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INEC releases final candidates’ list for Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi guber poll

A report from DAILYPOST has it that, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the final list of candidates for Nov. 11 governorship election in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi.

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A report from DAILYPOST has it that, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the final list of candidates for Nov. 11 governorship election in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi.

Those listed for Bayelsa poll included Gov. Diri Duoye, PDP, Chief Sylva Timipre, APC, Mr Eradiri Udengmobofa, LP, Mr Osuluku Binalatefa, SDP, and Mrs Ogege Mercy, APP.

The candidates for Kogi are Mr Leke Abejide, ADC, Mr Dino Melaye, PDP, Malam Ahmed Ododo, APC, and Mrs Suleiman Fati, ZLP.

Those listed for the Imo poll included Gov. Hope Uzodinmma, APC, Mr Ayanwu Samuel, PDP, Mr Odunzeh Ben, NNPP and Mr Achony Nneji, LP.

Mr Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Information and Voter Education Committee, said in a statement in Abuja the list was approved by the commission at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Okoye said that the decision was in line with the provision of Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act 2022.

He said that the section required the publication of the list not later than 150 days to election day i.e. Friday June 9, following the period for voluntary withdrawal and substitution of candidates by political parties under Section 31 of the Electoral Act 2022.

“The final list has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

“Same will be published in our State and Local Government offices in the affected States on Thursday June 8 ahead of the statutory deadline of June 9, “ Okoye said.

The list showed that all 18 political parties fielded candidates for Kogi poll, while 17 parties fielded candidates for Imo and 16 parties in Bayelsa.

The list also showed that two political parties fielded female candidates for the Bayelsa poll, while only one party fielded a female candidate for Kogi poll.

Okoye reminded political parties and their candidates that in line with timetable and schedule of activities for the election, campaign in public would officially commence on Wednesday, June 14 in line with Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 and ends on Nov. 9 i.e. 24 hours prior to election day.

“We urge parties and candidates to conduct their political activities with civility and decorum as peaceful electioneering heralds a peaceful election.

“Political parties and candidates have a responsibility to de-escalate tension, ahead of the election,” Okoye said.

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2027: Obi speaks on Possible LP-PDP Merger

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Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, has addressed the potential merger between the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obi stated that he would only support a merger aimed at improving Nigeria, rather than one focused merely on winning elections or gaining political power.

In an interview with NoireTV-GlobalBlackTV, Obi emphasized his disinterest in any merger driven by the desire for state capture. He praised Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s candidate in the last election, for expressing his willingness to support Obi if the presidency in 2027 were zoned to the southeast.

Regarding the merger, Obi said, “If any merger or collaboration aims to create a better Nigeria and ensure proper governance, I support it. However, I will not be part of a merger just for elections or political gain. My priority is to see Nigeria thrive, particularly for the benefit of the poor.”

He added, “Nigeria has tremendous potential. If a merger can help unlock this potential and improve the country, I am in favor. This could happen at the party or individual level, but our goal must be to build a better Nigeria.”

Speculations have arisen about a possible coalition between the Labour Party, PDP, and other opposition parties ahead of the 2027 election. On May 17, Sho Pen Online reported that Atiku Abubakar had pledged to support Obi if the parties merged and allocated the presidential ticket to the southeast.

In the 2023 election, Obi and Abubakar were defeated by Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The duo previously ran on a joint PDP ticket in the 2019 presidential election, with Obi as Abubakar’s vice-presidential candidate.

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5th Anniversary : Kwara APC Praises Governor AbdulRazaq for Transformative Projects, Policies

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State has lauded the state Governor, Mall. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq CON, for his remarkable achievements in implementing transformative projects and policies.

Speaking during a media engagement commemorating the 5th anniversary of the APC-led government of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq CON, the party’s state chairman, Prince Sunday Fagbemi, expressed gratitude to God and the people of Kwara State for the support over the past five years.

He commended the governor and party members for their commitment to improving the state’s socio-economic landscape.

The Kwara APC chairman highlighted the administration’s dedication to public welfare, infrastructure development, and inclusive governance as key factors behind the party’s electoral success.

Over the past five years, our government has worked tirelessly to restore the dignity of the Kwara person, support public sector workers, and promote a viable private sector,” Fagbemi stated.

He noted significant projects like the Tanke & Unity flyovers, the Ilorin Innovation Hub, and the KwaraLEARN educational initiative as examples of the administration’s progress.

Fagbemi praised Governor AbdulRazaq’s leadership in healthcare, citing the construction of the first cancer treatment center in North Central Nigeria and the upcoming Kwara State Teaching Hospital. He also lauded the administration’s response to economic challenges, including fuel subsidy removal, and its measures to support state workers and vulnerable populations.

As Kwara State prepares for local government elections on September 21, Fagbemi called for peaceful conduct, emphasizing the APC’s ongoing commitment to responsive and responsible governance.

Governor AbdulRazaq has been a transformational leader who has elevated our state. His inclusive and developmental policies have earned him a second term, and we will continue to support his vision for Kwara’s future,” Fagbemi concluded.

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Tribunal delivers judgement on Kogi Governorship election

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The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal confirmed Usman Ododo as the Governor of Kogi State on Monday.

The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Muritala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), thereby upholding the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.

The three-member panel, led by Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu, ruled that the SDP and its candidate, Murtala Ajaka, failed to substantiate their claims against the respondents.

Justice Birnin-Kudu stated that the election adhered substantially to the Electoral Act’s regulations.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ododo, the APC candidate, as the winner of the Kogi governorship election held on November 11, 2023.

Ododo secured 446,237 votes, defeating Ajaka, who received 259,052 votes, and Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 46,362 votes.

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Peter Obi is unfit to lead Nigeria – Wole Soyinka Says

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Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate, is questioning Peter Obi’s ability to lead Nigeria.

Obi, who ran for president in 2023, is accused by Soyinka of promoting online hostility among his supporters, called ‘Obidients’.

In an interview with Noble Eyisi, a digital creator, Soyinka hopes Obi won’t run again in 2027 due to concerns about his divisive behavior and manipulation of facts.

He warns that leaders who encourage such actions may face consequences from the very groups they support, emphasizing the need for integrity and competence in leadership, especially in Nigeria’s diverse society.

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How I deliver south-west for Tinubu, Omisore reveals

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Iyiola Omisore, the former national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has revealed that he played a key role in helping President Bola Tinubu secure the party’s presidential candidacy.

During the lead-up to the APC’s presidential primary in June 2022, the then-national chairman Abdullahi Adamu backed Ahmad Lawan, a former senate president. However, Tinubu ultimately emerged victorious in the primary.

In an interview on Channels Television, Omisore discussed his strategic efforts to outmaneuver others who aimed to promote candidates from their regions.

He highlighted the different political agendas within the party, noting his own goal of securing the presidency for the south-west.

“In politics, everyone has their own perspectives. We came from various geopolitical zones to the NWC at that time, representing different interests,” Omisore said. “As the senior-most member from the south-west, my mandate was to deliver the presidency for our region.”

He explained that individuals from other regions had similar mandates and acknowledged his success in achieving his objective. Omisore emphasized that the means by which he accomplished his goal were personal, attributing his success to divine support.

“Everyone tried their best, but if I outsmarted them, to God be the glory. My mission was to secure the south-west presidency, and we have achieved that,” he stated.

Omisore also remarked on the democratic nature of the APC’s primary process, underscoring the transparency of the election. “We voted. Everyone had a choice, and it was a transparent process,” he said. “When there is transparency, there is no noise; people only resort to court when they feel cheated.”

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I’ll keep contesting for presidency as long as I’m healthy – Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar, a former vice-president, has declared that he will continue to run for the Nigerian presidency as long as he remains in good health.

He made this statement during an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America in Abuja.

At 77 years old, Abubakar represented the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election. By the next presidential election in 2027, he will be 81.

“I will keep contesting as long as I am alive and healthy,” Abubakar affirmed.

Having run for the presidency six times, Abubakar has been an official presidential candidate three times—in 2007, 2019, and 2023.

He draws solace from the fact that former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln did not win on his first attempt.

Addressing the internal issues within the PDP, Abubakar emphasized the need for unity and alliances with other political groups to secure a win in the 2027 election.

“Even former US President Abraham Lincoln contested seven times before winning,” he noted. “However, given the current state of the PDP, we need strong support and collaboration with other parties to win.”

Recently, Abubakar revealed his discussions with Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 election, about a potential merger.

“To anyone thinking there might be a misunderstanding between Obi and me, rest assured that no issues will arise,” Abubakar stated. “We will support whoever is chosen to represent us in the forthcoming elections.”

He also reiterated his willingness to support a qualified candidate from the southeast if the parties agree on a merger.

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