President Kaftan TV and Founder of the Law House, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the reworked electoral act amendment bill as it’s crucial to credible 2023 election
He said the president would be doing himself good to expeditiously assent to the bill as a legacy that he would be remembered for years to come.
This was coming just after opposition federal lawmakers in the national assembly also asked the president to assent to the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2022 without further delay.
The lawmakers, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Assembly caucus, had alleged that Governors of the ruling party were lobbying the President against assenting to the bill.
Prince Adebayo a product of the National Consultative Front (NCfront) who announced officially that he is in the race for presidency come 2023 said the lawmakers who were crying at the national assembly are Hypocrites adding that their selfish interests is causing Nigeria the golden opportunity to make history.
According to him, his group had started deliberating on the issue by trying to give the country a good electoral act.
Adebayo lashed out at the lawmakers who he described as selfish for refusing to put what the people wanted in the bill
‘”In October 2021, I was at a hotel in Abuja when we held a conference on electoral act and the things we canvassed that the National Assembly should put in the electoral bill because of their selfish interest they did not incorporate many of them.
“Even what they have put which is for them to survive the over lordship of their Governors, the Governor’s kept lobbying and those who have self centered ideas in the presidency also lobbied the President not to sign.
“The bill was kicked back to the national Assembly, they removed the things the president complained about and have sent it to the president.”
He said whether the president is going to sign it depends on whether he wants to be the president of the people or the president of politicians.
“It is a question whether President Buhari wants to leave a legacy that people can remember him for that I can not help him with but what I can say to the Nigerian people is that we need a new electoral act, the bill sent to the President is not one of the best but is an improvement over the one we are using now.
“We should mount pressure on the president so he can sign the electoral bill into an act.”
“It is an unserious country that signs electoral bill every election, some countries have been using the same electoral law for decades
“What we need to change is to realize that the electoral act which we are using now has not expired, what we are doing now is an attempt to improve upon it.
“What we need to improve upon the most is our character because everybody has a role to play. I am an aspirant now I have a role to play whether I want to do money politics or issue based politics.
“Money politics is easier if you can find the money but issue based politics is better for the country. “Those who are party functionaries they have to make up their minds whether they want to do politics for the country or they want to do a bazaar or harvest season from various aspirants and candidates and cause commotion.
“The same thing for the media whether you will want to give coverage to the ones that have the big money or you want to cover those with big ideas, that one does not depend on Buhari, it depends on you, the editors and the owners of your media houses.
“The same thing with the voters, whether you want to collect N5000 or you want to collect good Government in four years. It is up to you it does not depend on the electoral act.
“The same thing with the policeman whether he wants to make money now from those who are snatching ballots or he continues to live in that terrible police barracks, where his children have no future or he respect the law and let people vote and let the votes count.
“So I don’t want a situation where we point fingers, I don’t point fingers, all I know is that the president should sign the electoral act so that at least to able to live up to his oath of office which says that he will protect the interest of the federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said he can only advocate adding that the other thing he can do is he can run his campaign in an honest, credible and competent way that will show to people that he can be entrust the country.
On his presidential ambition he reminded Nigerians that the President that Nigerias are going to elect is not a president of 2022, he is a president that will still be there by 2027 that is who we are going to elect.
“So there is no way you can elect Atiku without giving him as part of the oath of office a walking stick because he will be 79.999 years so it doesn’t work.
“We are talking about the future I am not saying I want to go to the Villa now and take over today, No.
“I am saying the future is 2023, next year, someone of my age, energy and commitment would be the one you should be looking for and whatever party you say you belong, PDP, APC whatever, if you are not able to find someone like that within your party to come and trade ideas with me then you are not ready for the future. .
Adebayo who is yet to disclose the party platform on which he will run said the party would be unveiled next month.
Adebayo, who officially announced his presidential bid for the 2023 election, disclosed that the country is overwhelmed by insecurity and other national vices because lawlessness has remained the order of the day.
He said he would be the consensus candidate of the coalition that would emerge to displace the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming general elections.
He added that Nigerians who want good governance are in the majority and he has consulted with them so as to form a coalition that would remove the two major parties.
Adebayo said his decision not to run on any of the two major parties was because he was not ready to manage their respective breaches of the public trust which they carried out in governance.
Akpabio brags about South South capacity to deliver for Tinubu in 2027
***Says, Akwa Ibom votes for APC in 2023 surpassed all that of 5 south East States
The President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio has boasted that the entire South South States will resoundingly deliver victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2027 to return President Bola Tinubu for second term.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday when the zonal Leadership of the South South APC ked by the National Vice Chairman Victor Giadom Paul him a courtesy call
He said the party in Akwa Ibom made it possible for Tinubu to secure the 25% requirement to win.
He said Akwa Ibom alone devered more than 800000 votes for APC which he said was more than the votes the five South East States gave to the APC
“You will be surprised that the votes from Akwa Ibom alone for the APC in the Presidential election was more.l than the total votes from the five states of the South East
“What it really mean is that recall when David Leon contested in Bayelsa State, he won resoundingly but he was not sworn in, that happened a day before swearing in and even this last one that Timipre Sylva contested we also did very well and we are now in court so I cannot comment of that. “That shows you the strength of the APC in the region and even when the PDP is the ruling party in Rivers State where the Chairman Victor Giadom comes from, we were able to win the presidential election Rivers State, I am talking based on data which can not lie.
“I want to say that with that giant step now that we have a senate President, I don’t see any reason why the entirety of the South South Region will not become APC. “The only way we can pay back the National leaders of our party, the only way we can show the President for standing by us in the South South to produce a sente President After 45 years is for us to make sure that in 2027 we will give him and the entire APC resounding victory in the 6 States of the South South region.
“We are steadily moving on, Cross Rivers State is 100% APC. Here and there some people will emerge either in the Senate or the House of reps and the House of Assembly but in the governorship and government of the State is totally APC.
“Akwa Ibom has the Senate President, so for you to have members of the House of Representatives it shows that things are about to happen.
“For you to have won the presidential election in Rivers State where the Zonal chairman comes from, means things are beginning to happen.
He said in 2019 APC won in Bayelsa State except for technical issues in the court.
“That shows clearly that APC has come to stay in the entire South South,
“Edo State the APC governor took government house into another party and so election is coming next year, we expect the chairman to double his effort with all of us to be included in the campaign and ensure we get back what belongs to us. “Your visit is timely and I believe strongly that working together with you, APC can only be stronger in the South South Region
“On our part, we are working across party lines to support President Tinubu, all the senators of the South South are determine to give Tinubu the support so that he can succeed irrespective of party affiliation and that is a good sign
Nasarawa govt berates PDP over protest against Appeal Court judgment
From Daniel Abel, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state against blackmailing the judiciary over Nasarawa governorship tussle.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr, Peter Ahemba, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Public Affairs and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lafia.
The reaction followed the recent protest in Lafia against the Appeal Court governorship election judgment by a group purported to be coalition of indigenous people of Nasarawa State.
The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, November 23 had set aside the judgment of the tribunal of Oct. 2nd and declared Sule as the winner of the election.
The governorship elections petition tribunal on Oct. 2, annulled the election of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared David Ombugadu of PDP as the winner of March 18 election.
The governor’s aide described the protest as the shameful step against the judgment of the Appeal Court by a group hired by the PDP.
Ahemba added that the decision of the Appeal Court was a true reflection of the popular mandate freely given to the governor by the electorates on March 18.
He explained that the government has confidence in the judiciary and believed that justice would be served at the Supreme Court.
He further explained that when the PDP was declared at the tribunal nobody protested, rather, the governor challenged the decision at the appeal court.
He advised PDP and its candidate to also challenge the outcome of the appeal court as they cannot takeover power through the backdoor.
“The same party that was crying of external interference on the governorship dispute in the state is now calling on President Bola Tinubu and international communities to interfere,” he added.
Credible election in 2027 under APC, Tinubu is a mirage, Timi Frank tells Nigerians
Nigerians should not expect free, fair, transparent and credible elections in 2027 under the administration of President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said
Frank made the call in his reaction to the just concluded off-cycle governorship elections in three states of Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa.
Frank in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, indicated that the level of electoral fraud, manipulation and rigging witnessed in Kogi and Imo states especially, points to the fact that no credible result can come out from future exercises.
“The elections were nothing to write home about and to imagine that it was the first set of elections conducted under the watch of President Tinubu. What happened in Imo and Kogi is a clear indication of the kind of elections Nigerians will witness 2027.
“Our electoral system is presently in dire straits under our highly compromised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which has now graduated from rigging by manipulating the INEC Result View (IReV) portal and the Bi-Modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) to writing results of polling units before the people cast their ballot.,” he said.
Frank who is the United Liberating Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Ambassador to East Africa and Middle East, lamented that when INEC which is now a rigging department under APC has finished manipulating results, the judiciary which is unfortunately now the legal department of the ruling party, will simply legalise what the electoral body has done.
Besides, security agencies that were meant to protect voters and arrest riggers also take part in the rigging. The police, and other security agencies are now a security department in the APC.
He insisted that the brazen level of rigging in Imo and Kogi was not surprising because Tinubu himself was installed President through rigging and other acts of impunity which the judiciary validated.
Frank said: “It is sad that when our democracy in Nigeria is meant to be progressing, it is rather retrogressing. Nigeria is now the worst country in terms of compromised election results compared to other African countries.
“We don’t make improvements, we don’t make progress. Things are getting worse. So in 2027, if Nigerians do not take the bull by the horns to fight to restore credibility in our electoral system we’ll continue to have elections where the will of the people will not count. This is even so when the APC has appointed 10 of their card carrying members as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the INEC.
“This anti-democratic and unfortunate development is a clear indication that the conduct of the 2027 elections will be a formality to endorse only APC candidates either as freshers or for second term in their various offices.
“So if Nigerians want change, they should wake up and do the right thing, like other nations have done to defend their democracy.”
According to him, now that all the institutions of government that are meant to defend democracy, have practically compromised, “if we are not careful, Nigeria will turn to a one party state.”
He added: “It’s quite disappointing for a man, who under in the PDP regime was always crying, that the party wanted to turn Nigeria into a one party state, is unfortunately the one that is practically poised to officially turn Nigeria into a one party state like Uganda, Zimbabwe and Cameroon that have been under one party rule for decades.”
He lamented that opposition governors have compromised their parties and have failed to perform their role as opposition because of harassment and blackmail.
He added: “So the opposition governors, especially the PDP governors, have turned themselves into praise singers because they have been blackmailed them to jettison their role as leaders of opposition in the country.
“That’s why some of us have decided to bear the pains by doing everything in our power to legally defend our democracy and our country from turning into a one party state.
“We have commenced mobilising Nigerians especially in diaspora to save the country from the hands of election riggers and make sure our democracy stands.
“If we don’t stop Tinubu and APC, they will turn Nigeria into a one party state like Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Uganda.”
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