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BREAKING: Senate Confirms Longpet As INEC REC

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the candidacy of Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet (Plateau) for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) (INEC).

The Upper Chamber also said it would assess the seven cabinet nominations forwarded to it on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari next Wednesday.

Following the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters’ review of a report, Longpet was confirmed.

In his presentation, the committee’s chairman, Senator Kabiru Gaya (Kano South), stated that Longpet’s nomination was made in accordance with Section 154(1) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He disclosed the nominee, while appearing before the Committee for screening, gave explanations regarding his personal life, work experiences, suitability, competence and integrity for appointment as Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He said members of the Committee commended the nominee’s impressive Curriculum Vitae and satisfactory answers to the questions posed.

The nominee was, thereafter, confirmed by the Upper Chamber.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, has said that the seven ministerial nominees forwarded to the chamber by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation would be screened on Wednesday next week.

Lawan disclosed this shortly before the Senate adjourned plenary.

“The ministerial nominees will be screened on Wednesday, next week”, he said.

Buhari, in a letter dated June 15, 2022, requested the Senate to confirm the nomination of seven ministerial nominees.

He said the confirmation request was made in accordance with Section 147(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

The nominees for confirmation include: Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh – Abia State; Umana Okon Umana – Akwa Ibom State; Ekumankama Joseph Nkama- Ebonyi State; and Goodluck Nanah Opiah – Imo State.

Others are Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub – Kano State; Ademola Adewole Adegoroye – Ondo State; and Odum Udi – Rivers State.

The nominees are expected to be screened individually by the upper chamber during the plenary.BREAKING: Senate Confirms Longpet As INEC REC

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PDP crisis: Wike Must Support Okowa To Emerge – Camp

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Ifeanyi Okowa, the vice presidential running mate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that the governor of Delta State will cooperate with Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State.

According to reports, Wike and certain PDP leaders are unhappy with Okowa’s selection as the party’s vice presidential candidate.

Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, formed a committee to choose his running partner as soon as he emerged.

Wike, who finished second in the PDP presidential primary poll in Abuja, was the candidate chosen by the committee.

But, Atiku had ignored the committee’s recommendation and opted for Okowa as his running mate.

Atiku’s decision is believed to have aggrieved Wike and other party chieftains.

However, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, assured that Okowa needs Wike’s support ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Aniagwu assured that Okowa would work with other leaders in the south to get votes for the PDP.

The Commissioner said, “Okowa will work with other leaders in the south and across the country to galvanize the voters. He (Okowa) believes that to have an inroad in Rivers State, for example, he will need leaders led by Wike to get the votes.

“Okowa will work with Wike very well. Okowa will also reach out to our brothers and sisters in the South-West and in the South-East, which is already happening. The challenge at hand is not a one-man show.

“Beyond members of our party, Nigerians believe that the PDP should get it right as the major option for the people ahead of the 2023 general election.”

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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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