APC To INEC: Delist PDP’s Candidate For Zamfara Governorship Election Immediately
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately delete the Zamfara Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the March 11, 2023 governorship election immediately.
The FidelinfoNews reports that Justice Aminu Aliyu of Federal High Court, Gusau had, on Friday ruled that the PDP governorship primary election in Zamfara State conducted on 25th May 2022 was in flagrant violation of Section 50(2) (b) & (3) of the constitution of the PDP 2017 (as amended).
But the APC National Vice Chairman, North-west, Dr. Salihu Lukman in a statement issued Tuesday, said the order of the Federal High Court asked the PDP to conduct a valid primary election under the supervision of INEC for the enlistment of its candidate for the 2023 general election.
Lukman in the statement said with the judgement, PDP has no candidate for the March 11, 2023 governorship election in the state.
He added, “PDP and any considered candidate for the party for 2023 governorship election should only be enlisted if provisions of the PDP 2017 constitution as amended and provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 are met as directed by Honourable Justice Aminu B. Aliyu.”
“Therefore, in addition to delisting PDP and its 2023 governorship candidate for Zamfara State as directed by the order of the Federal High Court, Gusau, INEC must take every step to ensure that PDP’s conduct of disrespect for its own rules is not allowed to pollute the 2023 elections.”
Lukman alleged that by its conduct, PDP was only working to win the 2023 elections through rigging.
The APC Chieftain pointed out that PDP as a party that manages its internal contests in breach of its own rules could only win elections by unfair and illegal means.
The member of the National Working Committee noted that Nigerian democracy has come of age, stressing that PDP must not be allowed to take Nigeria back to the dark period of unfair and illegal determination of election results based on the imposition of candidates and winners of the election.
Lukman called on INEC and all patriotic Nigerians, especially APC leaders in the North-West, as well as APC candidates for the 2023 elections at all levels to be vigilant to stop the PDP from attempting to impose their ‘candidates’ as winners.
Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead
Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.
Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”
As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.
He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.
Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.
A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.
The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.
Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.
He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.
Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.
He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.
The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.
Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.
He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.
“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”
“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”
JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend
As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.
Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)
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