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Anambra 2021: Clergy urges political parties to respect zoning

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Anambra 2021: Clergy urges political parties to respect zoning

Rev. Samuel Ezeofor, the Anglican Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Anambra, has urged political parties in the Nov. 6 governorship election in the state to respect zoning for equity and justice.

Ezeofor made the appeal on Tuesday at the opening of the sixth Synod of the diocese at Saint John the Divine Church, Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area.

He said that allowing power shift to Anambra South Senatorial District would ensure equity, justice and fair play, as well as promote the socio-economic and political growth of the state.

The Bishop said, “In the 2017 governorship election in the state, almost all political parties zoned their governorship position to the North Senatorial District, as the zone had never produced the governor of the state.

“Anambra Central Senatorial District did three years and 10 months under Dr Chris Ngige and eight years under Mr Peter Obi. So, the zone held the governorship for almost twelve years.

“Therefore, for equity, all political parties should consider the Southern zone in the 2021 governorship poll. Equity demands that south should have it.’’

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Ezeofor also called government at all levels to map out measures that would guarantee the safety of Nigerians wherever they reside, noting that no meaningful progress and investment could be made with insecurity.

He, however, commended Gov. Willie Obiano on the successful test flights at the airport, saying that this would improve the state revenue profile in addition to offering employment to the teeming youths.

On the theme of the synod, “Divine Principles of Transformation and Discipleship,’’ the Prelate charged Christians to live an exemplary life that would transform the society for good.

“As Christians we have a duty to bring about positive change in our society.

“Christians needs to lead by example, especially Christians in positions of leadership. They need to be the light of the world,’’’ he said.

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LG polls: Sule’s aide emerges APC chairmanship candidate

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July 27, 2021

Mr Abdullahi Aliyu-Tashas, an aide to Gov. Abdullahi Sule has emerged as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa ahead of the Oct. 6, local council polls.
Mr Usman Abdullahi-Bala,
the Returning Officer of the party’s primary election for Toto Local Government Area, announced the  result on Tuesday in Toto.
He said  Aliyu-Tashas, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Conflict Resolution, having scored the highest number of votes cast was declared winner.
“The total number of votes cast is 332 , Aliyu -Tashas got 289, Dr Zakari Shuaibu-Lokogoma got 41 while Isa Ohikwo Iganki got zero vote and two votes were invalid.
“Aliyu- Tashas having scored the highest number of votes cast is hereby declared the  winner,” he said.
Speaking in an interview, Aliyu -Tashas thanked God Almighty, the Speaker of the State Assembly and the entire people of the area  for their support.
He promised to live above board if finally elected in  the Oct. 6 local government council election in the state.
” I will carry everybody along and will operate an all inclusive government,” he said.
On his part, Speaker of the State Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe- Abdullahi commended the peaceful conduct of the exercise while calling on the people to sustain the  peace as the best instrument of development.
“I congratulate the people of Toto Local Government area, I congratulate the APC family, there is no winner, no loser, it is a victory for all.
” I am optimistic that at the end of the day,  APC will be victorious and it will be better for us all,” he said.
The speaker also  advised the winner to carry his opponents along.
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APC sweeps 17 chairmanship seats in Ogun LG polls

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July 25, 2021

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has swept all the 17 chairmanship seats so far announced as counting of votes of Saturday’s local government elections in Ogun continues.
The results were announced on Sunday morning by Mr Babatunde Osibodu, the Chairman of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGISIEC) at the commission’s head office in Abeokuta.
Osibodu said that pending results from Odeda, Ado-Odo/Ota and Abeokuta-South Local Government areas would be announced as soon as they were received from the collation centres.
He said that results of the elections into all the 236 councillorship positions in the state would also be announced when they were ready.
The OGISIEC chairman assured that all the results would be announced on Sunday.
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APC grants waivers to new members, returning executives to contest congresses

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July 18, 2021

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the approved schedule of activities and guidelines for the conduct of its nationwide ward congresses scheduled for July 31.

The approved schedule was contained in a statement issued by the National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, on Sunday in Abuja.

He said the party had, however, granted waivers to new members and returning executives to contest congresses.

“The National Executive Committee (NEC) has granted waivers to new members who applied for such and also to all officers at Ward, Local Government and State levels.

“In addition to waivers granted to officers seeking re-election, waiver is hereby granted to persons who joined the party recently to vote and be voted for, provided that their names are in the ward registers,” he said.

According to Akpanudoedehe, purchase of nomination forms for Ward, Local Government and Area Councils and State Congresses would take place from July 19 to August 28.

“Screening of aspirants for the ward party positions is scheduled for July 29 to July 30, ward congresses will hold July 31, appeals arising from ward congresses will hold August 2 to August 7,” he said.

He added that only wards and Local Government Areas stipulated in sections 156 of the Electoral Act and in part I&II of the first schedule to the 1999 Constitution as amended are recongised.

He further added that guiding regulation for the nationwide congresses was binding on all persons coordinating and participating in the exercise.

Akpanudoedehe said each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) shall for the purpose of the party’s 2021 congresses, have a committee of seven persons to be selected based on their proven integrity.

“They shall be appointed and supervised by the CECPC and shall be referred to as the Ward Congress Committee (WCC).The members of the committees will be posted to places outside their states of recruitment.

“It shall be composed of a Chairman, Secretary and five other members, one of whom shall be a woman where possible.

“The committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the ward congress exercise in their place of posting,” the APC scribe said.

He added that the WCC shall appoint three persons from any other part of the state other than the ward in which they would serve to be referred as Local Ward Congress Committee (LWCC).

He said the LWCC shall be responsible for the conduct of the screening and congress in their assigned ward under the directives and supervision of the WCC which shall ensure that the exercise was all inclusive.

He said the ward congress would consist of all registered party members in the ward, adding that newly registered members from the updated 2021 party membership register were eligible to participate in the ward congress.

According to him,the ward congress would carry out the election of Ward Chairman,Ward Vice Chairman,Ward Secretary,Ward Assistant Secretary, Ward Legal Adviser and Ward Assistant Legal Adviser, among others.

“Aspirants to party positions in the wards will be elected at the various congresses and must be persons with the highest degree of good character, competence and capacity and shall pay the specified fees for the party nomination form.

“Aspirants for the position of Ward Chairman will purchase forms at the cost of N10, 000; forms for Ward Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer positions cost N5,000.

“Other offices cost N2,000. All delegates will pay N1,000 for the form,” Akpanudoedehe said.

He added that chairmanship aspirants shall require one sponsor per polling unit within the ward, while other positions shall require one sponsor from at least half of the polling units within the ward.

He further added that all female aspirants and persons with disability shall pay 50 per cent of the prescribed fees for each position.

He said all payments for purchase of nomination forms shall be made directly into APC accredited banks.

He added that all party positions prescribed or implied by its Constitution for the congresses, shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective congresses.

“However, for peace and harmony, the party encourages emergence of candidates through consensus in the first instance, provided that where a candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position.

“A vote of yes or no by ballot or voice shall be called.

“Utmost transparency is required in all elections, therefore, in all respects, votes must be counted and results announced and recorded on the spot.

“In the event of a tie in any ballot, the election for that particular office shall be repeated for the tying candidates until a winner emerges,” he said.

He added that the winner of an election shall be determined by a simple majority of total votes cast and declared winner in an open view.

Akpanudoedehe further added that all persons vying for the position of youth leader must be between 18-35 years, saying that all aspirants must show evidence of financial membership of the party.

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