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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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2023: Buhari Will Give Us Guidance On Zoning, Says Gov Abiodun

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Ahead of the APC National convention in February and General Elections in 2023, the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is confident that the President Muhammadu Buhari will give necessary guidance to ensure that equity and justice is reflected within the party’s zoning formula.

The Governor expressed this view after a visit to the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday.

He was accompanied by a broad delegation including former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba; Chairman of the Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; former deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru and a foremost industrialist, Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa.

Governor Abiodun who thanked the president for his recent visit to the state (where a number of projects were commissioned), equally spoke on the issue of zoning.

He noted that the party is working on a formula, which according to him will be made known after an approval by the National Executive Council.

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Again, Tinubu Returns To London Weeks After Declaring Presidential Ambition

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 Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reportedly departed Nigeria for London, the United Kingdom (UK).

Details about the trip are still sketchy but Arise TV reports that Tinubu returned to the British capital to rest and run medical checkups after months of consultations with prominent Nigerians about his presidential bid.

Recall that Tinubu returned to the country from London on October 9, 2021 after about three months of medical vacation.

During his previous visit, Tinubu was said to have undergone a knee surgery which his media office said went successful “without complication” and that he “contemplates none in the future.”

Tinubu formally confirmed that he would be running for president On January 10, 2022, shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.

“I have informed the President of my ambition but I have not informed Nigerians yet, I am still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. And I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people I will consult.

“You will soon hear. All you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr President of my ambition, and you don’t expect more answers than that”, he had said.

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Sanwo-Olu Nurses Second Term Ambition As Gov

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…Reveals Plans For Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the people of the state are aware of what they will miss if his administration is denied a second term.

Although he did not expressly state if he will seek re-election in 2023, the governor believes it is left for the people to decide if his administration deserves another term or not.

“I think we are doing a very good job,” the governor rated his administration during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “If I dare say so, I think that the citizens know what it is they will be missing if they don’t let us continue to wrap up all the things we are doing.”

He added, “As we speak, we have done about two-thirds of our time – about 65.7 per cent, because we count it every day. The field is not open yet; the race has not been declared open yet. But for me, it is about ensuring that these four years that I have promised my citizens, I put every bit of my sweat into it.

“I will ask, I will consult; citizens, how do you see it? …. that’s how you get it down. Keep your focus on, try and finish very strong. You know when it is time for us to do all the politicking, we will do it.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also spoke about the efforts being made by his administration to address the gridlock on Lagos roads.

Following the purchase of two new sets of 10 cars Talgo 330kmph trains for its red line rail project, he revealed that the coaches would be on track by the fourth quarter of the year.

According to the governor, the terminal stations will be ready by the set target but transporting passengers may commence next year.

He attributed the possible delay to proper testing of the trains and training of workers, to ensure the safety of passengers.

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