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Amidst Controversy, APC Fixed February, 2022 For National Convention

Amidst controversy that has continued to stir disagreement amongst members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party, the party has slated February 2022 as its National Convention date. Since June 2020 that marked the sacking of the National party chairman of the progressive, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the APC affairs was handed over to the caretaker committee led by the Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni. In a manner that other members of the progressive tagged as illegal, there has been a move for the removal of the Buni lead Extra Ordinary caretaker Committee challenging its legality as a sitting Governor and as acting party chairman all at the same time.

Electoral Act: President Yet To Endorse Direct Primaries – INECAs most state governors have continue to kick against the new electoral Act proposing for direct primaries ahead of the 2023 General election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says they are waiting for president Buhari’s approval to swing into action. Recall, the National Assembly had last weeks forwarded the Electoral Bill 2021 to President Buhari for his assent. However, the proposal of the direct primaries has stir controversy among political actors where some Governors and some members of the national Assembly has pitched tent against the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Although, the party convened a meeting at the presidential Villa to iron out the dispute and get the thing right but it hits a brick-wall as they could not resolve. Meanwhile, the two chambers of the National Assembly have already passed the bill into law and have since sent it to Mr. President for his assent. As it is, all hands are crossed waiting for President Buhari’s decision on the Act of either to endorse the direct primaries or otherwise. APC governors converged yesterday at the Kebbi state Governors lodge to deliberate on the matter. Anthony Sani, former Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum described the stance of the Peoples Democratic Party against the direct primaries as lacking in morality. Sani opined that direct primaries would checkmate the imposition of candidate by some Governors, abuse of incumbency and the game of money bags that fly during primary elections. Meanwhile, a federal Commissioner in INEC who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that though they do not have a choice but they are keenly waiting for Mr President Verdict. He disclosed any law that is passed on the matter is what the INEC will adopt. However, he added that the implication is only that direct primaries require a lots of logistics support because they have to supervise all the process from ward level up to the federal level. The Electoral Act was presented to president Buhari on November 18, 2021, signed by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Ojo Olatunde Amos. The letter partly reads, “In consonance with the provisions of the Acts Authentication Act Cap. A2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, I wish, with due respect, to forward to Your Excellency, the authenticated copies of Electoral Bill, 2021 for your consideration and assent. “After Your Excellency’s assent, one copy of the signed Bill should be retained in your office while the other two are to be returned for our further action, please. With my highest regards.” One of a top Senator said, “With the transmission, the governors have lost the battle to reverse our decision on the direct primary which we took in the overall interest of our democracy. “Our position is that we must put an end to impunity and imposition of candidates. Let all those who want to contest in 2023 emerge through a free and fair process. “We won’t allow any group of people to sit in a place to fix candidates for elective offices.” Information gathered revealed that the Governor are now losing sleep to ensure that Mr president refuse assent to the Act as it will go against their interest of imposition of candidates into elected offices.

As most state governors have continued to kick against the new electoral Act proposing for direct primaries ahead of the 2023 General election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says they are waiting for President Buhari’s approval to swing into action.
Recall, the National Assembly had last weeks forwarded the Electoral Bill 2021 to President Buhari for his assent. However, the proposal of the direct primaries has stirred controversy among political actors where some Governors and some members of the National Assembly has pitched tent against the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

US Secretary Of State Visits President Buhari

The United States of America’s (USA) Secretary of State, Antony Blinken as part of his three-nation tour of Africa has arrived in Nigeria and is in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari hours after visiting Kenya. The US diplomat arrived at the Aso Rock Villa in a motorcade at about 3:47 pm on Thursday. He is expected to discuss security issues facing Nigeria especially terrorism in the northern region and after that, he will meet with the Vice President of the Nation, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to sign some agreements between the USA and Nigeria.

INEC: Soludo Declared Winner Of Anambra Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the winner of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State is Chukwuma Soludu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). This was announced at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State on Wednesday morning by the Returning Officer of the Anambra 2021 governorship election, Prof. Florence Obi. According to INEC, Mr. Soludo polled 112,229 votes while his closest rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Valentine Ozigbo emerged second with a total of 53,807 votes.

Biden To Host Buhari, Other African Leaders In 2022

President of the United States (US) Joe Biden Biden has conveyed his intention through the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to invite Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari and a host of other African leaders to a Summit in 2022. The summit tagged "US-Africa Leaders Summit" was last held eight (8) years ago during the tenure of President Barack Obama in 2014. The invite message was relayed by Blinken during a Friday speech to the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) on his multi-day trip to the continent.

APC Releases Schedule For Ekiti, Osun 2022 Gubernatorial Polls

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has released its timetable and schedule of activities for next year’s (2022) Governorship Elections in Ekiti and Osun states. According to the Party’s official notice signed by the National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudodehe, the sale of nomination forms will begin on the 16th for Ekiti state and 18th for Osun state, November 2021.

Anambra Poll: INEC Declares Gov Election Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has on Sunday declared the Anambra governorship election inconclusive, saying a supplementary election will hold in 362 polling units in Ihiala Local Government Area on Tuesday, November 9. The Returning Officer of the Anambra State governorship election, Professor Florence Obi made this known, noting that election had to take place in those polling units for the election to be conclusive.

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