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N21bn Jonathan Donation: We Lack Powers To Investigate Donors, Says INEC

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GEJ-Fund RaiserAs Nigerians continue to debate the legal and moral implications of the huge amount of funds donated towards President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 electioneering campaign, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that only security agencies can investigate any party, individual or company that violates any part of the country’s Electoral Act.

The commission, which however admitted that it had the power to prosecute violators of the Act, explained that before it could do so, concrete evidence must be presented before it.

At a fundraising dinner organized by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for its 2015 presidential candidate – Goodluck Jonathan – at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Saturday, state governors, individuals, corporate bodies and political groups raised over N21.27 billion on the night with prominent lawyers, the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, and cross-section of Nigerians calling for the prosecution of the donors. They argued that aside the moral burden placed on the president by the donors, they (donors) also violated the Electoral Act by exceeding the stipulated limit.

Section 91(9) of the Act   reads, “An individual or other entity shall not donate more than N1, 000, 000 to any candidate”.

Likewise, sub-section 10 of the same section adds that a presidential candidate “who knowingly acts in contravention of this section commits an offence and on conviction is liable to a maximum fine of N1m or imprisonment for a term of 12 months or both”.

Furthermore, Section 91(2) of the same Act states, “The maximum election expenses to be incurred by a candidate at a presidential election shall be N1bn”.

In response to an enquiry by The PUNCH on whether INEC would investigate and prosecute the donors, the commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, stated that, “Before you prosecute, won’t you investigate? Before you prosecute somebody, the person has to be investigated. If a person shoots another man on the street, the police cannot just charge him to court. They will have to follow a process.

“Don’t forget that INEC has no powers to investigate. But it has powers to prosecute. It is the security agencies that investigate. We don’t have investigative powers; but we have prosecutorial powers. If they have investigated and found out that somebody was wrong, we will prosecute that person.

“It is after investigation that we can prosecute. And there must be an evidence that a crime has been committed”.

When asked if the commission had contacted any of the security agencies over the issue, his terse response was: “I can’t say yes or no as of now”.

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  1. Alhaj A.A Amusa

    December 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    The respected man of God should seek ways to find Divine solutions to avoid Bloody tragedy. If he can’t find any, he should continur praying and fasting rather than overheating the polity. We do not want bloody tragedy; it is an ill wind that will affect all. Nigeria is better as a United entity. If you run an election at domestic front, one is bound to have dissenting voices.

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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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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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