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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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Mega Rally: Ogun APC PCC Set To Receive Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu





Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Arrangements have been concluded for the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) coming up on Wednesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The rally will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari who will be joined by the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, and other members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
Governor of the State, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun who also doubles as the State coordinator of the Presidential Campaign Council will be playing host to the party’s hierarchy for the Presidential Campaign rally this Wednesday, January 25, 2022 at Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s Stadium.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of APC PCC in Ogun State, ‘Wale Onifade on behalf of Chairman, APC PCC Media and Publicity, Otunba Femi Davies said the rally promises to be a mother of all rallies as APC members and supporters; and the people of the state are in high spirit to receive the president, Tinubu and their team.
Onifade added: “Also to join the president, who is the chairman of the presidential campaign council at the rally, are the chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Director General of the Campaign Council, Governor Simon Lalong, Deputy Director General of the Campaign Council, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC Governors, Deputy Governors, Senators, members of the House of Representatives, members of the Ogun State House of Assembly.
Otunba Davies urged all APC members in the state to turn out en masse to accord the president and his team a befitting welcome.
“The event will also herald the presentation of flags to the Presidential Candidate, Governorship Candidate and our National Assembly candidates in Ogun State.
“Already, the ground is fertile for the success of this great crusade because of the well known monumental, life changing performance of the ruling APC government in the state since 2017.
“The myriad of people centered positive interventions and genuine display of Character and Vision by the APC administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun testify to the enduring romance between the people of Ogun state and good governance.
” It is in this vein that the Presidential Campaign Committee, Directorate of Media and Publicity in Ogun State encourages members of the public, supporters, and admirers of our party to troop out to the great carnival to endorse competence, vision, character, hope and track record as epitomised by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

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Has Uche Ogah’s Governorship Dream evaporated?




Uche Ogah

As a top player in the oil and gas business, Uche Ogah’s paths have been laced with more roses than thorns.
The CEO, Masters Energy, plies his trade to the envy of many of his competitor
However, the man whose business interests include banking, insurance, aviation, shipping, dredging, logistics, construction and hospitality, had taken a wrong step when he dabbled into the murky water of Nigeria’s politics. 

His foray into politics can only be described as a misadventure rather than an adventure, as his ambition of becoming the number one citizen of his state has so far amounted to a wild goose chase.
His political trajectory started in 2015 when he lost the Abia State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu. 
He had felt like someone whose birth right had been denied him; so, he reportedly spent millions of Naira to reclaim the ticket.
 There was palpable joy in his household when Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the certificate of return to Ikpeazu, maintaining that he was never qualified to run for the party primaries in the People’s Democratic party (PDP on the grounds of fake tax returns during the primaries.
Justice Abang further ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Ogah as the substantive governor of the state.  
Following the controversial ruling, his supporters went out in wild jubilation, while the whole state went into a frenzy.
But his balloon of hope was punctured, in spite of the fact that he was presented with a Certificate of Returns by the INEC.
This was so because the Appeal Court in Abuja nullified the Certificate issued to him, a development that finally put paid to his dream.
Surprisingly, in spite of this doleful experience, he never gave up, as he fought and got the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to challenge his old rival, the incumbent governor, Okezie Ikpeazu at the last governorship poll.
Like a serial loser, he was again defeated by Ikpeazu.
To make up for his loss and compensation  for his loyalty for APC, he was appointed Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development.
To him, this was just a stop-gap, as his eyes are set on the number seat in the state.

He couldn’t wait for another election year  in 2022, as he once again threw his hat in the ring for his most cherished ambition.
Though the primary election had been held, it still remains controversial, as two contestants are laying claim to the party’s ticket.
While High Chief Ikechi Emenike is being duly recognised, Ogah has sued the alleged winner and APC for trying to deny him his right.

At the moment, it seems his hope of getting  the number one job of the state may not come true immediately, as the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, last week, dealt a blow to his ambition.
The Appellate Court affirmed Emenike as the Abia governorship candidate of the party for the 2023 election. 
Since the development, the oil guru has reportedly been having sleepless nights.  Perhaps, if Ogah had known, he would not have involved himself in the game of politics,
Indeed, if he knew any better, he would remain in his familiar business, making money.

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SDP Presidential Candidate,Adebayo, speaks at 2022 NBA Conference







Social Democratic Party, Presidential candidate, Adewole Adebayo has been invited as guest to the 62nd edition of the annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Since the 2022 NBA Conference will precede the 2023 general elections that will birth a democratic transition from one democratically elected President to another, for the fifth time in the 4th Republic, Adebayo who is also a lawyer by calling is expected to attend the opening ceremony which is on Monday 22nd,August 2022, as well as a special session that will follow immediately after, titled “Democratic Transitions in the 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond.”

In a letter signed by Tobenna Erojikwe,Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning on behalf of the National Executive Council and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”), stated that Adebayo is formally invited to the conference scheduled to hold between 19th to 26th August 2022 in Lagos State.

‘I write to formally invite you, as a guest to the 62nd Edition of the Annual General Conference of the NBA (“the NBA Conference”), scheduled to hold from 19th to 26th August 2022 in Lagos State. Accordingly, we will be delighted to welcome you as a guest to the Conference.

The NBA Conference is the leading event of the NBA and a main feature of the annual calendar of the Nigerian legal profession. It presents legal practitioners in Nigeria with a unique opportunity to interrogate issues affecting the profession and society and to continue to seek innovative ways of advancing justice delivery and providing value-adding legal solutions to their clients and the environment within which members of the Association operate.

The theme for this year’s Conference is “Bold Transitions”. And the Conference is anticipated to have approximately 13,000 delegates from the Bar and Bench in attendance. Also expected are business

persons from different sectors, technocrats as well as political leaders from within and outside Nigeria.

The core objective of the 2022 NBA Conference is to host a world class conference, with in-depth

discourse on critical issues affecting the legal profession and the country in general, facilitated by the most eminently qualified resource persons. Discussions at the Conference will focus on the need for the legal profession to engage boldly with global evolutionary trends and will comprise over 30 technical sessions where experts will lead conversations primarily aimed at envisioning the future of the legal profession within the context of a rapidly transiting world and business environment, triggered in part, by the revolutionary exploits and expressions of technology and the historic coronavirus pandemic.

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