The APC gubernatorial candidate in Niger, Alhaji Umar Bago, has congratulated Sen. Kashim Shettima over his nomination as the 2023 vice presidential candidate of the party.
Bago, currently performing the 2022 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia told News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Monday that the choice of Shettima as running mate to the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu is the best thing that happened to political growth of the party.
“We are praying for the success of our candidates in the forthcoming general election as well as for peace, progress and political stability of our great country,’’ he said.
He described Shettima as highly trusted and committed party man who had done a lot in repositioning Borno as two term governor.
Bago, noted that during the pre-presidential primary campaign, he shared common experience with Shettima who played a major role and brought to the fore, his qualification, competence and exposure to move the country forward.
He expressed confidence in the ability of Shettima to work with the presidential candidate to take Nigeria to greater heights.
Bago commended the APC flag bearer, for making a choice in Shettima, and described the combination as `an assurance’ for success of the party at the polls.
The gubernatorial candidate urged Nigerians and particularly members of the APC to rally round its presidential candidate and his running mate to ensure its success.
He reminded members of party that one could only vote or be voted for when he or she had registered and obtained a Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).
“The continuous voter registration is a great opportunity to enable voters to validate their temporary voter’s card, ensure their names appeared in the voters’ register, and allowed those that had relocated to another state, town or to community rectify their details on the register.
“All you need to do is to visit the local government offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where you reside or any designated PVC Centre close to you.
“To make your task easier as a new voter, one can Pre-Register online, or as a registered voter, you can review your voter registration, request to update your information or transfer your voter registration to another polling unit at cvr.inecnigeria.org.
“Haven done that and filled the document, a printout should be made and you could proceed to the nearest INEC CVR Centre for biometric capture,’’ he said.
The gubernatorial candidate urged APC members to make themselves eligible to vote in the 2023 general elections and beyond by acquiring the permanent voter’s card.
“We have reached out to our campaign organisation across the 25 LGAs to do more in mobilising our teaming supporters on the need to acquire, revalidate and save PVCs for the success of our party candidates in 2023,” he added. ( NAN)(
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged Muslim faithful to remain steadfast in prayers for peace, prosperity and development of the country.
This is contained in a Sallah message by Ismail Misili, Director-General, Press Affairs, Government House, Gombe on Saturday.
He said as Muslim faithful celebrated the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir, there was the need for them to imbibe the spirit of love, obedience and sacrifice exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim and upheld by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
“I Also pray for the unity of purpose as panacea to insecurity, socio-economic challenges .
“This period reminds us of Allah’s unconditional love to mankind and the need for us to replicate same spirit in our homes and communities.
”And in our daily lives for the overall peace and unity of the state and nation,” he said.
Yahaya said such prayers were imperative to address security, social and economic challenges stagnating the nation’s development process.
The governor said the challenges should not allowed to distract Nigerians from learning the good lessons of the Eid-el-Kabir in putting their trust in God.
He lauded traditional rulers, community and religious leaders as well as the people of the state for their support to his administration.
The governor also urged the people to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration ( CVR) exercise to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), adding that, “it will allow eligible voters exercise their rights to elect credible leaders,” he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the establishment of additional 15 registration centres for the Continued Voter Registration (CVR) in the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the Commision in the state, Malam Aliyu Garba, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Katsina.
According to him, the 15 new centres will be spread across 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, with Katsina LGA having three.
Garba said the LGAs are Bakort, Batagarawa, Baure, Dandume, Daura, Dutsinma, Faskart, Funtua, Kankara, Kankia, Katsina, Malumfashi, and Zango.
“The public will recall that INEC has acceded to the request for the extension of the CVR exercise from the date earlier set for stoppage, June, 30, 2022.
“The extension is intended to give all eligible persons intending to register, correct mistakes in their registration or transfer to another polling unit, the opportunity of doing so.
“We want to inform the public that in that direction, the INEC has approved additional 15 centers for the registration exercise.
“And 15 registration Machines will be deployed to the additional centres which are located in the LGAs.
“We want to further inform the public that three of the registration centres will be at the old Katsina Township Stadium, Kofar Keke in Katsina City, and one at Kambarawa Secondary School Daura Road Katsina.
“All other known locations of registration which include INEC Katsina State Office and INEC LGA offices, will continue to be conducting the exercise.”
He further drew the attention of the public that registration of voters in Katsina State was still low, particularly with regard to transfer to the new 1,750 Polling Units created.
According to Garba, the 1,750 units are created to reduce congestion and address the problems of unserved and under-served areas.
“We therefore call on eligible persons to take this opportunity of the new polling units which have been created near their homes and transfer their voting locations,” he advised.
Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Lawal Abubakar, has ordered a thorough investigation to unravel cause of fire outbreak in INEC office in Igboeze North Local Government Area.
It would be recalled that fire outbreak at Igboeze North Local Government Area’s INEC Office, located at Ogurute in Enugu-Ezike community of the council, took place at about 11pm on July 3.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Daniel Ndukwe, in Enugu on Monday.
He said that the fire might have started from the back of the building.
He noted that the fire was put out by police operatives that mobilised to the scene on receipt of the information, with assistance from personnel of Enugu State Fire Service, thereby averting further damages within the vicinity.
“Consequently, the CP has assured that the command will do all it can to unravel the cause of the incident and take necessary action.
The commissioner also enjoined residents of the area to support the police with credible information and intelligence in the ongoing investigation.
The PPRO said that the area had been cordoned for preservation and further investigation.
Meanwhile, INEC says some gunmen on Sunday set ablaze its office in Igboeze North Local Government Area and destroyed about 748 ballot boxes and 240 voting cubicles in the process.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in-charge of Information and Voter Education, disclosed this in a statement issued Monday in Abuja.
The statement reads: “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, reported that our Igboeze North Local Government Area office was set ablaze by unknown arsonists.
“The attack happened at about 11:48pm on Sunday, July 3. The arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises and set the building ablaze.
“Although no casualties were reported; 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and equipment were destroyed in spite of the best effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
“The Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.
“The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
“The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for 2023 General Election, is worrisome,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 23, 2021, INEC office in Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.
This followed earlier attacks on Udenu Local Government Area’s INEC office on May 13, 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on May 16, 2021.
The commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the ongoing CVR and collection of PVCs. (
The Delta All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Campaign Organisation has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for extending the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) nationwide.
Mr Ima Niboro, the Director, Communications and Media Strategy of the organisation gave the commendation in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
Niboro called on eligible voters in the state to, as a matter of urgency, take advantage of the ongoing CVR so as not to disenfranchise themselves in the 2023 general election.
He also urged them to endeavour to complete the process at designated centres from where they could obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Niboro said that going by recent developments, he was convinced that APC would take over the state in 2023 poll.
“The CVR extension offers a golden opportunity to those who could not register for one reason or the other to do so. Their destiny is now in their own hands.
“Also, those above 18 years who have not yet registered, those yet to collect their PVCs or misplaced theirs as well as those who want their voting points or unit and area changed, effect correction(s) to their names, should endeavour to take advantage of the extension,” he sa.
The electoral body had directed its electoral officers to continue with the CVR
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State Council has applauded the renewed vigour and interest by Nigerians in the electoral system.
The council said this was evidenced by the massive turnout in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
The state council of the NUJ disclosed this in a communique issued during its monthly congress on Friday in Enugu.
The communique was signed by the Secretary of the NUJ in the state, Mr Emmanuel Acha and members of the communique draft committee, Messrs Sobenna Nwagbo, Emmanuel Nweze and Mrs Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu.
The council commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for abiding by the court order that directed the extension of the CVR.
It directed members of the NUJ in the state to fully participate in the electoral process by first applying for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).
It stated that possession of the PVC or evidence of application would be the basis of admission of NUJ members in future meetings.
The council however, condemned the gradual introduction of ethnic, religious politics and campaign of calumny into the political space.
It appealed to political parties, politicians, their supporters and opinion leaders to desist from anything that could ignite crisis ahead of the elections.
The council also raised concern over the resurgence of security breaches in parts of the state.
It stated that it was sad that the state which had in recent times been adjudged as the safest in the country was gradually losing such status.
The NUJ urged the state government as well as security agencies to rise to the challenge of securing lives and property of residents of the state.
It commended the state government for the completion of the Abakpa Flyover in Enugu East Local Government Area, adding that such had eased traffic along that axis.
The council appealed to Enugu State Waste Management Agency to step up the evacuation of wastes at the dumpsters to prevent possible flood and outbreak of epidemic, especially, in this wet season. (
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reminded political parties that the deadline for uploading list and particulars of the their nominees remains July 15.
The commission made the disclosure in a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Thursday after the commission’s meeting held in Abuja.
He said that INEC met and deliberated on a number of issues, including the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), the issuance of Certified True Copies (CTCs) of documents and the commencement of the uploading of the list and personal particulars of Governorship and State Assembly Candidates.
“By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission, Political Parties that conducted valid Governorship and State Assembly primaries shall upload the list and personal particulars of their nominated candidates between July 1 and July 15.
“We urge political parties to scrutinize the list and personal particulars of the candidates they propose to sponsor at the election to avoid any mix-up and duplication of names.
“Political parties are advised not to wait until the last day before uploading the list and personal particulars of their candidates.
The Candidates Nomination Portal will shut down at 6pm on July 15,” Okoye said.
He advised political parties that have challenges with uploading documents should contact the commission’s Help – Desk, through the dedicated telephone lines or contact the candidate nomination centre at the Commission’s headquarters.
On the CVR, Okoye said that the exercise would continue nationwide, saying all the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers had been directed to continue with the exercise pending further directives from the Commission.
He said that the commission had consistently reiterated its resolve to continue to provide electoral services to the Nigerian people and register all eligible Nigerians that were interested in registering.
Okoye added that INEC had yet again deployed additional machines to areas of pressure and would continue to serve the people of Nigeria.
“Furthermore, the case at the Federal High Court relating to the terminal date of the CVR came up yesterday, Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
“Based on the request of the commission, the Court granted an accelerated hearing and adjourned the matter to Monday July 4, 2022 for hearing of the substantive matter.
“The Commission will give an update after court hearing next week.”
On the issuance of CTC of documents, Okoye said that the Commission had been inundated with applications for CTCs of various documents.
“So far, 186 requests for CTCs, some running into hundreds of pages, have been processed.
“ The Commission is working round the clock, including weekends, to attend to all such requests.
“We wish to assure political parties, aspirants, candidates, and all applicants for CTCs of documents that their applications will be treated expeditiously and will be issued in earnest.”
Many residents of Abuja have alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is making it difficult for them to be registered for the Continuous Voters Card (CVR) .
They told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja that they left their homes as early as 4 a.m. to be registered only for “INEC to announce they were not working today’’.
The residents were seen hitting the INEC office gate shouting “we want our PVCs’’, while some of them laid on the road threatening not to leave the road until they get their PVCs, thereby, obstructing movement of cars.
Many of the residents said they had registered and want to collect their PVCs, while many others want to do fresh registration.
Mr Emmanuel Ogbon, a youth said that he got to INEC office at about 5a.m. and was given a book to write his name.
“We wrote our names and they asked us to join the queue which we did, they later said that their machines were not on ground, that they would have to go and get them.
“We have been here and they have not been addressing us, what we need is our PVCs because we want to vote this time.
“They said that youths are lazy, but this time we don’t want to be lazy, we want to vote. Until they give us our PVCs, we are not going to leave here,’’ he said
Another resident, Mr Emmanuel Ibrahim alleged that INEC was intentionally making it difficult for them to be registered to get their PVCs.
“They are intentionally frustrating us, they have the machines, we saw them, the crowd was there, and the machines were there.
“Now see the crowd since morning, yet nobody is attending to them.
“Even if they say that they are not extending the deadline, today is not June 30, we still have many days to go, at least allow that 30th to come then you can tell us otherwise.
“See the crowd yet no single person has been attended to and then you want credible elections, this is just one are. We have 774 local government areas.’’
A business woman, Ms Juliet Uche said that they closed their shops to come and register and get their PVCs, adding that they would no longer sell their votes for items and other things, they must vote and secure their future.
“If I had opened my shop today, I will get one naira or two naira, to be honest with you, it is not easy. Imagine one cup of groundnut being sold for N200.
“The prices of food stuff and other items have increased and the salary is too poor, how much are workers being paid, so it is important for youths to vote.’’
Another resident, Mr Chukwu Godswill said that he came to make corrections on his PVC but he was not allowed access into INEC office.
“We have had very bad experiences here, since Saturday, people have been coming for this and nothing has been done.
“We got here this morning and they said that their machines are not working, my question is must we suffer like this.
“We are budgeting a lot of money for the commission to get this done, must we go through all these before we can vote?, This is our right,’’ Godswill said.
Mr Olawale Rufia, another resident said that the PVC process was taking too much time and the INEC staff had been telling them to go and come every day.
“It has been come back today, come back tomorrow, at the end of this month, the CVR process will come to an end.
“We all know what today’s date is, so in another two days, it means we cannot collect the PVC again and they are telling us to come back on Wednesday.
“How long is this process going to take? That’s one.
“Secondly, if we are not given this PVC today or by Wednesday as promised, it won’t be good, now the most painful thing is that they are inside and not responding to anyone.’’
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Yahaya Bello, explained that people who had no business with the CVR process stormed the office to cause commotion,so the commission had to stop the process for the time being.
“People came that they wanted their PVCs, you cannot get your PVC in a rowdy situation, a hundred people cannot go and stand in a room that cannot contain 10 people.
“You have to stay on the line that is how it is done. Somebody who has never come to INEC before will just walk into the office that he wants to collect his PVC.
“What is that? he has to go through CVR, we have to know why he is here ,whether he wants to transfer, or he has lost his PVC whether he has never voted before and so on.
You can’t just come and start shouting that that you want PVC, it is not done like that.
“We attend to more than 750 people in a day and up to 200 people are banging our door that they want PVC, they are not ready for PVC. I don’t know what they are looking for.
“Certainly, these people are not here for PVC, they are here to cause commotion unnecessarily in order to steal from people,’’ Bello said .
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says fresh registration in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit 10,487,972 as at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 27.
The commission in its CVR weekly update, released in Abuja on Monday, also disclosed that 8,631,696 registrants had completed their registrations.
It disclosed that 3,250,449 of the registrants completed the process through online, while 5,381,247 did through physical registration.
The gender breakdown of the registrants who had completed their registration comprised 4,292,690 male and 4,339,006 female, with the gender category showing that 6,081,456 of the figures were youth, while 67,171 were Persons with Disabilities, PWDs.
The update also revealed that INEC had received a total of 23,560,043 applications including those applying for voter transfer, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and update of voter information records.
The breakdown also indicated that 12,317,963 of the applications were from male, 11,242, 080 were from female, while 187,904 applications were received from PWDs. (www
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has declared Monday work free day to enable its citizens enrol in the ongoing continuous voter registration.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Mukhtar Gidado, the Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity.
Gidado explained that work free day to enable the state public and civil servants to go to their respective localities to register and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards.
Mohammed expressed concern over the low turn-out of eligible Voters.
”By this, all Commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, and other top government functionaries are directed to proceed to their respective electoral wards to mobilise eligible registrants to come out en-mass and register.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has agreed to extend the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise by 60 days.
INEC’s initial deadline for the registration was June 30.
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday stopped INEC from ending the exercise.
Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of Court 10 granted an order of interim injunction following the hearing of an argument on motion exparte by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). ()