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We might register more political parties ahead of 2019 Elections – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it may register more political parties before the 2019 general elections.

It stated that the process of registering new political parties would continue until six months to the conduct of the next general elections as stipulated under the law.

The commission added that the registration of five new political parties on Wednesday was not final, noting that any political association that meets its requirements will be registered.

The Director of Publicity and Voter Education at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Oluwole Ozassi-Uzi, told our correspondent on Friday, that those who had put in application for registration of new political parties should not lose hope.

The commission had said that 95 political associations put in applications to the commission to be registered as political parties.

While it said two of the associations withdrew their application letters, five others were registered as political parties.

The five successful parties are Young Progressive Party,   Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, New Generation Party of Nigeria, All Democratic Peoples Movement and Action Democratic Party.

In registering the parties, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Adedeji Soyebi, had stated that the commission approved the applications of the five associations because they fulfilled “the constitutional requirements for registration.”

With the registration of the new parties, there are now 45 political parties in Nigeria.

Ozassi-Oluwole said, “Yes, I can confirm to you that we have not closed our doors to the registration of new political parties before the conduct of general elections in 2019.

“We registered the five that we announced based on the criteria in the constitution and I can tell you that if new associations come up tomorrow and meet those conditions, they would equally be registered.”

The commission’s spokesperson did not explain why the Advanced Peoples Democratic Party was not registered.

However, our correspondent gathered that its proponents might have withdrawn their application following the opposition mounted against it by members of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Both factions of the party had resisted the attempt to use the party’s name for another political party, adding that doing so would confuse the supporters of the former ruling party.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement

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Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the presidency over its statement that the 43 farmers killed by members of Boko Haram on Saturday in Borno did not have military clearance to be on the farm.

Recall that Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity disclosed on Monday that the farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday didn’t have military clearance to be on the farm.

Also Read: 43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm — Buhari’s aide

Reacting to the development, the former Minister expressed that the statement was not a good defence for the murder.

He wrote:

Whether it was 43 or 110 farmers that were killed, it’s not a good defence to say they were murdered because they did not get permission to farm. Every Nigerian, whether Northern or Southern, has a right to life &deserves to be protected regardless of their occupation or trade.

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Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations

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Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations

CBN Governor – Godwin Emefiele

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, granted a suit, seeking to apply for judicial review and order of mandamus to compel the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to provide details of financial donations received by the country in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling in a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Heda Resource Centre as 1st and 2nd applicants respectively.

Mandamus is a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.

Also Read: Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele

According to reports, the group, in an ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1456/2020, listed the CBN governor as sole respondent.

Ekwo also granted their plea to seek an order declaring that the failure of the CBN to provide the plaintiff with information on the sources of the donations, how they are being applied, among others, amounted to a violation of the applicant’s rights under the Freedom of Information Act and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

He ordered the applicant to file, within seven days, a formal application for the orders sought, which must be served on the respondent within seven days.

The judge also ordered the respondent to, upon being served, file its response within 30 days.

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Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno

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Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno

Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, led a federal government delegation to Borno State on a condolence visit following the killing of farmers on Saturday by members of the Boko Haram sect.

Members of the delegation include the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.

Also Read: Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

Other members are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and Senior Special Assistant( Media and Publicity) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu.

The delegation was reportedly received on arrival at the Airport by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Umar Gadafu.

The delegation is in Borno, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to commiserate and identify with the family of the victims, the Government, and the people of Borno State over the incident.

 

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