Bayelsa seeks APC congress violence probe

next By Newsdesk Following death of two persons during All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, the government has expressed concern over regular violence and insecurity that often take place during APC activities in the state. The two deaths was recorded when gunmen suspected to be political thugs invaded APC secretariat during inauguration of the new caretaker chairman, Joseph Fafi, which also left nine persons injured.

follow In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, the People’s Democratic Party-led government described the incident as a barbaric and serious breach of existing peace in the state,

how do you define success essay The Bayelsa government noted that the incident was against all democratic and acceptable norms, urging Nigerian Police and other law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the recent outbreak of violence during the party’s non elective congress.

link It appealed to Federal Government and the National leadership of APC to call its officials in Bayelsa to order as their activities were becoming disgraceful and highly embarrassing to government and the law abiding people of the state.

need help writing my paper “It is a very sad commentary that, the APC in Bayelsa state has turned itself to a lawless and violent organization, where its leaders and supporters resort to violence at every slight provocation.

Need Help Writing A Essay “Even for internal matters of the party that ought to have been handled with maturity and reasonable level of understanding” the statement added.

get link Reacting to the incident, leader of APC in the state, former Bayelsa state governor, Timipre Sylva, decried the shooting and killings, stressing that efforts to bring the party to disrepute had failed.

essays about journey Sylva, who commiserated with families of the victims and visited the injured, apologized to APC supporters and loyalists attributed the dwindling fortunes of the party to poor leadership of the former chairman, Tiwei Oruminigha. help with writing a paper for college Sources said that invasion of the party could be linked to alleged undue expulsion of ex-chairman of the party and his executive members, by the National leadership of APC, appointing an interim executive to pilot the party affairs.

bank service quality thesis According to him, today, they thought they can intimidate us, small children and cowards; they came here to scare the people, but they have failed in their attempts

view “The ship of APC has started sailing in Bayelsa state and no one can stop the ship, now this party will begin to function. “To all supporters and Bayelsa people, I am in the state to officially present Joseph Fafi as the one that would run the affairs of the party in the state; now, Fafi is the new party Acting Chairman,” Sylva added.

Kwara electoral commission dumps card readers usage ahead LG election

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

Ahead of November Local Government election, Kwara State independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC), has insisted that card readers would not be deployed for the council poll.

The chairmanship and councillorship elections into the 16 local governments have been scheduled by the electoral body to hold next three months.

KWASIEC Chairman,  AbdukRahman Ajidagba, made the stance on card reader usage during a meeting with representatives of registered political parties in his office in Ilorin.

Ajidagba said the state was not financially buoyant to acquire card readers for the council polls, saying, we abandoned the use of card readers for the local government elections to avoid hitches that may occur from the machines while the elections are in progress.”

The Kwara electoral commission boss, however, promised a credible, reliable and fair election even without the card readers.

Ajibagba, who described the political parties as the major players in the conduct of the election, solicited their cooperation and support for the success of the exercise.

He also advised the representatives of the parties not to incite the electorate before, during and after the elections, saying no credible poll could be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos and acrimony or violence.

He said the commission would soon release the time table for the polls to enable stakeholders to fully prepare for the exercise.

Speaking on behalf of the parties, the Vice-Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Chairman of Moro Council, Theophlius Sunday, assured the commission of their readiness to ensure a successful poll.

Cross River INEC states clear capital punishment for erring official

By Aina Amune

The Cross River State newly appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Briyai Frankland, has categorically made clear that the commission would deal decisively with any member of Staff who connives with politicians in manipulate election results in the State.

He said that after interacting with various stakeholders, that there were negative perceptions about the conduct of some members of staff of the commission during elections.

Frankland disclosed the commission plan yesterday during interactive session with newsmen in Calabar, where stated that the INEC was ready to separate weed from iron and correct mismatch of officials.

According to him, INEC has observed that there is wrong public perception about electoral officials conniving with politicians to manipulate results of elections in the state.

“I have warned all members of staff, especially at the Local Government levels to change their attitude to work as the state INEC under my watch will do everything to uphold the sanctity of elections in this state.

“I will not tolerate any laxity on the part of my staff and anyone found culpable will be punished accordingly, ‘’ he said.

Franklin maintained that he had a lot of integrity to protect and that he was not in the state to dance to anybody’s tune but to discharge his duties diligently, just as he advised political parties in the state to work hard to win elections rather than waiting to manipulate the process.

“I am not here for anybody. My advice to political parties is that they should work hard, and I promise that anyone who works hard will always win elections.

“Any political party that has done its homework well and deserved to win will win election.

“INEC in Cross River is not going to be partisan. Any INEC staff who misbehaves will be summarily disciplined. Therefore, electorate should not be afraid, I am here for service to our fatherland, ‘’ he said.

He further stated that to ensure that all eligible voters in the state were not disenfranchised; INEC had begun the second phase of voter registration at designated centres across the 18 Local Government Areas.

According to him so far over one million voters have been registered in the state and members of the public should not panic as the exercise was a continuous one.

Frankland enjoined the media to report the activities of the commission with objectivity and advised them to always reach out to his office for clarifications whenever they are in doubt.


Kwara APC holds congress ahead November LGs poll

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

Preparation for Local Governments (LGs) election in Kwara state have  started recording parties, members and eligible candidates formation, just as All Progressives Congress (APC) held a peaceful congress, which followed the state Independent National Electoral Commission’s announcement of November 4 as date for poll across Kwara 16 LGs.

At the congress, which held at the party secretariat along Agba Road, Ilorin, it was gathered that three delegates emerged from each of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state, and that of the them appeared through affirmation by other delegates, who were elected from earlier ward and local government congresses.

The Leader, National Secretariat Delegation, APC, Mohammed Bigol, claimed that that the event was well organised with an impressive turn out of supporters, even though there was tight security during the congress, with delegates and officials been thorough screened by security personnel before allowed entry.

According to the leader,  the attendance was a testimony that the ruling party was doing well.

However, the State Chairman, APC,  Ishola Balogun-Fulani, noted that the conduct showed that the ruling party has 90 per cent of the voting population in the state.

Kwara INEC fixes November 4 for LGs poll

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

The Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) has announced its concluded plan to conduct elections across 16 Local government areas of the state by 4th of November, the date which the commission stated would witness free and credition election.

The Chairman of the commission, Dr Uthman Ajidagba, said that the commission had perfected arrangements for the conduct of reliable, accurate, credible and acceptable local council elections in the state, just as he assured to ensure needful election materials were made available before the said date.

Ajidagba, after disclosing it conclusion at a news conference where he declared the date  for the state 2017 local government elections at KWASIEC office on yesterday. disclosed that the commission had acquired boats to be used by its officials for the conduct of the polls in the riverine areas of the state.

The KWASIEC chairman said the proclamation was to alert stakeholders and the entire residents of the state on the commencement of activities for the elections.

385,654 PVC uncollected in Imo-INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed that no fewer than 385, 654 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), were yet to be collected by residents in Imo state.

INEC lamented that weeks after completing voters’ registration exercise, the registered voters were not desirous to collect their PVCs from their offices.

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, disclosed the statistics of uncollected PVCs at a one-day Stakeholders Forum held in Owerri on Wednesday.

He hinted that only 1,435 PVCs, which is about 0.004 per cent of the total 397,089 PVCs, had been collected so far, saying, the number negates importance of the card.

According to INEC official, people could only exercise their political powers to the extent that they had the card to vote and chose their leaders.

He however lamented that the commission was uncomfortable with women in the state because they were not turning out in droves to register in ongoing registration exercise.

Ezeonu said: “The commission’s gender policy focuses at creating platforms for equal access and participation of both men and women in the electoral process.”

The REC appealed to women  and other critical stakeholders to use the opportunity of the women’s annual August meeting to mobilise women to participate actively in the exercise.

On the ongoing voters registration, Ezeonu disclosed that the number of registered voters stood at 39,803 with more registered males of 23,158 PVCs (58 per cent) as against 16,645 (42 per cent) females.

Giving a further breakdown, he said that 491 persons had requested for replacement with 332 PVCs recorded as displaced, while 159 PVCs were misplaced.

The resident electoral commissioner said that 1,628 persons in the state requested for transfer comprising 1,320 persons for interstate transfer and 308 persons for intra state transfer.

He gave the local government area with the highest registration turnout as Owerri Municipal with 4,539 pvcs, followed by Aboh Mbaise with 2,638 PVCs and Ngor Okpala having 2,544.

Onuimo LGA, he said, had the least number of registered voters with just 341 persons, Idiato South LGA and Ohaji Ebgema LGA trailed with 622 and 792 registered voters, respectively.

Ezeonu said that INEC, for the first time, was instituting a continuous voters’ registration (CVR) exercise unlike previous years, recalling that the last registration began on April 29 and ended on July 20.

The INEC official added that the list of those registered had been displayed in INEC offices in local government areas for claims and objections.

He urged the people, as major stakeholders in the Nigerian democratic project, to go and check their names, collect their PVCs even as the second phase of the exercise would resume on July 31.

Ezeonu said the forum was a call for synergy among the stakeholders, especially in creating more awareness and encouraging the people to go out and register.


Kwara APC fixes congress for Saturday

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

The Kwara State chapter of All Progressives Congress(APC), has announced that it would commence its congress on Saturday, to enable it fill all vacancies in its leadership structure from ward level to the local government level and at the state level.

The party, through its publicity secretary, Sulyman Buhari, on Friday,also announced dates for appeal committee sittings while assuring party members that the party congress will be fair and credible.

According to him, the resolution of the party to fill vacancies in the party structure across state would kick off with Ward Congress  on Saturday, 2017, while petitions emanating from the congress, if any, would be by treated by the Appeal Committee on Monday, 17th of July, 2017.

The publicity secretary added that after ward congress, the local government congress would hold on Saturday while Appeal Committee would sit on Monday, 24th of July, 2017.

“Conclusively, the state congress will hold on Saturday, 29th of July, 2017 while Appeal Committee will sit on Monday, 31st of July, 2017. The party will also elect three (3) delegates to the National Convention from each of the 16 local government areas of Kwara State.

“Finally, the party wishes to assure all party members in Kwara State that arrangements have been concluded to ensure hitch-free congresses,” Buhari said.

INEC stops Melaye’s recall after court order

By NewsDesk

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would comply with order of  Federal High Court in Abuja that temporarily suspended recall of Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District from the Senate.

The Commission, in a statement issued by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Adedeji Soyebi  on Thursday in Abuja, stated that the body had reached decision after considering the court order dated July 6, 2017, at its regular weekly meeting held on Thursday.

The court order had directed all parties listed in the suit filed by Melaye to maintain the status quo till the determination of the motion on notice.

Melaye was seeking order of injunction against the commission to stop it from acting on the petition by registered voters of Kogi west senatorial district.

“As a responsible, law-abiding institution, INEC will comply with the order. However, the commission has also decided to take immediate steps to vacate the court order for the matter to be heard and determined expeditiously. Whereas the court had adjourned hearing of the Motion on Notice till Sept. 29, the commission by law has 90 days to complete the process,’’ Soyebi said.

He explained that section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) sets a limit of 90 days from the date of the presentation of the petition (21st June, 2017) for the exercise to be completed.’’

The national commissioner however, said the commission did draw the attention of the Chief Justice of Nigeria to the order, adding that this was in view of the negative effect the order had on the performance of the commission’s constitutional duty.

Makarfi urges reconciliation of PDP’s factions after Supreme Court judgement

By NewsDesk with agency report

Few hours after the Supreme Court confirmed Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the People Democratic Party (PDP), he has came out to say his committee was opened to reconciliation that is based on equity, equality and values.

Makarfi made the pledge  on Wednesday in Abuja when addressing Members and stakeholders of the party after the Supreme Court judgment on the party’s leadership crisis delivered in favour of the committee.

He described the judgment as no victor, no vanquished adding that his committee is open to reconciliation; but there’s a caveat.

“Reconciliation does not mean we take what belongs to people and give it to you. It must be based on equity, equality and values. With this caveat, we should be prepared and willing to reconcile with everybody. Anybody that can meet this criteria, we should be willing and open to reconciliation with such a person no matter who they are,” Makarfi said.

Markarfi, who urged Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his camp to come and join hands with his leadership to move PDP forward, also urged members of the party not to throw insults at other party men and women who lost at the court.

“We should continue as friends, knowing that there are things we can do together, there may be things we may not be able to do together.We are willing to do everything to do everything on the foundation that I had mentioned. I urge them to come forward, join hands with us and let’s see how we move PDP forward,” the chairman said.

Makarfi commended PDP members and the judiciary for the fair judgement, saying PDP never lost faith in the judiciary.

“This victory is not just for PDP, it’s for democracy. This affirms the powers of political parties, the powers of convention of all political parties.

The battle we fought was not a battle for PDP alone. It was a battle for democracy. it was a battle for supremacy of party men and women to decide their destiny. It is a battle to do away with dictatorship in political parties and this will never repeat itself,” he said.

Markafi, promised that the committee within the next few days would begin consultation and come up with a programme of meetings between with expanded PDP caucus, added that these meetings would include Expanded Caucus, Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee so that the party  can take so a far reaching decisions on how to take the it forward.

The Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose ,said that the Supreme Court’s verdict had placed PDP on good stand to return to power in 2019.

Fayose, who said that PDP would make maximum use of the judgement to reposition the party, added that the forum would not fight Sheriff and his loyalists.

“We will not fight them. We just come back together so that we can celebrate 2019 together,” the governor said,  assuring the Makarfi-led leadership of the full cooporation of the governors.

Also speaking, the Senate Deputy President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, described the judgment as a collective victory for the entire party faithful and the nation’s democracy.

“I am happy that the Supreme Court has brought this protracted leadership tussle to an end today. There is “no victor and there is no vanquish’’, but a collective victory for our party and the nation’s democracy.

“No democracy can prosper in the absence of a virile opposition or under the extreme hardship Nigerians have faced over the past two years. Citizens deserve a viable alternative,” Ekweremadu said.

The deputy senate president who called on PDP leadership and elders to immediately initiate an all-inclusive peace, reconciliation, and rebuilding process in the party, said that was important to reunite everybody under the big umbrella and reinvigorate the biggest party in Africa to bounce back to the rescue of the suffering masses of Nigeria come 2019.

Senate President swears-in Osun State senatorial election winner, Adeleke

By NewsDesk

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has sworn-in Osun State senatorial election winner under the platform of Peoples democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday election, Dr. Ademola Adeleke.

It would be recalled that Adeleke defeated All Progressive Congress,(APC) standard bearer in the Bye-election poll, Senator Mudashiru Hussein, winning in 9 out of 10 local government areas in the Senatorial District.

Speaking at the ceremony on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Saraki said that he was filled with emotions as I swore in the brother of Late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke as Senator representing Osun South.

“I was I’m sure that my late friend, his family, good people of Ede and Osun West Senatorial District are delighted that the legacy of ‘Guv’ can continue. I am sure my departed colleague will, in his grave, be happy and filled with joy today and always.

“My only sadness is that Senator Ademola Adeleke is not coming in as an APC member. This is the result of mishandling of the pre-election matters by our party. We all have a good lesson to learn from this. I hope Senator Ademola Adeleke will very soon return to his natural fold, the APC, where he rightly belongs,” the senate president said.

He hoped that the election outcome would serve as an eye opener to APC at all levels that the will of the people must always be respected.

He congratulated Senator Adeleke and  hoped that he would live up to his brother’s expectations and further uplift the legacy established by their late father, Senator Ayoola Adeleke.

With the inauguration of Adeleke, PDP now has 43 lawmakers while the APC has 65 lawmakers.