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Ekiti Deputy governor urges council of Obas to support govt’s peace initiative

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The Ekiti Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has urged the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers to complement the state.

Egbeyemi made this known in a congratulatory message to Oba Gabriel Adejuwon, the Onisan of Isan-Ekiti, on his inauguration as the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers.

He said that the setting up of the traditional council for the 2021 to 2023 under the chairmanship of Onisan, was in accordance with the provision of Section 2 (3) of the Council of Traditional Law No 3 of 2000.

He commended the immediate past chairman of the council, Oba Adebanji Alabi, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, for the achievements recorded during his tenure.

He, therefore, urged the new chairman to build on the successes recorded during the tenure of his predecessor and take the Ekiti council of “Obas” to a higher pedestal.

Egbeyemi described the “Onisan” as tested, competent and cerebral as well as knowledgeable.

The deputy governor also expressed optimism that the traditional ruler would bring the experience garnered in the public service to bear in his new assignment.

He urged other traditions rulers to cooperate with the Onisan to succeed in his new capacity, noting that any success recorded during the tenure will be a collective glory to all of them.

He said the Traditional Rulers Chamber under construction is an iconic legacy project of the Gov. Kayode Fayemi-led government.

The deputy governor expressed satisfaction with the pace of work on the construction of the chambers, which he described as unprecedented in the state and a landmark project in the Southwest.

He prayed God to grant Oba Adejuwon wisdom, understanding, knowledge and sound health to succeed as the new chairman of the Ekiti council of Obas.

He urged the newly appointed members to see themselves as true representatives of the Chieftaincy and Traditional Institutions in the state.

Egbeyemi said, “our royal fathers remain the custodians of the culture and tradition of our people, and we need to keep honouring them for their roles in the society.”

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2023 Election: INEC to release timetable when Electoral Bill is signed

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said it will not release the 2023 general election timetable until the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is signed into law.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja during the commission’s first quarterly consultative meeting with political parties.

He said; “On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the Commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved. We look forward to a speedy passage of the Bill, which is crucial to our preparations for future elections.

“As soon as it is signed into law, the Commission will quickly release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election based on the new law”.

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There’ll be level playing ground for all presidential aspirants– PDP Chairman to Momodu

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Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has told presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, that members of the party, and not leaders, would determine who emerges as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Ayu said this on Thirsday during Momodu’s visit to the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja where he formally presented his letter of intent to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

The National Chairman noted that the PDP had no preferred presidential candidate and would provide a level-playing ground for all aspirants.

Ayu said, “For you to run for office, you must have a strong platform, but the first responsibility I will charge you to do is to work hard and build a strong party with which we can go into battle with.

“For your personal ambition like all other candidates, I wish you well, I wish you the best.

“There will be a level playing ground for all aspirants, just like you, we don’t have a special candidate, PDP has no preferred candidate, the party members will decide who will contest any office.

“If at the end of the day, party members vote for you, PDP will stand behind you. You have to go out and work out there among the party members across the country, because the party leadership will not do it for you. Our job is to try and provide the necessary mechanism.”

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday January 11, informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his 2023 presidential ambition.

Umahi who had a closed door meeting with Buhari today, told state house correspondents that the President advised him to consult widely.

Umahi’s visit to inform the President of his presidential ambition is coming exactly 24 hours after a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, paid a similar visit to President Buhari.

Recall FELLOW PRESS reported the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu had also declared his intention to run for presidential race in 2023.

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