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INEC tells political parties to keep to deadline

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has urged political parties to work within the timeline for the nomination of candidates ahead of the Edo State governorship poll scheduled to hold on September 21, 2024.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, stated this in a statement on friday.

He noted that as provided by the timetable and schedule of activities for the Edo governorship election, the deadline for the conduct of primaries by political parties expired on February 24, 2024.

He noted that the next activity was the submission of nomination forms by political parties.

According to him, the Commission was organising a refresher training for two Liaison Officers per party “to help political parties to ensure seamless nominations”.

The training commenced on Friday, March 1, 2024, and ends on Monday, March 4, 2024, at the Media Centre, INEC Headquarters in Abuja.

“The Media Centre will also serve as the Help Desk during the period of nomination of candidates in case any political party needs assistance.”

Olumekun warned that the Commission would not grant any extension to political parties to upload the nomination forms of only two candidates per party.

“The Commission wishes to draw the attention of Political parties that 20 days are enough to upload the nomination forms of only two candidates per party (Governorship candidate and running mate).

“Therefore, there is no reason to request for an extension of time and none will be granted beyond Sunday 24th March 2024.

“Political parties should ensure strict compliance with the timelines,” the statement added.

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Akpabio Meets South-South APC State Chairmen, Tasks Them On Party Unity

President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has charged the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South region to work harder so that the visibility of the party in the region will grow from one state to more states.

Akpabio gave the charge while receiving APC State chairmen from the South-South region in Abuja on Sunday.

Akpabio, who noted that he understood the challenges being faced by the state chairmen, assured them that “in the days ahead, a meeting of critical stakeholders comprising State chairmen, National Assembly members, Ministers and other Appointees from the region would be convened to work out modalities to support the party at various state chapters, as a way of engendering unity and understanding, amongst all party members to foster social cohesion between the party and elected/ appointed officials in Government.”

The Senate President used the opportunity to thank President Bola Tinubu for the Lagos-Calabar coastal road project, describing it as very visionary.

In his brief remarks on behalf of his colleagues, the Cross River State chairman of APC, Barrister Alphonsus Ogar, commended the harmonious working relationship between the Senate President and the only APC Governor from the South-South, Senator Bassey Otu of Cross River.

The chairmen declared their total support for Akpabio’s commitment towards the infrastructural development of the area especially the on going Lagos – Calabar Coastal road and railway line being embarked upon by the Tinubu administration.

According to Ogar, “the completion of this project within record time would immortalize President Tinubu in the hearts of the people of the region.

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DSS arrests El-Rufai’s political ally, Aisha Galadima over post on Gov Sani

Aisha Galadima, a strong political ally of the former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has been arrested in Kaduna.

The arrest, a source told DAILY POST, was connected to a post on her Facebook page, criticizing Governor Uba Sani.

The female politician was picked up by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, from her residence on Sunday afternoon.

The development was confirmed by one of her brothers, who said, “Aisha has just been arrested by DSS at her Tudun Wada residence in Kaduna.”

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Ondo polls: My certificates are genuine and authentic – Ayedatiwa speaks after screening

The Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has said that contrary to rumours of fake certificates making the rounds in some quarters, his certificate was genuine and authentic.

Aiyedatiwa disclosed this on Friday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja after he was cleared by the Screening Committee to contest the primary election.

The governor further declared there was no vacancy at the government’s house.

His words: “Questions were asked and answered and at the end of the day, I have been cleared that there are no issues. Especially the issue that has to do with the certificate that a petition was written, today that has been put to rest.

“My certificates are genuine and authentic. I think it is just a kind of mischief by some other aspirants who find me to be an aspirant to beat, trying to look for a way to discredit my person but that has been verified and put to rest.

“I think the issue really regarding that was a school they claim was established in 1980 and how come I was able to write my WASSCE in 1982. If you are a student of history you will recall that in 1979, when the Governor of Lagos State at the time, Lateef Jakande became Governor of Lagos State, most private schools were taken over and schools were built for the communities. And Ikosi High School that I attended is one of the schools that were built by the regime of Lateef Jakande in 1980. So, it is on record that the school was established in 1980 and at that time I was already in Form ‘3’ in a private school.

“New Nation is in Ikosi while Royal Comprehensive High School is in Ajegunle Ikorodu very close to Ketu. So all of us were moved to both New Nation and Royal Comprehensive High School and some other schools that were affected by flood. We were all moved into Ikosi High School Ketu that was built by the government and that was how we wrote our WASCE in 1982 because we were in the first set. I was in Form ‘3’ at the time, it used to be five years, not now that you have six years for Secondary school.

“So their question, the petitioner is how can a school be established in 1980 and we have a first set in 1982 that the first set was supposed to be in 1985 but he didn’t take time to look at the history. So investigation has been conducted, the schools are still there, WAEC office is there where you can actually verify the subject that I took and the year that I graduated and the school. You just need to buy a scratch card and go to the website of WAEC, it will be there – Ikosi High School Iketu and my name will be there with the subjects that I took and the various grades. So it is clear to everybody that my certificate is authentic and I actually graduated from that school in 1982.”

Asked what his advice was for those trying to pull him down, Aiyedatiwa said there was no vacancy in the Ondo State government house.

The governor added: “I should just advise them to repent and try to go to the field and work. If they are interested in the seat and the seat Is not vacant, that is why they’re trying to do all that they are doing.”

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