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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.

June 12 Protest and Democracy in Nigeria

June 12 Protest and Democracy in Nigeria

By Jonathan Ekperusi 

(Chairman NBA, Effurun Branch)


It is the inalienable rights of every Nigerian to free speech, lawful assembly and peaceful protest. Unfortunately, many Nigerians do not even know where our problem lies. We should be protesting for the autonomy of Local Government Council, State Houses of Assembly, State Judiciary, etc. Many states are owing pensioners their pension, ranging from few months to several years putting those that have served Nigeria in pains and penury. States like Benue, Taraba, etc are owing workers over one year salaries, etc. These should be the priorities of protesters, but it seems everyone is misguided to protest against the federal government.


No nation can develop by looking solely on the federal government. If we do not hold our state governors accountable, then we are not ready for a change. If you like vent all your anger on Buhari, he is going to remain as President till his tenure expires. Sowore is shouting around deceiving some gullible Nigerians that Buhari Must Go. He is using these gullible people to collect grants from charities abroad to sustain his dubious lifestyle in Nigeria. The same Sowore contested the last election with Buhari and got about 30,000 votes while Buhari got over 15 million votes, but he wants Buhari go to. Go where exactly?


If you truly want a change of leaders, then use this same energy to organize yourself into structures, register, form a party and create an alliance of several small parties to form a formidable force. Unfortunately, all this protest will end tomorrow and nothing will happen. During the last election, Sowore, Moghalu, Ezekwesili, etc could not even form an alliance to project a single candidate. All of them just want to show on their CV that they are presidential candidate and also want to chop money from their mushrooms parties. No one was truly interested in the Nigerian project.


When Tinubu decided to play national politics, he decided to spend resources including money and time to form a formidable alliance, and he was also willing to remove himself from the scene to make the party work. Don't also forget that when he formed the Action Congress earlier, he didn't also rush to become the party flagbearer, he was willing to give Ribadu the party ticket. Those who truly wants to create things beyond them are always willing to put their own personal interest aside for the greater good. No wonder the name Tinubu has become a scion on the Nigerian political landscape. You can hate or like him, but you cannot deny the fact that Tinubu is a sound political strategist and tactician who knows the game and play it to win.


So, except there is a formidable third force that is rising from the horizon as early as this moment, APC will still remain at the centre beyond 2023. APC have about 21 states and PDP about 14, so take it or leave it, whoever APC endorses as their presidential candidate is most likely the next president of Nigeria, except the party implodes, which is not likely.


Except there is a military coup, which is highly unlikely, once election is over and a leader emerged, there is nothing anyone can do. If you like petition the US, UK, UN and even mars, nothing will change. That's the beauty of democracy. 


Happy Democracy Day to you all.

By Jonathan Ekperusi 

(Chairman NBA, Effurun Branch)


It is the inalienable rights of every Nigerian to free speech, lawful assembly and peaceful protest. Unfortunately, many Nigerians do not even know where our problem lies. We should be protesting for the autonomy of Local Government Council, State Houses of Assembly, State Judiciary, etc. Many states are owing pensioners their pension, ranging from few months to several years putting those that have served Nigeria in pains and penury. States like Benue, Taraba, etc are owing workers over one year salaries, etc. These should be the priorities of protesters, but it seems everyone is misguided to protest against the federal government.


No nation can develop by looking solely on the federal government. If we do not hold our state governors accountable, then we are not ready for a change. If you like vent all your anger on Buhari, he is going to remain as President till his tenure expires. Sowore is shouting around deceiving some gullible Nigerians that Buhari Must Go. He is using these gullible people to collect grants from charities abroad to sustain his dubious lifestyle in Nigeria. The same Sowore contested the last election with Buhari and got about 30,000 votes while Buhari got over 15 million votes, but he wants Buhari go to. Go where exactly?


If you truly want a change of leaders, then use this same energy to organize yourself into structures, register, form a party and create an alliance of several small parties to form a formidable force. Unfortunately, all this protest will end tomorrow and nothing will happen. During the last election, Sowore, Moghalu, Ezekwesili, etc could not even form an alliance to project a single candidate. All of them just want to show on their CV that they are presidential candidate and also want to chop money from their mushrooms parties. No one was truly interested in the Nigerian project.


When Tinubu decided to play national politics, he decided to spend resources including money and time to form a formidable alliance, and he was also willing to remove himself from the scene to make the party work. Don't also forget that when he formed the Action Congress earlier, he didn't also rush to become the party flagbearer, he was willing to give Ribadu the party ticket. Those who truly wants to create things beyond them are always willing to put their own personal interest aside for the greater good. No wonder the name Tinubu has become a scion on the Nigerian political landscape. You can hate or like him, but you cannot deny the fact that Tinubu is a sound political strategist and tactician who knows the game and play it to win.


So, except there is a formidable third force that is rising from the horizon as early as this moment, APC will still remain at the centre beyond 2023. APC have about 21 states and PDP about 14, so take it or leave it, whoever APC endorses as their presidential candidate is most likely the next president of Nigeria, except the party implodes, which is not likely.


Except there is a military coup, which is highly unlikely, once election is over and a leader emerged, there is nothing anyone can do. If you like petition the US, UK, UN and even mars, nothing will change. That's the beauty of democracy. 


Happy Democracy Day to you all.

UPDATE: AAC National Chairman Omoyele Sowore Leaves Hospital (PHOTOS)

UPDATE: AAC National Chairman Omoyele Sowore Leaves Hospital (PHOTOS)



National Chairman of an opposition Political African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has been discharged from Hospital, two days after what many loyalists to the activist and party members discribed as a FAILED ASSASINATION ATTEMPT by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led evil Federal Government of Nigeria.

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National Chairman of an opposition Political African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore has been discharged from Hospital, two days after what many loyalists to the activist and party members discribed as a FAILED ASSASINATION ATTEMPT by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led evil Federal Government of Nigeria.

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CORE LAGOS STATE CHAPTER CONDEMNS CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS AT ABUJA AND ATTACK ON OMOYELE SOWORE

CORE LAGOS STATE CHAPTER CONDEMNS CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS AT ABUJA AND ATTACK ON OMOYELE SOWORE

 

*Press Statement - May 31st 2021


The Lagos state chapter of Coalition for Revolution condemns the Nigeria Police Force’s crackdown on a protest at Abuja and attacks on Omoyele Sowore today.


Omoyele Sowore, National Chair of the African Action Congress (AAC) and the National Convener of the Take it Back Movement (TIB) was shot by ACP - Altine Daniel at close range, following the live footage from his personal Facebook account, it will be recalled that ACP - Altine Daniel was also instrumental to the assault of Omoyele Sowore and four others on 1st of January during a peaceful procession in Abuja.



The Lagos state chapter reaffirms to the general public that the right to peaceful assembly is legitimate and enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and international treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to, we thus demand;


• All police officers involved in the shooting be brought to book IMMEDIATELY, 

• All trumped up charges against Omoyele Sowore be dropped forthwith,

• Sowore’s constitutional rights and freedoms to speech, movement, etc be fully and unconditionally restored.


However, it is expedient to stress that this act will not deter us and will not dissuade us from further actions. #RevolutionNow is our pathway in the popular quest to end impunity and insecurity and, win our total liberation. We shall thus not waver, as we remain committed to keep flying the banner as a revolutionary strata of working people, youths and oppressed class.



Signed:

Ayemhenre Kelvin

State P.R.O

 

*Press Statement - May 31st 2021


The Lagos state chapter of Coalition for Revolution condemns the Nigeria Police Force’s crackdown on a protest at Abuja and attacks on Omoyele Sowore today.


Omoyele Sowore, National Chair of the African Action Congress (AAC) and the National Convener of the Take it Back Movement (TIB) was shot by ACP - Altine Daniel at close range, following the live footage from his personal Facebook account, it will be recalled that ACP - Altine Daniel was also instrumental to the assault of Omoyele Sowore and four others on 1st of January during a peaceful procession in Abuja.



The Lagos state chapter reaffirms to the general public that the right to peaceful assembly is legitimate and enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and international treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to, we thus demand;


• All police officers involved in the shooting be brought to book IMMEDIATELY, 

• All trumped up charges against Omoyele Sowore be dropped forthwith,

• Sowore’s constitutional rights and freedoms to speech, movement, etc be fully and unconditionally restored.


However, it is expedient to stress that this act will not deter us and will not dissuade us from further actions. #RevolutionNow is our pathway in the popular quest to end impunity and insecurity and, win our total liberation. We shall thus not waver, as we remain committed to keep flying the banner as a revolutionary strata of working people, youths and oppressed class.



Signed:

Ayemhenre Kelvin

State P.R.O

AAC PRESS STATEMENT: WE CONDEMN THE ATTACK ON PEACEFUL PROTESTERS TODAY AT UNITY FOUNTAIN, ABUJA

AAC PRESS STATEMENT: WE CONDEMN THE ATTACK ON PEACEFUL PROTESTERS TODAY AT UNITY FOUNTAIN, ABUJA

CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ARREST OF CSP HYELHIRA ALTINE WHO SHOT OMOYELE SOWORE AT CLOSE RANGE. 


Nigerians have recorded any low in the attack on the rights of Nigerians to peacefully assemble , associate and express themselves without fear. We are seized by the event at the Unity Fountain, Abuja where concerned citizens have gathered to protest the spate of insecurity that has claimed the lives of over 4500 Nigerians in a space of just a month. This is without mentioning the rate of kidnappings, violent displacement of persons and banditry ravaging our immediate communities. The drowsiness of the Buhari regime has also made the country rank 3rd position in the list of most terrorized nations in the World. 

These were among the many unfortunate reasons concerned Nigerians including members of the AAC proposed to gather and demand in a peaceful protest that the sleeping regime wake up to its primary responsibility to secure lives and property of Nigerians. 


No sooner had Nigerians gathered at the protest ground than the gates were locked on the orders of the Conmissoner of Police, FCT, Bala Ciroma. 



While the National Chairman of the AAC, Sowore alongside other comrades was addressing the illegality, another detachment of armed-to-the-teeth policemen led by CSP Altine arrived the scene and without recourse to any iota of civilization or civil engagement, shot at Omoyele Sowore and dispersed the protesters violently. 


We maintain that the shooting of the National Chairman, OMOYELE SOWORE in Abuja this morning by the police is a well-planned but poorly executed and botched political assassination attempt by Buhari government and its think tank! We demand the immediate arrest of CSP Altine and her team. 


The attack on peaceful protesters today is the last thing they had to do to intimidate the people and to send the signal of how deadly they could be in the next days, if people attempted to stage any form of protest.


We want to assure the murderous Buhari regime that this shall be counter-productive in the long run as it is very impossible to beat citizens to stupor like this and still forbid them from crying or determine the place where they can cry. 


The AAC calls on all Nigerians home and abroad to remain resolute in the fight against tyranny and oppression in our land and we shall be victorious in the fight to send these marauders out of power, for a sane society to be established. 


The struggle continues! 



Signed: 


Femi Adeyeye 

National Publicity Secretary

African Action Congress

31/05/2021

CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ARREST OF CSP HYELHIRA ALTINE WHO SHOT OMOYELE SOWORE AT CLOSE RANGE. 


Nigerians have recorded any low in the attack on the rights of Nigerians to peacefully assemble , associate and express themselves without fear. We are seized by the event at the Unity Fountain, Abuja where concerned citizens have gathered to protest the spate of insecurity that has claimed the lives of over 4500 Nigerians in a space of just a month. This is without mentioning the rate of kidnappings, violent displacement of persons and banditry ravaging our immediate communities. The drowsiness of the Buhari regime has also made the country rank 3rd position in the list of most terrorized nations in the World. 

These were among the many unfortunate reasons concerned Nigerians including members of the AAC proposed to gather and demand in a peaceful protest that the sleeping regime wake up to its primary responsibility to secure lives and property of Nigerians. 


No sooner had Nigerians gathered at the protest ground than the gates were locked on the orders of the Conmissoner of Police, FCT, Bala Ciroma. 



While the National Chairman of the AAC, Sowore alongside other comrades was addressing the illegality, another detachment of armed-to-the-teeth policemen led by CSP Altine arrived the scene and without recourse to any iota of civilization or civil engagement, shot at Omoyele Sowore and dispersed the protesters violently. 


We maintain that the shooting of the National Chairman, OMOYELE SOWORE in Abuja this morning by the police is a well-planned but poorly executed and botched political assassination attempt by Buhari government and its think tank! We demand the immediate arrest of CSP Altine and her team. 


The attack on peaceful protesters today is the last thing they had to do to intimidate the people and to send the signal of how deadly they could be in the next days, if people attempted to stage any form of protest.


We want to assure the murderous Buhari regime that this shall be counter-productive in the long run as it is very impossible to beat citizens to stupor like this and still forbid them from crying or determine the place where they can cry. 


The AAC calls on all Nigerians home and abroad to remain resolute in the fight against tyranny and oppression in our land and we shall be victorious in the fight to send these marauders out of power, for a sane society to be established. 


The struggle continues! 



Signed: 


Femi Adeyeye 

National Publicity Secretary

African Action Congress

31/05/2021

AAC National Chairman Omoyele Sowore has just been shot in Abuja, in critical condition

AAC National Chairman Omoyele Sowore has just been shot in Abuja, in critical condition

Let the struggle continue even if they take my life says Sowore

 The publisher of Sahara Reporters and former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has been reportedly shot by the police in Abuja, the NIGERIA'S Capital.


The convener of the RevolutionNow movement has been confined in the FCT by a federal court over a purported protest in August 2019.

The details and his present state remained unknown as he was been shot in the abdomen, according to the circulating pictures on the social media.


Further sources confirmed that @YeleSowore was shot by a female Police @PoliceNG Officer at Unity Fountain in Abuja, as the Police blocked protesters from entering Unity Fountain with BuhariMustGo protest.
The party wrote:




The Police woman DSP Hyelhira Altine Daniel has been pointed as the one who shot sowore during the protest. Source added that this same woman attempted the same sinister move on Sowore sometimes ago in Abuja.


Further report also says he was shot in the tight. Comrades were seen in a video helping the activist out of the scene into a waiting vehicle.




An eye witness account said: "It wasn’t stray at all. I was close to him holding his phone and recording. She shot immeditely she arrived the scene. Sowore was shouting “you just shot me” repeatedly. We were both looking at her with the hope that she would say it’s a mistake or even show some kind of remorse or shock. Her look suggested affirmation of her action. It was after the first shot, tear gas canisters were shot. She did it on orders."


Although in a critical condition, he is responding to treatment said another sources. 


AAC said:


 

The African Action Congress (AAC) in a statement signed by its publicity Secretary Femi Adeyeye condemned the attacks by the security operatives on the peaceful Protesters and called for the arrest and prosecution of the police officer who shot at Omoyele Sowore.


Let the struggle continue even if they take my life says Sowore

 The publisher of Sahara Reporters and former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has been reportedly shot by the police in Abuja, the NIGERIA'S Capital.


The convener of the RevolutionNow movement has been confined in the FCT by a federal court over a purported protest in August 2019.

The details and his present state remained unknown as he was been shot in the abdomen, according to the circulating pictures on the social media.


Further sources confirmed that @YeleSowore was shot by a female Police @PoliceNG Officer at Unity Fountain in Abuja, as the Police blocked protesters from entering Unity Fountain with BuhariMustGo protest.
The party wrote:




The Police woman DSP Hyelhira Altine Daniel has been pointed as the one who shot sowore during the protest. Source added that this same woman attempted the same sinister move on Sowore sometimes ago in Abuja.


Further report also says he was shot in the tight. Comrades were seen in a video helping the activist out of the scene into a waiting vehicle.




An eye witness account said: "It wasn’t stray at all. I was close to him holding his phone and recording. She shot immeditely she arrived the scene. Sowore was shouting “you just shot me” repeatedly. We were both looking at her with the hope that she would say it’s a mistake or even show some kind of remorse or shock. Her look suggested affirmation of her action. It was after the first shot, tear gas canisters were shot. She did it on orders."


Although in a critical condition, he is responding to treatment said another sources. 


AAC said:


 

The African Action Congress (AAC) in a statement signed by its publicity Secretary Femi Adeyeye condemned the attacks by the security operatives on the peaceful Protesters and called for the arrest and prosecution of the police officer who shot at Omoyele Sowore.


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.

OYSIEC REPLIES APC LEADER ALAO-AKALA, SAYS IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO POSTPONE OYO LG ELECTION

OYSIEC REPLIES APC LEADER ALAO-AKALA, SAYS IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO POSTPONE OYO LG ELECTION

Olagunju

The Chairman of the Oyo State Independent Electoral commission (OYSIEC), Aare Isiaka Olagunju (SAN) has said it would be unfair to extend the May 22nd local government election in the state which is already scheduled because of the newly repentant All Progressive Congress (APC).


According to Aare Olagunju, since the inauguration of the commission on September 3, 2019, it has embarked on visitations and consultations to political parties, religious centres and other relevant stakeholders across the state, adding that the essence of his many visits is to reassure political parties of his impartiality and commitment to ensure free, fair and credible local government poll in Oyo state.


OYSIEC Chair who expressed surprise to the calls by former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala and other APC leaders in the state to extend the polling in order for them to participate, said he was at APC secretariat to visit Baba Oke and other state exco to assure them of the OSYIEC sincerity.


“I was at APC secretariat to visit Baba Oke and other state exco to assure them of our sincerity. We beg and appeal to them to participate in the election because we know the likely outcome of the court judgement.


Aare Olagunju said there is no way the commission could extend the election date owing to many preparations done in the last few months hence the election will go on as scheduled.

Olagunju

The Chairman of the Oyo State Independent Electoral commission (OYSIEC), Aare Isiaka Olagunju (SAN) has said it would be unfair to extend the May 22nd local government election in the state which is already scheduled because of the newly repentant All Progressive Congress (APC).


According to Aare Olagunju, since the inauguration of the commission on September 3, 2019, it has embarked on visitations and consultations to political parties, religious centres and other relevant stakeholders across the state, adding that the essence of his many visits is to reassure political parties of his impartiality and commitment to ensure free, fair and credible local government poll in Oyo state.


OYSIEC Chair who expressed surprise to the calls by former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala and other APC leaders in the state to extend the polling in order for them to participate, said he was at APC secretariat to visit Baba Oke and other state exco to assure them of the OSYIEC sincerity.


“I was at APC secretariat to visit Baba Oke and other state exco to assure them of our sincerity. We beg and appeal to them to participate in the election because we know the likely outcome of the court judgement.


Aare Olagunju said there is no way the commission could extend the election date owing to many preparations done in the last few months hence the election will go on as scheduled.

Executive Greed: Between Late Ajimobi and Makinde - Gabriel Ogunlana

Executive Greed: Between Late Ajimobi and Makinde - Gabriel Ogunlana

 


Until the Local Government is giving a full recognition as a level of governmental structure in Nigeria, laws will continue to have their ways against the political stability of the former. Political actors of different political camps are just taking the advantage of the unclear structure of the local government to the detriment of general development.


Corruption of the judiciary remains a menace which enlivens the greed of the state governor against the supposed survival of the local government as a political unit. The corruption of the judiciary is more enhanced by the unfettered influence of the executive over virtually every living and non-living element within their purview.


The  judgement delivered by the Supreme Court on 7th May, 2021 on ALGON vs. Oyo State Government was never a “victory for democracy” as being bandied around by some people but a continued threat to the survival of local government as a level of government. An injunction restraining late Isiaka Ajimobi from conducting the said election was sought and granted by the court of compitent jurisdiction but the man disobeyed the verdict and he went ahead to conduct it. Every living soul who witnessed the jankara exercise knew how it went. Other than interlocutory injunction, the appellant had some other complaints which were capable of rendering the said exercise null and void.


On the other hand, Seyi Makinde displayed executive rascality by dissolving the officials of Oyo councils. We are not in the military era where everything could be ” hereby dissolved”. GSM was supposed to dissolve them through a Court order which should evolve genuine and superior legal contest.


The Supreme Court under the leadership of “Mr. Technicality” has become a shadow of itself. The SC of today decides based on the sentiment of the ruling party, and not on law. The fundamental error that Ile-keu certificate is nursing today poses a danger to our judicial system as ratio-decendi of the SC form a precedent in law.


If the interlocutory injunction which restrained late Ajimobi from conducting elections was dismissed as an evidence to nullify ALGON mandate, it implies that the same injunction that the APC is speculating to stop Makinde from conducting the forthcoming local government elections is a waste of time. The spurious judgment further empowers Makinde to make a selection and call it an election. Why? The judgment will give them an impression that once his selected and imposed council members are removed by incoming governor, such an act will uphold the fraudulent mandate.


Many of us who know the implications of such a judgment will never celebrate it. We know what it means when the mandate of such “elections” could be upheld by the SC.


It’s obvious that if the atmosphere and conditions under which the elections of ALGON under late Ajimobi could be celebrated, we should lose hope in the credibility of the ones which Seyi Makinde is proposing. Meanwhile, Seyi Makinde should not dream of making selections in the name of elections as we will use everything to resist it.


In a nutshell, all stakeholders should work towards the survival of local government as many rural local governments are not feeling the impact of state government. The only link to the state and federal governments is local government and that’s why we must make it work.


Gabriel Ogunlana

 


Until the Local Government is giving a full recognition as a level of governmental structure in Nigeria, laws will continue to have their ways against the political stability of the former. Political actors of different political camps are just taking the advantage of the unclear structure of the local government to the detriment of general development.


Corruption of the judiciary remains a menace which enlivens the greed of the state governor against the supposed survival of the local government as a political unit. The corruption of the judiciary is more enhanced by the unfettered influence of the executive over virtually every living and non-living element within their purview.


The  judgement delivered by the Supreme Court on 7th May, 2021 on ALGON vs. Oyo State Government was never a “victory for democracy” as being bandied around by some people but a continued threat to the survival of local government as a level of government. An injunction restraining late Isiaka Ajimobi from conducting the said election was sought and granted by the court of compitent jurisdiction but the man disobeyed the verdict and he went ahead to conduct it. Every living soul who witnessed the jankara exercise knew how it went. Other than interlocutory injunction, the appellant had some other complaints which were capable of rendering the said exercise null and void.


On the other hand, Seyi Makinde displayed executive rascality by dissolving the officials of Oyo councils. We are not in the military era where everything could be ” hereby dissolved”. GSM was supposed to dissolve them through a Court order which should evolve genuine and superior legal contest.


The Supreme Court under the leadership of “Mr. Technicality” has become a shadow of itself. The SC of today decides based on the sentiment of the ruling party, and not on law. The fundamental error that Ile-keu certificate is nursing today poses a danger to our judicial system as ratio-decendi of the SC form a precedent in law.


If the interlocutory injunction which restrained late Ajimobi from conducting elections was dismissed as an evidence to nullify ALGON mandate, it implies that the same injunction that the APC is speculating to stop Makinde from conducting the forthcoming local government elections is a waste of time. The spurious judgment further empowers Makinde to make a selection and call it an election. Why? The judgment will give them an impression that once his selected and imposed council members are removed by incoming governor, such an act will uphold the fraudulent mandate.


Many of us who know the implications of such a judgment will never celebrate it. We know what it means when the mandate of such “elections” could be upheld by the SC.


It’s obvious that if the atmosphere and conditions under which the elections of ALGON under late Ajimobi could be celebrated, we should lose hope in the credibility of the ones which Seyi Makinde is proposing. Meanwhile, Seyi Makinde should not dream of making selections in the name of elections as we will use everything to resist it.


In a nutshell, all stakeholders should work towards the survival of local government as many rural local governments are not feeling the impact of state government. The only link to the state and federal governments is local government and that’s why we must make it work.


Gabriel Ogunlana

Press Statement: 4th JAF Congress Holds June 4 – 5, 2021 in Lagos

Press Statement: 4th JAF Congress Holds June 4 – 5, 2021 in Lagos

 

4th CONGRESS OF JOINT ACTION FRONT (JAF) Holds June 4 – 5, 2021



This is to bring to the attention of the working people of Nigeria and oppressed masses, our allies and  other collaborating groups  in popular struggle for the political and socio-economic transformation of Nigeria, that we have been involved  with since 2003 till date, that the Joint Action Front (JAF) will be holding its 4th Congress on June 4 and 5, 2021.


The 4th JAF Congress with the theme: The Necessity of an Alternative Political Agenda to Reconstruct Nigeria is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date:           FRIDAY, JUNE 4th 2021: Time: 09.30 – 17.30hr

SATURDAY, JUNE 5th 2021: Time: 10.00 – 18.00hr Prompt


Venue:    TEXTILE UNION LABOUR HOUSE, 10 Acme Road, off Agindingbi, Ogba-Ikeja


The Congress shall comprise Delegates from JAF affiliates, observers and invited guests.


The AGENDA of the Congress includes:


Keynote Speeches∷ Defining the Ideological Context of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition∷ Wither LASCO – NLC, TUC & ASUU?

(The leadership of the NLC, TUC & ASUU would be specifically invited to the Congress to state their positions)


THE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE QUESTION: Defining JAF Position and its Program of Actions, and


Conduct of election


 PRE-CONVENTION PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES


i. SYMPOSIUM: Insecurity in Nigeria and the Deepening of Ethno-religious Conflicts: Finding Genuine Alternative to the Descent into Barbarism! – TUESDAY MAY 18, 2021


ii. Pre-Congress Affiliates’ Meeting: Saturday, MAY 22, 2021

We wish to restate that JAF remains committed to the struggle and defence of the class interest of the working people, oppressed poor masses, women, academics and professionals, students and youth, artisans, the unemployed and people living with disabilities and other categories of deprived Nigerians. 


Therefore, we urge Nigerians to embrace the STRUGGLE FOR SYSTEM CHANGE (Socialist transformation of Nigeria), which we have consistently explained that: “the Change we want will UNITE the vast majority of our people under a government that will organise the working people and oppressed poor to boost our productive capacities and will use the resources for sustainable economic and social advancement; thereby reversing our economic dependency and restoring our dignity as an independent country. The Government of the working people will take care of all Nigerians no matter where they come from, irrespective of their religion, or wherever they live, and their sex. It will care for all Nigerians that are being dehumanised by the rule of the looters and oppressors”.


Forward Ever, Backward Never!


Comrade ABIODUN AREMU

JAF Secretary


Joint Action Front (JAF)

10, Afolabi Lesi Street, Anthony-Ilupeju, Lagos

08035068524, 08033347962,

E-mail: [email protected], www.jointactionfront.blogspot.com

May 6th 2021.


 

4th CONGRESS OF JOINT ACTION FRONT (JAF) Holds June 4 – 5, 2021



This is to bring to the attention of the working people of Nigeria and oppressed masses, our allies and  other collaborating groups  in popular struggle for the political and socio-economic transformation of Nigeria, that we have been involved  with since 2003 till date, that the Joint Action Front (JAF) will be holding its 4th Congress on June 4 and 5, 2021.


The 4th JAF Congress with the theme: The Necessity of an Alternative Political Agenda to Reconstruct Nigeria is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date:           FRIDAY, JUNE 4th 2021: Time: 09.30 – 17.30hr

SATURDAY, JUNE 5th 2021: Time: 10.00 – 18.00hr Prompt


Venue:    TEXTILE UNION LABOUR HOUSE, 10 Acme Road, off Agindingbi, Ogba-Ikeja


The Congress shall comprise Delegates from JAF affiliates, observers and invited guests.


The AGENDA of the Congress includes:


Keynote Speeches∷ Defining the Ideological Context of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition∷ Wither LASCO – NLC, TUC & ASUU?

(The leadership of the NLC, TUC & ASUU would be specifically invited to the Congress to state their positions)


THE POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE QUESTION: Defining JAF Position and its Program of Actions, and


Conduct of election


 PRE-CONVENTION PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES


i. SYMPOSIUM: Insecurity in Nigeria and the Deepening of Ethno-religious Conflicts: Finding Genuine Alternative to the Descent into Barbarism! – TUESDAY MAY 18, 2021


ii. Pre-Congress Affiliates’ Meeting: Saturday, MAY 22, 2021

We wish to restate that JAF remains committed to the struggle and defence of the class interest of the working people, oppressed poor masses, women, academics and professionals, students and youth, artisans, the unemployed and people living with disabilities and other categories of deprived Nigerians. 


Therefore, we urge Nigerians to embrace the STRUGGLE FOR SYSTEM CHANGE (Socialist transformation of Nigeria), which we have consistently explained that: “the Change we want will UNITE the vast majority of our people under a government that will organise the working people and oppressed poor to boost our productive capacities and will use the resources for sustainable economic and social advancement; thereby reversing our economic dependency and restoring our dignity as an independent country. The Government of the working people will take care of all Nigerians no matter where they come from, irrespective of their religion, or wherever they live, and their sex. It will care for all Nigerians that are being dehumanised by the rule of the looters and oppressors”.


Forward Ever, Backward Never!


Comrade ABIODUN AREMU

JAF Secretary


Joint Action Front (JAF)

10, Afolabi Lesi Street, Anthony-Ilupeju, Lagos

08035068524, 08033347962,

E-mail: [email protected], www.jointactionfront.blogspot.com

May 6th 2021.


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