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Civil right activist, Kogi NUJ berates INEC for double standards

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Civil right activist, Kogi NUJ berates INEC for double standards

By John Akubo,

The Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Idris Miliki Abdul has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of playing on the collective intelligence of Nigerians by using double standards in declaration of election results.

Abdul was speaking at a one-day workshop on the Role of Media and CSOs in Anti Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections organized by Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation.
He challenged INEC to explain the law for declaring the result of the recent national assembly by-election in Kogi State conclusive while the Osun Govership case is inconclusive.

“I cannot conclude this remark by not making reference to the just concluded bye-election in Lokoja-Kotokarfe Federal Constituency conducted on the 11th Auguat, 2018 and relating it to the pronouncement of INEC respect of Osun State Governorship election held on 22nd September, 2018.
“If INEC could declare tthat election inconclusive as a result of cancelled votes that outnumbered the difference between the two leading political parties as provided for by both INEC guidelines and the electoral law in Nigeria. “On what basis was the Kogi bye-election declared by the same INEC in Kogi State?”
He called on the INEC headquarters to carry out thorough quizzing of its officials involveled in the electoral rape in Kogi where 19, 960 votes were cacelled in 17 polling units and the difference between the two leading parties was barely 11,000 votes.
Abdul harped on the need for journalists to be vigilant and fair in their reportage so as to consolidate the current democratic experience, even as he enjoined them to work collectively with the civil society groups in that direction.
The Kogi State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Adeiza MomohJimoh warned INEC to thread carefully as the country prepares for another round of elections next year.
He pointed out that the declaration of Osun governorship poll as inconclusive has made Nigerians and other followers of political events in the country to become more confused.
He urged the electoral umpire not to set the country on fire.
He said he was at a lost as to the aspect of electoral guidelines, laws or constitution the electoral umpire relied in declaring the governorship poll in Osun inconclusive, while equally declaring the recent Lokoja/ Kogi Federal Constituency conclusive, after cancelling results of election in 17 polling units.
He explained that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Haruna Isa polled 26,860 votes, as against that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abubakar Bashir who secured, 14, 845 votes, even as 19, 960 votes were cancelled in 17 polling units.
The NUJ chairman added that since Nigeria is not a banana republic, there is need for the laws of the country to be implemented to the latter, not minding whose ox is gored, stressing the need for INEC to be firm in handling electoral matters with a view to consolidating on the nation’s democracy.
He enjoined the security agencies to maintain neutrality so as not to heighten tension in the country ahead of the coming general elections. “The situation where somebody was cleared while contesting for senatorial poll, only to be confronted with certificate issue while contesting for governorship election called for serious concern.

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

Clashes between rival political thugs have left 2 people dead in Zanfara ahead of the by-election tomorrow
The police imposed a 24-hour curfew in Bakura and Talata Mafara LGAs after two persons were killed and several others injured
The thugs also destroyed several vehicles and billboards in the areas.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 10, Mustapha Muhammad, said the curfew was to avoid breakdown of law and order.

There has been tension in the state as two leading candidates of the opposition All Progressives Congress and the ruling People’s Democratic Party ended campaigns yesterday at the same time.
The contest is mainly between APC’s Bello Dankande Gamji and PDP’s  Tukur Ibrahim Tudu though 12 candidates of other parties are also in the race.
The PDP had earlier alleged that the APC was planning to disrupt the election by arming thugs; the allegation which the latter dismissed.

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Lamido asks Buhari to beg God for mercy for failing

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Lamido asks Buhari to beg God for mercy for failing

Having failed Nigerians on his campaign promises, President Muhammadu Buhari should be sober with a contrite heart by returning to God to beg for mercy, former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido has said.


The former governor was speaking against the backdrop of the recent gruesome killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in some parts of the North.

Lamido who was monitored on the BBC Hausa service in Abuja said Buhari should drop his ego by seeking God’s forgiveness.
“There is no way a government can continue successfully without sabotage but you need to be strong enough to overcome such challenges. If really, he cannot withstand this he has to resign, but we can’t be accepting sabotage as a reason.

“He has failed totally, if not that he failed how will he allow some people to slaughter 43 people? How will he allow bandits to raid villages and set them on fire and rape their women? Definitely something is wrong somewhere,” he said.

On the future of the country, Sule Lamido said, “Allah is merciful to his servants we hope our prayers will be answered, but Buhari has to go fisrt. He should ask himself that what offences has he done to Allah. He need to wake up in the mid night, drop his arrogance and pray. He should ask for Allah’s forgiveness on the offences he has committed.

“He is arrogant and always speaking with pride. Many people have said it and we have seen it. In the last four years if you said something like this you will be cursed but now the truth has come. The problem is he doesn’t listen to what people are saying, but everyone has spoken out. People are tired, the Ulamas, the masses, the traditional leaders and all people have spoken out.”

“When Buhari was sick Nigerian prayed for him  and they are still doing but he failed to address their challenges,” he added.

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege 

By Joseph Sunday


The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the bill on Gender Equality sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi as challenging in that it may be difficult to achieve the goals without enthroning new set of discriminations. 

Senator Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja when he hosted a delegation of a non-partisan organisation, Women in Politics Forum led by Ebere Ifendu.
The Delta Central lawmaker assured women that their interests would be protected, but not to the detriment of the constitutional provisions against discrimination of whatever form.He said they want to strengthen women participation.Omo-Agege called on the Executive arm of government to always engage the Legislature before signing treaties and agreements.
This, he explained, will enable accelerated domestication by the National Assembly.

He also tasked the forum to help in mobilising the House of Representatives in concurring to the Sexual Harassment Bill passed by the Senate as well as the domestication of the Violence Against Persons  (Prohibition) Act in all the states of the Federation.
 In her remarks Ifendu called for the inclusion of Affirmative Action in the Constitution.
She cited African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda and Seychelles to buttress her position.
According to her there is no better time than now to achieve an inclusive democracy. Further more, she said we need to move from civil governance to true democracy where women, youth and persons with disabilities will have equal opportunities to participate in governance,” she claimed.

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