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  •  Mr Stevie Ozono the governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement NRM in Edo says the present state of development in Edo does not depict its status as an oil producing state The NRM governorship candidate for the Sept 19 polls therefore noted that his mission would be to make the state an ocean of prosperity in Nigeria a model of good governance for other states The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this statement was extracted from the manifesto of the candidate which was made available to newsmen in Benin on Thursday While noting that Edo contributes about 2 06 per cent of the total crude oil output in the country he however regtetted that the state had not be able to utilise the Federal allocation and internally generated revenues beyond the current situations According to him In 2019 alone our state received from the federal account allocation a total sum of N66 5bn However it is becoming very difficult to align the state s development to her status as an oil producing state We are strongly determined to put the interest of the state first in all our thinking and actions We will put the interest of the people first not my party or anyone else Resources and revenues of the state shall be used to improve lives and livelihood of the people of the state Ozono who said that the drive of his government would be people friendly stressed that he would reduce the debt burden of the state significantly by running a cost efficient cabinet He further said that security vote and needless allowances of the executive arm of his government would be curtailed and instead used for the development of the state As at year end 2018 Fiscal Responsibility Commission s FRC annual report states that the debt to revenue ratio of Edo State stands at 248 1 per cent which obviously is over the limit of the FRC by 198 1 per cent The NRM candidate who decried the unemployment rate in the state said his administration would change the narrative According to him We are not comfortable with the 25 1 per cent unemployment rate 1 250 000 people and 18 4 per cent underemployment rate 900 000 people of the state We are worried but determined to reduce this to single digit via our various developmental agenda using the SDGs as our measurement tool he said Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Donald Ugwu NAN
    Edo 2020: Nothing shows Edo is oil producing state — NRM candidate
     Mr Stevie Ozono the governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement NRM in Edo says the present state of development in Edo does not depict its status as an oil producing state The NRM governorship candidate for the Sept 19 polls therefore noted that his mission would be to make the state an ocean of prosperity in Nigeria a model of good governance for other states The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this statement was extracted from the manifesto of the candidate which was made available to newsmen in Benin on Thursday While noting that Edo contributes about 2 06 per cent of the total crude oil output in the country he however regtetted that the state had not be able to utilise the Federal allocation and internally generated revenues beyond the current situations According to him In 2019 alone our state received from the federal account allocation a total sum of N66 5bn However it is becoming very difficult to align the state s development to her status as an oil producing state We are strongly determined to put the interest of the state first in all our thinking and actions We will put the interest of the people first not my party or anyone else Resources and revenues of the state shall be used to improve lives and livelihood of the people of the state Ozono who said that the drive of his government would be people friendly stressed that he would reduce the debt burden of the state significantly by running a cost efficient cabinet He further said that security vote and needless allowances of the executive arm of his government would be curtailed and instead used for the development of the state As at year end 2018 Fiscal Responsibility Commission s FRC annual report states that the debt to revenue ratio of Edo State stands at 248 1 per cent which obviously is over the limit of the FRC by 198 1 per cent The NRM candidate who decried the unemployment rate in the state said his administration would change the narrative According to him We are not comfortable with the 25 1 per cent unemployment rate 1 250 000 people and 18 4 per cent underemployment rate 900 000 people of the state We are worried but determined to reduce this to single digit via our various developmental agenda using the SDGs as our measurement tool he said Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Donald Ugwu NAN
    Edo 2020: Nothing shows Edo is oil producing state — NRM candidate
    Politics2 years ago

    Edo 2020: Nothing shows Edo is oil producing state — NRM candidate

    Mr Stevie Ozono, the governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), in Edo, says the present state of development in Edo does not depict its status as an oil producing state.

    The NRM governorship candidate for the Sept. 19, polls, therefore, noted that his mission would be to make the state “an ocean of prosperity in Nigeria, a model of good governance for other states”.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this statement was extracted from the manifesto of the candidate which was made available to newsmen in Benin on Thursday.

    While noting that Edo contributes about 2.06 per cent of the total crude oil output in the country he, however, regtetted that the state had not be able to utilise the Federal allocation and internally generated revenues beyond the current situations.

    According to him, “In 2019 alone, our state received from the federal account allocation a total sum of N66.5bn.

    “However, it is becoming very difficult to align the state’s development to her status as an oil producing state.

    “We are strongly determined to put the interest of the state first in all our thinking and actions. We will put the interest of the people first, not my party or anyone else.

    “Resources and revenues of the state shall be used to improve lives and livelihood of the people of the state.”

    Ozono, who said that the drive of his government would be people-friendly, stressed that he would reduce the debt burden of the state significantly by running a cost-efficient cabinet.

    He further said that security vote and needless allowances of the executive arm of his government would be curtailed and, instead, used for the development of the state.

    “As at year end 2018, Fiscal Responsibility Commission’s (FRC), annual report states that the debt to revenue ratio of Edo State stands at 248.1 per cent, which obviously is over the limit of the FRC by 198.1 per cent.”

    The NRM candidate, who decried the unemployment rate in the state, said his administration would change the narrative.

    According to him, “We are not comfortable with the 25.1 per cent unemployment rate (1,250,000 people) and 18.4 per cent underemployment rate (900,000 people) of the state.

    “We are worried but determined to reduce this to single digit via our various developmental agenda, using the SDGs as our measurement tool,” he said.


    Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

  •  The National Rescue Movement NRM has prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to disqualify Osagie Ize Iyamu as the All Progressives Congress APC governorship candidate for the Sept 19 2020 governorship election in Edo The NRM and its candidate for the forthcoming Edo governorship Stevie Ozono filed the suit and named Independent National Electoral Commission INEC All Progressives Congress Osagie Ize Iyamu and Gani Audu as the 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th defendants respectively The plaintiffs averred that by virtue of Section 177 c of the 1999 Constitution as amended Sections 31 and 153 of the Electoral Act and the Guidelines for the submission of candidates of political parties issued by INEC it is only the political party s National Chairman and the National Secretary who sign a letter forwarding names of the party s candidate to INEC They contended that it was Gov MaiMala Buni of Yobe and John Akpan Udoedeghe the National Chairman of the Caretaker Extra Ordinary Convention Committee and the National Secretary of the Caretaker Extra Ordinary Convention Committee who signed the letter conveying the names of Osagie Ize Iyamu and Gani Audu to the INEC as the APC governorship candidate and running mate respectively for the forthcoming Edo state governorship election The Movement and Ozono asked the court to determine whether after due consultation of Sections 183 222a and 223 of the 1999 Constitution INEC can lawfully deem that the list of candidates of the APC for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept 19 2020 has been submitted to it by virtue of the letter dated June 29 signed by Udoedeghe and Buni They asked the court to declare that APC has no candidates for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept 19 by virtue of the non submission of her list of candidates before the deadline on June 29 They also urged the court to make an Order voiding the decision of INEC to include APC Osagie Ize Iyamu and Gani Audu as candidates in the gubernatorial elections pertaining to Edo to be held on Sept 19 2020 The plaintiffs attached a 30 paragraph of affidavit deposed to by Chinedu Obi the National Publicity Secretary of the National Rescue Movement to their suit The case has been assigned to Justice A R Muhammed No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Edo Guber: NRM prays court to disqualify Ize-Iyamu as APC candidate
     The National Rescue Movement NRM has prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to disqualify Osagie Ize Iyamu as the All Progressives Congress APC governorship candidate for the Sept 19 2020 governorship election in Edo The NRM and its candidate for the forthcoming Edo governorship Stevie Ozono filed the suit and named Independent National Electoral Commission INEC All Progressives Congress Osagie Ize Iyamu and Gani Audu as the 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th defendants respectively The plaintiffs averred that by virtue of Section 177 c of the 1999 Constitution as amended Sections 31 and 153 of the Electoral Act and the Guidelines for the submission of candidates of political parties issued by INEC it is only the political party s National Chairman and the National Secretary who sign a letter forwarding names of the party s candidate to INEC They contended that it was Gov MaiMala Buni of Yobe and John Akpan Udoedeghe the National Chairman of the Caretaker Extra Ordinary Convention Committee and the National Secretary of the Caretaker Extra Ordinary Convention Committee who signed the letter conveying the names of Osagie Ize Iyamu and Gani Audu to the INEC as the APC governorship candidate and running mate respectively for the forthcoming Edo state governorship election The Movement and Ozono asked the court to determine whether after due consultation of Sections 183 222a and 223 of the 1999 Constitution INEC can lawfully deem that the list of candidates of the APC for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept 19 2020 has been submitted to it by virtue of the letter dated June 29 signed by Udoedeghe and Buni They asked the court to declare that APC has no candidates for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept 19 by virtue of the non submission of her list of candidates before the deadline on June 29 They also urged the court to make an Order voiding the decision of INEC to include APC Osagie Ize Iyamu and Gani Audu as candidates in the gubernatorial elections pertaining to Edo to be held on Sept 19 2020 The plaintiffs attached a 30 paragraph of affidavit deposed to by Chinedu Obi the National Publicity Secretary of the National Rescue Movement to their suit The case has been assigned to Justice A R Muhammed No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Edo Guber: NRM prays court to disqualify Ize-Iyamu as APC candidate
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Edo Guber: NRM prays court to disqualify Ize-Iyamu as APC candidate

    The National Rescue Movement (NRM) has prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to disqualify Osagie Ize – Iyamu as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the Sept. 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo.

    The NRM and its candidate for the forthcoming Edo governorship, Stevie Ozono, filed the suit and named Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress, Osagie Ize – Iyamu and Gani Audu as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.

    The plaintiffs averred that by virtue of Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Sections 31 and 153 of the Electoral Act and the Guidelines for the submission of candidates of political parties issued by INEC, it is only the political party’s National Chairman and the National Secretary who sign a letter forwarding names of the party’s candidate to INEC.

    They contended that it was Gov. MaiMala Buni of Yobe and John Akpan Udoedeghe, the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra – Ordinary Convention Committee and the National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra – Ordinary Convention Committee who signed the letter conveying the names of Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu to the INEC as the APC governorship candidate and running mate respectively for the forthcoming Edo state governorship election.

    The Movement and Ozono asked the court to determine whether after due consultation of Sections 183, 222a and 223 of the 1999 Constitution INEC can lawfully deem that the list of candidates of the APC for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept. 19, 2020 has been submitted to it by virtue of the letter dated June 29, signed by Udoedeghe and Buni.

    They asked the court to declare that APC has no candidates for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept. 19, by virtue of the non – submission of her list of candidates before the deadline on June 29.

    They also urged the court to make an Order voiding the decision of INEC to include APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu as candidates in the gubernatorial elections pertaining to Edo to be held on Sept. 19, 2020.

    The plaintiffs attached a 30-paragraph of affidavit deposed to by Chinedu Obi, the National Publicity Secretary of the National Rescue Movement, to their suit.

    The case has been assigned to Justice A.R. Muhammed.

    No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says out of 18 registered political parties 15 have notified their intention to conduct primaries to nominate candidates for the Edo Governorship election Mr Festus Okoye the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee said this in a statement after a virtual meeting on Tuesday in Abuja Okoye said that the notice was in accordance with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission on Feb 6 party primaries for the Edo Governorship election will take place between June 2 and June 27 he said Okoya said that the All Progressives Congress APC would hold direct primary on June 22 while the Peoples Democratic Party PDP would hold indirect primary between June 19 and June 20 According to Okoye the African Action Congress AAC African Democratic Party ADP Allied Peoples Movement APM New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP and Social Democratic Party SDP will also conduct indirect primaries on June 25 He also said that the African Democratic Congress ADC Allied Peoples Movement APM Labour Party LP and Young Progressives Party YPP had notified the commission that they would conduct indirect primaries on June 27 Other parties to hold indirect primaries were Action Peoples Party APP on June 26 National Rescue Movement NRM June 20 and Zenith Labour Party ZLP June 14 Okoye appealled to the various political parties to conduct their primaries in full compliance with the provisions of the laws and guidelines These according to him include the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 as amended Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Party Primaries 2018 and the INEC Policy for Conducting Elections in the context of COVID 19 Pandemic Political parties must shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unsettling the peace and order of the State and jeopardising the health and safety of party members election officials and observers he said On prosecution of election offenders Okoye said that INEC had received 16 case files arising out of the 2019 general elections In the understanding that impunity encourages perpetrators of election offences the Commission is vigorously prosecuting offenders So far 16 case files arising out of the 2019 General Elections have been provided by the Police the lead agency for electoral security on conclusion of investigation The cases are in Abia Anambra Bayelsa Gombe Kogi Lagos and Niger States ranging from snatching and destruction of election materials disorderly conduct unlawful possession of ballot papers and Permanent Voters Cards to canvassing for votes at polling units on election day Besides two cases emanating from the Bayelsa Governorship election and relating to snatching and destruction of electoral materials are also being prosecuted he said Okoye therefore urged the political parties sponsoring candidates and participating in the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections to eschew violence and conduct their activities in the best traditions of electoral democracy He said that the commission would not condone acts of electoral impunity during the end of tenure of Governorship elections and the forthcoming by elections The commission will work collaboratively with all the security agencies to ensure a good electoral environment for the conduct of elections he said Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Edo Election: APC, PDP, 13 others notify INEC of dates, modes of primaries
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says out of 18 registered political parties 15 have notified their intention to conduct primaries to nominate candidates for the Edo Governorship election Mr Festus Okoye the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee said this in a statement after a virtual meeting on Tuesday in Abuja Okoye said that the notice was in accordance with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission on Feb 6 party primaries for the Edo Governorship election will take place between June 2 and June 27 he said Okoya said that the All Progressives Congress APC would hold direct primary on June 22 while the Peoples Democratic Party PDP would hold indirect primary between June 19 and June 20 According to Okoye the African Action Congress AAC African Democratic Party ADP Allied Peoples Movement APM New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP and Social Democratic Party SDP will also conduct indirect primaries on June 25 He also said that the African Democratic Congress ADC Allied Peoples Movement APM Labour Party LP and Young Progressives Party YPP had notified the commission that they would conduct indirect primaries on June 27 Other parties to hold indirect primaries were Action Peoples Party APP on June 26 National Rescue Movement NRM June 20 and Zenith Labour Party ZLP June 14 Okoye appealled to the various political parties to conduct their primaries in full compliance with the provisions of the laws and guidelines These according to him include the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 as amended Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Party Primaries 2018 and the INEC Policy for Conducting Elections in the context of COVID 19 Pandemic Political parties must shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unsettling the peace and order of the State and jeopardising the health and safety of party members election officials and observers he said On prosecution of election offenders Okoye said that INEC had received 16 case files arising out of the 2019 general elections In the understanding that impunity encourages perpetrators of election offences the Commission is vigorously prosecuting offenders So far 16 case files arising out of the 2019 General Elections have been provided by the Police the lead agency for electoral security on conclusion of investigation The cases are in Abia Anambra Bayelsa Gombe Kogi Lagos and Niger States ranging from snatching and destruction of election materials disorderly conduct unlawful possession of ballot papers and Permanent Voters Cards to canvassing for votes at polling units on election day Besides two cases emanating from the Bayelsa Governorship election and relating to snatching and destruction of electoral materials are also being prosecuted he said Okoye therefore urged the political parties sponsoring candidates and participating in the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections to eschew violence and conduct their activities in the best traditions of electoral democracy He said that the commission would not condone acts of electoral impunity during the end of tenure of Governorship elections and the forthcoming by elections The commission will work collaboratively with all the security agencies to ensure a good electoral environment for the conduct of elections he said Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Edo Election: APC, PDP, 13 others notify INEC of dates, modes of primaries
    Politics2 years ago

    Edo Election: APC, PDP, 13 others notify INEC of dates, modes of primaries

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says out of 18 registered political parties, 15 have notified their intention to conduct primaries to nominate candidates for the Edo Governorship election.

    Mr Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this in a statement after a virtual meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Okoye said that the notice was in accordance with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

    By the Timetable and Schedule of Activities issued by the Commission on Feb. 6, party primaries for the Edo Governorship election will take place between June 2 and June 27,” he said.

    Okoya said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would hold direct primary on June 22, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would hold indirect primary between June 19 and June 20.

    According to Okoye, the African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Party (ADP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) will also conduct indirect primaries on June 25.

    He also said that the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Labour Party (LP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) had notified the commission that they would conduct indirect primaries on June 27.

    Other parties to hold indirect primaries were Action Peoples Party (APP) on June 26, National Rescue Movement (NRM) June 20 and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) June 14.

    Okoye appealled to the various political parties to conduct their primaries in full compliance with the provisions of the laws and guidelines.

    These, according to him, include the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Party Primaries (2018) and the INEC Policy for Conducting Elections in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic.

    “Political parties must shun all acts capable of breaching the peace and unsettling the peace and order of the State and jeopardising the health and safety of party members, election officials and observers,” he said.

    On prosecution of election offenders, Okoye said that INEC had received 16 case files arising out of the 2019 general elections.

    “In the understanding that impunity encourages perpetrators of election offences, the Commission is vigorously prosecuting offenders.

    So far, 16 case files arising out of the 2019 General Elections have been provided by the Police (the lead agency for electoral security) on conclusion of investigation.

    “The cases are in Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe, Kogi, Lagos and Niger States, ranging from snatching and destruction of election materials, disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of ballot papers and Permanent Voters’ Cards to canvassing for votes at polling units on election day.

    “Besides, two cases emanating from the Bayelsa Governorship election and relating to snatching and destruction of electoral materials are also being prosecuted,” he said.

    Okoye therefore urged the political parties sponsoring candidates and participating in the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections to eschew violence and conduct their activities in the best traditions of electoral democracy.

    He said that the commission would not condone acts of electoral impunity during the end of tenure of Governorship elections and the forthcoming by-elections.

    “The commission will work collaboratively with all the security agencies to ensure a good electoral environment for the conduct of elections,” he said.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The National Rescue Movement NRM a political party has cautioned the Federal Government 9n it s initiative to decongest correctional centres over the Covid 19 threat Mr Obidike Okolo the National Legal Adviser of the NRM disclosed this in a statement to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja He said that security of the society and economic implications of the programme must be properly considered before beginning the initiative As we commiserate with Nigerians over the corona virus pandemic we wish to commend the Federal Government for the actions so far taken to curb the spread of the virus to other parts of the country The palliative measures put in place by the Federal Government typifies concern of the President for the likely hardship that may be visited on the citizens following its policy on lock down on Lagos Abuja and Ogun The Federal Government plans to decongest correctional centres to ensure safety of inmates It is another show of commitment to healthcare of the citizens irrespective of their status he said Okolo said that decongestion would enhance the Nation s Criminal Justice Administration Sector and a way of bringing succour to the generality of the populace in this period of global health uncertainty He called for the release of minor offenders in the centres who have been on awaiting trial and others of such category For the records we have no quarrel with the release of minor offenders who litter our correctional facilities at this period But we certainly do have vehement objection to the policy extending to capital offenders who with impunity severally visited terror and unprecedented inhumanity on their fellow citizens in the name of insurgency terrorism and armed banditry Okolo advised government to use the programmes as a way of generating more revenue that would be useful after the pandemic While we appreciate the suggestion that State governments should pay the fines of some of the convicts we would rather advise that philanthropist and religious institutions be encouraged to pay such fines as charity In this way the aim of the decongestion policy would have been met as well as revenue generated for government s dwindling economic reserves Okolo said He urged government to come up with best strategies and measures to cushion the effects of the overall pressure that will inevitably arise from different sectors of livelihood Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    NRM party cautions FG on correctional centre decongestion
     The National Rescue Movement NRM a political party has cautioned the Federal Government 9n it s initiative to decongest correctional centres over the Covid 19 threat Mr Obidike Okolo the National Legal Adviser of the NRM disclosed this in a statement to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja He said that security of the society and economic implications of the programme must be properly considered before beginning the initiative As we commiserate with Nigerians over the corona virus pandemic we wish to commend the Federal Government for the actions so far taken to curb the spread of the virus to other parts of the country The palliative measures put in place by the Federal Government typifies concern of the President for the likely hardship that may be visited on the citizens following its policy on lock down on Lagos Abuja and Ogun The Federal Government plans to decongest correctional centres to ensure safety of inmates It is another show of commitment to healthcare of the citizens irrespective of their status he said Okolo said that decongestion would enhance the Nation s Criminal Justice Administration Sector and a way of bringing succour to the generality of the populace in this period of global health uncertainty He called for the release of minor offenders in the centres who have been on awaiting trial and others of such category For the records we have no quarrel with the release of minor offenders who litter our correctional facilities at this period But we certainly do have vehement objection to the policy extending to capital offenders who with impunity severally visited terror and unprecedented inhumanity on their fellow citizens in the name of insurgency terrorism and armed banditry Okolo advised government to use the programmes as a way of generating more revenue that would be useful after the pandemic While we appreciate the suggestion that State governments should pay the fines of some of the convicts we would rather advise that philanthropist and religious institutions be encouraged to pay such fines as charity In this way the aim of the decongestion policy would have been met as well as revenue generated for government s dwindling economic reserves Okolo said He urged government to come up with best strategies and measures to cushion the effects of the overall pressure that will inevitably arise from different sectors of livelihood Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    NRM party cautions FG on correctional centre decongestion
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    NRM party cautions FG on correctional centre decongestion

    The National Rescue Movement (NRM), a political party, has cautioned the Federal Government 9n it’s initiative to decongest correctional centres over the Covid-19 threat.

    Mr Obidike Okolo, the National Legal Adviser of the NRM, disclosed this in a statement to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja.

    He said that security of the society and economic implications of the programme must be properly considered before beginning the initiative.

    “As we commiserate with Nigerians over the corona virus pandemic, we wish to commend the Federal Government for the actions so far taken to curb the spread of the virus to other parts of the country.

    “The palliative measures put in place by the Federal Government typifies concern of the President for the likely hardship that may be visited on the citizens following its policy on lock down on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun.

    “The Federal Government plans to decongest correctional centres to ensure safety of inmates. It is another show of commitment to healthcare of the citizens irrespective of their status,” he said.

    Okolo said that decongestion would enhance the Nation’s Criminal Justice Administration Sector and a way of bringing succour to the generality of the populace in this period of global health uncertainty.

    He called for the release of minor offenders in the centres who have been on awaiting trial and others of such category.

    “For the records we have no quarrel with the release of minor offenders who litter our correctional facilities at this period.

    “But we certainly do have vehement objection to the policy extending to capital offenders who with impunity severally visited terror and unprecedented inhumanity on their fellow citizens in the name of insurgency, terrorism and armed banditry.”

    Okolo advised government to use the programmes as a way of generating more revenue that would be useful after the pandemic.

    “While we appreciate the suggestion that State governments should pay the fines of some of the convicts, we would rather advise that philanthropist and religious institutions be encouraged to pay such fines as charity.

    “In this way, the aim of the decongestion policy would have been met as well as revenue generated for government’s dwindling economic reserves,” Okolo said.

    He urged government to “come up with best strategies and measures to cushion the effects of the overall pressure that will inevitably arise from different sectors of livelihood”.


    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •  The National Electoral Commission INEC on Thursday deregistered 74 out of 92 registered political parties in the country Announcing the de registration in a press briefing in Abuja INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said they were deregistered for their inability to fulfill requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution as amended He recalled that prior to the 2019 general election Nigeria had 91 political parties while one more party was registered by court order after the election making a total of 92 political parties Yakubu said that the 1999 Constitution as amended vests in INEC the power to register and regulate activities of political parties He also recalled that in 2018 the Constitution was amended In addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution Section 225A empowers the commission to deregister political parties Yakubu said that in order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration He said that similarly following the conclusion of the 2019 general election including court ordered re run elections arising from litigations the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections Yakubu said that in addition the parties were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory FCT the only Local Government elections which INEC was empowered to conduct He said consequently the commission had determined that 16 political parties fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution while 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution However one of the political parties the Action Peoples Party APP filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it The party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court The new political party Boot Party BP registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist Accordingly 74 political parties are hereby deregistered With this development Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties Yakubu said Yakubu recalled that based on this provision the commission between 2011 and 2013 deregistered 39 political parties However several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them particularly on the grounds that the Electoral Act is inferior to the constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same constitution Subsequently the courts ordered the commission to reinstate the parties It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the commission to deregister political parties on the following grounds Breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party Failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one State of the Federation in a Presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a State in a Governorship election Failure to win at least one ward in a Chairmanship election one seat in the National or State Assembly election or one seat in a Councillorship election The 16 parties that scaled through were Accord Party A Action Alliance AA African Action Congress AAC African Democratic Congress ADC African Democratic Party ADP All Progressives Congress APC All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA and Allied Peoples Movement APM Other parties which also met the requirement were Labour Party LP New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP National Rescue Movement NRM Peoples Democratic Party PDP Peoples Redemption Party PRP Social Democratic Party SDP Young Progressive Party YPP and Zenith Labour Party ZLP The deregistered parties included Alliance National Party ANP Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party ANRP African Peoples Alliance APA Better Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP Fresh Democratic Party FRESH Hope Democratic Party HDP and Nigeria Community Movement Party NCMP Others included National Unity Party NUP Peoples Coalition Party PCP Peoples For Democratic Change PDC Peoples Trust PT Reform and Advancement Party RAP United Democratic Party UDP Unity Party Of Nigeria UPN and United Progressive Party UPP Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ismail Abdulaziz
    Why INEC deregistered 74 political parties
     The National Electoral Commission INEC on Thursday deregistered 74 out of 92 registered political parties in the country Announcing the de registration in a press briefing in Abuja INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said they were deregistered for their inability to fulfill requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution as amended He recalled that prior to the 2019 general election Nigeria had 91 political parties while one more party was registered by court order after the election making a total of 92 political parties Yakubu said that the 1999 Constitution as amended vests in INEC the power to register and regulate activities of political parties He also recalled that in 2018 the Constitution was amended In addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution Section 225A empowers the commission to deregister political parties Yakubu said that in order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration He said that similarly following the conclusion of the 2019 general election including court ordered re run elections arising from litigations the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections Yakubu said that in addition the parties were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory FCT the only Local Government elections which INEC was empowered to conduct He said consequently the commission had determined that 16 political parties fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution while 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution However one of the political parties the Action Peoples Party APP filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it The party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court The new political party Boot Party BP registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist Accordingly 74 political parties are hereby deregistered With this development Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties Yakubu said Yakubu recalled that based on this provision the commission between 2011 and 2013 deregistered 39 political parties However several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them particularly on the grounds that the Electoral Act is inferior to the constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same constitution Subsequently the courts ordered the commission to reinstate the parties It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the commission to deregister political parties on the following grounds Breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party Failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one State of the Federation in a Presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a State in a Governorship election Failure to win at least one ward in a Chairmanship election one seat in the National or State Assembly election or one seat in a Councillorship election The 16 parties that scaled through were Accord Party A Action Alliance AA African Action Congress AAC African Democratic Congress ADC African Democratic Party ADP All Progressives Congress APC All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA and Allied Peoples Movement APM Other parties which also met the requirement were Labour Party LP New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP National Rescue Movement NRM Peoples Democratic Party PDP Peoples Redemption Party PRP Social Democratic Party SDP Young Progressive Party YPP and Zenith Labour Party ZLP The deregistered parties included Alliance National Party ANP Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party ANRP African Peoples Alliance APA Better Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP Fresh Democratic Party FRESH Hope Democratic Party HDP and Nigeria Community Movement Party NCMP Others included National Unity Party NUP Peoples Coalition Party PCP Peoples For Democratic Change PDC Peoples Trust PT Reform and Advancement Party RAP United Democratic Party UDP Unity Party Of Nigeria UPN and United Progressive Party UPP Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ismail Abdulaziz
    Why INEC deregistered 74 political parties
    Politics3 years ago

    Why INEC deregistered 74 political parties

    The National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday deregistered 74 out of 92 registered political parties in the country.

    Announcing the de-registration in a press briefing in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said they were deregistered for their inability to fulfill requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

    He recalled that prior to the 2019 general election, Nigeria had 91 political parties while one more party was registered by court order after the election, making a total of 92 political parties.

    Yakubu said that the 1999 Constitution (as amended) vests in INEC, the power to register and regulate activities of political parties.

    He also recalled that in 2018, the Constitution was amended.

    “In addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties, the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution (Section 225A) empowers the commission to deregister political parties.”

    Yakubu said that in order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution, the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration.

    He said that similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general election, including court ordered re-run elections arising from litigations, the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections.

    Yakubu said that in addition, the parties were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) the only Local Government elections which INEC was empowered to conduct.

    He said consequently, the commission had determined that 16 political parties fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution, while 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution.

    “However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party (APP) filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it.

    “The party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.

    “The new political party, Boot Party (BP) registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist.

    “Accordingly, 74 political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties,” Yakubu said.

    Yakubu recalled that based on this provision, the commission, between 2011 and 2013, deregistered 39 political parties.

    “However, several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them, particularly on the grounds that the Electoral Act is inferior to the constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same constitution.

    “Subsequently, the courts ordered the commission to reinstate the parties.

    “It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the commission to deregister political parties on the following grounds:

    “Breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party.

    “Failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one State of the Federation in a Presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a State in a Governorship election.

    “Failure to win at least one ward in a Chairmanship election, one seat in the National or State Assembly election or one seat in a Councillorship election.”

    The 16 parties that scaled through were, Accord Party (A), Action Alliance (AA) African Action Congress (AAC) African Democratic Congress (ADC) African Democratic Party (ADP) All Progressives Congress (APC) All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

    Other parties which also met the requirement were, Labour Party (LP) New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), National Rescue Movement (NRM) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Social Democratic Party (SDP) Young Progressive Party (YPP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

    The deregistered parties included, Alliance National Party (ANP) Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) African Peoples Alliance (APA) Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP) Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH), Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP).

    Others included, National Unity Party (NUP), Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), Peoples For Democratic Change (PDC), Peoples Trust (PT), Reform and Advancement Party (RAP), United Democratic Party (UDP), Unity Party Of Nigeria (UPN) and United Progressive Party (UPP)


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Thursday deregistered 74 political parties out of exiting 92 registered leaving the country with 18 registered parties INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu made the disclosure during press conference at the commission s headquarters in Abuja Yakubu said the parties were deregistered for failure to satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution He said the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended vests in INEC the power to register and regulate activities of political parties The INEC boss recalled that in 2018 the constitution was amended noting that in addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution Section 225A empowered INEC to deregister political parties Yakubu said in order to implement the provision of the fourth alteration to the constitution the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration Similarly following the conclusion of the 2019 general election including court ordered re run elections arising from litigations the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections In addition they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory FCT which coincided with the 2019 general election It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the constitution to conduct Local Government elections Yakubu said He said that consequently the commission determined that 16 political parties fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution as amended while 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution However one of the political parties the Action Peoples Party APP filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it Consequently the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court The new political party Boot Party BP registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist Accordingly 74 political parties are hereby deregistered With this development Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties Yakubu said The 16 parties that scaled through were Accord Party A Action Alliance AA African Action Congress AAC African Democratic Congress ADC African Democratic Party ADP All Progressives Congress APC All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA and Allied Peoples Movement APM Other parties which also met the requirement were Labour Party LP New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP National Rescue Movement NRM Peoples Democratic Party PDP Peoples Redemption Party PRP Social Democratic Party SDP Young Progressive Party YPP and Zenith Labour Party ZLP The deregistered parties were Advanced Allied Party AAP All Blending Party ABP Advanced Congress of Democrats ACD Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria ACPN Alliance for Democracy AD Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party ANDP and Alliance For New Nigeria ANN Also deregistered were Alliance National Party ANP Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party ANRP African Peoples Alliance APA Better Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP Fresh Democratic Party FRESH Hope Democratic Party HDP Nigeria Community Movement Party NCMP Others include National Unity Party NUP Peoples Coalition Party PCP Peoples For Democratic Change PDC Peoples Trust PT Reform and Advancement Party RAP United Democratic Party UDP Unity Party Of Nigeria UPN and United Progressive Party UPP Yakubu recalled that based on this provision the commission between 2011 and 2013 deregistered 39 political parties However several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them particularly on the ground that the Electoral Act is inferior to the constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same constitution Subsequently the courts ordered the commission to reinstate the parties It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the commission to deregister political parties on certain reasons This according to him includes breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party or failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a state in a state election Edited By Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju
    INEC deregisters 74 political parties
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Thursday deregistered 74 political parties out of exiting 92 registered leaving the country with 18 registered parties INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu made the disclosure during press conference at the commission s headquarters in Abuja Yakubu said the parties were deregistered for failure to satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution He said the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended vests in INEC the power to register and regulate activities of political parties The INEC boss recalled that in 2018 the constitution was amended noting that in addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution Section 225A empowered INEC to deregister political parties Yakubu said in order to implement the provision of the fourth alteration to the constitution the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration Similarly following the conclusion of the 2019 general election including court ordered re run elections arising from litigations the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections In addition they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory FCT which coincided with the 2019 general election It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the constitution to conduct Local Government elections Yakubu said He said that consequently the commission determined that 16 political parties fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution as amended while 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution However one of the political parties the Action Peoples Party APP filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it Consequently the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court The new political party Boot Party BP registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist Accordingly 74 political parties are hereby deregistered With this development Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties Yakubu said The 16 parties that scaled through were Accord Party A Action Alliance AA African Action Congress AAC African Democratic Congress ADC African Democratic Party ADP All Progressives Congress APC All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA and Allied Peoples Movement APM Other parties which also met the requirement were Labour Party LP New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP National Rescue Movement NRM Peoples Democratic Party PDP Peoples Redemption Party PRP Social Democratic Party SDP Young Progressive Party YPP and Zenith Labour Party ZLP The deregistered parties were Advanced Allied Party AAP All Blending Party ABP Advanced Congress of Democrats ACD Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria ACPN Alliance for Democracy AD Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party ANDP and Alliance For New Nigeria ANN Also deregistered were Alliance National Party ANP Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party ANRP African Peoples Alliance APA Better Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP Fresh Democratic Party FRESH Hope Democratic Party HDP Nigeria Community Movement Party NCMP Others include National Unity Party NUP Peoples Coalition Party PCP Peoples For Democratic Change PDC Peoples Trust PT Reform and Advancement Party RAP United Democratic Party UDP Unity Party Of Nigeria UPN and United Progressive Party UPP Yakubu recalled that based on this provision the commission between 2011 and 2013 deregistered 39 political parties However several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them particularly on the ground that the Electoral Act is inferior to the constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same constitution Subsequently the courts ordered the commission to reinstate the parties It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the commission to deregister political parties on certain reasons This according to him includes breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party or failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a state in a state election Edited By Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju
    INEC deregisters 74 political parties
    Politics3 years ago

    INEC deregisters 74 political parties

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, deregistered 74 political parties out of exiting 92 registered, leaving the country with 18 registered parties.

    INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure during  press conference at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

    Yakubu said the parties were deregistered for failure to satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution.

    He said the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) vests in INEC, the power to register and regulate activities of political parties.

    The INEC boss recalled that in 2018, the constitution was amended; noting that in addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties, the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution (Section 225A) empowered INEC to deregister political parties.

    Yakubu said in order to implement the provision of the fourth alteration to the constitution, the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration.

    “Similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general election, including court-ordered re-run elections arising from litigations, the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections.

    “In addition, they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which coincided with the 2019 general election.

    “It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the constitution to conduct Local Government elections,’’ Yakubu said.

    He said that consequently, the commission determined that 16 political parties fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), while 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution.

    “However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party (APP) filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it. Consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.

    “The new political party, Boot Party (BP) registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist.

    “Accordingly, 74 political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties,” Yakubu said.

    The 16 parties that scaled through were: Accord Party (A), Action Alliance (AA) African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

    Other parties which also met the requirement were Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), National Rescue Movement (NRM), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Young Progressive Party (YPP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

    The deregistered parties were: Advanced Allied Party (AAP), All Blending Party (ABP) Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), and Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN).

    Also deregistered were:  Alliance National Party (ANP), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), African Peoples Alliance (APA), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP),  Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH), Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP).

    Others include National Unity Party (NUP), Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), Peoples For Democratic Change (PDC), Peoples Trust (PT), Reform and Advancement Party (RAP), United Democratic Party (UDP), Unity Party Of Nigeria (UPN) and United Progressive Party (UPP).

    Yakubu recalled that based on this provision, the commission, between 2011 and 2013, deregistered 39 political parties.

    “However, several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them, particularly on the ground that the Electoral Act is inferior to the constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same constitution.

    “Subsequently, the courts ordered the commission to reinstate the parties.

    “It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the commission to deregister political parties on certain reasons.

    This according to him includes,  breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party or failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a state in a state election.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju

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