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LG Poll: Adeyemi Ikuforiji Sends Message To Politicians, Stakeholders

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Ahead of the Lagos State local government elections, former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji has advised politicians and other stakeholders to embrace positive attitudinal change for the emergence of a new electoral mindset.

Ikuforiji made the call at the conference organised by the Centre for Human and Socio-Economic Rights (CHSR) and held at the Right House Ikeja, Lagos at the weekend.

While emphasizing the importance of the people in a democracy, he said, the people are the beauty of democracy.

Ikuforiji said, “When the people’s element of the democratic system of government is ignored, the entire system fails and such a nation will not progress.

“I am therefore urging the electoral bodies, political parties, security agencies, and citizens to see themselves as stakeholders in the democratic process. They must actively participate in every election to bring about peace, progress and stability at the grassroots and in the country.

“For us to have true democracy at the grassroots, the State Independent Electoral Commission and Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) must not be seen to be independent in theory. They must be seen to practice independence in reality. The electoral bodies must recognize the sanctity of its role as the results of its conduct will determine the future for many years to come.

LG Poll: Adeyemi Ikuforiji Sends Message To Politicians, Stakeholders-Crystal News

LG Poll: Adeyemi Ikuforiji Sends Message To Politicians, Stakeholders-Crystal News

“There has to be an attitudinal change among political stakeholders. A new electoral mindset has to emerge. It is time we embrace issue-based electoral campaigns. As the local government elections approach, candidates must not see winning as a do or die affair. They must strategise and productively engage the electorates to gain their votes and supports. Votes must be earned and not stolen or rigged.

“Society is afflicted today because many citizens have a debased perception of the electoral process, thereby placing individual priorities above national interest. It is therefore expedient to keep in mind that leaders don’t drop from the sky like snow during winter, they are products of societal value.

“It is noteworthy to state that our democracy is bedevilled with numerous challenges, ranging from corruption, nepotism, tribalism, inefficient public systems and citizens’ political apathy all of which have made grassroots democracy a mirage till date.

“We, therefore, need to take a drastic step to stall the dwindling state of our democratic experience by urging Stakeholders and political parties to perceive politics and statesmanship as a tool to correcting these ills.”

Police Caution Youths, Hoodlums, Others

In his speech, the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ahmed M.Kontagora (Operations) cautioned those that have premeditated motive to wreak havoc during and after the election to have a rethink as the command is combat ready to curb any act of electoral malpractices and other illegalities.

“Permit me at this juncture to issue a warning to those who have the intention to disrupt the local government election to desist from doing so forthwith.

“The experiences the police have had in past elections have now formed a watershed that will factor effective and efficient police participation in the forthcoming local government election.

“For us to have a genuine grassroots democracy, it implies that the governments, political parties, regulatory bodies/umpires and other stakeholders must formulate policies that will enhance equal participation of all and sundry in political processes and decision making.

“As a roadmap for a successful outing in the forthcoming local government election, I enjoin the politician to shed the toga of intrigues, subterfuge, self-conceit and brinkmanship, so as to make way for the right culture of decency, responsibility and responsiveness to emerge in the political space.”

Earlier in his speech, President, CHSR Alex Omotehinse, appraised the precarious situation of the country’s national life in relation to the pocket of skirmishes recorded in the wake of the electoral process.

He said, “Youths should shun violence, take an active part in partisan politics and eschew being used as thugs to snatch ballot boxes.

“The recent clampdown of every Nigerian that speaks against injustice in this country with fictitious, frivolous obnoxious charges is a serious threat to peace as it poses security challenge to our hard-earned and most cherished democracy, rule of law, civility and corporate existence as villages, communities which makes the local government as the third tier of government stands vulnerable.

“This must be resisted not only by freedom fighters and activists alone but by the Nigerian masses irrespective of their tribes, ethnic nationality, religion or political affiliations.”

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APC Ward Congress: Osun To Adopt Consensus

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 Mr. Gboyega Famodun, the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun, on Friday, said the party would be adopting a consensus system at the party ward congress on Saturday.
Famodun made this known at the “Osun APC  Congress Committee Stakeholders’ Meeting on Ward Congress” at the Government House in Osogbo.
The party caretaker chairman, who was welcoming the party national congress committee members, said security arrangements have also been made to ensure committee members’ safety and security throughout the congress.
In his remarks, Mr Gbenga Elegbeleye, speaking in the same vein, said that his team has received a list of members of the congress committee set up by the party in the state that they ill be working with.
Elegbeleye, however, debunked reports that he had been kidnapped in the state because of the congress, saying he and his team just got into the state and that he is safe and sound.
“The principle of consensus would apply for the congress. according to the party, and we will be very transparent in our job,” he said.
The State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, in his remarks, said consensus was adopted by the state for the congress in order to avoid rancour.
Oyetola explained that congress was a way of electing officers of the party and should not be a problem.
He, therefore, appealed to those who would be taking part in the congress to ensure a rancour-free exercise, rather than turning it into a battle

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Action has begun in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye season and users can now vote for their favourite housemate.

For the BBNaija Season 6 tagged “Shine Ya Eye”  SMS voting has been scrapped and other means are being introduced by the organisers.

Crystala News highlights how fans can vote for their favourite housemates.

Voting via BBNaija website

To vote for your favourite housemate on the BBNaija website, fans are to register on the site: africamagic.tv/bigbrother

Click on the Vote menu and register by providing your details as required. Successful registrants will receive One Time Pin via SMS.

Once the OTP is entered, you can then be eligible to vote by selecting your favourite housemate.

Website votes are free though data charges may apply. Votes on the website are limited to 100 votes per user for every voting round.

For future voting, users will have to login with their phone number and password to carry out the voting process.

Voting via MyDStv/MyGOtv App

With the app, users are eligible for additional votes depending on their active DStv or GOtv package.

To vote via the app, simply download any of the apps on Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Once users are logged in, they are to click on the Vote now option and follow the instructions to proceed.

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Lagos APC Group Decries Modalities For Ward Congress

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The Lagos4Lagos Movement within the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the procedures and guidelines for Saturday’s ward congress.

The Convener of the group, Olajide Adediran , who addressed newsmen on Friday at Ikeja, alleged that the National Ward Congress Committee, headed by Mohammed Dangiyadi, was biased.

Adediran said that the national committee ought to have formed a local working electoral committee to work with, to make its work easier in the 245 wards in Lagos State.

“The congresses will hold tomorrow but till now we don’t know the electoral committee members or even the contestants. The venues are also not clear.

“The guideline said there must be forms for anyone who wants to contest, but we have not seen any single form, despite paying for same and having our payment evidence.

We even showed the chairman a list of our intending contestants across the 245 wards, to express our readiness for this congress.

“How do we hold a congress/election without knowing the members of the electoral committee and even aspirants?

“The committee chairman said he has no business with the list of contestants, but who are the aspirants you are conducting the election for if you don’t have forms with you at this time,” he said.

According to him, it is very obvious they are scared of the competition, but the group will go ahead with the ward congress on Saturday because they have paid for nomination forms into the party’s coffers to show readiness and seriousness.

He called on the group members in the 245 wards to come out on Saturday and file behind their officials to be voted for.

“When we are done, we will submit our list and payment pieces of evidence to the national office.

“We will also seek redress in the court if we are not satisfied with the congress outcome because it is our right and we are fully prepared to give all it takes to assert it,” Adediran said.

Reacting, APC Lagos Chapter  Spokesman, Seye Oladejo, said that members of the party knew that forms could be obtained from the party secretariat.

Oladejo urged those who need the forms to proceed to the appropriate venue to get one.

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