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Why Court Sacks Ibaji APC Lawmaker Atule Egbunu

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the sack of a lawmaker representing Ibaji Constituency of Kogi, Atule Egbunu, on the ground of unlawful nomination by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, declared Daniel Enefola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the lawmaker for the constituency, having polled 4, 564 votes in the Dec. 5, 2020 State House of Assembly by-election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Egbunu was declared winner of the election having scored the highest votes of 8, 515 votes.

Joseph Enemona, one of the aspirants in the APC State House of Assembly primary, had instituted the suit against the party and four others.

Enemona, who was the plaintiff, had challenged the legality of the Sept. 3, 2020 primary election claimed to have been conducted by his party.

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He averred that his party unlawfully excluded six other aspirants from the primary election and also did not allow delegates to vote at the poll.

The plaintiff further asserted that while the law stipulated that the primary election be conducted at the party secretariat in Onyedega, the APC officials allegedly conducted the purported primary election in a mall.

He further contended that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not given 21 days’ notice before the purported primary election and as required by Section 85 of Electoral Act, 2010.

The plaintiff further hinged his case on the ground that while the APC guidelines stipulated direct primary election, the APC officials manipulated the guidelines and purportedly used indirect system to pick the purported candidate and demanded that the purported nomination of Egbunu be voided and another primary election be conducted.

However, Justice Ekwo, after reviewing submissions by parties in the matter, agreed that the APC did not conduct a primary election known to law.

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The judge held that while seven aspirants were to participate in the primary election, the party unlawfully maneuvered the system and made the participation for a single candidate.

He also held that the APC ran foul of the law by conducting the purported primary election outside the party secretariat as required by law.

Ekwo also faulted the purported substitution done between Matthew Oguche and Atule Egbunu on the ground that Oguche was not one of the legitimate aspirant before the election.

The judge, therefore, declared that the purported APC primary election as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional and subsequently set it aside.

Justice Ekwo said that since the time for primary and nomination had lapsed, the candidate who came second in the Dec. 5, 2020 bye-election should be inaugurated as the lawmaker for Ibaji Constituency.

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2023: “Tinubu Championing Modern democracy with power of delegation” – Senator Kalu

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Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has said that the ability of the Presidential flag bearer of the All Progressive’s Congress (APC) , Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to delegate responsibilities to competent persons in Authority will be beneficial for the country when eventually elected.

Shedding more light, the former Abia Governor noted that Tinubu’s skill to assign responsibilities is in line with the contemporary requirements of modern democracy, noting that the era of leaders single handedly conceiving and executing policies was over.

Kalu made this assertion while speaking on Political Paradigm, a political programme of Channels Television aired on Monday.

The Chieftain of the ruling APC cited the rapid growth of Lagos State to back his assertion, explaining that Tinubu as Governor had set the stage for development in the state. Kalu maintained the consistent political platform of Lagos put in place by the former Lagos Governor since 1999 has added to the growth and development witnessed in the state over the years.

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He said ; “Tinubu will be one of the greatest Presidents we shall ever have because of the skill of delegation. He has the skill and the modern way of leading people is no longer everything (Powers) to yourself.

“You must assign the job to other people who are competent , you must tell the people to do it and he has proven that as Governor of Lagos and after.

“Why Lagos is growing is because the leadership has been under one route and political party since 1999. So consistency matters a lot. I believe that Tinubu will do a lot of things differently for the benefit of Nigerians especially the business people.

“Lagos is a business center and he knows we can’t Govern effectively without involving the business people,so we have to enter a strong partnership with them.

“When people said Buhari wasn’t going to support Bola Tinubu, we went to the President and told him this is our party it’s not about anybody and you can see the President has come out willingly to identify and campaign for our party .

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Responding to questions on the alleged ill health of the APC Presidential Candidate, Senator Orji Kalu dismissed the claims describing them as mere public insinuations.

Kalu clarified that Bola Tinubu was very stable and healthy, he revealed that the Presidential hopeful works round the clock to attend to campaign activities and retires to bed at “3am” Daily.

Kalu added that it was normal for humans above the age of 40 years to witness few health challenges, which however can be managed to function effectively.

“His (Tinubu’s) health is very stable. No man above 40 is not sick. There is not one, no Nigerian above 40 that is not sick,” Kalu said on the pre-recorded Channels TV Programme.

The APC chieftain also stressed that some political opponents forged incoherent statements attributed to Tinubu at rallies.

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“These are things you people go to forge on the internet. All these things can be forged by political opponents,” he said.

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Activist Tasks Youths On Active Participation In Politics

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Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Against the backdrop of the noticeable flaws in the body politics, an international election monitor, Hamzat Lawal, has charged Nigerian youths to actively participate in electoral processes and structures in order to bring about positive change.

Hamzat lawal, Chief Executive officer, Connect Development, an anti-corruption activist.co-founder of Follow The Money, gave the charge on Saturday on the sidelines of APC primary election for Kogi Central Senatorial District held in Okene, headquarters of Central District of the state.

Lawal who averred that, for the desired change to occur, the youth should change their attitudes from being passive in the democratic evolution to buy into the nitty gritty of electoral processes.

He urge them to first of all, register as a member of political parties, attend wards, local government, state and National meetings, stressing that standing on the edge would not bring meaningful governance.

According to him, remaining aloof will be antithetical to good governance, hence, they should be part of the structure and processes of their parties.

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He added that, although, all the citizenry cannot be partisan, but they could be identified with political system in order to enthroned democratic dividends.

He said, although, the nation’s democracy is very young and evolving, he was pleased with its fast growth and its high level of progress.

He commended president Muhammadu Buhari for his courage to have signed into law the 2022 Electoral law as Amended, stressed the need for INEC to be properly funded to enable her to build human capacity to ensure seamless services to the Nation.

”Our Democracy is very young, and in as much as we want it to grow very fast, we need to put all hands on deck. For the process to remain seamless, INEC must be provided with resources, so that they could build human capacity in her processes and systems. We need to ensure adequate security to guarantee safety of personnel, Sensitive materials and indeed the electorate in order to instill confidence in them to exercise their franchise.

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”For us to curtail voters’ apathy, security should be the first point of Government, as they owe us a duty as our constitutional rights” he demanded.

Lawal, who has monitored elections in Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom; Kenya and other parts of Africa, challenged politicians and lawmakers to put aside personal and selfish interests, insisting that ,even though the lawmakers are primarily concerned with law making, they should not be a judge and a jury at the same time.

He lamented at the scenario in which the lawmakers allegedly wanted to get at some categories of Nigerians through section 84 of the amended Acts, however, wanted themselves to be compulsive delegates.

He advised the party Executives to consider the nation first in their choices of delegates and Agents and to allow them to do their work.

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While condemning the use of money to buy the consciences of the delegates and all those in the election Management chain ,urge them to ensure that only those with relevant democratic credentials are allowed to fly their flags at the general elections.

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2023: CSO Seeks for Adequate Security, Active Youths Participation in Politics

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Hamzat Lawal is an independent observer and Executive director Connected Development, CSO
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Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Ahead of 2023 general elections in Nigeria, the Executive Director, Connected Development, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Mr Hamzat Lawal, on Sunday called on government at all levels to work towards putting in place adequate security for smooth and successful conduct of the polls.

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Lawal also stressed the need for active participation of youths across the country in Politics saying that as future leaders, they should be gradually groomed in the art of politicking.

Lawal, an independent observer made this call at the sideline of Kogi Central Senatorial primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okene at the weekend.

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According to him, without adequate security, the INEC’s sensitive materials will not be safe, and Nigerians will not come out to cast their ballot thereby leading to voter apathy. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

”There is need to ensure adequate security as much as primaries elections are ongoing in Nigeria, but my major concern is the general elections in 2023.

”Today, I am happy that we have adequate security on ground and some of the agents and aspirants are well coordinated.

”We have INEC officials as well as various security agencies to ensure there is peace and the election is free and fair,” he said.

Lawal also urged Nigerian youths to ensure active participation in politics by being a card carrying member of a political party, and be part of the process and structure.

An anti-corruption activist and founder, Follow The Money, stressed that youths participation in political process was key to embracing inclusion, inter-generational equity and dialogue.

He urged the politicians and legislators to put their personal interest aside, and deliver on good governance and services to the people based on their ideals and manifestos.

Lawal, an anti-corruption activist and co-founder, Follow the Money, said the fact that money politics was still playing precedent in Nigeria, signified that the Anti- Corruption Agencies were not doing enough.

“If they do, people with money bags will be scared to use money to entice voters.

”If we must get it right, we must embrace our value system which has eroded,” he said.

Lawal disclosed that the CSO had deployed observers who were documenting the entire process of the parties’ primary elections, adding that the report would be out soon.

He emphasised that Science and Technology should play a big role in the next election to reduce voters apathy and ensure peaceful, free and fair election where politicians would not muzzle the process and the people.

Mr Abubakar Ohere, the former Kogi State Commissioner for Works, won the Kogi Central Senatorial APC primary election with 260 votes.

Ohere defeated two other aspirants, Mr Ramatu Attah and Alh. Dalhatu Sheriff, who polled 13 and 11 votes respectively.

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