TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, SATURDAY
2023: As PVCs Sell For N2000, INEC Better Be Steps Ahead
The move by desperate politicians to amass Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) despite the planned use of Bi-Model Voters Accreditation Machine System (BiVAS) for the 2023 general election isn’t just to weaken the voting strength of the opposition. It rather points to a more devious means of compromising the integrity of the next elections. This targeted purchase has continued despite repeated assurances by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that systems instituted for the next election are so ironclad that rigging will be near impossible. It has also in line with the extant Electoral Act ruled out the resort to Incident Forms on Election Day.
Player Only yesterday, the Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner, Cyril Omorogbe, pointed out the futility of politicians mopping up the PVCs of prospective voters in next year’s polls.
According to him, “Those buying PVCs are not going to use it to vote. My suspicion is that if that is happening is that they are trying to reduce the number of potential people that would likely vote against them.
With the BiVAS technology, no one can vote by proxy or use another person’s card to vote.” Regardless, feelers from the political firmament indicate that politicians have gone beyond the cold calculation of buying up the voter cards of the electorate in areas they are unpopular. They seem to have found or are working on something more advantageous than reducing the number of votes against them or in favour of opponents.
INEC must understand that the ship has since sailed from harbour and should have a better reading of the tea leaf. Indeed, next year’s election is proving to be the most competitive in Nigeria’s democratic journey.
The stakes are so high, particularly for some presidential candidates who will be perceived as too old should they aspire for the highest office in 2027. Seeing this as their last chance, those who have made occupying Aso Rock a lifelong ambition may just be going for broke.
For these desperadoes, disenfranchising those who don’t like them won’t be as effective as subverting technological foolproof measures like BiVAS. This has therefore become an obsession and must be checkmated.
Why President Buhari Is Not Travelling With APC To Campaign For Tinubu – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation says the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu is not fit to be the next leader of Nigeria.
The PDP through its campaign organization spokesperson, Charles Aniagwu who made the allegation, submitted that this is the reason President Muhammadu Buhari has not been appearing at campaigns by the party so far.
He argued that the APC would have gotten more credibility with Professor Yemi Osinbajo as its 2023 presidential candidate. Speaking during an appearance on “AIT Kakaaki” yesterday, the PDP said only some selfish persons in the APC are trying to force Tinubu on Nigerians.
According to him, Tinubu has clearly shown by his many public gaffes that he lacks the mental alertness to lead Nigeria successfully.
FG Declares Public Holidays For Christmas, New Year Celebration
The Nigerian Government has declared public holidays for the celebration of Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year respectively.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement in a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Belgore Shuaib, on Friday in Abuja.
The minister disclosed that December 26 and 27 as well as January 2, 2023, have been set aside as public holidays to mark the festive season.
He asked Christians to emulate the doctrines of Jesus, noting that “we must imbibe the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings on humility, service, compassion, patience, peace, and righteousness”.
Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB Dissolved, De-Registered As United Kingdom Organization
Nigeria’s proscribed organization, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been dissolved and de-registered as a legal company in the United Kingdom.
The separatist movement founded by its embattled leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was registered as a legal organization in the UK in 2014. A document sighted on SaharaReporters showed that IPOB was dissolved and de-registered on September 13, 2022, after warnings.
A notice purportedly sent to IPOB months before the action read: “The Registrar of Companies give notice that, unless cause is shown to the contrary, the company will be struck off and dissolved not less than 2 months from the date shown above. “Upon company’s dissolution, all property and rights vested or held in trust for the company are deemed to be bona vacantia, and will belong to the Crown.”
Buhari Should Have Punished Wike, FFK, Fayose, Bishop Kukah, Others – Adesina
President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that his principal should have punished his critics in the last seven years but chose not to do so.
The Nigerian president will be 80 years of age on Saturday, December 17, 2022, as provided by him.
Reflecting on Buhari’s leadership since he assumed power in 2015 after defeating Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and the then President Goodluck Jonathan, at the poll, Adesina said the incumbent leader has proven to be a large-hearted man who has no malicious bone in his body.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain showered praises on his principal in his latest publication to celebrate Buhari’s 80th birthday anniversary. According to Adesina, President Buhari should have punished the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), Bishop Mathew Kukah, Governor Nyesom Wike, and others but the Daura man was still accommodative of them due to his kind heart.
How To Apply For UK Teaching Job
The United Kingdom Teaching Regulation Agency has announced that non-UK nationals, including Nigerian teachers and other African countries, can now apply to teach in schools in the from February 2023.
The country’s Department for Education made the announcement for interested non-UK nationals on the government website.
Nigeria has been listed as one of the countries whose citizens can now apply for qualified teacher status through the Teaching Regulation Agency in the United Kingdom.
Apart from Nigeria, other foreign countries which the offer extends to include Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. To stand a chance, eligible applicants will be required to have a qualified teacher status (QTS), a qualification awarded by the Teaching Regulation Agency.
Nigeria’s Inflation Hits 21.47% As Food Prices Soar
The National Bureau of Statistics has said the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures the rate of change in prices of goods and commodities increased to 21.47 per cent year on year in November.
This is compared to 15.40 per cent in the corresponding month of 2021.
In a statement on Thursday, the NBS explained that the 6.07 per cent increase in the headline index implies that the general price level was higher in the review month relative to November 2021.
According to the CPI report for November, month-on-month, however, the Headline inflation rate in was 1.39 per cent, which was 0.15 per cent higher than the 1.24 per cent recorded in October.
Food inflation increased to 24.13 per cent year-on-year which was 6.92 per cent higher than the 17.21 per cent recorded in November 2021. The rise in food inflation was caused by increases in prices of bread and cereals, oil and fat, potatoes, yam and other tubers, food products, and fish.
Imo Assembly Labour Party Candidate Killed By Suspected Assassins
The Labour Party candidate for Onuimo Local Government Area in the Imo State House of Assembly, Christopher Elehu, has been killed.
Reports on Friday revealed that the politician was killed today by some unknown gunmen suspected to be hired assassins.
The assailants also reportedly set ablaze Elehu’s residence and destroyed his properties, including a motorcycle. The gunmen who were said to be on a rampage reportedly visited the houses of other politicians in the area but met their absences. The PUNCH said their gunshot lasted for over two hours without restriction.
Executive Order: APC Drags Governor Wike To Court
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dragged Governor Nyesom Wike to court over his recent executive orders in the state affecting political activities ahead of 2023. The APC noted that it was challenging Executive Orders 21 and 22 signed into law by Governor Wike.
Executive Order 21 prohibits political parties from using public schools for campaigns without permission from the State’s Ministry of Education and payment of a non-refundable sum of N5 million while Executive Order 22 banned political parties from the use of buildings in residential areas as campaign offices.
However, addressing in Port Harcourt on Friday, the spokesman of the APC Campaign Council in the State, Sogbeye Eli, said they won’t apply for the use of public facilities. He added that it is an irregularity and the matter has been taken to court.
‘You Conducted The Worst Election In Nigeria’s History’ – Keyamo Fires PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), has slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for claiming to be responsible for deepening democracy in the country.
The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) had claimed responsibility for sustaining democracy in the country during its 16 years in power.
The PDP PCO stated this on Thursday following US President Joe Biden’s commendation of President Muhammadu Buhari for deepening democracy in the country and in Africa. In a swift response, the Chief Spokesman of the APC PCC, Festus Keyamo, said the PDP should not take the glory for deepening democracy in the country, adding that the party conducted the worst election in the history of Nigeria.
Keyamo said the US President commended President Buhari and not the PDP, adding that the opposition party is attempting to adulterate Biden’s speech and seek relevance