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Newly registered DPC to field candidates in Kogi, Bayelsa governorship Polls

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The newly registered Democratic Peoples’ Congress (DPC), says it will field candidates to contest governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

The elections are scheduled to hold on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, respectively.

This resolution formed part of the communiqué issued at the end of its inaugural National Executive Committee (NEC), meeting held in Abuja on Saturday.

The communiqué signed by the DPC National Chairman, Rev. Olusegun Peters, showed that primaries to decide candidates for the Kogi and Bayelsa seats would be held on Sept. 12 and Sept. 28, respectively.

“The NEC resolved that our great party shall field candidates to contest the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

“NEC also urged credible Nigerians, who desired to contest these elections on the platform of the DPC to obtain the party’s nomination form for a fee of N5 million,” the communiqué stated.

It said that the sale of nomination forms for Kogi State governorship would start from Aug. 12, while the nomination form for Bayelsa governorship poll would be on sale from from Sept. 1. ’’

The party resolved to strengthen its structures in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, and directed state chapters to embark on massive sensitisation and mobilisation of new members.

The DPC also resolved to uphold internal democracy at all levels in its determination to be “the third force” in Nigeria’s political equation.

The party also declared its resolve to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure free, credible, transparent and acceptable elections in the country.

“NEC also urged INEC to improve on electronic voting system as obtainable in most part democracies around the world.

“This will eliminate electoral malpractices, and violence that have characterised elections in Nigeria since independence in 1960,’’ the communiqué stated.

The party appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider patriotic citizens outside the ruling All Progressives Congress APC for appointments as ministers and heads of federal government agencies in line with the federal character principle.

The DPC urged Buhari to intensify the war against corruption by strengthening the EFCC, ICPC, the Police and the Judiciary to ensure speedy trial of persons suspected to have looted the nation’s treasury.

“The war against corruption should be holistic, irrespective of political party affiliation. There should be zero tolerance for corruption that has impeded Nigeria’s development and dented its image around the world.’’

The Democratic Peoples’ Congress (DPC) was registered by INEC on June 19.

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Presidential Primaries: Disquiet as PDP loses Eagle Square to APC

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may now be forced to use the MKO Abiola Stadium in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for its May 28 presidential primary according to new developments.

The APC was said to have used the influence of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammed Musa Bello, to quickly reserve the Eagles Square for its presidential primary scheduled to hold between May 30 and June 1.

The PDP had during its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting ratified the conduct of the presidential primary (special national convention) to elect its presidential candidate on Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, May 29, 2022 in Abuja.
The venue, has, however, become an issue as the APC had already fixed the venue of its convention at Eagle Square, Abuja, where PDP had its special convention to elect its national officers in October, last year.
In its letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP, it was learnt, stated that it will hold its convention at the MKO Stadium, Abuja.
The venue, some stakeholders of the party, who do not want their names mentioned, said the place is too small for where the presidential primary should take place.
It was noted that the party is expecting about 3,700 delegates with about 10,000 supporters and staff, while the capacity of the facility, where the primary will take place at the MKO Stadium, is about 7,000.
The party stakeholders have expressed sadness that the venue will not be able to accommodate the delegates, supporters and friends of aspirants.
Of more concern, the stakeholders said is that, according to the schedule of PDP activities, the party was supposed to publish the names of delegates on Tuesday and that has not been done.

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Shekarau dumps APC for NNPP

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Ibrahim Shekarau

Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, a former Kano State Governor, has officially dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

This was confirmed on Tuesday via a terse statement on the official Twitter account of the NNPP.

The statement, which reads: “Finally: Sen Ibrahim Shekarau Join Us”, was shared alongside a photo of Senator Shekarau and Senator Ibrahim Kwankwaso.

Recall that there had been some back and forth about Shekarau’s planned defection to the NNPP, with some power brokers in the APC said to be negotiating with the former governor not to leave the ‘broom party.’

However, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has been at the helm of the vanguard, working to ensure Shekarau’s defection from the APC to the NNPP.

On Sunday, Kwankwaso stormed the residence of Shekarau in Kano to work out details of the defection.

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INEC gives APC, PDP, others deadlines

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Ahead of primaries, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given deadlines to political parties on nomination and withdrawal of candidates.

The electoral commission also foreclosed the adjustment of election timetable.

In line with its guidelines, INEC has directed the parties to submit lists of delegates for elective offices to it, seven days to the date of the primary.

Both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) submitted designated centres for their national conventions to INEC yesterday.

APC opted for the Eagle Square while the PDP chose the Velodrome at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

It was learnt that unlike in the past, the commission decline to bend the rules so as not to distort the timelines for the 2023 poll.

The commission has fixed the last day for withdrawal of candidate(s) and the replacement of withdrawn candidate(s) for July 15 (Presidential and National Assembly) and August 12 for governorship and Houses of Assembly.

Also, while the last day for submission of nomination forms for presidential and National Assembly election is August 8, the curtains will be drawn for governorship and Houses of Assembly on August 18.

The publication of final list of nominated candidates will be on September 20 (Presidential and National Assembly elections) and October 4 for other strands.

But the public campaign for the presidential and National Assembly elections will kick off on September 28 and that of the governorship and Houses of Assembly is from October 4.

According to a top official of INEC, the parties have been notified of the timelines for appropriate guidance.

The guidelines read in part: “In compliance with Article 4.5.1 of the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Party Primaries, a political party that adopts the indirect primary mode, shall make available to the commission not later than seven days to the date of the primary, the list of persons that will form the delegates that are eligible to vote for nomination of the party candidate to contest every elective position. “

“The list of delegates shall be accompanied with the list of aspirants and the list of the party Electoral panel conducting the primary.

“In compliance with Section 84(9-11) of the Electoral Act 2022, a political party that adopts the Consensus Primary mode shall make available to the commission copies of the written consent of all aspirants cleared for the position indicating their endorsement of the consensus candidate who shall then be ratified by a special congress or convention

“In compliance with Section 84 of the Electoral Act 2022, primaries and voting by members or delegates of a political party to nominate candidates for elective positions shall hold at designated centres within the respective national, state, senatorial, federal and state constituencies.

“Primaries held outside designated constituencies shall accordingly be invalid.”

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