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By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, has disclosed that members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House have expressed readiness to defect to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Elumelu stated this at the emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday. The minority, leader who was attending the NEC meeting for the first time since the PDP minority leadership crisis was resolved, said APC lawmakers who were fed up with the failures of the APC have expressed…

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BY KABIR WURMA, Birnin Kebbi Youths under the aegis of North West Support of Good Governance in four Emirates comprising of Gwandu, Yauri, Argungu and Zuru in Kebbi State have vowed to vote out old politicians in 2023. National chairman of the a non-governmental organisations in charge of Northwest, Comrade Fatihu Bello Raha, made this known while speaking with journalists in Brinin Kebbi after meeting with stakeholders of the support members of the movement. He revealed that the support group with presence in 186 local government areas, 2004 wards and 11 committees under the zone will visit all the areas…

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BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has applauded members of the party in Rivers State for boycotting the April 17, 2021 local government election in the state. APC leadership in the state had three weeks before the election, written to the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) declaring that it was not interested in participating in the local government polls. RSIEC declared candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winners of the chairmanship and councillorship elections in the 23 local government areas of the state. Eze, in a…

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By ABUBAKAR YUNUSA, Abuja Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), has said that Nigerians politicians are already planning for elections without fixing the insecurity challenges affecting the country. They observes that the election of 2023 has already become a distraction as politicians elected leaders focus on it rather than tackle the crises of insecurity and the rising violent quest for national disintegration among other demands for the review of the subsisting relations in the country. Spokesperson of the groups, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, disclosed this while addressing journalist yesterday in Abuja, said that 2023 has become instrumental to the deteriorating national challenges because…

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BY IGHO OYOYO, Abuja Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the auspices of Concerned APC Faithful in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have called on the national leadership of the party and the FCT APC technical committee to declare Hon. Murtala Karshi as winner of the just concluded AMAC chairmanship primary election. Spokesperson of the group, Comrade Joseph Jonah, while speaking at a press conference on Monday, said the result declared did not reflect the true picture of what transpired during the primary election, pointing out that the real winner of the exercise is Hon. Karshi whose…

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BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna Kaduna State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has organised written examination for their chairmanship aspirants, being the first in the history of Nigeria as condition for qualification to contest election into the chairmanship position of the local government. The aspirants were equally subjected to physical and oral interview by a panel of 17 members made up of pro-fessors, lawyers and holders of doctorate degrees among others. When LEADERSHIP visited the venue of the examination and screening which held at the state owned Stone-hedge Hotel, the place was filled to capacity with aspiring chairmen…

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BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA, Abuja A coalition of youth groups in Nigeria, under the aegis of Nigerian Youth Democratic Party (NYDP), has called on youths in the country to participate in the political process in order to have a say in governance. It has also called for the adoption of electronic voting in future elections in the country. The group members some of who participated in the #EndSARS protest said when young people are disenfranchised or disengaged from political process, a significant portion of the population has little or no voice or influence in decisions that affect their lives. Speaking during…

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BY ADEWALE AJAYI, Lagos A new political Movement, The Peoples Alternative Political Movement, (TPAP-Movement) has been formed to tackle litany of problems rocking the country. The new political group founded by the radical lawyer, Barrister Femi Falana, Jaye Gaskiya and Prof.Toye  Olorode and some others  has rolled out several socio-political programmes to save Nigeria from the imminent economic and moral collapse. The movement says it will mend a divided country and bring hope where there is despair. The group called on Nigerians, workers, students, women, youths and defenseless people alike to be ready to confront the exploitative system in order…

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By SUNDAY ISUWA, Abuja The Senate yesterday commenced the amendment of the Electoral Act bill 2021 which will now makes it compulsory for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make available to a political party or candidates in any election, upon request, the details of the number of accredited voters for the election on both the card reader and voters register used for the election. The bill which was read for the first time, sponsored by the Senate Spokesperson and Chairman, Senate Committee on Media And Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central) provides that where the votes…

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BY OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka One of the 16 aspirants jostling for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the November 6, 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial election, Dr. Godwin Maduka, has promised to transform the state into a mini Nigeria’s if he becomes governor. Dr. Maduka, a United States of America-based medical expert, made the promise on Wednesday, when he donated 25 Sienna space buses to the State chapter of the PDP to help  mobilise support from across the state for the party to win the election. He said he had all the necessary contacts within Nigeria and…

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BY TOPE FAYEHUN, Akure The Ondo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Akure has dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) against the re-election of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Recall that the PDP and its candidate, Jegede (SAN) had challenged the October 10, 2020 governorship election outcome, in which Governor Akeredolu was duly returned as winner. The Tribunal judgment, which was earlier scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, was rescheduled last night to Tuesday, April 20 and was delivered via Zoom. The two-hour judgment, however, struck out Jegede’s petition…

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BY BODE GBADEBO The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has dismissed claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari harbours a terrorist sympathiser in his administration. In a statement jointly signed by BMO’s chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the group said that the opposition party was lashing on fake news to further its disinformation agenda. “We are actually not surprised that PDP and its leaders seek to make political capital of an issue that began with false claims that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami was on a United States terror…

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BY ABIODUN SIVOWAKU, Lagos The African Democratic Congress (ADC), has raised concerns over rising insecurity in the country, urg-ing the government to rise to the occasion in tackling the menace. The national chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr. Ralph Okey Nwosu stated this in Lagos at a programme organized by the Nigerian Youth Social Corporate Responsibility Fund Save Life, (NYCSRF) in Lagos at the weekend to present Certificate of Return to ADC as the winner of the poll conducted by the youths and adoption of ADC as the umbrella platform for Nigerian youths to contest elections. Nwosu represented…

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE QUALITY OF GOVERNACE IN BAUCHI STATE SO FAR? It may be unfair to describe the current administration in the state as a total failure against the backdrop of the few projects in the state. But by my general assessment, there is nothing to write home about in Bauchi State at the moment. The people of the state are not happy with the way things are. The people’s expectations are not being met. Virtually every sector of the state needs overhauling. There is loss of confidence between the government and the governed. I can say that…

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BY MUYIWA OYINLOLA, Abuja There is no evidence that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is inefficient in managing the monetary aspect of the Nigerian economy, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said. The national secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, made this disclosure in a statement issued on Sunday. Apparently reacting to the allegation made by Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021,…

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