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    Latest Political News In Nigeria For Today, Sunday, 12th June, 2022

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    Jun 12, 2022

    Welcome to the round-up of the latest political news in Nigeria, political gist, highlights of political events, and happenings in Nigeria for today Sunday, 12th June 2022.

    Read all the major political news, political event highlights, and happenings in Nigeria for today on a single page right here.

    Tinubu May Pick A Muslim As Running Mate, Considering Atiku, Shettima, Ganduje And El-Rufai

    The camp of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has reportedly ruled out Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, as running mate.

    It was gathered that the ruling party and its presidential candidate might settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket as no Christian APC member in the North have the capacity to pull votes for the party.

    One of those involved in the search for a running mate for the APC presidential candidate said the party will settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket if they fail to find a stronger Christian from either the North-East and North-West.

    According to reports, Tinubu is consulting with President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and others in his search for a ‘number two.’

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    INEC Rejects Akpabio As APC Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial Candidate

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared that it does not recognize former Minister of the Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio as the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district.

    According to INEC, it will only recognize the candidate produced from the party primaries it monitored.

    Naija News recalls the former Minister of Niger Delta stepped down for the National Leader of the ruling party, Bola Tinubu in the just concluded presidential primary of the party.

    Akpabio then went ahead to clinch the senatorial ticket after gathering 478 votes.

    512 delegates were accredited for the primary, of which Joseph Akpan had one vote, DIG Ekpo Udom who initially won the first primary had three votes, while 11 votes were voided.

    However, reacting to the development, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini said the electoral umpire would only recognise the winner of the primaries monitored by INEC.

    According to him, the re-run APC senatorial primaries, where Akpabio emerged winner was not monitored by INEC.

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    2023: ‘I Was Offered A Lot Of Money To Mock New Presidential Candidate’- Owen Gee Spills

    Ace comedian, Owen Gee has opened up about being offered money to mock the voice and political ambition of a particular new 2023 presidential candidate.

    Naija News reports that the ace comedian made the revelation on Sunday, June 12 during a Political Twitter space hosted By Chika.

    Speaking about why most celebrities sit on the sidelines, Owen Gee stated that celebrities are treading carefully so they don’t fall into the trap of the Department of State Services (DSS).

    He further added that he was recently offered a huge sum of money to mock with his jokes the voice of a particular new 2023 presidential candidate, but he would not divulge into such because of the values he holds sacred.

    He said, unlike the average Nigerian, celebrities do not have the leverage to say and do certain things on social media.

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    2023: Worshippers Stranded As Priest Imposes No PVC No Entry On Sunday Service

    A video of a group of worshippers stopped from gaining entrance into a church for not owning a permanent voter’s card ahead of the 2023 general elections has surfaced on social media.

    Naija News understands that the 2023 general elections are fast approaching, and some leaders are coming up with strategic ways to get their followers involved in the voting process.

    The video that has surfaced on social media, captured the moment a yet-to-be-identified Parish priest was seen telling members who do not have PVCs, not to enter the church auditorium.

    However, members with their permanent voter’s cards were allowed into the churches to worship.

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    Why We Changed Democracy Day To June 12 – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in his Democracy Day speech revealed why the yearly celebration was shifted by his administration from May 29 to June 12.

    According to Buhari, Democracy Day was reviewed to remind Nigerians of a free and fair election of the MKO Abiola which was annulled.

    The president further stated that Nigerians were denied their rights and their choice following the annulment of the election.

    He noted that Nigerians must not forget the sacrifices of the heroes of Nigeria’s democracy during 1993.

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    Wike Or Okowa: Atiku, PDP Fix Date To Decide On Running Mate

    The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the party’s leadership must decide on who to select as its running mate as the deadline by the nation’s electoral body draws nearer.

    Naija News reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed 17th of June for political parties to submit a list of all presidential candidates and their running mates.

    INEC had warned political parties that it does not plan to extend the deadline for the submission of the names of the candidates and their running mates, giving the parties about six days to submit the list.

    Recall that the PDP had set up a committee to advise on who should be selected as Atiku’s running mate, reports have now emerge revealing that the panel, which comprises of governors, National Working Committee members, former governors and Board of Trustees members, will hold its last and decisive meeting on Tuesday.

    A reliable source told The PUNCH that the panel had adjourned its last meeting to continue with consultations.

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    NNPP’s Kwankwaso Reveals Who He Will Pick As Running Mate

    The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has revealed that a southern Christian would be picked as his running mate for the 2023 election.

    Naija News reports that there have been debates on who presidential candidates pick as their running mate as the June 17th deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the submission of the list of candidates draws nearer.

    The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been in the news lately over who he will decide to pick as running mate.

    Speaking with The PUNCH, Kwankwaso said the NNPP is currently making consultation to choose a credible southern Christian.

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    2023: Former Governor Reveals APC Chieftains, Others That Dislike Bola Tinubu

    Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has revealed some people and groups that dislike the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

    The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard.

    According to Lamido, a socio-cultural organization, Afenifere doesn’t like the former governor of Lagos State and has been saying it openly.

    He further stated that governors under the ruling party also do not like the APC National Leader.

    Lamido disclosed that they dislike Tinubu because he is domineering and he is a dictator.

    The former Governor claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari will never support Tinubu because he knows the man’s mentality and psychology.

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    Atiku Lists Okowa, Wike, Udom For Running Mate As Bola Tinubu Gives PDP Fresh Headache Over N/West, S/West

    The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has reportedly submitted three names of his possible running mate to leaders of the main opposition party to select from.

    Naija News reports that the PDP must submit the name of its presidential candidate and running mate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the deadline set for June 17.

    It was gathered that Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa and Udom Emmanuel of Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom States respectively made the list.

    But sources disclosed that Atiku, a former Nigerian Vice-President, is favourably disposed to the choice of Okowa, a medical doctor serving his second term as the governor.

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    Lagos PVC Disruption: PDP Accuses APC Of Being Responsible

    The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress for allegedly disrupting Igbo in the state from collecting their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

    The National Publicity Secretary of PDP Debo Ologunagba, in a statement released on Sunday, alleged that the action of APC in Lagos State is a plan to use violence to sabotage free, fair and credible elections in 2023.

    According to Ologunagba, the presidential candidate of the ruling party, Bola Tinubu is scared of the rising popularity of the Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

    He noted that the rising popularity of Atiku propelled APC to hinder the registration of PVC.

    Read more.

    That will be all for today. You can read more political and other Nigerian news on Naija News

    This article was originally published on Naija News

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