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Anambra election: NSCDC boss reads riot act to personnel on election duty

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The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has charged the personnel on election duty on the use of minimum force and utmost professional conduct during the exercise.

The CG made it clear to the Corps personnel deployed for election duty in Anambra state that the rules of engagement must be strictly adhered to and all must observe the highest level of professionalism, civility, decorum and respect for the rights of all voters coming out to exercise their franchise in order to elect the next governor for the state.

CG Audi who stated this when he paid a situational assessment visit to Anambra State ahead of the Saturday, November 6, governorship election, expressed confidence in the preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders involved in the electioneering process.

He reassured that the election will hold peacefully and successfully without rancour or acrimony as the Corps is working in synergy and collaboration with other sister agencies to forestall any form of attack on voters, security agencies, sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, INEC permanent and ad-hoc staff and all other apparatuses deployed to ensure a hitch-free election.

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In a statement issued by DCC Olusola Odumosu, Director, Public Relations, NSCDC NHQ, Abuja, “Dr Audi warned personnel to be civil in their approach and avoid excessive use of force, molestation, intimidation or harassment of voters during the election”.

He reiterated that the Corps has a duty to protect the lives and property of all citizens of the state irrespective of their political affinity, emphasizing that NSCDC is apolitical in nature, civil in orientation but very dogged in its operations.

He appealed to all citizens of the state to embrace peace and eschew violence or anything that is capable of jeopardizing the democratic process as an election is not war, hence, the need to avoid unnecessary casualties.

CG Audi further urged the people of the state to be law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without any fear of violent or deadly attacks as measures have been put in place ahead of the process to guarantee a well-secured environment and arrest any breach of peace or vandalism of critical national assets and infrastructure of government before, during and after the election.

He reiterated that the Corps will be deploying 20,000 personnel drawn from Anambra state and other neighbouring state commands to all nooks and crannies of the state for overt and covert operations, warning the arms-bearing personnel that “accidental discharge is not contained in the Corps’ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), as such, no one should be found wanting in this regard because human life is very sacrosanct and any personnel that takes the law into his hands by either killing or maiming anyone unjustly will be seriously dealt with”.

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He congratulated the personnel on behalf of the Minister of Interior for the anticipated good conduct in the task ahead and assured them that their welfare and safety is uppermost in his mind and being given the best of attention under his leadership to motivate and encourage them to shun all vices of corruption and compromise which is capable of tarnishing the hard-earned reputation and integrity of the Corps.

“What is due to Ceaser must be given to Ceaser and the era of monkey dey work, baboon dey chop is over under my administration”, the CG said.

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Jubrin’s exit, no cause for alarm – group

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Jubrin’s exit, no cause for alarm – group.

Tinubu Vanguard, a political support group, says the exit of Mr Abdulmumin Jubrin from the All Progressives Congress (APC) poses no threat to its mandate.

The Director-General (D-G) of Tinubu Vanguard, Dr Johnny Benjamin, in a statement on Sunday, said Jubrin’s decision to quit the APC was personal and should be respected.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu Vanguard is a support group for the presidential ambition of APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

Jubrin, who is the D-G of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Groups Management Council (BATSGMC), had on Saturday, announced his decision to quit the APC.

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He cited irreconcilable differences within the APC in his home state of Kano as reason for his decision.

According to Benjamin, Jubrin has the right to decide which political party is best for him to pursue his ambition.

“We call on the leadership and members of all support groups to remain calm.

“Tinubu is committed to the project of repositioning Nigeria and we are determined to ensure that he gets the opportunity to do so by delivering victory at the polls.

“We call on him to urgently address pending issues within the support groups to enable us work effectively towards achieving success in the party primaries and the general elections,” he said. (NAN)

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PDP fixes May 9 for North West Zonal Congress

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PDP fixes May 9 for North West Zonal Congress.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed May 9 for the conduct of the party’s North West Zonal Congress to elect Zonal Executive Officers and National Ex-Officio members of the party in the North West Zone.

The party announced this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja on Saturday night.

Ologunagba said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party approved the conduct of the congress at the Zonal Headquarters of the party in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

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“The NWC requests all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party in the North-West to be guided accordingly for a smooth and hitch-free exercise.

“The exercise will be conducted in line with the Constitution and Guidelines of our great party, and in adherence to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Protocol on COVID-19,” he said.

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2023: Battle of the titans for Senate seats in Imo

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2023: Battle of the titans for Senate seats in Imo.

The campaign for 2023 general elections is gathering momentum in Imo State. Interested political heavyweights and lightweights who want to represent their respective senatorial districts have been engaging stakeholders at the party levels. Aspirants for various elective positions have started marketing themselves to their people through presentation of their credentials and manifestoes. They are also talking to stakeholders to convince on why they should represent them for elective positions.

In Imo State, many of such political gladiators have lined up for the race to the Senate in 2023, polishing their images and updating their credentials for the race. Apart from some new entrants, a couple of the incumbents also want to go back in 2023. Talks about the need to represent them since they would be ranking members and possibly principal officers are now rife.

It is pertinent in this brief to present some of those who are getting ready to seek for nominations from their various political parties to serve their respective senatorial districts in Imo State come 2023.

He is the incumbent senator representing Imo East, otherwise known as Owerri zone in the red chamber. Onyewuchi, before his election into the senate in 2019, was a ranking member of the House of Representatives, having represented Owerri federal constituency for two terms (2011 and 2015). He is armed with experience, effectiveness and above all, the only member that would have the opportunity to grab a principal position if he goes back. However, political observers say he has not shown enough achievements to justify his retention of the seat. He is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu

Wife of the Ondo State governor and aspirant for the Imo East Senatorial District seat at the National Assembly, Chief Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu possesses the wherewithal to successfully run the race. Akeredolu who is the only woman for the race in the whole of the three zones of Imo State, has the requisite education, mental and physical capacity as well as exposure to provide effective representation to her people. She is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Akeredolu focus is on the infrastructural deficit and haphazard planning of towns in the Imo East Senatorial District particularly the Emeabiam, Ihiagwa and Nekede axis who hosts two federal tertiary educational institutions namely Federal Polytechnic, Nekede and Federal University of Technology. Already she has kicked off by deploying her contact for the commencement of the reconstruction of the 10.5km Emeabiam-Eziobodo road being undertaken by the Nigerian Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) at the sum of N1.6billion.

She has also embarked on intervention in many areas such as girl children and women empowerment (with special interest in widows) and creation of awareness, care and treatment of persons afflicted with breast cancer. The odd favours her to pick the APC ticket.

Hon. Uche Onyeagocha

When it comes to outspokenness and vibrancy, Hon. Uche Onyeagocha has the oratory power to stand above his peers contesting the position. A former member of the House of Representatives, the PDP chieftain has the record of being the first All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) legislator in the Green Chambers. Onyeagocha had contested several elective positions including governorship in the past until he was appointment as the Secretary to the State Government under the Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha’s short-lived administration. He has to brace up because many politicians have their eyes on that seat.

Chief Basil Maduka 

Another PDP aspirant, Chief Basil Maduka is relatively an unknown figure in Imo State politics. He could be described as a green horn. However, from the abridged curriculum vitae, Maduka seems to possess the requisite credentials that would give him an edge. He is a businessman and people believe he will attract business into politics with his contacts.

Prince Alex Mbata

Prince Alex Mbata otherwise called PAM is a game changer in Imo politics especially the Owerri zone. Initially he was rumoured to be warming up for governorship until he cleared the air that his mission in the state was to join hands with the State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to bring the desired security and development to the state. Recently he had an empowerment programme where about 3000 indigent people of Owerri zone were given equipment to start up business through his PAM Humanitarian Foundation. He is force in the game. He is an APC member.

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Chief Jerry Chukwueke

Another APC aspirant, Jerry Chukwueke, is a renowned Lagos-based businessman who has at one time or the other contested the governorship of the State. He has also gun for the president in 2019 presidential election where he was a running mate to the APGA presidential candidate. His aspiration this time around to become the Senator for Owerri zone under the All Progressives Congress (APC), might create an upset for his opponents. But some people feel he may surrender before the battle ends as he is a mobile politician.

Hon. Jones Onyerieri 

Also a PDP chieftain, Onyerieri was a two term House of Representatives that represented Nwangele/ Nkwere/ Isu/Njaba federal constituency. He contested the 2019 senatorial election with incumbent Senator Rochas Okorocha, who he accused of forcing the INEC returning officer at gunpoint to announce the result in his favour. He claimed to have won that election. His experience stands him out.

Hon. ThankGod Ezeani

Hon. ThankGod Ezeani is a one-time member of the House of Representatives, he has experience of legislative job. He has the capacity to represent the zone in the Senate. Pundits believe he has what it takes to be an effective senator for his people.

Hon. Jerry Alagboso

A former controller of customs as well as a ranking member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Jerry Alagboso remains a solid politician to beat. He has the contact, experience and financial muscle to work his way to the Senate. However, he has to work extra hard to beat other contenders as they are equally not pushovers. He is of the PDP.

The choice is now for the party leaders and members to pick and present aspirants who would represent the parties at the election for the electorate to make their choices.

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