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2023: Bishop Oyedepo Breaks Silence On Alleged Presidential Ambition

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General Overseer of Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo has said he will not be contesting for the presidency in the 2023 election.

Oyedepo said vying to be Nigeria’s president is a demotion to him, adding that he’s called for a global impact.

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He said this during a leadership summit transmitted worldwide.

According to him, although he believes in Nigeria, it’s too late for him to contest the highest political position in the nation.

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Oyedepo said, “I believe in Nigeria and that’s why I am still here, and still praying for Nigeria. But I consider it a demotion if I am invited to become the president of Nigeria.

“I am called for a global impact. I saw this in 1984.

“Even the devil knows that you can’t be genuinely sold-out to serving God, and not stand out in life.”

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Wike Receives Kwakwanso In Rivers

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, continues to receive high-profile politicians at his residence in Port Harcourt.

The latest is the former Governor of Kano State and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwakwanso, who paid a private visit to Governor Wike on Friday.

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Both Wike and Kwakwanso were seen in front of the former’s residence exchanging pleasantries.

This came about 24 hours after the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, as well as the Senate minority caucus, led by its leader, Philip Aduda, visited Wike.

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, also visited Wike on Wednesday.

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Similarly, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State had visited earlier in the week.

The recent visits by the Peoples Democratic Party leaders, presidential candidates and top politicians, certainly have a connection with the 2023 general election.

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All the visits so far have been followed by a closed-door meeting with the outcome unknown to any.

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Why South-East Won’t Vote For APC, PDP – Igbo Group

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The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum also known as Ime-obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo has berated the major political parties in the country for their refusal to zone the presidency to the South-East region.

They described Igbo delegates who voted against South-East aspirants in the presidential primaries for the 2023 election as “serial betrayals and shameless saboteurs”.

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The IECF in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its Secretary, Prof. Charles Nwekeaku, specifically expressed concern over the commercialization of the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party.

Nwekeaku declared that the South Eastast won’t vote for both the APC and PDP in 2023, “as they do not deserve our votes anymore”.

He said, “This will not happen again as the Igbo Elders shall provide a new leadership that will strengthen the Ohaneze leadership in Igbo land. Those betrayals will retire from politics shamefully and unceremoniously as they will never represent South East in any public service again.

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“We observed with grave concern the unprecedented monetisation of the recent political parties’ primary elections, especially the presidential election at which highest bidders emerged as presidential candidates.

“More worrisome was the failure of the major political parties, namely, the ruling APC, and PDP, to zone the Presidency to the South East in keeping with the Federal Character principle and zoning arrangement as contained in Section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the various political parties constitutions for the sake of justice, equity, fairness, peace and stability of the country.

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“Worse still, the brazen arrogance and bravado that characterized the PDP leadership changing of the goal post at the middle of the game portrays a bleak future for good governance, transparency and accountability for Nigeria as the principles of justice, equity and fairness do not seem to matter again because it is the turn of the South East.

“Equally shocking and saddening was the brazen betrayal and unbridled collusion of some unpatriotic Igbo sons and daughters that shamelessly and unrepentantly joined those who do not mean well for our people to deny President aspirants from the South East their support and votes.

“They worked and voted for Dollar and lucre at the expense of their fellow aspirants from the South East in brazen arrogance and disregard of the demand of the Southern Governors Forum, Southern and Middle Belt Forum, Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum, Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, Ohaneze Global, among other credible and vocal stakeholders that demanded that the Presidency be zoned to the South, and further micro zoned to the South East.

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“Except Ebonyi State, other delegates from Anambra, Abia, Enugu and Imo States and their sponsors need to explain to ndi igbo who they sold their votes to and at what cost at the expense of our collective interest of producing the President of Nigeria in 2023.”

According to him, the serial betrayals and shameless saboteurs would forever regret their unpatriotic actions against the collective interest of the Igbos.

Nwekeaku appealed to Igbos to remain calm as the forum was studying the development, and would, “certainly, take decisive actions against those betrayals and opportunists, no matter their position and caliber, to serve as a deterrent for those who are still plotting to betray the Igbos in the planned 2023 general elections.”

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He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the voter registration exercise for three months to enable every eligible Nigerian to register and participate in the next year general elections.

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“It is equally important for INEC to resume the online registration in order to decongest the already overcrowded registration centers, thus facilitating the registration of more Nigerians to participate In the democratic process of electing their leaders as it is generally believed that the application of the electronic transmission of votes as contains in the 2022 Electoral Act would make citizens’ votes count in determining the electoral victory in the country.

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“For the political parties that denied the Igbo’s presidential slot, we shall reject them completely in the general elections of 2023, as they do not deserve our votes anymore”, Nwekeaku said.

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Electoral Act: Reps React To Dismissal Of Buhari’s Suit Against National Assembly By Supreme Court

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The House of Representatives on Friday hailed the Supreme Court judgement, which struck out the suit by President Muhammadu Buhari, looking to void the provision of section 84 (12) of the Electoral Amendment Act 2022.

The Spokesperson of the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, made the commendation while speaking with NAN in Abuja.

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The court had earlier said that Buhari lacked the power to instruct the National Assembly to enact or amend an act, adding that it violated the principle of separation of power.

According to the judgement, there’s no part of the constitution that makes the exercise of legislative power subject to the directive of the President.

Kalu said the House of Reps was happy with the Supreme Court judgement, adding that the House wasn’t expecting anything less because the judges were erudite scholars.

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“This judgement is unequivocally embracing and heart-warming, it isn’t a victory for the House of Reps but a victory for the advancement of our democracy and the rule of law,” he said.

“Let us celebrate this victory, the judiciary has added its own quota to the advancement of democracy, the Electoral Act, nation-building is a joint task,” he said.

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