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We’re Doing Everything Possible To Ensure Osun Poll Is Better Than Ekiti – Jega

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Attahiru-JegaThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is not allowing itself to be carried away by the recent success it recorded in Ekiti State, as it has promised to make next month’s governorship election in Osun State even better.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said no effort would be spared to make the Osun election slated for August 9, 2014, more qualitative in all aspects than the June 21 Ekiti State election, widely acclaimed as the best so far conducted by the commission.

Jega made this known yesterday when the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Gu Xiaojie, paid a courtesy visit to the commission.

He noted that the present management of the commission had, since 2010 when it came on board, been devoted to improving the electoral process in Nigeria.

According to the INEC boss, the objective is “to make it more participatory and ensure that it is more transparent, that elections are conducted consistent with international best standards and in accordance with our own electoral laws”.

He added: “Since 2011, we have been doing our best to keep on improving the integrity and transparency of the electoral process.

“We have cleaned up the register of voters and we have been doing our best to address the challenge of logistics of deployment, which has been a major obstacle to our conduct of good elections.

“I am pleased to say there has been progressive improvement in the series of governorship elections that we have conducted since 2011, culminating in the Ekiti election that we conducted two weeks ago, and which has been generally acknowledged as perhaps the best election that we have conducted so far.

“On August 9, we have another election in Osun State and we are doing everything possible to ensure that the Osun election is better than Ekiti”.

Jega also restated INEC’s readiness to conduct the 2015 general elections in all states of the federation, despite security threats in some areas.

“We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the 2015 general elections, partly because of the challenges of security in some states.

“On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to conduct elections in those areas; and we have been working very closely with security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of election in those states”, he said.

The commission, according to him, has improved its engagement with stakeholders – including political parties, security agencies and civil society organisations, among others – in order to deepen the political process.

“We have periodic meetings with these stakeholders where we explain what we are doing and we receive suggestions for improvement; and we take these suggestions on board as we continue to improve the process”, Jega added.

The INEC boss also acknowledged the support of the international community for Nigeria’s electoral process.

“Our development partners have been very helpful, other friends of Nigeria have generally been helpful; they have encouraged us and shown understanding, and that also has gone a long way to contribute to our continuous improvement of the electoral process”.

In his remarks, the Chinese envoy said there was much that his country and Nigeria could mutually learn from each other’s electoral experience.

He added that Nigeria, being an important country in Africa, attracts global attention especially as it marches towards the 2015 general elections.

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  1. CLICK-ME NOW

    July 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

    We pray so.

  2. frank

    July 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    U DENNIED OVER 200 THOURAND VOTERS PERMANENT VOTERS CARD NOW HOW MANY WIL U DENY IN OSUN STATE? OR WIL U START IN TIME TO ISSUE THEM NOW? OR WIL U COMPLAIN LATTER?

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

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.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“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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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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