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2023 presidential ticket not zoned to north or south: PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has not zoned its presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections to any part of the country.

The party made the clarification in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja on Saturday.

Mr Ologunagba said the attention of the party was drawn to comments it had zoned its presidential ticket to a particular part of the country.

He described the speculation as misleading, saying it did not represent the position of the Party.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP emphatically and unequivocally states that it has not zoned its presidential ticket to any part of the country.

“The PDP is a political party founded on democratic principles and every action of the party, including zoning, is based on extensive consultations, discussions and consideration of all the issues as well as the various tendencies and interests across the nation.

“This is with the main objective of ensuring that the unity, peaceful co-existence and development of our nation are reinforced and promoted.” the statement said.

Mr Ologunagba urged Nigerians and party members to disregard the zoning claims, adding that “Our Party also cautions those behind the claims to desist forthwith.”

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Man in court for not taking care of his girlfriend

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A 24-year-old man Korode Yusuf has been docked at the Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun for not catering for his pregnant girlfriend, thereby endangering her life.

Mr Yusuf, a resident of Isale Ariya area, Johnson Market, Ota, was charged with endangerment.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp E. O. Adaraloye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 1, 2021, at his residence.

Mr Adaraloye said the defendant failed to supply the needs of his girlfriend, who was pregnant for him, thus endangering her life.

He stated that the offence contravened sections 339 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate A. O. Adeyemi admitted the defendant to bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Mr Adeyemi ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to the Ogun State government.

She adjourned the case until January 21 for further hearing.

(NAN)

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IPOB leader Kanu defies judge, wears Fendi designer cloth to court

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On Wednesday, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, reappeared in court in the same Fendi designer cloth he wore on Monday, defying Justice Binta Nyako.

On Monday, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had ordered Mr Kanu not to wear the same attire he has since worn for all his trials after his re-arrest in June 2021.

“I don’t want to see him in these cloths again. This one is almost off-white,” the judge had demanded.

However, counsel to the attorney general of the federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, Shuaibu Labaran, told the judge that Mr Kanu disobeyed the court order.

“The case is adjourned until today for arraignment. But before then, I crave the indulgence of your Lordship because you gave an order that the defendant should not appear in this cloth,” he stated. “But the defendant (Kanu) chose to wear the same clothes because it is a designer.”

Mr Labaran also informed the court that the DSS had complied with the court order by procuring an orthopaedic mattress and pillows for the IPOB leader to make him comfortable in detention.

But Mr Kanu’s, Mike Ozekhome, disagreed his client refused to wear other cloths.

He said though they got him a set of other cloths before finishing the day’s activities on Monday, it was a bit late, and they could not hand them over to him.

He assured that Mr Kanu would appear in other clothes next time.

Mr Ozekhome commended the SSS for complying with the court order by procuring the orthopaedic mattress and pillows for his client to make him comfortable.

Mrs Nyako said the cloths could be handed to the legal officer that came with the security outfit.

(NAN)

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Buhari’s dictator background saved Nigeria from collapse: Gov. Ayade

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Cross River Governor Ben Ayade says President Muhammadu Buhari’s military background saved the country from collapse, but Nigerians don’t know. 

“Perhaps, if it was not Buhari’s administration with his military background, the country would have collapsed at this stage,” Mr Ayade said, though Nigeria insecurity has worsened since Mr Buhari assumed power in 2015.

Mr Ayade, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to APC last year, further claimed that Nigerians were ignorant of the danger Mr Buhari had saved Nigeria. 

“People don’t know that because if you have been able to avoid risk, Mr Ayade explained, “nobody can see it because it was avoided. I think the situation could have been worse.” 

Boko Haram and bandits have continued to kill and kidnap for ransom, while agitations for secession continue to threaten Nigeria’s unity. 

Last week, bandits killed over 200 Nigerians in communities in Zamfara. 

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed that over 200 citizens had been killed and more than 200 abducted in 17 in Niger. 

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