The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, said in Abuja on Monday that Tony Nwoye is the party’s candidate for the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election.
Tukur said this when he received the report of the party’s primaries from the Chairman of the five-man panel for the Anambra State electoral congress, Governor Ibrahim Shema of Kastina State.
The committee had organised and supervised the party`s Anambra primaries held on August 24.
“Nwoye is our candidate for the Anambra governorship election, go and tell the whole world,” Tukur said.
He said that the committee did the party proud in the Anambra primaries, adding that they demonstrated that PDP could deliver on its promise to ensure free and fair election.
He re-emphasised that the party had no “anointed candidate” for any election, adding that “all we are saying is come out and present yourself for election”.
Tukur maintained that the party was for all Nigerians and that the power to decide who rules the people was on the people.
Earlier, Shema said that it was a privilege to serve as chairman of the committee, adding that it gave him an opportunity to show that the PDP was a party for all.
He told the party’s leadership that the committee met with the party’s stakeholders and 14 out of the cleared party aspirants in the state, except Dr. Alex Obegoro, before the primaries.
This, Shema said, was to give the aspirants the opportunity to express themselves, reconcile and work together for the party’s benefit.
He further said that security agents were also present at the meeting, while an invitation was sent to the state Independent National Electoral Commission Resident Commissioner, informing him of the primaries and the venue.
“We informed him the night before that we are holding the congress and we gave him the venue and the national headquarters had earlier written to INEC headquarters in Abuja,” Shema said.
According to him, the committee worked in accordance with the party’s constitution, electoral law and the country’s constitution.
He said that 902 delegates were accredited with 14 statutory delegates for the exercise, adding that voting was peaceful and done in accordance with the party’s constitution.
Shema added: “At the end of the exercise, C. N. Ukachukwu, scored 357 votes; Dr. Alex scored 13 votes; Walta Okeke, 10 votes; Josephine Anenih scored six votes; and Emma Anosike scored one vote.
“Tony Nwoye scored 498 votes and became the winner of that primary election and was according to our party’s constitution declared the winner.”
He subsequently submitted to the party’s national chairman ballot papers used and unused by delegates at the primaries for safe keep.
Nwoye was a former President of the National Association of Nigerian Students.
The report added that the Anambra State chapter of the PDP had been under two factional leaderships.
While one faction was led by INEC-recognised state Chairman, Chief Ejike Oguebego, the other was led by the Ken Emeakayi, which was recognised by the PDP leadership.
The two factions had on August 24 organised primaries in different venues, which resulted to the emergence of Nwoye and Senator Andy Uba as the party’s governorship candidate.
The Anambra governorship election has been slated for November 16.
Source: The Sun Newspaper
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NIgeria Records 87 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Infections Now 1,182
By Abujah Racheal
Nigeria has recorded 87 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total infections to 1,182 , according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The NCDC, in a tweet via its official handle, said 33 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, 18 in Borno, 12 in Osun, nine in Katsina, four each in Kano and Ekiti, three each in Edo and Bauchi and one in Imo.
“As at 11:55 pm April 25, there are 1,182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. The country’s total deaths from the virus now stand at 35, while 222 have been treated and discharged,” it said.
The centre said as at 11:55 pm, April 25, Lagos has 689, FCT-138, Kano-77, Ogun-35, Osun-32, Gombe-30, Katsina-30, Borno-30, Edo-22, Oyo-18, Kwara-11, Akwa Ibom-11, Bauchi-11, Kaduna-10, Ekiti-8 and Ondo-4.
Others are Delta-six, Rivers-three, Jigawa-two, Enugu-two, Niger-two, Abia-two, Zamfara-two, Sokoto-two, Benue-one, Anambra-one, Adamawa-one, Plateau-one and Imo-one.
87 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported;
33 in Lagos
18 in Borno
12 in Osun
9 in Katsina
4 in Kano
4 in Ekiti
3 in Edo
3 in Bauchi
1 in Imo
As at 11:55 pm 25th April there are 1182 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.
Deaths: 35 pic.twitter.com/La5xzZZe2z
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 25, 2020
Sourced From: News Agency of Nigeria
2 Women Crushed To Death On Lagos – Ibadan Expressway
Two women were crushed to death in a road crash involving a Mack truck and a motorcycle around Lotto, beside NNPC filling station on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.
The accident occurred around 8:02am on Saturday when the truck marked FST 984 XX lost its brakes and hit the moving motorcycle, killing the women.
The spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.
”The truck and the motorcycle were both on the outbound lane from Lagos when the crash happened due to break failure on the part of the truck driver.
“The vehicle and the motorcycle are with the police at the Redeemed Police Station, along with the driver of the truck,” he said. Akinbiyi explained that the rider of the motorcycle was nowhere to be found after the accident.
He disclosed that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.
Sourced From: Daily Trust
Mentally-Challenged Man Axes 70-Year-Old Father To Death
A 37-year-old man said to be mentally-challenged has used an axe to kill his father, aged 70 in Unuchiana Village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Tribune Online learnt that the suspect allegedly axed his father to death in their compound.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the Anambra State police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, said one Timothy Ezeofor reported that his elder brother, 70-year-old Godwin Ezeofor, was allegedly murdered by his son, Chigorom Ezeofor using an axe.
According to Mohammed, at about 9:45am on Friday, one Mr Timothy Ezeofor of Umuezegoro Kindred, Unuchiana Village, reported at Aguata Police Station that at about 8:00am of same day, his elder brother, Godwin Ezeofor of the same address was murdered by his son, one Chigorom Ezeofor, of the same address using an axe.
He said the complainant alleged that the suspect had been mentally ill for the past eight years.
The police spokesman said following the report, police operatives attached to Aguata Division led by the DPO, CSP Ayeni Oluwadare, mobilised to scene and rushed the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and the corpse has been deposited at a hospital mortuary for autopsy.
He also said the suspect who “looks insane” had been arrested and taken to the station for investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.
Sourced From: Tribune Online
COVID-19: Police Arrest Bishop For Defying Lockdown To Protest At Chinese Embassy In Lagos
By Chiemelie Ezeobi.
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa alias Jehovah Sharp Sharp, Archbishop Samson Benjamin, for defying the lockdown order to protest at the Chinese Embassy in Lagos.
Benjamin, the police alleged, led about 100 persons to the Chinese Embassy in Victoria Island to protest the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.
According to the cleric, the Chinese were operating freely in Nigeria despite that COVID-19 started in their country but have chosen to maltreat Nigerians and other blacks in China.
It was gathered that officials of the embassy sent a video clip of the alleged invasion to the police which prompted operatives from Victoria Island Division to move to the scene to effect the arrest.
A police source who spoke on anonymity said the cleric was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Yaba and may be arraigned in court on Wednesday.
In the video, the bishop denied going to the embassy with 100 persons, insisting that he was there by himself to register his displeasure over the ill-treatment of Nigerians in China.
Efforts to reach the spokesman for the state police command, DSP Bala Elkana, proved abortive as he didn’t return the message sent to him as at press time.
Sourced From: THISDAYLIVE
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