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Edo 2024 guber: ‘Nobody can stop me from primary election’ – Ize-Iyamu

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a prominent aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State governorship election scheduled for September 21, 2024, asserted on Saturday that he will not be prevented from participating in the party’s primary elections.

Reports from DAILY POST indicated that Ize-Iyamu was supposedly among the 23 aspirants disqualified from contesting the primary elections by a committee led by Professor Julius Ihonvbere in Abuja.

Speaking at Benin Airport over the weekend, Ize-Iyamu addressed his supporters and leaders from the state’s three senatorial districts, alleging that his exclusion from the primaries was a result of individuals fearing his popularity.

He dismissed the purported exclusion as a mere rumor and emphasized that he is committed to the race. Ize-Iyamu assured supporters that he would obtain the necessary forms for the primary elections and insisted that any Edo person is eligible for the ticket. He expressed confidence that the support he receives will not be in vain.

Ize-Iyamu clarified that the power to screen out any aspirant lies with the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and not with the screening committee led by Professor Julius Ihonvbere. He announced his intention to purchase the party’s expression of interest and nomination forms next week, with assurances from some of his supporters that they would cover the expenses.

He reassured his supporters, citing the NWC’s dismissal of the committee reports and affirmation that all aspirants for the governorship race are free to acquire nomination forms.

Regarding his relationship with the former National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu described it as cordial, respecting Oshiomhole as a senior brother and leader of the party. He urged people not to blame Oshiomhole for any perceived wrongdoing, emphasizing that issues should be resolved within the party family.

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Alleged Misappropriation: External auditor will examine LP’s accounts – Peter Obi

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, has announced that an external auditor has been appointed to scrutinize the party’s financial records.

This follows allegations made by Oluchi Opara, the national treasurer of the Labour Party, on Monday, accusing Julius Abure, the national chairman, of misappropriating N3.5 billion. In response, the party suspended Opara, alleging external influence aimed at destabilizing the LP. Abure, in turn, threatened legal action against Opara for defamation.

However, addressing the situation during a press conference on Thursday, Peter Obi stated, “we will account for everything now that we have an independent person who will tell us which way forward.” Obi clarified that he is not directly involved in the party’s management or campaign finances, assuring transparency in the handling of funds received during the election. He urged the public to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of the alleged misappropriated funds.

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We spent N744.5m on litigation, received N595.9m from Nigerians – Obi-Datti Campaign gives account

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The Obi/Baba-Ahmed Presidential Campaign Organisation has revealed that it expended more than N744,500,000.00 (seven hundred and forty-four million, five hundred thousand naira) in legal battles in courts concerning the 2023 presidential election. Additionally, the organization disclosed receiving donations amounting to N595,976,994.00 from Nigerian citizens. Aisha Yesufu, Chairperson of the Fundraising Team of the Campaign Organisation, shared these details during a presentation on fundraising reports.

She emphasized the significance of accountability and transparency, underscoring the need to explain how the donated funds were utilized. Yesufu expressed gratitude to all donors, both in monetary and non-monetary contributions. From the donations received from citizens, the organization amassed N595,976,994. The candidate himself, Peter Obi, also contributed N8,000,000.00.

The campaign strategy included channeling support for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed through various support groups across Nigeria’s 36 states. Media campaigns were deployed, reaching over 11 million individuals through 40 radio stations, community outreach, and social media platforms.

Limited financial resources led to a strategic approach in utilizing funds. Campaign materials worth N258,374,330.00 were procured and distributed nationwide, along with N16,432,867.00 allocated for media and radio broadcasting expenses. Election promotion expenses amounted to N10,808,948.00, while N324,381,700.00 was spent on Polling Unit Agents. Additionally, bank charges of N1,750,544.00 and administrative charges of N477,000.00 were incurred.

A significant portion, N744,500,000.00, was allocated to cover legal expenses, while over N28,500,000.00 was expended on campaign and election activities. Yesufu clarified that the candidate himself contributed N800,000,000.00 specifically for legal fees.

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Peter Obi an opportunist—Bwala

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A former spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Daniel Bwala, has characterized Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, as an opportunist.

In response to a photo of Obi at the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cote d’Ivoire, Bwala asserted that Obi manipulates religion, ethnicity, natural disasters, and sports to his advantage against Nigerians.

Sharing his thoughts on platform X, Bwala stated, “Obi doesn’t engage in opposition but rather exploits opportunities. He capitalizes on the nation’s and its people’s weaknesses like a predator, utilizing religion, ethnicity, natural calamities, and even sports until members of the NFF supporters’ club told him to ‘F’ off.”

“Peter Obi aims to lead Nigeria with slogans and trendy phrases; shifting from consumption to production; referencing China, Malaysia, Egypt, etc. What does he truly understand about governance? He feigns concern for the impoverished masses; however, one should inquire about the wages he offers his employees across all his businesses, and then return to discuss the genuine implications of contemporary slavery with me.”

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