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NCFront supports US Visa Ban on Nigeria’s Election Riggers

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NCFront supports US Visa Ban on Nigeria’s Election Riggers

Pan Nigerian political movement, the National Consultative Front(NCFront) has thrown its weight behind the decision of the United States to place visa ban on election riggers in Nigeria.

Addressing Journalists in Abuja on Tuesday the NCFront said the move is clearly within the rights of the US government to slam such restrictions on any politician whose conducts it believes is inimical to the tenets of its kind of democratic principles.

The NCF backed the US action against Nigerian politicians at a National Dialogue aimed at x-raying the “Crisis of Internal Party Democracy in Nigeria: the effects, and panacea.

The political association said the US visa ban will help to sanitize electoral processes in Nigeria and serve as deterant to erring politicians in a culture of impunity.

Speaking on the burning issue, the Head Public Affairs Bureau, Tanko Yunusa however said that the US government should have shared the information; including the identity of the affected politicians with credible organisations like his National Consultative Front.

He argued that such unilateral decision by the United States has the capacity of undermining Nigeria’s sovereignty.

The United States had on Monday announced the Visa ban on some unidentified politicians over their conducts in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo Governorship elections as well as the concluded elections in Kogi and Bayelsa State.

On the problem of Internal Party democracy; NCFront lamented the culture of impunity and absolute disregard for political party constitutions especially as it relates to the conduct of primaries and conventions.

The group called for an amendment of the Constitution that will fix a time limit to when a politician can switch political allegiance in an election year.

The NCF believed that a major cause of internal party crisis lied in in a culture that allows money bags jump bait at the last minute for their selfish political gains and at the expense of other party members who have toiled for the party.

As a solution to the dwindling of internal party democracy in Nigeria; the group called for the unbundling of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The group said INEC as it is currently constituted is overburdened; stressing that splitting the responsibility of the electoral body will create the necessary mechanisms and sufficient time to address many of the internal crises tearing political parties apart in the country.

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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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