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#2023ELECTION : Democracy, deep pockets and their ramifications

#2023ELECTION : Democracy, deep pockets and their ramifications

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



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Being a former British Colony, Nigeria had the political misfortune of being bequeathed with a public administration system that was based on _‘Migrated Social Structure’;_ and it could not have been otherwise. After all, it’s the only systemic public administration structure known to the British. Consequently, and right from the outset, the tools of public engagement at all levels, in particular, struggled with the norms and values of Nigerians. Absent the domestication of the intrinsic norms, ethics and usage of the colonial administrative system over a period of time, the emergent system acquired a life of its own; deformed, or, at best, a compromised caricature. And, despite intermittent and laborious attempts at reforming its bureaucracy, this compromised system and its attendant systemic anomalies have only continued to advance exponentially at the expense of the professed developmental agenda of Nigeria’s founding fathers.


Put differently, although the gamut of the extant government machinery is said to exist to serve the public, in reality, it provides services for the privileged class and the well-connected members of the society through the determined pace, mercy and direction of the public and civil servants. Against this background, democracy as a form of government will still have to be interpreted and powered by the State’s bureaucracy as it deems fit. Beyond the definition of the concept of democracy, its interpretive understanding and the political orientation of the power elite, political gladiators and the power-brokers are the motivational factors driving government performance.


As things stand in Nigeria, our democracy cannot but reveal certain and peculiar tendencies. For instance, though we identify our bureaucratic structure as a democracy, it doesn’t have to conform to what obtains elsewhere. Here in Nigeria, democracy is huge business; and only the rich and the well-connected run for elections into her critical public offices. Extant laws against excessive funding and spending notwithstanding, stupendous amount of money is always expended by our politicians and public office seekers on this four-year routinized exercise. Political participation is made attractive and possible through money, and only the moneybags are the authentic players. This is reinforced by the whet and insatiable appetite of political jobbers and party officials who are always out for pecuniary rewards. The masses respond to money and not manifestos, ideas, or political ideology. Yet, we call the system, ‘democratic’ even when a system which selectively disenfranchises participants cannot be said to be truly democratic. The major snag is that the so-called democratic institutions that are supposed to correct these anomalies are also part of the problems. So, who is fooling who?


Talking about deep pockets, there is no doubt that they possess the power to create their own pattern; and that pattern is called _‘entitlement syndrome’._ For example, those delegates who became _‘accidental millionaires’_ just because they served as delegates at the last party conventions in Nigeria might have learnt some lessons about politics to the extent that if there’s going to be another round of presidential party conventions in the next four years, the operational code will have been horned, since some participant-delegates already knew how lucrative it was to be a delegate. So, chances are that selection of delegates in 2027 will be a battle to the finish. Then again, the piper payers who have surreptitiously established – and are oiling – the syndrome will jerk up the rate at the next available opportunity. It is normal with human beings!


Be that as it may, the beneficiaries of the largesse are not likely to see it as if somebody has done, or is doing them a favour, but more of what they are entitled to. So, this creates a pattern which makes it difficult to have good governance, because the money that is expected to be used to promote it is already frittered away on other issues. Of course, once this is created, it has the means of creating a pattern; and, once that pattern is created. The society will only be shouting! It is what has led to vote-buying! So, when the electorate start accusing the government of negligence or incapacity, the reasons, in part, are as adduced above.


In development, one of the first things to look at is pattern formation. Had Nigeria been a serious country, the pattern of development she’s had was enough for development. Should anyone want to draw a chart, or compare stuffs about dear fatherland, all one has to do was to interrogate the pattern with a view to drawing informed conclusions. For example, successive military coups have come with a promise to curb the excesses as well as right the wrongs of the politicians. Looking back, how many of those wrongs have been righted? How many among their promises have been thwarted and how many of those excesses have remained with us till date? As if the gods are angry, successive leaders have merely succeeded in scratching the wrongs on the surface; nobody has uprooted anything. And that’s why we are where we are!


Events, as they unfold with each passing day have shown that, in a compromised democracy, corruption is a necessity. Once the system is no longer working the way it should, corruption becomes the driving force. It becomes the oxygen. The likelihood of even the rights activists succumbing due to intense heat from the fire abject poverty is very high. So, to think that those who have spent their life savings will not, on getting into political office, strive at recouping their expenses is to embrace the philosophy of the idiots. How can they truly afford to develop the society? Besides, it is not in their objective interest to develop the society, because, if they do, corruption will start waning; and when it does, their business can’t thrive again! After all, sustaining an amorphous system demands oiling the machine; and oiling the machine means accommodating more corruption. When a system works as it should, fraudsters won’t get work to do. But interestingly, the fraudsters have taken over. So, corruption has taken a sunken taproot. And, in order to sustain that corruption, one needs more money. Since those who are corrupt are also conscious that there will one day be a stop to it, they can’t but be aggressively in a hurry to make all the money before _‘kasala’_ eventually bursts.


Think about policy options that have turned the Nigerian state into a series of sociopolitical accidents and one will find out that the kind of leadership a country gets will determine how far it can go! It is also sad that leadership in this part of the world has become more like a cult; a game for every Dick, Tom and Harry. Ours is now politics of cliques and nuclear families. I doubt if any of us can be qualified to be amongst the extended relatives. To borrow the late Obafemi Awolowo’s words, what we have is _‘ojelu’,_ no longer _‘oselu.’_ We are where we are because our system allows the emergence of certain and preferred leadership to manage the affairs of the country. Again, that the Nigerian society has ebbed to the point of a home-grown anomie is no longer news. Hence the only way to arrest it is to truthfully arrest it; and by that, we mean a total overhaul, which starts even from the family.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459 - SMS only)_

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



A profile picture


Being a former British Colony, Nigeria had the political misfortune of being bequeathed with a public administration system that was based on _‘Migrated Social Structure’;_ and it could not have been otherwise. After all, it’s the only systemic public administration structure known to the British. Consequently, and right from the outset, the tools of public engagement at all levels, in particular, struggled with the norms and values of Nigerians. Absent the domestication of the intrinsic norms, ethics and usage of the colonial administrative system over a period of time, the emergent system acquired a life of its own; deformed, or, at best, a compromised caricature. And, despite intermittent and laborious attempts at reforming its bureaucracy, this compromised system and its attendant systemic anomalies have only continued to advance exponentially at the expense of the professed developmental agenda of Nigeria’s founding fathers.


Put differently, although the gamut of the extant government machinery is said to exist to serve the public, in reality, it provides services for the privileged class and the well-connected members of the society through the determined pace, mercy and direction of the public and civil servants. Against this background, democracy as a form of government will still have to be interpreted and powered by the State’s bureaucracy as it deems fit. Beyond the definition of the concept of democracy, its interpretive understanding and the political orientation of the power elite, political gladiators and the power-brokers are the motivational factors driving government performance.


As things stand in Nigeria, our democracy cannot but reveal certain and peculiar tendencies. For instance, though we identify our bureaucratic structure as a democracy, it doesn’t have to conform to what obtains elsewhere. Here in Nigeria, democracy is huge business; and only the rich and the well-connected run for elections into her critical public offices. Extant laws against excessive funding and spending notwithstanding, stupendous amount of money is always expended by our politicians and public office seekers on this four-year routinized exercise. Political participation is made attractive and possible through money, and only the moneybags are the authentic players. This is reinforced by the whet and insatiable appetite of political jobbers and party officials who are always out for pecuniary rewards. The masses respond to money and not manifestos, ideas, or political ideology. Yet, we call the system, ‘democratic’ even when a system which selectively disenfranchises participants cannot be said to be truly democratic. The major snag is that the so-called democratic institutions that are supposed to correct these anomalies are also part of the problems. So, who is fooling who?


Talking about deep pockets, there is no doubt that they possess the power to create their own pattern; and that pattern is called _‘entitlement syndrome’._ For example, those delegates who became _‘accidental millionaires’_ just because they served as delegates at the last party conventions in Nigeria might have learnt some lessons about politics to the extent that if there’s going to be another round of presidential party conventions in the next four years, the operational code will have been horned, since some participant-delegates already knew how lucrative it was to be a delegate. So, chances are that selection of delegates in 2027 will be a battle to the finish. Then again, the piper payers who have surreptitiously established – and are oiling – the syndrome will jerk up the rate at the next available opportunity. It is normal with human beings!


Be that as it may, the beneficiaries of the largesse are not likely to see it as if somebody has done, or is doing them a favour, but more of what they are entitled to. So, this creates a pattern which makes it difficult to have good governance, because the money that is expected to be used to promote it is already frittered away on other issues. Of course, once this is created, it has the means of creating a pattern; and, once that pattern is created. The society will only be shouting! It is what has led to vote-buying! So, when the electorate start accusing the government of negligence or incapacity, the reasons, in part, are as adduced above.


In development, one of the first things to look at is pattern formation. Had Nigeria been a serious country, the pattern of development she’s had was enough for development. Should anyone want to draw a chart, or compare stuffs about dear fatherland, all one has to do was to interrogate the pattern with a view to drawing informed conclusions. For example, successive military coups have come with a promise to curb the excesses as well as right the wrongs of the politicians. Looking back, how many of those wrongs have been righted? How many among their promises have been thwarted and how many of those excesses have remained with us till date? As if the gods are angry, successive leaders have merely succeeded in scratching the wrongs on the surface; nobody has uprooted anything. And that’s why we are where we are!


Events, as they unfold with each passing day have shown that, in a compromised democracy, corruption is a necessity. Once the system is no longer working the way it should, corruption becomes the driving force. It becomes the oxygen. The likelihood of even the rights activists succumbing due to intense heat from the fire abject poverty is very high. So, to think that those who have spent their life savings will not, on getting into political office, strive at recouping their expenses is to embrace the philosophy of the idiots. How can they truly afford to develop the society? Besides, it is not in their objective interest to develop the society, because, if they do, corruption will start waning; and when it does, their business can’t thrive again! After all, sustaining an amorphous system demands oiling the machine; and oiling the machine means accommodating more corruption. When a system works as it should, fraudsters won’t get work to do. But interestingly, the fraudsters have taken over. So, corruption has taken a sunken taproot. And, in order to sustain that corruption, one needs more money. Since those who are corrupt are also conscious that there will one day be a stop to it, they can’t but be aggressively in a hurry to make all the money before _‘kasala’_ eventually bursts.


Think about policy options that have turned the Nigerian state into a series of sociopolitical accidents and one will find out that the kind of leadership a country gets will determine how far it can go! It is also sad that leadership in this part of the world has become more like a cult; a game for every Dick, Tom and Harry. Ours is now politics of cliques and nuclear families. I doubt if any of us can be qualified to be amongst the extended relatives. To borrow the late Obafemi Awolowo’s words, what we have is _‘ojelu’,_ no longer _‘oselu.’_ We are where we are because our system allows the emergence of certain and preferred leadership to manage the affairs of the country. Again, that the Nigerian society has ebbed to the point of a home-grown anomie is no longer news. Hence the only way to arrest it is to truthfully arrest it; and by that, we mean a total overhaul, which starts even from the family.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459 - SMS only)_

BIRTHING A NEW NIGERIA SPIRITUALLY - NNM

BIRTHING A NEW NIGERIA SPIRITUALLY - NNM

In Isa.43:18-19 - God is saying we should forget the old things and open our eyes to the reality of a new thing (New Nigeria) he is creating. This is to call for a season of prayer and fasting from all Obedient family nation wide.

  If we can't birth a new Nigeria in the supernatural, then our dream of a new Nigeria will never be realized in the natural realm. Thus, this prayer and fasting is urged upon all of us Obidients to take the battle to the supernatural so that the victory will be on our side. Therefore, the New Nigeria Mandate hereby proposes a day of prayer & fasting tomorrow to add a spiritual dimension to our quest for a New Nigeria.

   The Prayer & Fasting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th Oct. 2022 from 6am - 6pm. 

Prayer points and scriptures for our Christian members are as follows:

1. Read- Dan. 9:1-10

= make confession and repentance on behalf of the nation and its leaders since independence till date.

= Let us repent from the hatred, Disobedience to the constitution, tribalism, corruption, greed, etc. that has characterized our nationhood since inception.

= Lets repent from the abuse and misconduct by our public and private officers trusted with the task of managing our resources from the begining till now

= Let us repent from our religious hippocracy and return to the Lord.

2. Read- Psalm 133;

= Lets thank God for keeping Nigeria united despite the forces that have been promoting disunity

= Give God thanks for frustrating and hindering those handling the national interest as their private estate

= Thank God for the abundant natural and human resources this country is blessed with

= Thank you father,

for the leaders you have chosen to rule over us in this land, take over their lives and rule them for us in Jesus' name

3. Read - Dan. 4:17;

= Oh Lord, let your will be done concerning the 2023 elections. Let the person ordained by heaven be given the leadership of this nation in Jesus' name

= Father in

heaven, raise godly men in this land and make them instruments of revival and restoration in Jesus’ name

= We pull down

all the strongholds of corruption, greed, favoritism, and religious

hatred erected against our progress, in the

name of

Jesus.

4. Read- Luke 1:51-53; 

= Oh Lord, scatter the proud that imagined that Nigeria is their private estate in the name of Jesus

= Father, let the mighty be brought down from their seat, and let the humbled be lifted to occupy the seats

= Let those that have now, be sent away empty handed without any vote in 2023

5. Read- Psalm 121;

= Oh keeper of Israel who does not sleep nor slumber, keep your servants Peter Obi & Yusuf Datti from any form of danger in Jesus name

= Whoever set a trap or dig a pit for our candidate, let them fall in their own pit

= As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so let God's presence surround LP candidates

6. Read- Mat.18:19;

= Oh lord, we hereby agree concerning peter Obi's candidature and desire that this be established for us by your power in Jesus name

= With one voice we agree today, let Peter Obi be our next president

= Let us also pray for our national chairman of Ifeagachi/New Nig. Mandate to be strengthened by God to lead us to the victorious end of this quest for a new Nig. Pray that God will protect the high chief from evil men.

= Pray for NNM leaders nation wide to discharge their duty effectively in Jesus name

7. Read- John 14:27;

= Let your peace prevail over Nigeria during this election season in Jesus' name.


Please read the scriptures and pray the above prayer points at any opportuned time during this fasting period. Read out audibly these scriptures and prayer points not less than times during this fasting. Note that this is the first time Nigerians are declaring a spiritual warfare during elections. Join this fasting and be part of history making.

 God has promised that if we can humble ourselves, turn away from our sins, and seek him, he will hear us and heal our land.

   Lets give birth to a new Nigeria at the place of prayer.

A NEW NIGERIA IS POSSIBLE!. Signed Rev. Dr Ahaz Taye and Chief Joe Umezulike National chairman IFEGACHI and New Nigerian Mandate. 04/10/22

In Isa.43:18-19 - God is saying we should forget the old things and open our eyes to the reality of a new thing (New Nigeria) he is creating. This is to call for a season of prayer and fasting from all Obedient family nation wide.

  If we can't birth a new Nigeria in the supernatural, then our dream of a new Nigeria will never be realized in the natural realm. Thus, this prayer and fasting is urged upon all of us Obidients to take the battle to the supernatural so that the victory will be on our side. Therefore, the New Nigeria Mandate hereby proposes a day of prayer & fasting tomorrow to add a spiritual dimension to our quest for a New Nigeria.

   The Prayer & Fasting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th Oct. 2022 from 6am - 6pm. 

Prayer points and scriptures for our Christian members are as follows:

1. Read- Dan. 9:1-10

= make confession and repentance on behalf of the nation and its leaders since independence till date.

= Let us repent from the hatred, Disobedience to the constitution, tribalism, corruption, greed, etc. that has characterized our nationhood since inception.

= Lets repent from the abuse and misconduct by our public and private officers trusted with the task of managing our resources from the begining till now

= Let us repent from our religious hippocracy and return to the Lord.

2. Read- Psalm 133;

= Lets thank God for keeping Nigeria united despite the forces that have been promoting disunity

= Give God thanks for frustrating and hindering those handling the national interest as their private estate

= Thank God for the abundant natural and human resources this country is blessed with

= Thank you father,

for the leaders you have chosen to rule over us in this land, take over their lives and rule them for us in Jesus' name

3. Read - Dan. 4:17;

= Oh Lord, let your will be done concerning the 2023 elections. Let the person ordained by heaven be given the leadership of this nation in Jesus' name

= Father in

heaven, raise godly men in this land and make them instruments of revival and restoration in Jesus’ name

= We pull down

all the strongholds of corruption, greed, favoritism, and religious

hatred erected against our progress, in the

name of

Jesus.

4. Read- Luke 1:51-53; 

= Oh Lord, scatter the proud that imagined that Nigeria is their private estate in the name of Jesus

= Father, let the mighty be brought down from their seat, and let the humbled be lifted to occupy the seats

= Let those that have now, be sent away empty handed without any vote in 2023

5. Read- Psalm 121;

= Oh keeper of Israel who does not sleep nor slumber, keep your servants Peter Obi & Yusuf Datti from any form of danger in Jesus name

= Whoever set a trap or dig a pit for our candidate, let them fall in their own pit

= As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so let God's presence surround LP candidates

6. Read- Mat.18:19;

= Oh lord, we hereby agree concerning peter Obi's candidature and desire that this be established for us by your power in Jesus name

= With one voice we agree today, let Peter Obi be our next president

= Let us also pray for our national chairman of Ifeagachi/New Nig. Mandate to be strengthened by God to lead us to the victorious end of this quest for a new Nig. Pray that God will protect the high chief from evil men.

= Pray for NNM leaders nation wide to discharge their duty effectively in Jesus name

7. Read- John 14:27;

= Let your peace prevail over Nigeria during this election season in Jesus' name.


Please read the scriptures and pray the above prayer points at any opportuned time during this fasting period. Read out audibly these scriptures and prayer points not less than times during this fasting. Note that this is the first time Nigerians are declaring a spiritual warfare during elections. Join this fasting and be part of history making.

 God has promised that if we can humble ourselves, turn away from our sins, and seek him, he will hear us and heal our land.

   Lets give birth to a new Nigeria at the place of prayer.

A NEW NIGERIA IS POSSIBLE!. Signed Rev. Dr Ahaz Taye and Chief Joe Umezulike National chairman IFEGACHI and New Nigerian Mandate. 04/10/22

PETER OBI AND THE MOMENTUM

PETER OBI AND THE MOMENTUM

Constituents praying for
LP Candidate, Ogbomoso
 federal constituency II
Dele Abiola

Momentum in physics taught under Newtonian Mechanics in my undergraduate class is the product (multiplication) of the mass and velocity of an object. It is a vector quantity, possessing a magnitude and a direction.


Let me explain it better, the organic growth and support for Peter Obi are vector quantities gaining traction daily, growing in size and magnitude. Three months ago, no one gave Peter Obi any chance at all, some claimed Labour Party has no structure, some alluded to the fact that its just a social media stuff. But in few months Nigerians are in euphoric state now with support for Obi-Datti growing nationwide in all nooks and crannies 


Now that folks have seen the appreciable positive progress made in the last few months, some are asking if the massive turnouts during the rallies will traslate to victory and if the supporters have their PVC's, some went further and also claimed the rallies are in urban centres that rural dwellers do not know anything about Peter Obi or the Labour Party, but little I know folks who are rural dwellers are also abreast with events in the country and will join the train also 


If we apply Newtonian Mechanics. For a constant mass, force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration. The Obidients are the critical mass ,it will keep growing and the support will become more potent. The question you all should ask, what are the factors (velocity) driving the growth among the youths and the commoners. Few of them; economic displacement, despondency, marginalisation, the widening gap between the haves and have nots. 


From 1999 till date, Nigerians knew that the combined APC and PDP platforms foisted poverty, misery and calamity on them and the only way they can respond is through the ballot,  by voting for a new party as it is done elsewhere and seek for a new vista from 29th May 2023. We are all waiting with bated breath and will see how it all pans out in the next few months


#justscribblingmythoughts

Constituents praying for
LP Candidate, Ogbomoso
 federal constituency II
Dele Abiola

Momentum in physics taught under Newtonian Mechanics in my undergraduate class is the product (multiplication) of the mass and velocity of an object. It is a vector quantity, possessing a magnitude and a direction.


Let me explain it better, the organic growth and support for Peter Obi are vector quantities gaining traction daily, growing in size and magnitude. Three months ago, no one gave Peter Obi any chance at all, some claimed Labour Party has no structure, some alluded to the fact that its just a social media stuff. But in few months Nigerians are in euphoric state now with support for Obi-Datti growing nationwide in all nooks and crannies 


Now that folks have seen the appreciable positive progress made in the last few months, some are asking if the massive turnouts during the rallies will traslate to victory and if the supporters have their PVC's, some went further and also claimed the rallies are in urban centres that rural dwellers do not know anything about Peter Obi or the Labour Party, but little I know folks who are rural dwellers are also abreast with events in the country and will join the train also 


If we apply Newtonian Mechanics. For a constant mass, force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration. The Obidients are the critical mass ,it will keep growing and the support will become more potent. The question you all should ask, what are the factors (velocity) driving the growth among the youths and the commoners. Few of them; economic displacement, despondency, marginalisation, the widening gap between the haves and have nots. 


From 1999 till date, Nigerians knew that the combined APC and PDP platforms foisted poverty, misery and calamity on them and the only way they can respond is through the ballot,  by voting for a new party as it is done elsewhere and seek for a new vista from 29th May 2023. We are all waiting with bated breath and will see how it all pans out in the next few months


#justscribblingmythoughts

Meet DELE ABIOLA, LP House of Rep candidate for Ogbomoso federal constituency II

Meet DELE ABIOLA, LP House of Rep candidate for Ogbomoso federal constituency II

 *For those of us who want to know Comrade Oludele Abiola*

Hon Abiola is the candidate of Labour Party in the forth coming elections, contesting for the Federal house of representative slot of Ogbomoso South, North and Oriire Federal constituency in Oyo state.













His agenda is to:

 

*>Restore Ogbomoso to the fore front of national politics via qualitative and vibrant representation of the constituency*


*>Quarterly reports and town hall meetings with the constituents*


*>Ensuring that the constituency projects are excecuted as at when due*


*Promote grassroots education and grassroots sports*


*Agricultural support programs that increase farmer's food production and attract more profit.*


*Mobilize youth to have their own voice in the digital economy via blockchain technology.*


*Sponsors of bills that will bring about security of lives and properties, promoting economy recovery and growth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.*


*Working towards building Ideologically based political party is an integral part of my agenda as it has become paramount to build a formidable pro Nigerian party other than the current prevalent ruling and aclaimed corrupt country rulling and opposition parties.*


Ogbomoso is our home, its suppose to be comfortable for everyone of us, her development is Paramount to us. Let us together restore Ogbomoso's glory . God bless us

 *For those of us who want to know Comrade Oludele Abiola*

Hon Abiola is the candidate of Labour Party in the forth coming elections, contesting for the Federal house of representative slot of Ogbomoso South, North and Oriire Federal constituency in Oyo state.













His agenda is to:

 

*>Restore Ogbomoso to the fore front of national politics via qualitative and vibrant representation of the constituency*


*>Quarterly reports and town hall meetings with the constituents*


*>Ensuring that the constituency projects are excecuted as at when due*


*Promote grassroots education and grassroots sports*


*Agricultural support programs that increase farmer's food production and attract more profit.*


*Mobilize youth to have their own voice in the digital economy via blockchain technology.*


*Sponsors of bills that will bring about security of lives and properties, promoting economy recovery and growth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.*


*Working towards building Ideologically based political party is an integral part of my agenda as it has become paramount to build a formidable pro Nigerian party other than the current prevalent ruling and aclaimed corrupt country rulling and opposition parties.*


Ogbomoso is our home, its suppose to be comfortable for everyone of us, her development is Paramount to us. Let us together restore Ogbomoso's glory . God bless us

PHOTOS: Tinubu absent as 2023 Presidential candidates sign peace pact

PHOTOS: Tinubu absent as 2023 Presidential candidates sign peace pact


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was absent on Thursday as the presidential candidates of other political parties were physically present for the signing of the now-customary peace pact ahead of the 2023 presidential election.


However, Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was present at the signing.


Credit: Twitter | MrBanksOmishore


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was absent on Thursday as the presidential candidates of other political parties were physically present for the signing of the now-customary peace pact ahead of the 2023 presidential election.


However, Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was present at the signing.


Credit: Twitter | MrBanksOmishore

#2023Election: We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage, Peter Obi says in Jos

#2023Election: We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage, Peter Obi says in Jos

 Mr. Peter Obi Remarks at a rally in Jos, Plateau State. 


My fellow Nigerians and OBIdients, I join you today as we mark the formal start of the 2023 campaign season.  We must all reflect on the journey we are embarking upon.  We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage.


As we head into her next presidential elections in 2023; we aim to canvass for electoral legitimacy, as means to governance legitimacy. So we must do three things urgently


We must pray for peaceful and successful elections; for the turnaround of our country and for the security of the members of the OBIdient Family and every participant including the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC throughout the duration of the exercise


We must summon up courage. The courage to stand up for what is right; to make the much needed sacrifices and ultimately, to rescue our country from those who have perfected State Capture







We must recommit ourselves to an issues-based campaign. Let us pray for a peaceful and issue-based campaign that will eventually lead to God's desire for a president that will be best suitable for our great country moving forward.


The Obi-Datti administration represents, the HOPE, AND PROMISE for a united, secure and productive Nigeria and a transformative leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment.  These 4Cs,are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around.


As a President elected by all Nigerians,

Plateau state will not only host several potato chips processing companies, which will create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, but other parts of the North will be dotted with several agro-processing industries


I promise Nigeria’s equal opportunities in all sectors, improved power generation, practical war against insecurity and other forms of criminality, access to education and an end to endless unfulfilled promises







Our administration will ensure that Nigerians are fully protected in their homesteads: and that their lives, properties and means of livelihood will always be secured. That, after all, is the Primary Responsibility of government


We have no other country but Nigeria and we must learn to respect each other, tolerate and do things accordingly in order to create an atmosphere that will usher in unity, progress and the greatness we were destined for from inception.


God Almighty has blessed Nigeria. It is our job to make this country flourish once again, to regain her pride and to be a nation, where no one is oppressed. Thank you all. God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 Mr. Peter Obi Remarks at a rally in Jos, Plateau State. 


My fellow Nigerians and OBIdients, I join you today as we mark the formal start of the 2023 campaign season.  We must all reflect on the journey we are embarking upon.  We seek a new nation, but to arrive there, we need prayers and courage.


As we head into her next presidential elections in 2023; we aim to canvass for electoral legitimacy, as means to governance legitimacy. So we must do three things urgently


We must pray for peaceful and successful elections; for the turnaround of our country and for the security of the members of the OBIdient Family and every participant including the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC throughout the duration of the exercise


We must summon up courage. The courage to stand up for what is right; to make the much needed sacrifices and ultimately, to rescue our country from those who have perfected State Capture







We must recommit ourselves to an issues-based campaign. Let us pray for a peaceful and issue-based campaign that will eventually lead to God's desire for a president that will be best suitable for our great country moving forward.


The Obi-Datti administration represents, the HOPE, AND PROMISE for a united, secure and productive Nigeria and a transformative leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment.  These 4Cs,are leadership competencies required to turn Nigeria around.


As a President elected by all Nigerians,

Plateau state will not only host several potato chips processing companies, which will create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, but other parts of the North will be dotted with several agro-processing industries


I promise Nigeria’s equal opportunities in all sectors, improved power generation, practical war against insecurity and other forms of criminality, access to education and an end to endless unfulfilled promises







Our administration will ensure that Nigerians are fully protected in their homesteads: and that their lives, properties and means of livelihood will always be secured. That, after all, is the Primary Responsibility of government


We have no other country but Nigeria and we must learn to respect each other, tolerate and do things accordingly in order to create an atmosphere that will usher in unity, progress and the greatness we were destined for from inception.


God Almighty has blessed Nigeria. It is our job to make this country flourish once again, to regain her pride and to be a nation, where no one is oppressed. Thank you all. God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

2023 - Obicracy is the way

2023 - Obicracy is the way








We are tired of the old system. We are tired of the establishment and its men, which Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu are one and the same, among others. Remember, they foisted the current perfidy in Aso Rock on us. Any mistake, including INEC rigging to bring any of the two in, will perpetrate the perfidy for another 4 years. Remember, as establishment men, they both have vested interests and enormous structures to oiled and assuage. To start with, we have just learned through Wike that Atiku Abubakar invested N1billion in PDP National Chairman to get nominated. This investment will have to be recouped. We need a total breakaway from them.

 Obicracy is the way

Abuja rally










We are tired of the old system. We are tired of the establishment and its men, which Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu are one and the same, among others. Remember, they foisted the current perfidy in Aso Rock on us. Any mistake, including INEC rigging to bring any of the two in, will perpetrate the perfidy for another 4 years. Remember, as establishment men, they both have vested interests and enormous structures to oiled and assuage. To start with, we have just learned through Wike that Atiku Abubakar invested N1billion in PDP National Chairman to get nominated. This investment will have to be recouped. We need a total breakaway from them.

 Obicracy is the way

Abuja rally



Meet The Church: Dogara hits APC, says Muslim-Muslim ticket will fail

Meet The Church: Dogara hits APC, says Muslim-Muslim ticket will fail


Dogara


The adoption Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 presential election is a fruitless political effort that has been doomed to end in spectacular failure, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara predicted on Tuesday.


He also took to cleaners the insistence by the presidential candidate of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on presenting Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates, despite a national outcry.


Dogara expressed his views in Abuja while delivering his keynote address at a summit tagged, ‘Meet The Church,’ organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition with the theme: ‘The role of the church in nation-building’.


He said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation-building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such endeavor is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. No divided people have ever built any civilization


“I am so elated that today’s church in Nigeria has shaken off the beast of the complacency of the past into fire by speaking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that will hamper nation building.


“In a manner that negated the fundamentals of nation building, such as shared identity, values and visions, the APC adopted a same faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood.”


According to him, long before the adoption of the same faith ticket, the church had warned against it through the Christian Association of Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat, ECWA and so many other Christian organisations.


Dogara said, “These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.


“To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light.


“It is a good omen that both Christian and Muslim elites are not complacent over this matter. To this end, it will be easy to generate the needed elite consensus that is key to nation-building. All nations are built by elite consensus while all countries that failed in nation-building were destroyed by elite complacency.”


The former Speaker also called on Christians to resist the temptation to waste their votes in the 2023 general elections.


“Every Christian knows that our God does not tolerate waste. It is unchristian for the church to waste anything given to us from above as we own nothing except what is given to us from above.


“I have gone to great lengths to demonstrate that the church must not waste its votes or sow same on unproductive grounds.


“Every Christian must see his vote as talents given to him by God to trade with and as seeds that must not be wasted.


“The only way we can build a nation out of Nigeria is by doing the right things. A united, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria is possible if we go to work. We can start building that Nigeria of our dreams if we don’t waste our votes in the next election circle”, he said.


At the event, the convener of NNCC, Apostle Titilope Oluwadare, regretted that the church at present is playing a mere reactionary part in Nigeria’s political process.


She said that in every great nation the main stakeholders engage and negotiate power, positions and policies.


Oluwadare said it was time for Christians to understand that until the church engages and brings forth her interests and drives them into ideas and fashions out political strategies, the system will not be sanitised.


“Therefore, we may continue in the circle retrogression in the nation and the situation continues to deteriorate even further,” she said.


The Vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by Senator Uche Ekwunife, told religious organisations and groups to show interest in engaging not just a political class, but the three arms of government as major stakeholders in Nigeria projects, especially on sensitive national issues.


He explained that by doing so, a lot more would be achieved in nation-building.


Okowa said although it might seem long overdue, Christians should navigate their way into the process of leadership in Nigeria.


He explained that Nigerians were tired of politicians who chant the problems bedeviling the nation but lack concrete solutions to the challenges.


“We know the challenges. We don’t want people to come and tell us our challenges. We want people to tell us the solutions to our problems because our problems and tomorrow’s anybody engaging your political platform”, he said.


Dogara


The adoption Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 presential election is a fruitless political effort that has been doomed to end in spectacular failure, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara predicted on Tuesday.


He also took to cleaners the insistence by the presidential candidate of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on presenting Muslim-Muslim presidential candidates, despite a national outcry.


Dogara expressed his views in Abuja while delivering his keynote address at a summit tagged, ‘Meet The Church,’ organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition with the theme: ‘The role of the church in nation-building’.


He said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation-building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such endeavor is guaranteed to end in spectacular failure. No divided people have ever built any civilization


“I am so elated that today’s church in Nigeria has shaken off the beast of the complacency of the past into fire by speaking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that will hamper nation building.


“In a manner that negated the fundamentals of nation building, such as shared identity, values and visions, the APC adopted a same faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood.”


According to him, long before the adoption of the same faith ticket, the church had warned against it through the Christian Association of Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat, ECWA and so many other Christian organisations.


Dogara said, “These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.


“To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light.


“It is a good omen that both Christian and Muslim elites are not complacent over this matter. To this end, it will be easy to generate the needed elite consensus that is key to nation-building. All nations are built by elite consensus while all countries that failed in nation-building were destroyed by elite complacency.”


The former Speaker also called on Christians to resist the temptation to waste their votes in the 2023 general elections.


“Every Christian knows that our God does not tolerate waste. It is unchristian for the church to waste anything given to us from above as we own nothing except what is given to us from above.


“I have gone to great lengths to demonstrate that the church must not waste its votes or sow same on unproductive grounds.


“Every Christian must see his vote as talents given to him by God to trade with and as seeds that must not be wasted.


“The only way we can build a nation out of Nigeria is by doing the right things. A united, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria is possible if we go to work. We can start building that Nigeria of our dreams if we don’t waste our votes in the next election circle”, he said.


At the event, the convener of NNCC, Apostle Titilope Oluwadare, regretted that the church at present is playing a mere reactionary part in Nigeria’s political process.


She said that in every great nation the main stakeholders engage and negotiate power, positions and policies.


Oluwadare said it was time for Christians to understand that until the church engages and brings forth her interests and drives them into ideas and fashions out political strategies, the system will not be sanitised.


“Therefore, we may continue in the circle retrogression in the nation and the situation continues to deteriorate even further,” she said.


The Vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by Senator Uche Ekwunife, told religious organisations and groups to show interest in engaging not just a political class, but the three arms of government as major stakeholders in Nigeria projects, especially on sensitive national issues.


He explained that by doing so, a lot more would be achieved in nation-building.


Okowa said although it might seem long overdue, Christians should navigate their way into the process of leadership in Nigeria.


He explained that Nigerians were tired of politicians who chant the problems bedeviling the nation but lack concrete solutions to the challenges.


“We know the challenges. We don’t want people to come and tell us our challenges. We want people to tell us the solutions to our problems because our problems and tomorrow’s anybody engaging your political platform”, he said.

APC: "WHO ARE THESE OBIDIENTS?

APC: "WHO ARE THESE OBIDIENTS?

 FFK AT HIS CEREBRAL BEST! Lucid, insightful, and instructive.


(Pls don't read if you are impatient with long essays and hasty in judgement) 


Let me make this clear from the outset. I am a member of the APC and a supporter of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. 


This contribution does not in any way derogate from that and my analysis is more of an academic and intellectual exercise than anything else. 


I am NOT a supporter of Peter Obi and I have NO intention of becoming one. I am however interested on what his supporters represent and stand for and that is the subject of this essay. 


They are worthy of my attention only because their rise and relevance in the political configuration of our nation, just in a matter of weeks, is meteoric and phenomenal. 



In order to counter and defeat them or to keep them in their place we must at least attempt to understand them and figure out how their minds work. 


The following are my findings. 


Those that are the supporters of Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, are known as 'Obidients' and they are EVERYWHERE. 


Those of us in the larger political parties like the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, treat them with contempt and ignore them at our own peril. 


The truth is that they are far more dangerous to our collective cause as a ruling class than many of us can possibly conceive or appreciate. 


Only the discerning can appreciate this and know precisely where this whole thing may be heading. 


They may not have structures or elected representatives in the legislative and executive arms of Government but they have IDEAS and VISION coupled with a clear ideological and philosophical bent which can and will  endure for far longer than mere political platforms and structures. 


Unknown to them as well as virtually everyone else, therein lies their power. As they say, an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped. 


Long after we are all gone they will still be here because structures and political alliances rarely endure but IDEAS and VISION last forever. 


Again they will outlive and outlast us all because they are not a political party in the true sense of the word but rather a growing national movement which scales and spreads across ethnic, religious, political and regional lines and traditional boundaries. 


They also represent a generational and paradigm shift which is increasingly attractive to many and they are bound tightly together by a common purpose, common cause and common objective: namely to rid Nigeria of the old order and usher in the new. 


That is really what they want to do and that is the primary and strongest source of their inspiration and motivation. 


They are far more dangerous to what the French describe as the 'Ancien Regime', the old political class and the entire system itself than anything we have ever seen before because most of them, bar their leader and a small handful of political tried and tested veterans and old war horses around him, are NOT politicians and have never ventured anywhere near the political arena or the circles of power. 


In the main they are an innovatively aggressive and frightful array and association of angry and determined young men and women who clearly have the courage of their convictions coupled with the audacity, fury, daring, rage and firm resolve of those that were involved in the Endsars protesters and the fiery footsoldiers that effected  the 1917 Russian Bolshevik revolution led by Vladimir Iliyich Lenin. 


There is also something Rawlingesque and intimidating about them. 


That is to say they are like the late, great and mighty son of Africa and leader of Ghana, President Jerry Rawlings, who also led a successful revolution in his country in 1979 and who, on his second coming in 1981 when he toppled yet another Government said, "if there is no justice there can be no peace!"


That is the spirit that is in the Obidients and that is what moves them. 


Yet though they do not like to hear it their chances of winning the presidential election next year, short of a miracle, are very slim and deep down they all know it even if they refuse to publicly acknowledge it.


Despite that they are determined to fight to the end, hope for the best, work hard and give it their best shot and, of course, therein lies their victory. 


In this game courage is the key. As they say, 'he who dares wins'. Again as they say, 'fortune favours the bold' and these young people are both daring and bold. 


That they can challenge the status quo and vie for the sacred and awesome power that has been shared by the two major political parties or their ancestral variants over the last 62 years is commendable in itself. I am not part of them but I certainly commend and applaud their efforts. 


They too have a right to fight for their rights and future and to be heard. They too have a dream and a story to tell and we must never begrudge them that. 


Yet if the truth be told they are not only interested in winning an election but, perhaps even more importantly, they are interested in making a profound and defiant statement, registering their protest against the status qou and the powers that be and triggering and engendering a full scale, comprehensive and all-embracing social, cultural and political revolution. 


They want a real and fundamental change and not a fake one. They want to pull the whole house and system down with everyone in it and rebuild a new one in their own image, with their own values and on their own terms. 


Most important of all they want to see the back of those of us that are in any way associated with the old order or that have been in Government or the corridors of power at ANY point in time over the last 62 years. 


That desire and sentiment is the force that is driving and propelling them and that is kindling their fire and swelling their ranks.  


They are like the Robspiers and the Marats of the bloody French revolution between 1789 and 1799 whose battle cry was "liberty, equality and fraternity", who brought an end to the French monarchy, Royal family and nobility, chopped off their heads and established a proud and strong new order and proud Republic. 


Like Robspier's tiny cabal of French revolutionaries they are led by a small cell of intellectual and idealistic hardliners and are bolstered, girded and supported by a volatile, massive and increasingly dangerous support group and power base who threaten violence and hurl insults at their perceived detractors at the drop of a hat and as a consequence of years of pent up anger and frustration. 


If they ever get power many heads will role and many of today's and yesterday's leaders will run into exile or go into hiding. 


This is especially so of those who have something to hide or who have skeletons in their cupboards. 


That is what makes them so threatening and I repeat, those of us that are in the larger political parties or that are members of the existing and ancient ruling class underestimate them, ignore them and display disdain for their firm resolve and rising anger at our own peril. 


Most of my political associates, friends and colleagues across party lines tend to dismiss them with contempt. 


They regard them as being inconsequential and argue that they only exist on social media. I beg to differ. I see them in the streets and I see them in the Churches. 


I see them amongst my staff and amongst those that regard themselves as being amongst the oppressed and downtrodden.i see them amongst the professionals and those thst are bankers, lawyers, doctors and artists. 


 I see them in the North, West, East and South. I see them everywhere and not only on social media. 


I see them as being a very powerful and potent rising force which, if properly managed, will develop into a major political power over the next few years with a strong ideological and electoral foundation and massive structures. 


That is the potential that they have and that is how dangerous they can be. 


The sooner those of us that are in the larger political parties get off our high horses, display a little humility,  try and understand their mindset, reach out to them, take them more seriously, appreciate their anger, restore their hope, make the necessary concessions and try and abate their rage and rising angst the better it will be for us all. 


They may not have today but if we do not play our cards right they may end up having tomorrow. 


May God help us all."

 FFK AT HIS CEREBRAL BEST! Lucid, insightful, and instructive.


(Pls don't read if you are impatient with long essays and hasty in judgement) 


Let me make this clear from the outset. I am a member of the APC and a supporter of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. 


This contribution does not in any way derogate from that and my analysis is more of an academic and intellectual exercise than anything else. 


I am NOT a supporter of Peter Obi and I have NO intention of becoming one. I am however interested on what his supporters represent and stand for and that is the subject of this essay. 


They are worthy of my attention only because their rise and relevance in the political configuration of our nation, just in a matter of weeks, is meteoric and phenomenal. 



In order to counter and defeat them or to keep them in their place we must at least attempt to understand them and figure out how their minds work. 


The following are my findings. 


Those that are the supporters of Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, are known as 'Obidients' and they are EVERYWHERE. 


Those of us in the larger political parties like the ruling APC and the opposition PDP, treat them with contempt and ignore them at our own peril. 


The truth is that they are far more dangerous to our collective cause as a ruling class than many of us can possibly conceive or appreciate. 


Only the discerning can appreciate this and know precisely where this whole thing may be heading. 


They may not have structures or elected representatives in the legislative and executive arms of Government but they have IDEAS and VISION coupled with a clear ideological and philosophical bent which can and will  endure for far longer than mere political platforms and structures. 


Unknown to them as well as virtually everyone else, therein lies their power. As they say, an idea whose time has come cannot be stopped. 


Long after we are all gone they will still be here because structures and political alliances rarely endure but IDEAS and VISION last forever. 


Again they will outlive and outlast us all because they are not a political party in the true sense of the word but rather a growing national movement which scales and spreads across ethnic, religious, political and regional lines and traditional boundaries. 


They also represent a generational and paradigm shift which is increasingly attractive to many and they are bound tightly together by a common purpose, common cause and common objective: namely to rid Nigeria of the old order and usher in the new. 


That is really what they want to do and that is the primary and strongest source of their inspiration and motivation. 


They are far more dangerous to what the French describe as the 'Ancien Regime', the old political class and the entire system itself than anything we have ever seen before because most of them, bar their leader and a small handful of political tried and tested veterans and old war horses around him, are NOT politicians and have never ventured anywhere near the political arena or the circles of power. 


In the main they are an innovatively aggressive and frightful array and association of angry and determined young men and women who clearly have the courage of their convictions coupled with the audacity, fury, daring, rage and firm resolve of those that were involved in the Endsars protesters and the fiery footsoldiers that effected  the 1917 Russian Bolshevik revolution led by Vladimir Iliyich Lenin. 


There is also something Rawlingesque and intimidating about them. 


That is to say they are like the late, great and mighty son of Africa and leader of Ghana, President Jerry Rawlings, who also led a successful revolution in his country in 1979 and who, on his second coming in 1981 when he toppled yet another Government said, "if there is no justice there can be no peace!"


That is the spirit that is in the Obidients and that is what moves them. 


Yet though they do not like to hear it their chances of winning the presidential election next year, short of a miracle, are very slim and deep down they all know it even if they refuse to publicly acknowledge it.


Despite that they are determined to fight to the end, hope for the best, work hard and give it their best shot and, of course, therein lies their victory. 


In this game courage is the key. As they say, 'he who dares wins'. Again as they say, 'fortune favours the bold' and these young people are both daring and bold. 


That they can challenge the status quo and vie for the sacred and awesome power that has been shared by the two major political parties or their ancestral variants over the last 62 years is commendable in itself. I am not part of them but I certainly commend and applaud their efforts. 


They too have a right to fight for their rights and future and to be heard. They too have a dream and a story to tell and we must never begrudge them that. 


Yet if the truth be told they are not only interested in winning an election but, perhaps even more importantly, they are interested in making a profound and defiant statement, registering their protest against the status qou and the powers that be and triggering and engendering a full scale, comprehensive and all-embracing social, cultural and political revolution. 


They want a real and fundamental change and not a fake one. They want to pull the whole house and system down with everyone in it and rebuild a new one in their own image, with their own values and on their own terms. 


Most important of all they want to see the back of those of us that are in any way associated with the old order or that have been in Government or the corridors of power at ANY point in time over the last 62 years. 


That desire and sentiment is the force that is driving and propelling them and that is kindling their fire and swelling their ranks.  


They are like the Robspiers and the Marats of the bloody French revolution between 1789 and 1799 whose battle cry was "liberty, equality and fraternity", who brought an end to the French monarchy, Royal family and nobility, chopped off their heads and established a proud and strong new order and proud Republic. 


Like Robspier's tiny cabal of French revolutionaries they are led by a small cell of intellectual and idealistic hardliners and are bolstered, girded and supported by a volatile, massive and increasingly dangerous support group and power base who threaten violence and hurl insults at their perceived detractors at the drop of a hat and as a consequence of years of pent up anger and frustration. 


If they ever get power many heads will role and many of today's and yesterday's leaders will run into exile or go into hiding. 


This is especially so of those who have something to hide or who have skeletons in their cupboards. 


That is what makes them so threatening and I repeat, those of us that are in the larger political parties or that are members of the existing and ancient ruling class underestimate them, ignore them and display disdain for their firm resolve and rising anger at our own peril. 


Most of my political associates, friends and colleagues across party lines tend to dismiss them with contempt. 


They regard them as being inconsequential and argue that they only exist on social media. I beg to differ. I see them in the streets and I see them in the Churches. 


I see them amongst my staff and amongst those that regard themselves as being amongst the oppressed and downtrodden.i see them amongst the professionals and those thst are bankers, lawyers, doctors and artists. 


 I see them in the North, West, East and South. I see them everywhere and not only on social media. 


I see them as being a very powerful and potent rising force which, if properly managed, will develop into a major political power over the next few years with a strong ideological and electoral foundation and massive structures. 


That is the potential that they have and that is how dangerous they can be. 


The sooner those of us that are in the larger political parties get off our high horses, display a little humility,  try and understand their mindset, reach out to them, take them more seriously, appreciate their anger, restore their hope, make the necessary concessions and try and abate their rage and rising angst the better it will be for us all. 


They may not have today but if we do not play our cards right they may end up having tomorrow. 


May God help us all."

See the Photos - Reason I stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993 - Omoyele Sowore

See the Photos - Reason I stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993 - Omoyele Sowore



The National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has revealed the real Reasons he stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993.


Sowore who is the Publisher of an online news media Sahara Reporters contested for the highest position in the land against the incumbent Nigeria's President Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.


Here are the revelations he made today 29th August 2021 on why he was standing behind the winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, Late MKO Abiola: 


The real story: Inside his expansive living room on Toyin Street in Ikeja, we were ushered into a gathering of politicians holding a “strategy session” to ask MKO Abiola to tone down his challenge against General Ibrahim Babangida and his military cohorts after they annulled Nigeria’s freest election held on June 12 1993. I was obviously the “poorest” person in the room on that fateful day (I had on bathroom slippers). 



It was my first time meeting  Chief Abiola in person but he recognised me and said “oh Student leader, welcome to our meeting what should we do now as my friends have annulled the People’s mandate.?


 I quickly took the opportunity to lambast the politicians seated. I told Chief Abiola his real enemies are right there in the room with him and that they just busy collecting his money but not fighting forbthe restoration of his mandate. Chief Abiola was uncomfortable and tried changing the topic by  praising my organising efforts in fighting for the restoration of his June 12 mandate. He quickly dragged a massive bag containing cash and proceeded to give our team N800k saying it was a token for our “transportation.”


 I politely rejected the cash haul telling him, jocularly, that first we didn’t come to visit him in a jumbo jet so the issue of a jumbo transportation fund won’t arise, in fact I doubt that the SUG bus we took there was worth N300k in those days,  I was firm im telling him our struggle wasn’t for his sake and that our fight was not for him but the future of Nigeria. 


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) did not even believe in Babangida’s transition program but our position regarding democratic rule though was sacrosanct hence our position on the criminal annulment of the June 12 elections. 


Having done my little damage to the greedy politicians in Abiola’s living room (don’t forget so many of them were clutching to cash hauls collected from Abiola right there) our team decided to leave but something rare happened, Chief Anthony Enahoro who was also in attendance angrily got up and told Chief Abiola he too was leaving that he shared the position of the students, in a split second  Abiola stood up and decided he would escort us to our bus, a decision that left his guests bewildered. 


When we got outside, ChannelsTV  owner, John Momoh and one of his reporters, Kingsley Uranta were outside waiting for an interview. Abiola asked that I hang around and hear what he wants to say snd I said, “that’s good Chief,  if you’re now ready to fight I will stand behind you!”



The National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has revealed the real Reasons he stood behind Chief MKO Abiola on this day in 1993.


Sowore who is the Publisher of an online news media Sahara Reporters contested for the highest position in the land against the incumbent Nigeria's President Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.


Here are the revelations he made today 29th August 2021 on why he was standing behind the winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, Late MKO Abiola: 


The real story: Inside his expansive living room on Toyin Street in Ikeja, we were ushered into a gathering of politicians holding a “strategy session” to ask MKO Abiola to tone down his challenge against General Ibrahim Babangida and his military cohorts after they annulled Nigeria’s freest election held on June 12 1993. I was obviously the “poorest” person in the room on that fateful day (I had on bathroom slippers). 



It was my first time meeting  Chief Abiola in person but he recognised me and said “oh Student leader, welcome to our meeting what should we do now as my friends have annulled the People’s mandate.?


 I quickly took the opportunity to lambast the politicians seated. I told Chief Abiola his real enemies are right there in the room with him and that they just busy collecting his money but not fighting forbthe restoration of his mandate. Chief Abiola was uncomfortable and tried changing the topic by  praising my organising efforts in fighting for the restoration of his June 12 mandate. He quickly dragged a massive bag containing cash and proceeded to give our team N800k saying it was a token for our “transportation.”


 I politely rejected the cash haul telling him, jocularly, that first we didn’t come to visit him in a jumbo jet so the issue of a jumbo transportation fund won’t arise, in fact I doubt that the SUG bus we took there was worth N300k in those days,  I was firm im telling him our struggle wasn’t for his sake and that our fight was not for him but the future of Nigeria. 


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) did not even believe in Babangida’s transition program but our position regarding democratic rule though was sacrosanct hence our position on the criminal annulment of the June 12 elections. 


Having done my little damage to the greedy politicians in Abiola’s living room (don’t forget so many of them were clutching to cash hauls collected from Abiola right there) our team decided to leave but something rare happened, Chief Anthony Enahoro who was also in attendance angrily got up and told Chief Abiola he too was leaving that he shared the position of the students, in a split second  Abiola stood up and decided he would escort us to our bus, a decision that left his guests bewildered. 


When we got outside, ChannelsTV  owner, John Momoh and one of his reporters, Kingsley Uranta were outside waiting for an interview. Abiola asked that I hang around and hear what he wants to say snd I said, “that’s good Chief,  if you’re now ready to fight I will stand behind you!”

Bawa Engages Bank Chiefs, Warns against Fraudulent Election Financing, Forex Malpractices

Bawa Engages Bank Chiefs, Warns against Fraudulent Election Financing, Forex Malpractices


The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has sought greater collaboration with financial institutions in the country as a way of tackling fraudulent election financing, foreign exchange malpractices and money laundering.

Speaking on Thursday, August 19, 2021 during an interactive session with managing directors of banks in Nigeria at the Conference Hall of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, he said it was important to bring the financial institutions in the country up to speed with the evolving policies in the Commission, in line with the United Nations’ categorization of the fight against corruption vis-à-vis prevention, enforcement and assets recovery.


According to him, “At the EFCC, we want to place more emphasis on prevention.

“We want to lay less emphasis on enforcement, which is investigation and prosecution and put our energy more on prevention and asset recovery.

“In addition, some of the issues we have identified include foreign exchange malpractices and fraudulent election financing.

“As you all know, in 16 to 18 months, Nigeria will be preparing for another round of elections, and the government will not want what happened in the past to repeat itself”.

The EFCC boss said it had become necessary to put bankers on their toes, particularly as the 2023 general elections approached.

Bawa

Bawa, who also stressed that the "new EFCC" under his leadership believes that the financial institutions have an important role to play in the Commission’s efforts to rid Nigeria of economic and financial crimes, also used the occasion to charge the bankers to comply with the guidelines of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on the issuance of Personal Travel Allowance, PTA and Business Travel Allowance, BTA, to their customers.

"You need to ensure full compliance with regard to knowing your customers and ensuring that you do not give opportunities for foreign exchange malpractices”.

Bawa, who disagreed with the allegation of a cat-and-mouse relationship between the Commission and financial institutions in the country, further stated that "Moving forward, come September 1, anything that we see that is happening or has happened within your industry, we are going to deal with it by the books.

“The Commission will ensure that any banker complicit in any such financial fraud will face the full wrath of the law.

“It is better to have fewer banks complying with the laws of the land than to have multiple banks not complying with the laws.”


In his remarks, Kennedy Uzoka, Group Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa, UBA, described the engagement as "a very unique gathering”, adding that “the new leadership of the EFCC is seeing things from a new prism.

"We see a very positive and engaging relationship ensuing between us and the EFCC; and this has been a warm and intelligent engagement with the EFCC.”

Also speaking, Ifie Sekibo, Managing Director of Heritage Bank, assured the EFCC of continuous support in its fight against corruption and also called for a regular engagement with bankers.

Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, also pledged support for the EFCC war against corruption, noting that "it is a collaborative effort."

By EFCC Staff

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has sought greater collaboration with financial institutions in the country as a way of tackling fraudulent election financing, foreign exchange malpractices and money laundering.

Speaking on Thursday, August 19, 2021 during an interactive session with managing directors of banks in Nigeria at the Conference Hall of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, he said it was important to bring the financial institutions in the country up to speed with the evolving policies in the Commission, in line with the United Nations’ categorization of the fight against corruption vis-à-vis prevention, enforcement and assets recovery.


According to him, “At the EFCC, we want to place more emphasis on prevention.

“We want to lay less emphasis on enforcement, which is investigation and prosecution and put our energy more on prevention and asset recovery.

“In addition, some of the issues we have identified include foreign exchange malpractices and fraudulent election financing.

“As you all know, in 16 to 18 months, Nigeria will be preparing for another round of elections, and the government will not want what happened in the past to repeat itself”.

The EFCC boss said it had become necessary to put bankers on their toes, particularly as the 2023 general elections approached.

Bawa

Bawa, who also stressed that the "new EFCC" under his leadership believes that the financial institutions have an important role to play in the Commission’s efforts to rid Nigeria of economic and financial crimes, also used the occasion to charge the bankers to comply with the guidelines of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on the issuance of Personal Travel Allowance, PTA and Business Travel Allowance, BTA, to their customers.

"You need to ensure full compliance with regard to knowing your customers and ensuring that you do not give opportunities for foreign exchange malpractices”.

Bawa, who disagreed with the allegation of a cat-and-mouse relationship between the Commission and financial institutions in the country, further stated that "Moving forward, come September 1, anything that we see that is happening or has happened within your industry, we are going to deal with it by the books.

“The Commission will ensure that any banker complicit in any such financial fraud will face the full wrath of the law.

“It is better to have fewer banks complying with the laws of the land than to have multiple banks not complying with the laws.”


In his remarks, Kennedy Uzoka, Group Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa, UBA, described the engagement as "a very unique gathering”, adding that “the new leadership of the EFCC is seeing things from a new prism.

"We see a very positive and engaging relationship ensuing between us and the EFCC; and this has been a warm and intelligent engagement with the EFCC.”

Also speaking, Ifie Sekibo, Managing Director of Heritage Bank, assured the EFCC of continuous support in its fight against corruption and also called for a regular engagement with bankers.

Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, also pledged support for the EFCC war against corruption, noting that "it is a collaborative effort."

By EFCC Staff

LAGOS LOCAL GOVT ELECTIONS: AAC heading to court as the part, 11 others disenfranchised by LASIEC

LAGOS LOCAL GOVT ELECTIONS: AAC heading to court as the part, 11 others disenfranchised by LASIEC


The Lagos chapter of the African Action Congress (AAC) and 11 other Political Parties have been disenfranchised by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) from participating in the Ongoing Local Government Elections in the State.


The party in a statement signed by the state chairman Kunle Ajayi and secretary Towolawi Jamiu said it is approaching a court for such arbitrary exclusion from the poll.


"Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999."



READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:



AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC) LAGOS CHAPTER


*STATEMENT* *AS THE* *LAGOS* *LOCAL GOVERNMENT* *ELECTIONS* *HOLDS* *TODAY* *24TH JULY 2021* 


The leadership of the African Action Congress (AAC) Lagos Chapter wish to inform all our members and supporters that the AAC alongside 11 other political parties have been disfranchised illegally from participating in today's Local Government Elections by the partisan and highly corrupt Lagos State Electoral Commission (LASIEC).


In aftermath of this, Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999. 


We also want to use this opportunity to urge all our members to stay clear all polling units and boycott the entire elections which has already been rigged in favour of the highly corrupt and anti people ruling All Past Criminals (APC).  


However, We must really commend all our members, candidates, supporters and well wishers that have really worked tirelessly in the past two years to make sure we take Lagos back from the hands of vampires and give power back to the people. 


Lastly, we must continue to mobilise Nigerians from every nook and corner in order to build more formidable forces that will eventually bring down the entire system that only works for the few ruling class and their cronies and replace it with a system that works for ALL (Oppressed).


A people united and determined can never be defeated. 


Signed: 


Kunle Ajayi (Wiseman)

Chairman,

Lagos AAC. 


Towolawi Jamiu (Jharmo)

Secretary,

Lagos AAC.


The Lagos chapter of the African Action Congress (AAC) and 11 other Political Parties have been disenfranchised by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) from participating in the Ongoing Local Government Elections in the State.


The party in a statement signed by the state chairman Kunle Ajayi and secretary Towolawi Jamiu said it is approaching a court for such arbitrary exclusion from the poll.


"Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999."



READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:



AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC) LAGOS CHAPTER


*STATEMENT* *AS THE* *LAGOS* *LOCAL GOVERNMENT* *ELECTIONS* *HOLDS* *TODAY* *24TH JULY 2021* 


The leadership of the African Action Congress (AAC) Lagos Chapter wish to inform all our members and supporters that the AAC alongside 11 other political parties have been disfranchised illegally from participating in today's Local Government Elections by the partisan and highly corrupt Lagos State Electoral Commission (LASIEC).


In aftermath of this, Our party (AAC) has already commenced legal actions against both the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against this ugly and unfortunate incident that have denied Lagosians a golden opportunity to change the old order that have been embedded with corruption, poor health care, poor education, youths unemployment, rising prices of goods and services, lack of infrastructure, insecurity  and multi dimensional poverty which have been the trademark of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regime since 1999. 


We also want to use this opportunity to urge all our members to stay clear all polling units and boycott the entire elections which has already been rigged in favour of the highly corrupt and anti people ruling All Past Criminals (APC).  


However, We must really commend all our members, candidates, supporters and well wishers that have really worked tirelessly in the past two years to make sure we take Lagos back from the hands of vampires and give power back to the people. 


Lastly, we must continue to mobilise Nigerians from every nook and corner in order to build more formidable forces that will eventually bring down the entire system that only works for the few ruling class and their cronies and replace it with a system that works for ALL (Oppressed).


A people united and determined can never be defeated. 


Signed: 


Kunle Ajayi (Wiseman)

Chairman,

Lagos AAC. 


Towolawi Jamiu (Jharmo)

Secretary,

Lagos AAC.

Ekiti, Osun Elections to hold next year, says INEC Chair in a remarks

Ekiti, Osun Elections to hold next year, says INEC Chair in a remarks

 REMARKS BY HONOURABLE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROF. MAHMOOD YAKUBU, AT A MEETING WITH THE RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS (RECs) HELD AT THE INEC CONFERENCE ROOM, ABUJA, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE 2021

 

National Commissioners

Resident Electoral Commissioners

The Secretary to the Commission

Directors and other Senior Officials of the Commission

Members of the INEC Press Corps

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

1.​ It is my pleasure to welcome you all to our second meeting in less than one month, the last being the emergency session held on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in the wake of the attacks on our facilities nationwide. You may recall that at the last meeting, we resolved to reconvene in a regular session on the outcome of the expansion of voter access to Pulling Units in relation to our preparations for the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

 

2.​ You may also recall that the Commission addressed a press conference on the CVR two months ago on 1st April 2021. In announcing Monday 28th June 2021 as the date for the resumption of the exercise, the Commission informed Nigerians that it needed some time to conclude work on the expansion of voter access to Polling Units by converting the Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements to full-fledged Polling Units. We also promised that details of the new Polling Units would be made available to Nigerians ahead of the resumption of the CVR exercise. By doing so, fresh registrants and those seeking transfer will know the new Polling Units. This will enable them to choose their preferred voting locations on Election Day.

 

3.​ As you are aware, the history of creating and expanding Polling Units in Nigeria has been long and complex. Their adequacy and accessibility in terms of number and location across the country were some of the challenges that had to be addressed in the interest of credible elections. Before 2010, the Commission operated on a round figure of approximately 120,000 Polling Units. However, a census undertaken by the Commission before the 2011 General Election arrived at the precise figure of 119,973 Polling Units. The Commission also made efforts to relocate many Polling Units from inappropriate places such as private residences and properties, palaces of traditional rulers and places of worship to public buildings accessible to voters, polling agents, observers and the media during elections.

 

4.​ Following several unsuccessful attempts to create additional Polling Units despite the obvious pressure from increased number of registered voters, the Commission established Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements across the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a pragmatic response to necessity. The voting points were tied to the existing Polling Units and Voting Point Settlements. The number of registered voters in a Polling Unit and the Voting Point Settlement in the FCT, was used to determine their Voting Points, based on the upper and lower thresholds of 500 and 750 voters respectively. These were also the limits used for the 2019 General Election. The number of new Polling Units in a State is the number of Voting Points aggregated from those Polling Units having Voting Points. Furthermore, it was discovered that one Polling Unit in Lagos State had been wrongly categorized as a Voting Point and the error was corrected. With this adjustment, the actual number of approved Polling Units came to 119,974. As a result, the Commission arrived at the exact figure of 56,563 Voting Points in addition to 309 Voting Point Settlements in the FCT, making a total of 56,872 Voting Points.

 

5.​  After wide ranging consultations with stakeholders and fieldwork by our officials, the 56,872 Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements were converted and added to the existing 119,974 Polling Units. Consequently, the Commission is glad to report that 25 years since the current Polling Units were created in 1996, the hard nut is finally and successfully cracked after several unsuccessful attempts. Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged Polling Units.

 

6.​ Similarly, after consultation with stakeholders, the Commission has successfully removed 749 Polling Units from inappropriate locations to appropriate public facilities or open spaces in line with our policy to guarantee unencumbered access to Polling Units for all voters. Of this figure, 232 were removed from private properties, 145 royal palaces, 6 Mosques, 21 Churches and 9 Shrines. The remaining 336 Polling Units were relocated for various reasons which include distance, difficult terrain, congestion, communal conflict, new settlements and general insecurity.

 

7.​  However, in view of the advanced preparations already made by the Commission, four pending bye-elections in Kaduna, Jigawa and Plateau States will be the last to be conducted using a combination of Polling Units and Voting Points. Two of these elections in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State are holding this weekend while the Commission awaits the formal declaration of vacancies by the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives in respect of Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State and Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency of Plateau State. For subsequent elections, beginning from the Anambra State Governorship election holding on 6th November 2021, there will be no Voting Points any more in Nigeria.

 

8.​ The new approved Polling Units for each State of the Federation and FCT will be presented to the public in 37 volumes at this meeting. Meanwhile, the entire report has already been uploaded on the INEC website (www.inecnigeria.org). Infographics of the distribution of the new Polling Units on State-by-State basis and the FCT have also been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

 

9.​ The Resident Electoral Commissioners and staff of the Commission nationwide spared no effort to ensure the success of the exercise. Above all, this historic accomplishment would not have been possible without the support and understanding of all Nigerians. On behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission, I would like to express our profound appreciation to the leadership of political parties, civil society organizations, the media, security agencies, religious leaders, socio-cultural associations, the labour unions, professional bodies, persons with disabilities, women and youth groups, students’ unions, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the State Governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Assembly. We also acknowledge the invaluable support of the development partners for facilitating some of the stakeholder engagements and the publication of advocacy documents.

 

10.​ Looking to the near future, the Commission is preparing to conduct the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 General Election. Already, activities listed in the timetable for the Anambra State Governorship election are being implemented. So too are those of the FCT Area Council election holding on 12th February 2022.

 

11.​ In the sequence of off-season elections, the Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections are holding next year. In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday 18th June 2022 while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday 16th July 2022. The detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections have been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms. We implore political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and thereafter conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.

 

12.​ Once again, I welcome our Resident Electoral Commissioners to this crucial meeting. May God continue to bless our efforts.

 REMARKS BY HONOURABLE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROF. MAHMOOD YAKUBU, AT A MEETING WITH THE RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS (RECs) HELD AT THE INEC CONFERENCE ROOM, ABUJA, ON WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE 2021

 

National Commissioners

Resident Electoral Commissioners

The Secretary to the Commission

Directors and other Senior Officials of the Commission

Members of the INEC Press Corps

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

1.​ It is my pleasure to welcome you all to our second meeting in less than one month, the last being the emergency session held on Wednesday 19th May 2021 in the wake of the attacks on our facilities nationwide. You may recall that at the last meeting, we resolved to reconvene in a regular session on the outcome of the expansion of voter access to Pulling Units in relation to our preparations for the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

 

2.​ You may also recall that the Commission addressed a press conference on the CVR two months ago on 1st April 2021. In announcing Monday 28th June 2021 as the date for the resumption of the exercise, the Commission informed Nigerians that it needed some time to conclude work on the expansion of voter access to Polling Units by converting the Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements to full-fledged Polling Units. We also promised that details of the new Polling Units would be made available to Nigerians ahead of the resumption of the CVR exercise. By doing so, fresh registrants and those seeking transfer will know the new Polling Units. This will enable them to choose their preferred voting locations on Election Day.

 

3.​ As you are aware, the history of creating and expanding Polling Units in Nigeria has been long and complex. Their adequacy and accessibility in terms of number and location across the country were some of the challenges that had to be addressed in the interest of credible elections. Before 2010, the Commission operated on a round figure of approximately 120,000 Polling Units. However, a census undertaken by the Commission before the 2011 General Election arrived at the precise figure of 119,973 Polling Units. The Commission also made efforts to relocate many Polling Units from inappropriate places such as private residences and properties, palaces of traditional rulers and places of worship to public buildings accessible to voters, polling agents, observers and the media during elections.

 

4.​ Following several unsuccessful attempts to create additional Polling Units despite the obvious pressure from increased number of registered voters, the Commission established Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements across the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a pragmatic response to necessity. The voting points were tied to the existing Polling Units and Voting Point Settlements. The number of registered voters in a Polling Unit and the Voting Point Settlement in the FCT, was used to determine their Voting Points, based on the upper and lower thresholds of 500 and 750 voters respectively. These were also the limits used for the 2019 General Election. The number of new Polling Units in a State is the number of Voting Points aggregated from those Polling Units having Voting Points. Furthermore, it was discovered that one Polling Unit in Lagos State had been wrongly categorized as a Voting Point and the error was corrected. With this adjustment, the actual number of approved Polling Units came to 119,974. As a result, the Commission arrived at the exact figure of 56,563 Voting Points in addition to 309 Voting Point Settlements in the FCT, making a total of 56,872 Voting Points.

 

5.​  After wide ranging consultations with stakeholders and fieldwork by our officials, the 56,872 Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements were converted and added to the existing 119,974 Polling Units. Consequently, the Commission is glad to report that 25 years since the current Polling Units were created in 1996, the hard nut is finally and successfully cracked after several unsuccessful attempts. Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged Polling Units.

 

6.​ Similarly, after consultation with stakeholders, the Commission has successfully removed 749 Polling Units from inappropriate locations to appropriate public facilities or open spaces in line with our policy to guarantee unencumbered access to Polling Units for all voters. Of this figure, 232 were removed from private properties, 145 royal palaces, 6 Mosques, 21 Churches and 9 Shrines. The remaining 336 Polling Units were relocated for various reasons which include distance, difficult terrain, congestion, communal conflict, new settlements and general insecurity.

 

7.​  However, in view of the advanced preparations already made by the Commission, four pending bye-elections in Kaduna, Jigawa and Plateau States will be the last to be conducted using a combination of Polling Units and Voting Points. Two of these elections in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State are holding this weekend while the Commission awaits the formal declaration of vacancies by the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives in respect of Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State and Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency of Plateau State. For subsequent elections, beginning from the Anambra State Governorship election holding on 6th November 2021, there will be no Voting Points any more in Nigeria.

 

8.​ The new approved Polling Units for each State of the Federation and FCT will be presented to the public in 37 volumes at this meeting. Meanwhile, the entire report has already been uploaded on the INEC website (www.inecnigeria.org). Infographics of the distribution of the new Polling Units on State-by-State basis and the FCT have also been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

 

9.​ The Resident Electoral Commissioners and staff of the Commission nationwide spared no effort to ensure the success of the exercise. Above all, this historic accomplishment would not have been possible without the support and understanding of all Nigerians. On behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission, I would like to express our profound appreciation to the leadership of political parties, civil society organizations, the media, security agencies, religious leaders, socio-cultural associations, the labour unions, professional bodies, persons with disabilities, women and youth groups, students’ unions, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the State Governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Assembly. We also acknowledge the invaluable support of the development partners for facilitating some of the stakeholder engagements and the publication of advocacy documents.

 

10.​ Looking to the near future, the Commission is preparing to conduct the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 General Election. Already, activities listed in the timetable for the Anambra State Governorship election are being implemented. So too are those of the FCT Area Council election holding on 12th February 2022.

 

11.​ In the sequence of off-season elections, the Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections are holding next year. In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday 18th June 2022 while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday 16th July 2022. The detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections have been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms. We implore political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and thereafter conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.

 

12.​ Once again, I welcome our Resident Electoral Commissioners to this crucial meeting. May God continue to bless our efforts.

PRESS RELEASE: Oyo Govt Declares Friday Public Holiday for Hitch Free Local government Election

PRESS RELEASE: Oyo Govt Declares Friday Public Holiday for Hitch Free Local government Election

The Government of Oyo State has announced Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor 'Seyi Makinde, confirmed that the governor approved the holiday to enable the state conduct a hitch free local government election holding on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The statement urged every resident of Oyo State to go about their duties peacefully, while coming out en masse to their respective voting areas and participate in the election.

The statement read: "His Excellency, Governor 'Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has authorised the declaration of Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

"The declaration of the holiday is to enable residents of the state participate freely in the council elections billed to hold on Saturday May 22, 2021.

"Every indigene and resident of the state is hereby enjoined to go about his or her  business peacefully, while trooping out en masse to their respective voting areas and perform the civic responsibility on  Saturday."


Signed 

Taiwo Adisa 

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde 

May 20, 2021.

The Government of Oyo State has announced Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor 'Seyi Makinde, confirmed that the governor approved the holiday to enable the state conduct a hitch free local government election holding on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The statement urged every resident of Oyo State to go about their duties peacefully, while coming out en masse to their respective voting areas and participate in the election.

The statement read: "His Excellency, Governor 'Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has authorised the declaration of Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday.

"The declaration of the holiday is to enable residents of the state participate freely in the council elections billed to hold on Saturday May 22, 2021.

"Every indigene and resident of the state is hereby enjoined to go about his or her  business peacefully, while trooping out en masse to their respective voting areas and perform the civic responsibility on  Saturday."


Signed 

Taiwo Adisa 

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde 

May 20, 2021.

How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

Sowore

The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

Sowore

The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

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