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Dead electorates, including late gubernatorial aspirant sign my recall in Kogi Melaye alleges

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Dead electorates, including late gubernatorial aspirant sign my recall in Kogi Melaye alleges

As the recall process of the senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaye gets messier in the politics of the State, a former governorship aspirant under the platform of the All progressive Congress (APC) Prince Rotimi Obadofin now late and hundreds of other dead electorates have been alleged to be signatories to the recall of senator Dino Melaye.

It would be recalled that Prince Rotimi Obadofin died on 7th April 2016, and has since been buried according to Islamic rites.

He contested Kogi state governorship election alongside late Prince Abubakah Audu, incumbent governor Yahaya Bello where he lost during the party primary.

Briefing newsmen in Lokoja yesterday the senator represented by his legislative aid Honorable Abubakar Sadiq said the acclaimed figures of signatures were forged and fraudulently forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to him, “Our investigation revealed that even the dead signed the recall across the seven local Government areas of the senatorial district.
Among the dead was a prominent and former governortorial aspirant of our great party late chief Yakub Rotimi Obadofin of blessed memory from Ijumu Local Government area precisely Iyagbede axis.
“Let me also sound authoritatively here that in Lokoja Local Government area several others whose names and signatures appeared on the list for the failed exercise were identified and known to us such as late Abdullahi Abubalkar, (A.K.A Sarki), his late immediate younger sister Halima Lawi Abubakar and Ibrahim Adams of unit code 021 Adankolo Ring Road in ward ‘A’ Lokoja LGA.”
He indicated that late Mallam Salihu Black of Gegu-Beki town in Kogi LGA who until his death was a Biology teacher in Government secondary school Koton-karfe was also captured to have signed.
He explained that the recall exercise was hatched in Government House going by the manner in which senator Melaye had consistently challenged and engaged the Government of the State over non payment of salaries of workers, and pensioners for over 15 months.
The other reason he adduced for the recall of the senator had to do with his stand on closure of all tertiary institutions in the state that grossly affected their academic calendar in spite of the billions of Naira received by the Government which could not be accounted for
“This is the sin committed by the senator as he has been the only voice crying out for the suffering of workers in the State.”
On the recall register he said,
“They claimed to have gotten over 188, 000 signatures of electorates in Kogi West Senatorial district whereas the total votes cast in the last senatorial election in 2015 was merely about 111,000 for all the candidates that participated in the election valid and rejected votes inclusive.
“For God’s sake where could they have gotten such outrageous figures when people were not seen in mist of the polling units visited during the purported exercise.”
Sadiq pointed out out that should INEC proceed on verification exercise they cannot achieve 5% of the total figure forged because those names and signatures were collated by proxy in various homes and the Government house under the watch of the chief of staff to the Governor Edward Onoja and other stooges of the Governor.
Also announcing the forged signature of the late aspirant in Lokoja, the Campaign Manager to the late governorship aspirant, Yahaya Adesayo Ismail said he was perplexed when he saw that his late boss’ name appeared as part of the voters seeking for the recall of the controversial senator even when the people of Kogi West failed to support his noble agenda for the state when he was alive.
In swift reaction the chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello Petra Onyegbule Akinti said the accusation has been trending and she does not think she should be giving any reaction.
“The fact about the people that signed the registered is with INEC, INEC has the responsibility of verifying the signatures so it has nothing to do with the CPS or even the Kogi State Government.
“There is nothing for the distinguished senator to be worried about as INEC has set July 3rd for the public verification of signatures and the date is around the corner there is no point burning their energies all over the place.”
He said all concerned should allow INEC to do the needful so there is nothing to get her reaction for adding that every question should be directed at INEC.
On the allegation of collating the signatures in Government house she said it is absolutely false because there was no day signatures were collated in Government House.

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Senate okays establishment of Chartered Institute of Forensic Investigative Professionals of Nigeria

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Senate okays establishment of Chartered Institute of Forensic Investigative Professionals of Nigeria

The Senate on Tuesday approved the establishment of the Chartered Institute of Forensic Investigative Professionals of Nigeria.
This was coming after the consideration and approval of the report of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service by the senators at plenary.
Presenting the report, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau said that the Senate at its sitting on Tuesday Feb.16, considered for second reading the bill.
The Bill is for an Act to establish the Chartered Institute of Forensic Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill 2021. 
According to Shekarau, the objectives of the bill include for effective regulation, registration of members to acquire skills and knowledge in order to qualify to practice as a forensic and investigative professionals and for related practice.
“You will recall that the bill was exhaustively discussed in both chambers of the National Assembly that was not assented by the President due to late passage before the expiration of the 8th National Assembly.”
In his contribution, Sen. Adeola Olamilekan (APC-Lagos) said “I want to raise one important issue and I want a clarification from the chairman. 
“Because in this report, they referred to the 8th Senate that exhaustively we had discussed this bill.
“I want to ask, during the 8th Senate there were fundamental observations that were raised on this bill. And I strongly believe that that was what led to the President refusing to assent his signature on the bill.”
In his remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said that the new institute should provide the kind of services that would ensure that corruption in public and private sectors were identified and nipped in the bud.

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Senate prohibits pedophiles, rapists from working with minors

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Senate prohibits pedophiles, rapists from working with minors

The Senate on has  approved an amendment to the Child Right Act of 2003, prohibiting persons convicted of sexual offence from working with minors. This followed the presentation of the report by the Chairperson, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Sen. Betty Apiafi during Tuesday’s plenary.
The lawmaker noted that the amendment would further protect the Nigerian child against any form of sexual violence and abuse in the hands of caregivers and others.
The Senate on also passed the Older Persons (Rights and Privileges) Bill 2020 aimed at addressing the social and economic challenges triggered by aging and the need for government to formulate policies that would incorporate the elderly and cater for their well-being.
The bill also provided for a fine of N2 million or N200, 000 from organisations or individuals who discriminated against older persons in the country.

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RAM panelists insist, Nigeria will collapse without restructuring

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RAM panelists insist, Nigeria will collapse without restructuring 

***only the living can vote – Afenifere warns**


Nigeria is heading for the rocks in view of the various security threats and refusal of the authorities to heed to the clamour for restructuring by majority of the population, panelists at the Restructure Actualization Movement (RAM) have said

They indicated that the only escape route for the country would be a national conversation by Nigerians on how to forge ahead.
He added that such conversation would be at the be called by ordinary Nigerians and not by political elite who would do so with  their agenda that would undermine the interest of equity being promoted by ordinary Nigerians.

This consensus view was expressed by Dr. Akin Fapounda, Dr. Obiageli Ezekweseli, Senator Usman Bugaje and Chief Edwin Clark who was represented by Oni Winge.

All the speakers maintained that, there is already a consensus among Nigerians for restructuring saying that what is left is how the people would evolve the conversation to convoke their sovereignty, discuss national cohesion and unity under agreed terms.

Representative of the Southwest at the RAM conversation, Dr. Akin Fapohunda said there was no need for any future election without restructuring, to provide for national consensus on the way to continue to exist as one country in peace and unity.
He said the term ‘Afenifere’ means living in love and unity, thus the Southwest position on the way forward for first to note that Nigeria a failed state with 36 states running as silos of expenditure that are not viable.

According to him, the Yoruba nation is desirous of living other with all other tribes and ethnic representation in Nigeria, however,  the critical question of ‘how’ to live together is one that must be deliberated and agreed upon.

He said it is because the extant constitution is not working and should be replaced.

According to him, the profligacy and inequalities in the system must be addressed for an all inclusive governance structure that provides equal opportunities to all Nigerians.

He pointed out that part of the structural deficiency in the system is lumping of over 1000 state assembly lawmakers, 109 senators, 360 members of House of Representatives 42 ministers and administrative staff of the federal government on level 16 and 17 in each of the 36 states of the federation leads the national coffers to unnecessarily bleeding economically.

He pointed out that these silos of expenditure includes the 36 states governors and their paraphanelia of office drains the public purse without any tangible public expenditure that benefits the people.

He proposed that Nigeria Lawmakers should be made to draw their earnings for their service from their respective region and communities based on their earnings.

He maintained that the Yoruba nation was not disposed to 2023 elections as “regardless of the subtle quest, by some elements, to network for political trophies in anticipation of 2023, the overwhelming desire of Yoruba people is to refrain from an further participation in the process of elections unless and until a new constitutional order in is negotiated and enacted.

“Recent events of insecurity across our lands affirms to correctness of this posture, as only the living can exercise voting rights not the dead” he warned.

In her submission on the conversation, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili restated that Nigeria suffers constitutional failure which is the foundation of the country’s trajectory and this failure manifests in the fact that Nigeria was  bequeathed British and Military Constitutions which did not take into cognisance the interest of the people, all of whom have failed.

Ezekwesili said, added to this, was the privatization of the public space and elite class thus undermining the rights of Nigerians to engage.

She said the conversation must be made and its outcome from the views of Nigerians would form the basis of going forward as an indivisible nation.

Former Cabinet minister and leader of the Niger Delta region, Chief Edwin Clerk who was represented by Oni Winge told the participant that Nigeria will not exist further without restructuring.

He said the South South region which is the bread winner of the country wants true Federalism and be able able to control its resources.
He pointed out that while the nation has focused on living on the black gold from the Niger Delta region, the Gold of Zamfara state has been the exclusive resource of the state with the State having full control.
On his part as a panelist at the RAM town hall meeting in Abuja, Senator Usman Bugaje said Nigeria is in a very dangerous trajectory and would required informed discussions on the conversation.

Bugaje who identified three major issues as the bane of advancing the nation to include: power sharing, wealth sharing and identity of a Nigerian said effective management of these factors would birth a United Nigeria.

According to him, the inability of the political class to equitably distribute political power, wealth and ensure the identity of a Nigerian without ethinic or religious biases was a problem to be solved.

He said any part of the country is free to go it’s own way however, it should be done constitutionally stressing that sovereignty belongs to the people.

He said attempts to reduce allotment of presidential slots to ethnic basis like Hausa or Igbo Presidency was a stupid idea.

Proposing a 44 state federating unit with 12 regions, former Minister of information, Prof. Jerry Gana said restructuring Nigeria is an inevitable change whose time has come and Nigeria must actualize to negotiate a peaceful co-existence among all parties.

He said the theory of the majority tribes rotating the Presidency among themselves remains an issue to be discussed so that all minority ethnic nationalities would see a possibility of emerging President of the Country too

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