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Suswan: Former Bunue gov. granted bail over N3.1 alleged fraud

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Former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswan and his former commissioner of finance has been granted bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. The stand trail of alleged financial mismanagement of over N3.1 billion belonging to Benue State.

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Both were granted bailed on condition of sum of N100 million each and one surety each who is a grade 12 Director in working at either federal, state or local government.

The former governor with his finance commissioner ,Mr Omodachi Okolobia, allegedly diverted the proceeds from the sales of shares owned by the Benue State Government and Benue Investment and Property Company Limited.
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The offence is punishable under Section 15, Subsection 3 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act as amended in 2012. As at the time of court sitting, the Independent Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) didn’t oppose their bail.

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Mutfwang emerges Plateau PDP governorship candidate

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The former Chairman of Mangu Local Government of Plateau, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for 2023 elections.

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Mr Bode Ogunmola, the Returning Officer who announced the result, said that Mutfwang polled 252 votes to defeat 13 other aspirants that contested for the ticket.

Ogumlnmola announced that Chief Kefas Ropshik came second with a total score of 113 votes.

The returning official stated that 604 delegates were to participate in the election but 601 turned up and cast their votes.

Ogunmola said that out of the votes cast, 593 votes were valid while eight votes were invalid.

“Mr Caleb Mutfwang having scored the highest votes is hereby declared governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau,” he announced.

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According to the result. Alfred Damial came third with 92 votes followed by Dauda Gotiring who scored 88 votes while Chief Jonathan Akuns got 16 votes, Satu Jewun; nine votes, Shedrack Best; four votes and Bagudu Hirse; four votes.

The four aspirants — Latep Dabang, Timothy Golu, Jack Pam and Vincent Nanle — had earlier withdrawn from the race.

Mutfwang, in his acceptance speech, said that the beginning of the return of PDP to Plateau Government House has started.

“I feel a heavy weight on my shoulders that you have trusted me with this leadership responsibility to lead us first of all, to victory in 2023.

“I want to assure you that by the grace of God I will give you the leadership you desire.

“We want to tell the people to have confidence in our party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

“We are ready to resume where we left in 2015, PDP left Plateau in a state of glory and we will continue where we stopped and by the grace of God, we will not disappoint you.

“Let me say a big thank you to my fellow aspirants who contested this election with me. I want to say that this is a victory for all of us,” he said.

Mutfwang thanked the former governor of Plateau, Sen. Jonah Jang for the exemplary leadership role has played in stabilising and keeping the party alive in the state.

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The governorship candidate equally thanked Sen. Jeremiah Useni and other stakeholders that played parts for the success of the primaries.

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PDP Gombe chapter names 34 candidates for 2023 elections

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State has concluded its primary elections with the emergence of 34 candidates for State and National Assembly seats, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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The primary elections which began on Sunday across the state, ended on Wednesday with the gubernatorial primary election.

The 34 seats comprise 24 state assembly seats, six House of Representatives seats, three senatorial seats and one gubernatorial seat.

NAN reports also that of the 34 seats in contention, only three females emerged as candidates representing 8.82 per cent of the total seats contested and won by candidates.

Of the three female candidates, two would contest the 2023 election to the state’s House of assembly, while the remaining candidate would contest election into the House of Representatives.

The female candidates are Meriji Majoro for Balanga South state constituency and Saratu Jauro for Balanga North, while Aishatu Ahmad won the primary election for Akko Federal Constituency.

Below is the full list of the candidates as released by the party on Thursday.

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For seats in the House of Assembly

AKKO LGA

1) Abdullahi Gaddafi – Akko Central

2) Umar Kalajanga – Akko North

3) Alh. Adamu Kashere – Akko West

BALANGA LGA

1) Meriji Majoro – Balanga South

2) Saratu Jauro – Balanga North

BILLIRI LGA

1) Yakubu Ladollis – Billiri East

2) Nimrod Yari – Billiri West.

DUKKU LGA

1) Zakariyya Sa’idu – Dukku South

2) Abdulrahman Zaune – Dukku North

FUNAKAYE LGA

1) Mohammed Buba – Funakaye North

2) Abubakar Adamu -Funakaye South

GOMBE LGA

1) Ahmed Abubakar- Gombe North

2) Ismail Usmandodo – Gombe South

KALTUNGO LGA

1) Gabriel Galadima – Kaltungo West

2) Hassan Reuben – Kaltungo East

KWAMI LGA

1) Adamu Rilwanu – Kwami West

2) Ahmad Abubakar – Kwami East

NAFADA LGA

1) Haji Baba – Nafada North

2) Ibrahim Musa – Nafada South

SHONGOM LGA

1) Zubairu Ayala – Shongom

2) Markus Samuel – Pero Chonge

YAMALTU DEBA LGA

1) Salisu Lano – Deba

2) Kabiru Wade – Yamaltu East

3) Samaila Garba – Yamaltu West

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

Dukku/Nafaɗa
El-Rasheed Abdullahi

Gombe/Kwami/Funakaye –Yaya-Bauchi Tongo
Akko – Aishatu Ahmad
Yamaltu Deba – Inuwa Garba
Billiri/Balanga – Ali Isa
Kaltungo/Shongom – Obed Shehu
SENATE

Gombe North – Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo
Gombe South – Anthony Siyako
Gombe Central – Abubakar Aliyu
GOVERNORSHIP

Alhaji Jibrin Barde

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The party’s presidential primary election is expected to hold on May 28 and May 29 in Abuja.

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Senate president Lawan picks APC presidential forms, promises stability across Nigeria

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The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan has joined the race for the 2023 Presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Lawan made the formal declaration on Monday in Abuja when a group of concerned Nigerians,
‘National Stability Project’ presented the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to him.

The group was led by Chief Sam Nkire, member, National Caucus/Pioneer Caucus Leader, Abia APC.

While receiving the form, Lawan said “Today is a special day and this moment is a very memorable and very historic moment.

“Over the last seven years, we have been participants in the administration of our country at the national level.

“The APC led administration, our President, Muhammadu Buhari will be completing his tenure on May 29, 2023. I want to pay special tribute to what the President and the APC administration have done so far, in developing our country.

“I have listened to various calls from all parts of our dear country, Nigeria for me to show interest to run for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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“I took my time to pray to Almighty God to guide me; I took my time to consult very widely, to consult Nigerians from all parts of the country.

“This is to ensure that I get the understanding of the citizens of this country on whose behalf, we will by the grace of God, win the election and run the administration.”

He said that Nigeria needed to be taken to the next level saying: “We know what we have achieved as an administration and as a political party.

“And we know where we are supposed to take this level to eventually.

“I want to commit myself to this call and to this movement of Nigerians from all walks of life; rich, poor, North, South, East and West.

“This is not my journey, this is our journey. This is our journey because every hand must be on deck for us to achieve exactly, what we need to achieve.

“I’m joining late. The field is already full of other aspirants. I want to assure Nigerians that the APC is a very beautiful bride that is why we have many aspirants.”

The senate president further said he would play the game by the rules, adding that he won’t circumvent any rule.

“I will go door to door to ensure that I get the vote when the national convention to elect the presidential candidate of our party will hold.

“I place my trust fully, totally and completely with the Almighty God. That God will bless this journey.

“I also appeal to all Nigerians that we are seriously committed to taking Nigeria to the next level from where it will be on May 29, 2023.”

Earlier, Nkire said that Nigerians needed a stabilising personality as the senate president.

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“Nigerians looked round and said Lawan is the man for the presidency. We have seen your service to the country; how you have conducted the affairs of the senate, the economy and security.

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PDP’s presidential aspirant, Gov. Bala Mohammed says he believes in zoning

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A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State says he will abide by the party’s decision on zoning its presidential ticket.

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Addressing newsmen after meeting with Niger PDP delegates in Minna on Monday, Mohammed said political offices zoning is in the party’s Constitution.

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He said it was designed to ensure equity and justice and to devolve power between the federating entities.

“We believe in the supremacy of the party and zoning can only reinforce us if done by the party. We will accept wherever it is zoned to.

“I don’t have a problem with zoning and I don’t see it as a problem.

“It’s a formula brought to bring devolution of power between the federating entities. It is the only way and means to ensure equity and justice,’’ he said.

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Mohammed said his visit to Niger was to sell his candidature to party elders and to Nigerians, stressing that he would abide by whatever decision the party came up with.

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PDP fixes May 9 for North West Zonal Congress

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed May 9 for the conduct of the party’s North West Zonal Congress to elect Zonal Executive Officers and National Ex-Officio members of the party in the North West Zone.

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The party announced this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja on Saturday night.

Ologunagba said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party approved the conduct of the congress at the Zonal Headquarters of the party in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

“The NWC requests all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party in the North-West to be guided accordingly for a smooth and hitch-free exercise.

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“The exercise will be conducted in line with the Constitution and Guidelines of our great party, and in adherence to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Protocol on COVID-19,” he said.

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2023: PDP holds ward delegates congress in Ebonyi

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ebonyi chapter, said it had held its ward delegates congresses across the 171 wards in the state.

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Mr Chika Nwoba, PDP’s Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, who briefed newsmen in Abakaliki, said the exercise was held in all the wards of the 13 local government areas, adding the preparation for a seamless exercise had been perfected by the party.

He said that the local government returning officers sent from the National Secretariat of the PDP arrived in the state late and moved down to the various LGAs for the conduct of the exercise.

“Officials from the national party secretariat who came for the conduct of the three-man delegate congress arrived the state an hour or two ago.

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“They briefed the party members who were at the party secretariat to receive them where they displayed the result sheets and materials for conduct of the exercise before leaving for the respective LGAs.

“The exercise is ongoing as I brief you now; it is our wish that may be in few hours from now they must have concluded and returned the outcome to the party’s national secretariat,” Nwoba said.

He dismissed alleged conduct of parallel ward congresses in the state, adding that the party was ‘one big family.’

He said that the officials who came to conduct the exercise were duly accredited by the national leadership before coming to Ebonyi.

He said: ” I’m not aware that anybody distributed any material that is different from the one that was just displayed a few hours ago; so, if anybody is in possession of material before now, I may not be aware.

“But, the ones who came and displayed the materials they came with are the authentic ones and each of the 13 returning officers came with result sheets for an LGA of coverage.”

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He added that the 13 returning officers interfaced with the five-man state ad hoc Electoral Committee before departing to their respective LGAs, adding that the party was confident that all officials involved in the exercise were working to achieve resounding success.

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