- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost another strong chieftain, Alhaji Haladu Mohammed, to the APC in Yobe state
- Mohammed was formally received into the ruling party by the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, ahead of the 2023 elections
- Before the latest defection, the PDP had also lost Alhaji Abbagana Tata, a former chairman and governorship aspirant of the party, to the APC
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Yobe state – A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Haladu Mohammed, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The former PDP chieftain was received into the APC fold by the Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni, according to a statement by Mamman Mohammed, his media aide.
Defections hit PDP ahead of 2023 elections
Legit.ng gathers that the PDP had earlier lost Alhaji Abbagana Tata, a former chairman and governorship aspirant of the party, and Hajiya Masafaram, the strong woman of Yobe North politics.
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They defected along with thousands of their supporters to the APC.
Tata and Masafaram had been loyal members of the PDP for 23 years but joined APC to support Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration in the task of building the state.
Daily Independent also reported that some of the remaining members of the PDP in the state have also indicated an interest in moving into the APC.
“We are making some few consultations, l assure you we will also join APC very soon,” an anonymous PDP member was quoted as saying.
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In a similar development, Bello Malami, a special adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, dumped the PDP for the APC ahead of the 2023 general election.
Malami, who was in charge of the Marshall, the state-owned security outfit, explained that he joined APC because of the way it was gaining acceptance in the state, Daily Trust reported.
He was received into the APC fold by the party’s leader in the state and senator representing Sokoto-North Senatorial zone, Aliyu Magatakarda, Wamakko and the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, at the former’s residence at Gawon Nama on Saturday, November 26.
Panic as Supreme Court voids APC governorship primary in top northern state
Emmanuel Bwacha, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election in Taraba state has been sacked by the supreme court.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Eku, leading 5-panel judges on Wednesday, February 1, upheld the ruling of the federal high court, which stated that the ruling party did not hold any valid primary in Taraba.
Bwacha was earlier sacked as the candidate of the APC by a federal high court in Jalingo, the state capital on September 20
One of the aspirants of the APC, David Sabo Kente, has challenged the candidacy of Bwacha at the court.
Oshiomhole faces tough struggle ahead of February election, see reasons
- Ex-APC national chairman and former governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has a tough battle ahead of him in his journey to the senate
- Oshiomhole, who is a former national chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (APC), is contesting for the Edo north senatorial seat against Francis Alimikhena of the PDP, who is in the race for 3rd term
- However, the chances that chances will run in the contest are still low as his emergence as PDP candidate for the district is still being contested at the court
Benin, Edo – Adams Oshiomhole, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex-Governor of Edo state, would be facing a tough time in the February 25 national assembly election.
Oshiomhole is contesting for Edo north senatorial seat in the forthcoming election but his major contender is a former political ally, Daily Trust writes.
Also, because there won’t be a governorship election in the state, the central stage for the 2023 election in the state is the national assembly election.
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Etsako Central, Etsako West, Etsako East, Akoko-Edo, Owan West, and Owan East are the 6 local governments under the senatorial district.
Out of the 18 registered political parties, only 4 of them have fielded candidates for the senatorial election. They are APC, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party and Booty Party.
Aside from Oshiomhole, other contenders are Osiriame Okhumeode Eeipo of the Boot Party and Eragbe Aslem of the Labour Party.
However, because of the internal crisis rocking the PDP, Pascal Ugbomhe and Senator Francis Alimikhena are still in court over the authentic candidate of the party for the district.
Alimikhena belonged to Governor Godwin Obasekli’s faction of the PDP in the state, while Ugbomhe is in the camp of the PDP national vice chairman, Orbih.
Political pundits are of the view that the contest is between the APC and PDP candidates.
Oshiomhole worked out the machinery for Alimikhena to win the APC senatorial primary in 2015.
Alimikhena and Oshiomhole both picked the APC senatorial ticket to contest at the primary but the former withdrew from the race and quit the party on the eve of the election, alleging some injustices within the party.
No senator from Edo has spent more than 2 terms in office since 1999 and Alimikhena is trying to break the jinx but his third-term ambition is being threatened by Oshiomhole’s interest on the position.
See what CBN wants to do to bank that diverted N4million new notes
- The CBN has disclosed that a commercial bank in Ogun State mismanaged N4 million of the new notes.
- The apex bank says such acts sabotage efforts to make sure the new naira notes are available for all.
- The CBN says it will appropriately sanction erring banks that are involved in such criminality.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has accused a bank in Ogun State of mismanaging and diverting N4 million worth of new notes given to it to distribute to customers. It said that such acts by commercial banks sabotage the apex bank’s efforts in making sure the new naira notes are available for all.
According to Punch, this was disclosed by the CBN’s Deputy Director, Banking Supervision Department, Kayode Makinde, in a chat with newsmen on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, while on a monitoring exercise in Ogun State.
Makinde stated that as a result, the yet-to-mentioned bank and its officials will be appropriately sanctioned following findings that they mismanaged the new naira notes they were given.
CBN says some banks hoarding new naira notes
Makinde disclosed that the CBN also found out that some banks were hoarding the new naira notes in their vaults. He said, on discovering this fact, the CBN compelled the banks to load the new notes into their ATM terminals.
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The banks were directed to ensure the distribution of the new notes and then contact the CBN for more through their respective cash management units. Makinde said:
We have given directives that they shouldn’t pay out new notes via the counter but other notes, some of them did that and ran out of cash. Some of the branches deployed resourceful cash management skills and they never ran out of cash while others experience cash run out and are still waiting for their source. We came across one of them that couldn’t account for almost four million naira of new notes and appropriate sanctions will be placed on them.
In conclusion, the CBN Deputy Director reiterated that cases of sabotage on the part of operators will be dealt with appropriately.
Bank customers lament the scarcity of new naira notes
In the last few weeks, banking halls and ATM points in Nigeria have been flooded by customers hoping to make withdrawals of the new naira notes. Unfortunately, cash has majorly been inaccessible in many banks, ATM terminals and PoS points, causing some form of chaos in the few ATMs where it is available.
Many customers who had no immediate cash with them were forced to accept the old naira notes, in compensation, knowing fully well of the deadline set by the CBN for the depositing of old naira notes in the bank.
As a result of the artificial scarcity, the CBN has directed banks to only issue lower denominations of the naira notes – N5, N10, N20 – to customers for over-the-counter withdrawals.
The CBN also promised to monitor the vaults of banks to ensure that they were not hoarding the notes but issuing them to customers via ATMs.
Banks to accept old notes after February 10 deadline
Two days after the CBN announced the shifting of the deadline for depositing old naira notes to February 10, it has issued a new update.
The development follows an interactive session between the CBN led by the governor, Godwin Emefiele and the members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
In the course of the interactive session, Emefiele clarified that commercial banks will continue to collect the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes, even after the February 10 deadline. He said that the CBN Act recommends that banks continue receiving old notes, regardless of the expiration.
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