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Anambra Elections: Politicians Are Not Election Observers, Jega Says On El-Rufai’s Detention

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40e6a5a0078ce9056ce9f0fbf914a906Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega said on Thursday that the electoral body was not responsible for the arrest of some observers during the Nov. 16 Anambra governorship elections.

Jega, who was represented by Prof. Mohammed Kuna, stated this at a lecture entitled: “The Road to 2015 Elections; Prospect and Challenges” in London.

It would be recalled that some observers, including former FCT Minister Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, were detained during the elections which INEC later declared inconclusive.

“I don’t know under what basis Mal. Nasir el-Rufai went to Anambra State, and the commission has no hand in it.

“There are procedures for accrediting observers; they are usually briefed, trained ahead of the exercise.

“And after the elections, they submit their report,” Jega said while answering questions from participants.

He attributed challenges to free and fair elections to include the attitude of some political elite.

“Politicians are not election observers, if the parties involved refuse to abide by the law that will pose a problem.”

The electoral boss, who expressed concern over irregularities in the election, said that the commission had launched an inquiry to ascertain the cause of the problem.

“We have summoned our officials; we want to have a comprehensive understanding of what took place.

“We had adequate logistic in place, deployment of electoral materials were done in time, so what happened?”

According to Jega, a better understanding of the challenges in the Anambra election will guide the commission in 2015.

While noting the level of preparedness for the next general elections, he said INEC was narrowing down to three key areas of structure.

They include policy and planning, adding that it would start the distribution of permanent voter cards in 2014.

To this end, Jega said that out of the 870 offenders in previous elections, only 200 had been prosecuted.

The lecture was organised by the African Leadership Centre, Kings College London. (NAN)

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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