2023: Adeniyi Warns Nigerians Against Electing Leaders On Sentiments

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, has warned Nigerians against electing leaders based on sentiments.

Adeniyi, who is also the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, issued the warning during The Platform: A Better Nigeria Is Possible, an event organised by the Covenant Christian Centre to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day Anniversary on Saturday.

He said Nigerians have the opportunity to change the narrative as they go the polls next February, applauding the Covenant Christian Centre for organising the programme.

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“As voters, we have a choice to make and it is about our future. Should our decision be based on sentiments by placing our inheritance on those we know will not manage it well?” he asked.

“Let us begin from the issue of what the next leadership should look at for. Whichever direction one looks today in Nigeria, the statistics are frightening.”

The ex-presidential spokesman lamented that several micro and macro-economic indicators have worsened under the current administration.

One of them, he stated, is the fiscal deficit of the Federal Government that hit N3.09 trillion in the first quarter of 2022.

“Nigeria’s total debt stock increased by 439 per cent from December 2011 to December 2021 while the domestic debt component increased by 242 per cent according to the report.

“The foreign component increased by 1,689 per cent from N885 billion to N15.8trillion just within the period of a decade.

“Within the same period, Federal Government borrowing from the Central Bank of Nigeria increased by 7,000 per cent to N17.4 trillion,” he added.

Nigeria Will Remain An Indivisible Entity, Says IBB

IBB Calls For Resilience, Determination Among Leaders
A file photo of a former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida.

 

Nigerians have been advised to remain confident and optimistic that despite the problems, the country will continue to remain an indivisible entity. 

Former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida said this while addressing newsmen in Minna, Niger State on the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria.

A collective effort is required to achieve this, he said, applauding the efforts of successive administrations to keep the country united. He, however, called for more.

On what he desires for the nation, Babangida said he wants the country to remain a strong, prosperous, and united country where peace reigns supreme.

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He also expressed optimism that the current crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be resolved soon.

General Babangida appealed to youths to resist the temptation of allowing themselves to be used as thugs by politicians.

Meanwhile, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar has called for the recruitment of additional security personnel to effectively tackle the insurgency bedeviling Nigeria.

He made the call while addressing journalists at his Hilltop residence in Minna.

General Abubakar said this had become imperative because security personnel have been overstretched.

He also stressed the need for the provision of necessary equipment for security personnel to enable them to discharge their duties effectively. The elder statesman called on Nigerians to provide them with useful information that will assist in improving the security system.

On the lifting of the ban on presidential campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he expressed sadness that some electorates are still selling their votes while to his dismay politicians are also encouraging the negative act.

He, therefore, called for a change of attitude to overcome such challenges.

General Abubakar, who warned politicians against campaigns on calumny and abuse, wants them to engage in a campaign of tolerance to achieve a hitch-free 2023 general elections.

While reacting to the question on restructuring, he maintained that though members of national and state houses of assemblies have a vital role to play on this matter, equity justice, and fairness are what is needed in Nigeria.

Abubakar expressed optimism that the problem between the Federal Government and ASUU will be a thing of the past soon.

More Nigerians Poorer, Miserable Than In 2015, Atiku Slams FG

A file photo of a bus park in Lagos.

 

“More Nigerians are poorer and more miserable today than in 2015,” said Mr Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming general elections.

He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of worsening the nation’s economy since it took over power at the centre in the last seven years.

Atiku, who was vice president between 1999 and 2007, made the remarks on Tuesday at the Private Sector Economic Forum organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Lagos.

“Basic commodities are now beyond the reach of the average Nigerian. A loaf of bread costs 100% more today than it did in 2020,” he lamented. “Farmers now pay more than 200% more for a bag of fertilizer – if they see it – than they did in 2020.

“The APC-led government is dressing Nigeria in borrowed robes! Nigeria is broke. Nigeria under the APC-led government has consistently run-on budget deficits since it came to power in 2015. These budget deficits are often above the three per cent threshold permissible under the Fiscal Responsibility Law.”

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Supreme Court To Hear Atiku's Appeal August 20
A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

The former vice president believes Nigeria has lost its esteemed position as Africa’s preferred investment destination to less endowed nations.

He added that the nation’s economic, social, political, and security challenges have persisted and were beginning to assume frightening dimensions.

Atiku also decried the level of poverty and the disturbing rate of unemployment which he said were among the major factors fuelling insecurity in the land.

He, however, hinted at some of the steps his administration would take to address the nation’s security challenges and improve its economy if elected in the coming general elections.

“We will take tough and difficult decisions on security matters without fear or favour,” he said. “Investment is a coward animal and is fearful of conflicts and insecurity. I will break the jinx in infrastructure financing.

“The Nigerian economy is crawling rather than growing. Per capita income, a measure of citizens’ well-being, has progressively fallen since 2015 because of declining output and a fast-growing population. Nigerians are worse off today than they were in 2015.”

Only A Visionary Leader, Disruptive Thinker Can Fix Nigeria – Peter Obi

 

As part of his eight-day tour of eight cities, in three countries , Mr Peter Obi was in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday and there he told Nigerians that it will take only one visionary leadership and disruptive thinker for Nigeria to be put back on the right trajectory.

At a dinner/lecture event where he spoke on the topic – Active Engagement by Nigeria Diaspora in Capacity Building and Civic Leadership In Nigeria, Mr Obi said he is certain that with robust diaspora support, his government can fix Nigeria.

“As we explore ways and means of tapping in on technology transfer from the Diaspora, we will also explore ways of reversing the enormous brain drain that has been debilitating for our country.

“Like India, Nigeria should be able to tap her huge Diaspora human resource to ensure technology transfer home. We will trigger every known technological and knowledge transfer initiator. Nigeria’s brain drain will be turned into brain gain.

“I see Diaspora remittances as the new normal and becoming Nigeria’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). In 2021 Nigeria’s foreign direct investment (FDI) was a paltry $4.8 billion compared to Diaspora remittances.

“First, with $20 billion in remittances in 2021, Nigeria ranks 6th behind the top five recipient countries. Expert assessments are indicative that given the huge Nigerians in the Diaspora population, the country has the potential of receiving from the Diaspora, annual remittances of about $60b, which translates to about 14% of our total GDP.

“Most of you are not here by choice. If things were better at home, you won’t be here. But your role remains important in nation building.

“The Nigeria Diaspora has the capacity and therefore, must have a voice. By 2027 elections, Nigeria Diaspora must have a voice via absentee ballots.

“Nigerian Diaspora, represent a broad segment of Nigeria’s human development capital. With that population, the Diaspora family can catapult any nation to greatness. Regrettably, Nigeria is yet to harness fully the huge benefits of the Diaspora potential.

“Beyond their vital role of sending foreign remittances back home, the Diaspora are increasingly involved in advancing technology and skill transfer, strengthening democracy, opening up global supply chains, trade and foreign direct investment, education and research as well as healthcare delivery.

“Cognizant of the critical role national Diasporas can play, some countries have set up full ministries, departments, or agencies to engage their nationals in the Diaspora,” Mr obi enunciated.

He said with the LP at the helms of affairs, his team will aggressively pursue human capital development in the education and health sectors within available resources; with a view to adopting pertinent global best practices in both sectors.

“We will pursue aggressively modalities for raising the national internet penetration, as well as increased contribution of ICT to overall economic growth aid national development.

“Bolstering our power sector is imperative. We intend to lay special emphasis on critical infrastructure, especially Power, to ensure a clear measurable increase of 200% of today’s generation, transmission and distribution, within the shortest possible time through public-private partnership,” he added.

The former Anambra State governor while contending that Nigeria is at crossroads and ravaging insecurity, largely inflicted by non-state actors is fast threatening the nation’s sovereignty, said his administration will tackle insecurity robustly, through an aggressive increase in personnel and equipment and inclusive training of operatives in our security agencies.

“We will tweak the security architecture, by offering each arm or agency lead in areas where they have a comparative advantage.

“The relevant security architecture, institutions and agencies exist. The supporting national security enabling documents and strategies also exist. The problem is with policy coherence, coordination and implementation.

“We will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and properties; and emphasize patriotism, national interest, and national morale, quality of government, political will and character, which are all complimentary to the other assets.

“Nigeria today is not the Nigeria our founding fathers contemplated nor is it the Nigeria of our dreams, neither is it what the Nigerian youths hope and yearn for, which all suggests that Nigerians must fight for a new Nigeria.”

Furthermore, the LP flagbearer said the nation is vastly polarized and wracked by deep divisions along religious, ethnic and regional lines.

He emphasized that there is a staggering level of corruption, and the nation’s woes are compounded by situations like universities remaining closed for six months while the healthcare system remains almost moribund and power generation and distribution linger at an all-time low.

Mr obi inferred that thinking through 2023 and beyond, Nigerians must think seriously about a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment.

“The 4 Cs, will be required to turn Nigeria around,” he underscored.

He said his team’s vision and mission is to give full expression to Nigeria’s democracy by moving the country from consumption to production.

Bad Leadership Has Seriously Damaged Nigeria, We Must Rescue Our Country – Peter Obi

 

Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, is of the opinion that bad leadership has seriously damaged Nigeria.

The former Anambra State governor said it is time for Nigerians to rescue the country and put an end to bad governance.

Obi made these assertions on Sunday in Toronto, Canada, where he engaged Nigerians resident in Canada in an interactive townhall session regarding the future of Nigeria.

Speaking on his political drive for 2023 and what he and his team will do to transform the nation, Mr Obi said the vision and mission is to give full expression to “our democracy by moving our country from consumption to production”.


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In transforming the economy, the former governor disclosed that his party “intends to make it (the economy) more productive, thus creating employment and prosperity for millions of youths, reducing poverty in the land, and addressing issues of criminality and insecurity.

“We will aggressively pursue human capital development in the education and health sectors with available resources, while striving to adopt best global practices.

“We will have zero tolerance for corruption and will cut the cost of governance. Total commitment to transparency and accountability in government business is the only credible way to achieve limited to zero corruption.

“We will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and properties, through an aggressive increase in personnel and equipment, and inclusive training of operatives in our security agencies.

“We will emphasize patriotism, national interest and national morale, quality of governance, political will, and character as complementary to others. We will ensure that we have these assets in place and stress asset optimization,” Obi explained.

Adding that his team intends to “lay special emphasis on critical infrastructures, especially Power, to ensure a clear measurable increase of today’s generation, transmission and distribution by 200% within the shortest possible time, through public-private partnership.

“We will aggressively pursue increased contribution of ICT to overall economic growth & national development.”

Furthermore, Mr Obi said  the Nigerian Diaspora represents a broad segment of Nigeria’s human development capital, noting that with that population, the diaspora family has the capacity to catapult any nation to greatness.

According to him, the Nigeria Diaspora has the capacity, and therefore must have a commensurate voice.

“By the 2027 elections, Nigeria Diaspora must have a voice via absentee ballots,” the LP’s flagbearer declared.

He was optimistic that under his leadership, Africa will remain the centrepiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy, stressing that his administration will improve Nigeria’s diplomatic sphere of influence via peacekeeping, trade, and investment initiatives.

Youth Unemployment Is Worse Than Time Bomb, Says Olu Of Warri

The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, is crowned the 21st ruler of the Warri Kingdom on August 21, 2021.

 

The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III has lamented over the level of youth unemployment in the country, saying it is worse than a time bomb waiting to explode.

The monarch, who was a guest on Channels Television’s current affairs programme, Newsnight which was teased on Sunday, linked youth unemployment to the current security challenges bedeviling Africa’s most populous nation.

“I don’t even know if calling it a ticking time bomb is appropriate anymore because it is getting so close,” the monarch stated.

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While giving the unemployment rate at over 30 percent, he said: “We have a very young population. These young men and women have energy and they have time. If they are not using their energy and time in a productive direction, then you can be sure it is going to be in a counterproductive direction.

“It is just simple logic. While it is not a situation that is unique to Nigeria, we have to embrace any and every creative measure once again within the legal framework that engages these young men and women.”

He called on leaders to guide young Nigerians, warning that if steps are not taken to tackle the rising unemployment among youths, the unemployment rate could hit 40%.

On the worsening insecurity in the country, the Olu asked the Federal Government to carry the traditional institutions along.

According to him, traditional rulers are put in place for the overall good of Nigeria and the masses.

The Olu explained that there was a time Nigeria’s constitution recognised the roles of traditional rulers within their respective domains.

“I think a lot has to be considered with an open mind, we have a constitution as it is. A lot will argue that it is flawed and certain things were omitted, but that is fine.

“But those who put it together put it together with the best they had available to them. I believe constitutions should be living and breathing documents. With time, when it glaring to all without a shadow of a doubt that changes need to be made, I think everybody should come together and say how can we make a change that improves on what previously existed.

“There was once a constitution that officially recognised our role as traditional rulers. I think it is gradually going back in that direction. It is being considered and I will encourage that,” he added.

I Hope Terrorists Will Understand Nigeria’s Problem Is To Be Productive – Buhari  

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari speaking in Katsina State on July 19, 2021. Credit: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday met with serving corps members in his Daura country home of Katsina State, saying he hopes terrorists wreaking havoc will realise the nation’s problem is to be productive.

Receiving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Buhari said regular interface and a broader vision of Nigeria as a whole will improve relationships, especially among the youths.

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He advised Nigerian youths to look beyond culture, ethnicity and religion in relating with one another, urging more travel, mingling, tolerance and negotiations to appreciate the rich diversity of the country.

“I hope the rest of Nigerians that are making trouble, the terrorists and so on, will understand that Nigeria’s problem is people to be productive in terms of producing the food we eat, look at when we closed our borders for about two years, stopped the importation of rice, a lot of people had gone back to the land and they haven’t regretted it, we are now feeding ourselves and some rice being exported. So this is my objective and I am achieving it,” he stated.

“My only problem is that there are still people who really benefit from killing other people and stealing and so on.”

The President said the NYSC scheme broadened the horizon for many over the years and reduced the tensions and misunderstandings that exist between strangers.

He asked the youth corps to keep expanding their views on life and opportunities, and avoid the limitations of culture, ethnicity, and religion by exploring technology to network, even beyond borders, ensure personal development, and a more competitive means of livelihood.

“It’s very good for Nigerian seeing that Corps members posted to Maiduguri, Sokoto, or here in Katsina State.

“Before NYSC, there were people of Lagos who had never gone out of the Lagos island, and then they found themselves in Maiduguri, or Sokoto or here, I think is very very good for Nigeria.

“Nigeria is so vast culturally, ethnically and religiously, and we have to learn tolerance with each other.

“So I congratulated you for coming here to the other end of Nigeria from wherever you come, I wish you a successful NYSC camp.

“Now we are into a time if you cooperate with technology because government job is no longer there,” the President added.

Eid-El-Kabir: Muslims Observe Prayers At Eid Grounds

File photo of Muslims marking the Eid prayers in Abuja, Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

 

Nigerian Muslims have joined their counterparts across the globe to celebrate the 2023 Eid-El-Adha also known as Eid-El Kabir.

The annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca by hundreds of millions of Muslims.

It is usually celebrated with prayers offered on the Eid ground, followed by the slaughter of goats, sheep and cattle in commemoration of the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to Allah.

In Katsina, President Muhammadu Buhari arrived his country home, the Daura area of the north-western state for the Eid-el- Kabir on Friday evening.

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He had earlier arrived at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina, from where he was flown to the ancient town in a helicopter.

Hundreds of residents from within and outside the town attended the two Rak’at prayers, including the President and his son, Yusuf and the Emir of Daura, HRH Umar Faruk Umar as well as other top-ranking personalities.

The two Rak’at prayers led by Imam Safiyanu Yusuf Dansanwai at Kofar Arewa Eid Prayer Ground commenced at about 10:00 am and rounded up at about 10:05 am.

Also in attendance were traditional and religious leaders including the ward, village and district heads as well as members of the business and political communities in Daura.

President Buhari eventually slaughtered his ram meant for sacrifice.

In Muslim parlance, the festival is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar because it is an occasion to celebrate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Isma’il, in submission to Allah’s command.

In commemoration of this intervention, an animal, usually, a ram, is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts.

One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home and the third portion is given to relatives.

As usual, after performing the two Rak’at Eid-El Kabir prayers and the ritual sacrifice, people come out mostly in northern states to watch the historic Durbar otherwise called Hawan Sallah, the durbar of which has been cancelled by both Katsina and Daura Emirates.

Earlier before the commencement of the prayer, security was beefed up at the Kofar Arewa Eid prayer ground in Daura.

Security personnel from the Police, the Army, the DSS, the NSCDC and other sister security agencies stormed the Eid Prayer Ground to give maximum security for the President, his entourage and other worshippers attending the Eid Prayer.

Channels Television observed that the entire parameter fencing of the Eid Prayer Ground was completely surrounded by a team of security personnel deployed by their various agencies with movements of vehicles including bicycles restricted in the area.

2023 Elections: Collect Your PVCs And Vote, EU Charges Nigerians

A logo for the European Union

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the European Union has charged Nigerians to get their Permanent Voter Cards, register and vote on the election day.

The EU gave the charge on Tuesday via a statement issued by its press officer, Modestus Chukwulaka, pledging to support the mobilisation of voters to fully participate in the polls.

The EU delegation said it will embark on the “Youth Vote Count Campaign 2.0, organised in collaboration with INEC, YIAGA and other civil society organisations in the framework of EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN).”

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“As Nigeria will go to the polls for its seventh general elections since the return to civilian rule, the EU Delegation encourages eligible voters, and youth in particular, to register and collect their PVCs (Permanent Voter Card) and to turn out on election day!” the statement partly read.

It said a mega-concert will take place on Saturday 25th June in Abuja with the participation of celebrities and influencers to encourage voters’ participation, following one of such which was held in Lagos on 11th June.

On the Ekiti election, the union congratulated all stakeholders and the people of the state on a largely peaceful poll.

This is even as it commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on improved logistics, including early deployment of personnel and essential materials in the majority of the polling units, better functioning of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and efficient electronic transmission of polling unit results to INEC’s results viewing portal.

While noting that the improvement augurs well for the 2023 general elections, the EU encouraged voters, and in particular the youth and women, to sustain their participation beyond the elections by holding candidates accountable for their campaign promises.

Ekiti Election: Oyebanji’s Victory Shows APC Is Accepted By Nigerians – Buhari

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is of the opinion that the victory of Biodun Oyebanji at the just concluded governorship race in Ekiti State, is a signal that Nigerians accept the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Oyebanji was declared winner of the election within the early hours of Sunday, having polled  a total of 187,057 votes to defeat his two closest challengers – Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Bisi Kolawole of the People’s Democratic Party.

Reacting to the win, President Buhari congratulated the governor-elect via a statement, noting that the victory is well deserved considering Oyebanji’s contributions to the development of the State and the party, before his nomination as the standard bearer.


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Buhari further urged him, however, to be magnanimous in victory in the interest of the people of the State.

The president also rejoiced with the APC chairman, Abdulahi Adamu, and the National Working Committee for the victory, which is the first under the tenure of the newly elected executives of the party.

“This is a good beginning for you and your team. The APC is getting stronger and more united. The victory of our party in Ekiti is an indication of the confidence of Nigerians in the ability of our great party to deliver quality governance to all,” said the President.

He charged all APC members across and outside the country to see this as a good omen for the 2023 general elections and work assiduously to ensure the party’s victory, continuing the trend with Osun State next month July.

President Buhari also felicitated with the people of Ekiti State for the smooth conduct of the election, affirming that they are the real victors as they have been able to freely choose their leader for the next four years.

He lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission and the law enforcement agencies for the preparations put in place, urging them to keep the momentum for upcoming elections.

We’ll Continue To Defend Interests Of All Our Law-Abiding Citizens Abroad – Buhari

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration will continue to defend the interest of law-abiding Nigerians abroad.

He stated this during a meeting with Nigerians living in Spain on the sidelines of his official visit, pledging that Nigeria will continue to defend the interests of its nationals living abroad.

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“Some of you are engaged in other businesses that have enhanced your socio-economic status, both here and at home. More importantly, through your commitment to your various callings, you have enhanced the name and image of our country, thereby, earning Nigeria respect in Spain,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his media aide, Femi Adesina.

“Many of you are here for different reasons, some for a fulfilling career in sports, especially in football from where you earn respectable incomes to sustain yourselves as well as maintain your extended families in Nigeria including investments back home.

“I have also been informed of how law-abiding you are here in Spain. I wish to encourage you to continue to be role models for our youth back home as well as sustain the image of being excellent Ambassadors of Nigeria in Spain and live peacefully in the various communities in which you reside here.”

The Diaspora team, which met with the President included John Bosco, President of the association, his deputy, Richard Omoregbe; Super Eagles player who plies his trade with Leganes FC, Madrid, Kenneth Omeruo; Obinna Okafor, a football agent, Mohammed Bashir; a student of Aviation, Segun Adedoyin, studying Global Affairs, and Bright Omorodion, a businessman.

President Buhari told the Nigerians, whom he described as ambassadors of the country in Spain that “some of you are engaged in other businesses that have enhanced your socio-economic status, both here and at home. More importantly, through your commitment to your various callings, you have enhanced the name and image of our country, thereby, earning Nigeria’s respect in Spain”.

Senior government officials with the President at the event, apart from NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, were Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Ademola Seriki, and Special Assistant to the President on Sports, Daniel Amokachie.

Omeruo presented President Buhari with a football and jersey in appreciation of the Nigerian leader’s support for sports, especially the Super Eagles.

Electoral Act: Our Message Is To Convince Nigerians That Their Votes Will Count – Omo-Agege

 

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Tuesday said the passage of the Electoral Act by the National Assembly is to pass a message, convincing Nigerians that their votes will count.

The Deputy Senate President, who is also an All Progressives Congress’ governorship aspirant, addressed his supporters in Ughelli North of Delta State, where he insisted that the act was enacted by the National Assembly and duly assented to by President Buhari.

According to him, people have been misinformed about the Act, stating that the introduction of a bimodal system of voting would foster transparency as well as ensure a fair and credible electoral process for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

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“In the course of my remarks, I did try to give assurances to our people that because of the new electoral regime that has been enthroned with the passage of the new Electoral Act, the way and manner we have been cheated in the past will no longer be the case because based on the provisions of the Electoral Act,” he said.

“We are now pretty much guaranteed a fair level of transparency in the process to the extent that most of the toxic votes that have emanated from a lot of places including but not limited to the local government of the sitting governor – Ika North East – a local government that has produced about 65,000, sometimes 73,000 votes in the past when we know that the actual voters there are not any more than 25,000.

“We are celebrating the passage of the Electoral Act because going forward, no vote will count unless that vote is a product of accreditation using the new advanced technology. And that was the message we tried to convey to our people that this time that their votes will count.”

The National Assembly on January 31 transmitted the bill to President Muhammadu Buhari who signed it into law on February 25.