2015: Kwara Governorship Candidates Sign Peace Accord

NIGERIA-VOTE-UNREST-NORTHAs part of efforts to ensure peaceful conduct before, during and after the next month gubernatorial election in Kwara State, the gubernatorial candidates in the state have signed a peace accord to ensure peaceful atmosphere.

The Peace Accord signed by 13gubernatorial candidates and their party chairmen was midwifed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state and the participants promised to abide by the rules and regulations.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo, urged the gubernatorial candidates to ensure the compliance with the rules likening the game of politics to football and charged them to be fully prepared assuring of readiness of INEC to be free and fair to all.

Some of the gubernatorial candidates and their party chairmen lauded the initiative of INEC and assured of their determination to ensure peaceful conduct of the the polls.

The gubernatorial candidate of APC who is also the incumbent governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and the candidate of PDP, Senator Simeon Sule Ajibola, bore their mind on the peace accord which they commended.

The presidential candidates of all the political parties in Nigeria had signed an accord to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the February 14 elections.

The signing ceremony took place in Abuja on January 14 during a sensitisation workshop on non-violence elections.

It had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Oluremi Sonaiya of the KOWA Party amongst others.

 

APC, nPDP Alliance Creates Ambience Of Uncertainty – Gbanite

Max Gbanite, Strategic Security Consultant.The recent cross-carpeting by some aggrieved governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Alliance (APC) in Nigeria has been described as an act that is capable of creating an atmosphere of uncertainty.

A Strategic Security Consultant, Max Gbanite, said that the move was unnecessary, insisting that the aggrieved party members should have stayed and fight with their party.

He explained that the development was an outcome of long unsettled grievances that the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, should have settled with the party members long ago.

Mr. Gbanite insisted that the presidency mixed a strategic and a local content opportunity to solve the problem, which he said begin after the 2011 presidential election that brought him to power.

“After the 2011 Presidential election, there were reactions that were against the election and the president should have taken a tour of the federation to heal the impact of the election that was so divided on zonal and religious sides,” he told Channels Television on Friday.

According to him, the intervention of President Jonathan in the election of the Governors Forum’s chairman contributed to heating up the grievances.

“The president should not come down to the level of governors to argue with the governors over the chairman,” he insisted.

The security strategist emphasised the need for the government’s orientation agency to be more proactive in tackling issues that could heat up the polity.

“The National Orientation Agency is not performing its duty of dousing the tension created by the party issues, he pointed out.

Faulting APC’s acceptance of the aggrieved PDP governors, he said that the “celebration of the same people they have condemned does not show that APC is better than the PDP”. He said that the development created uncertainty in Nigeria’s political scene.

He, however, urged President Jonathan to call the aggrieved governors and have a discussion with them.

 

‘I Am Still A Member Of PDP’ – Aliyu Babangida

The Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, has insisted that he is still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contradicting claims that he has joined the All Progressives Alliance (APC) with other members of the G7, also known as the new PDP (nPDP).

At a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the chairman of the defunct nPDP, Mr. Kawu Baraje, said that all the members of the group, including governor Aliyu, had decided to join the APC.

However, the declaration was swiftly responded to by the spokesman to the Niger State Governor, Mr Danladi Ndayebo, who insisted that the governor remained a member of the PDP and had not moved.

“The media report that Governor Aliyu has moved to the APC is not true. It is false. It is unfounded and so should be dismissed. Discussions are ongoing, negotiations are on with the president and until this is exhausted, Governor Babangida Aliyu remains a member of the PDP.

“We are shocked at the announcement of the merger even before a final decision is taken on the matter and that was why the governor was not present at the meeting where the merger deal was sealed. He remains a member of the PDP until talks are over with the president,” he insisted.

Governor Aliyu had walked out of Tuesday’s meeting before the merger was decided.

The G7 members are made up of Kwara State Governor, Ahmed Abdulfatah, Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, that of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko, Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, the Governor of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwanso, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State.

With the statement by Aliyu’s spokesman, it is not yet clear if the governor will still remain a member of the G7.

The governors had decided to form the nPDP after PDP Special Delegates Convention held in August.

The governors walked out of the convention ground with the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to the Yar’adua Centre in Abuja where they announced the formation of the new PDP.

Anambra Women Protest Poor Conduct Of Guber Election

A group of women from Anambra State have staged a peaceful demonstration against the irregularities in the just concluded Anambra State governorship election.

The women, over 100 in number, drawn from the 21 local government areas, had gone to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission to register their grievances.

They were barred from entering the electoral commission’s office by security personnel.

No official of the commission attended to them.

One of the protesters called for the cancelation of the election.

“It is our right to choose who to govern us. More than 70 per cent in some local governments did not vote,” the protester said.

She alleged that the election was not free and fair.

There have been reports of omission of voters’ names from the register, an irregularity that led to the rescheduling of election in 65 wards in Idemili North and South Local Government Areas of the State, extending voting by one day.

The All Progressives Alliance and the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates asked their supporters to shun the rescheduled election due to the irregularities experienced in the Saturday election.

Lagos PDP Welcomes National Dialogue Committee To Lagos

The Lagos State PDP has welcomed the members of the National dialogue Committee to Lagos State, in furtherance of its support and belief in the appropriateness of President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to allowing Nigerians have the platform to discuss.

Declaring the stance of the party, its State Chairman, Tunji Shelle, commended the decision of the president to show leadership by preference. He stated that “the president has again showed that the majority preference will always enjoy his sentiments by supporting the popular clamour for a National conference. By this singular action, Nigeria is indeed for Nigerians. This is one objective in the President’s Transformation Agenda”

The party further stated that contrary to the pessimism being promoted by the opposition, the Conference will eventually come and hold successfully.

The Lagos PDP warned Lagos residents and other stakeholders not to be influenced by the stance of APC leaders on the National dialogue. They encouraged them to come out massively to contribute to the committee’s report.

“Let us warn that Lagosians and stakeholders must not fall for the deceit of the APC in the state to ‘boycott’ the committee sitting.

“We have infact unravelled that APC will be present at the sitting by proxy, as they have lobbied and commissioned some individuals and groups to canvass their parochial interests at the sitting. We thus implore Lagosinas and other Stakeholders to massively attend the sitting to canvass their views for themselves”

The Lagos State PDP says on its part, it shall mobilise and exert its influence at the sitting in order to support more benefits for the state.

The National dialogue committee, headed by Dr Femi Okurounmu is scheduled to arrive in Lagos State tomorrow, Thursday, October the 31st, for its public sitting holding on Friday.

Local Govt Election Holds Peacefully In Kwara

Local Government election was held peacefully today across the remaining 15 Local Government Areas of Kwara State with only three political parties taking part in the exercise.

The exercise, saw people trooping out in large numbers to exercise their franchise, while adequate security was provided to guard against breakdown of law and order.

As early as 8 o’clock, people had started trooping into various polling booths for accreditation. While others went back home to come back for proper voting, others waited at the polling stations to exercise their civic right.

In most of the centres at Ilorin West, South and East, the voters, mostly women queued up peacefully with no crisis recorded as major roads were deserted due to the election.

In Ajikobi ward and Jimba ward both in Ilorin West; the voters expressed appreciation to the umpire for quick arrival of voting materials and for prompt commencement of the voting exercise after the accreditation.

The situation was the same in other polling units as people turned out in large numbers

While the PDP chairmanship candidate gave kudos to the umpire and the voters for being peaceful, describing the election as most peaceful, the state secretary of the Labour Party lamented that voting materials were in short supply in some wards in Ekiti Local Government Area. He also commended the peaceful nature of the election.

The State Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission, Uthman Ajidagba while monitoring the election in Afon, the headquarters of Asa Local Government, expressed satisfaction with the turnout of people which he described as impressive.

He appealed to the electorate to continue to remain calm and await the announcement of the result later, after the collation at each local government secretariat.

The State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed while casting his vote at his ward in Share, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government, lauded the electorate for being peaceful and assured of the determination of government to continue to maintain peace in the state.