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Adamawa Guber: Don’t Abort History, Review Results Before Re-run—Stakeholders Tell INEC

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Adamawa Guber: Don’t Abort History, Review Results Before Re-run—Stakeholders Tell INEC

 

 

 

 

ADAMAWA GUBER– Overtime and in a consistent order, women are unrelenting in asserting themselves in the political hemisphere essentially on account of male corrosive effects on political transparency and accountability. This begun in Aba in 1955 when women outnumbered their male counterpart voters  in a citywide election.

 

 

 

Adamawa Guber: Don’t Abort History, Review Results Before Re-run---Stakeholders Tell INEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By 1961, they had increased the tempo when Margaret Ekpo won a seat to the Eastern Regional House of Assembly, a position that allowed her to fight for issues affecting women at the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those flashes of efforts by Nigerian women to bridge the gap of women’s under-representation in political and public life were reinforced by the 1995 Beijing Declaration which recommended   Women’s equal participation in leadership.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is perhaps, against this backdrop that legal luminary, Afe Babalola, SAN, in an article in Tribune Newspaper on July 7, 2022, frowned at the rejection of the Gender Equality Bill by the National Assembly saying the  Bill was initiated to address the gender imbalance in governance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the legal expert, the need to draft a constitution that will guarantee equity, fairness and justice to all Nigerians was one of the outstanding recommendations made at the National Conference which President Goodluck Jonathan called in 2014, after realizing that the current constitutional protections are not entirely effective in preventing discrimination based on sex, religion, or ethnicity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afe Babalola pointed out that the statistics on women’s involvement in politics in Nigeria are unsurprisingly low adding that much work still needs to be done to increase women’s opportunities for political participation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In particular, he explained  that a thorough examination of the information provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission indicates an insignificant  percentage  of women occupation of public office since 1999 stressing that “No woman has ever been chosen to lead a state in Nigeria as governor since 1999.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearly, Afe Babalola’s submission speaks directly to the March 18 political somersaults in Adamawa State governorship election where the governor and Peoples 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the only 2023 female governorship candidate on the platform of the  All Progressives Congress, APC, Aishat Dahiru Binani, are slugging it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available data indicate that in the Adamawa governorship contest, Binani is not just facing an incumbent, she is also running against religious and cultural biases that have long stood against women in contests for power in the more conservative part of Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However and hurtfully so, are powerful individuals at the centre of the twists and turns who exist within and outside benevolent and malevolent categories, ever ready to deconstruct extant political literature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a pre-election review,  Boboye Abba, a Yola-based public analyst said “But if not for the incumbency factor, Aisha Binani has more support than Governor Umar Fintiri across the segments and the divides in Adamawa State, because of her open-handedness.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He added that “wherever Binani went before the presidential election, her teeming supporters always showed her love and open support. If she asked them to vote for the APC from the president down to the governor, the crowd would reply ‘No! For the president, we will vote for Atiku Abubakar but in the state, we will vote for Binani’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“ It showed that those who voted for Atiku in the presidential election may not vote for Fintiri in the governorship election, but for Binani. Attendance at her campaign rallies was more than that of her rivals, the incumbent governor cannot pull her kind of crowd. Because Fintiri does not give out welfare despite being the serving governor, that is why people like Binani,” Mr Abba said.

This review manifested clearly and  captured the pattern of victory  on March 18 when the election held but finally declared “inconclusive.”

Adamawa State Collation Officer, Professor Mohammed Mele, and the State  Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Yakubu Ari, on Monday, March 20, after collation of results from 20 out of the 21 Local Government Areas, postponed the collation saying the postponement was  to enable verification of results from Fufore Local Government Area which were snatched.

 

In her personal narrative, Aisha Binani stated that in some locations, BVAS was bypassed and governor Ahmadu Fintiri instigated the violence. “Let INEC conducts a review of some local government areas so that it will bring out the real figures scored by each  candidate. As soon as that is done, we will be home and dry and we will be confident to go back to the field for a re-run,” she demanded.

To that effect,  the APC candidate has made a formal request to INEC  to have a “Certify True Copy of BVAS report/result in all the local government areas in Adamawa State for the March 18 guber election to enable me to study some irregularities carried out by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”

 In a letter from her legal representative, Sam Ologunorisa & Co, dated March 23 and titled: “Application For Certified True Copy of the Bio Modal Verification Authentication System, BVAS, Used For 2023 Adamawa State Governorship,” and addressed to the National Secretary of INEC, Binani specifically singled out Madagali and Michika council areas saying “It is well known that these two local government areas are under the severe consequence of insurgency and banditry whereby a huge number of their population had relocated to Mubi, Yola and other places . Yet, results  returned from these places recorded the highest number ever in the history of election in the areas,” she stated.

In the face of this logjam, Yiaga Africa, a civil society organization, has requested the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to review concerns that have been raised about the conduct of the gubernatorial polls. 

Further, the civil society requests the electoral body to pay attention to complaints saying “INEC should, in line with section 64 of the 2022 electoral act, review cases where legitimate concerns have been raised on the conduct and declarations made by collation and returning officers, especially instances where results declaration contravene the electoral legal framework.

Also, a Women’s group called Amazon has called on Nigerian women to rise up to the challenge in what the group describes as a deliberate attempt to deny women a governorship seat in 2023. During the week, the group gathered at Merit House, Abuja “To add our voice and demand that the right thing is done in Adamawa.”

In an unmistakable call on INEC to eliminate biases from its operations and promote confidence by attending to legitimate complaints especially from candidates who fell short changed,   the European Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria’s 2023 general elections has declared that owing to lack of transparency and operational failures, Nigerians have lost confidence and trust in INEC.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja to present the Mission’s second preliminary reports, the Chief Observer, Barry Andrews, noted that although Nigerians had great appetite for democracy and were keen to engage in various civic activities, their expectations were dashed as a result of  the apathy recorded. The governorship elections conducted last Saturday was a clear consequence of failures by political elites and “unfortunately, INEC.”

Andrews said: “Obstruction and organized violence limited the free expression of the will of the voters, despite efforts by civil society to promote democratic standards.”

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Cybersecurity levy: FG more interested in milking dying economy, says Peter Obi

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Cybersecurity levy: FG more interested in milking dying economy, says Peter Obi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global News Reports That The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, in the 2023 elections, says the federal government is more interested in milking a dying economy through the introduction of the cybersecurity levy.

 

 

 

 

Cybersecurity levy: FG more interested in milking dying economy, says Peter Obi

 

 

 

In a post on his X account on Wednesday, Obi said the policies implemented by the government not only drive the citizens into poverty but also diminish the country’s competitiveness in the economic environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Obi, it is unreasonable to expect the struggling citizens of Nigeria to individually finance all government activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The introduction of yet another tax, in the form of Cybersecurity Levy, on Nigerians who are already suffering severe economic distress is further proof that the government is more interested in milking a dying economy instead of nurturing it to recovery and growth,” Obi said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The imposition of a Cybersecurity Levy on bank transactions is particularly sad given that the tax is on the trading capital of businesses and not on their profit hence will further erode whatever is left of their remaining capital, after the impact of the Naira devaluation and high inflation rate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It is inconceivable to expect the suffering citizens of Nigeria to separately fund all government activities. Policies such as this impoverish the citizens and make the country’s economic environment less competitive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“At a time when the government should be reducing taxes to curb inflation, the government is instead introducing new taxes. And when did the office of the NSA become a revenue-collecting center?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“And why should that purely national security office receive returns on a specific tax as stated in the new cybersecurity law?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 6, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed banks and other financial institutions to implement a 0.5 percent cybersecurity levy on electronic transfers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBN said the policy would take effect in two weeks and charges would be described as a ‘Cybersecurity Levy’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The apex bank said the charges would be remitted to the national cyber security fund, administered by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

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TY BURATAI HUMANITY CARE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WORKERS; SALUTES PRESIDENT TINUBU’S SALARY INCREASE APPROVAL

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TY BURATAI HUMANITY CARE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WORKERS; SALUTES PRESIDENT TINUBU’S SALARY INCREASE APPROVAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The TY Buratai Humanity Care Foundation has recently expressed jubilation and gratitude towards President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his approval of a significant salary increase ranging between 25% and 35% for civil servants on the remaining six Consolidated Salary Structures. Additionally, the Foundation also applauded the President for approving a pay rise for pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme (DBS). This announcement was made in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Foundation, Amb Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani Sadaukin Garkuwan Keffi and Betara of Biu.

 

 

 

 

 

TY BURATAI HUMANITY CARE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WORKERS; SALUTES PRESIDENT TINUBU’S SALARY INCREASE APPROVAL

 

 

 

 

The statement highlighted the Foundation’s Grand Patron, His Excellency, Ambassador Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd) CFR, former Chief of Army Staff, who expressed confidence in President Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda. The Grand Patron emphasized that the salary increase would undoubtedly bring smiles back to Nigerian workers, acknowledging their relentless dedication to the nation’s progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buratai further stated that the salary and pension increase are a step in the right direction and hope for more increases in the nearest future in order to further cushion the inflationary trend in the economy on the workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, General Buratai urged the public to rally behind President Tinubu’s administration, expressing concern over prevalent issues such as fuel scarcity and the escalating prices of goods in the market. Despite the Naira’s appreciation against the dollar, the Grand Patron noted that these economic challenges persist, calling for solidarity and support from all citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Buratai extended his heartfelt salute to Nigerian workers for their unwavering sacrifices towards the nation’s prosperity. Their dedication and commitment do not go unnoticed, and their efforts are instrumental in shaping a brighter future for all.

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Ondo 2024: PDP holds primary on Thursday with seven contestants

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Ondo 2024: PDP holds primary on Thursday with seven contestants

 

 

 

By Peter Dada

 

 

 

 

Global News Reports – The Ondo Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is gearing up for its primary this Thursday. This pivotal event comes before the November 16 governorship election in the state.

 

 

Ondo 2024: PDP holds primary on Thursday with seven contestants

 

 

 

Seven Prominent Figures Vying for the Ticket The party boasts seven chieftains who will be vying for the PDP’s ticket in the primary. The lineup of aspirants is impressive and diverse. It includes Mr. Agboola Ajayi, a former Deputy Governor of the state, and Chief Olusola Ebiseni, who previously served as the Secretary General of the pan-Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere. Joining them are Mr. Kolade Akinjo, a former member of the House of Representatives; Mr. John Mafo, a former Commissioner for Information; Mr. Adeolu Akinwumi; Mr. Bamidele Akingboye; and Bosun Arebuwa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee and Procedures Announced In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr. Kennedy Peretei, the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, shed light on the upcoming poll. He revealed that a seven-man committee, led by Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, will conduct the primary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statement read, “The Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Primary Election, scheduled for Thursday, 25th April, 2024 will be conducted by a 7-man Primary Election Committee, headed by Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details of the Primary Election The statement detailed, “The Ondo State PDP Governorship Primary Election, set for Thursday, April 25, 2024, will be overseen by a 7-man Primary Election Committee.” The committee’s chair is none other than the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Venue and Participants The International Culture and Events Centre (The Dome) in Akure will host the exercise. An impressive roster of 627 delegates from the 18 local government areas of the state will gather to choose the party’s flag bearer for the November 16, 2024, Governorship election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Preparations Delegate accreditation will kick off at 10:00 am. The party advises individuals who are not delegates or do not have official business at the venue to maintain a reasonable distance from the arena.

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