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‘INEC will not count prayer points but votes’

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‘INEC will not count prayer points but votes’

By John Akubo

The organizers of a sensitization road walk in Lokoja the Kogi State capital have reminded citizens that in as much as prayer changes situations it is important they ensure they register in the ongoing continuous voters registration (VCR) exercise to vote in the 2019 elections.
The sensitization road walk which was organised by the Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change in Development (PIBCID) in collaboration with Enough is Enough Nigeria is targeted at sensitizing the general public on the importance of registering and voting on election day to elect the candidates of their choice.
According to Executive Director PIBCID Mrs Gift Omoniwa, “The essence of what we are doing today is to sensitize the people on the need for them to come out and register especially for those who are up to 18 years and above.
“We are trying to encourage them to come out and vote because their vote is their right. When they register they will get their PVC and on the election day they would be able to participate in the electoral process.”
She pointed out that their voice is important because a vote can declare somebody a winner or a loser.
“People are fed up with non payment of salary, no good roads no hospitals even in our our States.
“This is the right time to make hay while the sun shines because on the day of election INEC is not going to count prayer points nor will it listen to the number of days of fasting that is why we telling them now what they need to do.”
The executive director Center for Human Right and Conflict Tesolution
Miliki Abdul said their message is simple; “by virtue of of the electoral act and the 1999 constitution it is the responsibility of the citizens to obtain their permanent voters cards.
“INEC has lived up to the provisions of the by having what we call continuous Voters Registration in the 21 local Government areas. We noticed also that in recent times INEC has also extended to the ward level. Our message is as citizens, go out there and obtain your voters card so that you can effect the change.
Accordibg to him, INEC will not count the number prayers, Night Vigil, it will not count your supplication for change but everyone must also work for change by voting.
“The prayers are not out place but while those who are praying for change continue, those of us who must work for the change are on the field.
“We are not politicians, we are not members of any political party, no body is paying us to create this awareness, we are just volunteers. We will continue to partner with INEC to secure a better Nigeria.”
He said citizens can change the President with the power of the voters card, “we can also change our Governors, senators and the House of Representatives members with the Voters card.”
“You can also use your PVC for business transactions in the Bank because they accept the INEC PVC for the data involved.”

Head of voter education and publicity Independent National Electoral Commission in Kogi Muhammed Biambo Bagudu said the registration exercise is from 9am to 3am.
He said they started with the Local Government areas later six centers were added and later 10 centers.

He said the chairman INEC professor Mahmoud Yakubu has said that in an event the centers are not adequate the REC can direct electoral officers to always oblige the communities where the terrain are very difficult to surmount.
He said it is with a view to making the CVR accessible which means that they can move from one registration area to another if the electoral officer gets approval from the REC.
Bagudu disclosed that INEC in Lokoja have the 200, 000 unclaimed PVC across the local Government offices.
“So as you go you should sensitize the owners of unclaimed voters cards to make effort to collect them with a view to using them to exercise their franchise come 2019 election.
“They should not re-register. If you have a defaced PVC go to your electoral officer he will do a very brief process and they will order for the reprint. If you have a missing PVC go to the electoral officer of the local Government, they will replace it but if you go and reregister it is another issue you risk the chance of missing the two.”

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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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