The Ministers Were Not Asked The Right Questions, Godson Okoye Insists

 

The National Chairman of the UDP and National Secretary Coalition for New Nigeria, Chief Godson Okoye has said that the ministers designate were not asked the right question during the ministerial screening.

Chief Okoye who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, stressed that, “The key question that anybody that should be a Minister of Nigeria should be asked was not asked! And that is, ‘where is your family?’ going by the wordings of the old book, ‘wherever a man’s treasure is, that’s where his heart is’ and of course I should believe every man’s treasure should be his family.”

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Okoye stated that the only way the public institutions can be driven is to ensure that the drivers of those institutions have a personal feeling of what they are doing.

“We must make public institutions work. And the only way they can work is that the operators have a personal feeling of what they are doing. If they don’t have that personal touch and they are just like garbage in garbage out, none of them will move anywhere. There should be something that makes them believe that this can get to them,” Okoye stressed.

The UDP Chairman added that “There is need for massive improvement, there is need for massive expansion in a whole lot of places. Most of these things are driven from the home, everybody talks about discipline, when people are not disciplined from home, that’s how we create the problems that we are seeing”.

Okoye noted that the public institutions must work for the good of the masses.

“These public institutions must work, because any society that cannot protect and provide for the poor that are many, cannot provide for the rich that are few,”he said.

INEC Guidelines, Zakari’s Appointment, Without New Electoral Act Is Equal To ‘Compromised Election’ – UDP

 

The United Democratic Party (UDP) has criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for releasing the procedures for voting in the general elections.

National Chairman of the party, Mr Godson Okoye, accused the electoral umpire of not carrying the stakeholders along properly before making such decision.

He also faulted the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the collation centre committee chairperson and the rejection of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“My party’s opinion is this guideline plus (the appointment of Mrs) Amina Zakari minus the Electoral Act, it is equal to a compromised election,” Okoye alleged.

“You don’t even need to be a lawyer that this document if it is left as it is according to my party; it is just a manual for rigging and the absence of the new Electoral Act.”

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INEC Guidelines, Zakari's Appointment, Without New Electoral Act Is Equal To 'Compromised Election' – UDP
UDP National Chairman, Mr Godson Okoye.

 

INEC had published an article entitled ‘How To Vote’ on its website to highlighted seven procedures the electorate should follow in casting their votes on the day of elections.

But the UDP chairman insisted that there was no part of the Constitution which empowered the electoral body to make laws for its own use.

According to him, INEC has a responsibility to consult with political parties as “the critical stakeholders” in elections before certain decisions can be made.

“At the highpoint of 2015 elections, parties said the election should be shifted. Did INEC conduct election on that day? They listened to political parties,” Okoye said.

“They said seven procedures for election; who did they consult before they brought that? Are these procedures they are bringing part of these guidelines?”

He explained that one of the major reasons why the “system does not work” was because some people were “insensitive” to the opinion of others.

The UDP chairman said his part got information from INEC that it would be meeting with political parties four days to the event.

Having stated this, he claimed that some party representatives raised issues with the guidelines before the electoral body went ahead to publish the voting procedures.

“If you are making a proposal, you are consulting. Is INEC going to field candidates? Are they going to be the ones sponsoring candidates’ election?” Okoye asked.

“For goodness sake, if we want this system to work, if we want these guidelines to work, political parties must be listened to.”

Court Suspends Proceedings Of Suit Challenging Use OF Card Reader

card readerA Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an order of stay of proceedings in a suit challenging the plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the electronic card reader machine in Nigeria’s forthcoming general elections.

The trail judge, Justice A‎deniyi Ademola, said the order of stay of proceedings is to subsist pending the determination of an appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some other defendants challenging a March 13 ruling of the court.

The APC had appealed against the decision of Justice Ademola abridging the time within which parties are to respond to the suit.

‎Apart from the APC, other respondents in the suit are the Civil Empowerment and Rule of Law Support Initiative and the Fiscal and Civil Rights Enlightenment Foundation.

Justice Ademola held that it was appropriate to grant the order of stay of proceedings since the APC, through its counsel, Mr Lateef Fagbemi, had shown proof that it had filed its appeal and application for stay of proceedings before the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on March 2 refused an application brought by four registered political parties, seeking to restrain the electoral commission from using the Smart Card Reader in the conduct of the general elections.

The United Democratic Party, Action Alliance, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria and Alliance for Democracy filed the suit.

The parties, through their counsel Alex Iziyon, told the court that the proposed use of the card reader was contrary to the provisions of the constitution, as well as the amended 2010 Electoral Act.

In the suit, the political parties challenged the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to introduce a process not specifically provided for in the constitution, as it prepares for the rescheduled polls.

Court Refuses To Make Interim Order Against Use Of Card Readers

card readersA Federal High Court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has refused an application brought by four registered political parties, seeking to restrain the electoral commission from using Smart Card Readers in the conduct of the general elections.

The United Democratic Party, Action Alliance, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria and Alliance for Democracy filed the suit.

The parties, through their counsel Alex Iziyon, told the court that the proposed use of the readers was contrary to the provisions of the constitution, as well as the amended 2010 Electoral Act.

In the suit, the political parties challenged the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to introduce a process not specifically provided for in the constitution, as it prepares for the rescheduled polls.

Mr Iziyon told the court that the Electoral Act, in section 52(1), prohibited electronic voting, but that the electoral body had gone ahead to introduce electronic voter’s card reader.

The counsel urged the court to temporarily restrain the INEC from implementing the use of the card reader machine in the forthcoming elections, pending the determination of the suit.

He further urged the court to bridge the time within which INEC would be allowed to file a response, in view of the nature of the case which according to him had a robust electoral jurisprudence.

In his ruling on the exparte motion, the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, noted that the political parties had shown that they had legal rights, showing that the case is triable, but observed that the parties would not suffer any irreparable harm if the electoral body is given the opportunity to be heard before the interim orders being sought could be granted.

Consequently, the court declined to make any interim orders against INEC on the proposed use of the Smart Card Readers.

However, it abridged the time for INEC to file its response to four days, after receiving court papers on the matter.

Hearing on the substantive motion on notice was thereafter adjourned until Tuesday, Mar 10.

INEC To Test Card reader

In a statement on Monday, the INEC said it will conduct a field testing of the functionality of the Smart Card Readers to be deployed for the accreditation of voters on Election Day. The General Elections was re-scheduled for March 28 and April 11.

According to the Commission’s Decision Extract issued on February 26 and signed by the Director of the Commission’s Secretariat, Ishiaku Gali, the field testing will take place in two states of each of the six geopolitical zones of the federation.

He said the testing would take place simultaneously on Saturday, March 7.

The states selected for the exercise are: Ekiti and Lagos, South West; Anambra and Ebonyi, South East; Delta and Rivers, South South; Kano and Kebbi, North West; Bauchi and Taraba, North East; Niger and Nasarawa, North Central.