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Edo 2020: PDP risks losing out as it misses INEC deadline for Primary

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Edo 2020: PDP risks losing out as it misses INEC deadline for Primary

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday was on its way to losing out of the September 19 Governorship Election in Edo state following its arrangement to reschedule its primary election without recourse to the guidelines released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party had earlier slated its primary election for Saturday 20th June but yesterday decided to shift it to Tuesday 23rd June. Also read: Just in: Court adjourns N700m fraud case against Ize-Iyamu, Orbih, Aziegbemi, Erimuoghae While the Electoral Act requires political parties to give a 21-day notice to INEC for the conduct of their primaries, the election guidelines and regulations released by the electoral umpire requires political parties to give the commission a seven-day notice of their decision to reschedule their primary elections.

They are required to notify INEC stating clearly the reason(s) for the rescheduling as well as the date, venue, and mode of the primary election, at least seven days before the new date. Vanguard checks revealed that the PDP had written INEC on Thursday to reschedule its primary election in Edo state, ostensibly to be able to accommodate the state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki who had earlier in the week resigned from the All Progressives Congress APC.

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The new date is two days short of the seven days’ notice as stipulated by INEC in its guidelines. When asked to speak to the guidelines, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye told Vanguard that; “Political Parties that intend to sponsor candidates for election must give the Commission the mandatory 21 days notice of their intention to conduct party primaries.

This accords with the intendment of Section 85 of the Electoral Act. “Giving of the notice is what is mandatory. However, a political party can adjust or reschedule the conduct of its primaries but must remain within the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the Commission which ends on the 27th of June 2020.

The Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Party Primaries issued by the Commission provide that the conduct of primaries shall commence at the time and venue provided in the relevant notice communicated to the Commission by a political party.

“Paragraph 7.2 of the Regulation and Guidelines provides that rescheduling of any scheduled primary shall be by written communication to the Commission not later than 7 days to the new date, stating clearly, the reason for rescheduling”, he added.

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#EndSARS: Governor Oyetola suspends curfew in Osun

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The governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, has suspended the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state to tackle the rising violence and damages caused by hoodlums under the #EndSARS protests.

Mr Oyetola in a statement by the secretary of the state government, Wole Oyebamiji, noted the high level of compliance with the 24-hour curfew he had declared to forestall breakdown of law and order.

He said after a review and setting up of a panel of inquiry, the governor decided to lift the curfew.

On the MoU, “The state government has further approved henceforth 100% payment of monthly pensions for retirees earning N30,000 and below while other retirees not in the said category shall be paid 75% of their monthly pensions.

“After reviewing the situation of the last 48 hours and following the inauguration of the State’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, the Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, hereby suspends the 24-hour curfew, effective from today, Friday, October 23, 2020 till further notice.

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ATTACK ON AKBC and FACILITIES IN UYO ( Watch Video)

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Council, condemns in the strongest terms the destruction on the Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation, Administrative Building located along Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo and other facilities within the metropolis by hoodlums masquerading as #ENDSARS protesters.

These attacks are uncalled for and meaningless. Certainly, this is not the way to go. It is a classic case of blaming the doctor for the disease of the victim.

We urge security agencies to be on top of the situation to prevent further wanton destruction of lives and property and also ensure that perpetrators of these dastardly acts are brought to book in accordance with the laws of our State.

The Union further commends His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel for the swift response to the ugly development by imposing a curfew in the State to control the situation.

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#EndSARS: Super Eagles may boycott AFCON qualifiers

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There are strong indications that some Super Eagles stars may boycott next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nation double-header against Sierra Leone over safety concerns.

#EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have rocked the country in the last two weeks, with the military and police killing peaceful protesters.

On Tuesday, eyewitnesses claim about seven lives were lost, with several others injured when soldiers opened fire on protesters in a bid to disperse them from the Lekki toll gate in Lagos — a focal demonstration ground for the #EndSARS campaign.

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Our correspondent gathered that the overseas-based players were afraid of returning to Nigeria for Eagles games, for fear of being killed or maimed.

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu wrote on Twitter, “The Politicians should ask their children to represent Nigeria in the next @NGSuperEagles @thenff upcoming games. I’m so devastated like right now.”

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“We can’t be representing a country that kills our brothers and sisters. This killings and unrest must stop or we stay away,” another player based in Belgium said.

Leicester City and Super Eagles’ forward, Kelechi Iheanacho posted a cryptic message on Twitter with a broken heart emoji to express his dismay at the recent killings.

“God is watching. It will end in praise. We will keep speaking up,” he wrote.

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