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Multiplicity of parties is good for democracy says rights activist

The multiplicity of political parties is a good development not a waste the Executive Director Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul has said.

He cited the election of the ADC candidate for Yagba Federal Constituency who won while the PDP candidate Senator Dino Melaye wofor the Senate.

“So if the opportunity was not given to people who might have been cheated in one party to try another party where he can have his or her mandate.
“First and foremost you have to be a candidate before you can stand election. If there are two or three political parties the opportunity would have been limited.”
H said what is left for the parties to do is to know their interest and strenght area. “Everybody cannot be a Governor, so in Kogi State for instance, why not go into alliances like those in business and the banking sector, banks are merging and if the banks can do that, can’t political parties also merge?
“Let’s say for Governorship election five parties come together to support either one of the parties or candidate but unfortunately many of the parties don’t have genuine members.
“Like in Kogi west senatorial district there were 91 candidates, why can’t they support one party? So it is the merger we should advocate for rather than limit the number of political parties.
“It would help against violating the principle of democracy and allow for inclusiveness. One fundamental thing we have witnessed is the impunity of political parties.
“People just think because their party is registered they can carry gun and kill anybody, that is frustrating. They go to the air and say all sorts of nonsense and they are not ready to learn.
“Go to political party offices, they don’t have manifesto, party constitutions are not availlable, they don’t have staff.

“They realised so much during the party primaries and what do they do with the money? They dont enlighten the citizens and they are the primary beneficiaries and they never take that serious.
They push everything to INEC, we think INEC must do everything,
“INEC has provided a level playing field by putting up rules and regulations. All we need to do as political parties is to identify our own rules.”
Abdul said they discovered in the level of ignorance of citizens on electoral process.
“A lot of citizens think that election is a one day affair. But electoral process has its own layout it is left for us as citizens to play our individual and collective part.
“For instance INEC has a very functional website but a lot of Nigerians on their own don’t care to go these website just to have knowledge on what is to be done and what not to be done.
He said many Nigerians don’t know what is rerun or by election, who is a collation officer or a returning officer?
He said the primaries that were conducted by political parties those who are not members of the party are not even allowed by law to observe because it is an internal affair of the party.
“These are the build up that snowballed into malpractice during elections.”

The executive director said there was bottled up anger from the conduct of the primary by the various political parties.
He added that unless those ones are addresseandd internal democracy is encourage among political parties there is still a long way to go.
Herakles about sone documents that are being produced for the media, security, INEC staff and Civil Society groups who want to be observers, he asked how many of them make use of the opportunity?
“I think we need to take more interest on process of election activities than the election day activities.
“We should begin to challenge political parties that the impunity they are currently practicing is not allowed. They should follow the rule of the game because election is a contest, there is a rule guiding it and when you subvert the rule there would be anarchy.” We are all participants we should all contribute our quotas to making process credible.

On the whether the refusal to assent to the electoral act by the president was the problem he said it was not true
“It is out of ignorance, we should also ask why it took the national Assembly this long? “They are politicians, they want us to reason like them and they always want to pass the blame. The first thing is that they were contesting election, when was the bill passed?
“There is an African chatter that says you cannot sign any new law 90 days to election, people don’t even know this. No country in Africa can sign any new law 60 days or 75 days to election
“That was the main thing the president hung on to, to decline assent which is legally right.
“Secondly, it is the attitude of individuals, no amount of law put in place, that will deter somebody who is determined that he must win the election, he will go and carry ballot box. “The Government officials who carry fake policemen, uniform men and women on election day, will the electoral act stop them?
“The IG said no security officer should escort Government officials on election day, was the rule followed? It was flaunted all over the country. “All the Government officials that carried ballot boxes were assisted by security officials across the Federation, does that have anything to do with electoral act?”
He explained that the opportunity to have electoral reforms must commence with the new national assembly and the Presidency immediately. “We cannot continue to complain, but there are hitches that ought to have been corrected that were not corrected.
“Even the national Assembly ought to have passed the electoral act earlier but the period it was passed into law was the problem hence it was not assented to.
“I don’t belong to the school of thought that if the electoral act had been passed the level of violence would have been minimized.
“It is the conduct of the politicians who are desperate and want to win at all cost. During the presidential election the desperation was minimal compared to the house of Assembly election across the 36 States.
“Why did they became more desperate, it is not the issue of the electoral act?
He said what needs to be done is as soon as the election is over all the stakeholders should commence the electoral reform process so that it does not become a fire brigade approach when it is six months to election before such laws are being signed.
“Look at the constitutional ammendment we have been spending Billions of Naira on, what is the outcome?
“The international community has engaged various stakeholders to support the National Assembly to pass new laws but they were there playing politics.
“Look at the budget that has been sent to the National Assembly since September 2018, it has not been approved.”
On whether the 5 elections can be held in one day he said it would be difficult.
“As observers that stayed long at the polling units some of the voters do not recognize the party logo they want to vote for, if you give them 5 ballot papers, they would be confused.
“We have not developed to that extent. There is nothing wrong with staggered election, for me it is the best for now and I believe in multi party democracy.
“It is about enlightenment, in South Africa they have more than 100 parties. The difficulty in the ballot papers is because the parties refused to educate the people.”

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2023 Presidency: Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

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2023 Presidency:  Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State may have signaled to all the older persons jostling for the Presidency to jettison their ambitions as the time is for the younger generation
He said, the nation is bedevilled by leadership crises due to the absence of succession plan.
He spoke in Abuja on Saturday when he received a team of ex-Nigerian football internationals, led by a former Super Eagles player and coach, Augustine Eguavoen.
He said Nigerians should focus on competence of aspirants seeking for the presidency of the country as against the clamour for zoning.
The Gover had since thrown his hat in the ring backed with vigorous campaigns for the topmost job.
Bello expressed confidence that come 2023, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix the country.

He added that the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them.

Bello said competence should be the basis for the emergence of Nigeria’s next President instead of ethno-religious considerations.

Using the example of the new leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Governor Bello said it was time the old left the political stage for the younger generation. “Mr President who listens to the calls and yearnings of the youths appointed one of us to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and you are going to see the magic wand in the fight against corruption because Mr Bawa knows that the future lies squarely on the shoulders of the young generations.

So, we will do everything possible to assist Mr Bawa to succeed on the job. “No matter the energy or talent that you had put in building the Super Eagles of those days, if you don’t have successors, younger ones who will take over from you, we would not have still had some brilliant people on the pitch today.  “Both north and south do not know boundaries when it comes to football and other sports. So, we are appealing to Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity. For once, let us get one person who will fix this country irrespective of where he comes from and then the rest shall follow. “I pray that good reasons will prevail on our seniors to know that the time is up for them because I have been charged with the responsibility of educating, sensitizing, mobilizing strong, energetic, committed and patriotic new generation of men and women. I will not fail in that responsibility. “I know that the youths and students are listening to me. We have spoken. We have communicated a nd we understand ourselves. We are ready to take leadership. We are not waiting to be simply called upon. We are saying, here we are. We are taking charge. “By the special grace of God, I can assure you that come 2023, our party under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix this country. There will be Judases. No doubt about it. There will be gang ups. There will be landmines but we will overcome them. There will be obstacles. There will be hurdles but we will cross them. I think the elders, the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them. I want to finally urge our seniors and the federal and state governments to give every necessary support to those who made us proud at one time or the other,” he said.

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

***offers N10M to support purchase of Tinubu nomination form

By Doris Ferdinand

A group under the aegis of Tinubulate Nigeria Agenda (TINA) is urging Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency declare for 2023 presidential election.

Director General -TINA, Alamoh Kehinde Samuel disclosed this in an inaugural world press conference held at Tinubu Support Group Office in Abuja on Saturday.

Kehinde said after much consultation, the group decided to throw their weight behind Bola Ahmed Tinubu and give their unrelenting support to him because they are convinced that he is competent to actualize the Nigeria of their dream.

The group further offered a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 to support Asiwaju’s purchase of presidential nomination form.

“Our group has concluded plans to present a cheque to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as support for the purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms to run for the presidency, when the party commences the sales of form.”Kehinde said.

“As a show of our commitment, we wish to present to Nigerians, a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 as support in the purchase of Asiwaju presidential nomination form immediately the APC commences sale of forms, this is to demonstrate our commitment to this course which is critical to the development and progress of our dear country.

“Again, we are convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu possesses all the qualities, competence, capability, capacity and experience needed to actualize the Nigeria of our dream.” Kehinde added.

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday 27th March 2021 for the conduct of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State.
Thia was contained in a statement that was issued by National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
The vacancy he said arose as a result of the death of Hon. Ossy Prestige, member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State in the House of Representatives and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Federal Constituency by the National Assembly.

He pointed out that the official notification for the election the commission said will be published on Monday 1st March 2021.
“Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 4th and 10th March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 16th March 2021.

“Political Parties shall submit the names of their Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officers of the respective Local Governments on or before 19th March 2021 and campaigns by political parties shall stop on 25th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 10th March 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.

“Political parties fielding candidates for the bye-election should pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the bye-election and conduct transparent and valid party primaries in line with the dictates of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).

“We enjoin political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500, 000.00

“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.”

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