Ondo Guber: INEC Sets To Publish Aspirants Particulars On Its Website For Public Scrutiny
By Okoh Onuche
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the public to take an active part in the vetting of the list and particulars of nominated candidates for the Ondo State governorship election to enhance transparency in the nomination processes.
INEC, in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said that the list and personal particulars of the candidates as submitted by the 17 political parties would be uploaded on its website and published in the commission’s state office in Akure, Ondo State on Friday, July 31, 2020.
Okoye added that the list would also be published on the commission’s social media platforms on the same day.
He said: “The list and personal particulars of the candidates as submitted by the 17 political parties will be uploaded on our website and published in our state office in Akure, Ondo State, on Friday, July 31, 2020. This is in compliance with Section 31 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). The List will also be published on the commission’s social media platforms on the same day.
“By Section 31 (5) & (6) of the Electoral Act, a person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given in the affidavit or any of the documents submitted by any of the candidates is false may file a suit in court seeking a declaration that such information is false. If the court determines that the information is false, the court shall issue an order disqualifying the candidate from contesting the election.”
Test Your Political Relevance in The Forthcoming Election, Akeredolu Urges Deputy
By Okoh Onuche
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State yesterday urged his embattled deputy, Agboola Ajayi, to demonstrate his political relevance in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Akeredolu asked him to work in concert with his rival of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, rather than defect to another political party in pursuit of his governorship ambition.
The governor, who spoke with reporters at the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, was full of optimism that he would emerge victorious at the poll.
“For me, the deputy governor leaving the APC to return to the PDP is good riddance to bad rubbish. We thought we could accommodate him at the APC but since he returned to where he truly belongs, it is all well and good.
“I always wish people the best I can. From what I have been told, he has lost the ticket and I pray he won’t jump to another place but if he does, all well and good.
“However, for his own sake and as a big brother, I will advise him to stay with Jegede, support him very well. He has made a case that he helped me to win, let him help him (Jegede) to win and we will confirm that he is popular,” he said.
Akeredolu, who reiterated his determination to reconcile his differences with aggrieved members of the party in the state, said that he was at the party secretariat to offer explanations on the legality of his emergence as flagbearer of the party.
Meanwhile, Jegede has warned that the people of the state would resist any attempt to rig the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
He gave the note of caution at the weekend while fielding questions during a personality programme on Crest Frequency Modulation (FM) radio station in Akure.
In another development, the second term bid of Akeredolu received a boost yesterday as the Special Adviser to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Bola Ilori, agreed to work for him.
Ilori, who was among the party stalwarts opposed to Akeredolu’s government, expressed heartfelt congratulations to the governor over his victory at the just-concluded APC gubernatorial primaries in the state.
The former Director-General of Olusola Oke’s campaign team in 2016 said: “The governor has since winning the APC party primaries stretched the hands of reconciliation to all other contestants. This is a highly commendable sign of new beginning for the citizenry and good tidings for the fortune of APC in Ondo State.”
Declare Dogara’s Seat Vacant, Senator Jibril Tell Reps
By Okoh Onuche
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, has faulted the reasons tendered by former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, for defecting from the party.
Walid stated yesterday that the former speaker knew that he could not become the presidential candidate of the PDP, or even the vice, in 2023.
Dogara, an original All Progressives Congress (APC) member, had defected to the PDP. But last Friday, he returned to the APC.
The BoT chairman, who condemned the desperation of Dogara for 2023, said: “I am beginning to suspect that the former speaker has an ulterior motives for joining APC. I suspect that Dogara has a plan of becoming president or vice president in 2023, which he knows he will never achieve in PDP.”
He assured Dogara, who represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa in the National Assembly, that PDP would continue to be strong and united, with its doors open to all Nigerians.
Dogara had cited, among others, a breakdown of governance in his native state of Bauchi under Governor Bala Mohammed whom he said he helped instal as a governor last year.
He said he could not successfully ask questions about those issues without being accused of disloyalty, if he were to remain in the PDP.
IN the same vein, a PDP chieftain in Bauchi, Bibi Dogo, has asked the leadership of the House of Representatives to declare Dogara’s seat vacant or his constituency would recall him.
Dogo made the threat yesterday while describing Dogara’s action as “political indiscipline” against the people of Bogoro, Dass and Tafawa Balewa who elected him on the PDP platform.
“They don’t know why he defected to APC. He didn’t consult them before his defection. I hereby call on the House of Reps leadership to quickly declare Dogara’s seat vacant to enable his constituents elect a capable replacement,” he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Mohammed’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Lawal Muazu, said the governor’s “only crime against the selfish elite” in the state was that he resolved to put Bauchi first before any other consideration.
According to him, those who cannot absorb the heat are beginning to go away.
“Financial transaction of public funds is done in an open and transparent manner unlike in the past when billions of Naira were frittered away without any tangible project to show,” he said.
Budget Padding: Court to Hear Culprits Feb. 20
A Federal High Court in Kano on Wednesday fixed Feb. 20, for hearing in the case against the Clerk and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara over the suspension of Abdulmumini Jibrin.
Some constituents of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency sued the Clerk and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, challenging the legality of suspending their member, Jibrin.
The counsel for the plaintiff, Mr Bashir Muqaddam had earlier applied for a date to enable him respond to the issues raised in the preliminary objection filed by the defence counsel.
According to him, the defence counsel wanted the consolidation of the two suits – the one filed by the constituency in Kano and the other filed by Jibrin in Abuja.
Counsel for the defence, Mr Kalu Onuha said he had no objection to the application for adjournment.
The presiding Judge, Justice Sulaiman Akoko, said in the absence of objection to the application for adjournment, the case would come up again for hearing on Feb. 20.
Muqaddam, the counsel to the plaintiffs, told newsmen after the sitting that “when the case resumes on Feb. 20, we are going to argue on the issue of consolidation as raised by the defence counsel.”
Security was tight as hundreds of protesters thronged the court with placards shouting ‘bring back our member and compensate him’.
Recall that Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin was on September 28, 2016, suspended for 180 legislative days.
His suspension followed the adoption of the recommendations of the Nicholas Ossai-led Ethics and Privileges Committee.
The report of the committee was adopted on Wednesday after it was thoroughly debated on the floor.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara did not preside on the matter because he was one of those alleged by Jubrin for padding the 2016 budget.
The four recommendations were adopted at the Committee of the Whole House presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun.
Jibrin had alleged that Dogara, Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa, Minority leader Leo Ogor and nine committee chairmen illegally inserted fictitious projects into the 2016 Budget.
Jibrin was accused of bringing the House into disrepute with his utterances and action over the scandal.
Recall that the budget had been a subject of controversy with Executive accusing the National Assembly of tinkering with the original document submitted by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Initially both arms of the Assembly denied the allegation after rejecting the approved appropriation bill.
He represented the bill to the National Assembly and in the process of cross checking, it was discovered that some items were removed.
The House of Representatives committee was found to have built in constituency projects and alter some main projects of the executive.
In the process of investigation, Jibrin was found to be the arrow head of the fraud, but he roped in Dogara as a culprit and went ahead to rubbish the Speaker with more allegations.
Report by NAN
‘Respect the Constitution’ West African Leaders tell the Gambian President
By Marymagdalyn Francis
President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the delegation of West African Leaders to the Gambia on Wednesday to persuade the sit-tight president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh to concede victory to the opposition’s President-elect, Adama Barrow.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, informed the press on Monday in Abuja, that President Buhari will be accompanied by his Liberian counterpart Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former president of Ghana, John Dramani; the leaders will explore all options including the use of force where possible to impress on Jammeh the consequences of his imposition. Read More »
Keys to Wadata Plaza: PDP fighting factions, staff cries wolf
By Marymagdalyn Francis
Like the biblical story of the child contested by two harlots; the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction rejects the reopening of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Abuja, while the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi’s faction called for its reopening.
Staff of the party’s secretariat in a briefing yesterday in Abuja,have expressed disappointment over lack of Sen. Sheriff’s leadership to convincingly play its part as an opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
They accused him of “tacitly working against the party.” Read More »
Sen Dariye leads mass exodus of PDP to APC…party promises better time ahead for people of the state
Yakubu Busari,Jos .
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is fast losing grip in Plateau State as thousands of its members decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in what looks like an exodus.
The political mass departure took place on Wednesday, at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
Senator Representing Plateau Central in National Assembly Sen. Joshua Chibi Dariye, Deputy Speaker of the Plateau state house of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, Engr. Jimmy Chetto and Hon. Danladi Atu, were among thousands of citizens of the state who formally denounced the PDP to decamp to the All Progressive Congress.
At the event, Senator Dariye lead decampees from the central zones, while former Deputy Governor of Plateau state under the second tenure of Governor Jonah Jang, Ambassador Ignatius Long Jang and Arch. Pam Dung Gyang lead decampees from the Southern zone and northern zones respectively.
Similarly, the Deputy Speaker of the Plateau state house of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, Engr. Jimmy Chetto and Hon. Danladi Atu, lead the Decampees from Kanam, Langtang south and Jos North local governments in that order.
Speaking at the event the state party chairman, Hon. Letep Dabang said the decampees have fulfilled the constitutional requirements of the APC, by identifying with their constituents from wards, local governments and the state.
He described the event as very symbolic considering the pedigree of the decampees involved and those how have come from Abuja, led by the National Chairman of the party, His Excellency, Dr. John Odigie Oyegun, and the Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Doggara to receive the decampees.
The National Vice chairman of the APC in the North central zone, Alh. Zakari Iddi, expressed joy over the bold steps taken by the personalities and their followers to accept to be baptised, to become full members of the APC.
He pledged that by this time next year, the people of Nigeria will have time to smile because everything he does is for the betterment of common man in the country.
Oyegun who expressed gratitude for being invited to witness the massive departure said, together, they will join hands in fighting the difficulties plaguing the country; he assured that APC is working hard to revamp the economy back through agriculture.
Oyegun explained further when he searched on who could deliver the Ondo State elections, he had to make the important decision of choosing the trustworthy friend he found in governor Simon Lalong.
He commended Lalong for conducting a hitch free election that produced another APC governor.
He predicts that with the APC, the country would develop to become like China and Japan.
“By this time next year the people will have time to smile”, he assured.