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ADC chair, Nwosu emerges IPAC’s acting President

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National Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC) Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu, Friday, emerged the Acting President of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) with a vow to reconcile all the aggrieved parties in the Council.

Nwosu who spoke at the inauguration of the Central Management Committee of IPAC at its headquarters in Abuja on Friday, said he was determined to settle squabbles within the political parties before the next general election of the Council slated for next four months.

Nwosu lamented that the country’s democracy is presently going through some form revaluation to rediscover its original objective and goal.

He said that the current do or die politics in the country must be changed if anything good and enduring is to come out our democracy.

According to him, “The country’s democracy is undergoing revaluation and efforts should be to get it back to the original intent so that the country can make real progress,” he said.

He said that the key role of the council is help build harmony among political parties and to always try to moderate political temperature.

He assured that the new management team will work hard to restore peace harmonious relationship between parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Earlier in his hand over speech, the immediate past President of IPAC and now Secretary General of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Peter Ameh charged the Nwosu-led management committee to conduct a free, fair and credible election for the council at the National and State levels and be responsible for the day to day running of the Council affairs within four months of their engagement.

Ameh whose tenure in office ended yesterday, September 4, thanked its members for standing by the Council to protect and defend the Country’s democratic process.

The names of members of the IPAC Central Management Committee include , Ralph Okey Nwosu – Chairman (Acting President) Alhaji A. A. Salam Deputy Chairman (Acting Vice President) , Adekunle Rufai Omoaje – Secretary (Acting Secretary General) and Chuks Achusi – Treasurer (Acting National Treasurer).

The Central Management Committee was charged to within the time prescribed, to ensure the four month period as stated shall commence on Saturday, September 5, 2020 and lapse on Tuesday, February 5, 2021.

“These dates remain sacrosanct and shall not be extended by the Committee howsoever.

“Ensure the sustenance of fundamental values, ethical principles and strategic direction in which the Council operates as enshrined in the Code.

“Ensure compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements as well as the Code and seek guidance around any uncertainties.

“Ensure the execution of all actions necessary for the smooth conduct of the 2020 National Executive Council Elections.

“Be signatories to the Council’s bank accounts for the 4 (four) month period only and shall cease to be signatories thereto at the expiration of the 4 (four) months.

“Submit a comprehensive audited financial report of all transactions within the period under review to the newly elected National Executive Council.

“Nothing in the aforementioned rules of engagement shall prevent the appointed Officers from contesting the scheduled National Executive Council elections.”

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Jigawa PDP expels 2019 Guber candidate, Ringim

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Jigawa PDP expels 2019 Guber candidate, Ringim

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jigawa State has expelled its 2019 gubernatorial candidate, Mallam Aminu Ringim from the party over what it reffered to as antiparty activities and sabotage.
Mallam Aminu Ringim contested against the APC’s gubernatorial candidate now governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar in 2015 and 2019 but lost.
The state chairman of the party Babandi Gumel made the disclosure in a Statement on Tuesday.
He explained that the embattled gubernatorial candidate refused to make himself available before the disciplinary Committee of the party to answer allegations of antiparty and sabotage leveled against him by his ward executive of the party.

He said the State Party Executive Committee took the decision sequel to a letter it received from the Ringim Ward of the party.
“About three weeks ago we received a letter that due to antipathy activities and party sabotage being perpetrated by the former Party Governorship candidate in the 2015 and 2019 elections in the State Mallam Aminu Ibrahim Ringim was suspended for a month.
“The letter was sent to us the State executive committee of the party, we looked into the letter vis-a-vis the constitution of the party.
“The constitution provided that we set up a committee to investigate the matter which we did.”
He indicated that since there were two parties to the issue, the committee decided to invite both; that is the ward executive of the party and the person under investigation.
“After the invitation the committee under the chairmanship of Alhaji Muhammad Daguro confirmed to us that the said allegations of Antiparty and sabotage were actually perpetrated by the said person.
The chairman added that a letter of invitation to him on two consecutive ocasions were not honored as he failed to appear before the committee

The ward committee therefore advised the State executive committee to take necessary action which was to expel him from the party.
The state PDP chairman said the committee has endorsed the recommendations adding that the State executive took the decision on Tuesday after a meeting of the members.
Gumel said his committee has ratified the expulsion recommended by the ward committee of his ward.
“We wrote another letter to him to urge him to stop parading himself as a member of the PDP in Jigawa.”

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INEC fears for 2023 election resonates as it raises concern over hurdles for voters access to polling units

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INEC fears for 2023 election resonates as it raises concern over hurdles for voters access to polling units

By Sunday Joseph

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Professor Mahmood Yakubu has asked the National Assembly to assist its plan to convert polling points into polling units to overcome the hiccups in voter access to polling units.

Speaking on Tuesday at the joint committee of the national Assembly on INEC and Electoral matters during a consultative meeting to convert polling points into polling units, he said,

“The Commission has in the last three electoral cycles made use of Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements as interim solutions for the declining voter access to Polling Units.

“These are well known by stakeholders and accepted by voters.
Consequently, converting them to fullfledged Polling Units is a cost effective and timely way of addressing the problem.

“As the Commission prepares to recommence the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), as required by the Electoral Act, it is important to conclude the issue of expanding voter access to Polling Units in order to assign voters to new Polling Units during the CVR.”
He said the issue has become so critical that it must be addressed urgently if the credibility of the country’s electoral system is not to be profoundly damaged.
Yakubu reiterated the fact that voter access to Polling Units is at the heart of the voting rights of Nigerians and therefore to democracy.
However, he said Voter access to Polling Units goes beyond the establishment of Polling Units, but also entails
their location in accessible places and ensuring that the environment of each Polling Unit guarantees observance of the Commission’s guidelines.
He said it should also be able to ensure safer voter experience on Election-Day, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said, “Over politicization underscored by unfounded conspiracy theories has been a major obstacle to
expanding voter access to Polling Units.
“This has caused unnecessary delays in establishing and relocating Polling Units prior to major elections.
Declining access to Polling Units for Nigerian voters is potentially disenfranchising.
He said, the problem affects every part of the country hence he called for a national consensus built on genuine
consultations to address it.
“Stakeholders have a central role to play in addressing the challenge, especially by committing to
supporting the Commission’s efforts to finding solutions and assisting to depoliticize the issue.

According to him, without the full understanding and support of the major stakeholders in the country no lasting solution to the problem is possible.
“Experiences from other jurisdictions across the world show that continuously
expanding voter access to Polling Units is a good practice.
“These experiences also show that the problem of declining access to Polling Units is not unique to Nigeria.
“In most countries, however, expanding
voter access to Polling
Units is essentially the administrative responsibility of agencies charged with the function by law.

He said INEC will be failing in its responsibility if it does not address the declining voter access to Polling Units across the country prior to upcoming major elections.

“Section 42 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) empowers the Commission to establish adequate number of Polling Units and to assign voters to them.”

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‘Buhari’s stance on priority for his supporters gives room for Biafra Agitation’

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‘Buhari’s stance on priority for his supporters gives room for Biafra Agitation’

Senator  representing Abia South senatoria District who is the Senate minority leader has blamed President Muammadu Buhari for the sustained agitation by Indegenous people of Biafra for a seperate country, that should be known as Biafra.
In a book he presented, Monday at Yaradua Center in Abuja, which was reviewed by Segun Adeniyi, Abaribe had asked rhetorically that given all the advantages that the Indigbo have in Nigeria why the clamor by its youths and others for a seperate State of Biafra?
He located the cause of the problem in the Freudian slip by President Muhammadu Buhari shortly after assuming office in 2015 when he said, those who gave him 5% of the votes in the election that brought him to power should not expect the same attention and patronage as those who gave him 97% of the votes.
“That the distribution of opportunities in the last six years have followed that formular to the disadvantage of Igbo people, is what the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) and its sympathizers use as excuses for their campaign.
However, on President Buhari’s groundstanding Abaribe also argue is a temporary problem since he (Buhari) would not be in power forever using another Igbo adage to explain his reasoning, ‘A 100years is not the same as forever’
He reminded Nigerians that Igbos continue to carry stars and he drew memory from the Nigeria struggle to create an equitable country saying they have traversed countries and are to be found settled all over Nigeria.
In the face of prevailing circumstances where there is a constant cry of marginalization he counseled that Ndigbo should negotiate their place in a restructured Nigeria where power is devolved to the federating units.
He punctured holes in the clamour for secession by IPOB and the manner the operatives demonise respective Igbo citizens who disagrees with their agitation.

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