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.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to replicate same level of credibility used in its previous elections in Osun, Anambra and Ekiti during the 2023 general elections.
Mr Sam Udekwe, Chairman, NUJ, Enugu State Council made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Enugu.
Udekwe said INEC should maintain higher degree of fairness, credibility and fairness as done during the isolated elections in Osun, Ekiti and Anambra, to ensure that people’s wishes counted in 2023 elections.
According to him, in the upcoming general elections in 2023, there are a lot of hope of higher credibility expected from the electoral body by the electorate.
“All over the world, elections are rated by some degrees of credibility and Nigeria is not exceptional.
“INEC recorded high credibility in their recent elections and I want them to employ same method to 2023 elections because there is improvement in the system,” he said.
He explained further that with the instrumentality of the electoral laws that had been enhanced with electronic inputs, it was going to be better, especially with the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
“Where the rigging starts is from accreditation which BVAS has put a stop to an extent.
I am hopeful we are going to have more credible, fairer and better elections in 2023.” Udekwe, a staff of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), however, emphasised the need for INEC to decentralise Permanent Voters Card (PVC) collection more, to allow people collect their PVCs without stress.
He said that INEC could develop a means of distributing the cards to people’s houses, stressing that the readiness of Nigerians’ participation in the forthcoming election was high and INEC should not be a stumbling block to it.
The chairman further advised Nigerians to collect their PVCs to vote candidates of their choice.
“I want to advise my fellow Nigerians to do away with exchange of money for their franchise, rather, vote who they believe will serve them better.
“It will be a colossal failure if we exchange our voting rights with peanuts but if anyone offers you money because there is hunger in the land, collect it and vote according to your conscience as it is going to be secret ballot system,” he advised.
Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) for Ebonyi North Senatorial District, Mr Silas Nwidembia, says he will prioritise women and youth empowerment through agriculture, skill acquisition and business development, if elected.
Nwidembia, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki, expressed confidence of winning the senatorial seat come 2023. He said his desire to represent his people was to bring more people-oriented projects to the constituency.
He promised to attract infrastructural projects to his district if given the mandate in 2023. “I’ll also champion women-youth-oriented programmes in various fields.
“You know, Ebonyi is an agrarian state, I will ensure that I pull more of my people out of poverty; agriculture, youth and women empowerment is critical to achieving this.
“I will ensure that farm inputs get to my people at the stipulated time.
I will encourage small and medium scale businesses, empower and encourage more youths to wealth creation through skill acquisition.
“My representation as senator will provide the needed enabling environment to the youths to explore and maximise their potential so as to add value to the society,” he said.
Nwidembia further decried what he termed ‘apparent apathy’ by the youths on issues of skills acquisition in preference for white-collar jobs.
On insecurity, he expressed hope that his empowerment intervention programmes would remain his pathway to fight against restiveness in the constituency.
He urged his people to go out in numbers on the day of the election with their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) to vote for APGA candidates whom he said would guarantee dividends of democracy through quality representation.
“I thank God this time around our vote is going to count with the new electoral act.
Go out and vote for APGA,” he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has disassociated itself from an online website urging Nigerians to enrol for Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
INEC said this in a statement by Mr Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja on Monday describing the website as fake.
“Barely 24 hours after the suspension of voter registration, INEC attention has been drawn to an online site urging Nigerians to enrol for voter card (PVC) registration,” Okoye said.
He said that the scammers claimed that the Federal Government has approved individual Permanent Voter Card (PVC) registration online, to avoid unnecessary crowd at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) centers.
“The Commission states unequivocally that the site is not linked to the commission and the is spurious and from a dubious source,” he said.
Okoye said that INEC was the only body constitutionally and legally mandated to conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote in any election in Nigeria and to update and revise the register when the need arose.
“The commission is solely responsible for organising, undertaking, and supervising national elections in the country and does not share this responsibility with anybody or organisation.
“Members of the public are strongly advised not to succumb to the antics of online scammers and should avoid such fake sites.
“The commission has concluded the Continuous Voter Registration nationwide and does not need to open an additional site or portal for the purposes of registration of voters,” he said.
Islamic New Year: Oyo Govt pledges to continue to be fair, just to all religious beliefs Islamic New Year: Oyo Govt pledges to continue to be fair, just to all religious beliefsHijrahBy David AdeoyeIbadan, July 31, 2021 Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration will continue to be fair and just to all religious beliefs in the state.
Makinde said this on Sunday in Ibadan during a grand rally organised by the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO), Oyo state Chapter, to mark the new Islamic year, 1444 AH.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Adebayo Lawal, said his administration had always maintained religious balance.
According to him, nine Muslims were among the 17 members in the State Executive Council, while the remaining eight are Christians.
He appealed to Muslim clerics to continue to pray for the success of his administration.
The governor, at the event, announced the donation of N2.5 million to support the state chapter of NACOMYO.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of NACOMYO, Alhaji Dawood Afolabi, lauded Oyo State Government for declaring public holiday to mark the first day of the new Islamic year.
Afolabi said Gov Makinde had been addressing the complaints of the Muslim community about appointments made in his administration.
He assured the governor of the support of the Muslims in the state, “in as much as you ensure religious justice in all spheres of governance”.
A lecture titled “2023 General Elections: Muslims and the implications of an ambivalent righteous majority,” was delivered during the event by Prof Afeez Oladosu.
Oladosu charged Muslims in the state to ensure that they registered and collected their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ahead of the 2023 general election.
He also urged electorate to cast their votes wisely for God-fearing leaders during the election while enjoining politicians to abide by the rules and regulations of the electoral process.
He added that politicians should fulfill all promises after getting to power, to avoid the wrath of God.
Hilda Dokubo, a popular Nollywood Actress and Labour Party (LP) candidate for Akuku--Toru Federal Constituency seat in Rivers, has expressed optimism that the party will takeover the state in 2023.Dokubo said this on Thursday in Port Harcourt at the party’s stakeholders meeting, when she reacted to insinuations by some individuals that the party lacked viable structure to win the 2023 election in the state.She said that the meeting was aimed at positioning the party for victory at the 2023 general election.“Individuals are the structures of every political party and we have our teaming supporters here in the state,” Dokubo said.Mr Etete Ekeneoriono, the party’s candidate for Andoni State Constituency seat, advised youths in rural communities to participate in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in order to beat the July 31 deadline.Ekeneoriono also urged residents of fishing communities in Andoni Local Area (LGA) of the state to utilise their voting power in 2023 for a better Nigeria.He said that the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) was the most powerful instrument in the country’s electoral system, hence the need to utilise the remaining days to get registered.“The party has engaged in wide voter sensitisation tagged “Get Your PVC” in all parts of the state especially in rural communities.“The 2023 election is about the future of youths and our dear country; the only instrument available to us as we work toward rebranding the country is our PVCs,” Ekeneoriono said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, the National Commissioner for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in charge of Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers, urged Rivers residents to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) without delay.
Mbu gave the advice at a news conference on Monday in Port Harcourt.
She said that the collection of PVCs in the state had been low with seven months to go for the 2023 general elections.
She stated that Rivers recieved 95 INEC Voter Enrollment Devices called IVED and deployed to 24 registration centres in the local government areas and also to the head office.
Mbu said the Commission registration officers and other staff at the LGAs had been working assiduously to make sure they registered voters in the state.
According to Mbu, from the records, 278,417 new voters were registered as well as 127,670 voters transfer and 43,080 Permanent Voters Card replacement as at July 24,She said out of about 54,945 new PVCs received by the state, only 10,373 had been collected, living an outstanding 44,572 for transfers and replacements.
The Commissioner said the Commission had a record of about 302,297 cards from the old PVC which only 33,575 were collected.
“The Commission is working hard in its preparation for the 2023 general elections and strongly desires that no citizen is disenfranchised and that every vote will count,” she stated.
She said that the Commission was now in the last week of the exercise which would be concluded by July 31.
Mbu commended the figures that emanated from Rivers state during the registration.
“I therefore urge the people of Rivers state to collect their permanent voters cards in good time and not to wait until the last minute of 2023 general election,” she said.
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)(
Dr John Ayuba, running mate to Mr Isah Ashiru, the PDP Governorship candidate of Kaduna State, has described Permanent Voters Card (PVC) as the key to inclusive governance in the state.
Ayuba, a former Commissioner for Finance in the state, said this in Kaduna during an interactive session with Southern Kaduna Journalists Forum.
He called on the people to come out en mass to register for their cards as very critical to deciding elective positions in the 2023 General Elections.
He said that the candidature of Ashiru provided the opportunity for inclusive governance that would ensure equal opportunity for every resident of the state, irrespective of religion and ethnicity.
He explained that the Southern Kaduna people got stuck with Ashiru because of his strong connection with the people of the area and his touch with rural communities.
He said that the PDP under Ashiru, if given the opportunity, would operate an open governance that would be inclusive and gender sensitive.
“Ashiru was part of the success stories of Sen. Ahmed Makarfi era from 1999 to 2007, who worked hard to close the divide between northern and southern parts of the state.
“He has maintained his ties with the people of Southern Kaduna, and we have confidence that he has our interest at heart and will work for the interest of all in the state.
“We will work to improve our voting strength in southern part of the state and push for the support of the PDP to deliver good and inclusive governance to people.
“We are confident that he will build bridges to connect the people of the state to together and work as a united front for socio-economic development of the state,” he said.
He said 65 per cent of the voters were youths and urged the journalists to galvanise the people to support the party because of its principle of fairness and inclusive governance.
Mr Ango Bally of Invicta FM who spoke on behalf of the forum, an interest group, said that the objective of the meeting was to familiarise with the deputy governorship candidate.
Bally congratulated Ayuba, from Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state, on being picked as the running mate to Ashiru and urged him to represent the Southern Kaduna people well if elected to office.
He said that while the people were yearning for change, the party must demonstrate seriousness to take over the political power and provide quality representation.
Mr Luka Binniyat of Epoch Times, said that the people would be willing to support the PDP, but it was yet to convince the people that it was ready to restle power from the ruling APC.
Binniyat said that the party needed to come out strongly and demonstrate the capacity to take power and deliver good governance.
He advised the PDP as the strong opposition to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to up their game otherwise they might lose the 2023 elections again.
Mr Bomba Dauda, Publisher of Gurara Accord, pointed out that the southern Kaduna people gave over 500,000 votes to the PDP in the 2019 General Elections, while the northern zone polled only 263,3440 votes for the party.
Dauda said that to win the 2023 election, the governorship candidate needed to mobilise votes from his constituency to match what the Southern Kaduna people were doing for the party.
A Lagos lawmaker, Sanai Agunbiade, on Thursday in Ikorodu urged his constituents to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) for active participation in the 2023 general elections.
The lawmaker spoke during a constituency stakeholders’ meeting themed: “2023 General Election: The imperative of Permanent Voters Cards”.
Agunbiade, who is also the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), said that there was need to start preparations to ensure success at all level.
“The imperative of the Permanent Voters’ Card as mentioned in the theme is hinged on the need to ensure that we are eligible to exercise our civic responsibility.
“We should participate actively in the general elections, especially in ensuring that we vote for the right, competent and capable candidates to be our leaders and representatives at all levels of government.
“The need for this cannot be over emphasised as a very important civic duty and a critical key to ensuring the sustenance of our transformative government and enduring democracy in the state and the nation,” Agunbiade said.
The lawmaker commended his constituents for being responsive to matters affecting their communities at all times.
He said that it was worrisome that that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) recently said over 20 million PVCs still remained uncollected across the nation.
“Out of the huge figure, one million of it are from Lagos. It does not augur well for the progress of our democracy and development of the state,’’ he said.
He appealed to community leaders to stop the idea of engaging land grabbers anytime there was dispute among families on land matters, adding that such would lead to more problems than solutions.
“I want to urge our community leaders especially the Baales to stop involving land grabbers on issues bordering on their properties.
“People should get their PVCs to vote to avoid allowing incompetent people to be elected as leaders and representatives” he said.
Mr Adeola Banjo,Chairman of Ikorodu North Local Government, commended the lawmaker for his prompt response to community issues .
Also speaking, the Eweye of Isiu, Oba Olukayode David, said it was high time for residents to know that they needed to have their PVC to call government attention to some of the key areas of need.
The traditional ruler appealed to the lawmaker to facilitate the rehabilitation of some bad roads the constituency.
Also, Mr Lukman Shonibare, Ikorodu Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman,said many people in the area faced challenges in accessing INEC office for registration and collection of their PVCs.
Agunbiade ,in his response ,assured them that all the challenges would be adequately addressed to ensure easy processing and collection.
He added that all the challenges mentioned would be tabled before the House of Assembly for review to fashion out solutions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that political, community leaders and residents of Ikorodu turned out in their large numbers to interact on issues affecting the constituency as well as challenges faced in getting their PVCs.