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SERAP Charges APC, PDP To Disclose Budgets For 2015 Election Campaigns

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APC-PDPA civil society group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has asked the two major political parties in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress, to disclose their sources of funding for the 2015 elections campaigns.

The group, which served the political parties a Freedom of Information requests, asked them to “urgently provide information about their spending on the electoral campaigns and other operations linked to the February 2015 general elections”.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Director of SERAP, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni, on Tuesday.

The group said, “By virtue of Section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2011, SERAP is entitled, as a right, to request or gain access to information being requested. Under the FoI Act, your party is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within seven days after the application is received”.

SERAP urged the political parties to disclose information on their entire budget for the campaigns and other operations as it pertains to the February 2015 general elections.

“They should also declare the total amounts that have been spent, the anticipated spending and the sources of any such spending, and the total contributions received by the presidential and governorship candidates and the sources of any such contributions”, the statement said.

According to SERAP, releasing the information will douse the suspicion that the major political parties in the country are not transparent and accountable.

The group said the lack of transparency and accountability in political finance were seriously undermining the legitimacy and credibility of the democratic and electoral processes.

“This is invariably denying the citizens the right to effective participation in their government”, the statement added.

In the two separate letters dated November 18, 2014 and addressed to the acting national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, and APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the group expressed concerns about the risks of corruption during electoral campaigns for the February 2015 general elections.

“If the requested information is not provided to us within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, the registered trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you and your party to comply with our request”, the group said.

It added that “Nigerians have the right to know about spending by their political parties, especially the major parties with a strong possibility to assume government in the future. Citizens should be able to examine financial transactions of political parties and be certain that politicians are working for their voters, not their benefactors.

“The political parties cannot take the position that the FoI Act does not apply to them because to do otherwise would seriously undermine citizens’ trust and lack of trust would inevitably decrease citizens’ interest and participation in democratic processes.

“We believe that without free and fair elections, there can be no democracy. However, elections are only one part of the democratic process, and a fair and effective electoral system must be founded in an adequate democratic infrastructure and responsibility of political leaders.

“Disclosing the spending and the sources would also contribute to promoting informed voting by citizens who will have all the necessary information they need to make informed choices”.

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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.

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“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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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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