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PDP Vs APC: Nigerians Debate The Better Political Party

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PDP Vs APC: Nigerians Debate The Better Political Party

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling-All Progressives Congress (APC), have become a topic of discussion on social media, as Nigerians debated which is the better political party amongst them.

As seen in different tweets, while some Nigerians expressed opinions that the APC and PDP are two different political parties that doesn’t share the same ideologies, others expressed beliefs that they are birds of a feather and what Nigerians are currently experiencing is a continuation of the PDP leadership.

The PDP vs APC debate below

PDP lawmaker dumps party for APC

Stella Oduah, an APC lawmaker, on Thursday, August 26, 2021, disclosed her departure from the PDP.

Oduah, who’s representing Anambra North in the Senate, disclosed in a statement addressed to members of the public that APC was now her new party.

Reacting to the lawmaker’s defection, Dennis Ngene expressed optimism that APC will have a better chance in the forthcoming state governorship election.

PDP Vs APC: Nigerians Debate The Better Political Party

Stella Oduah

According to Ngene, a former chairman of Awka North Local Government Council, the people of Anambra State had since been yearning for connection to the politics at the centre.

“The continued defection of strong political figures and their supporters to APC was indicative of its growing popularity among the people of the state,” he added.

Atiku says crisis management is bad at APC compared to PDP

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has heaped praises on the PDP for being good at managing its internal crises.

Speaking ahead of the PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was recently held in Abuja, Atiku said the party could manage its crises more efficiently compared to the APC.

“Therefore, PDP’s internal crisis management is far efficient and far better than APC and even the APC government itself.”

While blaming the APC for the country’s setback, Atiku, who contested for president in the last general elections, also thanked the PDP leadership for resolving the party’s recent crises.

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Dele Momodu Denies Endorsing Tinubu For President, Lambasts Aides

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Dele Momodu Denies Endorsing Tinubu For President, Lambasts Aides

Ovation Magazine Publisher Chief Dele Momodu has denied endorsing former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, for the 2023 presidential race.

Momodu cited a viral article credited to him, which read partly: “If you ask me if he is a saint, I will say no. None of us is. Not even Buhari. Not you, not me. Nations are not governed by saints but by performers.”

According to the revered journalists, Tinubu’s media aides, whom he took a swipe at, have been passing off the article that dated October 26, 2019, and brandishing it as him endorsing the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain.

Momodu said even though he couldn’t identify the politician’s media aides, he could reasonably confirm that they had been “fumbling too much by being so cheap, unimaginative and jejune in their campaigns.’’

Wondering if they (the aides) had no shame that several people had publicly denied endorsing Tinubu for the 2023 presidential election, Momodu queried “an article I wrote two years ago about Tinubu has suddenly become a fresh endorsement in 2022. What chicanery is this?”

While I have tremendous respect for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his handlers have no right to engage in pure mischief by abusing our relationship. They have even made pamphlets of my article.

But unknown to them, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since I wrote the article and I have my cogent reasons for not joining the APC-President  Muhammadu Buhari’s divisiveness and the culpable silence of Tinubu and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in condoning his excesses and keeping mute in the face of barefaced tyranny.

“Southern leaders who crave to be President have failed to protect their own people from blistering attack they have endured under the Buhari government, most especially people of the South-East,” he added.

As reported on Newsrand, three days after Tinubu confirmed that he’s interested in contesting the 2023 presidential race, Momodu officially made it known that he would also like to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Why Amended Electoral Bill’s Adoption May Suffer -INEC

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Why Amended Electoral Bill's Adoption May Suffer -INEC

The adoption of the Electoral Act (2010) amendment bill may suffer a setback. This is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, who made this known explained that the 2023 general elections are around the corner.

According to the INEC chief, it was important to have the law that would guide the elections in place at least 12 to 18 months before the exercise.

His words: “The commission operates on the basis of the existing legal regime. The commission released the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections based on the extant and existing constitutional and electoral legal framework.

The commission does not operate on the basis of speculation and deductions. Yes, the commission is aware of the pendency of a bill to amend the existing legal regime. That bill is still inchoate and does not become law until it is signed by the President and or the National Assembly determines otherwise.

Hopefully, issues around the amended law will soon be resolved. It is important to have the legal regime in place at least 12 to 18 months before a major election. It is also important to resolve the issues based on the differential timelines in the existing electoral act and the one that is projected in the bill.”

The amendment, prompted by the compelling need to engender transparency, improve the electoral process and boost the credibility of elections, had generated nationwide debate, especially the need for electronic transmission of results and the contentious direct primary made mandatory for political parties.

President Muhammadu Buhari revealed in his letter to the National Assembly that the direct primary clause, inserted by the lawmakers, was the sole reason he vetoed the bill, noting that parties should have options on the mode of direct primary to adopt. “You can’t dictate to people and say you are practicing democracy,” he added.

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2023 Presidential Race: Dele Momodu Officially Declares Interest

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2023 Presidential Race: Dele Momodu Officially Declares Interest

As the 2023 presidential race stiffens, revered journalist Dele Momodu has officially declared his interest to contest the election.

He made this known on Thursday, January 13, 2022, when he met with national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu with a declaration of interest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in the 2011 election said unlike before, he is now better prepared to run.

Momodu, therefore, said he “won’t be intimidated by anyone who feels he or she can buy the whole of Nigeria with loads of cash fraudulently.”

He added: “After due consultations with my family, friends, and some stakeholders, I have arrived at the decision to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of our great party, PDP if selected as the party’s candidate.

I hasten to add that this is my personal decision, although I have received advice, encouragement, and support from diverse quarters since I started my consultations.

“I, therefore, offer myself to the PDP as the best aspirant to turn the fortunes of our esteemed party and our well-endowed country around. In this regard, and with a deep sense of humility and profound respect.

“I urge the party not to consider picking its candidate based on the usual considerations which had spectacularly failed our country in the past. The mood of the teeming youths, and indeed every patriotic Nigerian, who we need to come out en masse to vote for our party, aligns with this view.

“It is for this reason, that I invite our great party, PDP, to accept that it must search for a veritable flag bearer with the requisite leadership and visionary qualities that Nigerians now earnestly yearn for.

I’m convinced that the time has come to seriously challenge and dislodge those politicians who have held our country to ransom by kidnapping, hijacking, and destroying the future of our younger generation and generations yet unborn.

I’m better prepared now than at the time of my first foray into the fray in 2011, and I am fully ready and certainly capable for the onerous tasks and responsibilities ahead.

I wish to place on record my firm promise and commitment not to be harassed, bullied, or intimidated by anyone who feels he or she can buy the whole of Nigeria with loads of cash fraudulently and illegally filched and taken from the Nigerian people.

Prior to the announcement of Momodu, former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu had informed Buhari of his interest to succeed him.

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