The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has published the particulars of some candidates nominated by political parties for the 2023 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the information was published on Friday by INEC in its offices in the country.
The particulars included those of presidential candidates, their running mates as well as senatorial and House of Representatives candidates.
The information included that of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Mr Ibrahim Masari.
It also included information on Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa.
Others were Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP)and his running mate, Doyin Okupe; Osita Nnadi, presidential candidate of Action Peoples Party (APP) and his running mate, Isa Hamisu.
It also included Abiola Kolawole, presidential candidate of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and his running mate, Ribi Marshal; Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party and his running mate, Johnson Oladipupo.
Others were Yabagi Sani, presidential candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and his running mate, Udo Okey -Okoro; Ado-Ibrahim Abdulmalik, presidential candidate, Young Progressives Party (YPP) and his running mate, Enyinna Kasarachi.
It also included Omoyele Sowere, presidential candidate African Action Congress (AAC ) and his running mate, Garba Magashi; Mamman Dantalle, presidential candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and his running mate Ojei Princess; Chukwudi Umeadi presidential candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and his running mate Koli Mohammed.
Others were Oluwafemi Adenuga, presidential candidate of Boot Party (BP) and the running mate Turaku Mustapha; Daberechukwu Nwanyanwu, presidential candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and the running mate, Ramalan Abubakar; Dumebi Kachikwu presidential candidate, African Democratic Congress (ADC) and his running mate, Ahmed Mani.
Hamsa Almustafa, presidential candidate, Action Aliance (AA) and his running mate Chukwuka Johnson among others
A female presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Ndidi Key, has called on the leadership of the party to declare her its presidential flag bearer.
Key who also called for the conduct of a fresh election within 24 hours if she was not declared winner, made this known in a statement by her counsel, Yakubu Eleto Chambers, on Thursday, in Abuja.
The presidential aspirant said that her demand was based on the gross manipulation and illegalities occasioned at the party’s primary elections which took place across the country on June 5.
She alleged that the election was marred by manifest corrupt practices and not in compliance with the guidelines of the party.
Key said that she would not have issued the statement if the Party elders and stakeholders had handled issues appropriately internally and particularly followed the principle of internal democracy.
“We are therefore by this press statement urging the party to within the next 24hours declare Key the winner of the primary election held on June 5 without further delay or order a fresh primary election were all aspirants will be given a level playing ground.”
Key further alleged that there were overwhelming evidence including video footages to show that the elections were marred by illegalities and gross malpractices.
She alleged that the electoral irregularities were detrimental to her chances of winning being the most popular candidate and the only woman in the race.
According to the presidential hopeful, the leadership of the PRP also worked against her before and during the state primary election.
“Taraba is the state where the delegates confirmed that they were told that she had withdrawn from the race.
“They went to the extent of carrying out their anti-democratic moves by saying,hat agents were not needed in most places.
“We have video footages of the returning officers affirming the position by the National Leadership addressing the delegates on that,” she said.
Key’s counsel also alleged that while delegates list was tampered with in some states, the party’s electoral committee members were publicly canvassing for votes for Abiola and delegates threatened to vote him in some other states.
He also alleged that the primary results which were in her favour in some states were altered in favour of Kola Abiola, her opponent.
The presidential aspirant also alleged that: the purported affirmation of Abiola as a consensus candidate of the party was contrary to the Nigerian Constitution the Electoral act and laws guiding the election.
“The figures in the result sheet were tampered with in favour of Mr Kola Abiola to the unfair disadvantage of Patience Ndidi Key.
She also claimed that in Yobe, the accreditation process was completed with 38 delegates present out of which 23 votes were casted in her favour, eight votes for Bugaje and six votes for Abiola but her flawless victory was upturned.
“In furtherance of the attempt to impose the preferred aspirant, in other circumstances, the delegates were deceived to believe Key had withdrawn from the race.
“In certain places, the strategy was sheer intimidation of the delegates and agents who are recognized as Patience’s Loyalists.
“In some vicinities, there was no evidence to show that the process was conducted in line with party guidelines but results were compiled and submitted in favour of Abiola,” she said
Mr Kola Abiola, presidential candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) said on Wednesday in Abuja that the party would win the 2023 presidential election.
Kola, scion of deceased Chief MKO Abiola said PRP’s victory would be synonymous with that of his deceased father on June 12, 1993.
He made the assertions when he and governorship candidates of the party received their Certificates of Return from the chairman of the party, Alhaji Falalu Bello.
“We are going to bring the younger generation into politics, governance and leadership.
“I’m appealing to youths to regard us as the vehicle of change; we should make sure that at the next election, we have the highest voter turnout.
“By this, we will make your voices and number count,’’ he said.
Abiola urged the party’s governorship candidates to ensure that youths obtained their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“This is the only party that doesn’t have any encumbrances. We will use that to build the future of Nigeria.
“We are a national party. To everybody’s surprise, we had 3,625 delegates at the primary elections.
“We are present in every local government area. We have 22 candidates for governorship elections and we have more than 500 candidates vying for other different offices.
“In the history of the PRP, this is the largest so far till date,’’ he said.
PRP’s gubernatorial candidate in Cross River, Mr Usani Usani, urged the electorate to “assess who they want and vote for that person irrespective of party.
“There are no two major parties as insinuated in some quarters. Nigeria has 18 registered political parties which are all active.
“I believe PRP has got what it takes to rule this country,’’ he said.
Earlier, Bello said the PRP is ready to offer leadership at all levels.
“We can compete with all parties to give the nation a new lease of life. Our candidates will win in free and fair elections,’’ he stressed.
Mr Kola Abiola has emerged the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP).
He won against Usman Bugaje, Patience Key and Col. Gboluga Mosugu (rtd) to pick the PRP ticket.
Abiola, is the first child of late Chief M.KO Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, annulled presidential election.
While Abiola got 2,097 votes from across the 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bugaje came second with 813 votes while Key and Mosugu got 329 and 263 votes to emerge third and fourth, respectively.
Six of the 16 candidates, contesting the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti, have signed a pact with people of the state to usher in good and responsive governance, if elected.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the candidates signed the pact on Sunday at a programme organised by the Justice Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) of the Catholic Mission, in partnership with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Ekiti Council of Elders.
The candidates include Mr Biodun Oyebanji of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC); Chief Segun Oni, Social Democratic Party (SDP); Dr Wole Oluyede of the African Democratic Congress (ADC); Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle of Action Democratic Party (ADP); Mr Debo Ajayi of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) and Mr Ben Agboola of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
The candidate of one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bisi Kolawole and few others were absent at the programme.
In his remarks, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti, Most Revd. Felix Ajakaye, urged the candidates to refrain from walking away after winning or losing the election.
Ajakaye advised the candidates to go into the race with love, rather than acrimony.
He said they should be ready to support whosoever emerge as the winner at the poll, “if truly they love Ekiti, as the culture of walking away after elections should stop”.
Commenting, the Chairman, Council of Obas in Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon, urged whoever emergeda winner to extend the hands of fellowship to others and share ideas to move the state forward.
Also, Revd (Fr.), Emmanuel Akingbade, the Director, Justice Development and Peace Initiative, said that manifesto of whoever emerged as the governor should be printed out and pasted on the bill boards across the state.
This, he said, would serve as reminder.
According to him, a survey will also be carried out to score the new governor to enable people to always call his attention to areas that had not been touched in the course of running his administration.
Earlier, the State Chairman of NUJ, Mr Rotimi Ojomoyela, said that the union decided to partner others in organising the event, as part of its social responsibilities to the society toward engendering good governance.
Ojomoyela urged politicians and their followers to pursue the election project with utmost fear of God and spirit of peaceful co-existence.
He urged journalists assigned to cover the election to be mindful of their safety in the course of performing their duties and report events accurately without sensation or unverified information.
The chairman said that plans were in place to stop quacks from participating in the coverage of the election, warning fake journalists to steer clear of the state in order not to give real journalists bad name.
Mrs Patience Key, a female presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), has promised better life for Nigerians, if elected.
Key made the pledge on Monday in Abakaliki when she met with chairmen, secretaries and elders of the party from the five states in the South-East.
She said that her agenda was focused on ensuring unity and peace, education and wealth creation, youths transformation, human capacity and infrastructure development.
She further said that she had developed a blueprint to achieve the agenda.
The governorship hopeful said that she would work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against women.
She also promised to involve people living with disabilities in decision making process.
Key also spoke on security issues, saying that she would declare a state of emergency on security in the country, if voted into office.
She gave assurance that security personnel would be constantly trained and empowered to secure the country.
“My quest for leadership is for the betterment of the citizenry and development.
“I am here to solicit your support and for a collective fight for a great nation.
I have visited South-South and South-West,” Key told the party officials.
The PRP Chairman in the state, Mr Mathias Aninwachukwu, spoke on behalf of the officials in the zone.
Aninwachukwu promised to support the aspirant to achieve her goals.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by chairmen, secretaries and elders of PRP in the South-East states. UVU
A female presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Mrs Patience Ndidi- Key, on Wednesday visited Kano State to seek the support of delegates ahead of the presidential primary of the (PRP).Key met with PRP leaders and delegates at Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Studies,( Mumbayya House), Kano.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Key is one of the PRP’s presidential aspirants seeking the party’s ticket for the 2023 presidential election.While canvassing for votes of the delegates, the aspirant said that her administration would implement a three-point agenda of Peace, Equity, and Wealth Creation if elected in the 2023 election.“I hereby appeal to you to support my presidential ambition by voting for me to clinch the party’s ticket at the forthcoming primary election,” she said.She said the economic and security challenges in the country inspired her to declare her intention to run for the presidency in a male-dominated country as Nigeria.Mrs Key, a Nigerian in The Diaspora, said she would use her leadership experience of more than 15 years in the U.S. to provide the right kind of leadership for the country.“As a community leader and the former Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in the United States, I worked with fellow Nigerians and other Nigerian professionals, ethnic, religious, and business organisations.“I related with the government in power by virtue of my office. These interactions have given me better insights into the Nigerian nation, the issues, and governance.“Biggest root cause of Nigeria’s problem is leadership and leadership is a task and responsibility. We don’t need foreign countries to survive, we need us to survive,” she explained.Key further said that she would also focus on power, education, health care and infrastructure development.She urged Nigerians to make wise and conscious decisions as they voted in a new president in 2023 towards overcoming poverty, hunger, and the prevailing security challenges.
“I see impoverishment in a nation with so much abundance, I see people die of preventable diseases, I see so much chaos and insurgency in friendly and happy communities.
“I see communities agitating for self-determination, separatism, and referendum because the people feel marginalised, secluded, unprotected, and disrespected.
“I see a vibrant and huge population of unemployed youths, I see a nation whose human talents remain subservient, and a nation whose rich natural resources are used to develop the western world.
“I see an abundantly rich nation wrongly tagged the poverty capital of the world. All these and more are what inspired me to run for the President of Nigeria,” she added.
Three governorship aspirants who spoke at the event said that Nigerians were yearning for a candidate who really understood the challenges of the nation and who is experienced enough to reposition the country.
They also promised to work together in the best interest of the party and country.
The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) gubernatorial aspirant in Katsina State, Alhaji Imran Jino, said that he will not rely on allocations from the federation account to run the state.
Jino stated this while canvassing for support from the electorate in Katsina on Sunday.
“If I am elected Governor, I will not wait for monthly allocations to run the state.
“I will device means and ways of generating revenue that will enable me run the government without necessarily relying heavily on funds from the government at the centre.”
He said “I will copy from the Ethiopian and Rwandan governments that established aviation industries which were the main sources of their revenues.”
Governments in these two countries rely on the revenues generated from the aviation industry to run their governments.
“Our farm produce like tomatoes, sesame, soya beans, rice were left wasted or sold at give-away prices. I will export these produts to other countries for sale and get money and do things for the state,” he said.
Mr Kola Abiola, son of late Moshood Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, has picked the N10 million People’s Redemption Party (PRP) Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Presidency.
He received the forms from the National Secretary of the Party, Mr Babatunde Alli, at the PRP’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three aspirants have so far purchased the forms for the presidential ticket of the party.
They are Retired Col. Gboluga Mosugu, Mrs Patience Key and Kola Abiola.
Abiola, who kicked against consensus candidacy as contained in the Electoral Act 2022, said that other aspirants of the party who had so far purchased their forms were also opposed to the method.
He said: “We have two other candidates. We believe in internal party democracy, we are not doing consensus. It is a transparent party, the more candidates we have the better.
“Whoever wins, we will all come together and work for the party and not somebody calling for consensus where someone will step down for another.
“Let’s go and have a competitive environment, it will be transparent and we will uphold internal democracy and be able to have proper democracy.”
Earlier, the party’s national secretary, Alli, said the party had strategised to ensure a rancour-free primary by allowing delegates to vote for the presidential candidates of their choice at the state levels.
Meanwhile, the PRP has extended sale and return of nomination forms till May 18.
Retired Col. Gboluga Mosugu has submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for Presidency for the People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
Mosugu who submitted the forms to the party’s National Secretary Babatunde Alli, on Thursday in Abuja, said that the idea for him to lead the country was one “I take very seriously.”
“That is why I after I got the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms, I could I have changed my mind that I don’t want to go further. But there is no fear on my mind for the challenge ahead.
“This is because challenges are meant to be faced and conquered. I’m in it for the long-run.
“The opponents that we will be facing during the primary are all worthy. I will do everything I can to get the nomination of the party as its flag-bearer.”
Mosugu described the PRP as the most competent party in the country, calling on Nigerians to give their mandate to the PRP in 2023.
Retired Maj.-Gen. Anthony Ajemba said that he had known Mosugu for over 50 years. “We met in 1973 as young-boy soldiers at Nigeria Military School, Zaria.”
He described the aspirant as a detribalised Nigerian, saying that if given the opportunity, Mosugu would take the country to greater heights.
“We have come to give him our support. He can deliver this nation. This journey that he has started, by the grace of God, he will end well.
The national secretary of the party said that the PRP had maintained its ideology as a people-centred party and a movement to defend the