PDP Convention: Party governors working on having consensus candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party governors forum are working on having consensus candidates for all elective positions during its Saturday convention.

Governor of Sokoto State and chairman of PDP governors forum Aminu Tambuwal said this on Thursday night while speaking to journalists.

He said that at least 80 percent has been achieved in arriving at a consensus candidates for the elective positions.

“We held the meeting of the PDP governors forum and as you can see, all of us attended.

“Chairman of the convention committee brought us up to the speed on how prepared they are for us to hold our convention starting from Friday, Oct. 29 through to Saturday.

“We are also happy to say that part of what we discussed was the process of arriving at consensus during the convention.

“So far, we can say that with certainty that we have achieved not less than 80% of that process and it is still ongoing.

“We are hoping that at the end of the day, we are going to have a hitch free convention and possibly have all the candidates emerge via consensus.

“Consensus is part of democratic process and we are imbibing that in the interest of our party so that we can continue to have stability that will reposition the party as we have always said for the future,” he said.
Source – PM News


APC Won’t Give Presidential Ticket To Candidates Of Same Religion – Deputy Senate President

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has assured Nigerians that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will respect religious diversity by not fielding a presidential ticket with two people of the same religion in the 2023 presidential election.

He stated this on Thursday in Abuja when he hosted members of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), led by its President, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle.

Senator Omo-Agege charged all political parties to balance their presidential tickets among major faiths in Nigeria.

Responding to a call by the CAN president opposing all-Muslim and all-Christian presidential candidates and running mates in the next general election, Senator Omo-Agege stressed that the APC has always been mindful of that in its choice of candidates for elective and appointive positions.

He buttressed his argument with the 2015 APC primaries where the party averted a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket.

While urging the Church to pray for leaders holding political offices at all times, the Deputy Senate President emphasized the need for religious bodies to use their platforms to enlighten Nigerians on the need to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

By doing so, he said they would not only be protecting themselves against the pandemic but also their loved ones and those around them.

Earlier, CAN President, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle cautioned politicians against heating up the polity with unguarded utterances, even as he called for synergy between the body and the National Assembly.

The cleric also kicked against the idea of Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian presidential candidates and running mates ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

“Concerning the 2023 elections, we would admonish you, politicians, not to heat up the polity in any way as the campaigns are opened by guarding your utterances.

“There is already tension in the land because of insecurity.

“We equally want to urge you on Presidency that a balance of both religious practitioners be considered. We don’t want a Christian/Christian ticket nor a Muslim/Muslim ticket. We want a situation that would produce a pair of the two religions in other to douse religious tension.

“Though people say religion does not matter in Nigeria and here in Africa, religion is part of our identity. To say that religion does not matter is to underrate what can tear the nation apart if it is not carefully handled,” he added.

Ayokunle also called on the government to create the enabling environment for investments to thrive, as he made a case for incentives, tax exemptions ‘to local manufacturers on some goods’’
Source – Channels



ICPC Recovers Over 300 Houses From Two Government Officials

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it recently recovered over 300 houses from two civil servants in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Making the disclosure on Thursday, the Chairman of the ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, went on to expose how real estate is often used as cover for money laundering and Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs).

Owasanoye, who spoke at a public hearing on real estate organized by the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Investigation of Operations of Real Estate Developers in FCT, Abuja, also stated that public officers use real estate developers as conduits for IFFs.

He said: “Corrupt public officers use real estate investment as a vehicle for hiding ill-gotten wealth and money laundering. Public officers acquire estates in pseudo names to conceal the illegal origin of funds.

“This is made possible by the absence of proper documentation and registration of titles to lands and estates in the country and non-enforcement of beneficial ownership standards.”

“The Commission has a case in which we recovered 241 houses from a public officer and another one with 60 buildings on a large expanse of land,” he added.

“Corruption in real estate aids illicit financial flows. The real estate sector is globally recognized as attractive to IFFs largely because it is informal, unregulated, and thus open to abuse, shell-companies, use of intermediaries and third parties to acquire high-value real estate with proceeds of crime and/or illicit funds,” the ICPC boss further explained.
Source – Channels