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PDP Governors Task NASS On E-Transmission Of Results

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The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum has urged members of the National Assembly to commence the necessary changes and adjustments required to effect amendments in the Electoral Act which will allow for the electronic transfer of election results.

The PDP Governors Forum stated this in a statement on Tuesday titled, ‘Electronic Transmission: PDP Governors Forum Tasks National Assembly Conference Committee To Rescue Nigeria’s Democracy – Ask NASS to be guided by patriotism and national interest,’ signed by its Chairman and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, in Abuja.

The institution of a Conference Committee that will harmonise the different versions of the Electoral Act Amendment Bills passed by both chambers of the National Assembly is needed, Tambuwal noted in the statement.

An excerpt from the statement reads, “The Forum insists that a further delay in passing and assenting to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill will do grievous and irreparable damage to preparations for the conduct of the 2023 elections in Nigeria.

“The PDP Governors’ Forum requests the Senate and House of Representatives Conference Committee when set up, to adopt the House version of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill on the issue of Electronic Transmission.

“The Senate version which subjects the decision of INEC to deploy electronic transmission to the decision of the Nigerian Communications Commission and National Assembly is manifestly a usurpation of the powers of INEC and offends relevant provisions of the Nigerian Constitution that guarantees INEC’s autonomy and independence.

“The Conference has no choice but to adopt the House version as to do otherwise would lead to unnecessary complications and conflicts even within the Bill.

“The Senate version that retains the original provision in the Electoral Act should be adopted in the interest of the growth of our political parties and freedom of choice, the hallmark of a functional democracy.

“This intervention of the PDP Governors is predicated on the need to ensure a free, fair, and credible election, that strengthens Nigeria’s democracy, constitutionalism, and rule of law.

“Only a credible election will guarantee accountability and good governance which Nigeria so desperately needs today.“

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Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho: Why Northern Elders Are Responsible For Secession Agitation, Afenifere Reveals

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The Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has accused the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, of fueling the ember of secession.

Jare Ajayi, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said recent comments from his NEF’s counterpart, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is part of the reasons some Nigerians were craving for secession.

Speaking exclusively with DAILY POST, Ajayi urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order.

On Baba-Ahmed’s claim that North will retain power, Ajayi said they do not have the monopoly to rule Nigeria.

According to Ajayi: “The North does not have the monopoly of who can govern this country well.

“The kind of governance we have in the past six years which would be eight in 2023 is not the kind we worked, prayed for or desired.

“What Baba-Ahmed is saying is undemocratic, unfair, and unfortunately, it’s that kind of posture that is responsible for those agitating to leave Nigeria.

“It’s unfair, we are using this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Baba-Ahmed to order because what they are saying is fueling the ember of discord.

“This is not the kind of thing that would unify the country. It’s unfortunate that it’s coming from a person like him and he needs to be cautioned.”

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Utomi Debunks Rumours Of New Party Formation

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Professor Patrick Utomi has debunked rumors that he and some other people are forming a political party called Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) to rival the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The political economist spoke on Thursday on the sidelines of a press conference announcing winners of the Year 2020 Zik Prize in Leadership Awards. The event was organized by the Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC).

Others mentioned working alongside Prof Utomi to float the new party are former Kwara Governor Ahmed Abdulfatai; former Minister of Education Prof. Tunde Adeniran; former Cross River Governor Donald Duke; Senator Lee Maeba; former National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega among others.

Prof Utomi while speaking said the group is simply more interested getting competent leaders into office, irrespective of the political party platform.

“No, I don’t think it (Third Force) is going to be a political party. We need to gather some of these movements, moving towards a better society,” Utomi said.

Sen. Lee Maeba, who is also listed among those forming RNP disassociated himself from plans to float any party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Ortom Blasts Buhari, Says Nothing Will Silence His Voice

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, came hard again on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, accusing it of trying to silence every dissenting voice.

Ortom, who said he would never be cowed, maintained that the All Progressives Congress, APC, Government had failed in every indices.

The Benue Governor made the assertion in Enugu during an event on organized by the Radio Nigeria chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.

He said the Government was busy fighting perceived opposition while at the same time looking the other way amid mindless killing and maiming of Nigerians by Herdsmen.

Ortom said “the present administration at the centre has adopted the approach of intimidation of those who dare to voice out their frustrations and concerns over growing insecurity and marginalization.

“But I, Samuel Ortom, will never keep quiet as long as injustice and marginalization prevail in the affairs of our country. I uphold the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior when he said and I quote: ‘If peace means accepting second class citizenship, I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status-quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace.’

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