Ahead of the 2023 general elections, INEC in Lagos State says 394 candidates of different political parties are jostling for the 40 seats in the state’s House of Assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that governorship and houses of assembly elections were scheduled to hold across the country on March 11, 2023. According to the Final List of governorship and house of assembly candidates displayed on Wednesday at the commission’s office in Yaba, 16 candidates of different political parties are contesting for the 2023 governorship election in Lagos state.
The list was signed by Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, the Secretary of INEC.
According to the list, the candidates for the assembly seats in Lagos state are contesting on the platform of 16 out of the 18 registered political parties in the country.
The list showed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC), Action Democratic Party (ADP), Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) had contestants in all the 40 state constituencies.
While the Action Alliance (AA) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) fielded candidates in 36 state constituencies each, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Boot Party (BP) had candidates for 34 state constituencies each.
The African Action Congress (AAC) is contesting in 21 state constituencies while Accord (A), Action People’s Party (APP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), National Rescue Movement (NRM), Young Progressives Party (YPP) and People’s Redemption Party (PRP) filed candidates in less than 10 state constituencies each.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) did not field candidates for the state assembly election in the state.
NAN reports that the governorship list shows that only 16 of the 18 registered political parties fielded contestants, out of which only two candidates are female while the remaining 14 are male.
Only candidates of APM and APP are female, Mrs Funmilayo Kupokiyi, 51, and Mrs Abiola Adeyemi, 44 respectively.
The other governorship candidates are Messrs Dickson Olaogun (A), Abdulrasaq Balogun (AA), Akeem Olayiwola (AAC), Olufunso Doherty( ADC), Bamidele Ishola (ADP), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (APC), Olawale Oluwo (BP), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (LP) and Olanrewaju Jim-Kamal (NNPP).
Others are: Braithwaite Ishola (NRM), Olajide Adediran (PDP), Taofeek Uthman (SDP), Wasiu Ajayi (YPP) and Adenipebi Mode-Adekunle (ZLP).
APGA and PRP did not field candidates for the governorship seat in the list published for the 2023 general elections.
According to the list, Olaogun (65) of Accord Party is oldest while Rhodes-Vivour (39) of LP is the youngest.
The New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) says its Presidential Candidate, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, is in the Presidential race to win the 2023 election, not as a spoiler or pretender.
The National Secretary of the NNPP, Mr Dipo Olayoku, made this clarification in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Olayoku made the assertions after an emergency meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), where some publications against the party and its presidential candidate were reviewed.
“The NNPP has again dismissed insinuations that the Presidential Candidate of the party, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, is a spoiler in the next year’s election,’’ the party’s scribe said.
Olayoku said that the NWC also reviewed the timetable for the kick-off of its presidential campaign.
“After reviewing some reports against the party and its Presidential Candidate, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the NWC discovered that they were sponsored against the party.
“On Monday, a Weekly newspaper had raised the question: “Kwankwaso, a contender or spoiler?
“But, the NNPP Working Committee, however said, its presidential candidate is the one to beat in the 2023 election and, therefore, cannot be a spoiler or a pretender.
’’ He urged the media not to be used by some candidates to run down the NNPP and its presidential candidate.
Olayoku said that other political parties and their candidates had made the NNPP presidential pandidate their target.
According to him, no week would pass without them sponsoring one thing or the other in the media against the candidate or the party.
“Beyond the weekly publication raising question on whether Kwankwaso is a contender or spoiler, attention of the National leadership of the party was also drawn to a report of ‘Storm’ in the party by an online portal.
“The report alleged that a chieftain of the party is a mole, working for another party and its presidential candidate.
“According to the report, this has placed the chieftain against the NNPP Presidential Candidate, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso.
“However, l want state that nothing can be further from truth than this.
“We, in the NWC, consider these reports as the handiwork of fifth columnists, who have been trying to cause disaffection in the party and they will never succeed,’’ Olayoku said.
Rep. Mark Gbillah (LP-Benue) said he remained the candidate of Labour Party (LP) for Benue North-West Senatorial in the 2023 General Elections and not that of New the Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Gbillah said this on Friday in Abuja at a news conference.
He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published his name for both LP and NNPP for the Benue North-West Senatorial district elections.
He said the publication was without his knowledge, adding the he had initiated legal action against INEC and NNPP in order to correct error.
He said INEC published his name as sent by NNPP even as he had already resigned his membership of the party and withdrawn his senatorial candidature on the platform of the NNPP.
The said his resignation and withdrawal from ANPP candidature was accompanied by an affidavit he deposed to on July 7. He said he joined the LP and participated in its rescheduled senatorial primaries for the district on July 11. He said the error occurred because of NNPP’s failure to upload the name of the candidate that replaced him to the INEC portal within the timeline provided by the electoral umpire.
The House of Reps member said he was returned unopposed as the LP candidate in the election, adding that the documents are all in INEC’s possession.
“It is therefore curious why INEC still published my name as the candidate for both parties when it is privy to all the above-mentioned facts and accompanying documents,” he said.
The Senate, has called on Nigerians to vote for only candidates that have clear agenda to liberate the local government system in the 2023 general election.
Sen. Olalekan Mustapha, the Chairman, Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration, said this at the second edition of the Local Government Economic Summit in Abuja on Monday.
Mustapha, who said that the local government system in the country was in a mess and subservient situation, called on the electorate to vote for only candidates that would ensure local government autonomy.
“As the general election draws closer, Nigerians should vote only politicians that have a clear agenda to liberate our local government system by granting them the full political and financial autonomy.
“What we are seeing today in the various states is no political and financial autonomy.
“It is so ironic for a local government not to have authority to fund development in their various localities without the approval of their supervising ministry,” he said.
He said that if all the state governments pass the Bill on Financial Autonomy as approved by the National Assembly, rural areas would develop and insecurity tackled.
” This year’s summit witnessed the inauguration of Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme working group for local governments.
“We are therefore poised to take practical steps on the scheme this time around to ensure that the dream of the proposed Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme comes to reality,” he said.
In his goodwill message, Vice-Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Bishop Isaac Idahosa, described local governments as managers of community governance structure.
“Although, the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is explicitly clear on its mandates, mischief makers and merchants of under development continue to negatively mismanage the resources meant for the people,” he said.
Idahosa said that the constitutional powers of local governments as federating units to implement laws and contribute meaningfully to development at the grassroots have been eroded in Nigeria.
He, however, said that the implementation of the mandates of the third tier of government would definitely bring forth genuine economic development in the system.
On NNPP’s economic development action, Idahosa said that the party plans to ensure fiscal autonomy for local governments in Nigeria.
“We will also encourage timely, transparent, free and fair elections as required by the Constitution of Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking, Director-General, Local Government Summit Group, Muhammed Tijjani , said that the local government was the closest and most accessible government to most of the citizens.
“However, the demands on the local government in Nigeria are however enormous and does not have the capacity to process and absorb those demands,” he said.
He said that there was the need for the local government to be considered in whatever economic scheme by both the state and the federal governments The summit was organised by the Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration in collaboration with Civi-Pact Nigeria and Local Government Summit Group with the theme “Investing in Rural Poor for shared prosperity through the Local Government System”.
2023: Osun NNPP denies endorsing Tinubu 2023: Osun NNPP denies endorsing Tinubu NNPP By Victor Adeoti Osogbo, Sept. 24, 2020 The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Osun has denied claim that it has endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu.
The Caretaker Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Abdussalam Abdullateef, who made the rebuttal at a news conference on Saturday in Osogbo, urged Nigerians to disregard the claim.
Abdullateef said four members of the party, who purportedly endorsed the APC presidential candidate, were “on their own.
” According to him, the only presidential candidate known to the NNPP is Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, “who has all it takes to give our dear country a new lease of life come May 29, 2023 and beyond”.
“We in the Osun NNPP want to reaffirm our support for His Excellency, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the Presidential Candidate of NNPP.
“He is the most qualified of all the presidential candidates in Nigeria, in terms of education, work experience, political maturity and closeness to the grassroots,” he said.
Abdullateef stated that some past leaders of NNPP in the state were in the habit of using the party to trade for personal interest, which he said led to the change of leadership of the party.
“It may interest the world to know that the leadership of NNPP at the National level has decided to put a stop to this betrayal habit, resulting in the change of the State leadership in Osun State.
“The after effect of the change was the show of shame by four candidates of the party, who purportedly endorsed another presidential candidate as witnessed.
“If candidates of a political party endorse the presidential candidate of another party while still holding on to the mandates of NNPP, their action did not come to us as a surprise.
“Once again, we outrightly dissociate Osun NNPP from people of unstable credentials and anti-party characters.
“As for the genuine members of the party in the state, we further affirm that all candidates of NNPP in Osun State are working towards success at the 2023 polls”, he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four candidates of NNPP in the state in the 2023 elections had on Wednesday declared support for the presidential candidate of APC.
A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday struck out a suit filed by the Kwara chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Shuaib Oba-AbdulRaheem.
The court struck out the suit following a notice of withdrawal of the matter filed by the Counsel to the APC, Mr Suleiman Ibrahim.
In his submission on the withdrawal notice, the lead counsel to the defendants, AbdulGaniyu Bello, urged the court to dismiss the matter with substantial cost for non-compliance with Order 50 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rule, 2019.Responding, Counsel to the APC, relying on same Order 50 of the rules of the court, maintained that the Order had been substantially complied with and urged the court to discountenance the submissions of the defendants’ counsel and obliged his prayers by striking out the matter with no cost awarded.
In his rulling, the presiding judge, Justice I.
M. Sanni, struck out the suit and awarded a N30,000 cost against the plaintiff.
The second defendant (NNPP) and the fourth defendant (Oba-Abdulraheem) were represented by Abdulganiyu Bello, Prof. Ibrahim Abikan and Mahmud AbdulRaheem.
Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano Central) on Wednesday at plenary formally announced his detection from the New Nigeria Peoples Party ( NNPP), to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
Shekarau had on Aug. 29, defected along with his supporters to PDP from NNPP, on issues bordering on alleged unfair treatment by the leadership of the party.
President of Senate Ahmad Lawan read the letter ,announcing his official defection.
Shekarau in the letter said his defection and that of thousands of his supporters in Kano from NNPP to PDP , was to actualise their political aspirations in a party that accommodates them .
After the announcement, PDP senators led by the minority leader , Philip Aduda and the minority whip, Chukwuka Utazi embraced Shakarau for defecting to their party.
Bishop Isaac Idahosa, the Vice Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has vouched for the competence of Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Presidential candidate of the party.
Idahosa said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
He said ticket had the best credential to fix the challenges confronting the country, adding that he would address the issue of infrastructure and resource control.
He said that his principal “stands tall in the contests to govern the country and the candidate is by far the most experienced among all contenders for the country’s most exalted sit.
” He said the candidate of NNPP had a robust antecedent as Senator between 2015 and 2019 and as a two-term governor from 1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015 and Minister of Defense between 2003 and 2007. Idahosa said with such credentials, Kwankwaso would bring to the fore experience that others might not be able to boast of and besides being an excellent administrator, “Kwankwaso is also a great talent spotter”.
“Therefore, you can be rest assured that as a president, he will galvanise and recruit the best brains from home and abroad to turn the country’s economy around.
“As governor, he met at least 200 dollars debt from his predecessor, and ensured he paid off all debts and did not borrow a dime in spite of the numerous legacy projects he carried out in Kano state.
’’ Idahosa said Kwankwaso would ensure human capital development and education would also be revamped under his administration.
He said that a lot of investment would go into the healthcare that would make Nigeria become a medical tourism nation.
Idahosa said that they would also ensure accountability and audit must be in place at all levels of government.
The Presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, has inaugurated the Delta South Senatorial candidate’s campaign office in Warri ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Kwankwaso who arrived in Warri on Saturday to inaugurate the campaign office, solicited support for retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, the party’s Delta South Senatorial candidate.
The NNPP presidential candidate noted that official campaign had not started.
He said that the large turnout of party faithful to welcome him in Warri attested to the popularity of Commodore Nesiama and the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kwankwaso and his entourage were earlier received by Commodore Nesiama and other party faithful at the Osubi Airstrip in Okpe Local Government Area.Before the arrival of Kwankwaso, scores of party supporters had dumped their engagements for NNPP during a “Hope Walk” on Saturday.
The hope walk was organised by Nesiama’s Campaign Organisation as part of the activities lined up for the arrival of Kwankwaso and inaugurating the Delta South Senatorial office of Commodore Nesiama.
The movement began from McDermott Junction in Igbudu community and traversed Deco Junction, Okumagba Avenue, Estate, Okere Market and terminated at the secretariat of the Nesiama’s campaign office at Odion Road.The party faithful said they were tired of failed promises and that their “former parties were not carrying them along in the scheme of things.
”Addressing them, Nesiama urged the people to have their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), noting that the card was the tool for them to elect candidates of their choice in the forthcoming general elections.
While noting that elections were not a do- or- die contest, Nesiama stressed that the hope of the people had been rekindled with the presence of people like him in the race.
“The movement is to sensitise the people to the need for them to collect their PVC’s because without the card, you can not vote.
In other words, you have forefeited your rights to decide on who you want.
“I encourage people to replicate the zeal they displayed during the voters registration in the collection of their PVCs. They should protect their vote and ensure it counts.
“The people of Delta South have moved out to show that they love the Commodore of hope, they love the NNPP coming with new possibilities for them.
“That is the joyful thing.
I am elated.
I am overwhelmed and I thank God for that opportunity and for the impetus to do more.
“It’s obvious with the turn out of people that nobody was hired.
Nobody was bought.
People came out enmasse to support this movement,” Nesiama said.
Over 9,800 supporters of the PDP and NNPP in Goronyo local government area have dumped their parties for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Sokoto by Bashar Abubakar, Special Assistant on New Media to APC leader in the state, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto North).
Abubakar said that the defectors included NNPP State House of Assembly candidate in the area, Alhaji Maniru Malami, alongside hundreds of his supporters.
Abubakar said that Malami dumped the party alongside all his local government and 11 ward executive committee members.
The new entrants into the APC also included an ex-State House of Assembly aspirant, Alhaji Shehu Dan-Tsamaye and the incumbent Financial Secretary, Alhaji Hamza ‘Yar-Dole. Others were the Chairman, Forum of wards Chairmen in the area, Alhaji Amadu Dan-Kansila and another PDP bigwig, Alhaji Hamisu Mai-Alewa.
Abubakar said that they were received into the fold of the APC by the party’s Gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 General Elections, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu.
Aliyu said that the mass exodus into the APC was a sign of the increasing acceptability of the party.
Aliyu said,” PDP in the state has failed to redeem all the promises it had made to the people of the state since 2019.” The state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Isa Sadiq-Achida pledged to treat the defectors equally with the older members of the party.
Sadiq-Achida said,”we are hopeful that APC will emerge victorious during the forthcoming general polls at all levels.
” APC Zonal Secretary, North West, Alhaji Bello Goronyo and it’s Senatorial candidate for Sokoto East, Alhaji Ibrahim Lamido, said the party at the national level was strategising towards successful campaigns in the country.
APC Chairman in Goronyo Local Government, Alhaji Kabiru Sarkin-Fulani lauded the defectors for “ taking the right decision, at the right time.
” A cross section of the defectors cited the alleged failure of the PDP-led state government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state as one of their reasons for dumping it.