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INEC Fixes Six By-elections For February 26 In Four States

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday fixed February 26, 2022 for the conduct of by-elections for six constituencies in four states.

The commission also warned political parties against nominating unqualified candidates for the polls.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye announced this in a statement in Abuja.

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The six pending by-elections are Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency, Ondo State; Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, Plateau State; Pankshin South State Constituency, Plateau State; Ogoja/and Yala Federal Constituency, Cross River State.

Others are Akpabuyo State Constituency, Cross River State and Ngor-Okpala State Constituency, Imo State.

The elections would take place two weeks after the Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Okoye said the decision to conduct the by-elections immediately after the FCT poll was to enable the Commission to clear most of the polls and focus on the Ekiti, Osun Governorship elections and ongoing preparations for the 2023 general election.

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According to him, some of the vacancies arose as a result of the death of the previous occupants, substantial disruption of the electoral process and fulfillment of constitutional and legal requirements in the electoral process.

Okoye said the commission considered the issues that led to the vacancies and the rescheduling of some of the elections as well as the security situation in some of the states.

In view of this, Okoye said the commission would combine the Ekiti East 1 State constituency election with the governorship election in the state, scheduled for June 18, 2022.

He said, “The commission is consulting with security agencies and the critical stakeholders relating to the vacancy in Shinkafi State Constituency of Zamfara State while the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly has not declared vacancy in relation to Giwa State Constituency of Kaduna State.

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“The official notification for the elections will be published on Monday, January 24, 2022. Political Parties shall conduct their primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries between January 26, and February 5, 2022 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on February 9, 2022 and this must be done through the Commission’s online nomination portal.

“Political Parties shall submit the names of their Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officer of the Local Government on or before February 12, 2022 and campaigns by Political parties shall stop on February 24, 2022. The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from February 5, 2022 at the Commission’s Headquarters.”

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The PUNCH reports that he advised parties to conduct transparent and valid direct or indirect primaries in accordance with the dictates of sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended)

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“Political parties must note that the aspirant with the highest number of votes at the end of voting shall be declared the winner of the primary of the party and the aspirant’s name shall be forwarded to the Commission as the candidate of the party.

“Political parties that present to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000.00.

“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms”, he stated.

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New Nigeria That Works For All, My Dream – Presidential Aspirant

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Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, a presidential aspirant and convener of The New Nigeria Group (NNG) says his passionate dream is to have a Nigeria that works for the poor and the rich, the weak and the strong if given opportunity to pilot affairs of this country.

He said the Nigeria of today is not working for all categories of persons but just for some few set of persons who, according to him, do not care if others exist.

Mazi Ohuabunwa who is aspiring for the presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, disclosed this in Benin on Wednesday while on a consultation visit to leadership of the PDP in Edo State.

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According to the erstwhile Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group(NESG) and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria(MAN), he had met with national chairman of the PDP and other Board of Trustees members of the party to make them known that he is on rescue mission, adding that God may likely use the PDP to rescue this nation from the present mess.

While re-emphasizing that God has destined him to rescue Nigeria, the presidential aspirant urged the PDP to take the 2023 presidential election serious, adding that it is only that his dream of rescuing the nation would be fulfilled.

“The PDP needs to be serious about 2023 because God is calling us as leaders to take this job seriously. The job of leading Nigeria out of economic morass, social equilibrium, etc.

“I have come to be part of the rescue mission that is so urgently and badly needed; to stop the drift in this nation. A country where people’s lives have become so short, people are killed and it is as if they are ants, flies or mosquitoes. Nobody cares about that.

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“My destiny is working how to salvage our nation. God told me you have a mandate to go and birth a new Nigeria. A Nigeria that will be globally competitive; a first world country.

“God says build a nation that will work for all; a nation that will work for the North, work for the South, work for the East, work for the West, work for the poor, work for the rich, work the strong and work for the weak.

“This nation is not working for everybody, it is working for only few persons, some persons do not know other people exist in this country, they care for themselves alone,” he added.

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Welcoming the aspirant to the Edo State secretariat of the PDP in Benin, state chairman of the party, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi said, “with somebody like this, I am sure the PDP will get it right, because you have what it takes to get us out of this mess that the APC led adminstration has brought us in.”

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2023 Presidency: Miyetti Allah Denies Backing Tinubu To Succeed Buhari

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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.

The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.

MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.

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The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.

The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.

“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.

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“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.

On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.

On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims to scuttle the APC leader’s bid.

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Surgeons Gave Me Scary News, Pray For Me, Metuh Begs Nigerians

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Olisa Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has pleaded with Nigerians to pray for him over his health.

Metuh took to Facebook page sharing a picture of him on a sick bed, as he revealed he had to undertake many surgeries last year.

His post read , “In the last one year, I have had many surgeries and procedures and I’m believing God this will be my last.

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“No matter how angry you have been about my outspokenness or outright naked challenge to power back then, please pray for me.

“The cankerworm had eaten deeply into my health, it has not been easy with me and I’ve only remained whole through the mercies of God.”

The PDP chieftain said he received scary news from his surgeons but hopes that God would heal him.

I got some scary news from the surgeons today, but my faith remains in God Almighty and with your prayers and by His stripes I am healed and would remain whole in Jesus name,” Metuh said.

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DAILY POST recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Metuh in 2016 on seven counts of money laundering for allegedly receiving N400million from the national security adviser’s office.

In February 2020, Judge Okong Abang declared Metuh guilty on all counts of money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

In March 2020, Metuh, through his counsel, filed an appeal and was freed from Kuje prison in December 2020. He was granted N250m bail.

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