Kano Government To Embark On Aggressive Revenue Generation

KanoIn the face of Nigeria’s oil revenue crisis, Kano State Government is set to embark on an aggressive internally generated revenue programme backed by an anti corruption agency that will prosecute corrupt government officials.

Addressing journalists on his new master plan, Kano State Governor, Abdulkahi Umar Ganduje, said that his administration will be committed to serving the good people of Kano State.

Ganduje said that he would begin with a rigorous drive for internally generated revenue to be able to complete the ongoing projects and introduce new ones.

In addition, Ganduje will establish an anti corruption agency to fight anyone who may be involved with any form of corruption.

Although Mr. Ganduje would have to settle a debt liability of N379 billion naira incurred from the Government of Mr. Kwankwaso, he was optimistic about his master plan’s chances of success, insisting that the huge debt will not stop him from performing.

On the security situation, Ganduje said that he would soon set up a security trust fund as part of step to bring the security problems in the state to an end.

The trust fund will be charged with the responsibility of sourcing fund to assist various security agencies in the state.

Plateau Assembly Members Get Certificate Of Return

inec presents certificate of return to Plateau members of the house of assembly Elected members to the Plateau state House of Assembly have been presented their Certificates of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Members representing Riyom constituency assured of adequate representation of the people towards a better and developed state.

The Eighth Assembly in the state will be having only three members returning to the house, a situation which makes 21 of the legislatures to be new members of the Assembly which can slow down legislative functions as observed by a Former Speaker of the House.

Meanwhile, the Governor-elect in the state has promised to run a collective government without discrimination on the basis of ethnic, religious or political affiliation, in the interest of the state.

2015 Elections, One Of The Most Rigged In Nigeria – Observer

ElectionA Legal Practitioner and observer during the 2015 elections, Ikechukwu Ikeji, says the just concluded election was one of the most rigged elections he had ever witnessed in Nigeria, despite being considered free and fair.

Speaking on a breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Channels Television on Monday, Mr Ikeji accused INEC officials of being compromised, stressing further that the politicians themselves were out to rig and those who won simply outwitted those who lost.

“Just about every politicians I came across was in the game of rigging. Nothing can be farther from the truth than that these elections were fair and free.

“In fact I have to be honest, this is one of the most rigged elections I have witnessed. I was in the field and I can tell you that electoral offences were rampant,” Mr Ikeji said.

On card readers, the election observer expressed dissatisfaction. He said that the card readers did not work in many areas he went to.

He said that they (the electorate) had agreed not to use the card readers, revealing that he clearly saw people coming back to vote twice while some voted three times in both national and state elections.

He added also that some polling units were dominated by some political parties, as they were able to buy the minds of voters and the electoral officials.

Mr Ikeji also said that all materials for the election should have been present at the commencement of the voting, including the result sheets, which various political party agents should verify.

He also indicted some election observers saying many of them were compromised and carried out their duties with bias.

He reacted to the statement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it had commenced the compilation of all electoral offences recorded in the 2015 general elections with a view to prosecuting those found wanting.

The legal practitioner said that it was a good statement by INEC that they would prosecute electoral offenders, but noted that the solution does not just lie in advocacy, pronouncement or trying to put technology in place to obviate the need for politicians to rig.

He advised that the attraction in elective and political public positions be reduced to discourage politicians wanting to get to position by all means.

2015 Polls: We‘re Still Compiling List Of Offences For Prosecution – INEC

INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says that it has commenced the compilation of all electoral offences recorded in the 2015 general elections with a view to prosecuting those found wanting.

There is a caveat, however, as the electoral umpire notes that the successful prosecution of the offenders would depend on the cooperation of the law enforcement agencies, especially the Police.

INEC adds that it is still expecting the Police, which have the constitutional mandate of arresting perpetrators of electoral violence in the country to inform it of the number of arrests made and progress made in prosecuting those implicated.

Earlier in the week, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, in an interview with Channels Television, said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had started the process of reviewing the just concluded general elections.

He noted that in the review, the commission would be examining areas where it had problems within the general elections and begin to explore alternatives that would facilitate the electoral process.

He maintained an earlier stance that the commission would not fail to prosecute election offenders.

The commission had, in the 2011 general elections, recorded a total of 870,000 electoral offences, out of which 200 offenders were successfully prosecuted.

North-east Seeks Leadership Of National Assembly

NASS-on-zoning principal officialCivil society organisations in Nigeria have joined the debate on the zoning arrangement of National Assembly principal officers, demanding that it should be zoned to the north-east.

At a news conference in Abuja, on Wednesday, the coordinator of the Justice and Development Consultative Forum, Mr Elisha Ishaku, said the north-east deserved the position of the Senate president, having delivered the second highest number of votes for the party.

Mr Elisha argued that the north-east had been marginalised in the political equation in the country since the inception of democracy.

At a separate news conference, the coalition of Buhari-Osinbajo campaign movement argued that the zone deserves the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

On Monday, the Deputy Senate President urged the incoming administration to learn from the mistakes of previous governments and avoid imposing principal officers on the National Assembly.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu gave the warning at the opening of an induction seminar for incoming legislators held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He urged the presidency to allow federal lawmakers choose their presiding officers.

Ondo State APC, PDP Disagree Over Olanusi’s Impeachment

ondo state-APC,PDP-on olanusi's impeachmentThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State have disagreed on the recent impeachment and removal from office of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Ali Olanusi.

Speaking to Channels Television on the issue in Akure, the State capital, a chieftain of APC in the State, Mr Kunle Adebayo, argued that the former Deputy Governor was not given fair hearing, as he was not duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation.

He maintained that the decision of the State House of Assembly ‎to impeach Mr Olanusi was not acceptable.

But the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, Mr Banji Okunomo, said that the former Deputy Governor was duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation to defend himself on the allegations brought against him.

Mr Okunomo, however, argued that the decision of the House to impeach Mr Olanusi was the necessary procedure to be taken. He further called on aggrieved parties to approach the court of law to seek justice.

APC Reverses Decision To Ban AIT

APC-on-AIT-banThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has reversed the decision made by the media aide to General Muhammadu  Buhari to ban one of Nigeria’s private television stations, the AIT,  from covering the activities of the president-elect over what he referred to as issues relating to ethics and standards.

In a statement on Tuesday, the APC spokesperson, Mr Lai Mohammed, said all accredited media organisations in Nigeria, including the AIT, were free to cover the activities of the president-elect.

Mr Mohammed went further said that the incoming Buhari administration would not discriminate against any media organisation, irrespective of its role during the electioneering campaign before the elections of March 28 and April 11.

‘Out For Personal Vendetta’

He further advised that all media organisations should observe the highest level of professionalism in carrying out their duties.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described Monday’s directive to bar the television house, from covering his activities as unacceptable.

The party further said that the suppression of the media, under any guise portends danger for the nation’s democracy.

The ruling party, however, warned that if the right of the president-elect was in anyway violated by the media organisation or any media house,  he is expected to act within the law and seek redress in court. The party further stated that if the decision was not reversed, it would have no option than to conclude that General Buahri was out for personal vendetta.

Kebbi House Of Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Appoints Jega

maceThe Kebbi State House of Assembly Speaker, Honourable Hassan Muhammad Shalla, has been impeached for alleged breach of trust and embezzlement of allowances of some members.

At the the Tuesday sitting, which held in the absence of the Speaker and his Deputy, a member of the House, representing Birnin Kebbi north constituency, Abubakar Sabo, stood as the Chair of the plenary.

Another member, representing Yauri State constituency, Hon Aminu Gumbi, moved the motion for the impeachment of the speaker and it was seconded by Hon Aliyu Mutubare from Kalgo constituency.

Shortly after the members impeached the former speaker, they elected Habib Musa Jega as the new Speaker via a motion moved by Bala Aanbaba Waje.

Honourable  Shalla was, however, impeached by 12 out of 24 members of the House of Assembly.

Mr Jega, a former speaker was also impeached by his colleagues in a controversial manner in December, 2014.

The impeached speaker has not been reached for his opinion on the action of the House of Assembly.

Court Fixes May 26 To Decide Tambuwal’s Candidacy Suit

tambuwal-on -electionA Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed May 26 to rule on whether there is still live issue in the suit challenging the emergence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded governorship poll in Sokoto State.

The Speaker, through his counsel, Jibril Okutepa, asked the court to dismiss the suit filed by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights, Senator Umaru Dahiru, challenging his candidacy as the APC governorship candidate in Sokoto.

Mr Okutepa stated that it had become an academic exercise, asking the the court to decline jurisdiction to hear and determine the suit.

He further stressed that the reliefs sought by Senator Dahiru which would have conferred utility value on the suit were no longer tenable, due to the occurrence of events.

Nevertheless, counsel to Senator Dahiru, Chief Awa Kalu, urged the court to hold the matter alive, insisting that there is a reasonable cause of action.

He said the plaintiffs were not indolent, just as he urged the court to invoke it’s powers to look into its records and exercise the power in order to determine whether or not, the plaintiffs were indolent as claimed by the defendants.

Senator Dahiru, however, asked the court to ascertain whether the procedure for the nomination and/or sponsorship of candidates for the elective offices recognised by the Electoral Acts 2010 was surly followed in the selection of the Mr Tambuwal.

INEC Begins Election Review Process, Vows To Prosecute Offenders

INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started the process of reviewing the just concluded general elections.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, in an interview with Channels Television noted that in the review, the commission would be examining areas where it had problems within the general elections and begin to explore alternatives that would facilitate the electoral process.

Speaking on Saturday’s supplementary elections in Taraba, Imo and Abia states, Mr Idowu said that the elections went well in the states despite pockets of issues.

He maintained an earlier stance that the commission would not fail to prosecute election offenders.

Abia State Concludes Re-run Election Except In Umunneochi LGA

re-run election in abia stateVoting in several Local Government Areas in the governorship re-run election in Abia State has been concluded except in  Umunneochi Local Government Area.

Accreditation and voting did not take place at Umunneochi Local Government Area because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.

At some of the places visited, which include: Umuola at Aba, the commercial city, the turnout was massive and the voters expressed enthusiasm to cast their votes while the party agents commended the peaceful conduct of the election. In some areas, however, the turnout was low.

Channels Television correspondent in Abia State reports that the supplementary governorship election in Abia State took place under peaceful and calm atmosphere.

There was a huge presence of security officials to checkmate any lapses while vehicular movement were partially restricted at  places that  election was scheduled to take place.

At Ubakala, voting ended by 3:00pm. The electorates and party agents were hanging around for the votes to be counted while the unused ballots were cancelled by the INEC ad-hoc staff to avoid being tampered with.

Meanwhile,voters and residents also waited at the polling units to ensure that the votes are counted in their presence.

The electoral officials in the state are already sorting and counting votes cast in Ugwunagbo, Osisioma, Aba North and Aba South polling units.

Accreditation Of Voters Hold In Abia State

abia state-accreditationVoters in the areas of Abia State where the supplementary elections are holding came out for the accreditation exercise which started at about 1:21pm.

Channels Television visited some polling units in some of the affected Local Government Areas and the exercise has been going on smoothly.

“The process was peaceful at flash points like Ugwunagbo, Osisioma and Aba north Local Government Areas, despite the low turnout of voters,” a Channels Television’s correspondent monitoring elections in the state said.

Security personnel were strategically positioned to ensure peace and order in the State’s election.