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Oyo APC holds State Congress Wednesday, Committee resumes screening

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The Committee constituted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to screen those contesting the various State Executive Committee positions of the party in Oyo State has resumed ahead of Wednesday’s rescheduled congress.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Screening Committee, Afeez Bolaji, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the screening committee headed Mr Idris Adeoye, had earlier suspended its activities following the postponement of the state congress.

The state congress earlier scheduled for Saturday, was postponed by the National Secretariat due to some irregularities noticed in the harmonised delegates’ list.

Bolaji said the committee announced that screening for the aspirants, who had obtained nomination forms to contest the 36 positions at the state congress, resumed on Monday.

He said the committee regretted the suspension of the screening abruptly, after attending to most of the aspirants from three of the seven zones in the state.

“After a thorough review of the situation, our committee has resolved to resume work this Monday, at the Oke-Ado Secretariat of our party.

“All the remaining aspirants, who have obtained the nomination forms and willing to participate in the election exercise, should endeavour to appear before the panel, for their mandatory screening,” he said.

Bolaji said that the committee urged aspirants to come along with their party membership registration slip, Permanent Voter Card (PVC) and fully filled nomination forms.

He enjoined the aspirants not to bring any other person or persons, as there would be strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

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Tinubu makes promises if elected President

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One of the Presidential aspirants under the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has stated one of the things he would do if elected President come 2023.

Tinubu has said that his administration would pay the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations for Nigerian students, no matter their background.

He said this while addressing some women chieftains of the APC, in a video published by GistReel.

He said, “Your children’s West African examination fees will be paid by us, so that no one, no matter how poor, will be left behind.”

The former Governor of Lagos State also stated his intention to stabilise the country adding that he was in the race to break the shackles of poverty in the country.

Tinubu also advised the women to remain in the APC and support it stating that it is a progressing party.

“The symbol of our party is a broom. The symbol of my cap is breaking shackles. You break the shackles of ignorance, poverty, and many things.

“We need stability in the country. We need peace and the stoppage of banditry is extremely important because women are the vulnerable victims of banditry, violence, and instability. Without peace and stability, we cannot build a nation as rapidly as we want,” Tinubu stated.

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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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