Campaign posters rallying support for federal lawmaker Shina Peller were seen on major highways in Lagos on Thursday.
Mr Peller, currently representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency of Oyo State, had mouthed his interest for higher office earlier in February during a programme he hosted in Ibadan.
He had charged the youths who gathered at the event tagged “Progressive Youth Festival” held at Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, to stop complaining but take a bold step by joining political parties to contest elections to effect the change they desired.
“It is time Nigerian youths took the responsibility for rebuilding this nation,” Mr Peller, son of a famous Ibadan magician, Professor Peller, had declared. “We should stop complaining and start the process of rebuilding our nation because we don’t have any other place we can call our own.”
Earlier, the Nigeria Youths in Politics (NYP) in December 2021, declared its unalloyed support for the presidential ambition of Mr Peller ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The group’s vice president Olufowobi Desmond had said “our mandate is to support young candidate in 2023, and Hon. Shina Abiola Peller is presently our candidate.”
“Because there is no single Nigerian who is more interested in the peace, unity and development of the country than him (Shina Peller),” he added.
Peoples Gazette could not immediately obtain comments from Mr Peller as calls made to his phone lines went unanswered while he is yet to respond to text messages.
Should Mr Peller confirm his intention to run for Nigeria’s presidency in 2023, he would be up against his supposed political benefactor and former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu and also Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, all of whom, like him, are from the South-West.
2023: Female presidential aspirant promises to resuscitate Better Life project for rural women
A female presidential aspirant on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Cesnabmihilo Aken’Ova, has promised to re-introduce Maryam Babangida’s Better Life project for rural women, if elected.
The aspirant disclosed this in an interview with newsmen shortly after meeting behind closed doors with former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger State capital.
Aken’Ova disclosed that during her meeting with the former military president, they both discussed how she would bring back the Better Life Programme that was aimed at empowering rural women.
“Baba is very excited that there is a woman from Niger state that is running for presidency; he admired the courage, prayed and gave me his blessings.
“We recalled the past when he was the president, the legacies he left behind and the legacies left behind by the late Maryam Babangida for women and he said “I will support you in any way I can.
“We talked about the legacy Maryam Babangida left behind, her project better life for rural women that the programme coordinated and impacted on women.
“It is that project we are going to revive, we will visit women in rural areas and ensure the programme is back to life and it will be a way of celebrating the memory and legacy of Maryam Babangida,” she said.
She called on women to support her aspirations as their own, to enable revival of the legacy left behind by Maryam Babangida.
Primaries: Only three adhoc delegates qualified to vote — PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has said that only the three adhoc delegates elected earlier on will be allowed to vote at its upcoming primaries.
This was confirmed again in a statement by its National Organizing Secretary, Hon. Umar M. Bature, on Friday.
Bature said: “By virtue of Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, 2022, delegates to vote at the Indirect Primaries and National Convention of political parties to elect candidates for elections shall be those democratically elected for that purpose only.
“Consequently those qualified and eligible to vote as delegates in the forthcoming Primaries and National Convention of our great Party, the PDP are the three (3) AD-HOC Delegates per ward, elected at the Ward Congresses and one (1) National Delegate per Local Government, elected at the Local Government Area Congresses.
“Furthermore, the NWC wishes to inform our Party members that the State Houses of Assembly Primaries to elect our State House of Assembly candidates, earlier scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 will now hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 8:00am to 12 noon; while the House of Representatives Primaries to elect our House of Representatives candidates will also hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 2:00 pm.
“All aspirants, critical stakeholders, leaders and teeming members of our Party should please take note.”