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I will not resign over prison breaks, says Aregbesola

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has declared that he won’t resign amid the incessant successful attacks on prison facilities in Nigeria.

Aregbesola disclosed this while addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday.

The minister noted that the attacks did not take place successfully for lack of preparation.

According to Aregbesola: “Imo was in April this year. Kabba was in September. Abologo was in October and Jos was in November. Those captured the attacks.

“When your our best does not suffice, it’s no longer a question of your inability to make preparation or failure for preparation or preparedness.

“It’s just that at that instance, you just couldn’t hold the defense and several factors are responsible.

“As to whether it calls for my resignation, I still don’t see any need for that because it’s not for lack of preparedness that the attacks were successful. No.”

Several Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) have been attacked by unknown gunmen in some states of the country.

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Voter’s Cards issued in 2011 need no revalidation, INEC clarifies

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), clarified on Friday that all Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), issued by the Commission in 2011, and after are still valid for voting.

Recall that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who had declared interest in contesting for the presidency in 2023 said that the PVCs held by the citizenry have all expired.

Tinubu, however, has already apologised for the misleading statement, including any form of confusion it may have spirited.

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, who made the clarification in a statement in Abuja, said the PVCs can still be used without revalidation.

Oyekanmi affirmed that the Commission will use a ‘New Card Reader’ for the 2023 General Elections.

He had said: “What the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget, known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED).

“The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by INEC in 2011 and after can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections, including the upcoming Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election.

READ ALSO: ‘Your claim on PVCs incorrect,’ INEC replies Tinubu

“To be sure, PVCs issued in 2011 and after do not need any revalidation.

“It is also not true that the Commission will use the so-called ‘New Card Reader’ for the 2023 General Election.

“What the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget, known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED). It is currently being used for the physical registration of voters. During an election, it will facilitate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which provides for both fingerprint and facial authentication.

“The device will also be used to upload individual polling unit election results to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real time on election day.

“The general public should therefore disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation. There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”

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I don’t want to become Nigeria’s president, says Sheriff

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Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, said on Friday that he is not interested in contesting for Nigeria’s presidency in the 2023 election.

Sheriff, who made the clarification while speaking at a media briefing, in Abuja, revealed that he was only interested in contesting for the National Chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He maintained that he has the needed political capacity to ensure that an APC member succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Sheriff said: “Please, I want to put it on record today, I am not looking for a president. I am looking for an APC national chairmanship position so that I can lead a campaign as we did in 2014 to make sure that our father and leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, hands over power to another APC man as a president.

“If I want to be president, I am not afraid of anybody. But I don’t want to be president but the national chairman of the APC.

READ ALSO: ‘APC will not rule Nigeria beyond 2023,’ PDP tells Sheriff

“With the greatest respect and humility, I make bold to declare that I am that person because I have the skills and experience to unite different interests within the party and across the diverse groups in the country.

“The APC under our leadership will collaborate with the federal government to ensure continuity of the social investment programmes in the interest of all Nigerians at large.

“We will also work with the national assembly to ensure necessary laws with legislative backing.

“We will ensure resolution of all contending issues within the APC to ensure a united party ahead of the 2023 general election, so we can go into the contest as a united front.”

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2023: All candidates must turn in bank statements, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said on Friday that candidates vying for any electoral position in 2023 must declare their bank statements.

Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, represented by a National Commissioner, Kunle Ajayi, stated this in Abuja during a policy roundtable conference on political campaign finance.

Ajayi noted that the Commission would set up monitoring committees like Central Bank of Nigeria, DSS, EFCC, the ICPC, (commercial) banks and other law enforcement agencies to monitor the expenditure of candidates during the campaign period.

He said: “As long as we have not notified anybody that the race to the 2023 general election has started, we are not unaware of what anybody is doing. We follow the law strictly.

“We have not officially declared notice for the 2023 general election, but when we do declare, we will put our monitoring committees to motion like the Central Bank of Nigeria, DSS, EFCC, the ICPC, (commercial) banks and other law enforcement agencies. We have that plan already.

READ ALSO: Securing Nigeria ahead of 2023 elections a tough task – INEC

“Every candidate must be made to declare his bank asset. That is where they draw out their money, so we will make them present their statement of account right from the onset.

“We will make it mandatory for them to turn in their bank statement so that if they say they are doing billboards and the account remains the same, then there is a problem.

“We are going to establish finance monitoring teams and they will be among the electorate but they (politicians and political parties) won’t know.

“We are going to do it in a way that the influence of money will be reduced because we want to make the electoral field a level playing ground for both rich and poor candidates and electorates. Everybody will go on an equal economic level so that you won’t influence the voting pattern.”

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