Cross River State governor Professor Ben Ayade, has decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he was for more than a decade. The governor announced his decision on Thursday morning after a closed-door meeting with six APC governors, members of the National Assembly, members of the state executive council and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva who visited him at the Government House.
Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Monday disowned a group said to have set up a website calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilising support for him ahead of the 2023 presidential election. The Vice President who said he has not declared any interest whatsoever in the 2023 election, but he is rather focused on working in his capacity as Vice President in the current regime to address all the compelling issues in the country. Laolu Akande, spokesperson to Mr. Osinbajo, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, stressed that he has no connection with an online attempt to rally support for him (Osinbajo). It read, “The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a website:supportosinbajo.ng that is calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilizing support for Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The Supreme Court has upheld a previous judgment by the Court of Appeal which accepted the deregistration of 74 political parties. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had deregistered the affected political parties in 2020 due to their inability to win any election during the 2019 general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed dismay at the numerous fire attacks on its offices especially those located in the South-East geopolitical zone. The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye disclosed this in a statement titled "INEC Local Government Area in Enugu State Set Ablaze."
The United Kingdom has called on the Nigerian authority to hasten the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment pending before the lawmakers before the next round of election is here. UK minister for Africa, James Duddridge made the call during an interview with the News Agency for Nigeria in Abuja, saying passing the said law is very critical as the general election is nearby.
The Lagos state government says it plans to hold its local government councils poll in July. Retired Justice Ayotunde Phillips, chairman of Lagos State Independence Electoral Commission (LASIEC), who said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos noted that election into the offices of chairman, vice-chairman, and councilors in all the 20 local councils and 37 LCDAs in the state would hold that day. Phillips said: “The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) the body charged with the statutory responsibility of electoral management and administration is committed to conducting a free, fair, credible, and inclusive election.