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Defamation: Apologise In 48 Hours Or Risk Court Action- Kwara REC Tells PDP

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Malam Garba Attairu Madami, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kwara State, has requested an official apology from the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, within 48 hours for alleged character defamation.

Garba told reporters in Ilorin on Monday that if the party does not issue a public apology in the print and electronic media within 48 hours commencing today, Monday, he will seek redress in court.”

” I am giving Kwara PDP forty-eight hours for a public apology in print and electronic media of which after expiration, I will take a legal action for defamation of character and assassination of my integrity built over 40 years and has been one of my life proven here in Kwara since assumption of office, July 25th,2018.”

Reacting to allegations levelled by the spokesman of the PDP, Prince Tunji Moronfoye, in which the Resident Electoral Commissioner was alleged to have collected N300m from the ruling APC government of Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, to manipulate the 2023 general elections in the state, Garba, described it as “unfounded, baseless and a pack of lies, therefore, ”I demand proof of the allegations and evidence.”

He also described another allegation where he was quoted to have said at a management meeting of the commission that ” I totally hate Saraki and will do anything in my power to stop him in Kwara State” as totally false, lies with intent to defame his integrity and name.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner further denied the accusation of importing IVED machines from Niger State to Kwara for the registration of voters.

He explained that at the last meeting of resident electoral commissioners on June 9th,2022, with INEC Commissioners, to review the continuous voters’ registration, CVR, and Permanent Voters Card, PVC collection and challenges, he joined most of the RECs who complained about inadequate IVED machines and the surge of the crowd in the last-minute rush to register.

” I requested three IVED machines for large Local Government Areas based on Kwara registration data available to me, Ilorin West, Asa, and Baruten. Other RECs collected between 4-15 IVED machines,” he added.

On the call for his redeployment from the state by the PDP, Garba said that remains the prerogative of the INEC led by the chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

He assured the people of Kwara State that INEC under his watch will conduct free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful elections come 2023, as ” I am for everyone in Kwara and not for any individual.”

The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, Prince Tunji Moronfoye, on Thursday, alleged among others that at a clandestine meeting between the resident electoral commissioner and the Kwara State governor, N300m changed hands in connection with the impending 2023 general elections.

Moronfoye, also alleged that at a management meeting of the commission, Garba was quoted to have said ” I totally hate Saraki and will do anything in my power to stop him in Kwara state and that he went to Niger State to bring IVED machines to Kwara for registration of voters in the state

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2023 Presidency: Your Time Is Not Now, Dino Melaye Tells Peter Obi

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Dino Melaye, a former senator from Kogi West, has explained why he thinks Peter Obi, the nominee of the Labour Party (LP), will not be able to win the 2023 presidential election.

He claimed that bringing the nation’s ethnic groupings together was more crucial than Obi’s plan to reduce the cost of governance, which he had heard throughout Obi’s campaigning.

Dino told Obi to wait for his time in a video that was posted on his verified social media accounts sighted by our correspondent

According to him, Peter Obi is one of the best Nigerians. He is administratively astute and intellectually adaptable. He is a great Nigerian and has a great chance of becoming Nigeria’s president soon.

“I celebrate you Peter Obi, and I celebrate your movement. I celebrate your conscientisation of the Nigerian youth and the public on governance.

“But I want to advise, your time is not now because you’ve to wait for your time. I’ve listened to your postulations. I’ve listened to your arguments, deliveries and campaigns, and 90% of your campaign is dwelling on reducing the cost of governance.

“The problem of this country is beyond just cutting the cost of governance… You don’t need to become governance before you can cut the cost of governance. If you’ve a very effective Minister of Finance, budget and planning, CBN governor and chairman of the Economic team, you can cut governance with the operation of the president.

“What we need today in Nigeria is to unify this country. The country is so much divided.. There’s no trust between the North and the South.”

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Presidential Aspirant Collapses Structure To Join Peter Obi’s Labour Party

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The FidelinfoNews reports that the support for the presidential ambition of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has received a boost as a presidential aspirant of the National Rescue Movement collapses his structure into the party.

LP in a post on its Twitter account on Wednesday evening revealed that Martin Agbaso and his supporters, Emeka Mandela, a presidential aspirant aligned with Obi’s ambition.

According to the party, the presidential organisation of Mandela officially collapsed into Labour Party for the former Governor of Anambra State.

This is coming at a time LP is working on merging with the New Nigeria Peoples Party and its presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso ahead of the 2023 race.

Obi and Kwankwaso have met on the possibility of merging to push out the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

However, there seems to be a stumbling block as no presidential candidate is ready to step down to be the other’s, running mate.

Announcing the development on Wednesday, the party wrote, “Labour Party today welcomed new members to our great party. New members include Chief Martin Agbaso & His Supporters, Dr Emeka Mandela (Presidential Aspirant of National Rescue Movement -NRM) who’s a presidential organization officially collapsed into the Labour Party for Peter Obi.”

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2023 Election: Atiku Speaks As Fayose Drums Support For Southern Presidency

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The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP Presidential aspirants, Atiku Abubakar has responded to the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who suggested that the region should produce the next president in 2023.

Recall that The FidelinfoNews had earlier reported that Fayose reportedly suggested on Wednesday that the PDP should allow for power rotation

He claims that the PDP’s constitution allows for a rotating president.

In response, Atiku’s media advisor, Paul Ibe, stated that the PDP presidential candidate will keep making appeals to resentful people before the 2023 election.

He told Premium Times, “It is normal for our people to be aggrieved but the PDP has a way of resolving issues like this and that will be done and we all shall be happy.

Because the bigger challenge is winning the election, kicking out the APC and stopping them from the many years of impoverishing our people.”

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