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2023 Election: It High Time For Igbo To Produce President — Says Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha spoke in Owerri, when a group called Igbos for Rochas 2023 President, led by Jeff Nwaoha, from the five states of the Southeast zone, visited him.

The Senator representing Imo West senatorial district and former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, said that the time is ripe for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction to emerge.

Okorocha said that all regions have produced a president and it’s only the Southeast region that is yet to occupy the number one position.

It was Okorocha’s believe that the Igbo would do a new thing in Nigeria, should they be given the chance as well as to make Nigeria greater to compete economically with other developed nations of the world.

The Senator said: “I am happy because you find me worthy. I am happy because you have made huge sacrifices driving through the long distance to meet with me on Nigeria’s presidency. I have read in between lines of your submission. That you want a Nigerian presidency of Igbo extraction and you have found me worthy for this position. I feel honoured and I am happy.

“Let me salute you in the manner which you have conducted yourself in a more peaceful approach and this is commendable.

“It is true that Igbo are highly misunderstood but allow me to say that Igbo are the most peaceful Nigerians and wherever you find them they are building bridges of peace and economic development. The Igbos are the only people that have invested more outside than what they had invested in their own land.”

He added: “Igbo people alone cannot make the president of Nigeria. We need the support of other regions of this country to produce the president of Nigeria. We need the Hausa, Yoruba and other regions to be able to produce the presidency.

“For me, I have run for this office of the presidency using different political parties and up to three times now, I have run for the office of the presidency under the ANPP, and the second time under PDP, the third time in APC, and now If I must run it is for the unity of Nigeria. If I must run, it must be for the empowerment of the youths of Nigeria, and if I must run for the presidency, it will be to make this nation compete with other greater nations of the world economically.”

Okorocha pointed out that, “The North has produced a president, the West has produced the president and the South-south has also produced a president of this country and we have seen all they have done. It is time for Igbo to produce a president and let us see how the Igbo will change this country.”

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US Election: Biden Won Because Election Was Rigged, Says Donald Trump

The United States President, Donald Trump has said that his opponent in the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden, won because the US election was rigged.

Trump made this statement in a tweet on Sunday.

Trump tweeted, “He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation and bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, and more!”.

The latest vote tallies gave the Democrat Biden a clear win in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

US networks projected on Friday that Biden won the state of Georgia to get 306 votes in the Electoral College but 270 votes are required for election.

Despite his own intelligence officials’ declaration that the election was “the most secure in American history,” Trump shows no sign of giving up their quest to get the results canceled.

However, Biden’s newly appointed chief of staff, Ron Klain, told MSNBC late Thursday that moves by Trump to block the incoming administration from access to confidential government briefings posed a growing risk.

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Nigerians in South Africa Urge Nigeria To Adopt U.S. Method Of Voting

The Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), has underscored the need for Nigeria and other African countries to adopt the U.S. voting system in elections, to promote democratic growth.

The President of NICASA, Mr Ben Okoli, made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Abuja.

Okoli commended the use of technology in the U.S. voting system, noting that it had contributed to electoral efficiency in that country.

According to him, the Federal Government can equally learn from such experience to achieve the much-desired goals for its seemingly nascent democracy.

He said that the American election was a game-changer that would define the future of the world, from politics and economy to foreign relations and the stability of the world peace.

Ikoli said; “This election will also define the interests and fight against the Coronavirus with China and Russia in the bullseyes.

“It is important that the status quo remains and re-electing Donald Trump is the right thing to do.

“The advancement in technology is put to use again by world power during this election and the electronic mail voting is a testament to the beauty of technology.

“Nigeria and Africa can learn from this to improve their voting system and safety during elections; African countries are still lacking a peaceful democratic electoral transition.

“If we take a look at Cote de voire (Ivory Coast), where Alhassan Quattara is seeking the third term as President, we can only but conclude that we are not learning or ready to grow and deepen our democratic gains.

“African countries and leaders can do better than what we currently have, therefore the need for fundamental reforms in voting systems to address democratic challenges,’’ Okoli said.

He, however, said that electoral institutions, such as electoral commission, the Judiciary and other enabling laws, needed to be strengthened to produce quality election and leadership in Africa.

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“I promise to hand over peacefully in 2021 if I lose” President Akufo Addo pledges

The first Gentleman of the country, president Nana Akufo Addo has pledged to hand over to the opposition if he loses the 2020 genral election.

Speaking on Sky Power FM in the western Region, The president revealed that he inherited a peaceful and stable country from his predecessors and for that he will also hand over peacefully when he loses.

He then took the opportunity to encourage every eligible voter to take advantage of the upcoming 2020 elections and vote peacefully for any political party they choose.

In his words, he said:”Go opt exercise your civic responsibility in the upcoming 2020 general elections , to elect a government of their choice in a free fair, peaceful and transparent election. The pandemic notwithstanding, we have to strengthen Ghanaian democracy”