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Ex-ANPP National Chairman Registers With APC, Says Party Will Dislodge PDP In 2015

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DR. OGBONNAYA ONU

DR. OGBONNAYA ONU

Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, the former National Chairman of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), on Monday registered as a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Onu, who registered at the Obiozara ward in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi, condemned the attacks against members of the party at some registration centres.

According to him, the reason for the several attacks on APC boils down on the fear by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it will lose the seat of power in 2015.

“We want to use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to give APC a chance. Nigerians want change and this change will come from the APC.

“We are promising Nigerians that once we are in power, we are going to ensure better welfare for them”.

The former governor of old Abia State said that the purpose of the registration was to pave way for the conduct of congresses and convention of the party before the forthcoming general elections.

Onu said that only registered members could participate in the congresses.

“We are very optimistic that we will take over power in 2015. The strength of APC is not just the 16 states that we are controlling; the strength of APC is that Nigerians want change.

“So we are very optimistic that with the support of Nigerians, with the blessings of God, we will control more states and also control the federal government”.

On the election timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Onu said the party was studying it and would come up with its position at the appropriate time.

Onu, however, said he would prefer the elections to hold in one day in order to reduce rigging.

“With such arrangement, we are going to have many people and it will be difficult for elections to be rigged in this country.

“All we want is free and fair, credible, peaceful and transparent elections”. (NAN)

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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