Court Strikes Out PVC Suit Filed By Group

court-suitA Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled out a suit filed by a group, Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights, seeking an order to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from exclusively using the Permanent Voter Cards for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.

Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati, struck out the suit following the application of discontinuance filed by the group .

The counsel to the group, Mr Olatunji Salawu, said the suit withdrawn had been overtaken by events because of the latest developments of wider distribution of PVC, pointing that there was no need to continue with the suit .

Meanwhile, the group had since filed another suit before Justice Gabriel Kolawole, opposing the use of card reader machine in the forthcoming polls scheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The group hinged its prayers on the grounds that the use of the card readers was likely to lead to the disenfranchisement of eligible voters and prayed that the court, should among others things, direct INEC to revert to the use of temporary voter cards, which it said, had been tested during previous elections

Group Calls On ICC To Prosecute Buhari For 2011 Violence

goran sluiterMr Goran Sluiter, a Dutch lawyer called the International Criminal Court to investigate Nigeria’s presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, over the 2011 post elections violence that claimed hundreds of lives.

The lawyer and a group known as Northern Coalition For Democracy, told a news conference in Abuja that there are evidence at their disposal that indicts Gen. Buhari over the violence.

The group hinged its action on the need to prevent violence similar to the 2015 general elections.

APC Rejects Call For Postponement Of Elections

The opposition party,  All Progressives Congress (APC) is rejecting the suggestion by Colonel  Dasuki saying that under no circumstance must the elections be scuttled.

The APC’s National PublicityAPC Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the call by Colonel Dasuki has exposed what the party describes as a plot by the present administration to push for the postponement of the polls.

The APC is urging the international community, in particular, to urgently extract a commitment from the president that the elections will hold as scheduled next month.

The APC  states that Col. Dasuki’s suggestion was meant to buy time for the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) campaign to gather steam by tying his call on the delay in PVC distribution.

Over A Hundred Persons Move To PDP In Delta

The People’s Democratic Party has today embraced over a hundred persons who have decamped to the party from other parties in Isoko North Local government council.

Receiving the people and speaking on behalf of the state governor, the secretary to the state government, Comrade Ovuzuorie Macualay pointed out that this is a huge step ahead of the forth coming local government elections in the state.

At the event which had men, women and youths, the leader of the group, Chief Ateke stated why they left the parties in the first place  but that he is however back as he is one of the founding fathers of PDP in Delta state.

During an interview session, the Deputy majority leader, House of representatives, Honourable Leo Ogor, who is from Isoko North Constituency, expressed satisfaction at the decampees’ decision to come back to the party.

The decampees came from other parties like APC, DPP, ADC etc.

President Jonathan Sacks Youth Minister

President Goodluck Jonathan has terminated the appointment of the Youth Minister, Inuwa Abdulkadir.

According to a statement released to the Media by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim in Abuja today, reason(s) for the termination of Abdulkadir’s sack as the Youth Minister was not stated.

Meanwhile, there are indications that his sack is not unconnected with a path taken by the Sokoto State Governor, Magatarkada Wamako who recommended his appointment into the cabinet of President Jonathan.

It would be recalled that Governor Wamako is among the 5 governors who have been consulting and have also openly kicked against Jonathan’s second term options.

APC Sets Up State Harmonisation Committees

The National Interim EXCO of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the establishment of State Harmonisation Committees, in order not to create a vacuum and also to regulate the activities of the Party at the state level and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, party said the decision to set up the State Harmonization Committees (SHC), followed the adoption of the report of the Masari Committee by the National Interim EXCO which met last week in Abuja.

According to the it, the SHC shall comprise President/Vice President, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Governors/Deputy Governors, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving and former Senators who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving members of the House of Representatives who are members of the Party and Speakers or Minority Leaders of the States House of Assembly who are members of the Party.

APC listed others as former Ministers who are members of the Legacy Parties; All immediate past National EXCO Members of the Legacy Parties; Immediate past Gubernatorial candidates of legacy Parties, and their Deputies where APC does not have a sitting Governor who are still Members of the Legacy Parties; Nine persons comprising of 3 elders, 3 youths and 3 women, with one of each being from each of the Senatorial Districts of the State; State Chairmen and the Secretaries of the legacy Parties; Members of the National Interim EXCO and Federal Commissioners who are members of the legacy parties.

The party said these persons shall be recommended to the National Interim EXCO, for their approval and inauguration, by National Vice Chairmen in conjunction with Members of the National Interim EXCO from their Zone.

It listed the functions of the SHC as including to harmonize and fuse the structures of legacy Parties into one united, strong and vibrant APC Party in an atmosphere of peace and harmony; Organize and hold meetings of the Party at all levels in the State (that is polling units, wards, LGA, Area Council and State); And to embark on massive mobilization, coordination and consolidation of members into the Party in accordance with stipulated guidelines issued by National interim EXCO.

APC said the SHC shall also take inventory of existing assets of legacy Parties across the State, harmonize same for the effective establishment of the Party structure in all polling units, wards,

Local Government and State in accordance with the directive and guidelines from the National Interim EXCO, and ensure effective implementation of the registration process, such that all persons desiring registration into the Party are afforded the right to be so registered in accordance with the directives from the National Interim EXCO.

”This Committee shall be answerable and report to the Interim National EXCO of its decisions and steps taken in the performance of the assignment through the National Vice Chairman of the zone,” the party said.