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PDP National Chairman: North-central adopts Iyorchia Ayu as consensus candidate – Ortom

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Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North-central zone have adopted a former President of the Senate, Iyorchia Ayu, as their consensus candidate for the party’s national chairman.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this while speaking with journalists after the stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday night in Abuja.

Ortom said the party leaders unanimously endorsed Mr Ayu as the consensus out of five people from the region aspiring for the position.

“This stakeholders meeting of North Central PDP was in continuation of finding consensus candidates for the national chairmanship of our party.

“Looking for someone with the capacity, with the commitment, love and passion for our party, we met here for several hours.

“Among the five persons that were contesting, the leadership of our party from North Central unanimously agreed to sponsor former Senate President Ayu to be the national chairman of our party from the North Central.

“There was no voting, we all agreed that he is the right person for this job at this time.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday), the northern stakeholders of our party are going to meet. So, he will be presented to the northern caucus of the party. I think that by the grace of God they will also accept him,” Mr Ortom said.

Asked if other regions in the North would also be presenting candidates, Mr Ortom said that they were free to present their candidates, adding that, “we will discuss and agree.”

At the meeting were two former senate presidents, David Mark and Bukola Saraki; former Kogi Governor Ibrahim Idris and the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Also at the meeting were former Governor of Niger, Babangida Aliyu; former Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed; PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jubrin and a former minister of information, Jerry Gana.

Others were House of Representatives member representing Kabba Bunu, Ijumu Federal Constituency, Tajudeen Yusuf; and his counterpart representing Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu Federal Constituency, Francis Agbo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on Friday approved the recommendations of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu-led National Convention Zoning Committee that the national chairman of the PDP be zoned to the North.

The NEC also approved that the positions currently in the South should be swapped with the North and vise versa.

The positions of national chairman and other positions are expected to be micro-zoned to geo-political zones. (NAN)

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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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