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INEC Seeks Amendments Of Constitution, Electoral Act To Shelve Bye Election

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it is proposing a bill to the National Assembly, seeking amendment of the constitution and electoral act to enable parties replace their elected representatives that die or vacate seat before end of tenure.

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Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kogi state, Professor James Akpam, disclosed this at the stakeholders meeting preparatory to the Ibaji state constituency bye election held on Thursday at the INEC office in Lokoja.

He said the bill if considered and passed into law will go a long way to curb cost in the electoral processes of INEC and other untoward activities associated with election in Nigeria.

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The Ibaji constituency seat is currently vacant following the demise of Hon. Abah early this year after a prolonged ailment, the Commission is preparing for his replacement through bye election.

According to the Commissioner, INEC has concluded arrangement to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Ibaji, despite the Covid 19 scare as all the pandemic protocols would be observed during the Saturday, December 5 election.

He explained that the constituency has 148 polling units,10 registration areas(RAs), 76,575 registered voters, 96% of which have collected permanent voters cards with 630 adhoc staff, one returning officer, 10 collaboration officers have been recruited and trained for the exercise.

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Akpam who also revealed that non sensitive materials have been received from Abuja, added that smart card readers have been configured, the sensitive materials are expected on Thursday for on ward movement to the registration areas.

He explained that during the recent Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo  State respectively INEC observed Covid-19 protocols , stressing that voters in next Saturday election in Ibaji must observe protocols to aviod crisis.

The REC pointed out that the social distancing, use of face masks , washing hand and Sanitizers would be strictly applied during the election.

Akpam added that all the INEC Staff would do the same, calling voters to come to various polling units with their face masks.

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He stated that that card readers would be sanitized intermittently , saying that immediately a voter is allowed to vote the INEC officers will apply sanitizer on Card readers before  the next voter will vote

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2023: Why I’m Vying For Nasarawa /Toto House Of Representatives Seat,. – Nasarawa Health Commissioner, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya.

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2023: Why I’m Vying For Nasarawa /Toto House Of Representatives Seat,. – Nasarawa Health Commissioner, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The Nasarawa state Honorable Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya, said his desire to signify interest in contesting for the House of Representatives seat to represent Toto/Nasarawa federal constituency in the 2023 general election was born out the clarion calls from various groups, youths, women groups, individuals and stakeholders across the constituency.

Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya

Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya

Pharmacist Yahaya, who was speaking during an exclusive interview with our reporter in Toto on Monday, said he would ensured that the voices of the good people of Nasarawa /Toto federal constituency are heard at the national assembly.

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He also said he would ensured that he drew the attention of the federal government to his constituency in order to allocate some viable projects that will impact on the lives of the people of the constituency.

“As you can see, how many federal government projects have you seen or heard that was allocated to Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency, as you can only name the federal polytechnic and the ongoing rehabilitation of the highway including that of Loko/Oweto bridge, ” he said.

He said the people of Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency deserves more than the few projects executed by the federal government for the state because of their immense contribution to the government.

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“I think the contribution the federal government has given to the state especially people of Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency are inadequate and among other things that my people are yearning for, which I shall pursue to ensure they get it,” he added.

The honorable commisioner, however, noted that the overwhelmed support he has been garnering from both people of Toto and Nasarawa environs was as a result of his simplicity and open door policy he has been operating.

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Global Times Nigeria had reported that Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya is an origin of Toto LG and an Egbira of extraction who has already unveiled his agenda ahead of 2023 election.

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We’ll Return to Power in 2022 – Ekiti PDP Replies Olujimi.

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We’ll Return to Power in 2022 – Ekiti PDP Replies Olujimi.

There should be end to litigation if you mean well.

The Senator representing the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Senator Abiodun Olujimi

The Senator representing the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Senator Abiodun Olujimi

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Ekiti State has called on the Senator representing the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Senator Abiodun Olujimi to demonstrate sincere concern for reconciliation within the party by putting an end to litigation.

The State Working Committee of the party made this statement on Monday after its monthly meeting, saying”We have all it will take to win the next year governorship election. Those who have conceded by reason of their underhand dealings with the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the State will be disappointed.”

The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Raphael Adeyanju, was reacting to claim by Senator Olujimi that the party may lose the 2022 governorship election if the party’s national leadership fails to reconcile contending groups in the State.

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The Senator representing the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Senator Abiodun Olujimi

The Senator representing the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Senator Abiodun Olujimi

He said “There is no political party without its own internal issues and we are yet to see leaders of other parties addressing the press and saying gleefully that their party will lose if their personal position is not foisted on the party.

“Let it also be made clear that PDP did not lose the 2018 election. Those presently holding power in Ekiti State know how they were rigged into power and the result is the misgovernance that can be seen everywhere in the State.”

The PDP State Publicity Secretary said the party was constrained to respond to Senator Olujimi, because of the need to let members and supporters of the party know that the fact that anyone or group lost out in the party congresses should not become reason for blackmail.

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He said; “while reconciliation is important, we wonder how someone that is in court against the party over matters already decided by the lower court and court of appeal is asking the same party leadership for reconciliation. Court case? Reconciliation? what exactly do you want?

“Shouldn’t there be an end to litigation if truly you mean well for the party in Ekiti? After the South West Congress, the Dr Eddy Olafeso side that lost, conceded defeat. They did not go court to challenge the congress and they did not form parallel Exco against the decisions of the National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) as done in Ekiti.

“Meanwhile, in Senator Olujimi’s repositioning group, there are three governorship aspirants who are already reaching out to the party structure as approved by the NWC and NEC, and we are sure those aspirants in her group are not contesting to lose.

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“We are also aware that Senator Olujimi is hiding under the Southern Agenda to further her own governorship ambition and it is her right to so do.”

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Speaking further, Adeyanju pointed out that there was no political party that can please everybody, saying; “With all due respect to Senator Olujimi, if she has accepted failure on her part, those of us who genuinely love PDP and have no other party to go will work assiduously to ensure victory for the party.

The Senator representing the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Senator Abiodun Olujimi

The Senator representing the Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Senator Abiodun Olujimi

“Most importantly, while we will continue to acknowledge the fact that everybody is important, we must point out that the ambition of any individual cannot become the yardstick for the party’s success in the 2022 and 2023 elections.

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“No one is bigger than the party and those interested in contesting the 2022 governorship election as candidate of the party should be honest enough to declare their intention just like others.”

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“I Stand Against Zoning Of Toto LG Chairmanship Slot”. – APC Chieftain, Chief Maikaya.

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“I Stand Against Zoning Of Toto LG Chairmanship Slot”. – APC Chieftain, Chief Maikaya.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Toto Local Government Council of Nasarawa state, His Excellency, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Maikaya and (Ciroman Toto),  has said that he was not in support of the idea of the proposed zoning of the chairmanship seat in the area.

Global Times Nigeria, had learnt that APC stakeholders of the local government, under the leadership of Speaker of the State House Assembly, Hon Ibrahim Abdullahi Balarabe, were said to have unanimously resolved to zone the chairmanship slot to Gadabuke District for ease of administration.

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Maikaya, who was also the governorship aspirant in 2019 governorship election in the state, made the observation during an exclusive interview with our reporter at his private residence in Toto over the weekend.

He observed that adopting zoning of the chairmanship position will not allowed for development and integration, saying since the stakeholders are preaching unity, there was no need to device ways of embarking or coming up with decision that may cause division among people across tribal, ethnic, religious and political lines.

“When we are preaching unity, we need to be telling people to identify themselves by their tribes and where they come from. I will rather prefer for all of us to see ourselves as brothers and sisters, as if you are interested in it, come out and contest as it has always been. And if you win, your supporters and every other person will appreciate and relate with you, while if you lose, they will sympathized with you,” he said.

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He added ” But for us to clearly say one section is qualified and disqualified another section, which I believe is not part of APC agenda if we truly believe in APC. So a true believer of APC will not say that,'”.

He said if it was an informal arrangement to make zoning suitable, saying he believed it should not be the local government that should encourage tribal division.

Former Governorship Aspirant in Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Maikaya and (Ciroman Toto)

Former Governorship Aspirant in Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Maikaya and (Ciroman Toto)

He said it will be rather good if the chairmanship slot was left opened across all the local government in order to enable all parts of the political wards to contest, even though he said he was yet to believe if the chairmanship slot was zoned to Gadabuke District of the local government.

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Maikaya, however, said though, he was not aware of adoption of the zoning of chairmanship position to Gadabuke, saying such decision cannot be taken without involving him as among the APC stakeholder in the area.

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