Controversy over video of Ganduje ‘collecting dollars’ from contractors-foxxymobile.com.ng

A video of Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, allegedly receiving kickback from contractors is currently trending on social media.

The video published by Daily Nigerian, an online newspaper, showed the governor receiving bundles of dollars and putting them into his white dress known as ‘babanriga’ in the northern part of Nigeria.

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According to the newspaper, the governor had requested for $5 million from the contractors who recorded the video while handing part of the payment to him.

Since the video surfaced online, it has generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians, with some saying it is a dent on President Muhammadu Buhari’s corruption agenda since the governor is a member of the ruling party.

Below are reactions from social media.

 

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But the Kano state government has since issued a denial, saying the video was doctored.

In a statement by Muhammad Garba, commissioner of information, the government said it had decided to file a criminal case against Daily Nigerian.

“The Office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice is challenging the implausible and eccentric posting of the cloned video that went viral in a court of law considering the gravity of the caricature, which indicates the extent to which mischievous elements can go to discredit public figures by wielding non-existent scandals against them,” the statement read.

“A mere observation of the cloned video clearly shows that the video is doctored and disjointed with no material facts or evidence to prove the allegations, other than a callous attempt to tarnish the hard earned image of the office and the person of the Governor.

“The Governor of Kano State wishes to once again emphatically debunk the allegation of receiving gratification of $5Million or any amount whatsoever from any person or body.”

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Boko Haram: Amnesty International, Saraki, condemn killing of Red Cross worker-foxxymobile.com.ng

Amnesty International and Nigeria’s senate president, Bukola Saraki, have condemned the killing of a Red Cross staff, Hauwa Liman, by the Boko-haram terrorist group.

The death of Ms Liman was confirmed by the Nigerian government Monday evening.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the ICRC on Sunday raised an alarm on the sect threatening to kill the young lady.

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Ms Liman was kidnapped alongside others in March in Rann, Borno State, when the insurgents launched an attack on a camp for displaced persons.

One of the kidnapped aid workers, Saifura Khorsa, was earlier killed in September.

After the September murder of Ms Khorsa, the Boko Haram released a video threatening to kill Ms Liman and Leah Sharibu, one of the schoolgirls abducted at Government Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State last year.

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Amnesty International, a global movement against injustice and an advocate for human rights, stated that the aid workers must be protected from attack as provided under the international humanitarian law.

“Amnesty International is deeply concerned about yet another horrific execution of a health worker by Boko Haram one month after threatening to do so. @ICRC_Africa @UN,” Amnesty wrote on Twitter.

The group, while commiserating with the family of the deceased, called on the federal government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu who has been held hostage by the terrorist group after an attack launched in Dapchi, Yobe State.

“On a day like this, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased. We reiterate our call that; #BookHaram must immediately release remaining health workers, Leah Sharibu and all other civilians held hostage. #Nigeria @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo @AUC_MoussaFaki,” Amnesty posted on Monday evening.

Also, Mr Saraki mourned the death of the aid worker and tasked the government on security.

In posts on his Facebook and Twitter pages, Mr Saraki described the murder as a callous and ungodly act.

“As I said on the 18th of September 2018, humanitarian workers, who go into troubled spots to alleviate people’s suffering are some of the most courageous and selfless people on the planet. They are #NotATarget,” Mr Saraki said.

The senate leader promised that the Nigerian Senate will remain committed to working with the Armed Forces to find a lasting solution to the unlawful killings by insurgents and improve the security infrastructure.

He then implored the federal government to deploy every reasonable tool at its disposal to ensure the freedom of Leah Shuaibu and all the children from the Boko Haram captivity.

In his reaction, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, called on the federal government to take necessary action to rescue others in Boko Haram captivity.

“I’m deeply saddened by the murder of Hauwa Leman, an ICRC aid worker, by terrorists. I implore the Federal Government to deploy every reasonable tool at its disposal to bring Leah Shuaibu and all the children in Boko Haram captivity home” Mr Abubakar wrote on his verified Twitter handle.

Also, the Governor Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, expressed his sadness over the execution of Ms Liman.

“I am so devastated to hear about the brutal murder of Hauwa Leman, a humanitarian aid worker with @ICRC by Boko Haram. My sincere condolences to the family of the young promising woman so devoted and dedicated to helping others,” Mr Dankwambo wrote on Twitter.

For the senator respresenting Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, Ms Liman “was a martyr of peace.”

“The cruel murder of #HauwaLeman stands unreservedly condemned. She was a martyr of peace. She paid the ultimate price in the service of humanity. She epitomized courage,resilience & sacrifice.She was a light that shined over the dark corners of our country.May Allah grant her peace”, Sani tweeted.

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Starting your business while working a full-time job-foxxymobile.com.ng

Are you looking to start your own business? Before you hand in your notice at your day job, you might consider holding down the fort while you get your company off the ground. An Academy of Management study found that ‘hybrid entrepreneurs,’ or individuals, who start their business while working another full-time job, are a third less likely to fail than those who jump in without the safety net of employment. With that being said, starting a company while working a 9-5 is not easy, but we will give you six ways to tackle it.

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Start with your unique concept

First things first, to start a business you need to have a concept or product. Neil Patel, an entrepreneur and online marketing expert, recommends starting your business with a goal. He defines a goal as:

  • Something that you believe in
  • A cause bigger than yourself
  • Something that benefits humankind
  • Something that requires you to keep hustling every day
  • Something that is truly attainable
  • Something that you can quantify or measure

If you have a goal, let’s get started with 6 ways you can turn that into a company, while still earning a steady salary.

Start correctly and legally

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First step: check in with your current employer. Find, read and understand all of your employment documents: NDA, employment terms, assignment agreement, basically anything with your signature. This is especially important if you are branching out in a similar field to your current profession, you may have signed a non-compete. If you are unsure on anything relating to conflict of interest with your job, you might want to consult a lawyer. If you are going in a completely different direction than your current company, you could talk to your employer. Jason DeMeyers, founder of AudienceBloom, recommends being completely transparent with your boss and supervisor on your intentions, they could become powerful allies.

Once you have done this, set up your business correctly.

The last step to make sure you are on the up-and-up; do not work on your business on company time, or utilise company resources. That is a quick way to get fired, and possibly burn a bridge.

 Use your time very wisely

Time is your most valuable asset. When you are putting in 40+ hours/week at your day job, that leaves a finite amount of hours to devote to your business. Write out a schedule of your week, and all your commitments, what can you cut? Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is the creator of Making Sense of Cents, a blog that regularly earns her six figures in a given month. When starting out she said, “Any extra time I had would go towards growing my blog. I woke up early in the mornings, stayed up late at night, used lunch breaks at my day job, and I even used my vacation days to focus on my blog.”

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With that being said it is still important to avoid the burnout. You should set goals for both your business and your personal life and make sure you stick to them. Have small and realistic objectives for your business; send out five pitches for guest blogging this week. Do the same for your personal goals; work out for one hour this weekend. It’s integral to hold yourself accountable, while still feeling accomplished along the way. Keep the balance!

Test your product or service

If you have a product, you need to validate it. Validation can be an in-depth process, and is very dependent on your market. It boils down to, will anyone buy your product and why? Ryan Robb is an ‘side-entrepreneur’ and writer that has built multiple successful companies, but his first failed due to product validation. He didn’t test the market, price point, or get any insider feedback.

If you offer a service (IE digital marketing, data analysis, blog writing) start with freelancing. Start procuring gigs to build a client base and foundation for your business. Neil Patel, suggests finding ways to do your most efficient work. He has a process for blog writing that allows him to publish eight posts a week while running his companies.

Be lean

Even once your business starts to turn a profit, don’t spend funds foolishly. Staying lean will build your reserve and allow you to achieve your ultimate goal faster. You may need to take on other people to handle workload (more on that below), but chose wisely. A lot of businesses hire expensive accountants, but when your initial numbers are small, you can use QuickBooks and do it yourself. Payment processors like Square or Revel are easy to use and offer low-cost, robust services for small business. If you do require accounting expertise (issues like filing taxes, etc), pay for a single consultation and come prepared with questions.

Jim Fowler, the CEO of Owler, and founder of Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce in 2010 for $175m) has said his success is due in part to being a optimistic realist. He advises you should never financially plan for best case scenario, forecast for worst-case scenario.

Outsource

Once your business does start to grow, you will need help. There are only so many hours in a day and not even the best jack-of-all-trades can do everything. Whether it be graphic design, social media, or customer service, identify areas of weakness, or items you simple do not have enough time to do and outsource.

Rather than take on an employee, hire a freelancer. There are many websites and services where you can find people to do everything from design a logo, to run errands. Sites like Fiverr, UpWork, or even TaskRabbit (to name a few), will put you in contact with reliable and hungry freelancers.

Mentality

Sara Blakely has one of the best entrepreneur success stories out there. She is a self-made billionaire, and owner/CEO of Spanx (women’s lingerie & clothing line). She started the company out of her two-bedroom apartment, with $5,000 in the bank, while still selling copiers door-to-door.

Her big break is the epitome of the ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ mentality. In 2000 Spanx was chosen to be one Oprah’s ‘favorite things’. The TV producers came to her apartment to film her non-existent headquarters. She called her friends, and they came to her apartment and pretended they were her staff. Her company took off after that.

The Lesson- even if you are a one-(wo)man-show, your potential clients or investors do not need to know that. Have the bravado to tell everyone you are a pro, or your product will change their lives.

If you have the right mentality and positivity to believe in your business that will come across to anyone you deal with. Sara has said, “No matter who you are, or what you’re up against, or what you’re trying to achieve I would bet on mindset every time. It’s the single greatest gift you can give yourself.”

Get started

Starting your own business may seem daunting, but there are many resources available to help you along the way.

Having a full-time job might make the process longer, but it will also give you the financial support and stability you need to be successful in the long run. Start with a strong foundation, utilise tools available, ask for advice, and stay lean. Just make sure to get started as soon as you can, even the smallest step forward is still forward progress.

Atiku and the rise of Peter Obi-foxxymobile.com.ng

Shortly after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar became the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on October 6, party members and other stakeholders began to recommend running mates for him and a short list began to feature on the front pages of Nigerian newspapers. Some of the names that were mentioned included former Governor Peter Obi, former CEO/Managing Director, Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) – Mustapha Chike-Obi, former Minister of Agriculture and AfDB President – Akin Adesina, former Minister of Finance and Supervising Minister of the Economy – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former CBN Governor – Charles Soludo, and Deputy Senate President – Ike Ekweremadu. 

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For about five days, there were theories and permutations, and a comparison of the credentials of the proposed running mates. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has acted pro-actively by quickly putting an end to the speculations. He met with the party leadership, consulted with other interest groups and promptly announced Peter Obi. If this is a sign of how he intends to run Nigeria if he becomes President, then he is off to a good start.  In the past week, he also did something else that was clever. He made peace with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo. He asked for Obasanjo’s blessings and Obasanjo, wearing his hat as a seasoned political pragmatist and ebora strategist, endorsed Atiku.

The speech delivered by Obasanjo on that occasion is an elegant study in the art of being important.  President Obasanjo said he has forgiven Atiku for his many sins, which he Obasanjo had complained about previously.  He described him as someone who has a knowledge of business, who is less inflexible and a “Wazobia” man. There were subtle digs at the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, when Obasanjo advised Atiku not to recruit only kith and kin and try to run an inclusive government. In the same speech, Obasanjo reminded Atiku of his indebtedness to the Obasanjo legacy and the need to sustain that legacy. He also set an agenda for the man he described as Nigeria’s President-to-be. He even said “Insha Allah”. Obasanjo in that well-composed speech, practically killed many birds with one stone in many incantatory voices: boss, statesman, and letter-writer.

It was Atiku’s second biggest endorsement since he got his party’s ticket – the first being his victory in Port Harcourt. Obasanjo’s endorsement is particularly significant given the history of the relationship between both men. To add that Obasanjo has voice, influence and authority is to state the obvious, and we need to tell those who argue that Obasanjo has just one vote that they are politically dumb! Atiku’s boss has given him a new testimonial that has refurbished him. Obasanjo who once tore his membership card of the PDP, has also more or less re-oxygenated the party’s Presidential aspiration. The panic that this has caused in the Buhari camp is perfectly understandable even if the resort to name-calling and abuse by the President’s foot-soldiers may be counter-productive in the long run. It won’t make Obasanjo and his associates change their mind. Atiku’s gain is Buhari’s loss.

Then came the rise of Peter Obi… Without a doubt, all the persons on the shortlist of running mates for Atiku have relative strengths. They have all proven their mettle in the public arena. But with Peter Obi already chosen, we need not indulge in any detailed comparison except to note that very important to the selection process would have been, not just geo-politics, but also such factors as the temperament of the individual, the chemistry between the principal and the deputy, electoral value, international exposure, acceptability by key stakeholders and public persona.

My take is that former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi is bound to strengthen the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the scheduled 2019 Presidential elections. He will prove to be an asset to the Atiku campaign and also to the Nigerian government if the PDP wins the Presidential election. The announcement of his name has generated so much excitement in Igboland, particularly in his home state of Anambra where people broke out in dancing jigs at beer parlours, and free drinks were declared. Across the South East, his Igbo kinsmen are also similarly excited. Those who know him in politics and business attest to his good character, self-discipline, competence and fair-mindedness. I want to congratulate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for choosing wisely and I want to disagree with those who argue that the Presidential candidate of the PDP should have chosen his running mate from the South Western part of the country.

The choice of a running mate of Igbo extraction is a politically deft move. The last time Igbos held the number 2 position in a civilian government was way back in the Second Republic (1979 -83).  Since the return to civilian rule in 1999, they have either been Senate President or heads of key agencies (under President Obasanjo) or Deputy Senate President and generally junior operatives (under President Buhari) or held critical Ministerial positions or headship of agencies and departments –indeed the entire economic sector (under President Jonathan). But Ndigbo’s main interest is the big job: the Presidency of Nigeria. The choice of Peter Obi and his likely emergence as Vice President of Nigeria brings Igbos much closer to consideration for Presidency either in 2023 or 2027. For a people who believe that they have been short-changed by other Nigerians and that the civil war has not actually ended, the possibility of one of their own returning to the Presidency, 35 years after Ekwueme, is bound to promote a sense of belonging.  By choosing an Igbo man, Atiku is also exploiting prevailing sentiments in Igboland. The average Igbo, either in the South East or in diaspora, is certainly not impressed by the Buhari administration.

The circumstances of Operation Crocodile Tears and the crushing of the rebellion of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra Movement (IPOB), pitched Igbos against Buhari. Atiku is seeking to bring them back into the fold. Call it opportunism, but that is politics. A Yoruba running mate would have looked like the Buhari template. Atiku also probably knows that the Yoruba in the South West do not always vote as a bloc and that the South West is far more divided today than ever.  The electoral value of the Yoruba man, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who is Buhari’s running mate for now, except he changes him, lies more in his being part of a political group in the South West, and right now, even that group is divided, it has lost part of its grip, and its leader is fighting many political battles of his own. An Igbo running mate can guarantee bloc Igbo voting, in Igboland and from Igbos who are all over Nigeria. The votes may not necessarily be for Peter Obi as a person but for the Igbo nationalistic interest.

I say this because I have heard some people say Peter Obi may not even be able to deliver Anambra. I say to such persons that even the incumbent Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano of APGA, who has issues with Peter Obi, or David Umahi, Ebonyi Governor (PDP) and Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, would dread being found out to be working against the possibility of an Igbo man emerging again as Vice President of Nigeria. In terms of political strategy, it can be taken for granted that the South South, still angry over how the Buhari government has treated President Goodluck Jonathan and others from that region, will also naturally vote en masse against Buhari. Technically, Atiku may have locked down the South South and the South East and can be sure of substantial votes from the South West where his promise of restructuring resonates well with the socio-cultural and political elite.

But why Peter Obi? Obi, Governor of Anambra State for eight years, survivor of election battles, has proven himself to be an astute politician and leader. As Governor, he blocked the leaky buckets. He reduced wastages and leakages. He led by example. He served the people. He left a healthy balance behind in the treasury. He was known across the South East as Peter the Rock or Okwute, and he more than any other former Governor has spent his time out of office, to prepare himself for a bigger role in Nigeria. He didn’t disappear from the radar. He didn’t take the option of going to the Senate which has become a retirement home for former Governors who go there to sleep and snore during plenary and collect heavy retirement benefits for saying nothing.

Peter Obi returned to school. He chose the lecture circuit where he shared his experience as Governor with Nigerians, mostly young Nigerians. He was always on point: he preached good governance, prudence, accountability and gave personal examples.  He granted the media access to him and he granted interviews as frequently as he could. He became an analyst and something slightly close to being a public intellectual. He built a public persona as someone who understands business, politics, the economy and governance. He attended international programmes and built a network of contacts.  He was my course mate at the Said Business School, University of Oxford and I can attest that he can hold his own confidently in the company of persons of extreme intelligence and superb skills. Above all,  he is humble and approachable. He can fit into a team.  He is young. He is also rich, but I hear he does not like to spend money! He is a strong member of the Catholic Faith, and he bears the name Peter. From what we know about him, his Peter will not deny Atiku whenever the cock crows. He has recognition, respect and relevance.

So, there you have it: the Atiku-Obi Presidential team of the Peoples Democratic Party. Good to go. But how will Atiku handle the North, his own political zone? That is the other question for analysis to be addressed shortly.

Why reserves are falling – Emefiele-foxxymobile.com.ng

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said that reserves of emerging and frontier markets have been falling because of the rising interest rates in developed economies.

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According to him, foreign investors, especially portfolio investors who invested in the capital markets of the emerging markets were returning their funds to their home countries, thereby exiting and leaving huge gaps in the developing economies of the world. His words: “If you all recall, about 2009, 2010 and 2011, those were the period of quantitative easing. “During that period, there were flows of capital from the U.S and Europe and Japan.

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Those capital flows ended up in emerging markets and developing countries. “At this time where we are beginning to see reversal in development policy, where interest rates are rising, naturally, those flows are beginning to return back to where they came from. “Practically, all emerging and frontier markets have suffered not just depreciation, but also, they have lost reserves.

“In Nigeria we have done a very good job not only trying to see to it that we maintain a stable exchange rate but also avoid the pitfalls of depreciating our currency so soon in the early days of normalization.”

The CBN boss said he agreed with the need to build buffers but that it was feasible in the present situation.

“We are very conscious of the need to build buffers. Unfortunately I will say that we are in a period where it will be difficult to talk about building reserve buffers at this time. “You can only build those reserve buffers if you want to hold on to the reserves and allow your currency to go – and wherever it goes is something else. It’s a choice we have to make. “But at this time, the choice for Nigeria is to maintain a stable exchange rate so that businesses can plan, so that we don’t create problems in the banking system assets because when these happen, they have very wide ramifications. That is the reason we are maintaining our current position and we believe it is sustainable, at least in the short run.”
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Adebayo Shittu sues NYSC, says I wasn’t invited for youth service-foxxymobile.com.ng

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has sued the National Youth Service Corps, alleging that the body failed to serve him with a call-up letter in 1979 to enable him to observe the mandatory one-year national youth service, while he was still below the age of 30.

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The minister filed the suit marked FHC/IB/CS/111/2018 before the Federal High Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, through his lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN).

Joined as defendants in the suit are Director General, NYSC; the Oyo State Coordinator, NYSC; the NYSC and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The minister is urging the court to declare that the NYSC had waived his obligation to observe the one-year compulsory service by allegedly failing to serve him with a call-up letter in 1979 after he finished from the Nigerian Law School.

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The suit followed Shittu’s disqualification from Oyo State governorship race by his party, the All Progressives Congress.

The party had screened him out of its governorship primary in Oyo State after it became known that Shittu skipped the compulsory national youth service.

But relying on Section 2(1) of the National Youth Service Corps Act, 1973, Shittu, who read Law from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, and graduated in 1978, contended that his failure to serve should be blamed on the NYSC.

He is urging the court to declare that “the possession of the NYSC Discharge or Exemption Certificate is not one of the requirements for the appointment of the plaintiff as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or for his election as a state Governor or as a senator, pursuant to sections 147, 177 and 65 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Shittu prayed the court to perpetually restrain the NYSC and the other defendants from calling upon him to serve under the NYSC scheme “or from imposing any liability on or making the plaintiff to suffer any liability, be it civil or criminal, on account of his purported non-service under the NYSC scheme.”

He urged the court to order the NYSC to issue to him a Certificate of National Service, “having served the nation as member of the Oyo State House of Assembly immediately after graduating from the Nigerian Law School.”

In the alternative, he wants the court to order the NYSC to issue to him an Exemption Certificate in view of his service as a lawmaker in Oyo State

2019: INEC insists APC won’t be allowed to field candidates in Zamfara-foxxymobile_ng

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it stands by its statement that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not field candidates for the 2019 general elections in Zamfara.

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INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, stated this on the sideline of the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled “Study on the cost of elections in ECOWAS Region” on Monday in Abuja.

“We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued,” he said.

Mr Yakubu re-emphasised that the deadline for submission of party candidates’ name to the commission was October 18, saying that it would give a full report on that after November 18.ads2

INEC had informed the ruling APC in a leaked memo that it would not be allowed to field candidates for elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 elections.

The commission’s acting secretary, Okechukwe Ndeche, in a letter to the APC said the party was barred from fielding candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections.

The commission said this was because APC failed to comply with Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act of 2010.

Parties, according to the act, were expected to comply with the timetable and schedule of INEC, which says that the conduct of primaries must be held between August 18 and October 7.

INEC said it received reports from its Zamfara office, indicating that no primaries were conducted in the state “notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilised and deployed.”

The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, later responded to INEC in a statement and said that the party had already arrived at a consensus before the deadline.

Mr Oshiomhole said that following the high level of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.

“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the electoral act and the constitution of our party.

“This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended),” he said.

He said that the claim by INEC that no primaries were conducted could only be referring to its officials’ observation that actual voting did not take place.

The APC chairman said that conduct of primaries was not the only mode prescribed for producing candidates in the electoral act, 2010 (as amended).

“We, therefore, affirm that indeed, primaries took place in Zamfara State,” Mr Oshiomhole said.

The party chairman also noted that PDP had similar issues in Kano State and wondered why INEC did not bar the opposition party from fielding candidates.

Mr Yakubu further said that the commission would by the end of November print the outstanding Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

“We have printed the PVCs for those who registered in the first quarter of 2018. We are right now simultaneously printing for those who registered in the second and third quarters.

“We are looking at the end of November for all the PVCs to be printed including request for transfer and relocation.

“Let me just repeat the assurance that every citizen that registered and who have applied for transfer or replacement will get his or her PVC before 2019 general elections.”

He, however, said that the commission had stopped every registration, request for transfer and replacement of damaged PVCs. (NAN)