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Edo Guber polls: CDD cautions INEC against loopholes in Kogi/Bayelsa elections

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Edo Guber polls: CDD cautions INEC against loopholes in Kogi/Bayelsa elections

The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) has brought to the fore some fundamental issues for stakeholders to be weary of in the course of the Saturday Governorship election in Edo State.
Reminicent of what it referred as the bad image Nigeria earned for itself in the last two elections in Kogi/Bayelsa States, the CDD in a press Statement issued by its executive Director Idayat Hassan in Abuja Thirsday said the Edo Election should be another Litmus Test of Nigeria’s Commitment to Organising Credible Polls.
“The Nigerian State, political actors and the institutions responsible for the management of the electoral process owe a collective duty to ensure eligible voters are free to exercise their franchise in an atmosphere that is both peaceful and participatory.
“For the avoidance
of doubt, the character of the electoral process, and the credibility of its outcomes in Edo State hold far reaching implications for the entire democratic process in Nigeria.
“The election is therefore another litmus test
for a broad assessment of the commitment of relevant actors and institutions to deepening Nigeria’s democratic experience.
“Our expectation,
which is line with the hopes of citizens in the state and across Nigeria, is that the election is credible, its processes transparent and outcome reflects the will of the people.”
She described as recipe for violence the claims and counter claims by political parties to victory even when elections have not commenced.
Hassan indicated that the United States of America and United Kingdom Visa Bans on Kogi/Bayelsa election Riggers and other Sanctions are very Laudable and timely.
“Any breach to electoral laws and regulations must be
sanctioned and we are in support of due process mechanisms visa bans,
threats of assets seizures and other sanctions targeting election riggers
and those who engage in attempts to subvert the genuine will of the people
by the United States and United Kingdom Governments.
CDD Election Observation Methodology as part of its contribution to the goal of deepening the culture of credible elections in Nigeria, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
through its dedicated Election Analysis Centre (EAC) will closely observe key aspects of the electoral process in Edo State.
CDD methodology for
the observation of the election is in line with core principles of non-partisan election observation as enshrined in extant national laws, guidelines and
international best practices.
She said the directive by politicians for their foot soldiers to deliver their Polling Units at all cost would likely lead to Partisan Clashes.
The center pointed out that fake News, misinformation and disinformation may eventually induce Voter apathy
She called on voters to observe COVID 19 Protocol to Prevent another upsurge of COVID Cases
She advised the electoral umpire on the likely need to extend the voting hours as long as possible.
She expressed the apprehension that vote buying and selling may determine victory based on the feelers.

On voter turnout, CDD said the Edo election presents a real opportunity to prevent some of the unacceptable fallouts from previous elections, wherein there were clear attempts to taint the vote through an inflation of voter turnout.
“This was the case in the last governorship election wherein turn out increased by over 200 percent in LGAs like Okene in Kogi state, from where the incumbent hails.
“In 2015 governorship election, 35,143 voters (30% turnout ) were accredited for the election compared to 114,001 (86.9%) in 2019.
“In Edo, INEC should be able to anticipate such magnitude of electoral fraud, so it does not become a rubber stamp for a fraudulent process.”
On September 19, two days from today, voters in Edo State will head to the polls to elect a governor. The election is yet another opportunity for the people to exercise their democratic and constitutionally guaranteed right to elect a leader of their choice. 

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

As Kogi palliative warehouse was discovered at Kpata opposite Old Market in Lokoja Sinday the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Candidate in the State Governorship election, November last year, Natasha Akpoti has asked God to send his wrath on all evil leaders.

This was according to the comment she posted on her verified facebook wall.

She said it’s wickedness of the highest order for government to hoard food items from the poor in the depth of poverty and starvation. 

“May the wrath of God and the masses visit all ‘leaders’ whose evil tactics have been exposed in these #EndSARS times. 

“I know say my Kogi people no go disappoint … abeg pack and no forget to give some to your neighbours.” 

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

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Our problem with #ENDSARS protest was the hijack by miscreants says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained to former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria, that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.

In a virtual meeting with the former leaders, Buhari said he could not have folded his arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.
These were contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja Friday by his special adviser
(Media & Publicity) Femi Adesina
In the statement Buhari reeled out the initial concessions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some members of the SARS.

He recalled that the youths had demanded that the squad be disbanded, and further articulated the additional demands, including:

”The immediate release of all arrested protesters.

”Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

”Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct within 10 days.

”Psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be re-deployed; and increase in Police salary.”

The President declared: ”We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

”Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the Government to address their grievances. Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent.”

President Buhari expressed concern that in the mayhem that ensued, many lives were lost, while a number of public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalized.
The President reaffirmed that,

”We will continue to improve good governance through our democratic process including through sustained engagement.

”We shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country.”

He thanked the former Heads of State for attending the meeting and their invaluable comments, observations and advice, adding that ”Nigerians expect nothing less from responsible statesmen.”

Each of the former leaders commended President Buhari for steps taken so far to restore calm and order to the country and also applauded the presidential broadcast of Thursday as detailed and soothing to the country.

”I commend the speech of last night. The nation had been waiting. You made points that I believe need to be commended. Peaceful demonstration is part of democratic practice. The demands of the genuine protesters were accepted, and you are working on implementation. We commend you,” former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said.

The former heads of state were unanimous in their view that generation of employment and growing the economy including through direct foreign investments were critical to checking youth restiveness.

They also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of the violent protest, and reaffirmed the commitment to respect the fundamental rights of citizens, including for peaceful protest as enshrined in the Constitution.

The former Heads of State also condemned the divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists, and were of the opinion that such acts should be stopped.

Equally, the former Leaders commended the actions taken by Governors to address the demands of the ENDSARS protesters and their efforts to check the excesses of those who perpetrated violent acts and conduct.

Finally, they called on youths to pursue peaceful means, in seeking redress through engagement with Government and encouraged further conversation with the youths and other stakeholders in the country.
At the meeting were all living past leaders, including: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Lekki Killings: No Country aspires to defeat Its People – Jonathan 

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Lekki Killings: No Country aspires to defeat Its People – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reminded Nigerian authorities that no nation can win any war target against it’s own citizens as he reiterated the need or peace
He spoke while condemning the killing of #EndSARS protesters by military men at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on Tuesday.
The former president in a statement released on Friday, indicated that the use of deadly force against citizens only worsens the tensed situation while condoling with the families of victims who lost their lives.
“My deepest condolences to the families of young Nigerians who have lost their lives in the past few days as a result of End SARS protests.
“I pray that God grants them the fortitude they need at this difficult time.
“I would Like to let everyone know that nation-building is a collective task which involves the genuine efforts of all patriotic citizens whether old or young.
“Our country cannot afford to lose the lives of our youth who we look up to take over leadership and continue our nation’s journey to greatness.
“As leaders, we must also understand that a nation can never win a battle against its own people.
“Thus, I totally condemn the use of deadly force against citizens because this only worsens tense situations.
“We must therefore move away from battlegrounds to middle grounds in our individual and national life.
This, I believe, show like cases the essence of democracy.
“I condemn any unnecessary loss of life and urge efforts to be stepped up to ensure that such incidents do not re-occur. “Finally, we all must accept that we are all brothers and sisters of one Nigeria, and always act accordingly towards each other,” he said.

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