The second republic governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has appealed to state governors in Nigeria to learn from the achievements of one another and replicate such in their respective states.
The elder statesman made this plea in Akure the Ondo State capital where the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko hosted a political meeting ahead of the governorship election in the state.
He said that this was what himself and his former colleagues who were governors in the second republic wanted to do but were distracted by political rivalry.
The Nigerian Governors Forum, according to him should be a platform for the governors to visit other states and learn from one another.
Musa who is also the National Chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), the umbrella body of political parties in Nigeria added that one of the main objectives of the CNPP is to support any person legitimately elected into political office to perform.
On his part, the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) Dr. Yinusa Tanko, commended the good policies and programmes of Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko in the areas of health, education, transportation and urban renewal.
Governor Mimiko, in his response emphasized that progressivism can only be translated to practical terms through the policies and programmes that have direct positive impact on the people.
He promised that his government has been embarking and will continue to embark on such programmes.
The National Assembly by-election is currently holding in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.
The election is taking place in order to fill the vacant seat left by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim.
Mrs Ibrahim represented the Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency before her nomination to serve in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
The election is holding in Damaturu, the state capital, as well as Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Local Government Areas, constituting the federal constituency.
The streets of Damaturu, like other affected council areas remain deserted, as security operatives continue to search for vehicles and people using the road.
Reports say that electoral officials arrived most venues on Saturday morning in good time for the polls.
The Minister for State Foreign Affairs Khadija Bukar Ibrahim while casting her votes at the Emir of Damaturu polling station commended INEC and electoral officers for the conduct of the exercise.
She also praised the conduct of the electorate whom she said conducted themselves in orderly manner.
Four political parties: National Conscience Party (NCP), Advance Congress for Democracy (ACD), All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are participating in the by-election.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday said is ready to sacrifice his life for Nigeria but not for any political party.
Speaking while receiving the Presidential Candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) Martins Onovo, at his Hilltop private residence in Abeokuta, Mr Obasanjo said “Nigeria first means I will not sacrifice anything for the interest of Nigeria but I can sacrifice my own life for the interest of Nigeria, I can’t sacrifice my life for the interest of a party, I will sacrifice my life for the interest of Nigeria,” he declared.
Mr. Obasanjo also commended the role of the founder of the party and human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi, maintaining that the late lawyer did not only fight injustice but also checked the excesses of governments in power.
“In the interest of a better society there is always the need for some people to serve as watchdogs. Fawehinmi throughout his life devoted his intellect and energy to fight injustice, bad governance, corruption and other social vices,” he said.
The National Coordinator of Democracy Vanguard, Adeola Soetan, is calling on Nigerian electorates to wake up the potency of their voting powers, as Nigeria prepares for the 2015 general election.
The former Chairman of the National Conscience Party, NCP, was the guest of Channels Television, appearing on the breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’.
He preached that there was need to educate the Nigerian electorates about the power of their votes, with emphasis on telling them: “Don’t vote for those you think can win, vote for those who can perform.”
He warned that although Nigeria was truly going through tough times with the state of insecurity, it would however be worse if the country failed to address the issue of electoral fairness in the country. He noted “Boko Haram is bad but the electoral war is worse.”
He explained that the politics that involves electorates being bribed with food items and money affects their view of the election, as an impression is created that whoever failed to do same would not win, a situation that leaves even the elites with an impression that even the better candidate would not win.
He explained that despite being the Chairman of the party, he did not vote for the governorship candidate of his party the NCP in Ogun State during an election because he did not feel convinced about his ability to perform. He noted that the candidate might have emerged from his party because the majority believed in him, but that did not affect his personal conviction about the candidate, a stance only possible due to his understanding of his right as an electorate.
His advice was that that there is need for candidates vying for political positions to make their plans known, so that the people can be able to hold them responsible for something when they are voted for.
In order to ensure this, he said that what his organisation was doing was an intervention in the electoral process, displaying the Nigerian Voters’ Handbook which he said was printed by his organisation.
On how to reach over 70 million electorates, Soetan said that after their launch of the book in a press conference on Monday, they would be going to different parts of the country to engage electorates in series of interaction, starting from Ekiti State.
Speaking further on the Nigerian Voters Handbook which has been printed in English language, Mr. Soetan promised that the book would be translated in other Nigerian languages to enable them reach out to more people at the grassroots.
He added that the handbook was a product of research carried out by the Democracy Vanguard, and it corrects many misconceptions, addresses many issues that tend towards educating the people about their rights and creating in them the right perception of the concept of voting.
The National Conscience Party (NCP) has tasked the Independence National Electoral Commission in Nigeria to create a level playing field for all political parties, particularly in the area of registration of political parties.
At the 2014 convention of the party in Ekiti State, the National Chairman of the NCP, Dr Sanusi Yinusa Tanko, said that the party should be given a chance just like other political parties in the country to enable them make significant changes in the lives of Nigerians as the party prepares towards the 2014 and 2015 elections.
The guest speaker at the convention, Professor Funmi Adewumi, said the NCP should see itself as a broad based political movement, rather than as a conventional political party.
Four Nigerian political parties have declared that they are coming together to form a working political alliance as the country prepares for the 2015 general elections.
Announcing their alliance at the emergency national executive meeting of the National Conscience Party, the National Chairman of the party, Yunusa Tanko, said that the Advance Congress of Democrats, the Social Democratic Party and the Labour Party are joining forces to give Nigerians an alternative ahead of the elections.
“We are pained that up till now, the Nigerian people are yet to count their blessings without making unpleasant reference to how they are being governed. That is why we resolved as a political party, not to be part of any merger but in a working alliance with other like-minded political parties.”
The group also asked President Goodluck Jonathan to address some of the issues raised in the letter written by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
“It is instructive to note that President Goodluck Jonathan should address the nation as a matter of urgency and answer most of the damning allegations which was leveled by the former president, which has placed this country in an unsecured situation.”
This is yet another alliance that has emerged in the country outside the All Progressives Congress, APC which was announced in February 2013, and wrestling power from Nigeria’s ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP has been the major motive behind these alliances, as declared by the parties involved.
The National Chairman of the Advance Congress of Democrats, Yusuf Buba, while justifying this recent alliance, referred to the parties on ground, as “a mix-up of strange bed fellows with different ideas and ideologies” which they claim is an opposite of their alliance that is built on the similarities in their ideas and ideologies.
The parties also said that details of their alliance would be made available to the public in 2014, as the 3rd alternative for the people, ahead of the 2015 elections.
It appears Nigeria’s election regulatory body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is not ready to rest on its oars over the issue of party deregistration as it has vowed to see its end despite court’s ruling on the matter after a court judgement overturned its decision to deregister some political parties in the country.
On Politics Today, our political programme, the host, Seun Okinbaloye hosted the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) Yunisa Tanko who reacted to the resolution of the INEC after it hinted that plans are in the pipeline to appeal the court judgment.
The Chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), Yinusa Tanko, on Friday ruled out the option of Nigeria operating a two-party system, stating it will not give Nigerians the freedom to choose which ideologies benefit them the most.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Tanko said that countries such as the United States of America, where democracy has found its footing, do not operate a two-party system, adding that Nigeria needs to continue a multi-party system in order to cater for diversity of opinions.
He described democracy as ‘popular choice’ based on ideas, ideologies and issue based politics and added that a two-party system will be ‘treacherous’ as it would restrict popular views of the 141 million populated nation.
He warned that the system would encourage politicians who usually cross-carpet, thereby impeding a clear distinction between political ideologies.
He said parties like ACN, Labour, NCP now exist as a result of the broadening of the political sphere.
He also said most Nigerian rulers have been ‘recycled’ over the years, discouraging young leaders who have been canvassing for opportunities to take their turn at the helm of affairs of the nation.
The National Conscience Party (NCP) has filed an appeal against the judgment upholding the power of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register political parties.
The party filed a one-ground notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal on Thursday in Lagos.
On Wednesday, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Lagos, affirmed the constitutionality of section 78(7)(ii) of Electoral Act 2010 which empowers INEC to de-register any political party for failure to win presidential, governorship election, or a seat in the National Assembly or state Houses of Assembly.
Justice Abang, had in his judgment also said the provisions of the law were not in conflict with the provisions of the Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right Enforcement and Ratification Act as contended by the plaintiffs.
However, counsel to the party, Mr. Marcus Eyarhono, in the one-ground notice of appeal, urged the appellate court to allow the appeal and set aside the whole judgment.
Mr. Eyarhono submitted that the trial judge erred in law for refusing to invalidate section 78(7)(ii) of Electoral Act 2010.
“The court erred in law when it held that the provisions of Section 78(7)(ii) of Electoral Act 2010 is consistent with the provisions of section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended and Article 10 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act,” Eyarhono said.
The lawyer added that by virtue of the provisions of section 1(1) and (3) of the constitution, the constitution was supreme and “any other law that is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution is to the extent of its inconsistency null and void.”
Eyarhono insisted that section 78(7)(ii) of the Electoral Act contravenes the provisions of Section 40 of the constitution and Article 10 of the African Charter.
He pointed out that Section 40 of the Constitution which guarantees freedom of association and peaceful assembly is sacrosanct, inviolable and inalienable save as provided by constitution.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has held that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the power to de-register political parties in Nigeria.
Justice Okon Abang delivered the judgment on Wednesday, in a suit brought by the National Conscience Party (NCP) challenging INEC’s power to de-register political parties.
The NCP specifically challenged the provisions of Section 78(7)(ii) of the Electoral Act 2010 which empowers INEC ”to deregister political parties for failure to win presidential or governorship election or a seat in the National Assembly or State House of Assembly”.
In his judgment, Justice Abang held that the suit which was instituted on the 14th of September 2011 by one Mr. Tunde Agunbiade, a member of the NCP lacked merit, as it did not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs to associate freely.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from deregistering the National Conscience Party (NCP).
Justice Okon Abang, gave the order while ruling on the NCP’s application for interlocutory injunction to restrain INEC from deregistering any political party pending the determination of the suit challenging the power of the INEC to do so.
The judge, who said the other political parties who are not parties in the suit cannot benefit from the order, ruled that the order of injunction will subsist until the final determination of the said suit.
“The order of the court is only binding on the parties before it,” he said.
He also said the order must be endorsed with Form 48 (Notice of consequence of disobedience of court order) and should be “served personally” on the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega.
The court’s order followed an undertaking by the INEC’s counsel, Adeniyi Lawal, that NCP will not be deregistered pending the determination of the suit.
The judge said the ruling based on consent of INEC “is equivalent to not opposing the application for the interlocutory injunction.”
He said, “Based on the consent of all parties, an order of court is hereby made restraining the third defendant (INEC), its agents or privies from deregistering the first plaintiff pending the determination of the substantive suit.”
The Counsel for the National Assembly, Wahab Shittu, had earlier withdrawn his preliminary objection to the suit and his opposition to the granting of the interlocutory injunction.
He said his move was to protect the integrity of the court.
INEC’s lawyer had asked for an adjournment to enable him file the commission’s response, an application which counsel for the NCP, Eyarhono, opposed on the grounds that INEC had not taken the matter serious since it was served with the processes of the suit in October 2011. The judge acknowledged that INEC “had not shown any interest in prosecuting the case” having failed to file any defence since the processes of the suit were served on it in October 11, 2011.
He agreed to adjourn the case upon undertaking that the NCP, in particular, would not be deregistered until the final determination of the suit.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, the second defendant in the suit, had not filed any defence in the suit.
The matter was adjourned till November 27 for hearing.