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Drama As Top Contender Snubs APC’s Screening In Bid To Replace Umahi

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Drama As Top Contender Snubs APC's Screening In Bid To Replace Umahi

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to conduct the primary election today to select its candidate for the upcoming bye-election in Ebonyi South Senatorial District on February 3, 2023.

News ToGo reports that the vacancy arose from the resignation of Senator Dave Umahi following his appointment as the Minister of Works by Bola Tinubu.

The APC Committee from the National Secretariat has completed the screening process, with Professor Anthony Okorie Ani as the sole aspirant to undergo the procedure. Two individuals, Princess Ann Agom-Eze and Prof. Ani, obtained forms for the primary election.

Smart Iheazor, Chairman of the screening/special congress committee, provided an update on the screening process in Abakaliki on Friday. Iheazor said, “On Thursday, we came into Abakaliki and we commenced action immediately on our assignment, and we have successfully screened the aspirant that purchased the form from our national headquarters.”

“Two persons purchased forms, and out of the two, only one person returned the completed forms. The second person did not return her forms and also did not show up for the screening despite radio and other media announcements to that effect.”

“The second person that purchased the form but did not return it to the party head office is one Princess Ann Agom-Eze. She didn’t show up for the screening neither did she return the form she purchased from the party.”

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, all led by military regimes, are moving forward with plans to establish a confederation, according to an announcement from the Malian foreign ministry on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that this move deepens ties among the three countries through an alliance that challenges broader West African integration efforts.

On January 28, the military administrations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. They emphasized that this decision was a “sovereign” one and stated their intent to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay.”

Further solidifying their stance, the leader of Niger’s military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, reiterated on Monday that none of the three Sahel nations would seek to rejoin the regional bloc.

At a gathering in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the ministers from the three countries confirmed their joint commitment to depart from ECOWAS promptly and continue their collaboration under the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). The Malian foreign ministry shared that they “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing resolutely in the process of implementing the AES and creating the Tri-State Confederation.”

Details regarding the functioning of the proposed confederation have not yet been disclosed, including plans for alignment in political, economic, and security matters. These countries are grappling with a decade-long battle against Islamist insurgents that has caused instability in the subregion.

In November, their finance ministers mentioned considering the establishment of a monetary union, and officials from all three nations have expressed varying levels of support for moving away from the West African CFA franc common currency.

These military-led governments have severed longstanding military ties with France, their former colonial ruler. This move has diminished France’s influence in the Sahel region and complicated international efforts to combat militants associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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A Major Edo Gov’ship Contender Quits Race

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A Major Edo Gov'ship Contender Quits Race

A prominent contender in Edo State, Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe, has opted out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election.

News ToGo reports that he promptly announced his endorsement of Dennis Idahosa, the youthful representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, whom he hailed as “the choice of the party.”

Umakhihe, a retired federal Permanent Secretary from Edo North Senatorial District, made his withdrawal from the race official on Saturday morning.

In his statement, Umakhihe expressed gratitude to his supporters and declared, “Let us give our support to Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who is the choice of the party. There are greater days ahead.”

With the withdrawals of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Chief Lucky Imasuen, nine out of the 12 cleared aspirants remain in the race.

The governorship direct primary election is currently underway across Edo State, with collation slated for Benin later today.

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JUST IN: APC Fires Fresh Warning At Gov Fubara

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JUST IN: APC Fires Fresh Warning At Gov Fubara

The caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State chapter, Chief Tony Okocha, has called upon Governor Siminalaye Fubara to halt the governance of the state in the absence of a budget.

News ToGo reports that Okocha further urged the governor to uphold the peace agreement initiated by President Bola Tinubu by resubmitting the state budget to the State House of Assembly.

In condemning the governor’s actions as gross financial misconduct, the APC leader accused Fubara of disregarding an agreement made with the president to resubmit the budget to the entire assembly for the sake of peace in the state. Okocha made these remarks on Thursday, February 15, during an event in Abuja focusing on the necessity of revisiting the president’s intervention for progress in Rivers State.

Expressing his dismay at the governor’s defiance of state laws by sidelining the state house of assembly, Okocha lamented the assembly’s overriding of the governor’s decisions on four significant bills. He emphasized, “Running Rivers State without a budget amounts to gross financial misconduct.”

Furthermore, Okocha advised the governor to ignore the influence of mediocre individuals and fifth columnists whose motives are solely financial gain. He concluded by warning that the state is on the brink of chaos if the governor fails to adhere to the agreements made, asserting that such actions disrespect the president and the law.

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