Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate should be prepared for a shocker because the APC had gone back to the drawing board. “The APC as a party has also re-strategised and very confident of victory because the local government areas where the rerun will take place remain the APC strongholds and the electorate in these areas have made up their minds to vote massively for the governor they trust,” Mallam Muhammad Garba, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, said.
2. Abba Yusuf, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Kano, has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious ahead of the rerun election in the state. He called on the supporters of the PDP to remain calm. “We call on all supporters to remain calm; we are known to be peace lovers and so we shall remain, as we are very sure of victory during the rerun. Our supporters should not forget that the PDP is already leading in the last count of the election and interestingly, the bye-election would take place in the strongest areas of our party,” he said.
3. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday fixed March 23 for the supplementary polls in six states where governorship elections were declared inconclusive. The statement was issued by Mr. Festus Okoye, the National Officer and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee. “The Returning Officers in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states declared the governorship elections inconclusive. Consequently, the commission will conduct supplementary elections on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to conclude the process,” he said.
4. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Tuesday alleged that five judges had been approved to hear the petition of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, against the outcome of the 2019 presidential election. According to CUPP, the judges were approved by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, with the endorsement of Buhari APC. The judges are; Justice Abdu Aboki, Justice Peter Ige, Justice J. S. Ikyegh, and Justice S. C. Oseji, while Justice Bulkachuwa is the presiding judge. Two of the judges in the list are part of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
5. Tibor Nagy, the United States Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, in a recent telephone press conference on Tuesday, said that the US is compiling reports on the 2019 general elections. The US noted that it was actively involved with the political happenings in the country, particularly regarding the 2019 election.
6. Yerima Shettima, the National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, on Tuesday during a peace and unity rally organized by the Nigerian Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum, said that the recent happenings in Nigeria shows that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government does not wish Nigerians well. “This rally is as a result of fallback on the elections. We felt Nigerians deserve more than what they are experiencing in recent times. From the presidential election to the governorship election, there was a clear demonstration of rape on our democracy,” he said.