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

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2023: INEC begins registration process for 45 new parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission has received 45 applications from associations seeking to be registered as political parties, Sunday PUNCH has learnt.

According to the commission, associations are free to enjoy the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, who said this in an interview with one of our correspondents, on Friday, however, warned that the associations “must be ready to canvass for votes and sponsor candidates for elections the moment they are registered as political parties.”

Okoye was responding to questions on the number of political parties that had applied for registration ahead of the 2023 general elections. He said, “Presently, the commission is processing 45 applications received from various associations. It is a constitutional and legal obligation and mandate, and the commission will register any of them that satisfies the constitutional threshold.

Buhari’s failing govt can’t unite Nigeria – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says he doesn’t believe Nigerian unity is attainable under the current regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) due to its systemic failure.

Soyinka said this in Abuja on Saturday at the book reading and signing of two of his books titled ‘Trumpism in Academe’ and ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’ organised by Rovenheights Bookstore and Orisun Gallery.

Former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State had asked Soyinka if he could write a Nigerian story that would evoke patriotism and inspire unity among the various tribes in the country. Responding, the playwright said no narrative would unite the people of Nigeria without restitution and justice.

Military arrests 10 suspected terrorists in Kano

At least 10 suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists were reportedly arrested by troops of the 3rd Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Kano.

The arrest of the suspected terrorists is said to have happened when the troops stormed Filin Lazio in Hotoro Area of Kano metropolis on Saturday evening, raiding a mosque and some houses.

A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The PUNCH that the operation was carried out while the Muslim faithful were breaking their Ramadan fast. “The sudden operation took the residents by surprise and that compelled many of them to flee the area,” the source said.

Insecurity: Abusing Buhari, govs won’t solve South-East’s problems – Umahi

Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Saturday, called on the region’s leaders, especially youths, to thread with caution in the pursuit of their demands from the Federal Government.

According to Umahi, the zone will not achieve its demands by abusing the President, Major General Muhummadu Buhari (retd), governors, and other leaders of the country.

Umahi stated this at the state’s Grand Finale of a 7-day prayer and fasting at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, during which he condemned the killing of policemen and burning of police stations within the South-East region. Umahi equally beckoned on those fanning embers of violence in the zone to desist from such acts. He added that what is needed at this point was a peaceful coexistence.

Don’t sell weapons to Nigeria, IPOB writes US President Biden

The Indigenous People of Biafra, has urged United States President, Joe Biden, not to honour the request of the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to assist Nigeria with its military and weapons.

In a letter titled, “Re: request for United States military assistance by President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigeria”, signed by the IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, which was made available to The PUNCH on Saturday evening, the outlawed group claimed Buhari had made Nigeria the most dangerous country, especially those of the former Republic of Biafra.

“Buhari has arbitrarily branded and terrorised the Indigenous People of Biafra, a nonviolent group pursuing the Independence of the former Republic of Biafra. Mr Buhari’s draconian measures were geared to retaliating against peaceful demonstrations favoring the restoration of Biafran independence that was cruelly extinguished by a genocidal military campaign Buhari partly led between 1967 and 1970.

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