Anambra election proves my electoral reform yielding results-Buhari

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write essay on love President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated  Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for winning his re-election, just as he said that outcome of the poll indicated that his electoral reform is yielding positive result. It would be recalled that Buhari constituted a 24-man committee to address defects in Nigeria’s electoral laws and constitution. Buhari’s congratulatory message came barely 48 hours after Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Obiano winners of the gubernatorial election, defeating All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Tony Nwoye and other contestants.

business plan template for small business “The processes leading to the election and its peaceful conduct and outcome, have shown that our electoral reform is bearing positive fruits. This is very encouraging and I am determined to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing.”

In the message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President urged the governor to rededicate himself towards building on achievements that endeared him to the electorate and swayed the overwhelming majority of votes in his favour.

enter site Buhari assured the Governor-elect that the Federal Government is ready to work with him for the greater harmony, peace and development of not only Anambra State but the entire country.

He however commended INEC, election observers as well as security agencies and other stakeholders, on the peaceful conduct during the gubernatorial election in the state.
 Buhari urged the electoral umpire to improve on areas of logistics as the nation braces for coming governorship elections and the main general elections in 2019.
The president particularly expressed delight at the conduct of the candidates post-election results, describing it as heart-warming and a renewal of confidence in the sanctity of the ballot which deepens our nation’s democracy.

Fayose dismisses plans to join APC

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page The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has dismissed claims that he had concluded plans dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressives Congress (APC). Fayose further described the allegations as a figment of imagination of the APC which allegedly manufactured the story. The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, on Monday, described leaving PDP for APC as dumping Jesus Christ for Satan.

view Fayose stated that he would never join the APC, rather, would welcome APC members to his party, saying, when PDP was embroiled in leadership crisis, Fayose did not leave the party. Is it now when PDP is positioning itself to win back power in 2019.

go here “Is it the APC which merely exist only on pages of newspaper in Ekiti that Fayose will join? Fayose is an oversize for the APC to accommodate. Fayose is preoccupied with plan to transit power from PDP to PDP in Ekiti in 2018.”

Buhari orders release of inmates serving pardonable offences By Balogun Alabi

Critical Lens Essay For Death Of A Salesman President Muhammadu Buhari has directed State Governors and Chief Judges to release prisoners who were detained unnecessarily as part of the plans to decongest prisons across the country.

Buhari lamented that some noticeable problems in the country’s judicial system have caused citizens to loss confidence in the third arm government.

He said that the public expected fairness, impartiality and speed in the administration of justice but, regrettably activities within the judicial system often led to court cases dragging for decades without resolution, illustrating Lagos land cases.

The president, while speaking on Monday at opening of the 2017 All Nigerian Judges’ Conference of Superior Courts, in Abuja  themed “Strengthening Judicial Integrity and the Rule of Law”, hinted that there were huge backlogs of cases waiting to be dispensed especially at the Appellate levels.

He stressed that decision to seek release of the detainees was in no way a prelude to usurping the powers of the National Judicial Council or aimed at intimidating the Judiciary as wrongly portrayed in some sections of the media.

“Reform of the judiciary should start at eliminating these seemingly endless delays in settling what to the layman apparently simple cases are. Again, litigants expect that higher courts should endeavour to harmonise their rulings.

“There are contradictory decisions of superior courts on the same subject matter in cases where facts are substantially the same without a clear attempt in subsequent cases to distinguish the earlier cases. This lack of clarity leads to serious confusion to the lower courts”, he said.

Buhari, who implored judges to pay close attention to efforts aimed at reforming the system, added that Nigerian democratic system cannot survive or prosper without strict adherence to the Rule of Law.

The president argued that the prime purpose of any government is to regulate social relations within its territorial jurisdiction because without rule of law the government would degenerate into anarchy.

He however gave reasons for the increase in allocation to the judiciary and underlisted some of the challenges facing the system.

On the reason for the increase, Buhari explained that majority of judicial officers, who are incorruptible, perform their duties under the oath  of office, even when the office lack modern facilities that could aid their activities.

“Bearing these in mind, this Administration increased allocation to the Judiciary from N70 billion to N100 billion in the 2017 budget. A similar figure has been proposed for 2018,” he hinted.

Jubilation in Anambra after Obiano wins re-election

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

After keeping the Nigerians waiting for hours, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, winner of the Governorship election in the state, with residents storming the streets in jubilation over his victory.

In the result announced by INEC, barely 24 hours after voting exercise was completed, said that Obiano polled more votes than other candidates even after some votes were declared void.

INEC returning Officer, Prof. Zana Akpabio, who announced the result on Sunday, said that Obiano, who contested on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), polled 234, 071 as against 98, 752 recorded by the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Tony Nwoye.

Akpabio, who is current Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, added that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Oseloka Obaze scored 70, 293 votes.

After announcing the result, the electoral officer hinted that the incumbent governor won in the 21 local governments in the state.


Macron’s party elects new leader

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah with agency report

The France President, Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique En Marche! (LREM) party,  has chose Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations and Government Spokesperson, Christophe Castaner, as its new leader.

Aside Castaner’s election, the party also choose its new executive board which came nearly 19 months after the party’s establishment and 16 months in power, LREM held its first congress in the western city of Lyon.

The only candidate for the position, Castaner, 51, was selected as the party leader for a three-year term by a college of elected officials, ministers, party executives and 200 chosen party members but not directly by LREM’s estimated 380,000 members.

“I am proud and very honored to have been elected General Delegate of #LaREM. I will put myself at the service of our movement, and will carry the voice of all our adherents,” Castaner reacted through one of its social media.

The method has created some tension inside the party with a group of 100 members quitting over what they called “arrogant, undemocratic” methods.

It would be recalled that Macron launched the centrist LREM movement in April 2016. The “citizen” movement — fielding a team of political novices — secured a landslide majority in last June’s parliamentary elections.

A slap to mainstream parties, it represented a dramatic shake up in the country’s political landscape.

Hoodlums disrupt PDP primaries, mutilate electoral officer’s ear in Plateau

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Activities at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries ahead of council election in Plateau State were disrupted by hoodlums who invaded the venue, beat up members and party officials.

The thugs disrupted the primary elections organised by PDP to decide its chairmanship candidate for Kanke ahead 2018 local government elections in the state.

It was learned that the thugs, who invaded the Kwall Stadium, venue of the election, beat up members of the PDP electoral committee and officials of the party, and destroyed several cars.

Worst hit in the attack among the electoral officials was Anthony Joro, whose eared was mutilated by the hoodlums at the venue.

Also not sparred by rampaging thugs was PDP Chairman for Kanke Local Government,  Dauda Waptu, who sustained various injuries on his face.

Eyewitness stated that the election, which began peacefully with delegates voting after accreditation, turned violent when it was Waptu’s turn to vote.

Trouble started when some of the delegates said he should not be allowed to vote because they did not recognise him as the party chairman, a position others vehemently rejected, insisting that he was the leader and must vote.

The argument later turned violent and the thugs, usually fenced off the voting centre, invaded the arena and attacked their targets.

Speaking on the incident, Waptu, who expressed surprise at the attack that disrupted the exercise, argued that list of delegates for the election was approved by members which does not give reasons for any person to halt the exercise.

He accused an unnamed member of the House of Representatives of sponsoring the thugs, and described such attitude as crude and primitive.


The lawmaker representing Kanke/Pankshin/Kanam federal constituency,  Tim Golu, blamed the incident on alleged mischief by the party officials.

“The authentic list of delegates, whose election was witnessed and certified, was doctored by Amos Gombi, PDP State Deputy Chairman, who is from Kanke, in a desperate effort to impose his crony,” he alleged.

Golu said that the party officials were warned of the impending danger, but insisted on conducting the primary election “even when they were told that the environment was not conducive”.

“Those who insisted that the primary election must hold should be arrested and held responsible for the unfortunate crisis. They changed the list of delegates three times and the people at the wards protested; even after the security operatives and some of us, who sensed danger, warned them, they insisted.

“This incident wouldn’t have happened if they had listened to us; now look at the level of damage and animosity it has created,” he fumed.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) Plateau Police Command, Tyopev Terna, who confirmed the incident, said that the Police were already trailing the political thugs that disrupted the exercise.

“We have not arrested anyone, but we are investigating the matter; the thugs beat up many people and destroyed several cars. We shall not rest until they are fished out and dealt with.”

He advised politicians to adhere to the rule of the game, warning that anyone found culpable in the Kanke incident would not be spared.

Ojukwu son dumps father’s party for APC

By Olawale Abdul-fatah

The son of the founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Emeka Ojukwu Jnr, has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

His decamp to APC, which came barely six years after the father, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, passed away in London, United Kingdom (UK), was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari, APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, 12 APC governors, National Assembly members in the party, among other party big wigs, witnessed the event.

Ojukwu jnr made his declaration on Wednesday in Awka at the grand finale campaign of the APC candidate for the Anambra 2017 governorship election, Dr Tony Nwoye.

Explaining reasons for dumping his father’s party, he stated that it was to protect the interest of the Igbos which his late father stood for before his death.

Ojukwu jnr, who was adorned in a toga of his new party, said it was time for the people of the South-East region to move from the recession of the periphery to the centre.

He described his father’s party as a means to an end, stressing that members of his father’s party often decisive electorate with unattainable promises.

He said the reason why his father joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the Second Republic was to ensure that Igbo people remained in the mainstream of Nigerian politics.

The APC national chairman, who presented the party symbol to him , described the rally as another historic campaign.


Buhari orders IGP to restore Anambra governor’s security aide

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

President Muhammed Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to restore security aide of Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, even as he urged residents to support All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the election, Tony Nwoye.

Buhari’s directives came barely 24 hours after Obiano raised concerns over withdrawal of his security aides without accurate explanation ahead of the governorship elections scheduled for November 18.

The president, who led APC members to a mega rally in Awka, Anambra for the party’s candidate in continuation of his two-day visit to South East states, assured the electorate that would benefit from the synergy that would occur between him and the party candidate.

At the rally on Wednesday, the president said aside Anambra, the other states in the South-East would equally gain as a lot of infrastructure have been earmarked for construction in the South-East in the next year’s budget.

Presented at the rally were the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, who spoke at the occasion said APC in Anambra was thorough in her choice of Nwoye and Dozie Ikedife candidates.

“We have toured the nook and carnies of the state during our campaign tour we are ready for the election and the people are behind APC. The other political parties also in this contest are only afraid because they have done nothing to show the people that their parties deserve the mandate of Anambra people again’’, he said.

“If you are a governor, your reward will come from the people when you perform well. The roads I built more than 14 years ago are standing, while the ones they built just yesterday are in bad shape, yet they want another mandate.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, stated that residents of the state should see Buhari’s to Awka as a royal opportunity which should be appreciated with massive support to APC on Nov.18 election.

“The visit of Buhari to the South-East after his overseas trip is mark of love for the Igbo people and Anambra people, I appeal to you to return the love by voting our party on Saturday’’, he said.

PDP chairmanship aspirants sign peace accord, pledge to respect result

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention in December 9th, Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, has disclosed that the eight contenders for National Chairmanship seat of the party have signed peace accord and agreed to work with any of them elected at the party’s Convention.

The governor stated that the reasons for their action was because the convention would serve as a template for future conventions in the country and marks the party’s return to power through the 2019 election.

Fayose, who also doubles as the chairman, PDP Governors Forum, disclosed the agreement of the eight contenders during an interview with newsmen Monday after a five and half hour closed door meeting in Enugu state.

The contenders, which include six aspirants from South-West and two from South-South, were Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Rasheed Ladoja, Gbenga Daniel, Raymond Dokpesi and Uche Secondus.

Fayose said that the governors met to deliberate on the forthcoming national convention and discussed with the chairmanship aspirants on what they wanted at the event next month.

We put PDP first and PDP is first. We are leaving Enugu believing that we will take power at the centre in 2019. We believe we will take over Anambra if the election is free, fair and credible. Nigeria is of age to conduct election that is acceptable internationally,” he added.

Governors at the meeting were, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Darius Ishaku, Taraba; Ibrahim Dankwambo, Gombe.

Others were Emmanuel Udom, Akwa-Ibom; Ben Ayade,Cross River; ifeanyi Okowa, Delta; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa; Nyesom Wike, River, while Ebonyi was represented by the deputy governor.

Also present at the meeting were former governors, Gabriel Suswam of Benue and Godswill Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom. Aside this, the meeting graced by former External Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi, Kema Chikwe, former Senate President Adolpus Wabara, and incumbent Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

INEC warns staff against malpractices during Anambra gubernatorial election

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Ahead of next weeks Anambra gubernatorial election, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has warned the the over 20,000 staff deployed for the poll not to get involve in activities that could mar the poll including electoral fraud.

The INEC boss said that anybody caught in electoral malpractice would be dealt with in accordance with the law because Nigerians and international community are watching INEC in its resolve to make Anambra governorship election the best in the history of the commission.

Yakubu gave the warning when he addressed the staff of the commission at the INEC state headquarters Awka ahead of Nov.18 governorship election.

“INEC will be holding two elections in Anambra on Nov. 18, the governorship election and the state assembly election for Idemili North state constituency you must discharge your duties diligently. There are many people out there working seriously to see that the commission fails in its commitment to record free, fair and credible election and you must have this in mind.

“The commission will get rid of you if you do the wrong thing, and you are aware that those caught in the web of such negative act during the conduct of 2015 election are still facing the music’’, he added.

He hinted that the commission had over one month ago provided money and other logistics needed for the smooth conduct of the  election, even as he advised the heads of each units to work closely with their subordinates.

Yakubu assured the electorate and stakeholders’ that materials would begin to arrive local governments Wednesday while the sensitive materials would be shared less than 24 hours to the election.

Meanwhile, the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, assured the national chairman that staff of the commission  were committed to ensuring a hitch-free election.