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At Ooni’s Palace, Atiku Pledges To Restructure Nigeria

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Presidential Candidate, has pledged to restructure the country, if elected in the 2023 general election.

Atiku said this when he visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 at his Palace on Tuesday, in Ile-Ife.

“You’ll all recall that from 1999 to 2015, Nigeria witnessed its greatest growth, biggest prosperity and peaceful coexistence during the PDP era.

“We believe it is time for you, the people of this country, to give us another opportunity again, So that we can restore the unity of this country.

“So that we can secure this country again, make the nation prosperous than any other country in the continent of Africa,” he stated.

Atiku promised to fulfill all his promises, if given the mandate in 2023.

“If the mandate is given to PDP, unity, peace and stability will be achieved across the nation which will lead to a government of national unity,” he said.

He assured that to bring everybody on board, saying this would attract growth and progress of all and sundry.

“It is only when we have peaceful coexistence in the country’s unity that we’ll be able to undertake most of our cardinal programmes.

”And one of our cardinal programmes that we promise people of this country is to restructure this nation, some people are saying that how can a northerner restructure this country.

“But let me take you to this memory lane that Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, late Murtala Mohammed, all achieved their plans of restructuring of this country,” he said.

Atiku said that if voted in as the next Nigeria’s President under PDP, he would try all possible means to restructure this country and to give power to states and local government councils.

“We’ll also ensure that the National Assembly amend the Constitution to give power to all traditional rulers.

“I’ve not come here in this palace to campaign but I am here to give respect to your Royal Highness,” he said.

Earlier, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun, appreciated God for giving him the opportunity to take over the mantle of leadership in the state.

Adeleke assured Atiku of massive votes across the state in the 2023 poll.

In his remarks, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, said that power belonged to only God Almighty.

Oba Ogunwusi emphasised that this country belonged to all Nigerians and it was greater than anybody.

“Either you become president or vice president, the maximum you use is eight years. Remember what your legacy will be there and Your legacy is to serve the people, give them a better life.

“We are all looking for hope, the masses want to see prospect and prosperity in their lives, the masses want to see a better life and live a good life.

” Know surely that you are a servant to our people, try to have love for our people in your heart. Everytime you must continue to love our people, especially the youths,” he said.

(NAN)

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INEC To Conduct Mock Accreditation Of Voters In February 4

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced its plan to carry out mock accreditation of voters on February 4.

The commission said the exercise will take place at 436 polling units across the country.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, spoke on Friday at a meeting with the resident electoral commissioners (RECs) at the INEC headquarters, Abuja.

Yakubu said INEC is ready to conduct field tests with actual voters, having delivered and tested the bimodal voter accreditation system (BVAS) machines.

“For this reason, and in readiness for nationwide deployment, the commission is conducting a mock accreditation of voters similar to what was done ahead of the recent Ekiti and Osun State governorship elections,” he said.

“The mock accreditation will hold on Saturday 4th February 2023 in 436 polling units nationwide. Twelve polling units have been designated in each state of the federation and four in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the equality of the country’s 109 Senatorial Districts for the exercise.

“A comprehensive list of the polling units, including their names and PU Code numbers, as well as their distribution by state, senatorial district, local government and registration area (Ward) will be uploaded to the commission’s website shortly.”

Yakubu, therefore, appealed to registered voters in the affected polling units to appear on the scheduled date with their PVCs for the mock exercise.

“Doing so will help to reassure the public of the robustness of our system and to strengthen our processes ahead of the general election,” he said.

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IGP Recommends New Police Commissioners For Lagos, Ogun

The inspector general of police (IGP), Alkali Baba has recommended the redeployment of two commissioners of police.

The affected commissioners are Frank Mba and Idowu Owohunwa.

In a letter dated January 24, 2023, and signed by Hafiz Inuwa, assistant inspector general of police to the Police Service Commission (PSC), they were recommended for posting to Ogun and Lagos states.

While Owohunwa would be replacing Abiodun Alabi in Lagos, Mba is expected to take over from Lanre Bankole in Ogun.

The proposed redeployment comes less than a month before the elections.

Ikechukwu Ani, spokesperson of the PSC, revealed that the IGP made a recommendation on the matter to the commission.

Ani said the commission is expected to consider the recommendation.

“The Inspector-general of police is deploying the under-mentioned commissioners of police to strengthen the strategic and operational control of the commands”, the statement read in part.

Mba, prior to his posting to Ogun, was the commissioner of police in charge of the border patrol force, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Owohunwa was the principal staff officer of the IGP.

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Tribunal Sacks Adeleke As Osun Governor

An Election Petition Tribunal chaired by Justice Tertse Kume has sacked Ademola Adeleke as Governor of Osun State.

The tribunal sacked Adeleke following claims of overvoting in some polling units across the State.

In the majority judgement issued by two judges against one, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ordered that the Certificate of Return issued to Adeleke be withdrawn and issued to Adegboyega Oyetola.

The majority judgement which was read by the Chairman, Justice Tertse Kume said Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 219,666.

 

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