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APC failed but give us another chance, Femi Ojudu’s daughter begs Nigerians

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Moremi Ojudu, daughter of Babafemi Ojudu, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on political matters, has urged Nigerians to have mercy on the All Progressives Congress leadership and the deplorable state of the nation.

“Without being partisan, I’m not really confident. I know if we run a popular vote or a popular opinion poll, Nigerians are not really satisfied with what we have done,” Ms Ojodu said this on Sunday during Channels TV’s ‘Rubbin’ Minds‘ when asked whether the APC would have any trouble garnering votes from the electorate despite the poor state of affairs in the nation. “However, we can only plead and appeal to them to please have mercy and give us another chance.”

Ms Ojudu is considered a vocal critic of Mr Buhari’s regime. In 2017, She joined hundreds of protesters who raised their voices and placards against Mr Buhari’s regime, demanding the change APC promised.

Under Mr Buhari’s regime, Nigeria has suffered multiple sectoral failures evident in the constant devaluation of the national currency. 

The Central Bank of Nigeria, led by Godwin Emefiele, has imposed multiple questionable fiscal and monetary policies, including restricting the amount of foreign currency used by Nigerians to the all-out ban of foreign exchange transactions through Bureau de Changes. 

The protection of fundamental rights and the civic space has shrunk as the regime continues to intimidate media and civil society organisations. 

On Monday, The Gazette was a victim of the Buhari-led regime’s intimidation when agents of the National Intelligence Agency stormed the head office of Peoples Gazette in Abuja.

Similarly, the office of CISLAC, a non-governmental organisation, was raided by security agents last year, sparking concern from the civic society over their safety. 

Last year, Mr Buhari banned Twitter in Nigeria for removing his genocidal tweet.

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Amid protests, fraud allegations, Biodun Oyebanji declared APC gubernatorial candidate

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Biodun Oyebanji, immediate past Secretary to Ekiti Government, has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries.

Declaring the winner, the chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, said Mr Oyebanji had 101,703 out of the total votes cast.

Mr Badaru announced this at the State Collation Centre, APC party secretariat in Ado-Ekiti.

“It is my pleasure to declare Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of this primary, having scored the highest votes cast. Having satisfied all necessary criteria, I hereby declare Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji as the winner,” declared Mr Badaru.

He added that Ekiti APC had 183,560 registered members, 107,877 members were accredited, and the total votes cast was 104,983.

The chairman expressed surprise at the allegations by some aspirants that they were not consulted. He explained that the meeting slated for Thursday morning between the committee and the aspirants was cancelled because of a security report.

The Jigawa governor disclosed that the primaries took place across the 177 wards and that it was free and fair.

“However, there are pockets of violence. When we receive the results, we will know where we need to cancel; we will. As we have earlier promised, we have ensured a level playing ground for all aspirants,” the committee chairman added.

On the protest by some aspirants, the committee chairman explained that he had not received any official petition but only heard about it on the media. He directed that the returning officers of the wards where elections were not held should write their reports and submit the same to the committee.

The results presented by the 16 local government area returning officers revealed that Mr Oyebanj won in all the council areas.

Opeyemi Bamidele had 760 votes, Femi Bamisile, 400, Kayode Ojo, 767, Adedayo Adeyeye, 691 and Bamidele Faparusi, 376, Demola Popoola, 239 and Oluwasola Afolabi, 47 in the Option A4 direct primary adopted for the primary.

Six of the eight aspirants had protested the alleged hijack of the exercise in the morning and demanded the primaries be stopped. Messrs Oyebanji and Popoola were not among the protesters.

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Ohanaeze hopes that with time, govt’ll see need for State Police

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Pan-Igbo social-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed its disappointment over government’s rejection of the proposal for State Police in Nigeria.

The reaction came after the House of Representatives Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution this week rejected a bill seeking the creation of state police.

The House Committee scrapped the idea after 14 members of the committee voted against the amendment to section 214 of the 1999 constitution while only 11 others voted in support during a meeting to consider the bill.

Reacting to the rejection, National publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Chidozie Ogbonnia hammered on the importance of having a State Police department, adding that the government would eventually see the beed for it.

“The issue of central police has already collapsed in Nigeria,” said Ogbonnia.

READ ALSO: ‘South-East wants political solution to Kanu’s case,’ Ohanaeze tells Buhari

“In a Federation, there ought to be multiple levels of security architecture, even down to the local Government Area. There is no Federation without multiple levels of security architecture. They compliment the central police.

“Here is the South East, that is why Ohanaeze supports the formation of Ebubeagu, they operate at local levels to compliment the central security architecture.

“They (Ebubeagu personnel) have a relationship with the rural communities and make the job of the central police easier because they understand the environment more than somebody from outside.

“Evidently, there is a need for them to complement each other. I want to believe that with time, they will understand the need for state police”.

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Ekiti Guber: Biodun Oyebanji wins APC primary election

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The immediate past secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship direct primary election held in the State.

Oyebanji, who is widely perceived as Governor Kayode Fayemi’s anointed candidate, emerged the winner with 101,703 votes.

He defeated seven other aspirants who had earlier protested against the electoral process, and pressed for it to be canceled.

READ ALSO: Ekiti APC in disarray, as seven guber aspirants withdraw from primaries, blame Fayemi

They had claimed, among others things, that the Chairman of the APC primary election committee, and Governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, had handed Oyebanji’s supporters the result sheets to write the results before the election.

The aggrieved governorship aspirants include: Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, Demola Popoola, Afolabi Oluwasola, Hon Femi Bamisile and Kayode Ojo.

However, Badaru noted that the election which took place across 177 wards was peaceful, credible and transparent.

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