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Benue APC candidate Fr Alia sues for calm after thugs destroyed campaign office

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Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue, Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia has expressed concern over the destruction of his campaign office by thugs in Gboko.

He however called for brotherliness and issue-driven campaigns in the state.

Mr Alia said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Isaac Uzaan on Tuesday in Abuja.

He urged people of the state to focus on new ideas that would transform Benue and make life better for the people.

The governorship candidate who was in Gboko to assess the level of damage to the campaign office, said people should not resort to extremism in their political beliefs.

“We only have differences in ideologies and our differences must not take us to extremism.

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“Let’s do politics with a difference. We still share the same blood and we are still making the struggle for the betterment of the state.

“Therefore, we cannot set out to destroy the other group, to destroy people’s lives, to destroy people’s property.

“This should not ever be permitted at all. We are not supposed to do politics of calumny, politics of destruction,” he added.

Mr Alia called on stakeholders and elders across party lines to be progressive minded and engage the youths in healthy activities that will significantly benefit their lives and that of people around them.

He appealed to the youth to shun any politician who will use them for destructive purposes.

“It is my appeal to the youth to be more reasonable, more calculative and more thoughtful about their own lives, and what they can contribute to the state and not what they can destroy in the state,” he added.

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The APC governorship candidate said his focus was to address the myriad of challenges in the state.

“I’m a bridge builder. I’m coming as someone who is going to make a difference. This is the politics of yesterday, we cannot continue like this.

“We need to do something that can put us on a new pedestal. We need to be going ahead. We are a new generation, new thinking, new ideologies and we must have new plans in place,” Mr Alia said.

Earlier, the state APC Woman Leader, Esther Inenger, who donated the campaign office, said the thugs destroyed billboards and carted away chairs, tables and some valuables from the office.

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Police will ensure credible elections in 2023 like in Osun, Ekiti: IGP

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Inspector General of Police Usman Baba says the police was working to sustain the improvements recorded in the conduct of security personnel at the Osun, Ekiti and Anambra off-cycle polls ahead of the 2023 general election.

Mr Baba, represented by DCP Basil Idegwu, the head of Police Federal Operation, said this at a security policy dialogue entitled “2022 General Election: Insecurity as a threat to constitutional succession”, organised by Cleen Foundation in partnership with Ford Foundation on Wednesday in Abuja.

“We have received great commendation both from international observers and local observers on the conduct and role of security agencies at the Ekiti and Osun election,” Mr Baba said. “This shows the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to ensure a credible election come 2023.”

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He reassured that the police will work with sister security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election.

“However, it is imperative to note that in matters of security, every citizen is a stakeholder, and that is why this initiative organised to dialogue is highly commended because all hands must be on deck to ensure that the current insecurity is fought to stand still in the country,” he said.

Mr Baba said using the successes recorded in Edo, Ondo and Anambra elections, the police would ensure the peaceful conduct of the 2023 poll.

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He said the police had implemented a series of training for its officers and men to strengthen the security response mechanism,

Gad Peter, Cleen Foundation executive director, urged the police and other security agencies to develop a comprehensive public safety and security roadmap toward the general election.

Mr Peter stated that the dialogue was necessitated by the growth in scale, spread and sophistication of violent threats in the country.

“Security threats such as terrorism, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, militancy, separatist agitation, farmer-herdsmen clashes, cultism, and proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW),” the CLEEN boss explained. “As well as threatening comments from some non-state armed groups, among others, have increased tension in the country and remain one of the greatest challenges in the build-up to the 2023 general elections if unaddressed.”

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Campaigning in churches, mosques illegal, Ajulo warns

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Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Kayode Ajulo, a constitutional lawyer has warned Nigerian politicians and political parties against disobeying the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 during campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mr Ajulo reminded candidates stated that the Electoral Act placed restrictions  been placed to prevent the usual electoral malpractices that start even from the period of the campaign.

“Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, provides for prohibition of certain conduct at political campaigns,” he noted.

Mr Ajulo explained that a political campaign or slogan should not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.

According to him, abusive, intemperate, slanderous or bias language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions should not be used in political campaigns.

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He said places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices should not be used for political campaigns.

“By the above provision prohibiting the use of public offices for election campaigns, it is safe to submit that palaces of our traditional rulers that are maintained with public funds are categorised as public offices,” he stated.

The lawyer said a credible election remained the basis for conferring legitimacy on any government in a democratic dispensation.

Section 92(3) of the act says, “Places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.”

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Festus Okoye, INEC commissioner had earlier warned politicians against campaigning in churches, mosques and other public places.

The campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comprises 325 members with Governor Udom Emmanuel as the director-general, while the campaign team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) consists of 442 members with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman.

Campaigns for the 2023 elections kicked off today, according to the INEC timetable.

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The major focus of the election is the presidential race involving Bola Tinubu (APC), Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Rabiu Kwankwaso (NNPP) and Peter Obi (Labour Party).

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INEC deleting double registrants from voter register – Mahmood

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that all 18 presidential candidates on the final list released by the electoral body have cases instituted against them in the courts.

The Commission also blamed the political parties for not observing internal democracy in the nomination of their candidates.

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The observations were made by INEC at the close of a two-day capacity-building workshop on its processes, innovation and preparations for the 2023 general elections and critical issues in the Electoral Act 2022 in Lagos.

It said that the development was not good for the electoral process.

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