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Delta APC guber candidate challenges INEC over use of card readers

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All Progressives Congress and its Delta State governorship candidate in the 2015 elections, Emerhor Otega, have petitioned the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Amina Zakari, over the use of card readers in the last election in the state.
The APC and its candidate accuse the electoral body of denying that the use of card readers in the April 11 governorship elections was mandatory.
The governorship election in Delta State is currently a subject of litigation at the State’s Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, where the APC and Mr. Otega are challenging the victory of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Peoples Democratic Party.
In the litigation, INEC and its staff are joined as respondents.
The petition said INEC’s legal representative, DD DoDo, in a number of extracts, distanced INEC from the use card readers as the only method of accreditation in the April 11 Governorship election.
Mr. Emerhor and the APC alleged that, “INEC at the Delta State Tribunal through Messrs DD Dodo, has abandoned the brief and official position of INEC as publicly stated and in its place, has filed responses that denies, repudiates and contradicts the mandatory use of card readers for the elections!”
The petitioners therefore expressed “shock and dismay that INEC’s legal counsel will go directly head on against INEC’s official position when only recently, the just retired Chairman of INEC, Prof Jega publicly reinstated INEC’s official position, confirming the mandatory use of Card Reader.
They urged Ms. Zakari to uphold the institutional reputation of INEC and ensure its publicly known directive is not falsified by electoral officers “working in alliance with politicians to retain illegitimate mandate.”
The use card readers in the last elections was to detect falsification of results as the machine transmits data of accredited voters to the INEC central server real time.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission wishes to inform all Nigerians that Card Readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 Elections,” Augusta Ogakwu, Secretary to the Commission, said in a statement on April 6, days before the Governorship election. –
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Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has indicated interest to contest Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.

The former Kwara governor made this known on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Saraki asserted that he has a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.   He said, “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.

  “As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.  

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.  

“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for everyone!”   Saraki is the latest politician to have indicated interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year.

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2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari

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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.

The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.

MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.

The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.

“The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.

“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.

“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.

On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.

On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims scuttle the APC leader’s bid.

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2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.

The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.

He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.

“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”

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