APC to renew campaigns ahead of rescheduled elections – Oshiomhole
By Emmanuel Mogbede
Abuja, Feb. 18, 2019 (NNN) Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, has said that the embargo placed on campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will not stand since the commission postponed the elections.
Oshiomhole, who stated this on Monday in Abuja at the party’s National Caucus meeting held at the party’s National Secretariat, said the party was set to renew its electioneering campaigns ahead of the Feb. 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The APC national chairman said, “We have called this meeting to give our people hope and renew our commitment to democracy, and to a free and fair elections”.
He said that the decision of INEC to amend the law through administrative pronouncement by putting embargo on campaigns would not stand.
“The extant provision of the law is clear, when you postpone elections, it had happened before, the law says you are entitled to renew campaigns up to 24 hours before the date of the elections.
“The law did not say you would stop campaigns on the 15th of February regardless of when the elections will actually take place.
“Therefore, as a law-abiding party, we will proceed to energise our members to renew campaigns and to urge them to come out en masse,”Oshiomhole said.
He noted that with the postponement of the elections, voter apathy could result.
This, he said, was not good for a party that had huge support base, saying that it could only be good for a party that was not sure of its level of grassroots support.
Oshiomhole stressed that this was the main reason the party had to renew its campaigns ahead of the elections.
“So, without consulting INEC, we are proceeding and we are ready to meet them in court because they cannot by administrative fiat amend or distort extant provisions in electoral Act,”he said.
The APC national chairman, said there was need for the party to remind its members across the country that elections had been rescheduled, urging them to have trust and faith in it and be determined to exercise their franchise.
He maintained that the process of doing that would require returning to campaigns between now and Thursday.
He, however, said there was need for the INEC chairman to brief the party and other stakeholders daily on its preparations ahead of the elections as rescheduled.
“Having violated the people’s confidence, INEC must now work to earn the confidence of the people, while APC will write INEC to meet with its leadership to discuss the way forward,” the national chairman said.
Oshiomhole said that contrary to speculations, the APC was not working to have a staggered elections.
“We want a nationwide elections, same time, same day all over the country. So, INEC needs to brief us on the basis of this.
“We must not allow this last minute shock to demoralise our members.
“We need to renew the campaign, renew the assurance and renew the confidence that next time, this election will take place,”he said.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ensure that any institution of State or individual that compromises the country’s democracy is dealt with.
“Mr President, you have a duty to trigger the process that will compel everyone involved in all of these to account
“We cannot be helpless because at the end of the day, all fingers will point at you even as innocent as you are,”he said.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had few hours to the commencement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections announced the rescheduling of the exercises by one week.
By the postponement, the Presidential and National Assembly elections now come up on Feb. 23, while the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections would hold on March 9.
Yakubu had said the decision to postpone the elections was taken after a meeting with INEC Commissioners, citing “logistics’’ problems as issues that prompted the postponement.
He said the decision was further necessitated after reviewing the level of the commission’s preparedness for the exercise.
The INEC chairman stressed that postponing the elections was a difficult decision, but was necessary for successful delivery of the elections and to consolidate on Nigeria’s democracy. (NNN)
Edited by Remi Koleoso and Abdullahi Yusuf
Senate mandates committee to investigate alleged invasion of Federal High court in Abuja
The Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja during a court sitting by members of Department of State Security (DSS).
The resolution of Senate followed a point of order brought by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi (APC- Ekiti).
Opeyemi cited order 43 of the senate rules, saying:
The reported alleged invasion of the court room by officials of DSS is one issue that has raised a lot of concern in different quarters in Nigeria.
Mr President, the leadership and members of the judiciary are particularly concerned about this development because they believe that the courtroom is meant to be a sanctuary.
But for us, as a Senate, we cannot begin to take a position or analyse the issues based on conclusion without facts that we consider incontrovertible yet.
Much as we cannot jump into conclusion, we cannot pretend that Nigerians are concerned about this development.
The reason, I chose to come under order 43, is that so that we don’t debate on this issue that we don’t seem to have incontrovertible facts yet.
In view of this, I suggest we mandate our committee on National Security to investigate and report back to this Senate.
The President of the Senate, Mr Ahmad Lawan, in his remark said that order 43 did not allow the Senate to debate the matter now.
He said the matter affected the judiciary.
Lawan suggested that the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters investigate the matter and report back to Senate in one week.
Gov. Abiodun sends list of 18 commissioner nominees to Ogun Assembly
Gov. Abiodun sends list of 18 commissioner nominees to Ogun Assembly
The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, read Abiodun’s letter containing the list during plenary in Abeokuta.
Oluomo said that the governor had written to seek for the confirmation of the nominees.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that some of the nominees were Mr Afolabi Afuape, a former Commissioner for Sports in the state.
Others included Mr Oludotun Taiwo, Mr Ganiyu Hamzat, Mr Funmi Efuape, Mr Kehinde Oluwadare, Mr Jamiu Omoniyi, Mr Toyin Taiwo, Mr Tunji Akinosi, Mr Ade Adesanya and Mr Adeola Odedina.
“In furtherance of our mission to build our future together, please find attached the list of nominees for the post of commissioners for your consideration. “Please accept the assurance of my highest regards,” he said.
Kaduna council harps on citizens’ engagement in governance, policy formulation
Mr Cafra Caino, the Chairman, Kajuru Local Government Council in Kaduna State, says the council is working with relevant stakeholders to strengthen citizens’ engagement in formulation and implementation of policies and programmes.
According to him, citizens’ engagement is a crucial element of good governance and is required to meet the aspirations of the people.
Unless the community tells us what they need, we will not know how to serve them better; therefore, we have to carry the people along in whatever we do.
We are trying to organise the rural communities, but we cannot achieve much except we have the cooperation of the people.
My passion is to serve my people better and ensure that they live quality life,” the council chairman said.
He added that the council had embraced Local Government Accountability Mechanism to entrench transparency in its management of public funds.
Caino pointed out that funds coming to the council area was meant to improve the livelihood of the people through implementation of people-oriented projects and programmes.
He said: “as a local government that is open to the people, we are doing all we can to be transparent and accountable to the people we serve.
Just recently, I have inaugurated the Technical Working Group on Local Government Accountability Mechanism with a view to deepen local government reforms for improved service delivery.
The technical working group has been trained by civil society organisations in partnership with Ministry for Local Government Affairs and supported by DFID-Funded Partnership to Reform, Engage and Learn (PREL).
We will continue to do all we can to deliver quality service to the people through robust citizens engagement and by being accountable and transparent in managing public funds.
On his part, Mr Yusuf Goje of the Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED), told NAN that the effort was to strengthen citizens engagement at local levels.
Goje explained that CALPED, along with other civil society organisations were training the technical working group in five local government areas of the state.
“This is preparatory to the take up of the Open Government Partnership in local government areas of the state in 2021,” he said.
Expect more road repairs in 2020, lawmaker tells Lagosians
The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure has assured Lagosians that the state government would embark on more road rehabilitation works after the passage of 2020 budget.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Abiodun Tobun, told newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday that adequate fund had been earmarked in the 2020 budget for massive road construction across the state.
The lawmaker, representing Epe Constituency I, said the rehabilitation works would help to put some of the deplorable roads in good shape before another rainy season.
According to him, the state would spend N115 billion on road construction in 2020 as against the N78 billion spent in 2019.
He said the committee would continue to exercise its legislative oversight function to ensure good governance and accountability.
Tobun said the Ministry of Works had assured the legislature during its budget defence that most of the on-going projects in the state would be completed in 2020.
The state Ministry of Works has assured us that in 2020, most of the ongoing projects will be completed based on the budget presented by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The government is ready to work on the link roads and urban regeneration. If you look at the quality of the roads, they are not the kind of roads that would wash away soon.
Therefore, there will be massive construction of roads and there would be operation banish all potholes in the state. Lagosians should expect the best from this government,” he said.
Tobun said the House would slso monitor the budget performance of the executive to ensure full implementation.
The lawmaker said: “It is a periodic monitoring. We cannot be going to site on a daily basis to monitor the granite on site or what they do.
They give us reports, may be quarterly, then we will go and check what they have done. We can carry out integrity test on what they have done.
Our power is to appropriate and monitor their jobs. Once we detect anything, we will call them to explain.
For those saying we are not doing enough on our oversight function, it is because they do not understand the work of the parliament.
We don’t go to site with them. We will ask them to explain what they have done. We will ask them if they have done what they ought to do.
Tobun said he could not determine when the Agege-Pen Cinema flyover bridge would be completed but assured that work had started on Agric- Ishawo Road in Ikorodu while the Marina-Okokomaiko light rail project was work in progress.
Yuletide: Sanwo-Olu’s wife urges Nigerians to be security conscious
Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be security conscious as they travel during the festive period.
Represented by Mrs Atinuke Olowo, Sanwo-Olu urged people who would be travelling during the festive period to be careful and drive with caution.
I encourage everyone to be calm, especially those traveling.
Drivers should drive with care and everyone should be careful and security conscious.
I pray that there will be divine touch on every Nigerian and those in the executive, legislature and judiciary, and that there will be change for good,” she said.
Rev. Ayo Oladotun, the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Light Church Alausa, Ikeja, urged the Christian faithful and others to allow the light of God to radiate in their lives in the Yuletide and beyond.
Oladotun said, ” God is light and His plan is that we become light.”
The cleric said that anywhere there is light, there are positives, true profession, clarity and beauty, which are are the things God wants for Nigerians.
We should allow God to use us to spread His light, irrespective of whatever religion we practice,” he said.
Oladotun advised Christians to all go out and be the light of Nigeria.
He said that everyone should do everything in moderation as Christmas approaches.
They should not overdo anything, and if it is extremely important for one to travel, they should be discreet, be security conscious and above all put their trust in the Lord,” he said.
The cleric urged the federal government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
I urge the government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the people.
I pray that the prosperity in Nigeria will go round,” he said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the highlight of the service was the presentation of scholarship to three students to help in furthering their education.
The beneficiaries are Mr Kunle Adeolu, Mr Jeremiah Asuquo and Miss Jumoke Oladimeji.
COSCF also presented money to 10 widows known as “Jesus wives” working in the public service to better their lives.
Also, 13 public officers were recognised and given awards for their contributions, dedication and commitment to COSCF.
They include the wife of the governor; the Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde; and the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
There was a large turnout of public officers at the service.
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