INEC Releases Final List of Candidates for Edo State Governorship Election

INEC releases final candidate list for Edo 2024 election; national dialogue on state policing reveals divided opinions; Nigeria Prize for Literature celebrates 20th anniversary; Binance executive detained in Nigeria.

Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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INEC Releases Final List of Candidates for Edo State Governorship Election

INEC Releases Final List of Candidates for Edo State Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the final list of candidates for the upcoming Edo State Governorship Election scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2024. The list, which includes 17 political parties, features 16 male candidates and 1 female candidate.

INEC has made the candidates' details, such as age, academic qualifications, and disability status, available on its website and social media platforms. The election campaign period is set to commence on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, and will conclude at midnight on Thursday, September 19, 2024.

Why this matters: The release of the final candidate list constitutes a critical juncture in the electoral process, providing voters with the necessary information to make informed decisions. The Edo State Governorship Election holds importance for the state's political landscape and its future governance.

National Dialogue on State Policing Reveals Divided Opinions

A national dialogue organized by the House of Representatives on the issue of state policing in Nigeria has highlighted divided opinions among leaders. While some backed the establishment of state police, the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, expressed disagreement, stating that Nigeria is not ready or mature for it due to the potential for abuse by state governors.

President Bola Tinubu, who opened the dialogue, urged participants to consider the implications of state police. Supporters of state police included former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and the Ooni of Ife. However, the IGP cited challenges such as inadequate manpower, equipment, and training as reasons why Nigeria is not prepared for state police.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, endorsed the establishment of state police, arguing that it can help tackle rising insecurity. President Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, emphasized the administration's commitment to reforming the police force and enhancing security. He called for the dialogue to be the beginning of an ongoing conversation on police and security sector reform in the country.

Nigeria Prize for Literature Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Considered the biggest and most prestigious literary award in Africa, the prize rotates among four genres - Poetry, Prose fiction, Drama, and Children's literature. This year's focus is on Children's Literature, with 163 entries received so far.

The entries were handed over to the judges by the Prize's Advisory Board, led by Professor Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo. The Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism, with a prize money of $10,000, also received 24 entries. NLNG's General Manager for External Relations and Sustainable Development, Mr. Andy Odeh, praised the achievements of Nigerian writers over the past 20 years, stating that the prize has celebrated literary excellence and impacted the Nigerian literary industry by awarding over $1 million to 17 winning works.

"The prize has improved the quality of writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing in Nigeria, and has contributed to showcasing great literary works that portray the country's literary prowess," Mr. Odeh said.

Key Takeaways

  • INEC releases final list of 17 candidates for Edo 2024 election
  • National dialogue on state policing reveals divided opinions among leaders
  • Nigeria Prize for Literature celebrates 20th anniversary, receives 163 entries
  • NLNG has awarded over $1 million to 17 winning literary works
  • Binance executive detained in Nigeria