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Group raises concern over INEC’s double speak on Electronics voting

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The People’s Life Improvement Foundation (PLIF) has expressed concern over the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s seeming inability to deploy technology for Electronics voting that will guarantee credible polls in 2023.
The group which is also a facilitator of the National consultative Front has querried the electoral umpire for speaking from both sides of its mouth, an indication that it is not ready to deliver credible election in 2023.
The President of the foundation Chief Precious Elekima indicated that INEC’s statements and counter statements on electronic voting in 2023 shows that something is wrong with the 2023 general elections already.
He alleged that, previous elections in the country in recent times have thrown up leaders that do not care about the yearnings of the ekectorates which has almost brought the country to its knees.

So he said Nigerians would not want a repeat of inglorious elections bedevilled by ballot box snatching, use of thugs, guns and security to impose leaders that the people did not elect.

He said the electoral body is yet to convince Nigerians that it is sure to conduct the 2023 General Elections using Electronic Voting System that will guarantee one man, one vote that will count

He said with the security situation in the country currently where leadership has failed, it has shown that the only solution to the situation will be for the people to make a clear choice of who leads them without imposition or undemocratic process, through electronics voting

“INEC has in the last sixty days churned out conflicting statements on the one hand from its representative at different fora saying the electronic voting is not feasible in 2023 and on the other hand the Chairman in a counter statement said it is possible or that they are working towards it.

“This shows that the issue of electronic voting is not in the electoral body’s contemplation, an indication that it is not ready for deployment of technology in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

“It is based on this fact that we in the People’s Life Improvement Foundation are calling on the INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and his team to resign honorably for a team that will guarantee a more credible election where votes will count.

“The INEC chairman should note that this is the era of information and communication technology, where democracy is delivered electronically and since he is not sure of putting electronic mode of election in place his team has no business in that office hence they shoul give way for more capable hands to conduct the 2023 elections.

It is worthy of note that in other climes (USA inclusive), elections are contracted to independent firms and organizations who handle them without interference and with great credibility. Nigeria can equally do so

“Every village in Nigeria is covered by google map using satellites. A serious body can generate any needed data for election using the data in INEC and other bodies within thirty days which will not cost more than $30m to achieve near perfect and credible elections devoid of suspicion and post election litigations.
According to him, INEC does not need much equipments in addition to what they already have to conduct a good election.

Lack of credible elections since 1963 in Nigeria has cost Nigeria and Nigerians a lot and it is even part of the cause of the Nigerian civil war of 1967-1970 as well as the insecurity bedevilling the country, Nigeria cannot afford any more the uncertainties.

“We therefore wish to state categorically and unequivocally clear that we do not have confidence in the current INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible elections for Nigeria come 2023, and so, the chairman and his team should throw in the towel and resign.”

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APC Convention: Permutations favor emergence of Senator from Niger State

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The saying that once beaten twice shy might be the case with the All Progressives Congress (APC) as it prepares for its National Convention having taken its time in a calculative manner to ensure it elects the chairman that can lead the party to victory in 2023, not crises.

Based on the strength of that, a chieftain of the party has indicated that a dark horse might likely emerge as the National Chairman of the party.
The chieftain who recalled the recent ugly experience of that undesirable type of leadership which almost took the party to Golgota said never again would they elect such leadership.

The APC stalwarts who craved anonymity said that the dark horse is a serving Senator from Niger State.
Within his permutation, he said two aspirants have indicated interest from Niger State, a former Minister and Serving Senator but the lot favors the serving Senator.

He said, “You should also know that there are two other former Governors from the North Central who have indicated interest for the position. One is from Benue state and the other is from Nasarawa State.

“But as l speak to you now the governors have taken their mind off them.

“The reason is hinged on the fact that the experience they had with the former governor who was the National Chairman the party.”

The chieftain posited also that the Senators are making case for the serving Senator from Niger State on the grounds that since the inception of APC all the National Chairmen had been former Governors.

Further, he said,”From all indications and the narratives in strategic blocks in the party, it shows that the support base of two frontline aspirants in the person of a vocal serving senator and a former minister both from the North Central zone are most likely going to dominate the permutations for the race of who becomes the new national chairman of the party in the next national convention which is coming up in few months.

“There are indications that the serving senator is said to be popular amongst young political class as he is versatile in managing the diversity and strength of both the old and new generation of politicians, he is outspoken against a society that groom bad and inept leadership, which pundits believe it can result in establishing bad governance.
His silent mentioned has today created a challenge for older politicians and will be making it look tough in the coming days for the older hands on how to deal with the dynamics of the permutations.

“For the former minister who was also a one time member of the lower green chamber, the political environment may proof too difficult as pundits believed he will be used, and the fear is that It makes the party future uncertain. He is a good schemer in the game of party politics and within the macro environment, but when it comes to rallying round the party leadership blocks and populace he will face a herculean task to manage.”

According to the chieftain, the old hands that have indicated their ambitions to contest if given the opportunity may throw the party into turmoil, those that have openly declared interest are former governors of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, Nasarawa, Umaru Tanko Almakura, Zamfara, Abdulazeez Yari and a few others. They are all seen to carry one baggage or the other that may affect the fortunes of the party come 2023. Majority of the APC faithfuls are of the opinion that new breed of leadership is desirable for the party, they are ferocious of the old class emerging this time again as they believe it will be business as usual and they are of the opinion that they don’t know what the problem is and they don’t know how it can be solved.

However, the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee has not concluded the date for the National Convention as the proposed time table for the congresses is before the President, Muhammadu Buhari awaiting approval.

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Nasarawa 2023: Azara Youths Group endorse Hon Nalaraba for 2nd term

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

Concerned stakeholders and youths’ group in Nasarawa State have unanimously endorsed the house of representative member for Keana, Awe and Doma federal constituency, Hon Abubakar Nalaraba for second term come 2023 2023.

The group, Azara Youths Association in Awe local government area said they have resolved to join hands with other people within the constituency to ensure his re-election in 2023.

The group made their position known in a press statement signed by the chairman of Azara Youths Association Abdullahi Hamza and secretary Aliyu Mohammed, a copy made available to the NationalUpdate on Sunday in Lafia.

The group said the decision to endorse Hon Nalaraba was taken after critical and in-depth performance basement of the house of Representatives member.

Hon Abubakar Nalaraba was first elected in 2019 to represent Keana, Awe and Doma federal constituency of Nasarawa State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The group said , the last two years of Hon Nalaraba’s representation at the house of Representatives has been exceptionally excellent in delivering the dividends of democracy, not only to his constituency but even beyound.

“After due consultations with the entire people of Doma, Awe and Keana, we the Azara Youths Association have thrown our weight behind the re-election of Hon Abubakar Nalaraba to represent us again in 2023

“Given his political antecedents, he is a man with professional sagacity, immense insight and profound intellectual acumen.

“He is an astute administrator, paragon of peace, epitome of Justice, political icon of our time and place, great achiever and a promise deliverer”

“Within two years, he has attracted alot of development to not only Azara but the entire constituency, there are boreholes all over, job employments, enterprenureship schemes for SMEs and farmers, renovation of schools and hospitals, scholarship among others.

“We the Azara Youths in Awe LGA have declared our support and endorsement for Hon Nalaraba as our sole candidate for the house of representatives come 2023”

The statement quoted the group as calling on Hon Nalaraba to complete the electricity project in Azara by providing transformers to step down light in Azara Development Area.

The group thereby called on all citizens of the constituency who intend to contest for the house of representative seat to suspend their ambition and support Hon Abubakar Nalaraba for second term come 2023.

He commended Hon Nalaraba for the remarkable and examplary way he has represented the constituency and expressed gratitude to him for the monumental infrastructural development in the constituency.

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Major upset in El-Rufai’s Kaduna as PDP trounces APC in assembly seat Bye-election

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There was a major upset in Kaduna on Saturday when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Alhaji Usman Baba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the bye-election for Sabon Gari Constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
Kaduna became an APC enclave since the 2015 Buhari Tsunami swept away the PDP and enthroned the Nasir El-Rufai APC administration.
Ever since then there has been no breathing space for the party as the APC with its incumbency power retained the State in the 2019 election until the by-election on Saturday.

The Returning Officer, Dr Mohammed-Nuruddin Musa, who declared the result on Saturday in Zaria, said Baba won the election with 9,113 votes.

He defeated his closest contender, Malam Musa Musa of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 7, 404 votes.

The returning officer also indicated that Malam Anas Abdullahi of the ADC had 62 votes; Chindo Ibrahim of ADP,  61 votes while Musa Halilu of PRP secured 305 votes.

The bye-election followed the declaration of the seat as vacant by the state House Assembly in April.

This was due to the failure of the lawmaker representing the constituency, Aminu Shagali to participate in legislative activities for more than 360 days.

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