2023: I’ve no favourite governorship aspirant, says Alao-Akala
A former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, says he has no preferred aspirant among those jostling to pick the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket in the state in 2023.
Alao-Akala made the clarification in a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Tolu Mustapha, on Monday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alao-Akala is the Chairman of APC Elders Advisory Council in the state.
Alao-Akala had been accused of sponsoring a preferred aspirant for the governorship seat in 2023 in a publication titled: “Who gets Oyo APC ticket in 2023’’.
The publication also alleged that the ex-governor had positioned his son, Olamiju, as the running mate to a preferred aspirant.
Alao-Akala described the publication as “conjecture of lies, deceit, mischief, misinformation and a shoddy job’’, urging members of the public to disregard it.
“The said write up, which has since gone viral, after careful analysis of the intention of the said author, is a conjecture of lies, deceit, mischief, misinformation and a shoddy job,’’ he said.
Alao-Akala described himself as “a father to all the aspirants”, saying he has no bias or personal interest in any of them.
The APC chieftain said he operated an open door policy and would never discriminate against any member of the party, no matter his or her status.
“The interest and choice of the unwavering party members is what I will stand by come rain, come shine,’’ he said.
The former governor advised aspirants in the state to desist from actions that could undermine the unity of the party.
He urged them to work and meet with party faithful, who will form the bulk of those to decide who flies the flag of the party at the 2023 polls.
Alao-Akala promised to abide by the decision that would be taken at the party’s primaries, and not on the pages of newspapers or social media.
He also advised the media to desist from stories designed to fan embers of discord and disunity in the party.
Alao-Akala called on APC leaders, elders and members to discountenance the publication in its entirety.
“All party faithful should not be disillusioned or discouraged by a petty publication of this nature as the source and sponsor of this particular offensive write up is already known.’’
He vowed to expose those behind attack on the unity and cohesion of the party if they fail to desist from such act.
APC to hold State Congresses on Oct. 2
By Gistflash News
Sept 13, 2021
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC held its nationwide local government congresses on Sept. 4 to elect officials at that level.
The party’s leadership had called on members that maybe aggrivied following the overcome of the congresses to channel their complaints for redress through constituted channels.
Mass defection: Rep urges PDP National Chairman to resign
By Gistflash News
July 7, 2021
Rep. Rimamnde Shawulu (PDP-Taraba), has urged the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, to resign following mass defection from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Shawulu said this a letter addressed to the chairman and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He decried the rate at which the party was losing members to the ruling APC in recent times.
Shawulu also urged members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to resign.
“Today, unexpectedly, four members of the House of Representatives from Zamfara defected from the PDP to APC,” he said.
He said unlike before, when leaders of the party at the House usually put up a form of protest, not a whisper was heard or a hand raised in protest against the defection.
“Dear Chairman, Sir, events in the last two years call for sober reflection and sacrifices by both the leadership and membership of the party and it is necessary you set the ball rolling, so that the party will come back to life and be seen as a viable alternative to the ruling APC.
“Then, will its doors be seen to be opened to the millions that want to come into the party to mobilise Nigerians to take back the country from the iniquitous forces that have seized it by the jugular.
“This was the obvious wish of opinion of party members and leaders when Dr Adamu Muazu resigned as Chairman of the party. Your good self took over to enable the party regain momentum.
“Presently, without discounting the efforts and sacrifices you have made, it is obvious that our party is in far worse circumstances than when Muazu fled the scene,” he said.
Shawulu also reminded Secondus of the many failings of the PDP under his watch, which he said lend credence to some rumours that high ranking party members had allegedly been settled to make it unelectable in the future.
He pleaded with Secondus to show leadership in the interest of the party and for the future of Nigeria and resign immediately as National Chairman.
CVR: 203,497 Nigerians complete online pre-registration in first week, says INEC
By Gistflash News
July 7, 2021
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 203,497 eligible Nigerians had completed online pre-registration as fresh voters, seven days after the commencement of the exercise.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed this in an update on the CVR issued on Tuesday, in Abuja.
He said that the figure was recorded as at 7a.m on July 5, as the commission met on Tuesday to discuss the CVR exercise, which commenced on June 28.
“As at 7a.m on July 5, one week after the commencement of the exercise, 203,497 eligible Nigerians have completed the online pre-registration as fresh voters.
“The figure rises to 259,713 if applications for voter transfer, requests for replacement of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), update of voter information record are included”, Okoye said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that of the 203,497 applications received, Osun state had the highest figure of freshly registered voters with 67,772 applications, followed by Lagos with 30,338 and FCT with 12,160.
States with the least fresh voter applications, within the period, were Ebonyi with 350, Kebbi 624, Abia 626 and Jigawa with 679.
NAN also reports that the distribution of the figure by gender, according to INEC, had indicated that of the total registered, males constituted 166, 712 of the number while 93,001 were female.
The age distribution for the first week also showed that the number of newly registered youth (18 to 34 years) was 175,8047; middle age (34 to 49 years) is 64,141; the elderly ( 50 to 69 years) is 17,644; while the old (70 years and above) was 2,079.
The occupation distribution included artisans-15,414; Business-44,478; civil servants-11,022; farming/fishing-7,720 housewives-2,516, traders-18,865; public servants-7,269; students-66,143 and others-83,283.
In the meantime, Okoye stated that the full details of the exercise for the first one week had been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.
“For emphasis, the physical or in-person registration is scheduled to commence in all our state and local government offices nationwide on Monday, July 19.
“Eligible Nigerians who wish to register physically and those who have scheduled their appointments to complete their online pre-registration will have the opportunity to do so.
“Both online pre-registration and the physical registration will go on simultaneously, throughout the duration of the CVR.
“Further details of the schedule of activities and locations for the physical exercise will be made available next week”, he added.
He urged every eligible Nigerian to seize the opportunity of the online pre-registration or the in-person option to register as a voter, saying that the update was inline with the commission’s promise to update Nigerians after one week of the exercise.
Henceforth, INEC would be providing weekly updates that would include a detailed breakdown of the distribution of registrants by State, occupation, gender and age, Okoye said.
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