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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 17 April, 2021 Edition)

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

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2023: Why We’re Expanding Voters’ Access To Polling Units – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that its quest to expand the existing polling units (PUs) across the country was to bring the units closer to the people, particularly at public places.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said this on Friday in Abuja at a technical workshop for heads of its electoral operations department on the implementation of voter access to polling units.

He said that the availability and access to PUs have been dwindling over the years and that existing PUs in overcrowded places are prone to violence. Okoye said that the PUs to be relocated would provide opportunities for new registrants to access them for better voting experiences.

North Is The Safest Place For Igbos – Ohanaeze

The Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described northern Nigeria as one of the safest places for Igbos to live in and do their trades.

The chairman of the group in the 19 northern states, Augustine Amaechi, yesterday in Abuja, stated that the region has accommodated Igbos beyond measures, saying that accounted for their prosperity. Amaechi while acknowledging that there have been some skirmishes with their host communities noted that it is unavoidable as “it is expected in a developing economy.”

On the call for secession in the South East, he said the agitation was due to lack of jobs and employment in the region; stressing that since Igbos are traders, they need the North to maintain their financial strength. “Our elders are saying that even if the youth are agitating and angry, we need a restructure of Nigeria and not a division of Nigeria because you can’t sell what you produce in your village to make big sales like in Alaba Market in Lagos.”

Babangida Aliyu: Why Some PDP Governors Worked Against Jonathan In 2015

Ex-Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has said some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worked against former President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid.

Reacting to his purported suspension by the PDP in Chachanga Local Government Area of Niger, the former governor said some PDP governors worked against Jonathan in 2015 because the immediate past president reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term.

The PDP in the LGA had said Aliyu was suspended for anti-party activities, including working against Jonathan in 2015. Jonathan, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the election lost to President Muhammadu Buhari. He is the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose an election. But Aliyu, a former chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, said the north would have lost out completely if Jonathan got reelected.

Bandits Threatening To Keep Our Daughters As Wives – Parents Of Kaduna Students

Parents of the remaining 29 students abducted from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, have revealed that bandits are threatening to kill the male students and get married to their female colleagues.

Daily Trust reports that 39 students were abducted from their college dormitories on March 11, 2020, but 10 of the students – seven male and three females – were released last week.

The kidnappers had demanded a N500 million ransom from the Kaduna State government but Governor Nasir El-Rufai vowed that his administration will not negotiate with bandits.

He also threatened that those who negotiate on behalf of the government would be prosecuted. When the government stood its ground, the bandits began reaching out to parents of the remaining students to demand ransom following which 10 persons were freed.

PDP Zonal Congresses: New Twist In North-West, Fresh Air In South-West

While intrigues are trailing the aborted North West zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a fresh air is permeating the party in the South -West, following the reconciliation birthed by the exercise in the region, our correspondents report. Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the main opposition political party, PDP, organised its zonal congresses to elect leaders that will run the affairs of the party at the zonal level.

Prior to the congresses, there were tensions especially in the South-West and North-West geopolitical zones, as critical stakeholders in the party were set for showdown, in their bids to grab the soul of the party at the zonal level. For the South-West, the congress was held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital; in the North-West, the exercise took place at the Kaduna International Trade Fair Complex. While the various camps in the South-West were able to reconcile, leading to the successful conduct of the exercise, in the North-West, it ended in a fiasco following a clash by supporters of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and those of a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

The dispute at the Kaduna congress was over the position of zonal vice chairman which was zoned to Kano State, it was reported. The 17 zonal positions including seven ex-officio were shared among the states in the zone; Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

The crisis over the zonal vice chairman seat started at the residence of a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, where the micro zoning arrangement was reportedly reached. Soon after the position was zoned to the state, the rivalry between the two factions of the party in Kano State was amplified. For some time now, there has been supremacy battle between the camp of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, and that of Kwankwaso. The camps want to grab the position to brighten their chances ahead of 2023 elections, hence the feud.

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