief Moshood Abiola, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, had inaugurated chapters in: Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti States after its regional inauguration in Ibadan, the political headquarters of Western Nigeria, on December 15, 2020.

The group commenced a week long sensitization, consultation and mobilisation tour in Lagos with visits to traditional rulers in Badagry, Ikeja, and Lagos Divisions, soliciting for their support.

Speaking after meeting with traditional rulers in the three divisions of the state, Adeyeye said, the group had been strengthened to forge ahead in its consultations because of the positive responses by millions of Nigerians.

He therefore, urged the traditional rulers in the areas visited to prevail on Tinubu, to run for 2023 presidential election.

According to Adeyeye, “Tinubu is preferred for the highest service, having demonstrated that capacity as former governor of Lagos state.”

He stressed that Tinubu is eminently qualified to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, saying he will build on the achievements recorded by the administration and inspire a new hope in the future of the country.

Adeyeye described Tinubu as “a great national asset, a hunter for talents, a lover of human development, an economic problem solver and a bridge builder.”

 He continued: “We are here to visit the traditional rulers because they are a vital element in governance, we were in  Badagry yesterday, today, we met with the monarchs in Ikeja Division and Lagos Division.”

The secretary of SWAGA in Lagos, Khafilat Ogbara,  said their visit to the traditional rulers was purposely for sensitization, consultation and mobilisation of people in different areas of the state ahead of inauguration of the group in the state.

Meantime, the monarchs in their response unanimously, endorsed the candidature of Tinubu to contest for president.

Prominent among the traditional rulers who endorsed Tinubu for President, include: Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi, Ojora of Ijora Land, Fatai Ojora, Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, Elegushi of Ikateland among others.

While lenting their voices to the agitation for his candidature, the monarchs prayed for a successful outing for the group.