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2019 ELECTIONS! Shehu Sani vows to contest against El-Rufai

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Hilarious reactions trail Shehu Sani's demand for face, name, of Italian with coronavirus

The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has announced his intention to contest in the 2019 gubernatorial election.

Sani also said that he would soon officially decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress to one of the opposition parties where he will vie for the post to challenge Governor Nasir El-Rufai, The Guardian reports.

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The lawmaker stated this at the weekend in an interview.

The human rights activist also condemned the outcome of the local government election in Kaduna.

He said:

“It was very clear that the results of the recently-conducted local council elections in Kaduna State did not reflect what happened.

“Even, there was no ward congress in the state; they just wrote list of names and submitted and this situation has worsened the internal crisis among those who used their money to buy forms.

“Let it be known to Governor El-Rufai that I am contesting against him in 2019 governorship election in the state. The election will not be conducted by the state electoral commission.”

Sani, however, warned that the attacks and killings by Boko Haram insurgents and Fulani herdsmen would affect the political fortune of the APC during the presidential and governorship elections in many states.

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IYC shifts national elections to July 17

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The Electoral Committee of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) 2020, has postponed the much-awaited IYC’s national elections from July 10 and 11, 2020 to July 17 and 18, 2020.

Spokesperson for IYC Electoral Committee, Alhaji Abubakar Amaigo-Brown, made the development known to journalists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Wednesday.

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He said the change in date was after an extensive deliberation was necesitated by some challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also said the electoral body also acceded to complaints from several aspirants and stakeholders that the date be shifted to enable them to carry out their campaigns.

Amaigo-Brown said the committe held wide consultations with elders and other stakeholders of Ijaw nation to ensure that all the aspirants were given a level-playing field.

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He said that the committee had concluded plans to ensure the conduct of a credible election at Oporoza in Delta State to produce a leadership that would reflect the votes of the delegates.

 

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Covid-19: Okowa orders exco members, aides to face test

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Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed members of the state executive council and his appointees to embark on compulsory COVID-19 test as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus, it was learnt yesterday.

The directive, which was contained in an internal memo, also affected civil servants working within the Government House and the office of the deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro.

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It was learnt that several aides, including close security details to the governor, recently tested positive to the ravaging virus.

According to the Nation, the memo, which was at the instance of the governor,  is to ensure that the Government House is free of the virus.

A source, which confirmed the development, said the various units, including media aides, have been directed to go for the test immediately.

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Many of the commissioners and political appointees are, however, uncomfortable with the development.

Okowa, his wife Edith, daughter, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Chiedu Ebie and the commissioner for information, Mr. Charles Anaigwu, have tested positive to the virus.

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WTO boss: Okonjo-Iweala, five others battle as nomination process ends on Wednesday

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No fewer than six candidates are competing to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) — an institution which faced mammoth challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.

The window to enter the race slams shut on Wednesday, in a speed-up contest to replace the outgoing WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo — the Brazilian career diplomat who is stepping down one year early at the end of August.

The six candidates in the running are from Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria and South Korea.

The six candidates are South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee; Kenya’s former foreign minister Amina Mohamed; Mexico’s former WTO deputy director-general Jesus Seade Kuri; former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Egyptian former diplomat Hamid Mamdouh; and former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi.

The new chief must revive stalled trade talks, lay the ground for the 2021 ministerial conference — one of the WTO’s major events — and thaw relations with Washington.

The United States, which has threatened to leave the WTO, has blocked the organisation’s dispute settlement appeal system since December and wants China moved up from the developing economies category.

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In a surprise move in mid-May, Azevedo, 62, announced that he would end his second four-year term early for personal reasons, forcing the Geneva-based WTO’s 164 member states to come up with a successor in just three months instead of the usual nine.

Rather than an election, the procedure for selecting the next WTO boss relies on finding consensus, with candidates gradually being eliminated in turn.

A vote is possible as a measure of last resort, but that scenario has never occurred.

In 1999, when countries could not decide between two runners, both candidates each served a three-year term.

The next incumbent faces a tough task, with the WTO caught in the middle of rising tensions between the United States and China.

If a consensus cannot be reached in time, one of the four deputy directors-general will take the reins in September on a caretaker basis.

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Of the directors-general, since the WTO was created in 1995, three were from Europe, while one each came from Oceania, Asia and South America.

There has never been a WTO leader from Africa and the continent fancies its chances this time, even though there is no regional rotation principle at the global trade body.

However, African nations have so far failed to convene around a single candidate.

Expecting the contest to come in 2021, the African Union had given early official backing to three figures, among them Mamdouh, a veteran former senior WTO official.

Mamdouh, 67, who is also a Swiss national, was the only one to declare his candidacy.

Nigeria’s decision to stand Okonjo-Iweala against him has triggered a legal dispute with the African Union.

Nonetheless, “Nigeria’s candidate is gaining ground within Africa,” said a diplomatic source.

Okonjo-Iweala, 66, who chairs the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said she was receiving “tremendous support”.

“I’m sure the African Union will make a decision to choose and support the candidate that merits it,” she told reporters in Geneva at a virtual press conference in late June.

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The former World Bank number two insisted that the WTO — which has never had a female leader — must choose is next chief based on ability.

“I hope that the WTO director-general will be elected first and foremost on merit. And then, if it happens to be a woman or an African, that is also good,” she said.

Kenya’s sports minister Mohamed, 58, has also previously served as chair of the WTO general council and first ran for the post in 2013. She threw her hat in the ring just before nominations closed, meaning there are three women and three Africans in the contest.

Yoo, 53, is the other female candidate.

The youngest contender is 37-year-old Ulianovschi, while Seade, at 73, is the oldest. He has led posts at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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