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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 23 March, 2021 Edition)

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

INEC plans online voter registration, targets 16 million Nigerians

In a bid to address the cumbersome process of voter registration at the various centres in Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, has said part of the registration exercise will be done online while biometric data capturing would take place at designated centres.

The new initiative is expected to reduce overcrowding at the registration centres. The INEC National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this during a chat with The PUNCH on Monday, while reacting to questions on the modalities for voter registration.

He said, “We won’t require everyone to go to registration centres to go register. The new registrants will start their registration online and only go to the registration centres for the purpose of capturing fingerprints and faces. So, that lessens the period that people will spend at registration centres. It is only those who cannot do the online registration or don’t have the capacity to do so, that will go to the polling unit to complete the entire process but for those who are Internet savvy and have computers will start registration online and go to the registration centres for their fingerprint and face capturing.”

Why I dumped PDP for APC – Gbenga Daniel

A former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, had given reasons for dumping the Peoples Democratic Party for the ruling All Progressives Congress.

According to the ex-governor, he defected to APC because of “too many options” offered by the party.

Daniel said this after meeting the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, alongside a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The two politicians, who hail from Ogun State, recently joined the ruling All Progressives Congress.

12 govs, Ambode, Omisore, Dogara, others make APC committee

The All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee has named a 61-member Contact/Strategy Committee for the party.

The party made this known in a statement by the National Secretary of the CECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoehede, titled, ‘Governor Badaru Chairs 61-Member APC Contact/Strategy Committee’ on Monday. According to Akpanudoehede, members of the committee are expected to be inaugurated on Tuesday.

Amongst members of the Contact/Strategy Committee are a former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode; ex-Speakers House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara; and 12 governors.

Ongoing crises meant to weaken North over 2023 – NEF

The Northern Elders Forum on Monday expressed concern over the comments which it stated threatened the corporate existence of the country, saying the country was experiencing a defining moment.

The organisation, however, warned that no Nigerian should be threatened or ordered to leave any part of the country because it pleased other Nigerians that he did so.

The NEF in a statement by its Director (Publicity and Advocacy), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, titled, ‘A defining moment for Nigeria’, said, “Many of the provocations and threats are directly related to manoeuvres for 2023, as well as attempts to hurt and weaken the North by making it the culprit behind all manner of grievances, real or contrived.”

Anti-open grazing killer gang: Arrest hit squad now, CAN, ACF tell police, security agencies silent

The pan-northern Nigerian socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria, on Monday, challenged security agencies to immediately fish out and arrest members of the Fulani Nationality Movement.

The groups told The PUNCH that security agencies should swing into action by the investigating threat by the hit squad.

They made the call as the police, Department of State Services and the Defence Headquarters kept mum over threats by FUNAM to attack individuals and states that were against open grazing of cattle in the country. Recall that FUNAM on Sunday night said it carried out the attack on the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who escaped assassination in his farm at Tyo-Mu community near Makurdi, the state capital, on Saturday.

Don’t set Nigeria on fire over hijab, PFN tells Abdulrasaq

The President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Wale Oke, has warned the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdul-Raman Abdulrasaq, against engaging in actions that could set the country on fire, saying that the hijab crisis may degenerate if not handled with caution.

The PFN president also decried the tenure extension approved for the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, arguing that he should instead tender his letter resignation in view of his abysmal performance as the IGP.

‘I am appealing to Your Excellency, Mr Governor, to let the sleeping dog lie. Respect the tradition and feelings of others. Avoid divisive politics that can set this nation on fire. Bring everybody together; don’t force hijab on our people, they won’t back down. Your Excellency, stoop to conquer; stoop for peace, stoop for harmony,” Oke said on Monday at the Cornerstone City, Ibadan, during the visit of the Ekiti and Ondo states chapters of the Fellowship, led by the duo of Bishop Clement Abifade and Bishop Joshua Opayinka..

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