Today’s Daily Brief: APC is shocked by Osoba’s defection, Aspirants sue PDP over primaries, Ikuforiji rallies Lagosians for PVC, and more

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock over the defection of some of its members in Ogun State to another party, but said the defection will not affect the overall chances of the party in the forthcoming polls

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the shock stemmed from the fact that efforts are ongoing to reconcile the aggrieved members in the Ogun State Chapter, hence it was expected that they will give room for the efforts to yield fruits.

It expressed the hope that the defecting party members will reconsider their decision and beat a quick retreat.


Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has said the decision of some of the serving governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to go to the Senate in 2015 should not be seen as a threat to serving Senators.

Rather, Akpabio urged the Senators to see the development as a healthy competition in a democratic setting.

According to him, there is no basis for the current crisis between the Senators and the PDP governors, adding that only nine of the governors intend to go to the Senate.


The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that all eligible voters in the state get their permanent voter cards on Friday.

This was contained in a statement signed by Ikuforiji’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Adebayo, on Thursday.

According to Ikuforiji, INEC had declared in 2011 that over six million Lagosians were on its register as potential voters in the state while the commission announced that only four million permanent voter cards would be distributed .

The Speaker warned INEC not to deprive eligible voters in the state of their rights, saying that it was saddening that some may not get their permanent voter cards.


Two governorship aspirants in Akwa Ibom State have sued the Peoples Democratic Party and its National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, over alleged threat to exclude them from the party’s primary elections in the state.

In the suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, Umanah Okon Umanah and Lady Roberta Nyong want the court to set aside the party’s congress held in the state on November 1 from which they were excluded.

The plaintiffs, who also listed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendant, stated that they were shocked when the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the governorship position in the state has been zoned to Eket Senatorial District.


Human rights activist and Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has tasked Nigerians to make 2015 general elections issue-based and not allow politicians divide them along primordial sentiments.

The legal luminary while delivering a speech at the National Education Summit organised by the four unions in Nigerian universities with the theme “Towards a system of Education for Liberation in Nigeria”, specifically tasked the campus unions led by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to demand from those aspiring to become president and governor what their plans are for adequate funding of universities, eradication of illiteracy and access to education for the Nigerian child.

He said they should extract commitment from aspirants to fund public education.


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