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2023 Kogi Election, Litmus Test on The Implementation of the Electoral Act 2022 – Iko Udama Club



2023 Kogi Election, litmus test on the implementation of the Electoral Act 2022 - Iko Udama Club
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A socio-cultural group, Iko Udama Club, has sued for a free and fair election to ensure that the choice of the electorate prevails in the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

This contained in call by the group in a statement signed by the spokesperson, Mr Julius Abalaka on Monday in Abuja.

Abalaka said that the election, would serve as another litmus test on the implementation of the

Act 2022.Abalaka explained that necessary measures needed to be put in place to ensure effective adherence to the provisions  of the Act, adding that all eyes are focused on how the election would be conducted.

He said the election has presented another opportunity for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to “write its name in gold”.

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According to him, anything short of a free, fair and credible election amounts to contravention of the electoral Act, adding that Nigerians expects INEC to build on its earlier gains of the last General Elections.

He said there was a need for the electorate to vote for a leader, who, would make the state more viable and engender unity among the various ethnic groups.

Abalaka said the precedence set in the country’s general elections had shown that Nigerians were becoming more interested in who governed them rather than party affiliations.

He further said that while candidates had emerged from various parties.

“Fostering unity is a key and veritable focus of the club.

“The events of the last few years with respect to political activities in Kogi has left no one in doubt of the dire need for the involvement of all and sundry.

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“All the people of Kogi must come together to deliver the people’s choice to move the state forward. “, he said.

Abalaka further said, in line with Iko Udama’s core values, which holds the principles of equity, justice and fairness for all people, an opinion poll was conducted.

He said, it was to “ascertain in fair contest, a unity and consensus candidate and Muritala Ajaka was in the lead.

“While not unmindful of the various credentials paraded by all the candidates who are all qualified, it is expedient that we support the time tested maxim of majority carries the vote.

“The entire club structure and resources will be available in full to support of the people’s choice.”

Kogi governorship election will take place on the 11th day of November 2023.

Source: NAN

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




PDP Atiku at the Presidential Election Petition Court
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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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Oyo LG Poll: APC Confirms Readiness To Participate




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The Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed readiness to participate in the forthcoming local government council election in the state.

This was disclosed by the publicity secretary of Oyo APC, Olawale Sadare, to newsmen on Saturday 29th, July 2023 in Ibadan. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Sadare noted that the decision was reached at the weekend when its leadership conveyed a stakeholders meeting,  where majority opinion was in support of the party fielding candidates for the council poll.

“The unanimous decision at the stakeholder meeting held at our state secretariat was that we would participate in the election with a view to winning most of the available seats in the local government areas and local council development areas.

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“I can assure you that by the time we are done with our final round of consultation on or before Monday, we would roll out schedule of activities since OYSIEC has written to us about the extension of the deadline for the conduct of primary which is now Aug. 31, 2023.

“We are progressives in politics and we are always ready to play our part as democrats. Don’t forget that the main duty of political parties is to field candidates in major elections.

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“We have had to face serious pressure from party faithful who want to contest and serve the masses at the grassroots as council chairmen and councilors, “he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission has announced the time table for the council election slated for April 2024.

OYSEIC in the announcement also gave political parties permission to begin electioneering activities including party primaries to produce their respective chairmanship and councilorship candidates.

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Why PDP Atiku Abubakar Said Nigeria’s Democracy Should Not Be Undermined




PDP Presidential Candidate in the 2023 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
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On Saturday, 22nd July, 2023, the Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned against any attempt to undermine Nigeria’s democracy.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, alleging plot to intimidate the judges into delivering favourable judgments for the ruling party at the election tribunal. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

He also alleged harassment of judiciary officers to subvert justice in the ongoing litigation on the 2023 presidential election.

He said that reports in the media about some heinous plots to harass justices sitting on the petition would not be good for the nation.

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Abubakar said that Nigeria’s democracy should not be undermined by using the judiciary to serve the interest of the ruling party.

“Our laws are very clear about the prerequisite of separation of powers as a guarantee of an independent judiciary.

“The idea behind that concept of an independent judiciary is to insulate that branch of government from unholy fraternity between its hallowed members and the rest of the society – especially the political actors.

“Our democracy gives the people of Nigeria the powers to choose their leaders, and our laws demand that our judiciary must be allowed to act independently without harassment and intimidation by the government or powerful interests.

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“To compromise the workings of our democracy and seeking to compromise the workings of our judiciary is an open call for anarchy.

“As a party in the litigation that is currently reviewing the outcome of the last presidential election, we wish to express our intentions to do all that is within the law in resisting any attempt to undermine our fragile democracy,” he said.

Abubakar urged Nigerians to abide by the golden rule of eternal vigilance.

He also appealed to all security agencies in the country to remain professional in the discharge of their duties and resist being used as an instrument of oppression and intimidation against the judiciary.

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He also called on the international community to watch what is happening in Nigeria with keen interest.

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