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INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu: commission bans APC from fielding candidates in Zamfara in 2019

INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu: commission bans APC from fielding candidates in Zamfara in 2019

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has informed the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC that it will not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara state in the 2019 elections.

The commission’s acting secretary, Okechukwe Ndeche in a letter to the APC said the party is barred from fielding candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections, as it failed to comply with Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.

Parties according to the act were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC, which says that the conduct of primaries must be concluded between 18 August and 7 October, 2018.

Governor Yari of Zamfara State

Governor Yari of Zamfara State

The APC ran out of time and INEC said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials werte fully mobilised and deployed”.

Zamfara problem began when The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party announced the dissolution of Zamfara APC executive committee led by Alhaji Lawali M. Liman.

The sacked leadership however claimed it returned Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Idris as winner of last Wednesday’s botched governorship primary election in the state.

It also declared Governor Abdulaziz Yari as winner of Zamfara West senatorial zone’s primary election in the state, claiming he polled 166,000 votes.

However, the Major General Abubakar Mustapha Gana-led Zamfara State Electoral Committee, said no primaries took place in the state.

The primary election was rescheduled for last weekend, but Governor Yari threatened to mobilise his supporters to disrupt it.

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Mega Church Endorses Governor Wike for A Second Term

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Gov. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

Gov. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike


The General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere has declared that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has been ordained for a divine second term because of his projects delivery.

This is as Governor Wike stated that Christians must fully participate in the electoral process to determine the right leadership to transform the country.

They spoke at the OPM Worldwide Headquarters at Doctors Jesus City, Mbodo Aluu, Rivers State on Sunday.

Speaking at the Church Service, the General Overseer of OPM, Apostle Chinyere stated that Governor Wike has used his divine mandate to improve infrastructure across the state and deliver good governance to Rivers people.

He stated that his 2014 endorsement of the Rivers State Governor still subsists because it has not been withdrawn.

“The key to Government House which we divinely handed over to Governor Wike in 2014 before his first term is still in his pocket.

“Therefore, he will finish his second. I now hand over to Governor Wike the key to his second term. The governor will conclude his second term. Any plot against the governor’s second term will be scattered in Jesus Name “.

He said that the governor fulfilled his promise to the Church by releasing the land they acquired along the airport. He said that action has led to the expansion of OPM.

Apostle Chinyere stated that OPM will continue to support the State Government through investments in free education, rehabilitation of commercial sex and criminals .

“If all Churches operate free schools , crime will reduce. The government should enact a law that churches that fail to operate free schools should pay tax. We are also going to construct an All Girls Technical College”, he said.

In his remarks, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated that the refusal of Christians to use their voting strength has helped to enthrone poor leadership.

He said in 2019, Christians should effectively use their permanent voters cards to vote for credible leaders with the capacity to govern and improve the economy.

“You can only stop the emergence of a bad leader if you use your voters cards in the right direction. Don’t sit down and allow anybody to say they are more than you in number.

“When we are unconcerned and uninterested, bad leadership comes to the country”, he said.

Governor Wike agreed that his second term is secured because God has confirmed it through the voice of a leading cleric, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere.
“If the General Overseer has given me the key to Government House, nobody can receive the key. Even if they bring a crane or submarine, the key is secured.

“They are fighting themselves while I am moving ahead . God has placed a spirit of confusion in them”, he said.
Governor Wike noted that he will continue to partner with the Church to develop Rivers State. He noted that his political strength and presence flows from the support of the church.

The governor called on the Church to pray against violent elections in Rivers State, plans by INEC to manipulate the results and plans to use security agencies to manipulate polls.

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2019 presidency:Akpabio reveals first state Buhari will win, says election will end within 3 hours

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A former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the presidential election within three hours of voting.

The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State also claimed that the state would be first Buhari will win on February 16.

The lawmaker, who spoke in an interview with journalists in Uyo, was responding to a question on the possibility of violence in Akwa Ibom during the election following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to him, the people of the state have already decided who they will vote, insisting that there is no battle ground in the state.

Akpabio said, “APC had taken over Akwa Ibom even before I joined the party. By the time I decided to join APC, by the time I landed at the airport, the whole airport was APC.

“The whole of the airport to the town was APC. The whole of the plaza in Uyo was APC, the jubilation was infectious.

“Women and men were bringing their brooms from under their bed, which means they had been hiding them because of me and they were sweeping the roads.

“A distance of 20 minutes took us over two hours to cover because of the jubilation. I was now saying that so all these people belong to APC.

“When I asked them, they said, “Sir, after you left office, the situation wasn’t the same again. We have moved to APC”. And I asked them when, and they said since 2015.

“If you ask the APC headquarters, they will tell you that we have over 300,000 card-carrying members who joined the party within six weeks.

“When I hear that Akwa Ibom is going to be a battle-ground, I laugh because there is no battle-ground in a state that has already shown direction.

“I can confidently confirm to you that the first state President Buhari will win within three hours of voting is Akwa Ibom.

“It is not because of me but because of the change that the Federal Government has started. The reason I am being attacked is just because I am a leader here and a lot of people came out boldly to associate with APC when I joined, but the people have rejected PDP before I declared for APC.”

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2019: Global Peace Movement International endorses Akpabio for Senate

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Senator Godswill Akpabio

Senator Godswill Akpabio


By Augustine Aminu

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, an international based None Governmental Organization, Global Peace Movement International (GPMI), have thrown their weight behind Sen. Godswill Akpabio’s re-election bid.

Dr. Mike Uyi, President General of the organization, in an interview with newsmen in Lagos described Governor Akpabio as an icon of democracy and a good example of what leadership should represent in Nigeria and Africa at large.

He said their support for Senator Akpabio was not unconnected with his landmark achievements in this democratic dispensation.

“Available and verifiable facts singled out Senator Akpabio as a pride of Africa, worthy of emulation”.

Dr. Uyi further stated that Senator Akpabio’s achievements in the areas of human capital development; infrastructure and quality legislation remains a reference point among lawmakers in Nigeria.

“It is on record that this Icon of democracy during his time as the Executive Governor of Akwa-Ibom State introduced free, compulsory and qualitative education policy; free medical care for pregnant women, children and the aged; and the massive infrastructural investment”, Dr. Uyi emphasized.

“We decided to throw our weight behind a man who has what it takes to represent his people and that is why we are supporting Senator Akpabio.”

“He has good track record as a politician who means well for the common man in the village. Not the politicians who are afraid to stay among their people in their immediate environment. Senator Akpabio is a grassroots man who knows the needs of the masses, and shares the little he has with them”.

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