Atiku Vows To Change Nigeria’s Security Architecture
Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has promised that, if voted into office next month, his administration would change the security architecture in the country and grow the economy.
Atiku spoke at a campaign rally in Delta State, held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, while Tinubu made his remarks in Abia State.
The PDP candidate recalled that between 1999 and 2015, the party grew Nigeria’s economy and made it the largest in Africa. He accused the current APC administration in the country of destroying with its inept leadership what PDP had built.
Atiku said with adequate security and the right economic policies, a PDP administration led by him would attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that would grow the country’s economy. He said the security of the country was paramount, because no nation could develop without security.
The former vice president told Deltans that his team was not in the state to campaign, but, “We are here to show our gratitude and appreciation, to say that we are with you in all respects, because of the support we have received from you from 1999 to date.”
He stated, “All through my political journey, Delta State has always supported me and I want to promise you that I shall not betray the trust of Delta and the entire Niger Delta.
“That is why in my modest appreciation, I chose one of you as my vice presidential candidate and you know that a running mate is always a stepping stone.
“Therefore, it is up to you to show your support by giving Governor Okowa the massive support to enable us to rescue and rebuild our dear country.”
Atiku earlier held a meeting with traditional rulers in Delta State at their secretariat in Asaba. He assured them that if elected, he would ensure that a clear constitutional role was given to monarchs in the country.
On his policy document, the PDP presidential standard bearer stated that his administration would pay attention to developing the education sector, and promised that under his watch, strikes by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would be eradicated.
The PDP vice presidential candidate and governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, said Atiku knew how to address the socio-economic challenges bedevilling the country. Okowa urged the people to vote for the party.
National Chairman of PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, congratulated Deltans for the choice of Okowa as the vice presidential candidate and lauded previous governors of the state for their contributions to the growth and development of the state.
The rally recorded the defection of many APC members in the state, including the state secretary, Chief Nick Ovuakporie, to PDP.
Dino Melaye Wins PDP Guber Ticket
Dino Melaye has been selected as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for the Kogi State governorship election.
The former senator who served as Kogi West’s representative in the National Assembly will contest the Kogi Gubernatorial, which is set for November 11, 2023.
Dino received 313 votes, defeating Jabiru Usman, who received 127 votes and was his closest challenger.
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At the conclusion of the indirect primary conducted in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, on Sunday, Ahmed Makarfi, the chairman of the PDP primary Election Committee, declared the outcomes.
Yomi Awoniyi, a former deputy governor, received 77 votes, and Musa Wada, the PDP’s candidate for governor in 2019, received 56 votes.
Dino will run in the November 11, 2023 election with Usman Ododo, a former Kogi State Auditor General of Local Government and candidate for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state. Yahaya Bello, the current governor, had backed Ododo a few days earlier.
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INEC Lists Electoral Offenders For Prosecution
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is set to prosecute over 200 persons arrested for various electoral offences during the just concluded general elections.
Already, the Nigeria Police Force has transferred over 50 case files of electoral offences to the electoral umpire.
Giving updates on the number of case files INEC offices across the country had received from the police and how many electoral offenders had been handed over to it, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, told Saturday PUNCH in an exclusive interview on Friday, “The commission has received over 50 case files from the police authorities. There are over 200 accused persons set for prosecution.
“The commission has directed its Litigation and Prosecution Department to study the files and advise it on the prosecution. The department has since commenced action and as soon as it finishes, it will revert to the commission accordingly.”
On March 13, 2023, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, directed commissioners of police in charge of state commands to ensure investigation in all cases of violation of the Electoral Act during the February 25, 2023 presidential and National Assembly polls.
The IG directed them to swiftly conclude investigation and forward the case files to INEC for prosecution.
On March 14, the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission was setting up a legal team to deal with cases of electoral offenders during the February 25 presidential and National Assembly polls.
On March 28, Baba directed that all electoral offences case files should be submitted to the Commissioner of Police in charge of the legal unit.
This, according to him, is to enable central collation and coordinated processing to the legal unit of INEC preparatory to the commencement of the prosecution process.
He gave an assurance that the NPF would collaborate with the INEC leadership in ensuring that all electoral offenders were expeditiously and transparently prosecuted not only in the interest of criminal justice, but in furtherance of the police’s vision of sanitising its electoral space.
Baba spoke at a meeting with strategic police managers of the NPF comprising deputy inspectors-general of police and members of the force management team, assistant inspectors-general of police, commissioners of police and other tactical commanders in Abuja.