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Saraki Faults Uba On Cancellation Of New Polling Units, Warns Against Meddling In INEC Matters

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Bukola-Saraki-The immediate past governor of Kwara State, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Thursday said the Senate had not debated the issue of the new polling units created by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, across the country

He made the clarification in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Bamikole Omishore, in Abuja, on Thursday.

In the statement, Saraki, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, said the statement credited to Senator Andy Uba on the issue of additional polling units was at best, his personal views.

The statement stated, “Senator Saraki will like to state clearly that as legislators, the same way we clamour for politicians not to interfere with the Nigerian Police Force as an independent body, we should not also interfere with INEC.

“In the last few years, Nigeria’s electoral process has been witnessing salient changes; to a high level, candidates and masses are certain that elections will be won based on votes cast and counted legally.

“This development does not only give confidence to the electorate; it also compels political office holders to perform in order to avoid being voted out.

“These are good developments for our democracy as a nation. This has been seen in recent elections like Osun election where the voices of the people were heard through their votes.

“However, as more developments are being introduced into the electoral system, discussions are ongoing about the cancellation of new polling units created across the country.

“We must note that this must be the opinion of INEC as an independent organisation and not that of the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters”.

Recall that Sen. Uba, who chairs the Electoral Matters Committee, had written a letter to the INEC, advising it to suspend the exercise till after the 2015 general elections or risk being barred by the Senate.

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  1. Funebi Numoupeide

    October 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Saraki did not hear the outcry of the nigerian public about the criteria used in the creation of the so called polling units in favour of a section of the nation. He should look for something better to do.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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

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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.

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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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