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2023: INEC expresses readiness for possible run-off

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said in line with its tradition of adequately preparing for eventualities, it has enough logistics to take care of a possible run-off in next year’s Presidential Election.

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at a meeting with Bureau Chiefs and Regional Editors of media organizations.

Represented by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye, the INEC Chairman said the commission has always prepared for all elections and that it would not have the time to start printing new ballot papers within a space of three weeks in the event of a tie.

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“This is because the law gives the commission just 21 days within which to engage in reverse logistics and conduct a run-off election in case there’s no winner,” he said.

INEC also advised Nigerians to follow the procedure outlined in the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended) to make their claims and objections on the voters’ register as displayed nationwide.

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He said; “We will harvest all the claims, objections and complaints and carefully and objectively deal with them.

“The whole essence of the display is for Nigerians to double check the register and assist the Commission put in place a robust, comprehensive, and acceptable register.

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“While it is Important to use the social media to point out errors, issues and challenges in the register, the correction of the errors and removal of malicious registrations must follow the procedure and sequence outlined in section 19 and 20 of the Electoral Act 2022.

“We urge members of the public to approach our Revision Officers for assistance in making their claims, objections, and complaints.

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“We also encourage members of the public to visit the Commissions website and follow the protocols outlined therein in making their claims”.

On the collection of Permanent Voter Cards PVCs, he said; “We assure all Nigerians that the PVCs of those that registered between January 15, 2022 and July 31 2022, will be ready this month (November). The Chairman will give the exact date for collection.

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“All those that registered within this period as well as all those that carried out transfer and those that applied for replacement will get their cards. Nigerians will have sufficient time for PVC collection.

“No Nigerian that validly and genuinely registered will be denied the opportunity of collecting his or her Permanent Voters Card.

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“We plead that Nigerians should not wait till the 11th hour before approaching our Local Government Offices and the Wards for PVC collection.”

Okoye also said that the use of Bimodal Voter Verification System (BVAS) for 2023 polls, Okoye said “it is mandatory and it is not an option of charity.”

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On his part, General Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors NGE, Iyobosa Uwugiaren expressed the support of the Guild to the commission at all times.

Also speaking, the Dean of Bureau Chiefs, Yusuf Alli, urged INEC to ensure that the 2023 general elections is free, fair, transparent and credible.

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2023: Enang accuses South-South Govs of siphoning N950 billion oil fund

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The Directorate of Parliamentarians of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South- South geo-political zone, has accused the six governors in the region of misappropriating N950 billion that accrued to their states as proceeds of excess crude oil sales and 13% derivation.

Director of the group and governorship candidate of the APC in Akwa Ibom State, Sen Ita Enang who made the accusation at a news conference in Abuja, said the governors shortchanged their respective states through low rate discounting at various banks.

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Enang therefore, called on the Houses of Assembly of the affected states, to thoroughly investigate the action of their governors and commence impeachment proceedings against those found culpable.

 

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He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had paid the said money as arrears due to the oil bearing states between 2004 and 2019 as well as derivation arrears from deductions made by NNPC from 1999 to December 2021.
Enang said that while Akwa Ibom State had collected a total sum of N133.5 billion, it had an outstanding of N277 billion to collect but had already discounted the fund at low rate in banks for ridiculous loans.

According to the document circulated to journalists during the news conference, Rivers State Government has collected N116 billion from the arrears of oil monies and N229 billion as outstanding while Delta State State, collected a total of N125 billion but had an outstanding balance of N253 billion.

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Similarly, Bayelsa State has collected N104 billion and has an outstanding balance of N209 billion was also being discounted by the State Governor for ridiculous loans.

According to him, Edo State has collected the sum of N13 billion so far and has N37 billion outstanding payment which is also being discounted through loans in some banks.

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He however, said that Cross River State Government was not in the fleecing game due to insignificant accruals the State had been getting.

His words: “Total money collected by Cross River State from oil money arrears is N1.4 billion while outstanding payment is N1.2 billion. Exposures being made here today on how the Governors of the South South States , have been squandering oil earnings , are to get the people of the respective states informed ahead of the 2023 general election that they should reject their party , the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the 2023 general election.

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“We want impeachment proceedings to be carried out against them by their respective State Houses of Assembly if their members truly loyal to the people. We however thank the Governors for their kleptomania which will surely make candidates of their party to lose elections next year.”

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Finally, Obaseki’s Men Lose As Appeal Court Endorses Edo PDP List

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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP aspirants for political offices in Edo State aligned with Governor Godwin Obaseki have again suffered a setback following the Court of Appeal judgment which sacked the list of the governor as candidates of the party.

The judgment which emerged on Friday, November 25 averred that the appellate court set aside the judgment earlier won by the Obaseki aligned candidates and returned the candidates aligned to the mainstream of the party, otherwise known as legacy PDP as led by Chief Dan Orbih, the National Vice-Chairman, South-South.

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It would be recalled that the Obaseki inclined faction of the party had won a court judgment that removed the candidates earlier listed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The candidates removed belong to the Orbih faction and were those who emerged from the primaries the INEC claimed to have observed.

The development led the Orbih faction to lodge an appeal at the Court of Appeal Benin which in its judgment set aside the ruling that foisted recognition on the Obaseki led faction of the PDP.

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In the lead judgement delivered by Tunde Oyebamiji Awotoye , JCA, the Court of Appeal resolved 4 out of the 6 issues in favour of the Legacy candidates and as such declared that the Appeal was meritorious and therefore allowed.

The court also set aside and struck out suit no FHC/C5/78/2022 which earlier declared the Obaseki’s group candidates as the authentic candidates) because of incomplete transmission of records that made the court not to have jurisdiction over the appeal.

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The decision of the Court of Appeal siding the Orbih list could be further challenged by the Obaseki faction in continuation of the turf battle between the governor and his former allies PDP who collaborated in the fight against the APC in the Edo governorship election of 2020.

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Fixing Nigeria Is No Rocket Science-Obi, lists criteria

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The Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi has said to fix Nigeria is not rocket science but requires extraordinary commitment from the people and their leaders.

Obi’s view is contained in his remarks at the weekend at the Annual General Meeting AGM of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA in Calabar, Cross River state.

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At the conference with a theme; “Housing and Design Excellence for National Development”, the LP standard bearer listed what he called 4Cs; -competence, capacity, credibility and commitment as critical requirements to turn the country around.

“We must aspire to put in place a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment. These 4 Cs, are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around”

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He noted that, “What is grossly missing in Nigeria’s leadership, governance and economic realm is the lack of efficiency. Good governance and a prosperous and stable economy are routinely anchored on sectoral and holistic pursuit of efficiency”

He told the Architects that Nigeria has high and severe housing deficit to the point that the country needs 28 million houses to be built to meet the national needs and by estimation this will cost about 60 trillion naira.

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He said that what his Presidency will do if given the mandate is to partner with a professional body like the NIA and create the enabling environment via the right of making laws; regulating and preserving of property; employing the force of the community; and public good.

The dearth of vision and commitment in our political leadership over time is having effect in all sectors, noting that, “what is grossly missing in Nigeria’s leadership, governance and economic realm is the lack of efficiency. Good governance and a prosperous and a stable economy are routinely anchored on sectoral and holistic pursuit of efficiency.

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According to him, “if I and Datti are hired by Nigerians on February 25th, 2023, we will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and properties but for this to happen there must be elite consensus on critical national interest questions.

“We are also aware that our existing national infrastructures are decrepit and crumbling. We are housing challenged. We have as a nation been inconsistent in our infrastructural planning and funding. This is an area we must tackle urgently.

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Obi further remarked that as a first step their Presidency must start with rethinking the fundamentals of our nationhood and how to collectively unite and secure Nigeria and move it from good to great.

“Good governance simply translates to eight critical governance values, namely; a government being Accountable, Transparent, Responsive, Equitable and Inclusive, Effective and Efficient; and adherence to the rule of law, as well as participatory and consensus-oriented governance.”

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With the mandate of Nigerians the Obi-Datti administration, from its inception, will continue to encourage investment in infrastructure—housing, energy, transport, irrigation, and telecoms—to grow these and other sectors.

“We are eager to quickly close the infrastructure gap between now and 2030. That is the Nigeria we want in place by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target year.”

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Obi also charged the Architects to bear in mind some fundamental requirements of their profession in contemplating on “Housing and Design Excellence for National Development” which includes Design for the future and economic and social wellbeing; to think of demographic in our designs; Design and build for public good;
Our buildings must be accessible to People with disabilities; Our buildings must reflect our culture and heritage; We must manage funding for building; Give primacy to maintenance culture; and finally NIA must protect its institutional integrity

Finally, he then reminded the NIA members of the new mantra of his campaign message,
“in the mission to rescue Nigeria, there is no tribe, religion, or class. Indeed, there can be no conscientious objector.”

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