***That Tinubu should borrow a leaf from late Yaradua, former President Jonathan
***Demands Forensic financial probe of the commission
The labour Party on Thursday unequivocally demanded the immediate dismissal from office and prosecution of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu for purportedly superitending over the worst election in the history of Nigeria on February 25th, 2023.
The party also demanded immediate Forensic financial investigation into the expenditure of budgeted disbursements and donors funds received by INEC that includes the N300b appropriated from the national purse as well as other funds and materials, received from International Donor agencies.
The Director General of the Obi Datti Campaign Organization Balogun Akin Osuntokun spoke while addressing a Press conference orgarnised in conjuction with the Labour Party in Abuja on Thursday.
“If you go to equity, you go with a clean hand, INEC and the security Agencies have already taken steps to prosecute the REC of Adamawa.
“As far as we are concerned what the REC of Adamawa did is like what Yakubu did at the National level, so if that is the case we are also thinking that Yakubu should be prosecuted and even dismissed.
When reminded that his position as chairman of INEC is constitutionally and legally protected and it is only the President with concurrence from the National Assembly that can remove him, he said,
“So also the position of a CBN governor, it is constitutionally guaranteed that is why he called it suspension, same attitude
Ideally somebody who has commited the abuse of office, INEC Chairman has committed should resign which means that of CBN and EFCC remain a selective one.
He said since there have been severe condemnation from all the observer groups and even majority of Nigerians against INEC in all facets, is it not a contradiction to expect that an agency that stands condemned will produce an honest result?
“This is a big preponderance of contradiction for us to establish, that INEC is guilty as charged which will discredit the results from the compromised agency.
“The efforts being made by the authorities in Abuja that is an escapist madness in trying to say they want to discipline when they are the father of all the wrong doings.
“There is nothing that the REC man in Adamawa has done that this INEC in Abuja has not done ten times worse, so physician heal thyself. You are pointing at a spec in somebody’s eyes and forgetting the log in your own eyes.
“We as a party we are partisan so we have our reservation and criticisms but what about objectively Independent organizations both in Nigeria and outside Coming to a concensus that this INEC is not credible.
“If INEC is not credible how can we expect results emanating from that same group to be credible?
“At the very minimum if Yakubu has any shame he would have resigned but if the president has the political will there are ways of going round at it, he can be suspended from office just like what he has done to the CBN governor.
“What is required is the political will to do the right thing but being the beneficiary of INEC’s mischief I don’t expect that but we have precedence if he wants to be honest.
“Remember the late President Umaru yaradua who openly admitted that the election that brought him was flawed, he went ahead to set up Electoral reform committee under Justice Muhammed Uwais to move Nigeria towards objective of achieving credibility in election management
“Goodluck Jonathan did a similar thing Remember that he did not even wait for the election to be concluded before doing what is done in established and advanced democracy and that was to save the country from trauma by Congratulating Former apresident Buhari.
“Remember the conduct of this same APC people they went as far as calling for the formation of a parallel government. So you can see the contrast with what we have today and what we had then.
“More importantly is that a lot of the problems in Nigeria is impunity, people will do wrong, commit grievous offense without any sanction. If this INEC and its chairman are not sanctioned, what will be the disincentive for future chairman of INEC not to do the wrong thing after all nothing will happen to him.
On whether he still believes in the judiciary, he said, “We have faith in the judiciary but not a blind faith. In terms of proving our own case I think we have done beyond reasonable doubt to categorically prove, there is sufficient overwhelming evidence for us to expect justice.
“You know it is ironical, tragic that the INEC again has come up with argument against believing BIVAS, their argument they want to smuggle in is that the law permits them at one stage or the other to do things manually.
“So you then ask what was the purpose of the h undreds of billions expended on this technology if you same INEC their argument is contrived malfunctioning.
“It is fair to say, that so many of our national problems have gotten worse, because we as a people, have not adequately risen to the challenge of effecting the right solutions, when they ecur, to put them permanently in check.
“Given the extent of fraud, impunity, conspiracy, deceit, financial waste and democratic impediment, orchestrated and effected in the 2023 elections, and the increased interest, awareness and participation of our people in partnering practically, to bring genuine change to our country this time.
“It is imperative, that we as a people, do not again fall to the complacent hopelessness, that has aided recurrence and deterioration, but that we pursue the required rectification and legal correction required, to ensure that the will of the people, as expressed in the 2023 elections, are firmly and rightly, upheld.
“While it is often said that government is a continuum, and the administrative formalities following the bizarre declarations by INEC, have been put in place, the election, today remains under legal contest, and cannot be concluded, until the legal processes have been rightly and judiciously exhausted.
According to him, the 2023 elections, represent a significant and overwhelming watershed in our country’s electoral, political and development history.
He added that this time, the entire nation and the international community also, stand determined to ensure, that electoral fraud and the manipulation of the true will if the people will not stand as the foundation for bad governance in the past had been concretised by the acceptance of such illegality
Osuntokun commended the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, the United States National Democratic Institute (NDI) – & International Republican Institute (IRI) Joint International Election Observer Mission, The European Union Election Observer Mission , Commonwealth Observer Group, The African Union AU, ECOWAS and all other regional and local Observers.
“Their doggedness in field engagement, despite the onslaught of violence, inducement, manipulation and all manner of evil, as witnessed in the elections, will serve not only as an unbiased record of the tragic events, but as motivation for its logical conclusion and inevitable resolution, according to the will of the people.
“In critically and broadly examining the independent reports of the various Observer missions, the consistency in their experiences and exposition, cannot be overlooked, as each and every Observer group, underlined the fact, that the elections fell short of citizens expectations, legal regulations and moral and international standards.
The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, the umbrella group for the majority of national NGOs involved in monitoring the elections, described the elections, in its comprehensive report, and I quote, as ‘a missed oppurtunity In Nigeria’s democratic development’..
“They further reported, that ‘credibility of the 2023 election was greatly tarnished by numerous pitfalls.
“The election suffered several lingering deficiencies In election administration, including inefficient management of permanent voters cards (PVCs) distribution, failure of operational and logistical arrangements, malfunctioning of election technology, inefficient handling of results management procedures, lack of transparent results collation and declaration process, and poor crisis communication.”
Kogi CSDA renovates 75-year-old Ochadamu Leprosarium with N15m
By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
KOGI State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) has flagged off renovation work on the 75-year-old Leprosarium, now known as Holey Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu.
Chief Dauda Momoh, General Manager of the Agency presented a cheque for the first stanche of the N15 million intervention on Wednesday at Ocharamu, Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi.
He said the intervention was part of the 16 micro project interventions under the Basic Services Infrastructure of the Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Programme.
Represented by Engr. Bayode Oladipo, Operations Manager of the Agency, the General Manager hinted that the Leprosarium which was established 1948 as a leprosy and rehabilitation centre with a twin male and female colony now enjoys support from Kogi State NG-CARES Programme.
Chief Dauda Momoh said the renovation work entailed renovation of Ward, Toilets, Pharmacy building with Supply of drugs and equipment and was expected to cost ₦11,193,546.00
He said that renovation of classroom s and furnishing would take ₦3,803,887.50 bringing the total projects cost to
He said that the projects would reinvigorate the leprosarium with healthcare and sanitation facilities.
Momoh added that the Group Development Plan (GrDP) had revealed that the intervention also aimed to revamp the educational facilities provided for the children of the affected persons.
The General Manager explained that the GrDP would be implemented through the Group Project Management Committee of the Association of Persons Affected by Leprosy in Ochadamu.
He charged the group to ensure quality and timely completion of the intervention projects as he assured them that quality delivery would attract further intervention especially, in the area of termite eradication, to the hospital.
The Holey Memorial Hospital Administrator, Rev. Uduak H. Mmah who resumed duty barely a month ago, pledged seamless collaboration and support of the management with the implementing team and the Agency.
Mr Mark Abu, Finance and Administration Manager of the Agency, tasked the Community Projects Monitoring Committee (CPMC) on proper book keeping saying that various monitoring teams would be coming to monitor the projects from time to time.
Mr Akpa Adaji, Chairman of the Community Projects Implementation Committee assured of due diligence in the project implementation as he pledged the committee’s resolve to deliver within the stipulated time frame.
In his vote of thanks, the Hospital Secretary, Mr Daniel Ameh thanked God for the intervention and commended the CSDA, management of the hospital and the CPMC for making it a reality.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a cheque of of N3.274 million to the committee as first tranche of the total project sum of N14,997,433.50. (Ends)
LP says it is in full solidarity with Nigerian workers over indefinite industrial action
***Says, Nigerian workers have shown enough patience, understanding
The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) has declared its support and solidarity with Nigerian workers over its planned industrial action to press for better welfare and equitable remuneration under the yoke of bitting economic down turn
The party reiterated the position that it is in support of any legitimate means deployed by Nigerian workers to press for better condition.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh said the party fully supports the resolution of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on an industrial action slated to commence as of Tuesday, October 3rd.
“We have followed with keen interest, in the last four months, various meetings between Organized Labour and various government bodies including the President of the Senate, the presidency, and the ministers of Labour as well as all the efforts made by the Labour leadership to get the government to understand the magnitude of the hardship government policies have thrown Nigerian Workers and the entire populace into since the enthronement of this administration.
“Labour Party is not in any way surprised at the government’s apparent indifference, insensitivity, intransigence, and recalcitrant posture towards the genuine demands of the Labour bodies because their usurpation of power was not sanctioned by both the workers and generality of Nigerians.
“Nigerians went to the polls with clear conviction of the government they wanted but this was denied them through institutional conspiracy.
“Today, Nigerian workers are being punished for taking a stand during the February 25 Presidential Election.
“Labour Party is also aware of the sordid conditions which workers, the majority of them being our members, are subjected to, whereby many of them go to the office on a Monday and are forced by the prevailing economic challenges, to sleep in their offices all through to Friday before they return home.
“Labour Party is surprised that the government claimed that it has removed subsidies on Petroleum products and that it now generates over a trillion naira monthly, yet it finds it difficult to address workers’ demands.
“Daily, Nigerians are subjected to harsh economic realities where the inflation rate is nearing 30 percent, where a dollar is sold above N1000, and where par-capital income has depreciated. Many families are withdrawing their wards from schools over a hike in school fees, while criminal activities are surging daily.
“We think that the Nigerian workers have shown enough patience and understanding.
“We are also using this medium to inform all our members and supporters to stock their homes with their necessary needs ahead of a long-drawn mass action until victory is ascertained.”
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INEC to conduct mock accreditation October 14 in Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa polls
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated that it would conduct a mock accreditation on October 14, 2023 in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, ahead of the off-cycle governorship elections.
The Commission had scheduled the off-cycle elections for November 11, 2023.
INEC, in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, indicated that the mock accreditation would include using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and upload of polling units results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
The statement reads, “The Commission met today Monday 25th September 2023 and, among other issues, reviewed the preparations for the forthcoming off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States scheduled for Saturday 11th November 2023.
“As was the case in recent off-cycle Governorship elections, the Commission will conduct a mock accreditation using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and upload polling units results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
“The test run will take place simultaneously in the three States on Saturday 14th October 2023 from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
“A maximum of three polling units in each Senatorial District have been identified across each of the three States, covering a total of nine Senatorial Districts and 27 polling units.”
It further stated that lessons learnt from the exercise would be taken into consideration in ensuring a seamless process on election day.
“Full details of the polling units, including their locations by Local Government Area, Registration Area/Ward, Delimitation Code and number of registered voters have been uploaded to our website and social media platforms.
“The Commission appeals to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voters’ Cards for the exercise.
“The public is advised that this is strictly a test accreditation exercise and not the actual election,” INEC added
The collection of Permanent Voter Cards commenced on September 11, 2023, and will end October 9, 2023.
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