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APC Governors Meet Behind Closed-door

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APC Governors Meets In Closed Door

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held a closed-door meeting on Sunday night in Abuja.

Meeting under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) were the host governor and chairman of the group, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, his counterparts from Kwara, Imo, Borno, Ebonyi, Lagos, and Zamfara.

Others were governors of Niger, Ogun, Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa, Katsina, Plateau, Ekiti, Jigawa, and the Kano States.

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As of 10:00 p.m., their counterparts from Osun, Yobe, Gombe, and the Kaduna States were still being expected.

According to reports, the meeting was expected to, among other things, discuss the party’s forthcoming National Convention, its zoning arrangement, direct primary, and other issues.

The PGF at its meeting of. Nov. 9 had said that adopting direct primaries by political parties would overstretch the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The National Assembly adopted Section 87 of the amended electoral bill currently awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.

That section stipulates mandatory direct primaries for all political parties.

However, at PGF last meeting, the Chair, Bagudu said that INEC’s decision to make it mandatory for political parties to elect their candidates for elective positions through direct primaries was undemocratic.

According to him, it will limit the party’s ability to choose their desired options.

Direct primaries involve the participation of all party members in the selection of candidates, while indirect primaries involve the use of delegates who are mostly leaders and executives at the ward, local government, and state levels to elect the party’s candidates at congress or convention.

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2023 Presidential Race: PDP Endorses Saraki

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2023 Presidential Race: PDP Endorses Saraki

The Federal Capital Territory chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, December 4, 2021, endorsed former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as its preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Saraki’s adoption came on the heels of similar endorsements by the Benue, Nasarawa, and Niger states chapters within the last seven days.

Shortly before the announcement, party leaders from the FCT observed that the PDP needs a candidate from the North Central to win the 2023 Presidency.

They argued that the North Central zone deserves a shot at the presidency because, despite the immense sacrifice made by sons and daughters of the zone in order to build the PDP, restore and sustain democracy since 1999, no one from the zone has been considered for the top job.

During the endorsement meeting, a chieftain of the party from the FCT, Alhaji Ogah Doma, moved the motion for the adoption of Saraki as the choice of the North Central for the PDP Presidential ticket; the motion was seconded and unanimously adopted by all present.

Those at the meeting included PDP stalwarts such as the FCT PDP chairman, Sunday Zakka, Senator Sulaiman Adokwe, and Dr Musa Ahmadu amongst others.

Newsrand, however, understands that those that are currently jostling for the PDP ticket include; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Bala Mohammed (Sokoto).

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JUST IN: PDP Leaders Hold Closed-door Meeting With Orji Kalu

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JUST IN: PDP Leaders Hold Closed-door Meeting With Orji Kalu

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, on Thursday, December 2, 2021, received newly elected officials of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his Aso Rock, Abuja residence.

The team was led by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu alongside other newly elected officials of the party.

Anyanwu, a former Senator, and other newly elected officials of the PDP arrived at the residence of the Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District.

Anyanwu who wore a navy blue native attire was welcomed by Kalu’s associates and then led straight with his executives to meet the principal officer of the upper chamber.

On sighting one another, both men engaged in pleasantries and embraced each other then proceeded for an indoor meeting.

As the meeting progressed, other executives of the party arrived in turns at Kalu’s residence to join the meeting.

The visit comes amidst strong talks that the former Abia State governor was being positioned for the 2023 presidency to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kalu, a founding member of the PDP, formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), In 2016

He contested and won the 2019 Senatorial election.

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Soludo’s Election

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Soludo's Election

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the case against the election of Prof. Charles Soludo as the Governor-elect of Anambra State.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the dismissed suit sought to nullify Soludo’s election on the allegation that he presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during registration.

The plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine, and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, had in their suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, alleged that Soludo lied in the affidavit (Form EC9), which he submitted to INEC.

INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo, and the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, were cited as defendants in the suit.

The plaintiffs claimed that Soludo and his running mate had filled in different elective positions in their nomination forms.

The parties claimed the governor-elect stated that he was contesting the Aguata II Constituency seat, while the deputy governor-elect stated that he was contending for the Awka II Constituency seat in the forms they submitted to INEC.

The court also awarded a sum of N2 million against the plaintiffs, in favour of the APGA, Soludo, and Ibezim.

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