Presidency Reacts To Endorsement Of 2019 Elections By 60 Parties

President Buhari Mourns Veteran Industrialist, Emmanuel Adesoye
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The Presidency has reacted to the endorsement of the 2019 presidential elections by 60 presidential candidates and chairmen of their parties.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said the presidential candidates have displayed a sense of patriotism, urging the opposition party to accept the loss with grace and maturity.

“We are encouraged by the patriotism of the Presidential Candidates expressed in clear and matured language. We are convinced that regardless of our different political persuasions we can work together to improve electoral integrity in Nigeria,’’ Shehu said.

While agreeing with the Joint Forum that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) experienced setbacks from the beginning, the presidential spokesman, however, commended the electoral body for the smooth conduct of the exercise.

Shehu believes that “INEC managed to produce an election in which the voice of the ordinary people counted. Democracy is founded on the will of the people and INEC did well to ensure this outcome was achieved in the 2019 elections.’’

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Speaking on the attitude of politicians during elections, the presidency stated that “do-or-die politics is a threat to the success of electoral laws and democracy.”

According to the presidential aide, “the success of democracy does not only depend on electoral laws but a member of the joint forum of the 60 political parties and chairmen of parties that the President will not spare any effort in signing the Electoral Act into law after looking into it.”

The presidency’s reaction comes hours after G-60 Forum) had passed a vote of confidence on INEC’s conduct of the 2019 general elections across the country.

Chairman of the G-60 Forum, Shittu Muhammed, said in a press conference on Tuesday that INEC’s server controversy was a deliberate ploy to destroy the integrity of our electoral process.

Parties Should Nominate More Women In Politics, Says Itodo

 

 

Co-convener of the Not Too Young To Run campaign, Samson Itodo, has asked political parties in Nigeria to understand the importance of women representation in public offices.

Itodo who was guest on Channels TV News at 10, said that parties should take the initiative of nominating women who aspire to run for office, instead of burying their ambitions.

He added that political parties who turned down women in the 2019 General elections should bury their heads in shame.

I dont think we have to wait for women to push for more representation, I think our political parties should bury their heads in shame with the number of women that get party nominations.

A lot of women aspired to run for office, but how did the parties actually treat them? For some of them, they didnt avail them forms for purchase, some of them were asked to bury their ambitions because they are women.

Political parties must understand that for progress as a society, they need to involve women, he said.

He urged members of the National Assembly to ensure that they pass legislation that will encourage more participation of women and people living with disabilities.

The 9th Assembly has the responsibility to ensure that the equal opportunities bill as well as other legislation that encourage and increase women participation is passed and that is a legacy they must leave behind and people living with disabilities in the political process.

On the issue of youths representation in public offices, Itodo said that the figures achieved so far is minute compared to the over 1000 elective offices.

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He added that with a massive representation of young people in leadership, there will be a new paradigm in legislative governance.

We are so happy that in some states, young people are emerging into leadership positions.

It places a huge burden, these young people have got some value that they bring to the table and we wont see a new paradigm in legislative governance because its a minute figure, considering the fact that there are over 1558 elective offices that were contested for in the 2019 general election.

Itodo added that the new batch of leaders will have a generational burden of performance if their performances are not impactful.

We are very concerned; there is a lot of pressure since their emergence because these young people in leadership position have that generational burden of performing because their performance will impact on the number of young people that are given more opportunities to run for public office.

We are very optimistic that these new leaders that have emerged will perform and change the business of public governance, noted.

2019 Elections: Police, Political Parties Sign Peace Accord In Ogun

2019 Elections: Police, Political Parties Sign Peace Accord In Ogun

 

The Ogun State Police Command has entered into an agreement with leaders of various political parties in the state to ensure peaceful coexistence in the build-up to the general elections in 2019.

The peace accord signing ceremony held on Thursday at the Police Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the state capital.

Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, told the audience at the event that the signing of the agreement to ensure peace before, during, and after the elections.

He advised the leadership of various political parties in the state to call their members to order and be of good behaviour.

The police commissioner assured them that the command was already putting necessary measures in place to ensure the success of the polls.

He added that the police would ensure a level-playing ground for all parties fielding candidates and warned youths to avoid being used as political thugs for the elections.

Mr Iliyasu also asked the political parties to play by the rules of the game by exploring an internal mechanism to resolve their grievances in order not to heat up the polity.

Utomi Describes Nigerian Political Parties As ‘Machines To Rig Elections’

Utomi Describes Nigerian Political Parties As 'Machines To Rig Elections'
Professor Pat Utomi

 

A former presidential candidate and founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Professor Pat Utomi, believes political parties are mere apparatuses to doctor the outcomes of elections in Nigeria.

Professor Utomi, who a guest on Channels Television’s special political programme, observed that the country needs a social movement to bring its people into a certain commitment to the political process.

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“I belong to one and I can tell you we do not have political parties in Nigeria,” he said during the latest episode of Roadmap 2019 with Ladi Akeredolu-Ale on Monday.

“Political parties matter but we have refused to build political parties; what we have done is that we have created machines to rig elections.”

The professor of political economy noted further that Nigerian parties lack certain objectives, including ideas and how to govern a people to achieve a certain goal.

He added that such situation has compounded the problem of oligopoly in party organisation and called on politicians in the country create parties that would encourage citizens’ participation and public engagement.

He also stressed the need to prevent the nation’s political system from falling, noting that Nigeria has yet to practice democracy since the return to civil rule in almost 20 years.

Utomi was worried about the future of the country, saying the present leaders do not seem to have given the youths the needed support to play key roles in the affairs of the country.

“The future frightens me; it frightens me because we’re at the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution. Five years from now, many of us are going to be moving around in driverless cars – there will be essentially machines doing most of the jobs that we are doing today.

“Our country doesn’t seem to even have begun discussing the subject, not to talk of developing a strategy for it and this is what I expect politicians to be doing,” he said.

Osun LG Poll: Violence Erupts In Some Wards As Political Parties Trade Blames

As the Election into Local Government councils holds in 71 wards across the state, the polling unit of Iremo, Ward III in Ife Central, Ife was disrupted with violence as there were shootings by some suspected political thugs.

The hoodlums were reported to have stormed the ward shooting sporadically into the air to scare voters.

The Chairman of Accord party in Osun State, Olusegun Fanibe speaking with Channels Television alleged that the voting process was marred by the thugs allegedly sent by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Fanibe kicked against the whole process saying, “I can name the OSIEC as a total fraud. Before now, I reserved my comments because I wanted to see how today is going to be. I don’t know what this particular OSIEC stands for.

“Today’s election is a total mess. Accord Party joins to contest in the election not because we trust the government or we trust in OSIEC but our purpose is to represent the people so we take the chance of coming out giving the incumbent a benefit of doubt. We have gotten several opinions from the people that we should not bother ourselves but I don’t want to believe that until it happened today,” he said.

He claimed further that the political thugs arrived Modakeke as early as 3:14 am in a white minibus. The political according to Fanibe went to where election materials were kept carting away the sensitive materials.

Meanwhile, Senator Babajide Omoworare refuted the claims of Accord Party saying, he can’t do such thing in the ward that he came from.

He maintained that the success of the election is his pride but the Accord Party has disrupted the exercise knowing that APC will win at the polling units.

INEC Issues Certificate Of Registration To 21 New Parties

INEC, Anambra

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday issued certificates of registration to 21 newly registered political parties.

This brings the number of political parties in Nigeria to 68.

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Speaking at the event, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu appealed to political parties to adhere strictly to the 2019 Election timetable released by the Commission on Tuesday.

He warned that the commission will not hesitate to reject the submission of any party that violates the timelines for the 2019 election.

INEC Registers 21 New Political Parties

INEC Registers 21 New Political Parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered 21 new political parties, taking the number of registered parties in Nigeria to 67.

The decision was taken on Thursday during the weekly meeting of the electoral body held at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

A statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, May Agbamuche-Mbu, said the parties were registered after they fulfilled the requirements provided by the constitution.

They are All Blending Party (ABP), All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Coalition for Change (C4C), Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), and Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN).

Others are Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP), Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), Modern Democratic Party (MDP), National Interest Party (NIP), National Rescue Mission (NRM), and New Progressive Movement (NPM).

Also registered are Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), People Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL), People’s Trust (PT), Providence People’s Congress (PPC), Re-Build Nigeria Party (RBNP), Restoration Party of Nigeria (RP), and Sustainable National Party (SNP).

The statement said the meeting also took decisions on the findings on the allegation of double registration by Kogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, and the outstanding Anambra central Senatorial re-run election.

On the issue of double registration, it said: “The commission set up a panel of investigation into the involvement of staff in the matter. The initial report submitted by the panel was referred to the Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee, which made recommendations to the Commission.

“While the Governor of Kogi State currently enjoys immunity from prosecution, the commission took the following decisions in respect of its own staff: summary dismissal of two staff for acts of gross misconduct; immediate and compulsory retirement of an electoral officer for act of gross misconduct.”

On the Anambra re-run election, the statement added: “It will be recalled that following the judgment of the Court of Appeal, the commission announced that the outstanding election to fill the vacant seat for the Anambra Central Senatorial District would take place on January 13, 2018.

“However, the attention of the commission has been drawn to the judgement of the Federal High Abuja on the issue, delivered on December 13, 2017. The commission has applied for the Certified True Copy of the judgement to enable us to take a decision.”

INEC Doesn’t Have Capacity For Prosecution – Soyebi

INEC Doesn’t Have Capacity For Prosecution – Soyebi
Solomon Soyebi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has no capacity to prosecute erring political parties.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Solomon Soyebi, stated this on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“I will admit that we don’t really have the capacity for prosecution but all we can do is what we are doing,” he said.

“We’ve alerted them (political parties) and just like what we do to the audit of their accounts, we will make all the submissions to the National Assembly as stipulated by the law.”

Aside from their finances, Soyebi criticised the activities of some political parties which he said were against the Constitution, saying about 17 of them do not have addresses in the Federal Capital Territory as stipulated by the law.

He said, “A whopping 18 (parties) don’t even have the right composition as stipulated by law in their national executives – all these were the things we brought out to them for immediate correction. We are not going to let these lie, we’ll make sure that we don’t rest until there is compliance.”

The INEC National Commissioner, however, warned that the Commission would not hesitate to sanction erring political parties by deregistering them.

According to him, although the judiciary might review the decision in some cases, INEC is “looking very seriously at the clauses of deregistration”.

“The court could bring them back but we will still fulfil our own constitutional responsibilities. There are rules (guarding against) defaulting and I’m telling you it’s just moving towards deregistration.”

Soyebi also hinted that the Commission is working tirelessly to ensure success in the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

He informed that 108 political parties have applied for registration, out of which five were recently registered with the return of one by a court order, and 17 others in advanced stages of registration.

“In the next five weeks, we want to assure you that those that merit registration will still come onboard,” he said.

“So you will not be surprised that before we have the 2019 elections, we could be talking of about 60 or more political parties contesting.”

Osoba Advocates Internal Democracy Among Political Parties

Osoba Advocates Internal Democracy Among Political Parties
Olusegun Osoba

A former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, has advocated for an internal democracy within various political parties in Nigeria.

The former governor stressed that any political party which lacks internal democracy would lose out during the 2019 general elections.

He stated this on Wednesday while addressing some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his house in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Osoba also warned that any party that presents a candidate who is not acceptable to the people at the grassroots would suffer defeat.

He asked all governorship candidates in Ogun APC to take their campaign train to the hinterlands, stressing the need for people in government to align with their party faithful.

The former governor added that the party in the state has not zoned the governorship slot to any area as all interests would be opened to negotiation, including those that recently defected to the party.

INEC Issues Certificates To New Political Parties

INEC Considers Solar-Powered Devices For Voter Registration, OthersThe Independent National Electoral Commission has issued certificates to the five new political it registered last week.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, speaking in Abuja, urged the parties to operate according to the electoral laws and guidelines or risk being de-registered.

He also urged the parties to ensure they run an all-inclusive system of administration that caters for all categories of persons in the country.

The commission had announced the registration of the parties on Wednesday last week, bringing the number of registered parties in the country to 45.

The parties are Young Progressive Party (YPP); Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA); New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP); All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).

The commission said 95 associations had applied for registration as political parties, but it approved five applications which met the constitutional requirements for registration.

Two out of the associations that applied for registration had voluntarily withdrawn their request and the remaining 88 are still undergoing processing and verification, according to the commission.

INEC Registers Five New Political Parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered five new political parties.

According to the Commission, 95 associations applied for registration as political parties, but it approved five applications which met the constitutional requirements for registration.

The parties are Young Progressive Party (YPP); Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA); New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP); All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).

INEC’s National Commissioner in Charge of Information and Communication, Mr Adedeji Soyebi, disclosed this today at the end of a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners and other stakeholders in Kaduna State.

Mr Soyebi, who said two out of the 95 associations that applied for registration voluntarily withdrew their request, the remaining 88 are still undergoing processing and verification.

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The National Commissioner also announced that a total of 760,989 persons have so far been registered across the country in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise, made up of 59.5 percent males and 40.5 percent females.

According to him, 31,808 persons have collected their permanent voter cards while 34,560 others applied for the transfer of polling units.

INEC also said it would decentralise the continuous voter registration to area level from August 10 to 16 in view of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State.

It added that the same consideration shall be given to Ekiti and Osun states which have governorship elections in 2018.

The commission, however, said that due to budgetary constraints, it would not be able to decentralise the CVR to the registration area (ward) level

Mr Soyebi disclosed that during the meeting, which reviewed the CVR, among other things, the Commission received and considered submissions from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as reports from some accredited observers of the CVR exercise.

 

Benue LG Election Set For Sept. 3, 2016

Benue State, LG electionThe Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), has fixed September 3, 2016 for the conduct of local government election which was last held in November 2012.

Chairman of the Commission, Mr John Tswua, announced the date at a stakeholders’ meeting with representatives of political parties and traditional rulers.

The commission says it is depending on those present for a peaceful conduct of the election in their domain.

The BSIEC Chairman believes that the successful conduct of election is a function of all the stakeholders’ efforts.

The main opposition party, People Democratic Party (PDP) is convinced the commission will be fair to all in the build up to the election.