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Over 1,000 PDP loyalists in Jigawa decamp to APC
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Over 1,000 PDP loyalists in Jigawa decamp to APC

About 1, 266 members of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP have decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Jigawa State. Alhaji Aminu Sani, the State APC chairman, received the decampees on Sunday in Maigatari Local Government Area. This comes weeks after he was elected as the new State’s Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC. It was gathered that all the state’s executive members from ward to state Congress emerged through consensus, in accordance with the party’s constitution. Receiving the decampees in Maigatari, the party chairman said the development had clearly indicated that the party had fulfilled its promises. Represented by the party youth leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Ya’u, he said the decampees would be given equal rights as every member of the party. ...
Zayn Malik pleads ‘no contest’ to harassing Gigi Hadid and her mother Yolanda Hadid
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Zayn Malik pleads ‘no contest’ to harassing Gigi Hadid and her mother Yolanda Hadid

Musician Zayn Malik has pleaded no contest to charges that he harassed his girlfriend Gigi Hadid her mother Yolanda Hadid during a violent September 29 argument at the family's home outside Philadelphia. The former One Direction singer was accused of grabbing Yolanda Hadid and shoving her against a dresser, according to court documents. Malik also engaged in "continuous cursing" at Yolanda Hadid, the documents said, calling her a "f****** Dutch slut" and telling her to stay away from his daughter. Malik, 28, also told Gigi Hadid to "strap on some f***ing balls and defend your partner against your f***ing mother in my house", according to charging documents filed in Bucks County. Sources told TMZ that Gigi was actually in Paris, but Zayn allegedly said this to her on a phone c...
We’ll bury rigging in Nigeria –INEC promises
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We’ll bury rigging in Nigeria –INEC promises

Nigeria's electoral body, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to put end electoral rigging using new technology. According to the Head of ICT, INEC office, Awka, Chukwuemeka Nnaji,INEC has devised what it called Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) as a way of reducing human interference in the electoral process. Speaking during a workshop for journalists on election processes and procedures for the 2021 Anambra governorship election, in Awka, he said; “The BVAS would help in accreditation of voters and to enable near real-time viewing of results. The all-in-one technology is a multifunctional integrated device that serves multiple purposes for different activities in the value chain of elections in Nigeria. This includes serving as the INEC V...
House of Rep members pass 2022 budget for second reading
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House of Rep members pass 2022 budget for second reading

The 2022 budget of N16.39 trillion was on Thursday October 14, passed for second reading in the House of Representatives. It was passed for second reading following the conclusion of debate on the general principles of the budget. This is coming barely 24 hours after the Senate also passed the 2022 Appropriation Bill for second reading after over one hour of debate on its general principles. President Muhammadu Buhari last week, presented an appropriation bill of N16.39 trillion for the total expenditure of the federal government in 2022 to the national assembly.
The South-East cannot win Presidential election for the PDP. No Southern candidate can win 2023 presidential election with PDP – Dokpesi
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The South-East cannot win Presidential election for the PDP. No Southern candidate can win 2023 presidential election with PDP – Dokpesi

Media mogul and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has said that no political candidate from the South-East and the entire south can win 2023 presidential election with the opposition party. Dokpesi made the claim in an interview with Daily Trust. He also stated that on grounds of equity, justice and fairness, the South-East has to be given an opportunity if the slot is zoned to the South. Adding that whoever emerges President of Nigeria would have to compensate the people of the South East if truly we want the emergence of the new Nigeria, the PDP chieftain said the opposition party's presidential candidate should come from the North if they really want to win the 2023 election. He said; The South East cannot win the election for the PDP that is...
INEC releases final list of candidates for Anambra Governorship election
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INEC releases final list of candidates for Anambra Governorship election

A final list of candidates for the Anambra Governorship election has been released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye who made the announcement on Thursday October 7, said 18 registered political parties will be participating in the election. Okoye also revealed that INEC will be holding an emergency consultative meeting on Friday, October 8, with the leadership of all registered political parties in Abuja. The INEC commissioner further assured the people of the state of the commission’s resolve to secure a safe environment that will enable them to vote. He said;   “In line with the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election released on 19th Ja...
Politician Shina Peller ponders on how to get Nigerian youth to replicate the drive and commitment they have for BBNaija in the 2023 general elections
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Politician Shina Peller ponders on how to get Nigerian youth to replicate the drive and commitment they have for BBNaija in the 2023 general elections

Politician and club owner, Shina Peller, shared the photo above on his Instagram page, stating that he is thinking of how to get Nigerian youths to have the same drive they have for reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, for the 2023 general elections. According to him, the 2023 elections will afford Nigerians the opportunity to reset the country as there would be no incumbent President on the ballot papers. He wrote ''Me thinking of how I can get the youth to replicate the drive and commitment they have for Big Brother 9ja to the 2023 general elections. That election would offer us an opportunity to take the destiny of our nation into our hands. There would be no incumbent President on the ballot. It’s a reset period for Nigeria!!! I think we can achieve it because nothing is ...
2023: No automatic ticket for new decampees – APC
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2023: No automatic ticket for new decampees – APC

Ahead of the 2023 presidential elections, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said there will be no automatic ticket to anyone who defects to the party. APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement released on Friday, September 17, said defection into the party by any person does not confer the status of an automatic candidate of the party on such individual. Akpanudoedehe, who was reacting to a misrepresentation of his views on the waiver granted new entrants and defectors by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at its December 8, 2020 meeting in a television programme, said all party members, irrespective of the status of the person, must go through the party’s nomination process...
Update: FFK says he was led by the spirit to defect from PDP to APC
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Update: FFK says he was led by the spirit to defect from PDP to APC

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said he was led by the spirit of God to defect to the ruling APC FFK was today September 16 presented to President Buhari by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC, and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Speaking to statehouse correspondents after meeting the President, FFK said that he was led by the Spirit of God in his decision and that he joined the APC to help for the unity of the country, adding that he was against anything that would cause the disintegration of Nigeria. He mentioned that he was instrumental in the defection of three Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors to the APC. The governors he mentioned were Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State and ...
BREAKING: APC Splits Into Three Factions In Enugu
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BREAKING: APC Splits Into Three Factions In Enugu

It has been reported that the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State took the turn for the worst on Saturday with the emergence of a third faction of the party. Few weeks back, there was little indication that the warring chieftains of the party had mended fences and were ready to work together. However, the peace pact crumbled during the ward congress of the party, leading to two parallel executives in most of the wards. DAILY POST reports that while the party was still contending with that, it has split further into three factions, an aftermath of the local government congress held today, Saturday. It was gathered that while one faction is loyal to the State Caretaker Committee chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, another group is with Senator Ken Nna...
PDP leaders visit Jonathan and beg him to stay amid reports he wants to decamp to APC
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PDP leaders visit Jonathan and beg him to stay amid reports he wants to decamp to APC

PDP leaders paid a visit to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, in his Abuja residence on Tuesday, August 31 amid reports he plans to decamp to APC. The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Yemi Akinwonmi led a delegation of party leaders consisting of Daisi Akintan, former caretaker secretary of the PDP in the South-West and the secretary of ex-officio forum and a member of the National Executive Committee, Mrs Helen Taiwo, to visit Jonathan. The three-member team met with the former President behind closed doors, Punch reports, adding that the visit was designed to acquaint Jonathan with current happenings within the party and seek his advice on how best to find an amicable solution to the crisis. According to the publication, a source privy to the meeting ...
Amaechi’s comment on ‘quiet stealing under Buhari’ vindicates us – PDP
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Amaechi’s comment on ‘quiet stealing under Buhari’ vindicates us – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of “providing cover for corrupt officials”. The opposition party said this in reaction to a comment credited to Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, where the former Rivers State governor said anyone stealing public funds under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing so “quietly”. Read HERE PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan has reacted to Amaechi's comments. Speaking on Monday, August 30, he said the “confession” by Amaechi vindicates the opposition party’s allegations of corruption in the APC. “The confession by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that stealing is going on quietly under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC), vi...
PDP splits as 2 acting national chairmen emerge
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PDP splits as 2 acting national chairmen emerge

There was confusion on Tuesday, August 24, as the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) split into two factions. The two Deputy National Chairmen of the party - Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi and Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Suleiman Nazif - in separate announcements on Tuesday, claimed to be the party’s acting National Chairman. On Monday, August 23, a court issued an order restraining the substantive National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, from parading himself as PDP National Chairman and taking part in any activity of the party while the order lasts. To fill the leadership gap created by the suspension of Secondus, Akinwonmi and Nazif are laying claim to the position of the National Chairman. In a statement relea...
Osinbajo has not Joined 2023 Presidential race – Spokesman
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Osinbajo has not Joined 2023 Presidential race – Spokesman

Laolu Akande, spokesperson of Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that his principal has not indicated any interest in joining the 2023 presidential race. In a statement issued on Monday August 23, Akande stated that Osinbajo is currently focused on working in his capacity as the Vice President to address the various challenges facing the country, including finding effective and lasting solutions to the security challenges and working to further boost the economy. The statement read; “The Office of the Vice President is not in any way connected with the distribution and deployment of any 2023 political posters whether on the streets or in online videos, banners and the like on social media. “All these are simply needless distractions from the urgent tasks of gover...
2023 election: Buhari and Tinubu’s Pact is not binding on APC members – Yahaya Bello
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2023 election: Buhari and Tinubu’s Pact is not binding on APC members – Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that the alleged pact for former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu to succeed President Buhari is not binding on All Progressives Congress members. Bello who said this in an interview with Daily Trust, stated that the  APC is guided by a constitution which every member and even intending members ought to read and understand. He added that Nigeria is not a banana republic which a committee of one or two persons will see as a personal estate or property. Bello said;   Senator Tinubu is one of our leaders and I respect him so much. He has played a very significant role in Nigeria’s democracy and has built a lot of people. He has paid his dues, and with all respect, as a son to him, my simple advice is that it is time for hi...
Obasanjo coaches PDP on choice of 2023 presidential candidate
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Obasanjo coaches PDP on choice of 2023 presidential candidate

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party to consider the pedigree of those aspiring to lead the country in 2023 before picking its presidential candidate. Obasanjo, who hosted the members of the National Working Committee of the party at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on Thursday, said the party should also look at the way the president of the United States of America emerges from the two dominant political parties. The former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, was visited by the members of the party’s National Working Committee led by its Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus. On February 16, 2015 and in a dramatic turn of events, Obasanjo ended his 17-year relationship with the party by publicl...
2023: OBJ, PDP leaders in closed door meeting
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2023: OBJ, PDP leaders in closed door meeting

As the 2023 presidential election draws nearer, former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, August 19, had a closed door meeting with the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, and other leaders of the party in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The PDP chairman and the other leaders of the party arrived at the penthouse of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta at about few minutes past noon. The visit comes after some leaders of the party called for the removal of Secondus as chairman. Obasanjo who was a founding member of the PDP, denounced his membership of the party in February 2015.
Zambian opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema wins presidential election
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Zambian opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema wins presidential election

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has defeated incumbent Edgar Lungu in Zambia's presidential election, the electoral commission said on Monday, August 16, when releasing the final results from 156 constituencies, barring one. The electoral commission said Hichilema got 2,810,777 votes against Lungu's 1,814,201, with all but one of the 156 constituencies counted. "I, therefore, declare that the said Hichilema to be president of Zambia," electoral commission chairman, Esau Chulu, said in a packed results centre in the capital Lusaka. It was Mr. Hichilema's sixth attempt at winning the presidency. His supporters have been celebrating on the streets of the capital, Lusaka. The outgoing president is yet to concede defeat and has indicated that he might challenge the result, ...
2023 election: The President will not support any aspirant until a Candidate of the party emerges – Adesina
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2023 election: The President will not support any aspirant until a Candidate of the party emerges – Adesina

Presidential aide, Femi Adesina has said that his principal will not support aspirant ahead of the 2023 election until a candidate of his party, All Progressives Congress emerges. Adesina who was responding to reports on if Buhari’s recent visit to Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the APC had a link to the 2023 election in an interview on Channels Television, noted that Buhari still has almost two years more in office and starting to support someone now will just be like jumping the gun. He also recounted how the President stopped people from campaigning for him before the 2019 election began. The presidential aide reiterated that Buhari's visit to Tinubu was "all about goodwill and best wishes". Adesina said;   “That meeting actually happened, but it is all about goodwill...
PDP files lawsuit seeking removal of Mai Mala Buni as Yobe Governor
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PDP files lawsuit seeking removal of Mai Mala Buni as Yobe Governor

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a lawsuit seeking the removal of Mai Mala Buni from office as Governor of Yobe state. In the lawsuit filed on August 12 by PDP's lawyer Emeka Etiaba, with Umar Damagum, PDP’s Yobe governorship candidate in the 2019 election, and his running mate, Baba Aji as plaintiffs, the opposition party stated that Buni ceased to be a governor from the moment he accepted to act as the caretaker committee chairman of the APC. Maintaining that Buni violated Section 183 of the Constitution when he accepted to serve as chairman of the caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) despite holding the position of an executive governor, PDP is now seeking for an order directing Yobe chief judge or any other senior person...
Senate OKs Dems’ $3.5T budget in latest win for Biden
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Senate OKs Dems’ $3.5T budget in latest win for Biden

Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion framework for bolstering family services, health, and environment programs through the Senate early Wednesday, advancing President Joe Biden’s expansive vision for reshaping federal priorities just hours after handing him a companion triumph on a hefty infrastructure package. Lawmakers approved Democrats’ budget resolution on a party-line 50-49 vote, a crucial step for a president and party set on training the government’s fiscal might on assisting families, creating jobs and fighting climate change. Higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations would pay for much of it. Passage came despite an avalanche of Republican amendments intended to make their rivals pay a price in next year’s elections for control of Congress. House leaders announced their...
Only National Convention can remove Secondus – Senator Seriake
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Only National Convention can remove Secondus – Senator Seriake

Former Governor of Bayelsa state and senator representing Bayelsa West in the Senate, Seriake Dickson has said that only a National Convention can remove embattled Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus. Speaking after a PDP House of Representatives Caucus called for Secondus' resignation, Dickson stated that the “illegal” National Working Committee meeting and that of the party’s caucus in the House of Representatives, including a protest at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Monday August 9, are all part of the plot to contrive a needless crisis in the PDP in order to set up a caretaker committee, which is illegal. Insisting that there is no crisis in the party, the lawmaker said what is happening is only a contrived media crisis orchestrated and fund...
Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman
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Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu has said that the Ethiopian and Malawian electoral bodies are considering deploying some aspects of the tool in the INEC’s Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) in their local elections. Declaring open a retreat to review the operationalisation structure of the Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC), in Keffi, Nasarawa State on Friday August 6, Yakubu said the EMSC had become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities. He part of EMSC's plan after it was first inaugurated in November 2015, was to build on gains of the last commission (2010-2015) in creating systems for the continuous and effective managem...
BBNaija 2021: I Can Never Eat Soup With Rice Because It’s Not Healthy – Maria
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BBNaija 2021: I Can Never Eat Soup With Rice Because It’s Not Healthy – Maria

Big Brother Naija housemate Maria has made a hilarious statement during their supper time while Whitemoney was dishing out food. Maria has shown the house another layer she consists of as she has disclosed that she could not eat soup with rice because it is unhealthy. Maria made this revelation when Whitemoney decided to prepare a special soup alongside rice for his fellow housemates. This was after a housemate suggested that the special soup Whitemoney was about to prepare should be accompanied by rice. Maria quickly raised concern and disagreed with the combination and stated that she could never eat soup with rice because it was not healthy. Many are of the opinion that Maria’s dislike for rice and soup is due to her long stay in Dubai.
APC and the PDP do not mean reform, all those who are said to be thieves defected to APC and nothing happened to them – Jega
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APC and the PDP do not mean reform, all those who are said to be thieves defected to APC and nothing happened to them – Jega

; Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Muhammad Jega has asked Nigerians not to trust the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the reform they have continously promised. Jega in an interview on BBC Hausa asked Nigerians to consider another alternative while alleging that all those who are said to be thieves and will be punished because they stole under PDP, defected to the APC and nothing happened to them. He said;    “Both the APC and the PDP have ruled the country but all we have seen, they do not mean reform. If you look at the fight against corruption, all the people who are said to be thieves and will be punished because they stole under PDP, they have now defected to the APC...
Senator Odey Sacked by Appeal Court
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Senator Odey Sacked by Appeal Court

Mr Stephen Odey, the Senator representing Cross River North has been sacked by the Court of Appeal. A three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu accepted the argument that member representing Obudu/Yala Federal Constituency Hon. Jerigbe Jarigbe of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), was the lawful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the December 5, 2020 bye-election for the seat. The Court in consolidated suit No CAL/C/NAEA/SEN/167/2021, ruled the lower tribunal erred when it ignored Judgments of superior courts that earlier resolved Jarigbe as the rightful candidate of the PDP. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been asked to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Odeh. The electoral commission was also ordered to iss...
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There is Danger ahead – Keyamo warns APC after Governor Akeredolu’s Victory at Supreme Court

Minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo has warned members of the All Progressives Congress of danger ahead after the Supreme Court Judgement which ratified the victory of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The dissenting judgement which was read by Justice Peter-Odili, centered on the legitimacy of Governor Mai Mala Buni as the All Progressives Congress (APC) national caretaker chairman. Recall that the Yobe state governor was appointed after the removal of elected Chairman Adams Oshiomhole on June 16, 2020 for an initial six month period, but his position was renewed indefinitely. Odili had disclosed that the APC, by Article 17(4) of its constitution has provided for how its affairs should be managed and what offices its members could occupy at a time. The dissenti...
Ogun PDP Boycotts Saturday LG Poll
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Ogun PDP Boycotts Saturday LG Poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the July 24 council polls in Ogun State. Chairman of the party in Ogun, Hon Sikirulai Ogundele made the announcement on Thursday July 22, barely 24 hours to the election. Ogundele who had earlier dragged Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) to court for dealing with a faction loyal to the late Buruji Kashamu of the PDP in the State, urged aspirants and members of the party to remain calm as the withdrawal was sequel to Ogun State High Court's judgement on a case between him and OGSIEC. The statement read; “Sequel to the judgement of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo in suit no M/55/2021 between Sikirulai Ogundele VS OGSIEC, affirming the CONSENT JUDGEMENT of the Federal High Court, Abuja as delivered on 22nd...
We’ll pick consensus Presidential candidate in 2023 – APC
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We’ll pick consensus Presidential candidate in 2023 – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the party will be picking a consensus and agreeable presidential candidate for 2023. This was conveyed in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by Sen. John Akpanudoehede, National Secretary of APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC). The APC which stated that it will not allow individual ambitions to derail the Buhari administration ahead of the 2023 presidential poll, described the party as a disciplined party unlike the PDP which is a "being haunted by its past." Recounting how the PDP had a third term agenda, Akpanudoehede said they will be shocking the opposition after its congresses and the National Convention.
We are our own problem in the north, that’s the reason power is about to vacate from the region – Governor Matawalle
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We are our own problem in the north, that’s the reason power is about to vacate from the region – Governor Matawalle

Governor Matawalle has stated that the north is the cause of some of the problems witnessed in the region. Matawalle said this in an interview on DW Hausa while firing back at those calling for his removal over his defection. He also dismissed claim of moving to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because he wanted to seal his second term deal. The Governor said; “Let the people of Zamfara continue engaging with their own business as usual. Those who are mongering this are ignorant. They are worried about the second term, not me. “No one is guaranteed for tomorrow, even an hour per se. I am contented with what Allah made me. As far as I am concerned, if I am done with this first term successfully, I am okay with that. I grateful to Allah a...
There was an Agreement that Buhari will hand over to Tinubu – Former CPC Chairman, Senator Rufai Hanga reveals
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There was an Agreement that Buhari will hand over to Tinubu – Former CPC Chairman, Senator Rufai Hanga reveals

Senator Rufai Hanga, founder and pioneer national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) which President Muhammadu Buhari once contested for a presidential election on, has revealed that there was an agreement that power will be handed over to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu in 2023. Hanga who chaired one of the parties which collapsed to form the APC in 2014, disclosed that Tinubu remained in the APC after Buhari’s first term because of this agreement. He told Daily Trust;   “This is an open secret. There was an implied agreement. Even in law, there is implied and expressed act. If something is expressed, there are no two ways about it. There was an implied agre...
PDP Members Stage Walkout as House of Reps Members Pass Electoral Act bill
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PDP Members Stage Walkout as House of Reps Members Pass Electoral Act bill

The controversial Electoral Act(Amendment) Bill has been passed today July 16 by the House of Representatives just as members of the PDP caucus in the House staged a walkout from the chamber during the debate. The House had suspended plenary and consideration of the bill following disagreement among members on the mode of transmitting election results on Thursday, July 15. It invited the Nigeria Communication Commission(NCC) to educate members on the implications and possibility of electronic transmission of results. Shortly after officials of the NCC left the chamber, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila announced the resumption of consideration of the report after digesting the comments of the NCC officials beginning from Clause 52. Clause 52 allows the Independent National Electoral Com...
PDP, Soludo missing as INEC Releases List of Anambra Gov Candidates
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PDP, Soludo missing as INEC Releases List of Anambra Gov Candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dropped the name of former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Charles Soludo as the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), clearing Chukwuma Michael Umeoji and Orogbu Obiageli as the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the party. The state governorship election will hold on November 6, 2021. In a statement signed and released by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr Festus Okoye, INEC left the columns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) citing court order for reasons for accommodating or dropping the candidates on the list. The electoral commission, however, cleared Emmanuel Andy Uba and Johnbosco Okechukwu Anaedobe as the gov...
Update: APC Denies Suspending Rochas Okorocha
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Update: APC Denies Suspending Rochas Okorocha

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied reports it has suspended former Imo state governor cum Senator, Rochas Okorocha. On Tuesday, July 13, a letter dated July 12, 2021, and signed in the name of Mai Mala Buni and John Akpanudoedehe, national chairman and secretary of the APC caretaker committee, respectively, made the rounds on social media. The letter announced the ''suspension'' of Okorocha from the party over “anti-party activities”. “This is to communicate to you, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party ratification of your suspension by the Imo State Chapter of our great party for anti-party activities,” the letter addressed to Okorocha reads. The suspension follows after the recomme...
APC Suspends Rochas Okorocha over alleged ‘Gross anti-party activities’
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APC Suspends Rochas Okorocha over alleged ‘Gross anti-party activities’

The national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has suspended the immediate past Governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West Constituency at the Senate, Rochas Okorocha over alleged gross anti-party activities. The suspension letter dated July 12 and signed by the Acting National Chairman, Mai Mala Buni and John Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of the Party, stated that one of the alleged anti-party activities include 'flagrant abuse on the person and Office of the President" "This is to communicate to you, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party ratification of your suspension by the Imo State Chapter of our great party for anti-party activities,” the letter addressed to the Senator partly reads. "The s...
Matawalle: APC dissolves caretaker committee in Zamfara
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Matawalle: APC dissolves caretaker committee in Zamfara

  The All Progressive Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has dissolved the party’s executives in Zamfara State. Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary of the CECPC, announced the dissolution in a letter dated July 9, 2021, and addressed to the dissolved Caretaker Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman. The letter, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday in Gusau, said the dissolution was with immediate effect. “I write to please inform you that following recent development within the party in the state, the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has approved the dissolution of all the leadership organs of the party in the state (ward, local government and ...
Reps Move to Remove President, governors’ immunity clause
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Reps Move to Remove President, governors’ immunity clause

  Nigeria’s President, Vice President, as well as Governors and Deputy Governors, may lose their exemption from trial. The House of Representatives is deliberating the removal of the immunity clause they enjoy. A bill to make it possible for their criminal and civil prosecution will soon be read for the second time at the Green Chamber. Hon. Rimamnde Kwewum, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Taraba State, sponsored the constitution amendment bill. The existing law shields persons named and/or referred to in Sub-Section 3 of Section 308 of the 1999 CFRN (Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) from lawsuits. Persons holding the office of president or vice-president, governor or deputy governor are covered under Subsections 1(a), (b) and...
Supreme Court dismisses PDP’s appeal, upholds Senator Abiru’s victory
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Supreme Court dismisses PDP’s appeal, upholds Senator Abiru’s victory

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi's appeal for disqualification of Senator Adetokunbo Abiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from continuing to represent Lagos East Senatorial District, has been struck out by the Supreme Court. Gbadamosi and the PDP through their counsel, Senior Advocate Of Nigeria Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa had challenged Abiru’s eligibility to contest the election, raising, among others, allegations of double voter registration, residency and indigeneship. They approached the apex court after losing at the lower and appellate courts. Justice Adamu Jauro who wrote the lead judgment upheld the arguments of Senior Advocates Of Nigeria, Kemi Pinheiro for Abiru and Abiodun Owonikoko for APC, that the appeal lacked merit. The court...
Governor Matawalle formally defects to APC, declared leader of the party in Zamfara
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Governor Matawalle formally defects to APC, declared leader of the party in Zamfara

Governor Bello Matawalle has officially defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party. Matawalle in his speech at a rally in Gusau, said he is now the leader of the ruling party in Zamfara state. He also said that he had been nursing the ambition of leaving his party PDP for several reasons. The Governor said; “I am now the leader of APC in Zamfara state and I am ready to work with each and everyone wishing to contribute to the rapid development of the state”. Governor Matawalle joined the APC with all members of the state House of Assembly and National Assembly Members except a representative from Anka/Talata-Mafara Federal Constituency who remains in the PDP, the state Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau also did not decamp to the APC. The rally ...
Former APGA National Secretary Defects to APC
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Former APGA National Secretary Defects to APC

Dr. Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, a former National Secretary and Governorship candidate for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Zamfara state has defected to the All Progressives Congress. Speaking after formally declaring his defection from APGA to APC on Monday June 28, Shinkafi stated that contrary to public opinion he didn’t join the APC for material gain. He also maintained that he was one of the founding fathers of APGA, and has been in the party for 19 years where he rose up to the rank of the National Secretary of the party. Shinkafi said;   “I am leaving APGA not because I don’t like the party but I am living APGA in order to join Matawalle in the APC to rebuild Zamfara State. “I was invited by Governor Bello Matawalle...
PDP warns Governor Matawalle against defecting to APC
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PDP warns Governor Matawalle against defecting to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Governor Bello Matawalle against defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The opposition party in a statement released by its spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan, strressed that no law allows Matawalle to defect to another party since he was elected on the platform of the PDP. Members of the national assembly and the state house of assembly who were elected on PDP's platform were also warned against defecting as they risk losing their seats. The PDP further disclosed that its national working commitee (NWC) has approved the dissolution of the Zamfara state executive council. The statement read;   “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is watching developments in Zamfara state as they concern reports of plans by the sta...
Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, to defect from PDP to APC on Tuesday June 29
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Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, to defect from PDP to APC on Tuesday June 29

Zamfara State governor, Muhammad Bello Matawalle, will on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). An invitation letter addressed to chieftains of the party states that Matawalle alongside his teeming supporters will be formally received into the APC at the Zamfara State Government House in Gusau, the state capital by 2pm on Tuesday.     The invitation letter, was signed by the Yobe State governor and chairman, APC Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni. See a copy of the letter below
Senator Nwaoboshi defects from PDP to APC, receives warm welcome from President Buhari
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Senator Nwaoboshi defects from PDP to APC, receives warm welcome from President Buhari

The Senator representing Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi, has defected to the All Progressives Congress days after his suspension from the State Peoples Democratic Party. Nwaoboshi was welcomed into the party by President Buhari in the statehouse Abuja today June 25. This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement titled ‘President Buhari congratulates Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi for decamping to APC’. According to Garba, the President while receiving Nwaoboshi, said “you are welcome to the progressives family.’’ Sen. Nwaoboshi, representing Delta North District, Delta State, was presented to President Buhari and National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) at the State House by Deputy ...
Delta PDP suspends Senator Nwaoboshi for anti-party activities
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Delta PDP suspends Senator Nwaoboshi for anti-party activities

The Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi has been suspended by the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a statement released on Wednesday June 23 by the party's spokesperson in Delta State, Ifeanyi Osuoza, the senator was accused of engaging in anti-party activities. Senator Nwaoboshi's suspension is expected to last for a period of one month. According to the party, there’s no doubt that the attacks by Senator Nwaoboshi, a serving Senator and a very recent Chairman of the Party, are potentially inimical to the peace and harmony of the Party and tantamount to causing discord and disaffection among loyal Party members. The statement read; “The State Wor...
2023 election: INEC introduces Voter Enrollment Device
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2023 election: INEC introduces Voter Enrollment Device

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has introduced its Voter Enrollment Device ahead of the 2023 general election. The Voter Enrollment Device which was designed by INEC engineers and produced overseas, enables eligible Nigerians to register as voters online before completing the exercise physically at designated centres nationwide. INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu who noted that this will be the first time voter registration is handled partially online, said the commission is expecting a total of 20 million new registrations before the end of the CRV exercise. Yakubu said; “The expansion of voters’ access to polling units prepares the ground for the discharge of another important responsibility of the Commission. The registration of eligible Nigerians ...
I have no Intention to Join Politics – Sanusi
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I have no Intention to Join Politics – Sanusi

Former Emir of Kano  and new caliph of the Tijaniyya sect in Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II has reiterated that he has no intention of joining politics. Speaking on Thursday June 17 in Kaduna, the former monarch said he will continue to educate the public on the right candidates to vote for during elections. He also maintained that priority should be given to education, especially for children before the country’s problems could be addressed. Sanusi said; “If we have those we trust who promised they will work for the betterment of the nation, then we can come together and help them – this is not politics. “If we did not educate our children to become successful, while other people send their children to schools, they will end up working for those ones that attend school and ...
APC Governors Agree to Implement Judicial and Legislative Autonomy
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APC Governors Agree to Implement Judicial and Legislative Autonomy

Governors elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to commence process for implementation of autonomy of the judiciary and state legislature as directed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) Committee and other stakeholders. Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state said the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) where the recommendations of Gov Aminu Tambuwal- led NGF Committee were reviewed. Attorneys-General of APC- controlled States have been directed to begin consultations with a view to providing necessary legal framework for the implementation of the policy. Bagudu said;   "Endorsed agreements reached by the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF Committee and enjoined all APC ...
Late Head of State, Murtala Mohammed’s son joins APC four years after quitting politics
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Late Head of State, Murtala Mohammed’s son joins APC four years after quitting politics

Abba Risqua, son of a former Nigerian Head of State, Murtala Muhammad has joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) four years after quitting politics. Risqua who was the running mate of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state in the 2015 election, had announced his withdrawal from politics in December 2017 to enable him concentrate on his businesses. On Saturday June 12, he joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at an occasion to mark the Democracy Day in Kano. The defection ceremony which took place at Kano Pillars Stadium, Sabon-Gari, was hosted by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Risqua joined the ruling party with former governorship candidates of the People Redemption Party (PRP) and Green Party of Nigeria (GNP), Salisu Sagir and...
FG Delegation and South East Leaders meet in Enugu, reject agitation for secession
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FG Delegation and South East Leaders meet in Enugu, reject agitation for secession

A delegation from the Federal Government led by the Minister of Defence, Retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, Governors of the five States of the South East and other leaders of political, religious and traditional institutions in the zone, met at the Enugu state government house today June 11 where they discussed the security challenges confronting the region in particular and Nigeria in general. Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the Defence Minister, Magashi, disclosed that the delegation will relay the commitment reached at the parley and other outcomes of the consultation to President Muhammadu Buhari. The Defence Minister who was accompanied by his Interior Ministry counterpart and the Service Chiefs, explained that they were in Enugu for a consultative meeting with...

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