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APC ‘ll Defeat Obaseki, PDP In Edo – National Scribe

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Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Edo and Ondo States, the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Ajibola Basiru has disclosed the party will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo state.

He also declared that Ondo State is an APC state and no political party would dislodge it’s from the seat it from the seat of power.

Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on Friday, he said everyone was surprised with the manner the party dealt with the aftermath of its primary election in the state, saying all stakeholders are on the page ahead of the poll.

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Our candidate for the poll in Edo was a PDP member but when he cross to the APC, he delivered his senatorial district for the APC for the first time in many years and we won another seat with Labour winning the third one.

“We are confident that we are going to send Godwin Obaseki and his annointed candidate out of the government house by the grace of God in the September 21 election.

“People thought we were already in for Armageddon in Edo State but within a week, we were able to resolve the matter amicably”.

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With regards to Ondo State, the former legislator disclosed that it is a one party state, adding that the only contest is that of selection of candidate within the party.

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“Ondo State is a one party state, it’s a state of our party, so the struggle is actually about getting the APC ticket, the moment we someone picked the APC ticket, we are home and this is not a boastful venture.

“Go and check the House of Assembly result, check National Assembly election results. And just like we did with Edo state, we are going to manage whatever crisis that will come out of the selection process in a very matured and cordial manner.

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“We must give kudos to the leadership role being played by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in giving moral authority to ensure that whatever crisis brew up within the party is nipped in the bud.

“For me, PDP is a dead political party in Nigeria”, he added.

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Edo Guber: Oshiomhole Advocates Peaceful Election As APC Inaugurates Campaign Council

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The Edo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday inaugurated its governorship Campaign Council with the charge to members and supporters of the part work for the victory of the APC candidate.

Inaugurating the members of the campaign council which is made up of 36 directorates, a former governor of the state Senator representing Edo North at the red chamber, Comrade Asams Oshiomhole, expressed confidence on the caliber of persons in the council.

He opined that the APC is poised to dethroning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from power in Edo State democratically, adding that “the APC is fielding a candidate with minimum words but maximum wisdom.

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He said: “We are going to win this election democratically. We are campaigning for peaceful election and that is what democracy is all about.

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“The campaign is operation win your unit, ward, local government and senatorial district. Talk to your uncle, nephew, neighbour who is a member of APC, and who has a son who is in APC.

‘We want to win this election democratically without violence. We are campaigning for peaceful change of government. That is what democracy is all about”, he submitted.

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Speaking also, the Director-General of the campaign council, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide, thanked the party for the confidence reposed on the council.

He tasked members of the campaign council to work assiduous for the victory of the APC candidates, noting that “we have a job to do as we are fighting th replacement that the governor wants to impose on us”.

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While appealing to aggrieved members of the party to shield their swords and work for the success of the party in the election, Sen. Urhoghide, admonished the APC candidates to shun any avoidable distraction from friends and relatives.

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Earlier in his brief address, the acting State Chairman of the APC, Emperor Jarrett Tenebe, expressed confidence ob the composition of the campaign council.

He said that the state has never been polarised as obtainable currently, arguing that the state government has brought more hardship to the people than the way he met them.

On his party, the APC governorship candidate, Sen. Monday Okpebholo, promised to bring inclusive governance to the people.

Those who attended the inauguration include former deputy governors of the state, Hon. Pius Odubu, Mr. Lucky Imasuen, Gen Charles Airiavhere.

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Others were former speaker of the state house of Assembly, Hon. Justin Okonebo, Hon. Gani Audu, Hon. Chris Okaebe, former APC chairman, Col. David Imuse (rtd), Hon. Osaro Obazee, Mr. Lawrence Okah, Edo State APC Secretary and Hon. Frank Ilaboya.

 

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Ondo Poll: INEC Publishes Candidates’ Final List, Fixes Date For Campaigns

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday released the final list of candidates for the Ondo State governorship poll.

The agency also fixed June 19, as the date for the commencement of public campaigns for the election scheduled to take place on November 16, 2024.

Seventeen political parties fielded candidates, but notably, no female candidates were among the governorship candidates.

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However, one candidate from the African Democratic Congress is a paraplegic.

According to the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, the commission’s publication followed the replacement of candidates by two political parties, the New Nigeria Peoples Party and the Social Democratic Party, which conducted fresh primaries by the June 10 deadline.

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Additionally, five parties; African Action Congress, the Action Democratic Party, the Peoples Democratic Party, the Peoples Redemption Party, and the Zenith Labour Party replaced their running mates only.

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The final list, available at INEC’s Akure office and online, includes detailed information on the candidates’ age and academic qualifications.

“The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Ondo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in the State and Local Government offices.

“In line with the provision of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, two political parties conducted fresh primaries to replace their earlier nominated candidates and their running mates by the deadline of June 10, 2024. The parties are the New Nigeria Peoples Party and the Social Democratic Party, while five only replaced their running mates. They are the African Action Congress, the Action Democratic Party, the Peoples Democratic Party, the Peoples Redemption Party and the Zenith Labour Party.

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“Overall, seventeen political parties are fielding candidates for the election. No political party has nominated a female candidate while one candidate nominated by the African Democratic Congress is a person with disability (a paraplegic). The final list also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age and academic qualifications.

“The list has been published at our office in Akure and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information,” Olumekun said.

As public campaigning begins on June 19, 2024, INEC has emphasised the need for civility and adherence to legal guidelines, urging parties to avoid incitement, violence, and voter inducement.

The national commissioner added that campaigns will run until midnight on November 14, 2024, just two days before the election on November 16.

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He said, “With the publication of the final list of candidates, the next activity is an electioneering campaign. As provided by Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, campaigns by political parties in public shall commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day and end 24 hours before that day.

“Therefore, political parties are now permitted to start the campaign in public from Wednesday, June 19, 2024, and end at midnight on Thursday, November 14, 2024, as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.

“As parties commence this critical phase of the election, the Commission once again reminds candidates, agents and their supporters of the provision of the law and the Commission’s guidelines governing such activity.

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“For emphasis, parties shall conduct their campaigns with civility and decorum.”

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Release Young People Arrested During ENDSARS Protest, Shehu Sani Appeals To Tinubu [VIDEO]

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Senator Shehu Sani has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to pardon the young protesters arrested and still being detained over the #EndSARS protest in 2020.

In 2020, some Nigerian youths had taken to the streets to protest against police brutality and the situation in the country. The protest led to attacks on police stations, formations, and officers across the country.

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While some of the arrested protesters were released, others are believed to continue being held up in various police stations.

While speaking at the Democracy day Presidential dinner held at the State House Conference Centre Abuja, Sani said those who took part in the protest should also be considered as champions of democracy.

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