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Why President Buhari must sign electoral act amendment bill, by prince Adebayo

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President Kaftan TV and Founder of the Law House, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the reworked electoral act amendment bill as it’s crucial to credible 2023 election
He said the president would be doing himself good to expeditiously assent to the bill as a legacy that he would be remembered for years to come.
This was coming just after opposition federal lawmakers in the national assembly also asked the president to assent to the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2022 without further delay.

The lawmakers, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Assembly caucus, had alleged that Governors of the ruling party were lobbying the President against assenting to the bill.
Prince Adebayo a product of the National Consultative Front (NCfront) who announced officially that he is in the race for presidency come 2023 said the lawmakers who were crying at the national assembly are Hypocrites adding that their selfish interests is causing Nigeria the golden opportunity to make history.
According to him, his group had started deliberating on the issue by trying to give the country a good electoral act. 
Adebayo lashed out at the lawmakers who he described as selfish for refusing to put what the people wanted in the bill

‘”In October 2021, I was at a hotel in Abuja when we held a conference on electoral act and the things we canvassed that the National Assembly should put in the electoral bill because of their selfish interest they did not incorporate many of them. 

“Even what they have put which is for them to survive the over lordship of their Governors, the Governor’s kept lobbying and those who have self centered ideas in the presidency also lobbied the President not to sign.

“The bill was kicked back to the national Assembly, they removed the things the president complained about and have sent it to the president.”

He said whether the president is going to sign it depends on whether he wants to be the president of the people or the president of politicians.

“It is a question whether President Buhari wants to leave a legacy that people can remember him for that I can not help him with but what I can say to the Nigerian people is that we need a new electoral act, the bill sent to the President is not one of the best but is an improvement over the one we are using now.
“We should mount pressure on the president so he can sign the electoral bill into an act.”
“It is an unserious country that signs electoral bill every election, some countries have been using the same electoral law for decades 

“What we need to change is to realize that the electoral act which we are using now has not expired, what we are doing now is an attempt to improve upon it.
“What we need to improve upon the most is our character because everybody has a role to play. I am an aspirant now I have a role to play whether I want to do money politics or issue based politics. 
“Money politics is easier if you can find the money but issue based politics is better for the country. “Those who are party functionaries they have to make up their minds whether they want to do politics for the country or they want to do a bazaar or harvest season from various aspirants and candidates and cause commotion. 

“The same thing for the media whether you will want to give coverage to the ones that have the big money or you want to cover those with big ideas, that one does not depend on Buhari, it depends on you, the editors and the owners of your media houses. 

“The same thing with the voters, whether you want to collect N5000 or you want to collect good Government in four years. It is up to you it does not depend on the electoral act. 

“The same thing with the policeman whether he wants to make money now from those who are snatching ballots or he continues to live in that terrible police barracks, where his children have no future or he respect the law and let people vote and let the votes count. 

“So I don’t want a situation where we point fingers, I don’t point fingers, all I know is that the president should sign the electoral act so that at least to able to live up to his oath of office which says that he will protect the interest of the federal Republic of Nigeria. 

He said he can only advocate adding that the other thing he can do is he can run his campaign in an honest, credible and competent way that will show to people that he can be entrust the country.

On his presidential ambition he reminded Nigerians that the President that Nigerias are going to elect is not a president of 2022, he is a president that will still be there by 2027 that is who we are going to elect.  
“So there is no way you can elect Atiku without giving him as part of the oath of office a walking stick because he will be 79.999 years so it doesn’t work.  
“We are talking about the future I am not saying I want to go to the Villa now and take over today,  No.  
“I am saying the future is 2023, next year, someone of my age, energy and commitment would be the one you should be looking for and whatever party you say you belong,  PDP,  APC whatever,  if you are not able to find someone like that within your party to come and trade ideas with me then you are not ready for the future. .
Adebayo who is yet to disclose the party platform on which he will run said the party would be unveiled next month.
Adebayo, who officially announced his presidential bid for the 2023 election, disclosed that the country is overwhelmed by insecurity and other national vices because lawlessness has remained the order of the day.
He said he would be the consensus candidate of the coalition that would emerge to displace the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming general elections.
He added that Nigerians who want good governance are in the majority and he has consulted with them so as to form a coalition that would remove the two major parties.
Adebayo said his decision not to run on any of the two major parties was because he was not ready to manage their respective breaches of the public trust which they carried out in governance.



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Discordant tunes as Obi/LP clash over purported endorsement of Abure

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***Obi says he did not endorse any leadership, as LP counters him

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP) in the 2023 General election Peter Obi may be embarking on a collision course with the party over his motif for the visit to the secretariat of the party on Tuesday along with his supporters.

Apparently piqued by how his visit was portrayed to be an endorsement of the Julius Abure-led leadership, Obi on Wednesday morning clarified that his visit to the Party’s secretariat on Tuesday was not to endorse the leadership but to engender reconciliation.
A statement by Peter Obi Media Relations (POMR) spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that the visit was more of reconciliation not an endorsement of any leadership as it was being portrayed.
In a swift reaction, the LP national publicity Secretary Obiorah Ifoh in a counter statement described Obi’s new statement as a twist of the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate to the leadership of the party.
He said Obi and Abure are on the same page over reconciliation in LP as he warned against any attempt to twist well intentioned visit.
Obi’s spokesperson statement reads,
“Obi’s visit to Labour Party yesterday was not to endorse anybody, but occassioned by his reconcilliatory move. Julius Abure in his speech stated clearly how Obi came to the office, and Obi in his speech clarified same, while preaching peace, and his mantra ‘pursuit of better Nigeria for the poor’

“Leadership of NLC/TUC Political Arm Commorades Titus Amba and Chris Uyot who were informed of Obi travelling out today, hence will honour thier invitation, also met with him, and extensively discussed same peace move with them.

“Obi had repeatedly maintained that his interest was to carry everybody along into one strong family, and not to support one against the other.

“In all his meetings with with all stakeholders, he has always maintained peace, and urge not to lose purpose which is to free Nigeria suffering and pain.

“The LP standards bearer plans to continue meeting with critical stakeholders, and groups to achieve all-inclusive political family with a common dream of rescuing Nigeria.

Ifoh statement reads,

“The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been called to a statement issued by the spokesperson to our National Leader, Peter Obi titled, ‘Obi visits to LP, Reconciliatory, not endorsement…’ Dr. Tanko Yinusa wherein he tried to twist the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate on the leadership of the party.

“As a party we are pleased that our leader has chosen to reconcile all aggrieved members and stakeholders of the party. “This noble step taken by Mr. Obi is in line with the call made by the Labour Party’s National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure during his maiden press conference last week titled ‘Triumphant Resumption of Abure led NWC’ wherein he pleaded with all the warring parties including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to sheath their swords and join in the rebuilding process in the party.

“Peter Obi’s visit and speech on Tuesday during the FCT solidarity rally has been variedly described in some quarters as an endorsement on the Abure leadership being his very first visit after the successful National Convention of the party held in March. But to us as a party we cherish this visit on whatever nomenclature as a positive wind blowing on the party.
“We believe that very soon, the reconciliatory efforts will be consummated and metamorphose into a political force that will usher in a government that will liberate Nigerians from the shackles of maladministration we are presently facing in the country.

“Finally, we urge the NLC and its Political Commission to understand that we are not the foe, and to see us as an ally in the battle to rescue Nigeria.
“They should emulate the Trade Union Congress, (TUC) which has shown greater understanding and willingness to partner with the Labour Party in our efforts to make a new Nigeria possible.”

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Okonkwo accuses Abure-led LP of being equally yoked by corruption as APC

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***Says he is suspending his association with the party

Nollywood actor turned politician, Kenneth Okonkwo, has alleged that the national convention organized by Julius Abure which returned him as Labour Party (LP) national chairman is nothing but criminality and corruption.

He stated this when he announced he was suspending his relationship with the Julius Abure-led National Working Committee of the LP.

According him, a new Nigeria is the priority, adding that he prefers to lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing.

Okonkwo, who was the spokesperson for the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council in the 2023 election, in a post via his verified X account on Tuesday, said the current Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party is another incompetent and corrupt association, just like the All Progressives Congress (APC) he left before.

The post reads: “I am suspending my relationship in all ramifications with the purported Abure-led National Working Committee of Labour Party.

For me, it’s either a new Nigeria or nothing. I prefer to lose doing the right thing than winning doing the wrong thing.

Nothing can wash out the criminality, corruption, and incompetence with which the purported National Convention was purportedly organised by Abure.

I did not leave the comfort of a ruling party APC because I believe that they are incompetent and dishonest only to come and join another incompetent and corrupt association, which is the current Abure led National Working Committee of Labour Party.”

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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