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Senate Bows To Pressure, Rejects Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner

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Senate Begins Screening Of Lauretta Onochie, Others For INEC Role-Crystal News

Nigerian Senate has rejected the nomination of the Personal Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The presidential aide was rejected following the report by the Senate Committee on (INEC), Senator Kabir Gaya who said her nomination breaches Federal Character principles.

Kabir Gaya cited Section 14 (1) 3 of the Constitution, stating that somebody was already a Commissioner from her zone, and the law remains clear about that.

The committee said there is currently a serving commissioner from Delta state, where Onochie hails from.

The Senate also stood down the approval of Professor Sani Mohammed Adam till further legislative action.

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FACT-CHECK: Did Primate Ayodele Say Ifeanyi Ubah Will Win Anambra Election?

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Primate Ayodele Releases Fresh Prophecies On Anambra Governorship Election-Crystal News

As the Anambra governorship election gets closer, different publications have been coming up concerning the candidates and the election as a whole. At a time like this, publications that have to do with prophecies on who becomes the winner of the election get lot of attention from candidates and the people of Anambra.

Popular prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele is one prophet who has spoken consistently about the gubernatorial election in Anambra. He started before the primaries up till this moment and his last prophecy was talking about the candidates and their stand in the soon coming elections.

In this last prophecy, he mentioned that the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) are not wanted by the people of Anambra and that they are bent on taking the victory by force.

‘‘’People are tired of APGA, they don’t want APGA but the party wants to enforce power through rigging, they are not getting it right. Governor Willie Obiano isn’t doing his homework properly and it will affect their victory. Nobody is ready for APGA and APC in Anambra but both of them are bent on taking it by force. Except Governor Willie Obiano begs the people of Anambra and prays to God, the people will not vote for APGA.’’

For YPP and PDP, Primate Ayodele stated that both parties have what it takes to win the election and advised them on what to do.

‘’PDP has what it takes, they have the resources but except their candidate, Valentine Ozigbo does the necessary things, he won’t win. A coalition will help PDP more to get their chances. If they do what is right, they will get it. Unless PDP wakes up, gets a coalition and puts their house in proper order, they will not be victorious, they should manage things properly. Three days to the election, things will start changing, PDP should prepare well.

FACT-CHECK: Did Primate Ayodele Say Ifeanyi Ubah Will Win Anambra Election?

‘’A Coalition will send APC off the race but other parties don’t see beyond their nose and by this, they will create chances for APC to win in an ungodly way. The people don’t want APC and APGA. If PDP can utilize the opportunity, they can win.

‘’YPP candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah is not ready to take victory, victory is surrounding him but he isn’t ready for it. They will ease him out technically, he is getting some things wrong except he does the needful. He has what it takes but he isn’t managing it, he is playing around the victory and people are not seeing him as well prepared for the election victory. The victory is close to him but he doesn’t know how to claim it.’’ (https://dailypost.ng/2021/10/12/anambra-guber-primate-ayodele-reveals-election-outcome-in-fresh-prophecy/)

However, since yesterday, there have been stories flying in the internet that Primate Ayodele prophesied that Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election. This has been posted on mainstream news platforms like the Sun newspapers, and other online platforms.( https://www.sunnewsonline.com/primate-ayodele-says-ifeanyi-ubahll-win/)

Going by the prophetic statement and what is currently spreading, it is important to note that they are two different things and the man of God never stated that Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election.

For Ifeanyi Ubah, Primate Ayodele even noted that the people are not seeing him as a serious candidate and that he doesn’t know how to claim victory. He went ahead to categorically state that he will eased out technically except he does the needful. With this statement, Primate Ayodele never said Ifeanyi Uba will win but advised him on what he needs to do if he wants to win. He wasn’t the only one in this category, the PDP candidate was also advised on what to do to win the election.

Where then did those sponsoring stories to favor Ifeanyi Ubah get theirs from? The facts are available on the social media and there was never a time Primate Ayodele made a statement that YPP and Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election.

However, this is not the first time Primate Ayodele’s prophecies will be twisted by some elements for political gains. In 2018, Primate Ayodele released a statement that only Saraki can unseat Buhari and that can only happen if the PDP gives him the presidential ticket but unfortunately, they didn’t listen and they lost in the election. After this, there were verbal attacks against Primate Ayodele for saying ‘Saraki will be nigeria’s next president’, meanwhile, there was never a time Primate Ayodele said this.

In 2020 before Ondo election, Primate Ayodele said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu will not win by people’s mandate but through manipulation, technicality, power of incumbency, money and security. His words were twisted as saying ‘Rotimi Akeredolu will not win’, whereas that wasn’t what the man of God said.

For Ifeanyi Ubah, it’s obvious his camp are behind the sponsored stories but putting the records straight, Primate Ayodele never said Ifeanyi Ubah will win the election.

Written by James Ubah

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Details Of Pastor Bakare’s Meeting With Buhari Emerges

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Details Of Pastor Bakare's Meeting With Buhari Emerges

The founder of Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare on Friday has a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Bakare’s closed-door meeting focused on support for the electronic transmission of votes in the 2023 elections, power rotation and to “dispense what was in my heart”

2023 Election: Power Rotation

Bakare stated, “I had said it on October 3. It’s our immaturity, politically and otherwise, that makes us say power must either be in the North or be in the South, instead of looking for the best, the fittest, the most competent, and people of character, who love this nation.

“Listen to me, if where the president comes from will make the place he has come from to be better, the northern part of Nigeria should be the richest and should be the most progressive and the most developed because out of 61 years, the north has produced either the president or heads of state for 40 to 41 years, and yet see the retrogression in the North.

“If it’s from the South, why should a person like President Obasanjo freeze and seize the account of Lagos State in his own tenure? If it’s from South-South or South-East why couldn’t President Jonathan use all his powers to develop South-South/South-East?

“Not where they come from, it’s what they carry and what they have to offer. May the best of the best of Nigerians rise, whether they’re from the east, from the west, from the north, and from the south.

“If there are agreements between politicians among themselves on rotation, a bargain is a bargain. That’s between them. But as far as this country is concerned, what we need at this stage is a man who can drive us to the Eldorado.”

He also said that there is the need for the nation to adopt electronic voting to ensure that no Nigerian of eligible voting age including the Diasporas are disenfranchised.

Asked about his mission at the presidential villa, Bakare said, “It’s a private visit to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and I’ve dispensed what’s in my heart.”

Electronic transmission of election results

He applauded the Senate for reversing itself on the electronic transmission of election results, saying beyond that, the country should also adopt electronic voting.

Reacting to the senate’s stance, the Clergyman said, “Perhaps one of the best things the present National Assembly has done, especially the Senate. Because with that, Nigerians can vote and then results can be transmitted so easily. Not only that, part of the State of the Nation address that I did on October 10, I emphasised how Nigeria’s youth, especially undergraduates, are disenfranchised in our country.

“22.3 million students are registered, but during election, campuses are shut, they will not be able to return there to vote, therefore disenfranchised. If we can also be able to vote electronically, that will be wonderful. It will deepen and enhance our democracy.

“Not only that, the Diaspora sends above $25 billion to Nigeria. Nigeria in Diaspora should also be able to vote as they do in every other country in the world. The more the merrier. Yes, democracy is a game of numbers, but our people should have the final say, so the office of the citizen must be as important, if not more than the office of the governor or the president because they are the people who put them in power. Sovereignty still lies in the hands of the people of Nigeria.”

Restructuring of Nigeria

Bakare affirmed that it’s a step that must be taken to move the nation forward, “I’d said it, it’s in the open, the documents are already there, it’s not something I can cover in five minutes. We can do it without shooting any gun. The lecture after lecture after lecture, I have prepared and I’ve made copies available to Mr. President.

“We need to do it, to move this nation forward. The founding fathers of this nation; Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, alongside their entourage in Lancaster House and everywhere, agreed on what type of government Nigeria should have. We must not change the goalpost in the midst of the game.

“We are better off together as a nation than going our different ways. But it must be based on equity, justice, fair play and a rule of law.”

On plans to contest for the 2023 presidential election

When asked if he had plans to contest the 2023 presidential election, he said he would, only if God and Nigerians want him to.

Bakare added, “Every Nigerian, who is of age and who is not disqualified by any means, is free. I’m a nation builder, if God wants me to do that, and the people of Nigeria will appreciate that, why not? I’m as free as anybody to do anything with my time. I’ve pastored a church for 33 years, now we raise new leaders. I want to focus on nation-building.

“The Office of the President is only one office, there are so many other things we can do as people to support whoever is there to make sure that we do not go into retrogression, but begin to make steady progress as a people. I’ve already communicated clearly, my future plans to Mr. President, and it stays between us.”

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Court Affirms Charles Soludo As APGA Guber Candidate

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Charles Soludo has been confirmed as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the upcoming Anambra governorship election.

The apex court made this known in a ruling on Thursday afternoon, which was presided by a five-man panel of justices of the court.

The Supreme Court also dismissed the appeal filed by one Jude Okeke on the ground of being an abuse of the court process.

Delivering the lead judgment, Justice Mary Peter Odili affirmed that Soludo will represent APGA in the November 6 governorship election and Victor Oye remains the National Chairman of the party.

Justice Odili also upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, which had earlier dismissed Okeke’s suit.

She, however, awarded a sum of N1 million to be paid by Okeke to APGA and Oye.

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