The African Political System ( APS ) has expressed satisfaction over the recent recommendation by the House of Representatives empowering INEC to deregister political parties that fail to win seats in the country.
Sir Lawrence Adedoyin, the National Chairman, made his views known in an interview newsmen in Abuja.
The House had on June 29 recommended that INEC should have power to deregister political parties if they breached any of the conditions for registration and failure to win a seat in the National or State Assembly elections.
The House also proffered proposals authorising INEC to register associations that must have mustered at least 10, 000 registered and verified members in at least two third of the states of the federation.
Adedoyin added: “We have no problem with the recommendations, because we have Secretariats and structures in all the 36 states of the federation.
“ l like the proposals because I believe the essence is to encourage political parties to be stronger, as a weak political party will not attract alliance with other parties.
“ I believe that when a party is strong other associations will want to be identified with it,’’ he added.
Adedoyin, however, urged INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega to do a thorough job by organising a free and fair election in 2011.
On the requirement that a political party must have 10,000, registered members in a state before being registered, Adedoyin said: “That figure is small, they should make that figure a condition in each local government.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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