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  •  A don Prof Grade Ojo has advocated for electoral inclusiveness for all Nigerians especially women and people with disabilities to further enhance democratic stability Ojo of Department of Political Science University of Ilorin stated this in a keynote address presented at the Yusuff Olatunji Colloquium in Ibadan on Friday According to him elections do not only serve the purpose of peacefully changing government it also enhances and confers political legitimacy on the government To the don who is also a former Chief of Staff to the late Governor of Oyo State Sen Abiola Ajimobi elections are an instrumentality through which people choose their leaders and keep them accountable Where an electoral system lacks inclusiveness through outright marginalisation of a large chunk of the society the canon of democracy in terms of free and fair election becomes questionable However the snag in Nigeria and indeed several other African countries is that elections are far from being free and fair he said The political scientist expressed concern over what he described as the criminal neglect of PWDs in the electoral process He noted that as at 2020 in a projected population size of about 200 million there were more than 27 million Nigerians living with some form of disabilities Thus where a large chunk of the population is excluded in the electoral process elections cannot be adjudged free and fair Ojo said Ojo while comparing a study on voter participation in Nigeria with that of United States of America noted that it was aside PWDs women too had become endangered species in the electoral process Empirical fact shows that the Upper Chamber Senate has 109 members distributed along gender lines with 102 male members 93 6 per cent and only seven female members 6 4 per cent The Lower chamber House of Representatives has 360 members with 349 males 97 per cent and 11 females 6 4 per cent Also the poor are not sufficiently carried along in the political process The recently held primaries by political parties are also a demonstration of lack of inclusiveness he said Ojo also cited the whooping N100 million and N50 million charged for presidential and governorship nomination and expression of interest forms respectively by All Progressives Congress APC as further instances of hindering political inclusiveness The main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party also towed similar lines with N40 million and N20 million for presidential and governorship nomination and expression of interest forms he stated The don however described as cheering news the concession granted women and people with disabilities in the payment for expression of interest and nomination forms by the political parties According to him it is pathetic that the poor and the middle class were completely marginalised with the nomination forms that were skewed beyond their He also noted that the greatest form of electoral exclusion was the ongoing debate on the secular status of Nigeria Ojo said lack of inclusiveness in a political system was nothing but an infringement of citizens fundamental human rights While one can not dispute the fact that no system is 100 per cent compliant in terms of inclusiveness however the more inclusive a system is the better for democracy and political stability I like to advocate for a specific quota even if it is just one per cent for a start in the parliament and the executive arm of government for people with disabilities To ensure this the recently amended Electoral Act 2022 may have to be amended further to accommodate people with disabilities The Independent Electoral Commission INEC too also needs to make adjustments by making adequate provisions for personnel that can assist people with disabilities to perform their civic obligations at polling units To do otherwise is for successive governments to suffer serious legitimacy crisis which may be antithetical to Nigeria s struggle for consolidation of its nascent democracy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Don canvasses electoral inclusiveness, makes case for women, PWDs 
     A don Prof Grade Ojo has advocated for electoral inclusiveness for all Nigerians especially women and people with disabilities to further enhance democratic stability Ojo of Department of Political Science University of Ilorin stated this in a keynote address presented at the Yusuff Olatunji Colloquium in Ibadan on Friday According to him elections do not only serve the purpose of peacefully changing government it also enhances and confers political legitimacy on the government To the don who is also a former Chief of Staff to the late Governor of Oyo State Sen Abiola Ajimobi elections are an instrumentality through which people choose their leaders and keep them accountable Where an electoral system lacks inclusiveness through outright marginalisation of a large chunk of the society the canon of democracy in terms of free and fair election becomes questionable However the snag in Nigeria and indeed several other African countries is that elections are far from being free and fair he said The political scientist expressed concern over what he described as the criminal neglect of PWDs in the electoral process He noted that as at 2020 in a projected population size of about 200 million there were more than 27 million Nigerians living with some form of disabilities Thus where a large chunk of the population is excluded in the electoral process elections cannot be adjudged free and fair Ojo said Ojo while comparing a study on voter participation in Nigeria with that of United States of America noted that it was aside PWDs women too had become endangered species in the electoral process Empirical fact shows that the Upper Chamber Senate has 109 members distributed along gender lines with 102 male members 93 6 per cent and only seven female members 6 4 per cent The Lower chamber House of Representatives has 360 members with 349 males 97 per cent and 11 females 6 4 per cent Also the poor are not sufficiently carried along in the political process The recently held primaries by political parties are also a demonstration of lack of inclusiveness he said Ojo also cited the whooping N100 million and N50 million charged for presidential and governorship nomination and expression of interest forms respectively by All Progressives Congress APC as further instances of hindering political inclusiveness The main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party also towed similar lines with N40 million and N20 million for presidential and governorship nomination and expression of interest forms he stated The don however described as cheering news the concession granted women and people with disabilities in the payment for expression of interest and nomination forms by the political parties According to him it is pathetic that the poor and the middle class were completely marginalised with the nomination forms that were skewed beyond their He also noted that the greatest form of electoral exclusion was the ongoing debate on the secular status of Nigeria Ojo said lack of inclusiveness in a political system was nothing but an infringement of citizens fundamental human rights While one can not dispute the fact that no system is 100 per cent compliant in terms of inclusiveness however the more inclusive a system is the better for democracy and political stability I like to advocate for a specific quota even if it is just one per cent for a start in the parliament and the executive arm of government for people with disabilities To ensure this the recently amended Electoral Act 2022 may have to be amended further to accommodate people with disabilities The Independent Electoral Commission INEC too also needs to make adjustments by making adequate provisions for personnel that can assist people with disabilities to perform their civic obligations at polling units To do otherwise is for successive governments to suffer serious legitimacy crisis which may be antithetical to Nigeria s struggle for consolidation of its nascent democracy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Don canvasses electoral inclusiveness, makes case for women, PWDs 
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    2023: Don canvasses electoral inclusiveness, makes case for women, PWDs 

    A don, Prof. Grade Ojo, has advocated for electoral inclusiveness for all Nigerians, especially women and people with disabilities, to further enhance democratic stability.

    Ojo, of Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, stated this in a keynote address presented at the Yusuff Olatunji Colloquium in Ibadan on Friday.

    According to him, elections do not only serve the purpose of peacefully changing government, it also enhances and confers political legitimacy on the government To the don, who is also a former Chief of Staff to the late Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, elections are an instrumentality through which people choose their leaders and keep them accountable.

    “Where an electoral system lacks inclusiveness through outright marginalisation of a large chunk of the society, the canon of democracy, in terms of free and fair election, becomes questionable.

    “However, the snag in Nigeria and indeed several other African countries is that elections are far from being free and fair,” he said.

    The political scientist expressed concern over what he described as the ‘criminal neglect’ of PWDs in the electoral process.

    He noted that as at 2020, in a projected population size of about 200 million, there were more than 27 million Nigerians living with some form of disabilities.

    “Thus, where a large chunk of the population is excluded in the electoral process, elections cannot be adjudged free and fair,” Ojo said.

    Ojo, while comparing a study on voter participation in Nigeria with that of United States of America, noted that it was aside PWDs, women too had become endangered species in the electoral process.

    “Empirical fact shows that the Upper Chamber (Senate) has 109 members, distributed along gender lines, with 102 male members (93.6 per cent) and only seven female members (6.4 per cent).

    “The Lower chamber (House of Representatives) has 360 members, with 349 males (97 per cent) and 11 females (6.4 per cent).

    “Also, the poor are not sufficiently carried along in the political process.

    The recently held primaries by political parties are also a demonstration of lack of inclusiveness,” he said.

    Ojo also cited the whooping N100 million and N50 million charged for presidential and governorship nomination and expression of interest forms respectively by All Progressives Congress (APC) as further instances of hindering political inclusiveness.

    “The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, also towed similar lines, with N40 million and N20 million for presidential and governorship nomination and expression of interest forms,” he stated.

    The don, however, described as cheering news the concession granted women and people with disabilities in the payment for expression of interest and nomination forms by the political parties.

    According to him, it is pathetic that the poor and the middle-class were completely marginalised with the nomination forms that were skewed beyond their.

    He also noted that the greatest form of electoral exclusion was the ongoing debate on the secular status of Nigeria.

    Ojo said lack of inclusiveness in a political system was nothing but an infringement of citizens’ fundamental human rights.

    “While one can not dispute the fact that no system is 100 per cent compliant in terms of inclusiveness, however, the more inclusive a system is, the better for democracy and political stability.

    “I like to advocate for a specific quota, even if it is just one per cent for a start, in the parliament and the executive arm of government for people with disabilities.

    “To ensure this, the recently amended Electoral Act (2022) may have to be amended further to accommodate people with disabilities.

    “The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) too also needs to make adjustments by making adequate provisions for personnel that can assist people with disabilities to perform their civic obligations at polling units.

    “To do otherwise is for successive governments to suffer serious legitimacy crisis which may be antithetical to Nigeria’s struggle for consolidation of its nascent democracy,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The North West zone of All Progressives Congress APC says it plans to conclude its reconciliatory efforts before commencement of electioneering campaign in September Mr Saliyu Lukman the North West APC Vice Chairman said this when he spoke on Thursday with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna Lukman said that committees were inaugurated with the mandated to reconcile aggrieved members of the party after the primaries saying they recorded impressive progress across the six states of the zone The states were Kaduna Kebbi Sokoto Zamfara Katsina and Jigawa The committees embarked on a fact finding mission and so far after our review progress is being made in each state We will conclude reconciliation before before campaign commences Our reconciliatory drive is a record breaking initiative and we challenge other parties to emulate the same Lukman said He said that the zone had also reviewed the report from the Independent Electoral Commission INEC on the suspension of Continuous Voter Registration We have agreed for the committees to equally mobilise those who have registered to pick up their Permanent Voters Cards PVCs he said Lukman said that the zone received large number of detectors from other parties to the APC It is a very pleasant report as some state party chairmen had to send representatives to our meeting because they were busy receiving defectors he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC to conclude North-West reconciliation before campaign
     The North West zone of All Progressives Congress APC says it plans to conclude its reconciliatory efforts before commencement of electioneering campaign in September Mr Saliyu Lukman the North West APC Vice Chairman said this when he spoke on Thursday with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna Lukman said that committees were inaugurated with the mandated to reconcile aggrieved members of the party after the primaries saying they recorded impressive progress across the six states of the zone The states were Kaduna Kebbi Sokoto Zamfara Katsina and Jigawa The committees embarked on a fact finding mission and so far after our review progress is being made in each state We will conclude reconciliation before before campaign commences Our reconciliatory drive is a record breaking initiative and we challenge other parties to emulate the same Lukman said He said that the zone had also reviewed the report from the Independent Electoral Commission INEC on the suspension of Continuous Voter Registration We have agreed for the committees to equally mobilise those who have registered to pick up their Permanent Voters Cards PVCs he said Lukman said that the zone received large number of detectors from other parties to the APC It is a very pleasant report as some state party chairmen had to send representatives to our meeting because they were busy receiving defectors he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC to conclude North-West reconciliation before campaign
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    APC to conclude North-West reconciliation before campaign

    The North-West zone of All Progressives Congress (APC) says it plans to conclude its reconciliatory efforts before commencement of electioneering campaign in September.

    Mr Saliyu Lukman, the North-West APC Vice Chairman, said this when he spoke on Thursday with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

    Lukman said that committees were inaugurated with the mandated to reconcile aggrieved members of the party after the primaries, saying they recorded impressive progress across the six states of the zone.

    The states were Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Jigawa.

    “The committees embarked on a fact finding mission and so far, after our review, progress is being made in each state.

    “We will conclude reconciliation before before campaign commences.

    “Our reconciliatory drive is a record breaking initiative and we challenge other parties to emulate the same,” Lukman said.

    He said that the zone had also reviewed the report from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on the suspension of Continuous Voter Registration.

    “We have agreed for the committees to equally mobilise those who have registered to pick up their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs),” he said.

    Lukman said that the zone received large number of detectors from other parties to the APC.

    “It is a very pleasant report as some state party chairmen had to send representatives to our meeting because they were busy receiving defectors,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Independent Electoral Commission INEC says it will continue to use modern technology for accurate results ahead of 2023 general elections INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said this when he visited Kano in continuation of his inspection of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR nationwide The commission will continue to deepen the use of technology in election We displayed the lists of registrants for Nigerians to be kept abreast with happenings in INEC I believed we are doing well INEC portal has come to stay After elections at the poling units results will be uploaded so that Nigerians can see the results even before the election is concluded he said He said that the commission has overcome the initial challenges with the Bimodal Verification Accreditation BVA machine We are confident that the BVA machines will function optimally during the 2023 elections he said The Chairman said that INEC would employ about one million persons as ad hoc staff for hitch free 2023 election INEC is not a political party and will be up and doing in the discharged of its official responsibility INEC has no candidate of its own but only what the electorate want and whatever is determined by the voters is what the electoral body will declare at the end of it he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC ’ll continue to adopt technology for accurate results: Yakubu
     The Independent Electoral Commission INEC says it will continue to use modern technology for accurate results ahead of 2023 general elections INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said this when he visited Kano in continuation of his inspection of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR nationwide The commission will continue to deepen the use of technology in election We displayed the lists of registrants for Nigerians to be kept abreast with happenings in INEC I believed we are doing well INEC portal has come to stay After elections at the poling units results will be uploaded so that Nigerians can see the results even before the election is concluded he said He said that the commission has overcome the initial challenges with the Bimodal Verification Accreditation BVA machine We are confident that the BVA machines will function optimally during the 2023 elections he said The Chairman said that INEC would employ about one million persons as ad hoc staff for hitch free 2023 election INEC is not a political party and will be up and doing in the discharged of its official responsibility INEC has no candidate of its own but only what the electorate want and whatever is determined by the voters is what the electoral body will declare at the end of it he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC ’ll continue to adopt technology for accurate results: Yakubu
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    INEC ’ll continue to adopt technology for accurate results: Yakubu

    The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), says it will continue to use modern technology for accurate results, ahead of 2023 general elections.

    INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this when he visited Kano in continuation of his inspection of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) nationwide.

    “The commission will continue to deepen the use of technology in election.

    “We displayed the lists of registrants for Nigerians to be kept abreast with happenings in INEC.

    I believed we are doing well.

    “INEC portal has come to stay.

    After elections at the poling units, results will be uploaded so that Nigerians can see the results even before the election is concluded,” he said.

    He said that the commission has overcome the initial challenges with the Bimodal Verification Accreditation (BVA) machine.

    “We are confident that the BVA machines will function optimally during the 2023 elections,” he said.

    The Chairman said that INEC would employ about one million persons as ad hoc staff for hitch-free 2023 election.

    “INEC is not a political party and will be up and doing in the discharged of its official responsibility.

    “INEC has no candidate of its own, but only what the electorate want and whatever is determined by the voters is what the electoral body will declare at the end of it,” he said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN