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Buhari orders Amechi, 5 others ministers to resign

President Muhammadu Buhari orders Mr Rotimi Amechi, and four other Ministers to resign their offices to pursue their presidential ambitions.

Government spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the presidential order at the end of 11 May meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

The President reportedly gave the directive after announcing that Minister of State for Education, Emeke Nwajiuba, similarly resigned.

The order affects six ministers running for president and three others seeking state and legislative mandates in 2023.

Mohammed told newsmen that President Buhari praised Nwajiuba for obeying the electoral law by quitting his job.

“I expect other members of this council seeking to be President to resign with immediate effect,” President Buhari reportedly said.

Affected Ministers

Amechi is one of six ministers running for President on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Others are Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta), Chris Ngige (Labour & Employment), and Ogbonnaya Onu (Science, Technology and Innovation).

The junior Ministers among them are Nwajiuba of Education and Timipre Sylva of Petroleum Resources.

Justice Minister and Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami is running for the office of governor (Kebbi State) while Uche Ogar (Mines and Steel) wants to govern Cross River. The only woman among them, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, is running for Senate from Plateau State.

Alhaji Lai’s media briefing did not indicate whether the President’s directive affects other public officers outside the cabinet.

“As of this moment, the mandate I have is for members of the Federal Executive Council. Subsequently it might affect other political appointees but that will be made known. If there is going to be any amendment or any inclusion, you will be informed in due course,” he said.

What the law says

However, the 2023 electoral law mandates public officers seeking elective positions to quit their offices at least six months to their party primaries.

Specifically, Section 84(2) of the Electoral Act 2023 mandates public officers who want to participate in the election to resign their offices before they are eligible to do so. It also interprets participation as aspiring to become either a delegate or a party candidate.

Those affected include ministers, commissioners, special advisers and other political appointees.

A judge in Abia state however recently ruled that the section of the electoral law requiring public officers to quit their positions to contest elections breaches constitutional rights. Justice Minister, himself a candidate, quickly praised the ruling and vowed to expunge it from the law.

Nevertheless, President Buhari signed the legislation into law although he asked the national assembly to take a second look at the particular provision.

Buhari orders Amechi, 5 others ministers to resign and pursue their presidential ambitions

Enugu PDP in a fix over Ward delegates list

Enugu State PDP appears in a fix to defend a 3-man Ward ad-hoc delegates list submitted for the 2023 elections.

The delegates are to join five ward executives and mandatory delegates to elect party candidates and national delegates.

Party candidates to be elected include those for Governor, Senate, House of Representatives, and State House of Assembly.

There were claims that some Wards witnessed parallel elections among the 260 Wards in the State. In other Wards, opposition group had a field day following the absence of candidates promoted by the Governor.

However, party members we spoke to claimed that the PDP state executive did not organize the Ward Convention in many wards. Rather, they were said to have written up and submitted names of preferred delegates.

Unusual Ward Congresses

Our investigations however show that Ward Chairmen texted party members to participate in the 30 April Ward Congress.

Interestingly, most of the messages we saw were sent between 10.00 p.m. and midnight, less than 10 hours to the Congress.

Partymen that spoke with us said they met an unusual situation when they arrived the Ward venue for the congress.

“We were told that the Congress has been done and the delegates elected,” one aspiring delegate told Enugu Metro.

“People from the Ekweremadu Camp didn’t mind. They pushed for the election to hold, as party executive and INEC observers were present.”

“There were no results sheets to record the outcome of the election, but they didn’t mind. They wrote the results on a sheet of paper and the executive and INEC observer signed it,” he said.

Battle for PDP Ward delegates list

Enugu Metro confirmed that in some Wards, both INEC observers and party executive signed the list of elected delegates.

News of the development forced some LGA Council officials to storm some venues and disrupt the process.

Violence broke out in at least three centres where casualties were recorded. In Aninri and Igbo-Eze North LGAs, matchets were freely used on opposition supporters,

Meanwhile, Enugu Government House released a statement same day saying that everything went well.

The Ikeoha Campaign organisation however disputed the claim.

Legal fireworks begin

The issue of which list was submitted to Abuja has gone to the courts as both groups struggle to gain an upper hand.

It is a proxy battle between groups sympathetic to the Governor and state executive on one side and the Ekweremadu group on the other.

This will be the final battle before the State Delegates Congress where candidates of the party will be selected.

Four of the Governor’s loyalists have asked the courts to prevent PDP from tampering with the list submitted by their representatives.

The Ekweremadu men, on the other hand, are asking the courts to declare the result of delegates congress signed by party executives and INEC observers on plain sheets as the authentic result of the 30 April Ward Congress.

First Court order

Yesterday, Judge Harold Eya of the Enugu High Court pronounced on the first order request from the Governor’s Camp.

He granted an ex-parte motion to restrain PDP from recognizing any list of ad-hoc delegates “other than the list that emerged from the congress held in all the wards in Enugu State on April 30, 2022.”

The judge equally restrained PDP from “allowing any other three-man ad hoc delegates to participate in the PDP’s Primary Election.”

The case, listed as Suit No. E/379/2022, was filed by Barrister O. J. Uchenna for four others – Prince Paul Nnaji, Tobias Ogbonna Onu, Cyril Obi Chukwu and Kevin Ikechukwu Agbo.

They claimed that Ward Congresses was supervised and authenticated by the National Working Committee’s five-man electoral panel.

In their 44-paragraph affidavit, the applicants said that

  • “a 3-man Delegate Congress held in Enugu State on the 30 April 2022
  • the Congress was monitored, supervised and duly authenticated by the five (5) man electoral panel set up by the National Working Committee of the PDP
  • the list of those that emerged from the congress had already been submitted and received by the PDP Head Office in Abuja; and
  • that no other three-man Delegate Congress ought to be conducted in Enugu State or anywhere for Enugu State, having successfully concluded the one held on the 30 April.”

PDP national and state party chairmen as well as members of the electoral panel were joined as defendants.

It’s all deceit, says Ikeoha Campaign

The Ikeoha Campaign today laughed off the case, describing it as an attempt to “validate impunity.”

The courts do not act in a vacuum, the organisation said in a statement signed by its Directory-General, Charles Ogbo Asogwa.

“There is no evidence of any exercise in their court papers. Neither was there any list of their supposed winners of the three-man delegates’ congress.

“It is part of the continued efforts to deceive the stakeholders, who innocently nominated the so-called delegates.

“These people could not participate in the exercise because an interest group was hiding forms so that every person would believe that his or her list is being preserved. There is no such preservation. It is all deceit.

“Those who were genuinely elected in a transparent exercise at the designated centres and time are already at the appropriate courts to protect their victory on a solid legal footing.

“We therefore call on the people of Enugu State to trust God, as this too will end in victory,” Asogwa said.

Enugu PDP in a fix over Ward delegates list

Anambra PDP clears Ozigbo for Senate Contest

In apparent reversal of an earlier report, the PDP screening committee clears Chief Valentine Ozigbo, former Anambra State governorship flagbearer, to contest the Senate election.

Ozigbo aspires to represent Anambra South District in the Senate. Initial reports suggested that the Committee hammered him for late submission of nomination forms.

The Committee also cleared Dr. Obinna Uzor for the party’s upcoming primaries contest.

Besides Ozigbo and Uzor, others cleared by the 5-person Committee included serving Senators Uche Ekwunife and Stella Oduah.

The rest are Chief Chris Ubah, Ezebiakwa Peace, Chiefs Tony Nwoye and John Emeka.

However, Chief Chuma Nzeribe remains under the hammer for allegedly giving false information.

Nzeribe was disqualified by the Committee based on a legal issue he is sorting out in a law court.

Even though declared wanted by a court, the Committe said Nzeribe denied that he ever faced trial in any court of law.

Consequently the Committee accused him of attempting to mislead the party over his court case. They noted that he “jumped bail and was declared wanted.”

“We have in our possession, a Court Order in Charge No. CR/791/2020, between FRN v. Hon. Chuma Nzeribe, before Hon. Justice Y. Halilu.

“On December 17, 2020, Hon. Chuma Nzeribe was admitted to bail, after he pleaded not guilty to the charges on December 16, 2020.

“He subsequently breached the bail terms and jumped bail,” the Committee wrote in its report.

Chief Sunny Udeh Okoye, former National Youth leader, led the five-man screening committee. Others were Committee Secretary, Eddy Izondu, Dr Angela Mba, Dr Innocent Nwankwo, and Alhaji Rukayat Ibrahim.

Cover photo: Chief SKC Ude Okoye

Anambra PDP clears Ozigbo for Senate Contest

Why Val Ozigbo was disqualified from Senate race

The November 2021 Anambra governorship election is ironically at the root of why Val Ozigbo was disqualified from Senate race.

Chief Ozigbo suffered a second career defeat in politics as the PDP rejected his bid to contest a Senate seat.

Ozigbo flew the PDP flag in the November 2021 Anambra governorship election but came a distant second in the contest.

Prof Chukwuma Soludo of APGA thoroughly defeated him with a wide margin in the contest.

This time around, a screening panel drafted from Abuja headquarters disqualified Ozigbo for submitting interest and nomination forms late.

Two other party heavyweights, Chief Chuma Nzeribe and Dr Obinna Uzor, suffered similar fate at the screening.

The Committee rejected Nzeribe’s application for allegedly giving false information to it.

The Committee, headed by Chief Sunny Ude-Okoye, former national youth leader, however cleared six aspirants to participate in the primaries.

Among the lucky six are Chief Chris Uba as well as Senators Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwunife.

House of Representatives aspirants however fared better with the Committee.

The Commiittee members cleared all 49 aspirants that appeared before them to run.

Why Ozigbo lost

Although Ozigbo promised not to challenge his governorship loss, he apparently hoped to benefit from another case challenging Soludo’s win.

The Udeokoye Committee said in its report that “he (Ozigbo) told the committee that he was awaiting the Supreme Court Judgment in SC/CV/240/2022 and SC/CV/241/2022.”

He also hoped “that if Supreme Court annuls the election, he would become the governor.

“On that basis, he concluded that there would be no need to submit the senatorial form within the specified time.

“On April 27, 2022, the Supreme Court now upheld the contemplated litigation.

“Unfortunately, by the time he submitted the form, he was already out of time.’

Why Val Ozigbo was disqualified from Senate race

INEC rejects 1.12m new voters, citing irregularities

INEC, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, rejects 1.12m new voters who registratered between June and December 2021, citing irregularities.

If you registered to vote between this period, urgently need to check out the status of your registration.

Commission Chairman, Mahmood Yahaya, said that as of 14 January, the Agency recorded 2,523,458 new registrations but invalidated 1,126,359.

The rejected applications averaged 45 percent of voters registered nationwide within the period, he said.

In some states, the rejections were as high as 60 percent, he said. He however failed to provide a breakdown of the registrations, state by state.

Why INEC Struck

INEC voided the new registrations either because of multiple registration or for incomplete data provided by registrants,.

“It seems that many registrants, either out of ignorance that they do not need to re-register if they had done so before, or a belief that our systems will not detect this infraction, have gone out to register again.

“This is despite repeated warnings by the commission against this illegal action,” the INEC chairman said.

“In addition, there are also registrants whose data were incomplete and did not meet our business rules for inclusion in the register.

“Presently, nearly 45% of completed registrations nationwide are invalid, rising to as high as 60% or more in some states.

“This infraction happened in all states of the federation. No state is immune from it.

INEC will purge the invalid registrations from the register of voters, the Chairman said.

“This development is worrisome because of the time and resources expended in handling these cases,” Mahmood said.

The Commission hitherto announced that registrants should collect their unclaimed PVCs, including those who registered between June and December 2021.

INEC rejects 1.12m new voters

Days to go for What?

INEC ends the fourth quarter registration on 30 June 2022. Therefore you have the listed number of days above to register and obtain a permanent voter card (PVC) before the current registration window closes.

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INEC discovers double voter registrations in Imo

… lifts suspension in Imo

… PVCs ready for collection

INEC discovers double voter registrations in Imo State, leading to cancellation of nearly half of registered voters in first and second quarters.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday announced that 43 percent of Imo voters engaged in double registrations.

Specifically, INEC invalidated 7,145 of 16,511 new voter registrations for this reason, State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Francis Ezeonu, said.

The INEC believes people rushed to re-register based on misinformation that their cards had expired.

He therefore pleaded with voters not to duplicate registration because permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) do not expire.

INEC lifts Imo suspension

Prof Ezeonu also told newsmen at a briefing that INEC has lifted the suspension of voter registration in 21 of the 24 Local Government Areas in Imo State.

Voter registrations remain suspended for Njaba, Orsu and Ihite Uboma LGAs due to security reasons, he announced Thursday, 28 April.

INEC therefore advised eligible voters from affected LGAs to register at other locations until the security situation abates.

The fourth quarter of the registration exercise began on April 11 and will end June 30. But Ezeonu however said INEC will shut down its online portal midway into the quarter to allow for pre-registered applicants to undergo biometric capture before June 30.

PVC collection and updates

The INEC boss said his agency has processed registration data for first and second quarters of the current registration exercise.

Consequently, PVCs of those that registered in the two quarters as well as those that registered between 2011 and 2018 are ready for collection.

Imo voters already registered in three affected LGAs to vote were asked to collect their PVCs at the state headquarters.

Voters from the State that lost their PVCs will get a replacement if they obtain a court affidavit. Ezeonu however reminded those that engage in multiple registrations that this is an electoral crime.

INEC discovers double voter registrations in Imo

PDP clears 15 presidential aspirants, disqualify two

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, clears 15 of its 17 presidential aspirants.

A panel headed by former Senate President David Mark however rejected two aspirants for not meeting the requirements.

He listed the requirements as party membership, nationality, qualifications, evidence of tax clearance, possesion of voters card and financial capacity.

Mark neither disclosed their identities nor volunteered which of the criteria knocked them out.

He however said they could contest their disqualification through the party’s appeal process.

PDP clears 15 presidential aspirants
Sen Mark

“Now don’t ask me those who have been cleared and those who have not been cleared because I won’t tell you.

“We haven’t released the result to them. So if you ask questions in that direction, you’re wasting time.

“We’re quite satisfied with the standard of the aspirants by and large. And we think that any one of them who gets the ticket would win the election in 2023.”

The party mopped up N646 million from the sale of forms to the 17 presidential aspirants.

Each of the 16 male aspirants paid N35million to purchase nomination forms and N5million for the expression of interest forms.

The lone female among them, Tariela Diana Oliver, however paid N5million for nomination and N1million for the interest form.

2023 PDP presidential aspirants

The 17 aspirants interviewed by the panel include

AspirantStateBio
1. Atiku AbubakarAdamawaFormer Vice President
2. Anyim Pius AnyimEbonyiFormer Senate President, Secretary to Federal Govt
3. Nwachukwu AnakwenzeAnambraUS-based medical doctor
4. Udom EmmanuelAkwa IbomCurrent Governor of Akwa Ibom State
5. Ayodele FayoseEkitiFormer Governor of Ekiti State
6. Mohammed Hayatu-DeenBornoInvestment banker
7. Chikwendu KaluAbiaFormer Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly
8. Dele MomoduEdoMagazine Publisher
9. Bala MohammedBauchiCurrent Bauch State Governor and former Minister
10. Cosmos NdukweAbiaformer Deputy Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly
11. Peter ObiAnambraFormer Governor of Anambra State
12. Sam OhuabunwaImoPharmacist and business leader
13. Tareila Diana OliverBayelsa
14. Olusola SarakiKwaraformer Governor, former Senate President
15. Aminu TambuwalSokotoCurrent Sokoto State Governor
16. Charles UgwuEnuguLawyer and businessman
17. Nyesom Wike RiversCurrent Governor of Rivers State & former Minister
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Ekweremadu undergoes PDP screening in Enugu

Senator Ike Ekweremadu successfully undergoes screening by a PDP Governorship Panel and scores process high.

Southeast PDP governorship aspirants began appearing today in Enugu before the party’s national governorship screening panel.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, an aspirant for Enugu governorship position, appeared first before the panel.

PDP National Vice Chairman (South East), Chief Ali Odefa, received the former Deputy Senate President on arrival.

The Senator was accompanied to the venue by party fauthful, led by Director-General of his campaign, Hon. Charles Ogbo Asogwa.

Sen Ekweremadu explained to newsmen that the party is conducting screening for the entire South East aspirants from Enugu.

The panel will however exempt Anambra and Imo from the governorship screening excerise as no governorship elections are taking place in the two states next year.

The Senator’s Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, in a statement quoted his boss’s overall impression as follows:

“I met with the panel today in Enugu and was successfully screened.

It was quite smooth and the people were quite friendly and courteous. The system is perfect and we hope that the exercise will continue to be smooth as I met it.

“I am sure the National Assembly and State Assembly aspirants, who had their exercise yesterday probably had the same experience of a smooth process, which is exactly what we have been advocating.

“Let us have a transparent and smooth process.

“PDP has come a long way and should be able to have sufficient experience to manage this kind of process and I can see the experience coming to play.

“So, I want to thank the officials of the PDP in Enugu State and the South East for a job well done so far,” he stated.

Ekweremadu undergoes PDP governorship screening in Enugu

Voter registration for 2023 ends 30 June

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ends current voter registration drive for the 2023 elections by 30 June 2022.

INEC announced that last quarter continuous voter registration which resumed on the 11 April ends 30 June, 2022.

However, it’s not clear whether the electoral umpire will be able to organise another registration round before the election.

INEC published February 2023 dates for the general elections that will usher in a new president and majority of governors.

Registration centres are located at INEC State and Local Government Area Offices as well as RA/Ward Collation Centres.

INEC officers do rotational visits to the Wards to ensure that eligible voters are captured to vote.

“This may be the very last chance to register to vote before 2023 elections,” an official said.

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Voter registration drive for 2023 ends 30 June

How to change voting centre

INEC has also announced that voters can conveniently transfer their voting points close to their homes.

They can do this by following a simple process as outlined in the link below:

Voter registration for 2023 ends 30 June

Transfer to new voting centre in easy steps

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) publishes steps for a registered voter to transfer to new voting centre.

The Agency encourages transfers for those who moved location and want to vote at nearby centres.

INEC advised those wishing to transfer their Voter’s Card to be guided by the following steps:

1. Go to INEC online portal (cvr.inecnigeria.org)
2. Select Services
3. Select Voter Transfer
4. Create account with your email address
5. Login with your email
6. Open the link sent to you in your email
7. Fill out form provided and new address
8. Check form for mistakes & correct
9. Save as instructed.
10. Use your phone to snap and upload 2 of your photos (First photo with serious face and the second with smiling face)
11. Submit form
12. Wait for when it is ready
INEC will send message (phone, email or both) on where to pick card around new place of abode

How to locate your voting centres in Nigeria

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Exercise your right as an Nigerian citizen today. Use the link provided here to register to vote. You can also use the link to change your voting centre or update your PVC.

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Nowadays, Nigerian voters are able to locate their voting centres, also known as polling units, through a simple online search.

Using the INEC Polling Unit Locator tool, voters should locate the centres to vote during elections in no time.

INEC however advises voters to select a polling units closest to their areas of residence.

This is “due to the restricted movement on election days.”

To view your polling unit:
1. Go to Locator: (https://www.inecnigeria.org/elections/polling-units/)
2. Select State (This is the state you would be voting in)
3. Select LGA (This is the LGA in which you live)
4. Select Ward
5. Click “Search”