Independent National Election Commission’s (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami has promised to continue to uphold integrity of the commission by conducting free and acceptable election.
Attahiru-Madami said this on Friday when he received an award of `Icon of Leadership’ in his office, Ilorin, from a delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
The Resident Commissioner, who expressed satisfaction with the success of 2019 General Elections, implored staff of the commission to also uphold the integrity of INEC, further their education and be patriotic.
He enjoined youths in the country to shun all vices that may mar the attainment of their goals in life.
According to the REC, one of the ways he intends to sustain the integrity of the commission is through continuous voter education.
He said he would take voter education and sensitisation to secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the state.
Attahiru-Madami said that the initiative was to instill the right democratic values and skills in the coming generation, adding that it would also ensure that the future leaders as well as electorate were better informed.
Earlier, leader of the NANS delegation, Adebayo Joshua urged Nigerian leaders to always recognise people of distinguished characters in the country.
He explained that Attahiru-Madami was singled out for the award because of his unmatched role in success of the 2019 general election in Kwara state.
In a remark, the Kwara State Coordinator, National Orientation Agency, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, recalled the various engagements of the INEC REC during the election and his determination to do things right.
Adeyemi affirmed that the award was well deserved and advised the students to shun vices that could mar their future.
AbdulRazaq updates Buhari on Kwara flood disaster, seeks FG support
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has updated President Muhammadu Buhari on the havoc wreaked by flood in the state, saying over 15,000 people had been displaced as a result of the disaster.
Speaking to State House correspondents on his mission to the Villa, on Tuesday in Abuja, the governor said he met with the president to request for Federal Government assistance for the victims of the disaster.
He, therefore, urged the federal government to come to the aid of the displaced persons, saying property and farm products worth about N10billion had been damaged or destroyed as a result of the disaster.
The governor expressed the hope that the assistance if granted would help to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of state, who are victims of flood disasters this year.
“I came to see the president, among other things, to discuss ecological and developmental issues.
“Over the weekend, we had huge rainstorm that destroyed about 5,000 houses in the State capital. We had huge flooding in Kwara North and the bank of River Niger.
“There are a lot of internally displaced people in the State capital. The State needs assistance to abate the crisis.
“We have about 5,000 houses and thousands of hectares of farmland that are under water. Close to about 10,000 to 15,000 people are already displaced so far. So, it’s straining the State’s economy.
The governor, however, expressed the hope that the state would witness bumper harvest this farming season in spite of the reported flood in the state.
He said: “Luckily for us, we did two cycles of rice farming in the affected areas. We are hoping to do three cycles. Yes, there is huge impact.
“We are expecting bumper harvest this season, especially with the federal government’s intervention in the agricultural sector.”
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Kwara Assembly urges Gov AbdulRasaq to assist rainstorm victims
The Kwara House of Assembly on Tuesday urged Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq to provide immediate succour and other relief materials to thousands of residents of the state whose houses and valuables were destroyed by rainstorm.
The house made the call in Ilorin in its resolution after adopting a matter of urgent public importance on the havoc caused by Sunday’s rainstorm.
The matter, which was raised by the House Leader, Abubakar Olawoyin-Magaji, enjoyed the support of members at plenary.
In his submission, Olawoyin-Magaji said that the level of damage caused by the rainstorm to several houses in various parts of the state capital was enormous.
Apart from damaged houses and valuables, Olawoyin-Magaji said the rainstorm also damaged several electric poles and cables, causing blackout in several parts of the state capital.
The Speaker, Mr Yakubu Danladi, while reading the resolution of the house, charged the state government to liase with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), toward providing succour to the affected rainstorm victims.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Donald Ugwu
Obaseki’s re-election: Benin monarch calls for support
The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, on Tuesday solicited the support of all Edo sons and daughters as well as other residents for the re-elected Gov. Godwin Obaseki in order for him to succeed.
The monarch made the call in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Mr Frank Irabor.
Oba Ewuare II congratulated the re-elected governor, saying, “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
It would be recalled that Obaseki was on Sunday afternoon announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the Governorship election held in the state on Saturday.
According to the statement, the monarch commended President Mohammadu Buhari for ensuring free, fair and credible poll.
Oba Ewuare II particularly commended the National Peace Committee led by former military Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, for initiating the signing of the peace accord by the governorship candidates of the political parties.
According to the statement, “on behalf of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, the Benin Traditional Council wishes to congratulate Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office.
“As His Royal Majesty said on numerous occasions, the Benin Throne is non-partisan and that on election day let the people speak because the voice of the people is the voice of God.
“The Oba thanked President Mohammad Buhari for ensuring that the election was free, fair and violent-free.
“He also thanked all the candidates for adhering to the advice for a violent-free election given to them during the peace meeting in the Oba’s palace before the election which have been widely-acclaimed to have doused the tension that was building up before the election.”
He also thanked INEC for the peaceful and successful election as well as the security agencies for a job well done.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Wale Ojetimi
Obaseki’s victory rekindles people’s hope, place in democratic process — Don
A Political Scientist, Dr Charles Eghweree, says Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s victory in the just-concluded Edo governorship poll has rekindled the hope of many Nigerians in the democratic process.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday, Eghweree noted that the outcome of the election has reinforced the vital place of the people in the democratic process.
Eghweree, a lecturer in Department of Political Science, University of Benin, said that the expressed wish of the people was reflected in the outcome of the Edo election.
Eghweree added that the outcome would help galvanise docile politicians to action since any docility would mean being sacked during the next election.
“Run up to the election, a lot of boasting by political gladiators, made many doubt that the process would be free and fair.
“The outcome proved many wrong and to that extent, it shows we can get it right if the so-called ‘federal might’ will allow the process to be free from any form of interference.
“Edo election has wiped off god-father politics in Nigeria’s political culture and has shown us that power belongs to the people,” he said
The political scientist then urged INEC to fully embrace electronic voting and deepen deployment of technology in order to avoid dissappointment in the forthcoming elections.
Eghweree, who expressed dissappointment at failure of card readers in many polling units, advised the Commission to fully embrace electronic voting.
“This is unacceptable, considering the huge sum invested in that technology.
“It is high time the commission embraced electronic voting. It’s not rocket science, we can achieve it if we are committed to it.
“For Ondo elections, there is need to test run the card reader days before the election to avoid disappointment,” he said.
Eghweree advised Obaseki to keep politics aside and embrace the onerous business of governance.
“The governor-elect should commit to uniting the political class and the people to get needed support to govern effectively in the interest of all.
“Obaseki has a role of uniting Edo to achieve his ‘Make Edo Great Again’ agenda,” he said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi