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Anambra 2021: Only votes of Anambra people ‘ll determine the next Gov – INEC

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•Say nobody has right to declare sit-at-home

•Police to deploy 6 helicopters

•FG’s ‘Tradermoni’ is vote buying, says TMG

The Nigeria Police Force has declared its readiness for the November 6 Governorship election in Anambra state, dismissing fears of a possible declaration of a sit-at-home by separatists.

It announced its plan to deploy six helicopters in the state to provide aerial patrol, surveillance and support for ground forces during the polls.

Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba Alkali disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a one-day forum on Inclusive Elections in Anambra State organised by the Press Corps of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

Represented by a Chief Superintendent of Police CSP, Muyiwa Adejobi, the police boss said no one or group has the power to declare a sit-at-home in any part of the country.

He said: “I am sure you know that no individual has the right to declare a curfew or sit at home in any part of this country. Nigeria is a sovereignty. It is a nation and we know such swill not be tolerated anywhere and in any part of this country. So, we are not aware of any sit at home order from anybody. We know we are working with INEC to make sure we have Anambra Guber election come November 6. That is our stand.

“Before any operation, there is a Standard Operating Procedure which we use to design an operation order and that has been done. It has taken care of all possible threats. We have made efforts to deploy both human and material resources to support INEC, to make sure we have a free, fair, credible and acceptable election in Anambra.

“As I speak with you, the IGP is working on repairs of some of our helicopters so that we can have more aerial patrol, surveillance and support. I think about six helicopters are now under repairs as directed by the IGP so that we can fortify our teams and apart from Anambra election, so that we can still deploy them in some of our conflict theatres. So, we are very prepared”.

Anambra 2021: Only votes of Anambra people ‘ll determine the next Gov – INEC

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who was represented by a National Commissioner and Chairman of the commission’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye urged politicians to refrain from casting aspersions on the commission, saying propaganda does not work in elections.

Vowing that only the votes of Anambra people will determine who will be the next governor of the state, Okoye also explained how INEC stores its nonsensitive election materials.

Okoye said; “Only the votes of Anambra people will count. It will determine who wins the election. Propaganda won’t do it.

“On the issue of where we store our electoral materials, this commission and previous commissions have always had what we call zonal stores in different parts of the country where we store nonsensitive materials. After the elections, we embark on what we call reverse logistics. We return those materials to the stores.

“These materials are not provided off the shelf. There is also a procurement process. So, when the contractors supply these materials, we put them in the zonal stores. There is a zonal store in each geopolitical zone.

“Our offices in Anambra were burnt and as of then we had deployed over 50 percent of nonsensitive materials in Anambra State. But we have fixed some of the damaged facilities and in the coming days, we shall move materials from our various zonal stores to Anambra where we will batch them and deploy to the local governments”.

On the security situation in the state, Okoye expressed confidence in the ability of all stakeholders to ensure a hitch free exercise in order to avert any possible constitutional crisis.

“Section 178 of the Constitution has circumscribed the period for the conduct of governorship electons and this period is cast in stone and immovable. We must do all that is constitutionally and legally possible to avoid the constitutional challenge that may likely ensue in the state if the Commission is unable to conduct elections on account of security challenges. On our part, we are determined to conduct a good election in Anambra and in other parts of Nigeria. We shall not compromise on the conduct of a good election in any part of Nigeria”, he stated.

Okoye however added that “the commission does not envisage constitutional crisis in Anambra because we are ready for the elections and we believe that security agencies are ready and the voters are ready too”.

He also appealed to stakeholders to ensure the security of corps members who would be deployed as ad hoc staff for the polls, saying no amount of insurance cover can compensate for the loss of any life.

“We therefore appeal to all the critical stakeholders to rally round the Commission and give their maximum cooperation towards this goal. The Commission needs a safe and secure environment for efficient and professional deployment of staff and materials. We must realize that young men and women doing their National Youth Service form the bulk of our Presiding Officers. Some of them are the only sons and daughters of their parents.

“Some of them graduated from school through determined perseverance in the face of hardship. Some of them are the products of community efforts while some of them did menial jobs to graduate. We therefore have a responsibility to protect them in the performance of this national assignment. No form of insurance can cover for the loss of one’s life and the Commission will on no account compromise on the safety and welfare of these individuals and all other staff that will be deployed for the election”, he stated.

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi decried the rise on fake news, misinformation and disinformation, urging the media to rise to the challenge of correcting the anomaly.

Programme Manager of Inclusive Friends Association, Moses Oluwaseyi on his part declared that inclusiveness in elections is not a privilege but a right available for vulnerable groups.

“There are drivers that make elections inclusive and the first is adequate security. It is not enough that I have my PVC and ready to vote but if there is no guarantee of security, then I cannot go out and vote”, he stated.

Chairman, Transition Monitoring Group TMG, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani deplored the preponderance of money politics in Nigeria, stating that one of the Federal Government’s programmes, “Tradermoni” through which it disbursed money to traders is a form of vote buying.

“Tradermoni is tantamount to vote buying. The government did it in the lead up to the election. So, why are they no longer doing it? If you have to give money to Nigerians, let it be that you are doing that because they deserve it and not doing it to buy votes.

“This time around, we shall mobilize Nigerians against electoral violence and vote buying”, he added.

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APC Inaugurates Appeal Committees For State Congresses

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated the appeal committees to address the concerns raised by aggrieved members following its recently concluded state congresses.

The committees were inaugurated on Thursday at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John Akpanudoedehe, inaugurated the committees on behalf of the party’s leadership.

He explained that this formed part of the internal mechanisms of the party to ensure dissatisfied members could approach the committees to get their grievances resolved.

Akpanudoedehe promised that the APC would ensure its channels of communication were kept open as dictated, in line with the constitution of the party.

According to him, it is important for members to stay united in order to win the forthcoming elections in Anambra, Ekiti, and the general elections in 2023.

APC Inaugurates Appeal Committees For State Congresses

APC Inaugurates Appeal Committees For State Congresses

Read his full statement below…

REMARKS BY THE NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE APC CARETAKER/EXTRAORDINARY CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE (CECPC), SEN. JOHN JAMES AKPANUDOEDEHE PH.D DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE PARTYS STATE CONGRESS APPEAL COMMITTEES ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021 AT THE APC NATIONAL SECRETARIAT IN ABUJA.

Once again, may I, on behalf of the National Chairman of the CECPC H.E (Hon) Mai Mala Buni, welcome you all to the National Secretariat of our great Party and to this very important event which is the inauguration of the States Congress Appeals Committee.

You all will agree with me that the process of recalibrating our party into a functional winning machine in 2023, is well on course.

With the huge membership strength we have recorded during the last registration and revalidation exercise, there is no doubt that Nigerians still trust us and that we will win all the upcoming elections convincingly, starting from the Governorship elections in Anambra, to Osun, Ekiti and to the 2023 general elections.

Nigerians by now have realized that the APC led-government of President Buhari means well for Nigerians and is doing everything possible to deliver infrastructure to Nigerians amidst difficult economic times, globally. We must stay united so we can defeat the agents of destruction who have vowed to set Nigeria backwards. Just this morning, an Abuja-Kaduna passenger train was attacked by criminals, depriving Nigerians the services it provides. This is so despicable, but together we shall overcome them.

Therefore, there is greater need to sustain the trust of our party men and women and indeed all Nigerians.

In a bid to provide development to our people, this party has afforded many of our party faithfuls, the platform to attain various positions, either elected or appointed, it will still do so for many others going forward. Hence, all true party men and women must see dissensions within the party as family disputes and should not seek to destroy the platform which helped them in times past.

As a party, we shall ensure that channels of communication are kept open, as in the instant case and as dictated by the constitution of our party. This Appeals Committee is part of the internal mechanisms so that those who may feel dissatisfied with the States Congresses can approach the Committee and ventilate their grievances through this avenue.

It is elementary law that he who alleges must prove, so instead of taking issues to the media space, let them put forward their case before this Appeals Committee.

I urge you all to ensure that fair hearing and justice be your guiding principles in the task entrusted to you.

You all were carefully selected based on your proven track record of integrity and capacity to deliver. The party trusts in your ability to bring to bear on this task, your incredible credentials.

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2023: Makinde says Atiku, Tambuwal have shown interest in contesting

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Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo, says former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, have indicated interest in contesting in the 2023 presidential election.

Over the past weeks, there have been speculations on who will become president in 2023, especially with the issues raised by politicians on zoning.

Speaking on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television, Makinde said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has “eminently qualified” personalities that can lead the country successfully.

The governor said the only way of stopping the PDP in 2023 is by dividing the party, adding that the governors elected on the platform of the party understand the need for unity ahead of next general election.

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“I make bold to say that the situation in this country today, the only way that you can stop PDP at the federal level is by dividing PDP internally,” the Oyo governor said.

2023: Makinde says Atiku, Tambuwal have shown interest in contesting

“All the governors of the PDP are well aware of this fact and we made unity within ourselves our number one priority. Once the governors of PDP are able to move in one direction, align on most of the issues and the challenges we are faced with, I think there is hope for this country.

“The issue right now is that our party — PDP — has eminently qualified personalities that can lead this country successfully. Some have indicated interest like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, like governor Tambuwal, like governor Bala Mohammed.

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“They have indicated interest. But the bottom line is when we get to that bridge, we will definitely cross it. What is important at this stage, which I will solicit the support of PDP members and the generality of Nigerians, is please support us to have a successful national convention

“There is no way you can become anything — president, vice-president, even governor — if we don’t have a party. What we want to do first is ensure that we get things right within our party.”

Asked if he thinks the PDP will take over power from the APC in 2023, he said: “Well, it is a question that I know Nigerians will answer and they will answer decisively.”

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Anambra 2021: Supreme Court Declares Ozigbo Authentic PDP Candidate

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Supreme Court in Abuja has declared Mr Valentine Ozigbo the authentic candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

The apex court, in a judgement delivered at the Supreme Court Complex in Abuja on Thursday, October 21, reportedly threw out all the challenges to Ozigbo’s candidacy and awarded damage of N5 million against Senator Ugochukwu Uba.

The panel of justices, led by His Lordship, Justice Inyang Okoro, according to the report, affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal Awka Division delivered on September 3, which declared Ozigbo the authentic governorship candidate of the PDP.

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Mr Ozigbo was present at the Supreme Court along with former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, and Senate Minority Leader Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

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