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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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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. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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.

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.

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”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.

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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.

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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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Alleged 80.2 Billion Fraud: EFCC May Loose Case Against Yahaya Bello – Ambassador Danjuma

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A  Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ambassador Samuel A. Dajuma
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Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ambassador Samuel Dajuma, has said the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) may lose the case of Fraud against the Kogi State Ex-Governor, Yahaya Bello. push({});

Danjuma assert this in an exclusive media chat with the Informavores in Niger State, Nigeria, saying that the politically-motivated case may not favour the anti-graft agency as it started on a wrong foot.

He said, “The issue with the EFCC is political-motivated, why did I say political-motivated? Previously, we have three formal Governors, I would name them, the former governor of Zamfara State, Matawalle who is now the Minister of State for Defence, we have Yari who is also a former Governor of Zamfara State and we have Odili of River state which are all enjoying this court order from being prosecuted. ”

“Now His Excellency, Adoza Yahaya Bello has seek the leave of the court to enforce his fundamental human right and the EFCC was duly served. The EFCC went to the court of Appeal to challenge that. So, why the rush? Why the EFCC is in a hurry to arrest his Excellency? ”

“Like I have always said, if you vacate that court order, I give you one hour, his Excellency Adoza Yahaya Bello will make himself available at the EFCC office. ”

“But the thing is that even the EFCC has’nt even officially invited him, neither is any summon and in that judgement what did the court said? The court said that the EFCC with the leave of the court of competent jurisdiction can arraign him not arrest him therefore, he shouldn’t be arrested but he can be arraigned. ”

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“So, I don’t know why we are having this conflict and a lot of lawyer, SAN and even the former MBA chairman has come out to say that the EFCC goofed by laying the siege at Yahaya Bello’s Abuja residence last week Wednesday. ”

“So the EFCC knows what to do. The EFCC is a law enforcement agency and I don’t expect a law enforcement agency to be the one to break the law. So, when EFCC is ready they should serve the surmon and by then they would have vacate the order of the court. But until then, his Excellency is bound by that order not to appear before EFCC. ”

He further said that, “I always say that the minute I saw the EFCC chairman I was happy. For the first time, we have someone who was a lawyer who knows the law heading the organisation. So, I felt EFCC should not be doing by going after presumed suspect just for media trial. They would have done the proper investigation. ”

“And now look at what happened with the case of the former Attorney General of the Federation, Adoke. EFCC lost that case because even in court EFCC attested that they do not have enough evidence to prosecute him and exactly what the same thing is going to happen because the Kogi State Government has come out to tell the EFCC that our money is not missing. and these are the people that is supposed to fashion you with the said document for you to prosecute your case and if they have come to say their money is not missing I don’t understand how EFCC will want to go to court and be able to win this case. ”

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“At the beginning of the case what I expect the EFCC to do was to do a proper investigation and when they have their fact, they can now go after the former Governor but as it stands the EFCC has shot their selves by the leg by what they are doing. It is time for the EFCC to come back home sit down and do proper investigation, get the fact and stop this media trial once and for all. ” he said.

meanwhile, Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the charges of alleged N80 billion fraud filed by the Economic and Finacncial Crime Commission against the ex-governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello, be served through his lawyer, Abdulwahab Mohammed.

The Judge issued the order on Tuesday April 23rd, 2024 while delivering a ruling in an application filed by the anti-graft agency, for substituted service on Bello.

Although Abdulwahab Mohammed initially declined to accept the charges and proof of evidence saying that a junior lawyer in his team, AI Musa be the one to accept the charges on behalf of the former governor, Justice Nwite rejected the plea by the senior lawyer and compelled him to do so.

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At today’s proceedings, Yahaya Bello was again not in court but represented by his lawyer.

Justice Nwite had last week issued a bench warrant against Bello following an application to that effect by EFCC.

The EFCC subsequently declared the former governor wanted for his persistent absence in court and evading the criminal charges on him.

Informavores recalls that the EFCC had on Wednesday April 16th, 2024 laid siege on the embattled ex-governor’s, Abuja residence in a bid to arrest him.

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Another Massive Plan By APC To Rig Kogi Election Uncovered!

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Another massive plan by the APC (All Progressive Congress) to rig the upcoming election in Kogi State has been uncovered.

The plan was uncovered in an audio recording recorded in Igala language, that is widely circulated and received by the Informavores!

The message roughly translated is as follows:

“I thank you all and may the almighty God bless us all. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I am here to talk to you this evening amd thank you for all your efforts as you are listening to me from where ever you are listening to me, please forward this message so that every igala will hear what I am saying this evening.”

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“As I am talking to you, it is not up to 2 minutes that I finished calling to Ankpa. It is a calling between me and the coordinator. He said that what he wanted to tell me before I called him is that the presiding officers this afternoon hinted him and that he is going to confide in me that everybody should be ready.”

“That during the upcoming voting, their plan is that they would just thumb print without capturing, therefore, when the voting is in excess without capturing(photograph), they would then cancel the polling unit. That is what he just told me. And I said I would make sure that this information is circulated among everybody online this night.”

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“It is the Presiding officer that told him this afternoon and he is relaying it to me to make sure that I tell everybody that this is the plan of APC in Ankpa where they are going to vote in Ankpa. That they will photograph, so that all the votings in Ankpa will not count.”

“This is the message that reached me this night and I said I would tell people on air. Please forward this message so that everybody would here. Let us be at alert and make sure that our votes count, let us monitor the BVAS. “

“Thank you all and God bless you all.”, it concluded.

Off season elections is scheduled to take place in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States. Coming November 11th, 2023. 

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PEPC: PDP Atiku Appears As Parties Set To Adopt Written Addresses

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As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and other parties were set to adopt their final written addresses, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, was at the Presidential Election Petition Court, (PEPC) on Tuesday 1st August 2023 . adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});
 
The  Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel of the court had on the last adjourned date directed parties to prepare their final briefs of argument and appear before it to adopt .
 
The adoption of final addresses is the precursor to fixing a date for judgment in the petition of Atiku and the PDP challenging the outcome of the Feb. 25 presidential election.
 
The court, in a notice  to the parties, invited them to adopt their written address with respect to the petition filed against President Bola Tinubu and Vice -President Kashim Shettima, praying the court to nullify their election.
 
recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on March 1, announced that Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), won the presidential election  ahead of 17 other candidates that participated in the contest.
 
It declared that Tinubu scored 8,794,726 votes to defeat the two major contenders,  Atiku of the PDP, who came second with 6,984,520 votes, and Mr Peter  Obi of the Labour Party, who came third with 6,101,533 votes.
 
However, dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, both Atiku and Obi approached the court to invalidate the result.
 
The duo, in their separate petitions, claimed that they won the presidential poll, even as they challenged Tinubu’s eligibility to contest the election.
 
The petitioners are praying the court to nullify the election and order a fresh presidential election, with the exclusion of President Tinubu whom they argued was ab-initio, not qualified to participate.
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