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FCT Poll: We Are Committed To Credible Elections – INEC

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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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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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