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INEC Erred In Declaring Kogi Polls Inconclusive – Ex-Acting Gov

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Audu-WadaA former acting Governor of Kogi State, Chief Clarence Olafemi, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to create crisis in the state following its declaration that last Saturday’s governorship election was inconclusive.

Olafemi, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress Board of Trustees (BoT), said the INEC has not told the truth on how it arrived at its ‘inconclusive’ decision, despite what he termed the ‘clear victory’ secured by the APC and the fulfilment of 95 percent compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act (as amended).

He insisted that it was strange for INEC to declare the election inconclusive when the number of persons adjudged not to have voted, if added to the figures secured by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Governor Idris Wada, cannot overturn his party’s victory.

According to him, the INEC chairman was misinformed by the 49,000 registered voters in the 91 polling units were elections were canceled, instead of the actual PVC collection of 25,000, which represents the number of eligible voters in those areas.

Said Olafemi: “The INEC position of having 49,000 inconclusive or cancelled election in about 91 units in 19 local government areas as basis for declaring the election inconclusive was at best done in error, because in all the 21 local governments mentioned and the units affected, the total number of collected permanent voters card is 25,000, which, assuming it is added to the number of votes polled by the PDP, still makes them a loser.

“And, this figure of 25,000 represents about five per cent of the total votes cast in the election, thereby leaving 95 per cent compliance with those already declared, and in the spirit of the Electoral Act (as amended), it is sufficient to declare a winner”.

The former acting governor, therefore, called on INEC to immediately declare the APC winner of the election, saying the sad incident of Prince Abubakar Audu’s demise must not be used as an excuse to deny it of its “hard earned victory”.

Olafemi said: “It is a settled matter at the Supreme Court in the case of Rotimi Amaechi that it is the party that contests election and not an individual and that is why the names and photographs of individual the candidates are not on the ballot papers.

“And, since the APC still has a candidate in that election as the deputy, the party must not be made to forfeit the benefit of its success at the poll. Rather, the living running mate who participated in the election should be made to inherit the success, while the party shops for the deputy for him”.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

Ayo Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the greatest builders of men in Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said this in Ado Ekiti on Saturday while speaking with journalists as part of the events commemorating his 60th birthday.

Fayose stated that Tinubu has paid his due politically, hence he vowed not to join political enemies of the former Lagos State Governor to shoot him down.

Also Read: Umahi Stopped Being A Member Of PDP Long Before Defection – Fayose

“I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I am not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or in PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.

“What I am trying to say is that we can’t hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We can’t deny their contributions. Other leaders from the North like Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, they made different impacts not necessarily like Awolowo. So, Tinubu has paid his dues. I have paid my dues, Okowa has paid his dues, Wike has paid his dues, we need to acknowledge them.

Fayose also insisted that he won’t dump PDP despite the crisis rocking the south-west caucus of the party.

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