Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has described the decision by the National Assembly to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, determine the use of electronic voting and transfer of results as a good development.
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday reversed its self on the section 52(2) of the Electoral Amendment bill which empowers INEC to determine the best mode of transmission of election result.
Reacting to the development, Governor Wike commended the senators for their action which he said is good for the nations democracy.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri Governor Wike said a lot of countries have moved above manual transmission of result, adding that Nigeria cannot be left behind.
The statement read “I think it is a good news to hear that the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate agreed for INEC to transmit result electronically. That is a good news to hear. Like I have always said, what is important now is what do people want. The moment you do what the people want, you’ll see happiness everywhere.”
“I think it is a good development for Nigeria and democracy. And I will urge them , the two Chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate to abide by that recommendation by the joint committee of the two Chambers, because it is for their own interest.
” And I commend the Senate President and the Speaker, House of Representatives, all the principal officers and members who felt that they must listen to what is good for Nigeria and what is good for Nigerians.”
The governor, however, disagreed with the National Assembly on the issue of direct or indirect primaries of political parties, arguing that it should be left for parties to decide.
He said the move by the senators can be likened as interference into party’s internal affairs.
“A party could adopt a method , procedure in electing who represent them at various level, that is not the for the National Assembly to dictate that you must do it by direct or indirect method. That is not democracy. That should be an internal affair of the party.”
“The National Assembly should realise that doing that is interfering in the internal politics of the parties and that will not augur well.”
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I’m Not Desperate To Be President – Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday said he is not desperate to be President.
Mr Obi made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
According to Mr Obi, he left the Peoples Democratic Party for the Labour Party because the former did no longer align with his political values.
“I’m not desperate to be President or anything,” he said. “I’m desperate to see Nigeria work. Especially for the youths of this country.
“I’ve moved to where I think the process might allow me.
“I would rather lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing. My politics have been consistent in character and integrity.”
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JUST IN: APC Postpones Presidential Primaries To June 6-7
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its presidential primary election to Friday, June 6 and Saturday, 7.
The APC announced the postponement after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday evening bowed to pressure by political parties to extend the dates for the conduct of primary elections.
INEC in a statement on Friday, extended the dates for primaries by six days.
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I’ll Have Up To 12 Wives Before 40, Singer, Portable Brags Amid Headies Saga
Habeeb Okikiola, the fast-rising Nigerian singer better known as Portable, says he would have up to 12 wives before he clocks 40.
The 27-year-old controversial musician spoke in a video shared via his Instagram page on Friday.
In the video, Portable boasted that he currently has six wives even though he is still below 30.
“I never reach 30, I don get six wives and plenty children. Before I reach 40, my housewives would be up to a dozen (12). I am not 30 and I already have six. I just want to inform you so you would be aware,” he said in a mixture of English and Pidgin.
Portable came into the limelight towards the end of 2021 on the back of his hit track ‘Zazoo Zeh’ featuring Olamide, the rapper, and Poco Lee, the dancer.
He was recently nominated for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ categories at the 2022 edition of the Headies.
While the singer has continued to enjoy fame, he has also made headlines for controversial reasons.
On Wednesday, Portable claimed his co-nominees at The Headies are no match for him. He also threatened to kill anyone who wins any of the categories in his place.
In it’s reaction, organisers of the annual awards on Friday threatened to disqualify the singer if he fails to retract his statement and issue an apology on his social media pages.
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