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FCT Poll: We Are Committed To Credible Elections – INEC




The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is committed to conduct a credible area councils election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by February. 12, 2022, with appropriate technology deployment and its innovative tools.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this while speaking at the ongoing INEC FCT Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) Amber Zone Implementer’s workshop, on Monday in Abuja.

Oyekanmi said that the technology deployment and its innovative tools would be on election monitoring and support systems.

He said that the EMSC and the commission’s newly-introduced Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) remain critical factors in ensuring success in upcoming election in the six area councils of the FCT.

He said that while the BVAS was introduced to improve on the credibility of elections in the country, EMSC helps the commission to identify and mitigate potential risk in the conduct of an election in the country.

He listed the commission’s election monitoring components to include Election Management System (EMS), Electoral Risk Management (ERM) and Election Operations Support Centre (EOSC).

“EMSC has become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities.

“The EMSC makes available to the commission the necessary information in making real-time interventions to avert or mitigate potential risks or threats to an election,” Oyekanmi said.

In his presentation, titled “communication strategy”, Oyekanmi said communication was critical to the operations of the EMSC, hence the need for an appropriate strategy that strings together the personnel involved in the operational structure of the EMSC.

”The EMSC Communication Strategy aims at enhancing effective dissemination of information in a timely manner.”

He also re-emphasised INEC’s commitment to addressing some of the glitches noticed with BIVAS during the Anambra governorship election before the FCT poll.

The Project Coordinator, European Centre for Election Support (ECES), Mr Hamza Fassi-Fihr, in his remarks, described the workshop as an important step towards the conduct of transparent and credible area council election in the nation’s capital city.

Fassi-Fihr said that the FCT election was critical, as the first election to follow the Anambra Governorship election where the BVAS was deployed on an extensive scale, after the Isoko by-election, in Delta State.

“We know that the system worked overall well despite the glitches and technical issues it has suffered, be it related to the software or to the handling of the device by the ad hoc staff or the voters.

“In this context, therefore, the FCT Area Council election will be an important step forward for the Commission as it will have the opportunity to prove on the functionality of the BVAS, enhancing its acceptability among the stakeholders and at a very strategic moment which will be one year before general election,” Fassi-Fihr said.

The project coordinator said it was the expectation of the centre that the conduct of the FCT Area council election would set the standard for future elections, especially election monitoring.

“Monitoring the level of readiness of the Commission across the various electoral operations and the pace of implementation through the EMSC is important to the successful conduct of the election.

“The EMSC helps the commission have a real time view on the electoral process and continually adjust to evolving context on the ground.

“This workshop is therefore of utmost importance as it will allow sharing the information on what has been done so far, where you stand and what needs to be done.

“I am sure that the EMSC tool will once again play its role as it did in the 2019 General Election, and other off cycle governorship elections,” Fassi-Fihr.

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Lagos APC Scribe, Hon. Odesanya,  Urges Lawyers to Participate In Electioneering Process




The Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Hon. Sunmi Lanre Odesanya, has urged lawyers across the country to ensure that they get their Permanent Voters Card and participate in elections.
The legal practitioner made the statement during an interactive session with the executives of the Ikorodu chapter of the the Nigerian Bar Association on Thursday.
Speaking during the session held at the Lagos APC secretariat, Acme Road, Ikeja, the former Chairman of the Lagos House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary, Human Right & Public Petitions said that the purpose of the meeting was to cross fertilise ideas on how to move the party forward.
“The legal profession remains my noble constituency. I’m so proud to be a lawyer. The purpose of this meeting is to cross fertilise ideas with my learned colleagues on how to move the party forward. Lawyers are stakeholders, even if they are not partisan, they should endeavour to get their PVCs and participate in elections.
“There’s a saying that if you fold your hands, the fools will rule over you. I implore this intellectuals, professionals and nation builders not to just fold their hand. As stakeholders, they should participate in the electioneering process. Lawyers are blessed right from heaven with wisdom and knowledge on how to govern the society,” he said.
He assured the Ikorodu NBA chapter of individual and collective engagements whenever the need arise.
“I’m proud of Ikorodu of NBA. There’s the need to tap from their wealth of intellectuality. The community is blessed with intellectuals at the BAR. They are growing in all realms intellectually,” he said.
The APC State Secretary assured the executives that he will put in his best to convince senior colleagues in the legal profession from Ikorodu for moral and financial supports to the chapter.
Earlier in his remarks, the Ikorodu NBA chairman, Idris Kolawole Thanni, highlights some of their challenges and seeks both moral and financial supports for the newly inaugurated administration.
“We have various committees that requires supports. We are newly inaugurated. We committee on Pro bono, Domestic violence, Child right abuse, People living with disabilities, legal aids, police duty solicitors scheme and anti cultism.
“Each of these committees have special tasks and roles they provided freely to indigent people of Ikorodu. We have lawyers stationed in courts to offer free services people brought to court without a lawyer to defend them. By doing this, we help decongest our correctional centres.
“We have lawyers that are saddled with the responsibility of standing in for those that suffers domestic violence, child abuse, rape etc. We offer free legal advice to cultists that wants to renounce their memberships. We have lawyers who also go round to check police cells to see those who were wrongly arrested and detained and get them Justice.
“We don’t have a BAR centre in Ikorodu. We are tenants there. We need a BAR centre for the branch. We will appreciate whoever comes to our aid in this regard by immortalising them. We hope that the secretariat will yield to our requests,” he averred.

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2023: Ibori Ex-convict Negative Status Injurious To Atiku’s Presidential Race.  By Agofure Okpodovan





The presidential race of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may hit the rocks again if the Turaki Adamawa does not distance himself from an ex-convict and corrupt former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori.
The media reported that Ibori is currently flirting around with Atiku over who should be his presidential running mate. And it appears failures associated with previous attempts to become President of Nigerian has been wipes off Atiku’s memory . This time around he may be in for another regrets if the PDP presidential candidate refuses to distance himself from an unrepentant criminal and corrupt ex-onvict, Ibori.
Atiku is aware that acute corruption bedevils this country in monumental proportion and Nigerians neither want to hear nor see any trace of corrupt individuals piloting the presidential campaign of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Ibori is well known locally and in the international community as a  corrupt, crude and hardened criminal who pleaded guilty for looting Delta State treasury during his tenure as governor between 1999 and 2007.
The Econet (now Airtel) unscrupulous transaction and many other shady deals for which Chief Ibori pleaded guilty and was jailed in London, cannot be forgotten in a hurry. About £4.2 million of Delta State stolen funds by Ibori was repatriated to Nigeria last year and withheld by the federal government. Delta State Government is still battling for the recovery of the money and several billions of Naira in foreign currencies hanging in foreign banks, yet to be repatriated.
Atiku as an experienced politician and a forthright presidential candidate of PDP, is aware of the electoral and electioneering disaster that will befall him and PDP over renewed political romance with a hardened fraudster and ex-convict, Chief James Ibori. This should never be allowed to happen at all.
Ibori of 1999 is no longer the Ibori of 2022, in terms of political relevance and control of Delta State politics. The just concluded gubernatorial primary in the state wherein his partner in money laundering and looting of Delta State treasury, Olorogun David Edevbie, was rejected by delegates arrest to the fact that Ibori is an expired politician.
Atiku cannot afford to take Nigerians for a ride, he must stay away from Ibori otherwise his victory in 2023 cannot be guaranteed.
At the just concluded PDP presidential primary in Anuja, Chief James Ibori could not influence one single delegate votw fort Atiku The state governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, is unarguably the current leader of Delta State politics and Chairman, South-South Governors Forum. He is in perfect control of the state political structures, loved by Deltans, and if Atiku must win in 2023, he should of a necessity avoid ex-convict James Ibori.
It was reported that Ibori accompanied Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to PDP Secretariat for official transactions and this singular act may attract negative public reactions. For him to succeed, he must not be seen to patronise unscrupulous elements, corrupt past leaders and ex-convicts like Chief James Ibori. Atiku must thread with caution this time around.
2023 presidential election is obviously Atiku’s last chance to become Nigeria’s president and he must not waste this golden opportunity because of an ex-convict. Atiku must listen to PDP leaders and NEC of the party to pick his running mate. He must never allow an ex-convict to dictate or determine who become his running mate. Millions of Nigerians will abandon Atiku because of his political romance with Ibori. He must at all cost avoid this foreseeable political and electioneering disaster.
In Delta State, Chief Ibori is no longer in charge of the political structures. He deliberately distanced himself from party politics since he returned to Nigeria after serving his jail term in London. Ibori is only interested in planting rogues in government to steal Delta State resources.
Deltans have resolved never to allow Ibori have access to their state treasury via partners in crime. This also accounted for reasons why his co-conspirator, Olorogun David Edevbie, could not emerge as 2023 governorship candidate in the state. Atiku must not waste this opportunity, he should avoid patronising past corrupt leaders with little or no electoral value.
There is no gainsaying the fact that Ibori is a political leper and a corrupt leader, his personal relationship with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not withstanding. And if Atiku truly want to win the 2023 presidential election, he must avoid the former rogue governor of Delta State.
As the saying goes “show me your friend and I will tell you who you are.” Darkness and light cannot cohabit, they are separate entities; one is positive and the other is absolutely negative.
Atiku must surround himself with positive leaders and not negative corrupt ex-convicts with no electoral value like Ibori.
If Atiku allow Ibori to dictate who become his running mate, 2023 presidential election will be a monumental disaster for him and his party, because Nigerians will not vote for a candidate who is fraternising with ex-convicts and corrupt past leaders.

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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.

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