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.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, Wins Primary for Second term
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has emerged winner of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
In the primary election conducted at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta, five other aspirants contested against the governor.
The aspirants include Olubiyi Otegbeye, Mrs Modele Sarafa- Yussuf, Mr Owodunni Opayemi, Remilekun Bakare and Abdukadir Akinlade.
Of the six aspirants, only Abiodun, attended the primary, while agents of all other aspirants, announced their presence and did what was expected of them.
Giving the details of the election, that was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, the Chairman of the Ogun State APC Primary Election Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, disclosed that 1,180 delegates, from the 20 local governments, were accredited for the exercise.
Announcing the results, Ohu, said Abiodun scored 1,168 votes, while other aapirants, did not secure any vote, saying that two votes were voided.
Prior to the commencement of the process, Ohu, announced to the delegates and all the leaders of the party that attended the event, that all required agents, were present.
Ohu took time to read out names of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other officials of the APC officials that were sent from the National Secretariat.
Court sacks Accord Party Exco, NWC
A High Court of Federal Capital Teritory, Maitama, on Monday has barred the National Chairman of the Accord Party, Hon. Mohammad Lawal Nalado, from further occupying any position in the party.
This was as the court also sacked all the National Executive Members and National Working Committees, who were said to have contested and spent more than two terms in office and so prevented from re-contesting for the same post/office or remain in the same office in acting capacity after the expiration of their term(s).
In a judgment delivered by Hon. Justice O. A. Adeniyi was consequent upon an Originating Summons brought against the National Executive and National Working Committee of the party by Innocent Igboekwe, Prince Joseph James and Jamilu Abass.
Represented by their Attorney, Chief Wakeel Olawale Liady of The Bridge Chambers, the three party members sought a declaration from the court to prevent the national officers of the party not to hold any office in their hierarchy of the party having been sworn-in twice as prescribed by the constitution of the party.
The plaintiff also asked the Court to declare that the tenure of office of Hon. Mohammad Lawal Nalado’s led National Executive Committee and National Working Committee of the party has expired on the 17th of January 2022 having been elected and sworn in on the 18th day of January, 2018.
The declaration stated inter alia: ‘Having regard to the clear and unambiguous provision of section 223 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Section 85 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and Articles 19 and 23 of the Constitution of the Accord Party,
‘By the reason of the expiration of Hon. Mohammad Lawal Nalado’s led National Executive Committee and National Working Committee of the ACCORD on the 17th day of January, 2022 there has been a vacuum in the administration and running of the 1st Defendant’s political party.
‘By the reason of the expiration of Hon. Mohammad Lawal Nalado’s led National Executive Committee and National Working Committee of the ACCORD on the 17th day of January, 2022, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Defendants and/or any member of their committee cannot function, act and perform as subsisting members of the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee of the 1st Defendant as from 18th day of January, 2022.
‘The deliberate refusal, failure and negligence of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Defendants to call and hold National Convention and meetings of the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee as required by the law is a gross violation of provisions of the 1st Defendant’s Constitution.
‘The deliberate refusal, failure and negligence of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Defendants to call for the annual auditing of the finance of the ACCORD is an infraction of the provision of 28 (1) of the Constitution of ACCORD.
‘By virtue of provision of section 223 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Section 85 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the 2nd Defendant should oblige that the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Defendants to comply with the extant laws on tenure of office and finance of the ACCORD.’
Granting the plaintiff’s prayers, Justice Adeniyi therefore restrained the Accord Party and the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) from allowing the Naldo, Michael Lerama, and Barrister Maxwell Ngbudem alongside other executive and the NEC members, who had contested and held party office for two terms from further contesting and holding office after their second term.
The Court also granted an order in favour of the Plaintiff restraining Accord Party and INEC from according or continuing to accord any recognition to the r any other member of the party, who has served during Hon. Mohammad Lawal Nalado’s led National Executive Members and National Working Committee because their tenure of office had expired on the 17th day of January, 2022.
Justice Adeniyi also directed the Accord Party to hold its National Convention/State Congresses with a view to elect members of the National and State executive Committee with ninety (90) days from the date judgement is delivered in this suit.
Cheering supporters escort Sen Grace to the APC Nat’l office, as she picks forms for the Adamawa South Senatorial seat
The ongoing Beehive of activities at the All Progressives Congress’, APC, party in Abuja with politicians thronging from across the country picking forms for either president, Senator, or house of representatives seats for the coming 2023 general elections is unprecedented.
Senator Grace Bent from Adamawa Southern Senatorial District was today amidst cheering supporters went to the APC national office and picked her nomination and expression of interests forms vying for the senatorial position of the Southern zone.
Bent who represented the zone from 2007 to 2011 has today told our reporters that a replacement of better representation to give is what she incubated while away from the office.
She vowed to work round the clock to ensure APC gives a good fight for the ousting of the PDP government in Adamawa State.
Grace said that the forms are the thinking of Adamawa people electorates, not her own making as they push her for the National assignment.
“I’m their servant, they just sent me to pick these forms for them, not my interest, it’s their own.
” They had the experience of my stewardship, they want a taste of it again they are anxious to feel my selfless service again”. She Said.
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