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Lauretta Onochie’s nomination is a shameful attempt to plant unscrupulous elements in INEC – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has kicked against President Buhari’s nomination of Lauretta Onochie, his personal assistant on social media, as the INEC Commissioner for Delta state.

 

Recall that the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, October 13, read a letter from President Buhari, asking for the house to confirm Onochie as INEC commissioner for Delta state.

 

In a statement released by its publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described Ms. Onochie’s appointment as a ”highly provocative assault on our national constitution and democratic process”.

 

Read the statement below

”The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describes President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of his Special Assistant on social media, Ms. Lauretta Onochie, a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as a national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as a highly provocative assault on our nation’s constitution and democratic process.

Indeed, from Mr. President’s public promises, one would have thought that he was desirous of leaving a legacy of credible elections, having failed in all ramifications of governance

However, this nomination of his personal staff, Lauretta Onchie, as INEC national commissioner, supports the position of the PDP that his statements were mere glib talks on electoral sanctity and clearly demonstrates that he has no plans whatsoever to leave a legacy of credible polls.

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This ugly development is another shameful attempt to plant unscrupulous elements in INEC in order to corrupt and further desecrate the sanctity of the commission, undermine our electoral system and destabilize our democratic process ahead of the 2023 general elections.

We had hoped that, as Mr. President had professed in the past, he is truly running his second and final term in office. If that were so, then Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as INEC national commissioner clearly points to a totally different direction.

Indeed, her nomination dresses up Mr. President as having more than an interest in legacy building and portrays him as one who has a personal candidature interest in the 2023 election. The only way to prove otherwise is to quickly withdraw Onochie’s nomination before the Senate.

Moreover, being a card-carrying member of the APC as records shows (from Ward 5 Onicha Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta state), Onochie’s nomination is in clear violation of paragraph 14 of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which forbids a person involved in partisan politics to hold office as a member of INEC.

It is therefore surprising that having sworn to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. President is taking actions that are antithetical to the very constitution and democratic governance.

These actions are deliberate attempts by President Buhari to inflame social tensions, undermine our constitution and desecrate the sanctity of our electoral process, rather than finding solutions to the myriads of problems pervading our country.

On a final note, the PDP, standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians, will deploy every legitimate means possible in a democracy to stop the approval of this provocative nomination of Lauretta Onochie as INEC national commissioner.”

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Nigerian army’s claim it was Governor Sanwo-Olu that asked for soldiers to be deployed to Lekki is of grave implication – Femi Fani-Kayode

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Former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the Nigerian army’s claim of the Lagos state government inviting them to restore law and order.

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In a tweet he shared, the former minister stated that the Nigerian army’s disclosure has grave implications for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. According to Fani-Kayode, the Lagos state Governor has been thrown under the bus by the military.

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FFK tweeted;

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The @HQNigerianArmy claim it was the LASG that asked for soldiers to be deployed at Lekki. The implications of this for @jidesanwoolu  are grave. He has been thrown under the bus by the military.

 

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‘We miss him a lot’ – Pep Guardiola finally addresses Sergio Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has come out to address star player, Sergio Aguero’s contract situation at the club, with the Argentine striker set to become a free agent next summer.

According to Guardiola, the club “misses him a lot” when he’s not fit to play but a contract renewal “depends on his physical condition”

 

Aguero,32,  has spent the last nine years of his career in Manchester scoring 255 goals in 373 appearances for City during that time.

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He is the club’s all-time record scorer in  but has suffered from injuries the last twos seasons.

 

 

After four months out with a knee issue, he returned against Arsenal on October 17, and netted his 40th Champions League goal four days later in a 3-1 win over Porto.

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Guardiola confirmed that Aguero will spend four more weeks on the treatment table.

 

When asked if the club have opened talks with Aguero over a contract renewal, he expressed his frustration over the striker’s ongoing fitness problems.

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“I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it because I am not involved with this,” Guardiola told a pre-match press conference.

“If I should be involved in contracts, maybe the day should be 48 hours, not 24! What I want is for Sergio to be fit, what I want is Sergio [to] come back again, be ready as much as possible.

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“We miss him a lot. What he has done for this club is outstanding, [he] will be a legend of this club, we want to enjoy him before but it depends on his physicality and his physical condition.”

 

Guardiola’s men have slipped to 13th in the Premier League standings after five fixtures, but do have a game in hand on current league leaders Everton.

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“I’ve felt different because of my mixed-race background” – Football icon, Ryan Giggs reveals

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Former Manchester United star and current Wales coach, Ryan Giggs has revealed that he has felt “different” at times due to his mixed-race background.

 

Giggs’ father Danny Wilson, is black and was a former rugby union player,  while his mother Lynne Giggs, is white.

 

The football icon has now revealed he took note of his mixed race heritage when he moved  from Cardiff to Manchester due to his father’s rugby career.

 

It was at that point that Giggs says he began to feel “different”, especially since most people could not guess that he was mixed-race.

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“I didn’t experience anything in Cardiff. I was seven, so I can’t remember a lot before that. It wasn’t until I moved to Manchester,” he told ITV Wales.

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“Where I lived, my dad was very well known, because he was such a good player. He was probably the best player in the team in that town.

“As you can guess, to look at me, you wouldn’t think my dad was black.

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“But obviously everyone knowing that was my dad, and my dad quite clearly being black, that’s really when I sort of experienced the first time. Which was a bit weird, because I’d never experienced that before.”

“It was weird because when I was in Manchester there was no black people at my school. One or two. And obviously when I go back home I’m just surrounded by my dad’s family.

“I loved it. There used to be a carnival every year down the docks, and I used to love going to that. It was just normal for me. It was great for me to have that diversity.”

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Giggs recently took a knee ahead of recent  matches for Wales to show his support for the “important message” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

According to Giggs, the demonstration was done to make sure he reiterated that the country doesn’t “put up with discrimination or racism”.

 

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