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Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022

C'River: Essien Ayi Emerges PDP Flag-bearer For Akpabuyo/Calabar South/Bakassi Federal Constituency

Rt. Hon. Essien Ago 

By Obio Monday

 Rt. Hon. Essien Ayi, Member of Nigeria's House of Representatives representing Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi  Federal Constituency in Cross River State has emerged the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for next year's House of Representatives election for a record 6th time, GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports.


Hon. Ayi was first elected in 2003. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.


The lawmaker who had been accused by some of his constituents of underperformance, was elected today at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

May 22, 2022

C'River: Eta Mbora Wins PDP Reps Ticket For The 4th Time; Party Postpones Assembly Primaries

Rt. Hon. Eta Mbora

 By Obio Monday


Three-term lawmaker representing Odukpani/Calabar Municipality in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Eta Mbora has been declared winner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Representatives primaries conducted today in Calabar.


Hon. Mbora, who is gunning for the fourth term was earlier adopted as the consensus candidate of the party for the constituency.


In a related development, the PDP has postponed the House of Assembly primaries earlier scheduled for today, to tomorrow due to late arrival of voting materials and in some constituencies, insufficient materials.


GRASSROOTREPORT REPORTERS gathered that the party members who had waited since 8am, were furious over the delay in the commencement of voting while some of the delegates accused the party of planning to rig the process. 


A delegate who spoke with GRASSROOT REPORTERS expressed disappointment with the process, accusing the party of planning to impose candidates on the party.


The source who pleaded not be named, said other states had conducted theirs and the exercise was successful while that of Cross River State has been delayed, adding that there are rumours that names are being written instead of allowing the delegates to vote.








May 22, 2022

Winners Of A'Ibom State PDP House Of Assembly Primaries (See List)


 


Winners of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Assembly primaries conducted today, May 22 has been announced,



WINNERS OF PDP PRIMARIES FOR HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY SEATS:


1. Essien Udim: Hon Barr Prince Akpabio


2. Abak: Hon Udeme Otong


3. Esit Eket/Ibeno: Engr Udofia Friday Udobia


4. Nsit Ibom: Hon Eric Akpan


5. Etim Ekpo/Ika: Rt Hon Mfon Idung


6. Uyo: Mr Uwemedimo Asuquo


7. Ibiono Ibom: Obong Godwin Ekpo


8. Ikot Ekpene/ Obot Akara: Mr Jerry Otu


9. ONNA: Sunny Johnny


10. Nsit Atai: Prince Aniefiok Attah


11. Nsit Ubium: Hon Barr Otobong Bob


12. Ukanafun: Evangelist Emem Udom


13. Itu: Hon KufreAbasi Edidem


14. Oron/ Udung Uko: Hon Mrs Kenim Onofiok


15. Uruan; Dr Itoro Etim


16. INI: Hon Lawrence Udoide


17. Etinan: Uduak Ekpo-Ufot


18. Ikono: Hon Itoro Columba


19. Ibesikpo Asutan: Ubong Attah


20. Okobo: Pius Bassey


21. Mkpat Enin:wem Imo-Ita


22. Oruk Anam:Prince Sampson Idiong


23. Urue Offong/Oruko: Hon Precious Selong




Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022

Buhari Signs 2022 Amended Electoral Bill Into Law


 

President Muhammadu Buhari this saturday afternoon May 21, 2022 signed into law the recently amended 2022 electoral act


The electoral act has been a bone of contention for a while as the House of Representatives, Senate and other politicians were excluded from voting in their parties’ primaries by the 2022 electoral act.


Following the omission, both the senate and house of representatives last week convened emergency sessions where they amended the act to provide for statutory delegates to vote and be voted for in the forthcoming political parties primaries and conventions.


However, with few days left for the primaries to take place, politicians have been pressuring the president to sign it in order to avert crisis.


The bill was eventually signed today, May 21.

This was confirmed by a member of the House of Representatives Emeka Chinedu representing Ahiazu/ Ezinihittee Mbaise federal constituency in the House of Representatives


Speaking to BusinessDay, Chinedu said “I can confirm to you that Mr President signed the bill into law this afternoon and we are all happy about it as it will give us and other statutory delegates the power to vote at the primaries.


“The amendment was swiftly done by the national assembly members to legally provide a place in the Act for statutory delegates of political parties to vote during their congresses and conventions.


“It will indeed do a lot of good for the upcoming party primaries” he said.


Business Day


Friday, May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

C'River: I Have Been Cleared, Document In Circulation Is Not Current - Prince Otu

Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu


Senator Prince Bassey Otu has reacted to reports that he has been disqualified from contesting for governorship in Cross River State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship screening committee.


GRASSROOT REPORTERS had reported that Senator Otu was disqualified for failure to present his First School Leaving Certificate and Senior School Certificate, SSCE.


A statement by an aide to the former lawmaker, Ekpenyong Akiba, noted that Senator Otu was only asked to present original copies of his certificates, which he did and was cleared by the committee yesterday.


Also Read: Full Details: Why Prince Otu Was Disqualified By APC


Read the statement:


Our attention has been drawn to a misleading trending narrative claiming that Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu was not cleared by the Screening Committee.

 

The document stated that a mischievous Petition was received by the Screening Committee and that Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu failed to make full disclosure of his educational qualifications.

 

The committee after careful scrutiny of the Petition and the supporting documents found no evidence to substantiate the allegation of conviction of the aspirant before any court of law.


On his academic credentials, Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu only tendered a testimonial to cover for his First School Leaving certificate and his WASC, but the committee requested for the original certificates to be provided and declared the matter inconclusive.


We want to categorically state that:


1. Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu was only requested to produce the required certificates which he did and was officially cleared.


2. The document in circulation is not current as it was released two days ago while Senator Otu was only cleared yesterday after meeting with the requirements of the committee.


We urge our teeming supporters and party faithfuls to remain calm as the people's choice, Senator (Prince) Bassey Otu has been screened and cleared.




May 20, 2022

2023: C'River APC Disqualifies 19 Aspirants (Full List)


 

By Obio Monday


The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee in Cross River State has disqualified a total of ninety aspirants vying for membership of the Cross River State House of Assembly under the party.


A document obtained by GRASSROOT REPORTERS shows that most of the aspirants were disqualified for not presenting their letter of resignation; one of the criteria set out by the party for qualification to contest at the primaries.


The party had directed all political appointees seeking elective posts to resign their appointments.


Interestingly, one of the aspirants who was cleared by the party, Hon. Chief Effiong Ekarika Jimmy (Calabar South 2) did not present his letter of resignation, as indicated in the document, but was cleared. No reason was given for his clearance despite not presenting his letter of resignation.


Also worthy of note is the non clearance of: Blessing Ekpo Joseph (Yakurr 2), Odey Rosemary Turitta (Obudu), Aburu John Okpe (Obudu) and Oyong Francis (Boki 2) despite meeting the requirements as indicated by the party. No reason has been given by the party for their disqualification.


Those disqualified by the APC include:

1. Ernest Ekpor  Awor ( Akamkpa 2) - No resignation letter

2. Bassey Edet Asuquo (Odukpani)  - No resignation letter

3. Chief Cyril Anthony Asuquo (Calabar South) - No resignation letter

4. Ted Afu Inyang (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

5. Ekum Bajie Odu (Boki 1) - No resignation letter

6. Barr. Etta Ebri Ukagu ( Yakurr 2) - No resignation letter

7. Ofem Morris Ubi (Yakurr 1) - No resignation letter

8. Obeten Keppy Eteng (Yakurr 1) - No resignation letter

9. Ekpo Blessing Joseph (Yakurr 1) - No reason for disqualification

10. Aburu John Okpe (Obudu) - No Reason for disqualification

11. Odey Rosemary Turitta (Ogoja) - No reason for disqualification

12. Engr. Nkpeh Emmanuel (Bekwerra) - No resignation letter

13. Elizabeth Banks Bakwan (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

14. Bernard Etta Afu (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

15. Victor Ofum Agbor (Boki 2) - No resignation letter

16. Odey Ransome Mbeh (Ikom 1) - No letter of resignation

17. Oyong Francis (Boki 2) - No reason for disqualification

18. Enim Victor Etta (Ikom 1) - No resignation letter

19. Pastor Cobham Ekpenyong (Calabar South 2) - No resignation letter


See full list of this cleared and those disqualified:



















Thursday, May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022

BREAKING: Owan-Enoh Withdraws From Cross River Governorship Race, Throws Weight Behind Otu

Senator John Owan-Enoh

Former senator and All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant, Senator John Owan-Enoh has withdrawn from the governorship race in Cross River State.


The former lawmaker has thrown his weight behind the APC's consensus candidate, Sensor Bassey Otu.


A statement by Senator Owan-Enoh on Tuesday, read:


AS THE CURTAIN FALLS ON OUR GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRATION, LET'S THROW OUR SUPPORT BEHIND THE CONSENSUS CANDIDACY OF SEN (PRINCE) BASSEY OTU WHILE KEEPING HOPE ALIVE.


My dear friends, supporters and compatriot, I come to you today with humility and a grateful heart for your unalloyed aupport in the vision for a prosperous Cross River State in which all of us will fourth. Your support which I will never take for granted is the reason for the strength of our campaign.


Today, I am saddled with the onerous responsibility of conveying to you, my decision to suspend our campaign for the Governorship of Cross River State on the platform of our great party, the All Progressive's Congress (APC). After some deep reflection in addition to consultation, I have taken the decision to yield to the consensus arrangement of our great party in the firm belief in the supremacy of our party.


I do this for the sake of the unity of our platform and my support for the leadership of our party under HE Gov. Ayade.


No matter how profound our vision is, no matter how brightly the light of hope burns in out hearts, as loyal party men and women, the supremacy of the party is sacrosanct at all times.

And so It is in full compliance and obedience to the decision of our party as well as your understanding that I suspend this campaign.


Let it be noted that this suspension is with immediate effect.


Although the decimon was not an easy one

especially when I take into consideration the overwhelming support my candidacy and aspiration enjoyed across the state, it is in the human nature for every engagement no matter how productive, enriching and rewarding to come to this point.


It is therefore in this spirit that I urge you to throw your weight and support behind Sen. Bassey Otu, the consensus choice of our party.


Having closely associated with him over the years, I have no doubt in his ability to deliver the dividends of democracy to our people. He's no bad choice afterall! Indeed, he's not!!!


This by no means is not the end of our extraordinary political journey together. Since my political odyssey started over two decade ago, my actions at all times have been shaped by the undying seal and determination to serve our people to the best of my ability, It is this vision that influenced my decision to offer myself to serve the state as governor in 2019 and in the upcoming governorship election in 2023, which we now have cause to suspend.


My dear compatriots, while today's political arrangement does not favour us in terms of what we desires, we should not lose hope in a tomorrow in which our determination to offer selfless service to our people finally becomes a reality. As long as the good Lord keeps us alive and in good health, our shared dream of a Cross River State that works for all will never die


Once again, I thank you.


May God Bless Cross River State,

May God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria


John Owan Enoh


May 19, 2022

Why I Dumped APC - Ex-minister, Usani Usani

Pastor Usani Usani

 Former Nigerian Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani has given reasons for leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) for People's  Redemption Party (PRP).


The ex-minister who is vying for the office of governor in Cross River State, said his defection was as a result of the "constriction of the democratic space".


He stated this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday.


He said: “We built up the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the members of the APC are not my enemies. The constriction of the democratic space has occasioned this expediency.”


Pastor Usani added that the defection was to enable him to actualise his ambition to succeed Governor Ben Ayade in 2023.


Recall that APC had a consensus arrangement for the governorship ticket with Prince Bassey Otu chosen as the consensus candidate.






Wednesday, May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: APC Sets New Date For Presidential Primaries


 

The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Felix Morka has said the presidential primary of the party has been rescheduled and is now scheduled to hold on May 29th, 2022.


 The primary had earlier scheduled the primaries to hold between May 30 and June 1, 2022.


The party spokesperson disclosed this while addressing journalists on Wednesday after the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.


“Our special convention on presidential primaries will now take place between Sunday 29th May to Monday 30th of May 2022.”


The party spokesperson also revealed that the mode of primary to elect the presidential candidate of the party would be made known in the guidelines that would be made available by the party.


Morka noted that the NWC has also approved a revised timetable schedule of activities for the House of Assembly, National Assembly and Governorship primaries.


Morka added that the election appeals for governorship and the House of Representatives would take place on Friday, 27th May 2022, while the appeals for the Senate and House of Assembly primaries would take place on Saturday, May 28, 2022.


He stressed that the leadership of the party has not taken any decision as regards the zoning of the presidential ticket of the party.


Daily Post




May 18, 2022

Osun 2022: Court Affirms Adeleke As PDP Candidate


 

Justice Nathaniel Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has affirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Osun governorship election slated for July 16 2022.


The judge dismissed a suit filed by Prince Dotun Babayemi, seeking to be declared the candidate of PDP.


He nullified the primary election that produced Babayemi, which held at WOCDIF event center, Osogbo on March 8th 2022.


The judgement was delivered amidst heavy security and lasted for one hour 45 minutes.


Justice Emmanuel affirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke as the valid elected PDP candidate for the poll.




May 18, 2022

Former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau Dumps APC

Senator Ibrahim Shekarau

 

A former Governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has officially joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


AbdulMumin Jibrin, former DG of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s Support Group  who recently joined the NNPP made the disclosure via a tweet on his official Twitter page.

 

The tweet reads, “BREAKING- Sen Ibrahim Shekarau joins NNPP. Details later.”







Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Presidential Hopeful, Bola Tinubu To Dump APC


Former Lagos state governor and Presidential hopeful on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Bola Tinubu has concluded plans to dump the ruling party, if the May 30 primaries are schemed against him, an associate of the former Lagos state government has said.


The associate who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Vanguard that the development was the reason former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal stated recently that Tinubu had plan B if APC primaries are manipulated against him.


Although, he noted that APC remains the primary platform Tinubu intends to actualize his dream of presiding over the affairs of the nation; other options including the SDP would be explored if the primaries come short of transparency and credibility.


“It is too early to ask if Asiwaju would leave the APC for another party. He is a big factor in APC, a party he helped formed, financed and nurtured into what it is today. We are not unaware of recent developments and attempts to insult a man who has paid his dues in the political evolution of this country. But that is not important for now. What I can tell you is that our leader, like other contestants, is looking forward to a credible process that would lead to the emergence of our flag bearer. But if that process is compromised, I can tell you for free that we will encourage him to explore other options.


“Yes, a lot has been said about SDP and Asiwaju. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. SDP offered him a platform to become a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria years ago but for now, he is in APC and will remain there until circumstance dictates otherwise,” he said.


Tinubu is gunning for the sole ticket of the party alongside other formidable contestants such as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonayya Onu, Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello among others. In an interview with the media a few months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari had said that he would not reveal the identity of his preferred successor, lest he be eliminated.


Only recently APC chieftain and until recently a Presidential aspirant, Moses Ayom called on Babachir Lawal to withdraw his comment on Tinubu’s possible defection, labelling same as a threat to the Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee, saying “right now, the NWC is the leadership of the APC and it should be given all kinds of support to succeed. The idea of indirectly threatening the NWC that Tinubu has another option if he is not given ticket should not arise at all. As a committed APC leader from the Middle-Belt, I call on Babachir to withdraw the comments and apologize to the party immediately
 

Vanguard





Monday, May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Former APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole Withdraws From Presidential Race, Aligns With Tinubu

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

 

Emameh Gabriel (THISDAY)


Less than two weeks after declaring to contest the All Progressives Congress’ presidential primary election, it has been confirmed that former Governor Adams Oshiomhole is no longer in the race to become the next president of Nigeria.


A credible source close to the former APC national chairman told THISDAY that Oshiomhole was no longer in the race due to what he described as “political and strategic reasons.”


The source further confirmed to THISDAY that Oshiomhole did not purchase the APC presidential nomination form because he was prevailed upon by APC stakeholders to concentrate on his senatorial ambition and align with APC national leader Bola Tinubu, a frontline presidential hopeful of the APC.


“People assumed that he (Oshiomhole) has paid for the form. He wanted to buy, but he now said okay, what is the purpose since we are on the same page with Asiwaju. So what is the purpose of buying the form? However, we had already made a point,” the source, an APC chieftain, said.


He added, “He (Oshiomhole) wanted to talk about the issues, and he did. He didn’t buy the form at all. He was prevailed upon to go for the Senate.”


Oshiomhole had, on April 4 in Abuja, declared to contest to clinch the APC presidential ticket. He had vowed to run an economy that would ensure even distribution of wealth to Nigerians.


His objectives were to reform the banking sector and other ailing sectors, including education in Nigeria, particularly the perennial ASUU-federal government crisis, if elected president.


Despite speculations that he paid N100 million for the presidential nomination form and launched his presidential campaign with fanfare, Oshiomhole was screened by the party for Edo North senatorial seat at the weekend.


The development might again bring him in direct collision with Senator Francis Alimikhena, the APC member representing Edo North senatorial district.






May 16, 2022

Ita Enang Resigns As Buhari's Adviser

Senator Ita Enang

 


The Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, has resigned his appointment to join the Akwa Ibom governorship race.


In his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Edet Ekpenyong, Enang, thanked the President ‘’for the opportunities to serve which I, and my family shall forever treasure”.


The letter reads in part: “Aand the time has come. I intend to contest for the Governorship of Akwa Ibom State on the platform of our party, The APC for which I now seek nomination, having purchased and submitted the Nomination and Expression of interest form.


‘’I hereby formally tender my resignation from office, to pursue Gubernatorial electoral cause.


I“in August 2015, upon your Inauguration, Your Excellency graciously appointed me as the Senior Special Assistant to The President on National Assembly matters – Senate & Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly.


“I served in this capacity managing what turned out to be the toughest Executive – Legislative Liaison assignment in the Nation’s democratic History.


‘’I served beyond your first term into your second term, working with the Party Leadership to elect the current Senate presiding officers in accordance with the desire of the Party, managing the screening and clearance of your second term ministers among others, which has given your second term administration greater stability and peace with the Legislature.


‘’You graciously re-appointed me as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs in August 2019, serving till date”. The Nation