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[BREAKING] INEC Declares Soludo Winner Of Anambra Governorship Election

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The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has been declared winner of the Anambra Governorship Election by the Independent National Electoral Commission

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria polled a total of112,229 votes to defeat his closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 53, 807 to emerge second.

The Returning Officer of the Anambra Governorship Election, Prof Florence Obi, announced the result on Wednesday morning at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State.

Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (Mr Valentine Ozigbo) and Young Progressives Party (Senator Ifeanyi Ubah) each won a local government.

But the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba, was unable to win any local government in the election.

Soludo, 61, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, secured 112,229 votes, twice more than his closes rival – PDP’s Ozigbo to be returned as winner of the election.

Ozigbo had 53,807 votes while the other two frontline contenders – Uba and Ubah scored 43,285 and 21,261 votes respectively.

“That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar said on Wednesday.

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Nigerians Have Power To Reject Tinubu, Other ‘Turn-by-turn’ Leaders -Oby Ezekwesili

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Former presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili has said that only Nigerian voters have the power to say no to incompetent leadership in the country.

The former minister was reacting to the announcement of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, that he will be running for the presidency in 2023.

Ezekwesili said, “It is citizens that have the power to collectively tell the likes of Mr Bola Tinubu that the season of lowest common denominator of political leaders doing “turn-by-turn” incompetent governance of Nigeria is over.

“The question is, “are citizens ready to collectively do so?

“A country like Nigeria cannot keep digging deeper into the labyrinth of failure because of low degree of public leadership.

“The 21st Century is racing fast to an end. Just look at where our continent lies prostrate at the feet of bad governance. Nigeria mostly accounts for it.”

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Again, El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning, Wants Merit

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Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has reiterates that Nigerians must give better considerations to merit rather than instead of zoning.

According to El Rufai, he does not zone positions, rather, he gets people that can get the job done.

“I am a student of history and governance; I have not seen any country in the world that has succeeded on a sustainable basis, by selecting its leaders based on geography, religion, ethnicity, etc.

So, it’s not a smart way to choose leaders, the smartest way to choose leaders in all the countries that have made progress, is to have competitive basis in which merit tops everything; you pick the best material,” El Rufai said in a recent interview with Arise TV.

“In Kaduna, the last time I checked, we have people from 18 states of Nigeria represented in our government because, we just want results and don’t care where you come from.

However, in this country, there’s a political culture that presupposes that the leadership of the country or even of states, should rotate between various parts of the country. There’s an understanding and in fact, one party has it in their constitution.

“The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has it in their constitution but we don’t have it in the All Progressives Congress, APC. It is an unspoken understanding and in politics, these kinds of understanding are as strong as any provisions of the constitution. You observe them and if you don’t, you pay a heavy political price.

Goodluck Jonathan paid that price, when he tried to violate the agreement with the PDP leaders – that he will only contest one term after Umaru Yar’ Adua’s term.

Furthermore, Governor El Rufai noted that, “based on the political culture of Nigeria, not because I think it is a good idea, or that I support it personally or that I practice it, but based on the political culture in Nigeria, after 8 years of President Buhari, presidency should be open to the South. I do not think that any northerner should put himself forward and say I want the presidency.”

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Progressive Governors Forum Kicks Against Postponing APC Convention

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The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has described the call for the postponement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention as illogical.

The director-general of the Forum, Salihu Lukman stated this in a letter to APC leaders on Monday in Abuja while reacting to the development.

“Statutorily, by the requirement of the Electoral Act, the party is expected to serve at least 21 days notice of the convention to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),” he explained.

“This basically means that if the convention is to hold any day before February 28, 2021, the notice to INEC should be given on or before February 7, 2022. “That being the case, the temptation could be to argue that there is more time, some reminders would be necessary at this point.”

Lukman warned that postponing the APC national convention could lead to a repeat of the 2019 fiasco in Zamfara, preventing the party from participating in the election.

He added that the APC CECPC should make a formal announcement about the date and venue for the convention to disassociate itself from such calls, arguing the announcement is critical to prove that the committee is not interested in postponing the convention.

“No one should imagine that agendas set in 2014 or 2019 are sufficient to respond to contemporary challenges, which post-2023 governance will be expected to respond to,” he counselled the party. “The correlation between collapse of education since the mid-1980s, rising levels of unemployment and insecurity are very glaring.”

Mr Lukman appealed to the APC CECPC to ensure that the February 2022 convention is not just about electing the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members.

“There must be some reflections about the challenges facing the country, with priority focus on problems of insecurity, rebuilding public education and health through mobilisation of massive financial investment in these sectors,” added the APC official.

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