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Why INEC Embarked On Restructuring Exercise — Ogun REC

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40e6a5a0078ce9056ce9f0fbf914a906The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said it had embarked on a restructuring exercise as part of efforts to ensure the success of the 2015 general elections.

Mr Sam Olumekun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ogun, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.

Olumekun, who said that the exercise was not synonymous with retrenchment, pointed out that it was meant to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the commission in the conduct of the polls.

He explained that the development was borne out of a strategic review of previous elections in which some proposals came up and evolved into “election project plan for 2015 polls”.

The re-organisation, according to him, involves the collapse of some departments into directorates and the creation of other divisions.

Olumekun added that it also entailed redeployment of personnel to INEC’s offices across the country as well as welfare packages to produce a contented workforce that would be committed to the success of the electoral process.

“We have identified seven principal business areas which are very critical to the conduct of any election and we are now in the process of executing the election plan project”, he added.

Olumekun said that he had embarked on an assessment tour of INEC’s offices across the state, noting that   the exercise had afforded him an opportunity to interact with various stakeholders.

“It has also helped me to be acquainted with the political terrain of the state which in my view is matured and conducive to the conduct of a free and fair election”, he said.

He assured residents of the riverside areas in Ogun of timely and adequate supply of election materials to avoid disenfranchisement of the people.

Olumekun also said that the commission was strengthening its voter education programme to produce an enlightened citizenry which could participate effectively and positively in the electoral process.

He, however, stressed that voter education was not the exclusive preserve of INEC, but a collective responsibility which would reduce mistakes as voters perform their civic responsibility.

The commissioner called for increased collaboration of various stakeholders in the state to ensure a success of the 2015 polls in the state. (NAN)

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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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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