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No Aspirant Stepped Down Yet-Gov. Bagudu

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The Presidential Convention Planning Committee of Chairman, All Progressives Congress APC Sen. Abubakar Bagudu on Tuesday said that the party was yet to know if any aspirant had stepped down.

Bagudu made this known while fielding questions from newsmen at the venue of the APC’s primary election.

According to him, everything is set for the election: “You will not know who is stepping down or has stepped down until we are about to start the election.

“There are many people who may choose to step down at some stage of the process either on the convention ground or otherwise.

“However, our constitution is very clear, even if it is only two people remaining in the race, there will be an election.

“I do not know officially who has stepped down because I cannot rely on the media reports.

“The reliable one will be when aspirants have been given permission in the program to come and speak and they declare that they are stepping down, that is in line with the constitution.”


Bagudu said the direct election would hold as every delegate would be allowed to vote.

He expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations so far, adding that all the committees for the convention especially the planning committee had worked very hard.

“I am very happy about the state of readiness of the convention, particularly the election process itself,” he said.

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2023: NNPP’ll win Boki 2 Coss River State House seat -Hon. Ekpang

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The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP)’s candidate for the Boki 2 Cross River State House of Assembly, Honourable Raphael Ekpang has said that come 2023 his party will win Boki 2 State House of Assembly seat.

Hon. Ekpang made this known on Wednesday in a chat with journalists in Abuja.

According to the Ace Journalist, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Hon. Hilary Bisong who is currently representing the constituency at the state house for his second tenure has done his part and needs to give way for a true representation. And also, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Walter Nandi-Esom from Buda ward where Chief, Hon. Dr. Jake Otu Enyia has taken their turn between 2007-2015 is there to make up the number of candidates contesting the position in 2023.

He stated that Hon. Bisong’s representation has not been felt in the constituency not even his immediate community as such he needs to give way since he is going to complete his second term in 2023. While, Hon. Nandi-Esom knew that it is not the turn of Buda ward.

The former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Correspondents Chapel noted that among the six wards in Boki 2 State Constituency, Buda, Oku/Borum/Njua and Ekpashi wards have taken their turn left Ugep, Kawkagom/Bawop and Bunyia/Okubuchi ward which off course he is the only candidate standing for the contest among the three wards that are imminently qualify for the position come 2023.
However, Hon. Ekpang insisted that his penchant in giving voice to the voiceless, standing for others and using sports to empowering the youths will definitely give him an edge over the other candidates whose missions are yet unknown to the people of Boki 2.

“I am confident that by God’s grace come 2023 March NNPP will win the seat to represent the people of Boki 2 in the Cross River State House of Assembly.
“Our people deserve the best in terms of representation in the state house, and that is why I am going there to do just that. We have youths with different gifts (talents) and all they need is who will help harness their gifts and make them who they really want to be in future.

“With my almost two decades in sports journalism, I believe i can use my contacts both local and international to empower my constituents when I get to Calabar in 2023,” he said.

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