Lamido(jnr) lampoons INEC for postponement of election, double standards
By John Akubo
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Jigawa Central Senatorial District Mustapha Sule Lamido has challenged INEC for its double speak on the conduct of the 2019 general election when it said it was prepared and that there was no going back on the February 16th, 2019 date only to turn around to postpone the election.
Speaking in his reaction to the postponement of the election almost four hours to the conduct of the election in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lokoja, he said the electoral umpire should take the blame for the surmasault and trial and error tactics.
Quoting the INEC chairman professor Mahmood Yakubu, Mustapha Sule Lamido said he watched in an earlier interview where the INEC chairman (Yakubu)said he could not foresee any possibility of posponement of the election because they have gone ahead with their preparation and there is no possibility of postponement.
He said the INEC chairman had indicated that the electoral umpire was not contemplating the possibility of postponement February 16, 2019 is for the election of President and National Assembly and we are prepared.
The senatorial candidate said February 16th, 2019 was a disappointing day for the country and for Nigerians.
“It is very sad that up till now our institutions are very weak that so many things can not be done especially elections which are very critical as it is meant for citizens to come out and exercise their civic responsibility to elect leaders of their choice without hindrance.
He said, “People from all corners of the country had teaveled home just to exercise that fundamental right as enchrined in the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
“It is so sad that after INEC had given people assurances that nothing will make them to postpone the election date but unfortunately four hours to the election they decided to shift the date and above all the sad aspect is that the posponment was not due to any serious reason like security but logistic reason. It is unfortunate and so sad.”
He said it has shown that INEC was not prepared in the first place making people to lose confidence in the electoral body.
According to him, in some of the isolated elections they brought inconclusiveness.
“It is a sad day for Nigeria and for everyone in this country. The world is watching us, what INEC did has sent the wrong signal to the world so they must be careful in the way and manner they are going to conduct the election.”
He said nobody will accept any further postponement again, Nigeria and the international community would not accept it, and even political parties would not accept it.
He expressed the hope that INEC will not dare contemplate another postponement.
“I want to chanllenged INEC that now that their action has tensed up the country and the people are anxious, a lot of the electorate have lost confidence in them they have no option that ensure that the people’s votes counts, they should ensure the results reflect their votes.
“I am a candidate for Jigawa Central senatorial district, they should make sure the votes are counted and when we win our mandate is not denied us.”
On the intercepted thumbprited ballot papers in Kano which were said to be moving to Jigawa and cases of places the collected PVCs were more than registered voters he said it was one of the tricks of the ruling party to rig the election, adding that whatever tricks they employ to rig the election is not going to work.
“I want to refresh their memory that in 2015 the PDP had all it takes to pepertrate themselves from the presidency to the national assembly, Governorship to the State Houses of Assembly but when they won, their mandates were given to them.
He challenged the ruling APC to emulate the PDP instead of rigging.
“I think what they are planning would plunge the country into anarchy and chaos. People are tired they want PDP back they believe in the transparency the PDP brought to bare in the electoral system.”
Lamido(jnr) challenged Nigerians to always hold their leaders accountable saying even INEC should accept its failure for the postponement of this election.
APC caucus tackles opposition for tagging Buhari an absentee President
The All Progressive Congress (APC) caucus of the National Assembly (Senate) yesterday berated its counterparts in the opposition for describing President Muhammadu Buhari as an absentee president.
The Opposition Minority Caucus had converged from both chambers to register their grievances against the ruling party over the derailing ship of State.
The caucus said it had also taken note of the fact that the president has been absent from duty.
They said, “We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
Addressing the Senate press Corps after their own meeting the Senate leader who is also Chairman Senate APC Caucus, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi said they in the APC Caucus totally reject the many incorrect statement contained in the said press release.
“Furthermore, we take exception to the unfortunate charge that our President has not been seen. This is false and cheap politics.
“The President and service – chiefs are meticulously busy every day and every night in deliberations with a view to addressing the security challenges across the entire country.
“Similarly, Mr. President had always made statement to Nigerians on all major security incidences and assuring Nigerians and indeed the international community that he would continue to do his best in making sure that the security challenges are tackled head-on.”
He assured Nigerians that the President is in charge of government and is discharging his duties conscientiously and patriotically.
“It is a well-known fact that the Federal Government under the PDP refused to invest in the security infrastructure of the country while President under the APC led Government had massively invested in this regard more than any past governments and we are confident that the nation will surmount its current security challenges.
The APC Caucus expressed strong and unreserved supports the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as he continues to work in addressing the economic, health, social, security and other challenges that beset the nation.
“Indeed, we are quite aware of the role of the opposition in any democracy. However, the statement by the PDP Caucus has gone too far given the good working relationship in the 9th Assembly and especially with the Minority Caucus. “
He said, in any democracy, the rights to present criticisms and concerns on the state of the nation’s affairs are unassailable.
However, he said while they respect such rights that come with obligation and responsibility, they are concerned that the statement issued by the Minority Cuscus is capable of over- heating an already charged polity in which men of good conscience and patriotism are expected to act as leaders and Statesmen.
“While we acknowledge the natural disposition of playing politics, we are worried and disturbed that our colleagues are playing with lives.
“The unfortunate state of insecurity; for which the Senate has continuously debated and issued resolutions to support the actions of the executive under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the overriding interest of the public, is too delicate to play with.
Unlike the minority Caucus meeting which carried along the House of Representatives members in their fold, only majority caucus of the Senate attended the meeting
Like their Minority Caucus the majority also refused to field questions from the media after their press briefing.
The Minority Caucus had indicated that it was taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that are happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
We are keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari-NASS Minority caucus
We keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari–NASS Minority Caucus
The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly has indicated that it is taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that is happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The caucus, after a closed-door emergency meeting on Tuesday, declared President Muhammadu Buhari absent from duty despite the killings and kidnappings across the country.
It said at the appropriate time, it utilize all constitutional methods and measures available after consultations with other colleagues to do the needful to safe the country from collapse.
“The caucus has also taken note of the fact that the president is absent from duty. We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
It condemned what it called the “ineptitude and inability” of the APC-led federal government to prevent the country from drifting apart.
It said rather than solving the security problems he met on ground as promised, the situation has grown worse under the APC to the extent that every section of the country is now beset with one security challenge or the other.
The caucus leader and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who briefed newsmen after the meeting said,
“We, therefore as a caucus, suggest that immediate steps should be taken by governments at all levels to set up proper security infrastructure whether in the mode of state police and other constitutional reforms to arrest the drift of the nation,” he said.
He urged President Buhari to take charge of his government and take the country out of the current security situation.
Abaribe also urged Nigerians not lose hope in the country, but do everything possible to get rid of APC in 2023.
He said: “The caucus also expresses strong reservations about the economic strategy of the government which has culminated into what is called quantitative easing, which the ordinary man knows as printing money.
“We feel that this strategy has led us to the very high inflation that we have today, devaluation of our Naira to the height that we never expected and has also concomitantly brought out unemployment and has led the government to contemplate, as we see today, to raise the price of fuel, electricity tariff and all manners of charges on the helpless Nigerians.
“We think that the government should reverse itself and should not continue in its mindless borrowing without seeing any benefits that are coming from it.
“We also, as a caucus, want to put on notice to all Nigerians and the international community about the threats to the lives of our members, to those who come out to say things that are true about the state of Nigeria today, and this threats have come in various forms, including threat to life.
“So, we condemn this attempt at holding everybody down and trying to shut us up and make sure that nobody says because they think by doing so, problems of the country will disappear. We say that problems of the country will not disappear.
“This is a time that needs the president to come out and take charge of his government and take us all away from problems we are seeing today.”
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
*** Says The Country Is Under siege
Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa has said that unless the current security situation in the country is addressed, Nigerians should not expected any election in 2023
He however pointed out that if the government decides to go ahead with elections despite the worsening security challenges across the country, such elections can never be credible.
Vatsa in a statement in Minna on Sunday titled “As the nation bleeds, can Nigerians have a credible elections in 2023” expressed worries that the entire country is overwhelmed by one form of insecurity or the other with the attendant lose of lives and the government seems to be without idea.
“No part of this country today is safe, people are being killed like flies. They have abandoned their ancestral home for fear and have no hope of returning soon”.
Vatsa, a former publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state believed that until the security problem is addressed and peace returned to towns and villages, any attempt to conduct election in 2023 under the present situation will amount to deceit.
According to him, “Nigerians will know that such elections will never be credible. It will amount to sitting in one place and writing results and the people will definitely resist such manipulations.
“But the truth is that this government can not afford not to conduct credible elections in 2023 because without free, fair and credible elections APC wouldn’t have been in power today. If for nothing, we must give Nigerians credible election devoid of any deceit and foul play”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator public affairs to governor Sani Bello, maintained that Niger state is one state that no credible election can be conducted without addressing the issue of Banditry which has brought the state to its kneel, stressing that “right now six or seven out of the 25 local government areas of the state are under siege from bandits.
“So which credible election will you conduct in such local government areas without addressing the security challenges there, it is not possible. Today there are over 20,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) across these local government areas.
“The state is overwhelmed with this situation and nobody is listening to the governor. So if you want to conduct election in these affected communities where are the voters”, he queried.
He therefore urged President Buhari to act fast “because the masses who voted for him in 2015 and 2019 can no longer sleep in their houses, they can no longer go to their farms. The country is bleeding and the poor people are most affected”, he submitted
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