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Anambra election: Group To Conduct Accessibility Audit For PWDs Inclusion

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The Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) on Thursday said it will conduct a Polling Unit Accessibility Audit to achieve inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Anambra election.

IFA Executive Director Grace Jerry in a statement in Abuja said that IFA had been at the forefront of ensuring that elections were inclusive in Nigeria for the benefits of persons with disabilities.

“Since the dawn of democracy in 1999, there has been controversy in Anambra in deciding who occupies the apex political office in the state.

“The controversy and tussle for power led to a court ruling which made Anambra to join the league of off-cycle elections in Nigeria.

“IFA has been at the forefront of ensuring that elections are inclusive in Nigeria through strategic and informed research-based advocacies to relevant stakeholders.

“The association through a random sample will deploy 200 trained PWDs to 200 Polling Units across 21 local government areas (LGAs) in Anambra. The observers will cut across various clusters of the disability community,” he said.

Jerry gave the breakdown of the sampled PWDs observers as follows: Aguata 12; Anambra East 9; Anambra West 6; Anaocha 11; Awka North 5; Awka South 14; Ayamelum 6; Dunukofia 6; and Ekwusigo 7.

Others are Idemili North 16; Idemili South 9; Ihiala 11; Njikoka 8; Nnewi North 11; Nnewi South 10; Ogbaru 14; Onitsha North 11; Onitsha South 11; Orumba North 9; Orumba South 7 and Oyi 7.

She said that the IFA team conducted training for the 200 PWDs observers at nine centres clustering the 21 LGAs according to their proximity and number in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

She said that to ascertain that the 200 observers understood the content of training and to test the association’s systems and readiness they would participate in a simulation exercise before the election.

“To communicate the activities of IFA and impacts the association commissioned an educative jingle to sensitise the PWDs and the Anambra citizens to participate in the planned election.

“The radio jingle has information on the deployment of assistive materials by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“These materials are the Braille Ballot Guide (BBG), Form EC30E, Form EC40H and priority voting,’’ she said.

Jerry said that in furtherance to promoting communication to citizens the IFA would hold pre-event news conference with members of the press across Anambra.

She said the group would also hold a post-event news conference after the election to share the findings from its member’s observation.

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel Embarks on Thank You Tour of Ogun East Senatorial District

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The Senator representing Ogun East District, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is set to embark on a thank you tour of the senatorial district, starting with Ijebu Ode Local Government.
The interactive session will take place at Obanta Club, beside Obalofin Court, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, on February 19, 2024.
The event aims to provide a platform for Senator Daniel to receive feedback on his senatorial activities, as well as to engage with constituents on empowerment initiatives, eye surgeries, and distribution of palliatives.
Covering a wide area, the Ogun East Senatorial District includes the local government areas of Ijebu East, Ijebu North, Ijebu North East, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Odogbolu, Ogun Waterside, Remo North, and Sagamu.
Ogidi Omo, as he is fondly called and who was also a former governor of Ogun State from 2003 to 2011, brings a wealth of experience to his role as senator, having served in various capacities in Nigeria’s political landscape. 
His decision to serve his people at the national assembly was met with overwhelming support in the 2023 General Election, when he cleared all nine local government areas in the senatorial district.
Otunba Daniel secured 115,147 of the 190,640 valid votes to defeat other candidates in the contest for the senatorial seat.

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Supreme Court Judgment On Sanwo-Olu ‘s Victory : Lagos Is Blessed At Such A Time “ Bestman Nze -Jumbo

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A Marketing Communications/Alternative Security consultant with deep interest in politics and social re-engineering, Otunba Bestman Nze-Jumbo, President of TeamNigeria4Change has congratulated the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the affirmation of his election victory by the Supreme Court. 
Otunba Bestman told this medium that the Supreme Court judgement did not come to him as a surprise considering the overwhelming performance of the governor during his first term which earned him the mandate of the people for a second term. “Lagosians have thanked him for a wonderful first term performance, so they yearned for a repeat performance. Lagos is blessed at such a time as this with Babajide Sanwo-Olu as governor. “
Speaking further, he opined that Lagosians collectively and massively voted Sanwo-Olu and no charlatan through any court can subvert the will of the people. 
According to Otunba Bestman, “The governor should by this victory do more to make a greater Lagos that will make Lagosians happy that they made the right choice. I am very positive that the governor will not fail the people.

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APC Stakeholders in Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency Warn Against Imposition

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In a resolute stand for democracy and the voice of the people, APC stakeholders in the Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency issue a stern warning against the looming threat of imposition in the forthcoming bye-election. Our collective commitment to the principles of democracy compels us to address the unsettling activities of Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the outgoing representative and current Minister of Interior.
Recent developments have raised grave concerns about Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo’s alleged attempts to unduly influence and manipulate the electoral process. His purported statements of having orchestrated the party’s delegate list and influencing key figures in the party hierarchy are disconcerting, posing a direct threat to the democratic fabric we hold dear.Among several statements credited to Hon. Bunmi Tunji Ojo are as follows:1. He claim to have the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress under his control, having given him a sum of 250,000USD for his office upkeep and 400 bags of rice as Christmas and New year package.2. He also claim to have bought over the All Progressives Congress Ondo state Chairman and that whatever he wishes will be the bidding of the state Chairman. 3. He claim to have submitted his prepared delegates list for the upcoming bye-election primary.4. He claim to have nominated the officials that will conduct both the delegate Congress and the primary election to the national secretariat and that there is nothing anybody can do to change it.
As loyal members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), we recall the struggles faced by our esteemed President during the last party primary election, when people like Hon. Bunmi Tunji Ojo worked accidiously for the then Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. It is imperative to learn from history, for our unity as a party is paramount. We reject any form of imposition and interference that undermines the democratic rights of party members in choosing their representatives.
Our democracy thrives when the will of the people prevails over individual interests. The reported actions of Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, if unchecked, have the potential to erode the very foundation of our party’s democratic values. We must remember that the strength of the APC lies in the diversity of its members and their ability to express their political will without fear or favor.
We, the APC stakeholders in Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency, call on our dear President and the national leadership of our great party to intervene swiftly. Let justice prevail, and let the true spirit of democracy guide our actions. We stand united against any attempt to impose delegates, and we urge all party members to remain vigilant, resolute, and committed to the principles that bind us together.
Together, we shall overcome any challenge that threatens the democratic essence of our great party

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