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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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2023: I Will Not Impose My Successor On Rivers — Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said he would not impose any governorship aspirant of his choice on the people of Rivers come 2023.

Wike gave the assurance in a statement issued by Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, in Port Harcourt.

He assured that the leadership of the party would meet to decide who to support at the appropriate time.

Wike however said that he is obliged to ensure that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the 2023 governorship election in Rivers.

“One mistake I will not make is to impose somebody. From my experience as a student of history, reality has shown that it is difficult for you to say Joseph is the man I can trust.

”Until you give somebody power and money, that is only when you will know whether that person is trustworthy or not,” he said.

Wike stated that God would not allow someone who will destroy all the remarkable progress the state had made over the years to be the next governor.

”God will ensure that it is only someone who is courageous, firm and ready to protect the interest of Rivers that will succeed me.

“Rivers is a state that so many people have an interest in. It is a state that you have to put your feet on the ground. It is a state that you have to annoy a lot of Nigerians and a lot of Nigerians will hate you.

“But what is important is for you to know is what is good for your people and stand for your people. Do not allow personal interest to sway you against the interest of your people,” Wike stated.

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Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Is Dead

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Former Senate President in the Second Republic, Joseph Wayas is dead.

The death of Joseph Wayas, was announced by Governor Ben Ayade’s spokesman, Christian Ita on Thursday.

According to the governor, Joseph Wayas gave up the ghost in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.

Ayade said the late politician has left a lasting legacy that will be remembered for a long time, describing the death of the 80-year-old as a monumental loss to the state and Nigeria.

He, however, condoled with the family of Wayas and said his death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”.

The statement reads: “As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”

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Court Rules On Suit Seeking To Disqualify APGA’s Soludo

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A Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed suit to disqualify Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.

Crystal News reports that Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo of the Federal High Court on Tuesday dismissed a suit, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.

The Judge also awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Onyeka Ibezim.

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