Atiku Copies Tinubu’s Model On Campaign Advisers
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has copied the campaign model of his All Progressives Congress APC, counterpart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Atiku released a comprehensive list of its Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) with 520 members including those on Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike’s camp that had said they were not going to be part of the effort.
The PCC is led by Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the Chairman while Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State that belongs to the Wike camp is the Vice Chairman of the Campaign Organisation in the south and Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed is the Vice Chairman North and the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu is the Vice Chairman North Central.
Others are the Standard bearer of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his Deputy, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as well as the Board of Trustees Chairman, Senator Adolphus Wabara.
Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal is the Director General of the campaign while former governor of Cross River State, Lyel Imoke is the Deputy Director General Operations and Professor Adewale Oladipo is the Deputy Director General Administration and Chairman of DAAR Communication, Raymond Dokpesi is the Deputy Director General Technical and Systems. Former National Chairman of the party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo is the Deputy Director General Research and Strategy.
The document which was signed by Umar Mohammed Bature, the National Organising Secretary listed every other person on the list as members including the Former Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Few hours after Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu coopted fellow presidential aspirants and listed them on the council as advisers Atiku Abubakar also toed the line appointing advisers.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan (Senior Adviser, Strategic Planning); Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (Adviser, Infrastructure); Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Adviser, Contact and Mobilization); Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Ken Nnamani and Chief Ikeobasi Mokelu as some of the Campaign Patrons; Senators Rochas Okorocha and Ahmad Zani Yarima as members of the local government directorate.
Atiku immediately also appointed Saraki, Secondus and others whom he has appointed as ordinary members before as Advisers.
He appointed former Senate Presidents, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as Special Envoy to the presidential candidate and Senator Pius Anyim, as Special Adviser.
Also appointed as Special Advisers are former governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Senator Ehigie Uzamere.
Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, was also appointed as Technical Adviser to the presidential candidate.
Binani Applauds Decision To Declare Adamawa Gubernatorial Election Inconclusive
The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa State, Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru, popularly known as Binani, has applauded the Independent National Election Commission for its decision to declare the gubernatorial election in the state as inconclusive.
Fidel Info reports that The 18th of March election was declared inconclusive on the 20th of March by the state collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Muhammadu Mele of the University of Maiduguri, due to the irregularities in the votes margin.
The incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri and the candidate of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 421,524, while Binani polled 390,275.
He said, “Elections were not held in 47 wards, affecting 69 polling units. So, this gives us a margin of 31,249. The total number of PVCs collected in places where elections were not held amounted to 37,016.”
Binani alleged that violence and irregularities were recorded in 16 of the 21 local government areas (LGAs) in the state, hence the decision to declare the elections inconclusive was just.
“My position is that the INEC REC did very well by declaring the result inconclusive and my reasons are simple,” she said on Friday during a monitored programme on Channels Television .
“Whoever saw or monitored the election of Adamawa State knows that the election was marred with violence, rigging, over-voting and all manner of irregularities.”
“The figures that were deposed were really, as far as I’m concerned, concocted figures.”
According to her, several of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) devices were bypassed, allowing for over-voting and intimidation of electoral staff in a number of locations.
“[For instance] if the BVAS accredited only 10 people, you’ll find out that over 30 people must have voted. That is part of irregularities,” she added.
According to her, the only way for the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) to “come out clean” was to declare that result inconclusive.
Citing the Electoral Act, she argued that INEC has the powers to review the results within seven days to determine whether any declaration was made under duress or where it failed to comply with the electoral laws and regulations.
“I’m never afraid, but all I’m asking is that let INEC please conduct a review on this said local governments so that it will bring out the real figures for all the candidates,” the APC candidate said when asked if she was worried about winning the rerun.
“That is all I am asking, and as soon as that is done, we would be home and dry, and then we would be confident to go back to the field.”
On the possibility of becoming the first elected female governor, Ahmed said she feels great and happy.
“I’m not doing this for Binani; I’m not doing this for myself. I’m doing it for every girl child in this country. It’s for all the women in Nigeria,” she added.
BREAKING: Adeleke Reinstated As Osun State Governor
Ademola Adeleke has been reinstated as governor of Osun state once again by the court of appeal in Abuja.
Fidel Info reports that A three-member panel of justices ruled in Adeleke’s appeal on Friday, concluding that the electoral tribunal erred in finding that Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress had proven their claim of excessive voting.
Adeleke is the legitimately elected governor of the state, according to the jury that rendered its decision on Friday.
The Osun governorship election tribunal, in January, held that Oyetola was able to prove that there was over-voting in some of the polling units.
Consequently, the majority judgment of the tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Adeleke and issue a fresh one to Oyetola as the duly elected governor of Osun.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Adeleke appealed the judgment.
Gov-Elect Alex Otti Promises Total Restructuring Of Abia
Alex Otti, the Abia State Governor-elect, has revealed that Abians should expect general restructuring of the state once he assumes office.
Fidel Info reports that while Speaking on Arise Television’s The Morning Show, Otti said in the next few days he would appoint a team that would help him, adding that he would create a bigger and more robust economy in Abia.
Otti said, “In the next few days, I will appoint a team that will be sworn in on the 29 of May. I will appoint the right people who will help me.”
“We will look at a lot of things, but we will take it step by step, including revenue.”
“As of yesterday, I have already started engaging banks. Things they will expect is a general restructuring of Abia.”
He added, “There is no problem in taking loans, but the problem is what you do with the loans. Payment of salaries is my priority.”
“We will create a bigger economy, a robust economy, we will do everything possible to ensure our economy grows.”
NEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti, declared Otti the winner of the Abia State Gubernatorial election on Wednesday evening after the resumption of the final collation of governorship election results in Umuahia.
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