PDP Zoned VP Slot To Southeast – Ben Obi

Why Atiku must pick vice from S/W – PDP chieftain By Clifford Ndujihe & Dirisu Yakubu IMMEDIATE past National Secretary, Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed as unnecessary the brewing tussle for the vice presidential slot of the party, saying that the position had been zoned to the South-East.


According to him, zoning the VP slot to the South-East was one of the recommendations of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu committee, which has been adopted by the National Working Committee, NWC of the PDP.

Senator Ben Obi After losing the 2015 presidential election to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the first time an incumbent party was losing a presidential election in Nigeria, the PDP raised the Ekweremadu committee, which was handed a nine-point terms of reference, the sum of which was to find out what went wrong and to chart a trajectory for the restoration of the fortunes of the party.

Speaking on the issue in a telephone chat with Vanguard, yesterday, Senator Obi said: ”After the 2015 election, the party set up the Ekweremadu Committee. The Committee recommended that the party should zone the presidency to the North and the vice presidency to the South-East. The National Working Committee, NWC endorsed the recommendations of the committee.” Following Sunday’s emergence of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the presidential candidate of the PDP, there has been a rat race of sort between the South-East and South-West geo-political zones to produce his running mate. Some names mentioned in connection with the vice presidency position include former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi; Senator Ekweremadu, Osita Chidoka, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, and Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina among others. Why Atiku must pick vice from S/W – PDP chieftain A chieftain of the PDP from the South-West advised Atiku to pick his running mate from the South-West or perish the thought of securing the support of the zone at the 2019 poll.

The PDP chieftain, who was a member of the convention planning committee said that the advice became necessary in view of the “ill treatment” meted out to the zone by the party in recent times. According to him, the entire PDP family is ready to work tirelessly for the victory of the party, adding however that equity must not again be glossed over in picking the running mate on the party’s presidential ballot.

Bemoaning what he described as “the denial of the South-West the ”national chairmanship of our party,” in the December 2017 convention, he said the zone should not be looked over again in the choice of a running mate.

He said: “Now that we have a candidate to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, we must be fair to the South-West which has been taken for granted in the scheme of things for quite a while now. Anything short of the Vice Presidency slot will not be acceptable to our people.

“Last year, a lot of intrigues played out at our convention and we were denied the opportunity to produce the chairman. A prominent Nigerian and one of our leaders, Bode George backed out of the race and a few others who couldn’t comprehend what was going on left for other parties.

“But we stayed on and were able to prevail on our people to have faith in the party. Now that the convention has come and gone, I advise our candidate to pick his running mate from the South-West to win majority of our people’s votes.”


Tough decision awaits Atiku, PDP Indeed, the PDP hierarchy will have a tough task picking a running mate given the ongoing tussle, the massive support the party enjoys in the South-East and the threat the South-West constitutes with a serving vice president from the zone, who is standing for a re-election. The party leadership and Atiku, according to reports will meet on the issue today. Apart from zoning the presidency to the North, other recommendations of the Ekweremadu committee include zoning the national chairmanship to the South, and strict application of the zoning principle at all levels. While presenting the report on September 30, 2015, Ekweremadu said:

“It is also recommended to the party to strictly apply the zoning principle at all levels. In particular, since the last President of PDP extraction came from the southern part of Nigeria, it is recommended that PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections should come from the northern part of the country. This is in accordance with the popular views expressed in the submissions to the Committee.


This will also assuage any ill feelings in the North over any perceived breach of the party’s zoning principle.” While adopting the report of the committee on October 15, 2015, the NWC said it would implement the recommendations National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, while receiving the report said: “The NWC had agreed that for us to move this party forward, we must obey our constitution; we must follow our rule and the principle of zoning, which is very important. Therefore, we agree with the committee absolutely that the presidential candidate of our party in 2019 will come from the North.’’ Secondus promised that the NWC would implement the recommendations of the committee’s report to the latter, without any fear, for the survival of the party.

“The NWC will commence the implementation of this report by passing it through all consultative and decision making organs of the party up to the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Convention Committee.

“Equally, you can be assured that those of us in the NWC will put in place machinery to review and implement recommendations that are very urgent,’’ he added. Filename: PDP VP 9-10-18

Ex-militants, cultists Welcome amnesty programme in A’Ibom

Former militants, cultists and kidnappers, numbering about 420, from Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom on Tuesday, embraced the amnesty programme offered by the state government.

The amnesty programme is the latest strategy initiated by the state government to end killings and destruction of property in the areas. Addressing the repented militants on Tuesday in Uyo, the state Deputy Gov. Mr Moses Ekpo, commended them for renouncing their actions after they surrendered their weapons to the amnesty committee. The committee is made up of heads of security agencies in the state.

Ekpo said the state government had signed an undertaking on their behalf, to protect them from harassment by security agencies and drawn up a rehabilitation programme that would reform their lives. He said that with their action, the crisis ridden and deserted communities would begin to experience a new lease of life.

The deputy governor promised that work would soon begin on projects abandoned by contractors due to insecurity. “Government is proud that most of you have said you want to live a meaningful life. “I am glad that some of you say you want to work in the security agencies and want to rise to the level of even a police commissioner.

“Government is happy with you and will give all of you start up skills and education to enable you realise your dreams in life,” Ekpo said. In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Samuel Ogunjemilusi, commended the former cultists for their commitment to the restoration of peace in their communities.

He urged them to surrender the remaining weapons in their custody so as not to be tempted to use them to commit crime again. “ The security agencies in the state are committed to the success of the amnesty programme and restoration of lasting peace in the area,’’ Ogunjemilusi said. He, however, warned that the amnesty would only cover their past and not those crimes committed after the amnesty programme. One of the leaders of the repentant cultists, Unyime Ibanga, alias Overcomer, thanked the state government and security agencies for the opportunity given them to live normal lives again.

Ibanga pledged the commitment of his members to the restoration of lasting peace in the state. He said that unfulfilled promises from government was a reason for their violent actions and called on the state government to keep to its promise of rehabilitating them.

Ibanga said the rehabilitation became necessary so that he and his colleagues would not be tempted to return to crime. The  rehabilitation process for the 264 men who surrendered from Ukanafun Local Government Area has started.

Those from Etim Ekpo Local Government Area will soon begin as soon as their documentation is completed.

Nigeria Customs creates 3 shipping terminals in South-East

The Nigeria Customs Services has created three shipping terminals and one bonded terminal in the South-East to boost economic activities in the zone, an official has said. The Assistant Comptroller of Customs in-charge of ICT, Mr Apeh Fateh, disclosed this in .Enugu on Tuesday at a sensitisation on the rollout and implementation of Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS II) in the command. The command comprises Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi States. Fateh named the approved terminals as Clarion Shipping Terminal, Zenith Shipping, Blue Anchor Shipping and C2C Bonded Terminal. He said that the terminals would be integrated into customs bonded terminals as they had been licenced and were at the last stage of coming into operation.

The assistant comptroller said that when operational, the terminals would boost business activities in the zone as more goods would be cleared in the terminals. He said that the expected boost in business activities and the need to safeguard government revenue necessitated the roll out of the NICIS II.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NICIS II is a process where all payments into customs accounts are automated, bringing an end to the manual payment still in vogue in the command. Fateh said that with the launch of the scheme which was introduced in 2017, all government revenue had become automated.

He said that there were issues with manual payment which made the new regime expedient, adding that the zone had yet to migrate to automated payment. He said that the zone was very important to the Nigeria Customs Service considering the business status of Onitsha and Aba. Fateh also said that Nigeria Customs had resolved to scale up its presence and activities at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, by introducing the Passenger Baggage Entry System in the facility.

“The Passenger Baggage Entry System is a situation where passengers make payments on dutiable items they are travelling with. “This is the standard practice in all international airports,” Fateh said.


Earlier, the Customs Area Comptroller, Mr Jammal Adediran, described NICIS II as a new programme that would facilitate trade and bring all stakeholders together. Adediran expressed delight that bonded terminals were springing up in the command, adding that more were expected. He said that the automated system of payment was a clear indication that Nigeria Customs Service had a good hand that could deliver in technological innovations.

NAN reports that the programme was attended by freight forwarders, excise factories, agents, financial institutions and others.

Genevieve Signs Deal With US Talent Agency

Nigerian actress and filmmaker, Genevieve Nnaji, has signed a deal with one of the largest talent agencies in the world, United Talent Agency (UTA).

In a report by Deadline, an online entertainment medium, on Monday, it was revealed that UTA will be representing Genevieve in film, TV and production as she hopes to break into the Hollywood scene.

This collaboration between the actress and the talent agency which has Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp amongst others on its clientele list, will see to the possibility of Genevieve working with top Hollywood filmmakers.

Genevieve has been having a great run this year as rights to her movie ‘Lion Heart’, was purchased by Netflix.

In an interview with CNN as a guest of Richard Quest on ‘Quest Means Business’, the actress expressed her love for the movie saying it provided an environment for her to show things that made her proud of her culture.

“I think the authenticity of the story which was what I loved about it. It provided an environment where I could showcase the things that made me proud of our culture, our talent and our values. We focused on quality this time,” she told Quest.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Finally : Obasanjo Endorses Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP), is gradually making headway in his mission to win the heart of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, SaharaReporters can report.

Obasanjo is not the biggest fan of Atiku’s, the duo having endured a fractious relationship for more than a decade, starting from the latter years of their Aso Rock reign.

Just in April, Obasanjo, when asked if he would support Atiku’s presidential aspiration, answered: “For what”?

“How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?” he had asked.

“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support. I do not have personal grudges with anyone. If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.

“It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual. “If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria it does not matter who you are I am not working with you.”

To Atiku’s credit, he launched a charm offensive on his former boss minutes after he was declared winner of the PDP presidential primary on Sunday, telling the crowd towards the end of his acceptance speech: “Finally, on a personal note, I wouldn’t have been standing where I am today if my former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, had not made me his Vice President.

“Under his tutelage, I learnt quite a lot, and I believe the experience I have got is going to impact on how I eventually govern this country. I wish to pay my personal tribute to him.”

SaharaReporters now understands Obasanjo’s hard stance against Atiku is gradually softening, and he is poised to “eventually endorse Atiku”.

“Baba believes that Buhari is too rigid, and you know Baba said long time ago that Buhari should go and rest in 2019,” a source close to the Owu-born politician told SaharaReporters on Tuesday.

“Yes, Atiku and Baba have a history. But these days, he has been saying Atiku, despite all his foibles, will at least create more jobs and help to revive the ailing economy.”

Since leaving office in 2007, Obasanjo has publicly backed or rejected an incumbent or incoming President.

He rejected Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 while endorsing Buhari; however, in January 2018, he rejected Buhari’s re-election bid with a ‘letter bomb’.

Police Arrested Fake EFCC Fraudster

The Nigeria Police Force have arrested one Paschal Ugwu, who allegedly disguised to be an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for defrauding Wire-My-Cake Company of N805,000.

Disclosing news of the arrest on Monday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said Ugwu connived with Sodiq Ibrahim, a former employee of the company to defraud the company’s managing director.

Edgal said: “The suspect met his waterloo on October 5 at Ijegun, having defrauded Wire-My-Cake Company. Two months before his arrest, while pretending to be an EFCC official, he accused the company’s CEO of defrauding GTB.

“He further accused him that it was the proceeds of the fraud that he used in setting up his company.

“The suspect did not only intimidate the company’s CEO, but also followed it with accusations and at the end of the day obtained N805,000 from him.

“The command operatives attached to Area ‘F’ Ikeja began operation. This led to the arrest of Sodiq Ibrahim, a dismissed employee of Wire-My-Cake Company, who connived with the suspect to defraud his former employer.”

Ugwu and Ibrahim allegedly took advantage of the pending case the company had with EFCC. The suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.


APGA , Anambra Progressive Grand Alliance? Some fast talking Swift acting guy men from Anambra State came into Owerri and ripped off the purses of our own. Billions of naira left Owerri for Awka. Each male from Awka got a fair share. 19 aspirants bought nomination forms at 22million naira each. Do the calculation. You will get over 400mn

More than 120 contested for the 27 slots in HOA. They coughed out a million naira each. Just add this up. You have 120mn
66 forms were sold for the available 10 seats of HOR. Each form was sold at 5million naira. Press your add button. It is 33mn
16 forms were sold at 10million for the three senatorial seats. 16mn?
Each aspirant bought nomination forms for delegates at the cost of 10,000 naira each. I was reliably informed that a total of 58,590 forms were sold at 10,000 each. This translates to 58.5mn
Fees for waivers?
Bribes for Obiano and his hitmen
Shaking hands of Obiano’s errand boys?
Envelopes for the screening panel members?
Fat envelopes for NWC?
Donations made during the launching of APGA brochure in Awka?
Hotel bills of PAs and SAs?

Virtually every politician in Anambra had a cut from the windfall.
Our people were literally resident in Awka, pressing buttons
The national Chairman, one barely cerebral dude turned himself into the long juju of Arochukwu. His consultation fee was as low as 10,000,000 naira!
Expression of interest before him attracts huge cough
A once struggling man, Victor Oye got oil well in Orji-Uratta-Mbaise
Using APGA as a duping conveyor belt, the resources of Imo were criminally transferred into the established strongrooms of smart ruthless politicians from Anambra.

When billions have left, and when each aspirant has been forced to pay his dues, and when the Hawks from the neighboring state have succeeded in raking as much as they could, Victor and his group put a mother of all hurdle. A stipulated sum, too high for any man of sound means, was demanded. “Drop this last cash, and pick up the ticket”!!!

Oye and his men received the staggering sum and acted promptly. Obiano deployed his cronies to Owerri, where the drama was acted. Nwankwo Kanu sports centre became the venue. An aspirant with the biggest wang was given the ticket. Others were abandoned, littered and rubbished

Oye, and his merchants have rubbished the best of our state. Ikedi Ohakim? Frank Nneji? Okey Eze? Uche onyeagocha? Ike C Ibe? we’re played off. Greed led to this. Nobody cared about the future of imo. Good governance didn’t matter. APGA, Awka was only interested in the imo money.

I was told that the ticket has been sold to the highest bidder. Imo state is currently pensive? These guys aruola anyi local job. What transpired in the last three months in Owerri has all the telling signs of 419/ fraud.

We need to take these beneficiaries up. They collected millions and promised to hold primary elections. They did none. From the HOA to the governorship, the excuses sing . No primaries took place anywhere in the state. Names of aspirants with highest pecuniary reach were rolled out. To get a ticket, you must know someone who knows who knows Obiano

Will APGA rise again? The aspirants are drawing their daggers against apga. The state working committee has released her position, claiming that she weren’t consulted before the ticket was handed over. If neither the aspirants nor the leadership of the party in the state don’t know what happened in the state, who knows?

Oye and his men must refund every kobo they swallowed. We must drag him to EFCC.

Breaking: Longest serving teacher, missionary in Nigeria, dies

The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has announced the death of Rev Fr. Angus Fraser, believed to be the longest serving teacher and missionary in Nigeria.

Rev Fr. Angus Fraser, belived to be the longest serving teacher and missionary in Nigeria, during a procession Fraser, who was aged 87, was born on April 8 1931 and hailed from a Caribbean Island country called Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Announcing the death in a statement on Monday in Makurdi, Fr Jude Ortese, chancellor of the diocese, said Fraser was the founding principal of Mount Saint Gabriel’s college, Makurdi in 1971 and also founded the Via Christi society. Ortese said the Catholic church “was saddened to announce the death of Very Revd Fr Angus Fraser, the founding Principal of Mt St Gabriel’s Secondary School(MSG) Makurdi and founder of Via Christi Society”.

Ortese said Fraser died on the night of October 7, after a brief illness at Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough, near Orpington, United Kingdom, where he was receiving treatment. Otese, however, said burial arrangements would be communicated later.

The News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) reports that the late priest was appointed principal of MSG on July 9, 1971,while the school was founded in January, 1964. In 2003, Fraser was given a National Award of Member, Federal Republic of Nigeria MFR ,under the then President Obasanjo’s regime and was honoured with the “Lifetime Achievement Awards” by the Former US President,Mr Bill Clinton, as the “Best Teacher in Nigeria. Fraser also bagged the THISDAY prestigious award of the “Longest serving Principal in Nigeria” in Abeokuta ,Ogun in 2013.

NAN also reports that the priest taught highly placed Nigerians including; one time Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, late Sen. Emmanuel Okpede, former Rep. Terngu Tsegba, Herman Hembe and ex Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Michael Aondoakaa (SAN).

Others are two incumbent priests, their Lordships Most Rev. Dr. William Avenya and Most Rev. Dr. Peter Adoboh, bishops of Makurdi and Katsina-ala dioceses respectively. Amongst those he taught are politicians, Politicians, technocrats, dons, musicians and captains of industry.


Tambuwal ‘Replaces’ Dan’Iya As Sokoto PDP Governorship Candidate

The PDP in Sokoto State may have affirmed the candidature of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for the forthcoming governorship election in the state after he lost out at the presidential primaries held, Saturday, in Port Harcourt.

Tambuwal’s name may have replaced that of the immediate past Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in the state, Manir Dan’iya.

Delegates from the 23 local government areas of the state converged at the party’s secretariat on Sunday night and endorsed Tambuwal as their governorship candidate.

A chieftain of the party told Daily Trust that the former commissioner voluntarily stepped down for his boss and that their late night meeting was to reaffirm Tambuwal’s candidature.

The chieftain, who sought for anonymity, added that they tried to beat the deadline of INEC which was 12 midnight.

Daily Trust observed that during the meeting, former commissioners were involved in screening delegates and taking their inventory. The delegates were called according to their local government areas to line up for a head count after which they were asked to vacate the scene.

However, the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, while fielding questions from newsmen said, “We gathered our delegates here only to thank them for their support and cooperation during our primaries and the national convention but not to affirm Tambuwal as our candidate for governorship election.”

When pressed further, he said “We already have our candidate who is Manir Dan’iya. We did not change him.

Culled from Daily Trust

Minister Of State For Environment : $177 Million Has Been Raised For The Clean-up Of Ogoni Land .

Ibrahim Jibril, Minister of State for Environment, has said $177 million has been raised for the clean-up of Ogoni land.

Jibril revealed that the funds were the required contribution from oil majors.

Although $1 billion was stipulated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) for the clean-up in five years, Jibril says the balance will be credited from crude oil refineries in the country.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, the minister said: “The board of trustees have opened an account and that [Ogoni clean-up] account has been credited with the sum of $177 million. This is what is supposed to be given by the oil majors who are there and to pay for the cleaning and restoration of those degraded lands.

“An initial bill of $1 billion was to be used over a period of five years. So, with the $177 million for 2018, the balance of $23 million is expected to come from the refineries.

“We have written to inform the President and he has given the directive that the Petroleum Ministry should handle that issue. So, I believe that before the end of the month, we should raise the remittance of the balance of $23 million that is supposed to make it $200 million for this year.”

While hosting Laure Beaufils, British High Deputy Commissioner to Nigeria, Jibril also expressed the efforts of the federal government to tackle climate change issues in Nigeria.

LASU:2 Professors, Lecturer Sacked For Sexual Harassment

The Lagos State University Governing Council has approved the dismissal of three lecturers for sexual harassment and misconduct.

The council took the decision at its 119th statutory Meeting held on Thursday, 4 October as recommended by the Joint Council/Senate (Academic) Disciplinary Committee.

Those dismissed are: Dr. Odubunmi, Ayoola Sunkanmi, Associate Professor, Department of Economics; Dr. Ogunwande Isiaka Ajani, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Dr. Gbeleyi Emmanuel Orilade, Lecturer II, Department of Anatomy, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja, Lagos.

The Council also approved the promotion of 49 academic staff and 200 non-academic staff into various positions.

In a similar development, 29 non-academic staff of the university have benefited from an internal recruitment exercise recently conducted by the university. They include 18 Administrative Officers II, 3 Technologists II, 4 System Analysts, 2 Academic Planning Officers II and 2 Industrial Liaison Officers.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Court Approves Freezing Of Benue Account By EFCC​

Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by Benue State Government challenging the power of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the state government’s finances.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba said yesterday that the EFCC has the statutory powers to investigate all economic and financial crimes in all strata of Nigeria’s public life. He, therefore, dismissed the suit for being a fallacy and lacking in merit.

“None of the officials is a Governor or Deputy Governor, who enjoys immunity under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution,” he said.

The judge ruled that the timing of the investigation, which followed the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom, may affect public confidence in the EFCC. He added however that it is a moral rather than a legal point.

“Given, therefore, the sensitivity of its role and the First defendant now occupies in the imposed task of redeeming this nation, to earn public confidence, as a matter of life and death, the First defendant must not only be impartial and politically neutral, it must also be seen, and very transparently, to be such,” he said.

The Attorney General of Benue State had sued the EFCC on the grounds that by the provisions of Sections 6, 7 and 38(1) of the EFCC Act and the provisions of Sections 1 (1) and (3), 125(2), (4) and (6), 128 and 129 of the Constitution, the anti-graft body does not have the power to investigate and/or inquire into the accounts and/or appropriations, disbursements and administration of the funds of Benue State Government.

But EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, asked the court to discountenance the suit, arguing that the action of the EFCC is not a usurpation of the powers of the Benue State House of Assembly.

Benue State has vowed to appeal the judgment

INEC Banned Atiku , Buhari , Others From Campaigning Till Nov. 18​

There should be no public campaigning by presidential candidates until November 18, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday.

This is in line with the timelines given by the agency and the provisions of the Electoral Act, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said.

He advised parties and their candidates to adhere to the electoral timetable during a workshop for election professionals from the Commonwealth Africa Region.

Yakubu reminded political parties and candidates that the end of primaries did not mean the immediate commencement of campaigns.

“Section 99(1) prohibits campaigns by political parties earlier than 90 days before polling day.

“Therefore, going by the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission, campaign for Presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on Nov. 18.

“Campaign for Governorship and State Assembly elections begins on Dec. 1.

“I call upon political parties and candidates to strictly adhere to these dates,’’ he said.

Yakubu said that with the conclusion of primaries by political parties yesterday, the next activity was the nomination of candidates to the commission.

He reminded political parties that the dates for the submission of lists of candidates (Form CFOO2) and their personal particulars (Forms C1001) for presidential and National Assembly elections are from Oct 10 to Oct.18.

The date for the governorship and State Assembly elections is Oct. 22 and Nov. 2.

“The commission will receive the submission from political parties at Aso Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from 9.a.m to 4.p.m. daily.

“Although we have communicated these dates to all political parties, let me reiterate that there will be no extension of time.

“Similarly, in making submissions to the commission, the covering letters as well as the list of candidates must be duly signed by the National Chairmen and National Secretaries of political patties in line with the commission’s guidelines.’’

Yakubu described the workshop and its theme, “Strengthening Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth African Region” as topical and relevant.

He said that all the countries of the Commonwealth, Africa region, needed to further consolidate on election process so that elections were not merely periodic but also peaceful and credible.

“Bringing election managers together to share experiences and build capacities is a critical step to the consolidation of electoral democracy,” Yakubu said.

Yakubu said that participants would be taken through five interrelated sub-themes, ranging from the promotion of sustainable electoral democracy, strategic planning, gender and elections, electoral technology to elections and new media