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Exclusive: PDP unveils disqualified Presidential aspirants

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The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday in Abuja disqualified two of the 17 presidential aspirants it screened.

Chairman of the Screening Committee, Senator David Mark, disclosed this to journalists shortly after the conclusion of the exercise at Legacy House, Abuja, at 7pm.

Facts have emerged on the presidential aspirants disqualified by the Presidential Screening Committee of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A reliable source within the party has revealed the two aspirants disqualified.

The two allegedly disqualified presidential aspirants are Cosmos Ndukwe and Chinwendu Kanu.

Ndukwe was a former commissioner in Abia State while Kanu is a one-time Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly.

The PDP source described both men as “bogus aspirants” who did not meet up with the requirements for the position they were contesting for, leading to their disqualification and forfeiture of the N40 million each of them paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms.

The screening exercise focused on the verification of the 17 aspirants’ membership and financial status, academic credentials, and other requirements for a presidential candidate as spelled out in the PDP and Nigerian constitutions.

Those who scaled through the screening exercise include former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; former Senate Presidents, Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim; former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; Bauchi and Sokoto State Governors, Bala Mohammed and Aminu Tambuwal.

Others are Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; OVATION Publisher, Dele Momodu; former banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; pharmacist, Sam Ohabunwa, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom; and the only female presidential aspirant, Olivia Tariela.

Equally successfully screened are former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose; and a lawyer, Charles Okwudili.

Chairman of the Screening Committee, Senator David Mark affirmed that the report of the screening will be transmitted to the PDP National Working Committee for consideration today.

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Jubilation As Kwaran Emerges Chancellor Of UK Varsity

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Mrs Yekemi Otaru (née Awoseyin) on her installation as the chancellor of University of West Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Mrs Otaru, an entrepreneur known for her mentorship programme and support for women in many third world countries, is the daughter of Dr Raphael Sunday Awoseyin from Ayedun town of Oke Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State.

In a statement obtained by The FidelinfoNews issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, the statement reads:

“We express our congratulations to Mrs Yekemi Otaru, her family, and the Oke Ero community on this historic feat. We are proud to see another Kwaran becoming a historic figure that is celebrated for her accomplishments and her commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion,” the Governor said.

“We believe that Mrs Otaru’s story, and similar ones like hers, will continue to inspire younger ones to succeed at what they do and commit to greater ideals in the service of humanity.”

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Osun: Make Provision For Disabilities, APC Tells INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to offer provision for voters with impairments as the Osun governorship election approaches (PWD).

The party’s National Leader for Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs), Hon. Tolu Bankole, in a statement obtained on Friday, told INEC to show demonstrable improvement on election day by making sure those who have one physical challenge or the other can vote without hassles on July 16.

While commending INEC for the voter education and sensitization training for visually impaired voters on the use of Braille Ballots ahead of the Osun 2022 election, Bankole noted that the commission must allay the fears of people with special needs and assure them that Osun would be an improvement on “the noticable flaws” witnessed in the recently held Ekiti election.

According to him, for an election to be credible, its process must be well understood by the electorates irrespective of their status.

He stated, therefore, that the votes of Persons With Disabilities, considering their huge numbers, must count on election day.

To guarantee the inclusion of the physically challenged in the election, the APC National Working Committee (NWC) member, advised INEC to address issues bothering on: absence of braille easy language; lack sign language interpreters at polling units; lack of dedicated queue for the physically challenged; restriction of vehicular movements on election day among others.

He enjoined INEC to justify the inclusion of persons living with disability in the Electoral Act by improving on the noticeable flaws in the Ekiti gubernatorial election.

He called on all eligible PWDs voters in Osun to go out en masse and vote, without fear of molestation and harassment, saying the new electoral law has paved the way for them o be incorporated into the electoral process.

 

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AbdulRazaq Congratulates Offa-Born Laws Scholar On Professorial Rank

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Offa-born law scholar Yusuf Abdulrasheed Musa on his elevation to the rank of a full professor of law at the University of Abuja.

In a statement on Friday, the Governor commended Professor Abdulrasheed for being a good inspiration to current and upcoming generations, saying the elevation was deserving and a pointer to greater things ahead.

“I congratulate our brother and a distinguished Kwaran, Prof. Yusuf Abdulrasheed, on this academic accomplishment. His story is a fine example of how hard work, determination, brilliance, and being steadfast in one’s belief in God can make all the difference in the life of a man,” the Governor said in the statement.

“We especially appreciate the law professor for being a promoter of dialogue and peace back home. We pray Allah to continue to protect the law scholar and grant him good health and long life to reap the fruits of his labour.”

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