It’s too late to tinker with 2023 elections timelines – INEC

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is too late to tinker with the schedule of activities for the 2023 general elections. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, stated this while speaking on Monday in Abuja. Okoye spoke against the backdrop of the two months extension of deadline for the conduct of parties’ primary recently sought by Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC). According to him, any change in the June 3 deadline will affect other activities for elections. “The timetable and schedule of…

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Review salaries, emoluments of political office holders downwards, expert urges RMAFC

President Buhari at national Assembly

A Financial Expert, Okechukwu Unegbu, has urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review salaries and emoluments of political office holders downwards. Unegbu, a past president of the Chattered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), made the call in a telephone interview on Monday in Abuja. He spoke against the backdrop of plans by RMAFC to review salaries and emoluments of political office holders and judicial officers. RMAFC’s Secretary, Mohammed Shehu, had recently announced plans to partner with relevant agencies of government to review salaries and emoluments…

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Presidential Deadline: Masanawa, MD, NSPMC resigns appointment

ABBAS MASANAWA OF NSPMC

The Managing Director, Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC), Abbas Masanawa, says he has complied with presidential directive by resigning his appointment to pursue political ambition. Masanawa, who is one of the governorship aspirants of Katsina State, has bought and submitted Expression of Interest and Nomination forms. President Mahummadu Buhari had through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, directed all ministers and political appointees contesting for various elective positions to resign their appointments on or before May 16. Fielding questions from State House correspondents in…

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UN chief welcomes peaceful elections in Somalia

FARMAJO, HASSAN SHEIK OF SOMALIA

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Monday welcomed the peaceful presidential elections held in Somalia on Sunday and congratulated the president-elect. Guterres, in a statement by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, congratulated the President-elect, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on his election as the 10th president of Somalia. The 66-year-old politician prevailed against 35 candidates in the election for the country’s highest office, including the incumbent president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who had replaced Mohamud in power in February 2017. Parliamentary and presidential elections were long overdue in Somalia, where Farmajo’s term expired in…

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2023: MKO Abiola’s daughter explains why she stands with Yahaya Bello, not S’West aspirants

Ms Hasfat Abiola -Costello, daughter of late MKO Abiola who is the Director-General,  Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, says  she stands with  Governor  Yahaya Bello (GYB)  of Kogi State  in the race for APC presidential ticket  and not South West aspirants. Abiola-Costello said her backing Bello was because she had seen in him,  qualities of the kind of leader Nigeria needed  at this point in time. She said this on Monday while addressing newsmen in Lagos ahead of the APC presidential primaries slated for May 30 and 31, in Abuja. Abiola-Costello, daughter…

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2023 Presidency: Sylva withdraws bid, back to office

Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum, has withdrawn from the presidential race in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and has returned to work.A correspondent who monitored the development at the ministry in Abuja on Monday reports that Sylva withdrew having considered the enormous work at hand at the ministry.The Northern Solidarity Group had on May 9, presented the APC’s Expression of Interest and Nomination form to the minister to enable him to contest the party’s 2023 presidential primaries.An official at the ministry who chose to remain anonymous said…

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2023: 93 from 500 APC aspirants jostle for 25 seats in C/River Assembly

No fewer than 93 All Progressives Congress (APC) members are gunning for the party’s tickets that will enable them to contest the 25 seats in the Cross River House of Assembly. Chairman of APC in Cross River Alphonsus Eba disclosed this in a telephone interview on Monday in Calabar. Eba said that initially more than 500 party men and women aspired to contest the 25 assembly seats. According to him, after much dialogue with the aspirants, bordering on issues of zoning, political strength and consensus, the party was able to…

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Partisan Politics: NLC faults Head of Service, urges her to withdraw circular

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (OHSF) to withdraw the circular that `claims’ to prohibit civil and public servants from engaging in partisan politics. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said on Monday in Abuja. Wabba was reacting to a circular issued by the OHSF entitled, “Re- Clarification on the Provision of Public Service Rules (PSR) vis-a-vis the Supreme Court Judgment as it relates to Participation of Civil Servants in partisan Politics”. The NLC president described it as “ill-conceived…

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Osun Guber Polls; Oyetola campaign council warns Adeleke, State not for sale to highest bidder

The Governor Gboyega Oyetola Campaign Council has said that Osun was not for sale to the highest bidder in the July 16 governorship election. Reacting to comments purportedly made at the weekend by Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, the group described the statement as absurd and unacceptable. A statement by the Director-General of the campaign council, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, on Monday in Osogbo,  said that the boast by Adeleke to have enough money – both local and in foreign currencies – to execute his political…

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2023: “I thought you’re voting Asiwaju?” – El-Rufa’i to APC delegates as they endorse Amaechi

Delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kaduna, have declared support for Ex-minister and 2023 presidential aspirant, Rotimi Amaechi. This is coming after they had pledged to support the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Speaking during a consultative meeting with Amaechi, State governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’i, queried the delegates on who they wanted to vote for, and shouts of: ‘Dan Amanar’, ‘your choice’, ‘Amaechi’ rang through the room. He responded;” I thought you were voting Asiwaju?”, the delegates continued to express support for the…

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