Abuja—The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed May 30th/31st as the proposed date for its presidential primary election.
According to reports by TheCable, the APC also proposed May 23 for the governorship primary.
In a letter addressed to Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), dated April 6, the party notified the electoral umpire of the dates and schedule of its primaries for the nomination of candidates for the 2023 elections.
The party also fixed the primary elections for states’ houses of assembly for May 11th, the house of representatives on May 16th while senatorial districts will hold on May 18.
The letter reads, “This serves as a formal notification, under the provisions of Section 85 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. Kindly arrange for your officials to monitor the exercise accordingly. While hoping to receive your cooperation, please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”
It was reported that the party would commence the sale of forms for the various elective positions on April 22 and end on May 7.
The APC also proposed that the expression of interest form for the states’ houses of assembly will cost N500,000, while the nomination form will cost N1,500,000.
For the house of representatives seats, the expression of interest form will cost N1 million and the nomination form will cost N4 million, while aspirants vying for senatorial seats will pay N2 million for the expression form and N8 million for the nomination form.
For governorship seats, the expression of interest form will cost N5 million and N25 million for the nomination form. For the presidential position, the expression of interest form will cost N5 million, while the nomination form is fixed for N40 million.
On Friday, the party fixed April 20 for a post-convention national executive committee (NEC) meeting.
According to the party, the meeting would consider its schedule for the primaries ahead of the 2023 elections and other relevant business.
Meanwhile, former senate president of Nigeria and presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Bukola Saraki, has said that he and other aspirants of the party are currently looking at the option of a consensus candidate for them to come up with a presidential candidate that can address the prevailing insecurity in Nigeria.
According to reports by the DailyPost, Saraki stated this in a press statement after a closed-door meeting with the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu at his country-home Umuobiakwa community in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state, alongside other notable presidential aspirants of the PDP.
The aspirants were in Abia on the possibility of a consensus presidential candidate for the main opposition party in Nigeria.
Other presidential aspirants who visited the Abia Governor alongside Saraki were the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Senator Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, and Dr. Mohammed Hayatudeen.
Saraki maintained that the party is driven by the determination to turn Nigeria around while expressing optimism that the PDP would emerge victorious in the upcoming general election in the country come 2023.
Saraki responding to a question about why ex-Nigerian vice president, Atiku Abubakar was not in the delegation of the party’s presidential aspirants, said “he is fully part of the mission and received full briefings on their consensus mission.”
Go ahead and release another album, I will never join your Asoebi team of State dancers, Abaribe chides Wike
Umuahia—Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senator representing Abia South senatorial district in the Senate has responded to a statement made by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to the effect that he (Abaribe) dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after collecting money, Sun newspaper reports.
Speaking in Umuahia, the Abia State capital during the PDP flag-off campaign in the state, Wike had accused an Obingwa brother of Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu of dumping the PDP after receiving money he requested for.
Wike hinted that the said person whom he did not mention his name, was denied ticket by the PDP and is currently contesting for the 2023 election under another party.
”I am aware that because of some people didn’t get ticket, they went and collected form. Today, we commissioned a road in Obingwa Local Government and am sure that person is from Obingwa local government.
“He promised me that he will not leave PDP and I told the governor, please your brother said he is not going to leave PDP and I said what do we do?
“He said he needs some money, we gave him the money like today; three days after, he left PDP”, Wike said, alluding the said candidate lacks integrity and cannot represent the people.
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Reacting in a statement, however, Senator Abaribe stated that Wike has by what he said, confirmed he (Abaribe) is incorruptible.
Abaribe, who is contesting the Abia South senatorial seat against Gov Ikpeazu on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), further stated that he is a free-born and cannot be a slave or cannot be bought to be “your Boi Boi”.
According to the statement, “Abaribe is a free-born and cannot be a slave. He is an Igbo man; Ndigbo adighi agba boi (The Igbos are never slaves).
“Wike enjoy those you bought. They are actually doing their job very well. Igba Boi is in their blood.
“Go ahead and release another album, Abaribe will never join your Asoebi team of State dancers. Abia State can never be your vassal State”, Abaribe stated.
Mentioning Peter Obi’s name is disgrace to me, says Tinubu
Warri Southwest—The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has bragged that it is a “disgrace” to mention the name of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in his presence.
Sahara Reporters reports that Tinubu, who spoke during a campaign rally on Friday, also claimed that the statistics the Labour Party candidate dished out every time was not what Nigerians were going to eat.
Making mockery of his LP opponent, the former Lagos governor said that all the statistics Peter Obi dished out were wrong.
In a video seen by SaharaReporters, Tinubu said, “The other one, that one; he thinks that it is statistics we will chop; in line with arithmetics that no Indian can solve.
“To mention his name is a disgrace to me self. I won’t mention his name; wrong arithmetics, wrong statistics, warehouse economy; that is not what Nigeria needs.”
SaharaReporters in November reported that Tinubu said it was disrespectful to mention the name of the deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Funke Akindele, in his presence.
Akindele is also a famous Nigerian actor.
Tinubu had made this known at a political outing, where his supporters sang a campaign song, describing Funke Akindele as a political “ant” compared to the incumbent governor of Lagos and candidate of the APC in the 2023 election, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
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However, Tinubu cautioned his supporters against mentioning Akindele’s name in his presence, describing it as disrespectful and an insult.
“Don’t even bother to mention her name in my presence. It is an insult. It is disrespectful,” the former Lagos governor had said.
Akindele had said that God called her and the PDP governorship candidate, Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) and gave them the mandate to change the turn Lagos around.
Akindele said God has been with her right from birth and is interested in her aspirations to make Lagos State work for all people in the state.
“God has been with me from infancy till I went to school and till now. He chose me to be the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP, despite the crowd that struggled to be chosen.
“I give God all the glory for what he has done. God has always been doing the best for me.
“We were called by God, if not we would have backed out. People have suffered but God has called us and put us forward to come and change the story of Lagos state for the better. The success of Lagos state is ours,” she had said.
Tinubu to visit Gbaramatu kingdom, set to meet Tompolo on Friday
Warri South-West—Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming general election in the country will on Friday, November 25, 2022, storm Oporoza, the ancestral headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state, GbaramatuVoice reports.
Sources close to Tinubu told GbaramatuVoice that while at Oporoza, he will pay a homage to the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba.
After the homage, Tinubu’s train will proceed to the home of High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, a former leader of the defund Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), and global ambassador of the Ijaw Nation, where he is expected to hold a private meeting with him.
Analysts believe that the latest visit to Chief Tompolo by Tinubu who holds the traditional title of Jagaban of Yoruba nation is among other objectives aimed at soliciting Tompolo’s support in his current presidential position pursuit.
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It would be recalled that on Saturday, November 19, 2022, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu led a mammoth crude to Warri Township stadium in Delta state where he flagged off the APC’s Presidential and Governorship campaigns in the state, among others.