C/River REC Urges Politicians To Play By The Rules

AdamawaThe Cross River State Resident Electoral commissioner (REC) , Mrs Gesila Khan, has urged political parties in the state to play according to rules governing elections in order to have a peaceful poll.

According to the State INEC boss, this is in the wake of preparations for the rescheduled Cross River State House of Assembly elections for Yakurr 2 State Constituency.

Addressing political stakeholders at the INEC office in Calabar, the REC disclosed that the elections will witness the use of card readers as the machines to be used have already been configured.

She called for cooperation among the candidates vying for the same position and urged them to completely shun violence and criminal activities which marred the last polls.

Responding, one of the candidates also called on the electoral body to ensure even distribution of materials across board as well as alternative means of voting in case the card readers fail to work on the field.

Jonathan sets up committee on Bakassi to review ICJ judgement

President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to look at the options for a review of the judgement that ceded the Bakassi peninsular to the Cameroons and how to take care of the people there.

The President’s decision which is coming a few days to the expiration of the appeal period on the case is following a long drawn-out meeting the president held with the leadership of the National Assembly over the matter in the presidential villa.

The meeting which lasted for about three and half hours had in attendance the Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Senate President David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and other key principal officers of the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation, the governors of Cross River and Akwa Ibom, Secretary to the Government of the Federation as well as some select groups from Bakassi.

Prince Bola Ajibola who was also in attendance spoke to Channels Television after the meeting said by virtue of convening meeting, the Federal Government has shown a candid concern for its people in Bakassi and that according to him, it is the most important thing for now.

He commended the move to follow the rule of law, dialogue and diplomacy in ensuring that the people are not wrongly dealt with.

He expressed optimism that the committee set up will handle it in a record time.

Liyel Imoke the Cross River state governor said that the president has shown great leadership quality by convening the meeting and standing firm on some of the decisions taken.

On his part, the Senate President; David Mark said that the Executive and the law makers are on the same frequency on the Bakassi issue and will work in the same direction to achieve results.