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Presidential response to our communique a disgrace -PDP govs

Governors elected on platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have berated the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, for doing a poor job of putting together a response to a communique issued after their meeting in Uyo.

The governors described the presidential response to the communique as a ‘poorly worded and pedestrian.’

In a statement titled, ‘Presidential Response to PDP Governors’ Forum Communique Is a Disgrace,’ signed by the Director General of the forum, C.I.D. Maduabum, in Abuja, on Thursday, the governors stated that the presidency’s response to the patriotic and weighty issues of state they raised in their communique after meeting betrays the abysmal ignorance, lack of appreciation of the issues raised in the PDP communique. Maduabum said, “It is unbelievable that such low-quality response could come from Nigeria’s seat of power.

Polls: Only 15 parties declared election expenses, says INEC

Only 15 out of the 31 political parties which participated in the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states on September 19 and October 10, 2020, respectively, have submitted their election expenses reports and election contribution, the Independent National Electoral Commission lamented on Thursday.

The commission also said that all the 18 political parties had expressed interest to present candidates for the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who stated these in Abuja at the second quarterly meeting with political parties, also expressed disappointment that candidates partaking in elections were now being determined through litigation long after elections had been concluded and winners declared. According to Yakubu, the purpose of the meeting was to consult with political parties on the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration.

Bandits overpower cops, abduct scores in Kebbi federal school

Bandits struck in Kebbi State again on Thursday when they kidnapped scores of students and four others at the Federal Government College Birnin Yauri.

A teacher in the school, who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity, said most of the kidnapped students were in the Senior Secondary School one and two.

It was gathered that a teacher, a vice-principal, the school security officer and a wife of a teacher were together with the students taken to an unknown destination in two Hilux Pick-Up vehicles by bandits who killed a policeman. Sources told one of our correspondents that kidnappers in their large numbers, armed with sophisticated weapons stormed the school on Thursday.

Buhari to determine APC convention date – APC governors

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has the final say as to when the party’s proposed national convention would hold.

Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Abubakar Bagudu, said this after a late-night meeting of the forum, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

He told reporters on Thursday that the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the party, briefed his colleagues and informed them that a proposal for the time-table/ schedule of activities leading to the convention was before the president. He noted that once the president gives approval a date will be announced. Bagude said, “There is a proposal before Mr. President and once he approves it, the National Caretaker Committee will announce the date.

Pick 2023 presidential candidate from South, Shekarau tells APC

A former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has urged the All Progressives Congress to field a southerner as its presidential candidate in 2023.

Shekarau, who is now a serving senator, made the call in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa Service, in Kano on Wednesday. According to him, a political power shift is necessary for all Nigerians to have a sense of belonging. He said violating such an arrangement would further divide Nigerians, adding that some would feel neglected or rejected.

The senator said, “This is also the same with rotating the presidency between the North and the South. If we ignore power shifts, we are not being fair to ourselves and we are not fair to history. In my opinion, a power shift is necessary for all Nigerians to have a sense of belonging.”

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