AD Confident INEC Will Deliver Credible Elections

inecThe leadership of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) has expressed its support and confidence in the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to conduct free, fair and credible general elections.

The National Vice Chairman of the political party, Mr Muhammed Yakubu, gave the party’s vote of confidence in Abuja while commenting on the recent postponement of the general elections.

Recently the INEC has come under criticism for not being adequately prepared for the 2015 elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria (INEC) on the February 7 announced a shift in the general elections dates to March 28 and April 11.

Professor Jega said that the Presidential Election would hold on March 28 while the Governorship election would hold on April 11.

The Chairman of the commission said that the decision was not influenced by any group or individuals, adding that “We have done wide reaching consultations to enable us have as much input as necessary before taking an informed decision.

The major opposition party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC,) has come down hard on the electoral umpire on the decision to postpone the polls.

The APC Chairman, John Oyegun, in a press statement, also stated that the decision was a major setback for Nigerian democracy, saying “This is clearly a major setback for Nigerian democracy, and our party is meeting in emergency session to study its implications and will inform Nigerians of its decisions in the next few days.

South-West APC Passes Vote Of Confidence In Ajimobi

AjimobiThe South-West Zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence in the Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration in Oyo State, saying that the Governor has done the party proud through his brilliant performance in the last three years.

The party also commended the Governor for the outstanding leadership quality which he had demonstrated in the running of the affairs of the state.

The APC National Vice-Chairman, South-West, Pius Akinyelure, made the remarks when he led leaders of the zone on a courtesy visit to the Governor in his office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Akinyelure particularly acknowledged the various laudable achievements of Governor Ajimobi as well as his unwavering commitment to the growth and development of the state and its people.

The APC leader further noted that there had been tremendous improvement in the provision of social infrastructure since the inception of the Ajimobi administration.

He added that under the current leadership, the quality of roads, communication and education, have improved in the state, while healthcare delivery has never remained the same.

Responding, Governor Ajimobi said that his administration had continued to make life worth living for the people of the state through his restoration, transformation and repositioning agenda and provision of social infrastructure.

“We have turned those roads built during the era of Macpherson and Lord Lugard in Oyo State into modern roads; we are not just doing roads, we are doing modern roads, we have achieved much in the areas of health and water.”

While commending the APC leaders for their effort at ensuring the unity and progress of the party, Governor Ajimobi said that with the victory of the party in Osun State, the party would win more states and take over from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at federal level.

“With our recent performance in Osun State, notwithstanding all the efforts of the opposition, we have been able to show that our party is not only popular but very strategic,” he said.

South East PDP vows to return Imo to the party

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria (PDP) in the South East has shown determination to restore power in Imo State to the party in the next election year.

The regional leaders of the PDP disclosed this when they paid a solidarity visit to the Imo State PDP at the party secretariate in Owerri, the state capital.

The National Vice Chairman, South- East of the PDP, Austin Akubondu, who led the delagation said that the recent ruling by the court of appeal on the case of the 27 PDP elected Council chairmen, has clearly shown Imo State is a PDP dominated state and all preparations are on top gear to ensure that the state remains a PDP governed state in the next dispensation.

Mr Akubondu, however condemned the step taken by the Imo state government to stop the council chairmen from resuming their respective offices as directed by the court, he said it is unconstitutional and unacceptable and by this reason, all notable politicians in the party are putting all measures in place to get the council chairmen back to office.

This is the first time Mr Akubondu is visiting Imo state since elected as National Vice chairman of the PDP South East.

Speaking to journalist after the meeting, Mr Akubondu disclosed that the party is putting all necessary measures and reinforcement in place to ensure that the party returns power to the PDP in the next election as their plan is to take over the governance of the state in the next election year.

Meanwhile, out of the three years tenure for the Council Chairmen as constitutionally provided, only two months is remaining for the council bosses to stay in office.