The Peoples Democratic Party elders’ caucus in Benue South West Senatorial zone has excluded former Niger Delta minster Sam Odeh and Mr Harris Ogbole from contesting the governorship primaries of the party.
The meeting which was held in Otukpo on Monday also urged the remaining aspirants in the race to harmonise their positions and present a formidable candidate who would challenge aspirants from the other zones of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Odeh and Ogbole, a lawyer, were excluded from the contest following the unanimous endorsement of Senate President David Mark for another term in the senate.
Stakeholders at the meeting resolved that since Mark hailed from Otukpo alongside the other two, it was inappropriate for them to contest for the governorship ticket of the party with aspirants from other local governments.
The elders maintained that Otukpo had represented the zone in the National Assembly for past 16 years and with the recent endorsement, it therefore, meant the local government would be representing the zone for 20 years.
Following the exclusion of Odeh and Ogbole, Mrs Ada Chenge, the Managing Director of the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority is left to slug it out with Steve Lawani, the incumbent deputy governor.
The meeting which was presided by Maj-Gen. Geoffrey Ejiga (retd), gave the remaining contestants one week to present one person as the aspirant representing the zone at the November primaries.
NAN reports that the zone is comprised of nine local government areas and has the second largest ethnic group in the state.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
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Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.
Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.
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