APC finally produces governorship candidate in Edo, see details

EDO- The Lawmaker representing Edo Central, Senator Monday Okpebholo has emerged as the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election in Edo State. The declaration was made by the Cross River Governor, Bassey Otu, who served as the Chairman of the Edo APC shadow poll, following the comprehensive collation of results from the 18 local government areas. The announcement took place at the Lushville Hotel and Suites, located in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin. According to the Governor, Senator Okpebholo secured a total of 12,433 votes, surpassing his closest rival, Dennis Idahosa, the representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, who garnered 6,541 votes. This victory marks a pivotal moment for Okpebholo, positioning him as the APC’s gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming electoral contest in Edo State. This primary election comes in the wake of a controversial and inconclusive primary held last week, overseen by Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State. The APC National Working Committee intervened, declaring the initial primary inconclusive after disputes arose over the premature declaration of Dennis Idahosa as …

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Edo 2024: I pulled out of APC primary because… – Osunbor

Senator Professor Oserheimen Osunbor has provided clarification on why he pulled out of Thursday’s rescheduled guber primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The professor of law said he is ready to be part of a primary election that is transparent and fair not an inconclusive primary election that was greatly flawed. In a letter dated February 22, 2022, addressed to the National Chairman of APC, Osunbor explained that: “It has become necessary to provide this clarification to my letter referenced above dated 21st February, 2024. I was specific in the letter that I did not intend to participate in an exercise for ‘the completion of election of 17th February’ which has not been completed. “My reason as stated in the letter was that no primary election was conducted on 17th February that meets with the requirement of the law and hence was invalid. It is not in the interest of the party to build on that faulty foundation, hence I abstained from the exercise of today which cannot resolve the issues at hand. “I wish to make it abundantly …

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APC declares Edo governorship primaries as inconclusive

ABUJA- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared Saturday’s Edo governorship primaries as inconclusive. Mr Felix Morka, the APC National Publicity Secretary said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja. Morka said that the decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja on Tuesday. “The NWC deliberated on the report and resolved that the Edo Governorship Primary Election has not been completed and has now fixed Thursday, Feb. 22, for the completion of the primary election process,” he said.(NAN)

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Economic Hardship: “You Have Snatched Power, Oya Perform Your Lagos Miracles” – Dalung Tells Tinubu

ABUJA- The Former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has urged President Tinubu to stop criticising his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, over the current economic hardship, urging him to perform the same miracle he performed in Lagos State, after he snatched power during the 2023 elections. According to reporters, Mr Solomon Dalung made this disclosure in a series of posts he made on his official X account on Monday. Dalung noted that if Tinubu’s administration had devoted the same resources, he used during elections to tackle security and economic issues, significant improvements could be achieved. Some parts of the post read: “Why has the steam suddenly changed to blaming Daura? You have snatched power, oya perform your Lagos miracles. All mercenaries hired for a paradigm shift for blame game failed to explain the reckless economic policies of subsidy withdrawal without shock absorber mechanisms, floating the Naira without stimulating production, corruption & high governance cost. Is #MBuhari also responsible?” Furthermore, the former minister acknowledged former President Buhari’s failure to fulfill the “change” promise he made to Nigerians before he came into office in …

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APC: Tinubu implementing bold, far-reaching reforms  

ABUJA- The All Progressives Congress (APC) says President Bola Tinubu is implementing bold and far-reaching reforms necessary for the nation’s economic recovery, sustainable growth and prosperity. Mr Felix Morka, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. He was reacting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor’s advise to Tinubu to throw in the towel in the face of the hardships experienced by Nigerians. “A federal system like ours, operates on the idea of shared, constitutionally delineated responsibilities among the three tiers of government: Federal, State and Local Governments. “Effective governance requires collaboration and coordination among all three levels to deliver the dividends of democracy to citizens. “By virtue of their membership of the National Economic Council and National Council of State, governors bear a solemn duty to proffer constructive ideas and solutions to the challenges of governance,” Morka said. He said that like all citizens, governors were entitled to free speech, adding that such rights must be exercised responsibly. He stressed that reckless utterances capable of inflaming passions and social upheaval must be …

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Atiku should be praising Tinubu instead of lying, rubbishing his economic policies- Presidency

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in an attempt to rubbish the foreign exchange policy of the Tinubu administration got his facts muddled up again. He also failed to prescribe a better Policy Option to what Governor Olayemi Cardoso and his team are executing at the apex bank. First of all, it was not true that President Tinubu’s meeting last Thursday with the 36 State Governors was centred on discussing foreign exchange crisis and currency fluctuation. What was discussed in the main was food supply and how to drastically reduce the food prices. The Minister of Information, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, gave a briefing about the meeting, revealing the highlights to State House Correspondents. One was that the meeting established a nexus between the state of security and the rising cost of food. Another was that hoarders are warehousing food, creating artificial scarcity and thus enabling the high cost of food items. The decisions at the meeting reflected the main points discussed: Forest rangers are to be strengthened and armed, while police are to recruit more men and the National Economic Council …

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EDO 2024 IN FOCUS As Hon. Dennis Idahosa From Edo South Picks APC Ticket

By Tonye Barcanista Barrister Asue Ighodalo from Edo Central is expected to pick the ticket of PDP. In 2016 Gubernatorial election, Edo South produced 48.37% of the total votes, Edo North had 32.23%, while Central had 19.4%. At the 2020 gubernatorial election, Edo South contributed 46.50% of total votes, Edo North produced 35.50%, while Edo Central delivered 18% of the total votes. In Edo politics, Adams Oshiomole is in strong command of Edo North, Governor Godwin Obaseki is from Edo South, while Philip Shaibu the Deputy Governor is also from the North. Oshiomole is backing Idahosa, Obaseki is backing Asue, while Philip Shaibu is running his race (rumors are rife that he’s planning to switch party). While the Central is expected to come out en-mass for Barr. Asue Ighodalo, there is a challenge from the South and North, especially within the PDP. Adams Oshiomole is projected to control the North towards Idahosa’s direction. The PDP needs a strong person from the North to challenge Oshiomole – this is where Philip comes in. Unfortunately, Philip is not in sync with the …

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Hardship: How Hungry Neighbours In Maiduguri Scooped Food Vendor’s Rice While On Fire (Video)

By Chris Udochukwu BORNO: Hungry neighbours in Maiduguri have reportedly invaded a food vendor’s place, scooping rice from the big cooking pot. This is a sign of a looming danger in Nigeria if the poverty and hunger ravaging the people are not addressed urgently. The spokesperson of the Labour Party, Tanko Yunusa who posted the video clip on his X account said the warning signs of food scarcity is there for all to see, urging people to watch their food while cooking. Precise Post recalls that Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar-led Northern Traditional Council, ha within the week warned that rising poverty, hunger and insecurity in the country will force people to revolt against President Bola Tinubu’s government very soon. According to People Gazette, the Sultan Said. “It is getting to a level that traditional leaders could no longer pacify the people from revolting against government and political leaders that are supposed to find solutions to their lingering socio-economic plight,” “We have reached that level, people are very agitated, people are hungry, they are angry, but they still believe there …

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Ondo: PDP chieftain defects to APC

A former member of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Tomide Akinribido, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressive Congress, APC. Akinribido, who was a deputy-minority leader in the 9th House of Assembly, formally defected to the APC on Monday. The former lawmaker said he was happy to join the ruling party and pledged to commit himself to working with his new party structure, leadership, stakeholders as well as members. “My decision to join the APC was borne out of my conviction that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa has the required capacity and political will to steer the ship of the state perfectly and better the lots of people of the state”, he said. In his remarks, the Ondo State Chairman of APC, Mr Ade Adetimehin, said many chieftains of the PDP were going to defect to the ruling party. Adetimehin said, “The defection of Akinribido is a dream come true, the former lawmaker possesses a high level of intellect and capacity that the APC would benefit from. We are welcoming him to our party. “As …

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Nigeria Is A Very Poor Country, To Be Honest. I Think Our Wealth Is Overestimated- Bayo Onanuga

ABUJA- Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has made striking remarks regarding Nigeria’s economic status. Describing the country as “very poor,” Onanuga suggested that Nigeria’s wealth is overestimated. This assertion comes amidst a backdrop of rising concerns over the nation’s economic health. According to report, Onanuga highlighted Nigeria’s low per capita income compared to other African nations, emphasising the disparity in wealth distribution. The statement by Onanuga coincides with a period of economic turbulence characterised by soaring prices for goods. These price hikes are attributed to reforms implemented by President Tinubu’s administration, including the removal of subsidies on petrol and the unification of the exchange rate. While these reforms aim to address long-standing economic challenges, they have led to immediate financial pressures for many citizens. Addressing concerns about the government’s economic reforms, Onanuga expressed optimism that these initiatives, particularly the removal of subsidies on petrol and the unification of the exchange rate, would alleviate financial pressures on the government. He stated that by reducing fiscal deficits and promoting fiscal discipline, Tinubu’s administration …

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Inflation: PDP lawmaker asks Tinubu for urgent policy review

ABUJA- Ned Nwoko (PDP-Delta) has called for an urgent policy review, given the surge in the inflation rate. Mr Nwoko made the call in an interview in Abuja on Friday. He said the recent surge in inflation rates and the significant depreciation of the naira were issues of grave concern for every citizen and stakeholder investing in the nation’s prosperity. According to him, the inflation rate, which has reached alarming levels in recent months, is a threat to the well-being of the people. “We must take decisive action to address this concerning trend that has unfortunately become the norm. The nation’s economic team must urgently review and adopt effective policies to combat these challenges,” he said. Mr Nwoko said the CBN governor, at a briefing at the National Assembly, cited Nigerians’ schooling abroad as contributors to the high inflation rate and depreciation of the naira, among other factors. “The assertion may have some merits, but the impact of tuition expenses on the country’s foreign exchange reserves pales in comparison to the broader systemic issues at play,” the legislator stressed. The …

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Ebonyi South Bye-Election: APC’s Anthony Ani Wins, Replaces Umahi

BY Chris Udochukwi ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Anthony Ani, as the winner of the Ebonyi South Senatorial District bye-election conducted on Saturday. The Returning Officer for Ebonyi South senatorial bye-election, Uchechukwu Eze, in the early hours of Sunday, made the declaration at Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state which serves as the senatorial district headquarters. He stated that Ani having secured the highest number of votes in the just concluded bye elections, is declared winner and returned as Senator-elect. Professor Ani polled a total of 46,270 votes to win, Linus Okorie of Labour Party (LP) scored 2,710, Ifeanyi Eleje of All Grand Progressive Congress (APGA), 3,513 and Silas Onu of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 2,783 votes. Professor Ani will replace the current serving Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi at the National Assembly as Senator representing Ebonyi South at the Red Chamber. Umahi resigned from the seat after President Bola Tinubu appointed him into his cabinet as the Minister of Works.

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Rerun Election: APC, PDP Agents Trade Words Over Alleged Vote Buying In Kaduna

By Ogechi Okorie KADUNA – The agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have traded words over allegations of vote buying in the ongoing rerun elections in Kaduna State. Kaduna is one of the 26 states where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is conducting bye and re-run elections. At the 009 polling unit in Barnawa, Kaduna South Local Government Area, the PDP agent, Victoria Koko, accused the ruling APC of engaging in vote buying. She alleged that the ruling party induced voters with money ranging from N10,000 to N15,000, a situation she says is not nice for a healthy democracy. “As you can see now in Barnawa, what is happening is vote buying. Vote buying (of) N10,000 (and) N15,000 which is not done. They are not doing the vote properly, all they know is vote buying” she said. When asked of those indulging in the act, Koko pointed an accusing finger at the ruling APC. To buttress her point, she said: “I can show you them now. You can just look around and …

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Abdullahi Adamu, Other Bad Eggs In PDP Have Now Defected To APC – Sule Lamido

….Says Nigerians Should Either Choose PDP Or Remain In Hell ABUJA – Former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has stated that the bad eggs that filled up the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have now defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), leaving the party devoid of selfish people. To me, all the bad eggs in PDP are out. Abdullahi Adamu and others have defected to APC, leaving honest individuals like me in PDP. What we have now are the genuine honest and compassionate PDP people. Most of the people in the APC were all in the PDP and they are gone now and what we have now are the genuine, purer people who believe in Nigeria and are very sincere and who, no matter what, will stay in Nigeria and in the PDP.“ This is also as he has called on Nigerians to right their wrongs by choosing the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, or remain in the hellish situation they have found themselves in. Lamido in an interview with ARISE NEWS on Friday, called the decision a “choice between …

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Main reasons why I campaigned for Tinubu – Actor, Baba Tee

Popular actor and comedian, Babatunde Bernard Tayo, aka Baba Tee, has revealed why he supported the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate and eventual winner, Bola Tinubu during the last presidential elections. Speaking in a recent episode of The Honest Bunch Podcast, Baba Tee disclosed that he campaigned for Tinubu because he benefited from his free education initiative in Lagos State. He said he campaigned for the former Lagos State governor pro bono. “I campaigned for [Bola] Tinubu because I benefited from his free education, and security during RRS, nobody gave me money,” Baba Tee said. “We used to suffer from a lot of insecurity back then. Hoodlums will send letters that they are coming to terrorise a particular area and they will indeed come. Nightlife in Lagos then was hellfire. But when Tinubu came, Lagos was reformed. “My mum who was a petty trader was also a victim of the robbery in Lagos then. Tinubu actually eradicated insecurity in Lagos. And because of that I supported him in the presidential election out of my own free will.”

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Obi, Obiano, Soludo failed but I’ll transform Anambra: Senator Ubah

ANAMBRA- Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, a member representing Anambra South in the National Assembly, has called on the people of Anambra to give him their mandate in the 2025 governorship election to enable him to address the state’s leadership questions. Mr Ubah of the All Progressives Congress, who spoke to journalists in Nnewi on Sunday, said he was asking for just a term of four years. He said he would conduct local government elections within four months if he became the governor to encourage political participation at the grassroots and make LGA funds available for competitive and decentralised development. He said local government elections would also unbundle the state government, make local government funds available to them and shift development to grassroots while the state exercises a supervisory role over them. The senator said, “All I ask for is one term of four years. I promise to conduct local government area elections within four months of (my) election. At the moment, I rate governance in Anambra for the past 18 years at 20 per cent.” He said further, “I will bring …

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