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Report claiming Lawan, Akpabio now recognised as senatorial candidates is false, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied the claim that it has recognised Ahmad Lawan and Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In June, INEC had excluded Lawan, senate president, and Akpabio, former minister of Niger Delta affairs, from the list of candidates contesting Yobe north and Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial districts, respectively.

Meanwhile, APC had submitted the names of Lawan and Akpabio as senatorial candidates, despite the controversy that surrounded the primaries of the party.

On Tuesday, an online report had claimed that INEC had “backdated” the certified true copies of its report on the APC primaries to accommodate some aspirants.

Reacting to the report, Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson, in a statement on Tuesday, said it defies logic for the commission to “doctor” documents to recognise Akpabio and Lawan after it had refused to publish their names.

“Not for the first time, our attention has been drawn to a story published by an online medium that the Commission has doctored, backdated and certified documents to accommodate the nominations emanating from Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in respect of Senators Ahmad Lawan and Godswill Akpabio,” the statement reads.

“Nothing can be further from the truth. As evidence of the alleged role played by the commission, a certified true copy of form 9C uploaded by their political party and received by the commission on 17th June 2022 when the nomination portal closed was presented.

“For clarity, the form EC9 (submission of names of candidates by political parties) is the form uploaded by parties on the INEC nomination portal.

“This is clearly indicated on the title of the form which was received on 17th June 2022 when the portal closed. What follows is the publication of the personal particulars of nominated candidates which was done a week later.

“The forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the commission. The decision of the commission triggered legal action which is still ongoing.

“It therefore defies logic and common sense to go around and submit doctored documents purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice.

“As part of the ongoing case in Court, a law firm requested the Commission for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Form EC9 submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District which we are duty bound to oblige them under the law.

“The form was certified on 15th July 2022. If minimum care had been exercised by the promoters of the story, they would have seen the two stamps of the Commission bearing different dates on the Form. It is this Form that is now misconstrued as INEC’s endorsement.

“For the record, the commission has not recognised any of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate.”

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2023: YPP summons presidential candidate over ‘slow campaign’

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Malik Ado-Ibrahim, presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), has been summoned by the party over the “slow build-up” of his activities for the 2023 elections.

Egbeola Wale-Martins, YPP national secretary, disclosed this on Sunday in a statement issued at the end of the party’s 20th national working committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja.

Ado-Ibrahim became the party’s flag bearer in June 2022 after defeating Ruby Isaac.

In the statement, Wale-Martins said the party was displeased at the slow build-up of political activities due to gaps in communication between the presidential candidate and the appropriate organs of the party.

According to NAN, he said the NWC has acknowledged the concerns of its members, supporters, and other critical stakeholders on the poor visibility of the party and its presidential candidate.

“Having done so much hitherto to build a political capital that should have made YPP the third force, the NWC therefore has directed the national secretary to summon the presidential candidate, Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim, through official communication within 7-working days,” the statement reads.

“He is to appear and address several issues, including but not limited to his blueprint and a comprehensive campaign plan going into the 2023 presidential election, for the purpose of speedy harmonisation to avoid working at cross purposes.

“It was also unanimously agreed that the outcome of the proposed engagement would help the NWC to either embrace available strategies aimed at covering lost grounds or take difficult informed steps in the interest of the party, our members, and all Nigerians.”

The national secretary further said the NWC ratified the expulsion of Matthew Namo, the suspended Nasarawa state chairman of the party, for allegedly going incommunicado.

He added that in pursuit of justice, the NWC further mandated the legal directorate to give necessary support to all aggrieved members.

He also urged candidates running for various positions on the YPP platform to work in synergy with the party leadership across state, local government, and ward levels.

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Tinubu appoints Masari, Wamakko as presidential campaign advisers

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Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has appointed Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, as an adviser for the party’s campaign council.

The former Lagos state governor also appointed Aliyu Wamakko, former governor of Sokoto, as senior adviser on special duties for the presidential campaign council.

According to NAN, Tinubu said appointing Masari and Wamakko into the campaign council is as a result of their “impressive” political achievements and exemplary leadership.

“By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Special Adviser on Administration and Government of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council,” the letter to Masari reads.

“This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team. We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility.”

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Watch the moment newly wedded couple joins Labour Party’s rally in Benin

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Newly wedded couple joins solidarity march for Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, after their wedding ceremony.

As the nation marks it’s 62nd year of independence, Nigerians in different states have decided to hold a solidarity march for their preferred presidential candidate.

In a video spotted online, a newly married couple were seen among the throngs of supporters who have stormed the streets to march for Peter Obi.

It is said that the couple joined the march in Benin straight from their wedding venue as they were seen still wearing their wedding attires.

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