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The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu has highlighted reasons for delegating questions directed at him to his team in Chatham House, London.


Tinubu had assigned three questions directed at him to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, the Director of Strategic Communication of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Aleke, and a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, Wale Edun.


El-Rufai answered the question on how Tinubu would deal with insecurity if elected president, Aleke responded to the question on oil theft.


Edun answered the question on how the Tinubu government will boost the economy if elected president.


Explaining why he delegated questions, Tinubu said the decision was to show that he relies on team spirit in handling situations.


“Let me demonstrate here one of those philosophies and doctrines that I believe firmly in, it is a team, unbreakable team. To demonstrate that, I’ll assign it to my team,” he said.

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Dele Alake, an Adviser on Media, Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is human and as such is not immune to gaffes.


Alake also said that Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidates of the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively, commit gaffes.


He disclosed this on Monday while appearing on the Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.


Recall that Tinubu has been recorded to have made some mistakes during speeches at some rallies.


“No human being is immune to gaffes. That does not translate to one’s capacity to rule.


“Asiwaju is a human being like every other person,” he said.


Alake further noted that Obi and Atiku have also made gaffes at rallies, while accusing a section of the media of promoting irrelevant issues against Tinubu.

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The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has commenced an investigation into the utilisation of N3.4 billion personnel cost allocation provided in the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) budgets for 2018 and 2019.


The committee said PTAD failed to recruit workers, despite being in the provision of its budget.


The committee chairman, Wole Oke (PDP, Osun), who lamented the unstable personnel cost, accused PTAD of lying to the government and the parliament and also denying other agencies of funds that could have been used for such a purpose.


He explained that ”An audit query from the Auditor General of the Federation Office disclosed that the agency was given N1.7bn as personnel cost in 2018 but utilised N1.4bn and returned the balance of about N310m to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).


”Despite not recruiting the required staff, the same amount of N1.7 billion was also given to the agency as personnels cost in 2019, with the amount spent going up to about N1.6 billion,” he said.


In his response, the senior officer of PTAD, Abdullah Abubakar, explained that the increase in the agency expenditure despite not recruiting new staff was a result of the promotion of existing workers and the need to adjust their salaries in accordance with their new ranks.


Abubakar, who was represented by the Executive Secretary, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, stated, “Our personnel are handled by IPPIS. We returned the balance of the money budgeted to the CRF because we did not recruit the staff that we needed to employ. To date, we still need those workers, but we have yet to get a waiver from the head of service to employ.”


The committee’s chairman, however, faulted the explanation and demanded that PTAD provide the needs assessment carried out by the Federal Character Commission (FCC)and the head of service leading to their budgetary requests since 2017.

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With less than 90 days to the forthcoming presidential election in 2023, the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he is confident Nigerians will vote for him.


Tinubu made the expression while speaking at the Chatham House, United Kingdom (UK), in a lecture titled: ‘Nigeria’s 2023 elections: In conversation with Bola Ahmed Tinubu.’


He also pledged to build more schools, employ and train teachers nationwide if elected into office.


“I have confidence that the Nigerian people will go to the polls in a few short months and give me their mandate.


“I’m ready to lead and govern the country. I will return here to interact with you when the elections are over,” he said.


Tinubu added that he is ready to lead and govern the country, while promising to use technology and expertise to increase growth and development by providing critical infrastructure.

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The Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has dismissed the claim that he doesn’t want to spend money for political campaign (not giving ‘shishi’).

Obi said he is more committed on how to use state money for public good, if elected into office in the forthcoming presidential election in 2023.


Obi disclosed this on Monday during an interactive session between him and north-eastern stakeholders in Abuja.


“People say we don’t give people ‘shishi’. It is not true. But I want to use your money for your good. I want to use it to educate your children and give them opportunities.


“I don’t want to steal your money. That’s not what I am doing because it is wrong. Rather, I want to be part of you and your children,” Obi said.


The former Anambra State governor also said he is committed to the Northeast, adding that he is not going to be President from Abuja.


“I am going to be your President from the Northeast. There’s no way I will not tour every single state of Nigeria. I’ll be everywhere,” he said.

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has distanced itself and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, from attacks on the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, stressing that it can only ask people to boycott elections.


Emma Powerful, IPOB’s spokesman, accused the Nigerian Police Force of blackmailing its members over the recent attacks on INEC offices.


The Imo State Police Command had linked the attack on INEC office in Orlu West Local Government Area of the state to ESN members.


Mike Abattam, the Command’s spokesperson said ESN members attacked INEC office using Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.


However, Powerful said ESN is not a violent organization.


His statement reads: “We have never supported nor involved ourselves in any election obstruction or violence as a movement. The only action we can take is to call our people to boycott voting if the need arises. But as of today, IPOB is not interested in Nigeria and its electoral activities and has never asked anyone to carry out any attack on our behalf.


“For the Nigeria Government and her compromised police to link IPOB and ESN to their sponsored attacks on INEC offices has shown that they are working day and night to blackmail IPOB’s self-determination movement.


“ESN operatives never attacked INEC office because we are not interested in this Nigeria’s forthcoming election in 2023.”

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The family of famous Nigerian gospel artiste, Sammie Okposo has released funeral arrangements for the singer.


The singer was said to have died in his sleep on November 25 2022 at the age of 51 years.


According to the funeral programme released on Monday, a tribute night will be held for him on Tuesday, December 13 in Lagos State.


The tribute night would be followed by a service of songs on Wednesday.


The funeral service for Okposo will take place on December 15 and will be a private affair.

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Imieti Online Agency has commenced registration for models, artistes, ushers and companions to promote events, products and services.


The registration is also open to female companions to accompany and entertain VIPs.


Those interested to participate are advised to visit www.imieti.com for registration.


Imieti Online Agency also provides event hosts with array of beautiful young ladies in their thousands to select from as ushers, models, brand ambassadors and companions.

The platform also serves as avenue for pageant organisers to select the best of models, saving the costs in logistics and others which comes with advertising for and recruiting models during auditions.


It will be a warehouse where thousands of models will be directly linked to pageant organisers just with a click of button. "The moment your information is posted as a pageant organiser, all our models are connected to you. Those interested will indicate. This saves them the cost of having to travel to all states in the country, investing time and more in recruitment of models"

 CEO Caldoc Systems, Dr. Mbah Bernard said in a chat with AbujaPress. 


He further added, "It also benefits the models in the sense that from the comfort of their homes while they remain members of the platform, they will get notifications about pageant events and other related projects and modeling jobs. 

"We also run proper background checks on both the pageant organisers, brand companies and the models themselves in order to save both parties from doing business with individuals or organisations of questionable characters. So under this platform, every party is well protected and the benefits are enormous. 


"It's one of a kind and a top innovation geared towards rejigging the model industry. I am happy it is coming at this time when tourism is being given adequate attention to boost our country's internally generated revenue" he said. 


He called on brands, individuals and corporate organisations to advertise and recruit ambassadors and faces of brands, 


He further added that those who participate in the registration and added in the platform will have chances of earning income when visitors view their profiles. 


Registration has been slashed down to N5000 to increase affordability among intending participants. The App is also available on Play store to download.


Hurry now as the exercise closes soon.

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Enugu based Humanitarian and Philanthropist Gideon Kosi Onyebuchi President/CEO Vibez Empire Group has been Honoured and Celebrated with the Prestigious ECOWAS Youth Ambassadorial Award.



The Decoration Ceremony which took place in Enugu State Nigeria during the Vibez Empire 5yrs Anniversary is in lieu of his great efforts as a notable young personality of high repute, Hardworking and Goal oriented individual with passion for Youth Development and Empowerment in Enugu State and Nigeria at large.


The official decoration was performed by the Representative of the ECOWAS Youth Council Amb. (Dr.) Temisan O. Louis President/Founder of the Mayorkings Agency Group witness the presence of notable personalities and well-wishers.


Amb. Gideon popularly known Giddy-K was also presented with a Nelson Mandela Leadership Award of Excellence and Integrity as well as an official Decoration as an Affiliate member of the Prestigious Global Institute of Leadership and Governace South Africa.


It was recorded that Amb. Gideon has over the years being performing outstandingly in Humanitarian services to his immediate society, His drive for Youths Development and Capacity Building prompted him to set up the Vibez Empire Record label through which he’s currently using to groom and promote Young talents in the entertainment industry.


In his remark after the Decoration and Presentation of Award, He appreciated the ECOWAS Youth Council for finding him worthy of such a Giant Recognition and Promised to contribute even more Societal Impacts in the coming days as he has structured plans of taking his Humanitarian services to another level by setting up a Foundation in this regard.


Amb. (Dr) Temisan further admonished him not to relent in his effort towards ensuring a Better Society for his people and urged him to keep the flag flying.


Highlight of the occasion was the Presentation of different gift items including a portrait Frame from a student of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) whom Amb. Giddy K awarded a full time scholarship till graduation as a born philanthropist of high repute.


Sunday Vanguard can Authoritatively report that the Honour Bestowed on Amb. Gideon Kosi Onyebuchi was a Well Deserved Honour which came along with a Customized Presidency Vehicle Green Plate Number from the ECOWAS Youth Council alongside a Certificate of Appointment, Certificate of Allocation of Plate Number and an official IDENTITY Card from the Council.

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A few days after endorsing the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has returned to the main opposition party.


The former lawmaker was received into the party on Monday during the presidential campaign rally in Lagos State.


DAILY POST reports that the development is coming barely 48 hours after Dogara and some aggrieved northern APC leaders declared support for the presidential candidate of the former vice president.

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened that members of the G5 governors within the Peoples Democratic Party will strike back at the PDP presidential candidate council if any member of the council insults the governors.


The governor made the threat at the flag off of a new road project in Eleme Local government area of Rivers State on Monday.


Wike who noted that his group is not averse to peace in the PDP said they will no longer tolerate any insult from any member of the PDP presidential campaign group.


Wike said ” what I want to tell the Presidential candidate of the PDP is; we mean peace, we want all of us to be together for the party to win the election.


“But let me say clearly if any you boys continue to attack the G5 and leaders of our party, we will strike back.


“If anybody again dares in the PDP presidential council to insult the PDP governors in G5 and the integrity group we will strike back. Enough is enough.


“All we want is equity fairness and justice. Nobody should take us for granted”.


The governor said it was regrettable that some members of the PDP who recently defected from the APC will be castigating the PDP governors.

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, says he has never lost any election he contested.


Tinubu made the remark while criticizing the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal over his recent comments.


Recently, Lawal downplayed Tinubu’s chances of winning the 2023 presidential election.


Lawal said Tinubu can’t win the 2023 presidential election with a Muslim-Muslim ticket.


The former SGF claimed that the APC flag bearer disregarded Northern Christians by opting for a Muslim running mate.


Reacting, Tinubu described the former SGF’s comments as mere conjectures.


Tinubu spoke through the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga.


He stressed that Lawal’s remarks were laughable projections.


He assured that he’s heading for a landslide victory in the forthcoming presidential election.


Tinubu said he would win the presidential election with the support of APC and President Muhammadu Buhari.


“Mere conjectures, very laughable projections. Asiwaju has never been on the ballot and lost any election.


” With 22 states under APC control, with the incumbent President’s backing, Asíwájú is heading for a landslide victory.


“Let Babachir deal first with the division in his renegade group, instead of pontificating on the outcome of the election.

“This man, who is amplifying our religious difference with his gang, is from Hong LGA in Adamawa State. He could not make Buhari win the council in the 2019 election, even though we had a Christian with the Buhari ticket,” he said.

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Former Lagos Governor and the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is currently in the United Kingdom with his entourage.


As part of activities in preparation for the 2023 poll, Tinubu is expected to speak at the Chatham House, London, on his ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ on Monday (today).


The APC candidate would be expounding on his plans for security, economy and foreign policy at the UK’s elite foreign and policy think-tank institution in the next few hours.


He is accompanied by the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, Jigawa and Kaduna States Governors, Abubakar Badaru, Nasir El-Rufai and the former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi.


Asiwaju had in his manifesto, indicated an intention to establish a bold and assertive policy capable of creating a robust architecture to effectively tackle terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminal activities causing havoc in the country.

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The Association of Igbo Town Unions, ASETU, on Sunday, disclosed that it was yet to make a statement on the candidate it would support during the 2023 presidential election.


This was contained in a communique issued after the group’s meeting in Enugu, signed by the National President, Chief Emeka Diwe.


ASETU said it was deliberately delaying making a categorical statement on its preferred presidential candidate, “to allow Nigerians all over the world to make informed choices devoid of tribal or any other cheap considerations.”


While expressing satisfaction at the level of political consciousness Nigerians are showing towards the 2023 Presidential election, the association called on the electorate not to approach the forthcoming presidential election with tribal sentiments nor primordial interest, “but to evaluate the presidential candidates and indeed all other candidates, from the point of antecedence, performance, integrity, justice, equity, track-record and deliverable ability.”


The communique said, “The Town Unions thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for adopting the Voters Accreditation System (BVAs).


“The umbrella body of all Igbo in Nigeria and diaspora, is of the view that if the system is well-managed by INEC, it will go a long way in reducing rigging, over voting, ballot box stuffing and carting away, including checking other electoral fraud.


“Also, Igbo Town Unions observed with appreciation the unusual patriotic zeal of Nigeria youths with which they pursue the collective goal of taking back Nigeria from those who have held it captive for many years.”


The Association urged the Federal Government of Nigeria “to prove its claim of abiding by the rule of law by toeing the path of honour, release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu immediately and unconditionally as ordered” by the Appeal Court of Nigeria, whose judgements are binding on all persons, institutions and structures in Nigeria.”


It condemned the Supreme Court option which the federal government has sought on the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu case and maintained that unconditional release of the IPOB leader would calm tension in the South-East and restore relative peace.


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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has said he may not rely on Nigeria’s healthcare system for his personal use if elected president.


Atiku explained that health facilities that cater for his health may not be available in Nigeria.


Speaking at the Arise TV Townhall debate, Atiku lamented that Nigeria’s healthcare system has limitations.


The former Vice President was asked if he would use Nigeria’s medical establishments as president to de-emphasise the use of foreign hospitals.


He said: “We have limitations; we know we have those limitations, health facilities that cater to my health may not be available.”


Atiku resides in Dubai, and only comes to Nigeria for important holidays and political activities.

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo appears to have dumped the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as he argued that the next Nigerian president after the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari must be a southerner.


Since Buhari is from the north, Obasanjo held that he should be succeeded by a candidate from the south.


Atiku, who was Obasanjo’s deputy from 1999 to 2007, is the leading northern candidate in the 2023 race.


Obasanjo spoke when he hosted the leaders of the Mzough U Tiv (MUT) from Benue State in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital over the weekend.


According to a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said he is in support of rotational presidency, saying power must return to the south in 2023.


He charged Middle Belt leaders to keep advocating for rotational presidency for the country, urging Nigerians not to vote based on emotions that could destroy the nation.


Earlier in his words, the Tiv leader, Iorbee Ihagh, had requested Obasanjo to support a power shift from north to south.


Ihagh said the Mzough u Tiv and the Middle Belt Forum had resolved to support the power shift for fairness, justice and true federalism.


He expressed hope that the Middle Belt would produce the president in 2031.

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Reactions have continued to trail the incarceration of the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Akwa Ibom State, Senator Bassey Akpan.


DAILY POST reports that Senator Akpan, who is also representing Uyo Senatorial district, is cooling his feet at the Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre for money laundering and graft.


Akpan was convicted by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court Uyo on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and receipt of exotic cars worth two hundred and four million naira (N204m) from a businessman, Jide Omokoro when he was the Finance Commissioner.


The vehicles received by the Senator included: a BMW X5 (Bulletproof) worth N50 million; in December 2012 another Infinity QX 56(bulletproof) worth N45 million and 4 other luxury vehicles worth millions of naira each.


The Senator never denied the allegations as he explained that those vehicles were given to him as gifts for his campaigns in 2014.


In line with the provisions of Section 22 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2021 and in contravention of section 15(12)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011, as (amended) and punishable by section 15(3) of the same Act, the Senator who was found guilty by the presiding judge was sentenced seven years in prison in each of the charge which would run concurrently, day and night.


That is to say that if the case is not upturned at the appellate court, as the Senator had already appealed, he would likely spend three and half years in custody.


However, five days behind bars, Akpan’s discourse has continued to resonate across the corners of the State from both the elite and the ordinary citizens of the State to the Free Readers Association who converge every morning at Ibom plaza, which is the centre and beehive of activities in Uyo metropolis.


Vendors display their newspapers in a corner of the ever busy Ibom plaza and men who cut across all age brackets would gather like ants attracted by honey to look at newspaper headlines and make engaging arguments which in most cases are on top of their voices.


Unfortunately, the incident of December 1 has continued to send chills in the spines of his supporters as so many of them from investigations are yet to recover from the shock, though some of his followers, a day after defected to the PDP where they were welcomed by the governor.


Until his incarceration, Senator Akpan also known as OBA was a force to reckon with and was bulldozing the nooks and crannies of the State gaining more supporters ahead of the 2023 elections.


Earlier, he raised the alarm that the governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel planned to commit him into prison by bringing up his money laundering case so that it would pave the way for the emergence of his anointed candidate, Pastor Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic Party.


That is to say that the judgement did not come as a surprise to the Senator and his team as they had a premonition of the outcome of the case.


However, the governor had since denied the allegation and warned peddlers against roping him into Akpan’s ordeal, stressing that he was not even a governor when the case was instituted against him (Senator Akpan) by the EFCC.


The governor lamented, “I entered Abuja, everybody was calling me saying this candidate said you want to imprison him. This matter came even before I became the governor. I don’t know the facts of the case, I’m not a judge, I don’t know anything. Those people that have cases with EFCC, should go and sort out their cases and just leave blackmail and propaganda.”


Few days after the governor’s statement, OBA’s worst fears became a reality and the immediacy of getting off the legal hook was still in doubt.


One of the governor’s media aides, Rev Richard Peters had staked his neck at different occasions in defence of the Governor’s innocence over Senator Akpan’s travails.


He said, ”a cursory look into the character of Governor Udom Emmanuel clearly shows that he doesn’t play politics of bitterness and hatred. The Governor is a man that believes in the rule of law and respects democratic principles.


“It amounts to gross ignorance and it is strange to attempt to perceive the governor as a vindictive clown, an attempt that has already failed a reality test. Governor Udom Emmanuel will continue to play politics with human face and good conscience and no amount of deceit peddled around can change this glaring fact.”


But, the Chairman, Forum of Civil Societies Organisations in Akwa Ibom, Dr Harry Udoh said OBA’s incarceration was not devoid of political undertones, saying that the manner in which he was thrown into prison had invariably won the sympathy of the public and would make some indecisive voters to vote him.


“It is apparent that Distinguished Senator Obong Bassey Albert’s incarceration is politically motivated. The same government that took out several injunctions against the EFCC and ICPC from investigating violations and criminal abuse of office by the immediate past government of which the incumbent was part of, is the same one that has surreptitiously procured the incarceration of OBA.


“Rather than the negative impact that the orchestrators of the invidious act had expected, it has rather accentuated the profile of the man, and drawn many undecided voters to his side. The incarceration is helping his course, more than anything else,” Udoh noted.


He expressed hope that Senator Akpan would get reprieve soon saying, “I suppose his lawyers would know what to do. I believe he’ll get reprieve sooner than later.”


However, the continued stay of the Senator at the correctional service is raising a lot of controversies in the State, especially on his fate to appear on the ballot at the 2023 elections


A legal practitioner in Akwa Ibom State, Ekemini Udim during a radio interview said in legal reality, the judgement has affected OBA’s chances of winning the elections even though INEC does not have the constitutional backing to stop or disqualify him or any other candidate from contesting the election.


According to him, “INEC on its own does not have the constitutional powers to disqualify candidates. This judgement has partly made OBA a convict in court of competent jurisdiction. Even though the court did not pronounce that, ‘you are hereby disqualified from contesting election because that was not the focus of the court,’ the conviction alone can ruin his political career.”


He expressed hope that the judgement could be upturned at the Appeal Court if his team of lawyers are able to present a superior argument.


“If the grounds of appeal are well couched and the facts support a discharge, then certainly he can be discharged and acquitted at the appellate court, but if the facts are so bad, that is where there is a problem because it is the fact that will be used in making appeal. It’s all about having a superior argument and what his legal team has to offer,” he noted.


Meanwhile, interviews with some of the OBA’s supporters showed that they have confidence that the Senator will come out soon and emerge victorious at the 2023 polls.


One Edward Akpan told our correspondent that though it was painful, the people are still hoping that OBA will be on the ballot so that they can satisfy their heart desires and conscience.


Meanwhile, a lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Inibehe Effiong Esq had expressed fear that the case may not be determined till the 2023 elections.


He said even if Senator Akpan wins at the polls, the election tribunal will nullify his election irrespective of the outcome of the appeal, noting that his conviction for corruption will affect his electoral fortunes and acceptability.


His words, “Senator Bassey Albert (alias OBA) will appeal his conviction, and file a motion for bail pending appeal (which may or may not be granted). This judgement will not bar him from contesting the election because INEC on its own does not have the constitutional power to disqualify candidates.


“If he wins, the election tribunal will nullify his election. No matter the outcome of his appeal, his conviction for corruption will affect his electoral fortunes and acceptability. The case will likely traverse all the way to the Supreme Court. For now, he remains in prison.


“I doubt if this case will be finally determined before the 2023 gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom. There’s more to be said, but I’ll stop here for now.”

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Sunday, said issues responsible for the rising poverty rate in the country are under the “purview” of the federal government.


Obi, who made the disclosure at the Arise TV presidential town hall series on Sunday evening, explained that the issues of security and “fiscal viability” are responsibilities of the federal government.


The former Anambra State governor said if the federal government secures the nation and provides an enabling environment for investors, the poverty rate will reduce.


“Most of the things causing poverty today reside in the purview of the Federal Government. I am going to deal with it,” he said.


Recall that the federal government had last week blamed State governors for the inescapable underdevelopment of communities in local government areas.


The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in its response, said the Federal Government’s inability to secure the country is responsible for the rise in the poverty rate.


The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had in November announced that 133 million Nigerians are multidimensionally poor.

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Former Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has reacted to Atiku Abubakar’s claim that he may have to use foreign health facilities.


Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had said at the Arise Television presidential town hall meeting series, on Sunday, that he may not rely entirely on Nigerian hospitals for personal healthcare if elected president in the forthcoming presidential election.


He said, “Health facilities that cater to my health may not be available.”


“We have limitations; we know we have those limitations.”


However, Senator Sani has come out to say it was better Atiku did not toe the path of campaign deception.


He made his reaction known in a post via his verified Twitter handle.


He wrote: “Rather than lie that when he wins he will restrict himself to Nigerian hospital, it’s better that Atiku refused to toe that path of campaign deception.”


Recall that Nigerian political elites are notoriously known for rushing to foreign countries for medical care, a development that has been blamed on the neglect of the country’s health sector.

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Ahead of the forthcoming presidential election in 2023, the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has assured that his health is sound and he can present his medical certificate for Nigerians to see.


Kwankwaso disclosed this yesterday at the Arise Television presidential town hall series.


He said that any candidate aspiring to lead the nation should be accountable to Nigerians and make open his health status.


He said, “I believe that if you’re aspiring to lead people, you owe them accountability regarding your health status.


“I assure you that I am in good health and I can release my certificate for you to see. And the last medical examination I had gave me a good health guarantee of 30 years.”