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Jega Warns Politicians, Political Parties Against Overheating Polity

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INEC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA (L), ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES DURING INEC 3RD QUARTERLY CONSULTATIVE MEETING IN ABUJA ON  TUESDAY (24/9/13). WITH HIM ARE THE INEC NATIONAL COMMISSIONERS DR CHRIS IYIMOGA (M) AND DAME GLADYS NWAFOR

INEC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA (L), ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES DURING INEC 3RD QUARTERLY CONSULTATIVE MEETING IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (24/9/13). WITH HIM ARE THE INEC NATIONAL COMMISSIONERS DR CHRIS IYIMOGA (M) AND DAME GLADYS NWAFOR

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday warned politicians against overheating the polity ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Its Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega gave the warning in Abuja at the third quarterly meeting of the commission and political parties.

Jega advised them to stabilise the polity rather than overheating it and urged them to have ”enlightened self interest”.

He also warned them against breeding and using thugs during campaigns and elections, adding that they should promote peaceful conduct and civility in political engagements.

“In recent bye-elections, we saw disruptions of the electoral process caused by thuggery, which is not a good idea.

“The trend in recent local governments elections in Imo, Kano and Jigawa are very dangerous and this must stop in order not to undermine the aspiration for credible election by 2015.’’

Jega also warned political parties against presenting candidates in states where they did not exist.

He said the commission had received series of petitions on the issue.

“A particular example is the recent state constituency election in Sokoto where political parties that are virtually non-existent in the state rushed to present candidates for the bye-election.’’

The INEC chairman, therefore, urged political parties to support the democratic growth and restrict their quest for elective offices to areas they have institutional presence.

He also warned stakeholders, including politicians and political parties, against embarking on early campaigns toward the 2015 general elections or face the law.

He said that such early campaigns were unhealthy and could posed a threat to the growth of the country’s democracy

“You all must be mindful of the provision of Section 99, sub-section 1 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, which limits campaign periods to commence 90 days before polling day and end 24 hours to polling day,’’ he said.

Jega urged the newly registered political parties to provide the commission with list of its interim executive committees at both the state and local government levels.

The meeting was attended by the officials of 20 political parties, including the PDP, PDM, APGA, Accord Party, Action Alliance and Social Democratic Party. (NAN)

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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