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Zoning 2023 presidency undemocratic, says SDP

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The chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Delta Chapter, Oke Idawene, says zoning the 2023 presidency to a particular region is undemocratic and should be discouraged.

He said this on Tuesday while speaking with NAN, saying the SDP is opposed to zoning.

“Enough of us being a laughing stock, enough of retrogression, it’s time to move forward. SDP is anti-zoning. We believe in competence. For the southern leaders, I am from the South. If you want the presidency in 2023, I call on you to lobby,” said Mr Idawene. “Power is not given for free, it is taken, and it is a collective responsibility.”

He advised political leaders in the zone to leave their comfort zones and go up North to lobby, giving reasons why the South should produce the country’s next president come 2023.

Mr Idawene added that every Nigerian was qualified to run for the presidency irrespective of region, ethnicity, and religion.

He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, for experimenting with electronic voting at the recently held Delta Isoko South Constituency I election.

“The Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) was used and there was no election rigging in that election. For the first time in Nigeria, I went for an election where until the election morning, the collation officers were not known, and the voting pattern was clear, there was no fictitious vote, and we had genuine votes,” he explained. “To this end, I think we should give INEC all the support for electronic voting and collation of election results. It is only then that we can get genuine leadership and know that Nigeria is tilting towards democratic tendencies.”

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EFCC reportedly grills ex-gov Kwankwaso for alleged N10bn fraud

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The former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Saturday appeared at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for questioning for alleged N10 billion fraud.

A source in EFCC, who confirmed the development to journalists on Saturday evening, said the ex-governor turned himself in to avert possible arrest by the commission.

Kwankwaso, according to the source, is being grilled by the commission’s operatives for an alleged diversion of N10billion meant for the payment of pensioners and contractors handling housing projects in the state.

He said “Ex-governor Kwankwaso is presently with us. He is finally here after refusing to honour repeated invitations extended to him.

READ ALSO: EFCC seals property said to belong to ex-gov of Kano, Kwankwaso

“The ex-governor came in today and is responding to questions on alleged fraud following a series of petitions including the one on alleged diversion of N10billion meant for the payment of pensioners and contractors handling housing projects which the EFCC received against him.”

Kwankwaso, who was a two-time governor of Kano State, left office in 2015.

He is one of several politicians from the North eyeing a shot at the presidency in 2023.

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Saraki tasks new PDP executives to retake power in Kwara

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Saturday charged the new executive members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara to work toward retaking power.

“You should begin to work in earnest to ensure overall victory for the party at the 2023 general elections,” Mr Saraki said at the end of the party’s congress in Ilorin.

“As soon as you leave this venue, work should begin. The peaceful conduct of this congress has confirmed to me that we are indeed ready to take back power in Kwara,” he said.

Former Speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, Mohammed Babatunde, emerged as the party’s chairman, while Umaru Muhammed emerged as deputy chairman, and Tunde Ashaolu retained the position of Publicity Secretary.

Other officers are Bisi Fakayode, Chairman, South Senatorial zone; Baba Jimoh, Chairman, North Senatorial zone; and Haliru Dansoho, as Youth Leader.

Mr Babatunde said, “We will start work from the grassroots and work our walk to the up. “We will use the next local government elections to tell Kwara people that we are back.”

In attendance at the congress were former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi and Abubakar Kanike, former House of Representatives member.

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One year after exit, ADP returns to IPAC

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Action Democratic Party (ADP) has returned to the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) one year after leaving the council.

ADP opted out of IPAC after its 19th National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in July 2020 over claims of anti-party activities by some of its members.

The ADP National Secretary, Mr. Victor Fingesi, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the party’s NWC decided to resume its full membership of IPAC after reviewing its earlier decision to suspend its membership of the council.

READ ALSO: We are ready for merger ahead of 2023 elections – ADP

He said: “All National officers and State Chairmen of our great party are by this notice directed to fully participate in the activities of IPAC at their various chapters.

“In view of this development, the leadership of our party wishes to caution all state chairmen and party officials not to engage in any form of activity that will hinder the growth of the ADP.

“Anyone who colludes with other parties or individuals to undermine ADP and/or violates the code of conduct as prescribed by IPAC will be sanctioned.”

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