The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, risks not participating in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State if it does not put its house in order.
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The main opposition party is presently enmeshed in an internal crisis occasioned by the leadership tussle between its sacked national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee appointed by the party’s governors and other major stakeholders pending when another national convention is organized to elect substantive members of its national working committee.
The leadership tussle between the two factions in the party is presently a subject of litigation as Mr. Sheriff rejected his removal in the May 21 national convention of the PDP in Port Harcourt, Rivers State insisting that he was still the national chairman of the party.
The disagreement over who is the authentic national chairman and recourse to legal battle by the contending forces led to the closure of the party’s national secretariat in Abuja by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, until Wednesday when members of the Board of Trustees took over the running of the party.
Reacting to the development on Ray Power FM Radio Station programme “Political Platform” on Thursday in Abuja, INEC’s Deputy Director for Public affairs, Nick Dazang, said the PDP may not take part in the September 10 Edo governorship polls if the leadership crisis was not resolved soon.
The INEC official explained that in line with the timetable and the schedule of the governorship election unfolded by the commission, parties participating in the election were expected to hold their primary elections between June 2 and July 4 to pick their candidates.
“I expect that a very responsible party, a formidable party for that matter like the PDP will put its acts together in time for it particularly to collect the forms for those that will conduct the elections in Edo and Ondo and also to conduct the primaries that will lead up to who will now be their standard bearer for Edo governorship election to be conducted on Saturday 10 September”, Mr. Dazang said.
He added that “The primaries are supposed to take place between 2nd June and 4th July. So, we expect that between now and then the PDP should be able to resolve some of these issues in the interest of that election”.
When asked if, in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act, the Markarfi-led Caretaker Committee was competent to conduct primaries with a view to selecting the party’s candidate for the election, the official was not forthcoming, choosing to be diplomatic in his choice of words.
According to him, INEC “always encourage the parties to sort themselves amicably rather than resorting to the court”.
Stressing that the electoral umpire did not have the luxury of time, Mr. Dazang advised the disputing groups not to resort to court to resolve their differences because such would be time consuming.
He said, “In this instance when we are pressed for time if the parties in the dispute resort to court, it is going to take long it before the issues are resolved and they collect these forms.
“So we advise that they resolve some of these issues in good time to collect the forms so that they can hold the primaries and the candidates that will contest under their platform can emerge. They have between now and 4th July to do that.
“We normally encourage them. We have a department that relates particularly with the political parties to ensure the processes we laid out and articulated in the timetable and schedule of activities are strictly and religiously followed and we expect them to that”.
#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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