The supplementary elections for the State House of Assembly held last Saturday in four Local Governments Areas of Rivers State was peaceful, stakeholders have said.
The four LGA’s where the supplementary polls were held are Gokana, Opobo/Nkoro, .Ahoada West and Abua/Odual.
Our reporter who covered most of the areas said that there were low turnout of voters in some areas, while the turnout was impressive in Gokana LGA; even as no violence was recorded.
Meanwhile the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to announce the results of the elections today.
The Tide reports that most residents defied the restriction of movement order by the police within the duration of the polls, as they went about their duties.
There were heavy security presence in Opobo/Nkoro as each police unit hadno fewer than five policemen attached to them.
Also, policemen were spotted in vans patrolling the communities in Opobo/Nkoro and Gokana LGA’s in a bid to ensure that there were no security breaches, as military men, especially the Army were conspicuously absent in the areas.
In Opobo/Nkoro, it was observed that agents of major opposition political parties did not participate in the exercise as most of them were not seen in the polling units visited by The Tide reporter.
Speaking on the conduct of the elections, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-JaJa expressed happiness that the entire process was peaceful in Opobo/Nkoro LGA.
Also, his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Fred Kpakol said the elections was devoid of violence in Gokana unlike what was experienced during the March 9 Governorship election in the area.
Kpakol, who spoke to newsmen after casting his vote in Ward 15, Unit 4 in K-Dere community (Gokana) attributed the peaceful atmosphere to the non-involvement of the military; just as most of the residents who spoke with The Tide in Gokana and Opobo/Nkoro shared the sentiments of the commissioners that the elections were peaceful and credible.
Senate: Bill Against Small Arms’ Proliferation Passes Second Reading
The Senate yesterday passed for second reading a bill for establishment of the Nigerian National Commission against proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi).
Adeyemi in his lead debate on the general principles of the bill noted that the bill was first read at plenary on Dec . 18 2019.
He said the bill essentially seeks to provide for establishment of National Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons to coordinate and implement activities to combat the problems of small arms in Nigeria.
This, he said was in line with ECOWAS states on small arms and light weapons.
Adeyemi listed the objectives of the bill to include identifying sources and main routes of small arms, light weapon and reasons why the illicit trade thrives in Nigeria.
He said the bill when passed would help recommend possible ways to monitor, control, halt, and mitigate illegal activities of people involved in arms proliferation.
He said the commission would also help to identify the promoters, users, patrons of the illegal activities.
He said the bill when passed would also make provision for the training and building the capacity of the corps and other security officials towards an effective enforcement of the mandate of the commission.
He said the proliferation of small arms and light weapons has been a stricken issue in the international agenda since 1998.
“It is eating into the survival of emerging nations in the international scene especially in Africa.
“It is a phenomenon that is destabilising the peace, development and threatening the national security of sovereign nations,” he said.
Adeyemi expressed believe that the bill, if passed would further help to curb the insecurity challenges in Nigeria.
Other bills that passed second reading at plenary are: A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Civil Defence Academy, Pondogari in Niger State, sponsored by Sen. Musa Sani (APC Niger).
A Bill for an Act to provide for establishment of the Federal University of Environment Technology, Saakpenwa, Ogoni Rivers State, sponsored by Sen. Mpigi Barinada (PDP Rivers).
Others are Bill for an Act to establish the Police Academy Wudil, Kano as a degree awarding institution, sponsored by Sen. Jika Halliru (APC Bauchi).
Kwara By-Election: 43,695 Voters Collect PVCs In Patigi LG -REC
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, has said that 43,695 voters collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in Patigi ahead of the scheduled by-election into the vacant state assembly seat.
The REC disclosed this on Wednesday in Ilorin during a meeting with the eight political parties that would participate in the by-election and members of Inter-Agencies Committee on Election Security (IACES).
Our source reports that eight political parties have so far signified interest to take part in the March 14, by-election into Patigi state constituency.
The political parties are All Progressives Congress (APC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), People Democratic Party (PDP) and New Nigeria People Party (NNPP).
Others are the Action People Party (APP), Action Alliance (AA), African Action Congress (AAC) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Attahiru-Madami promised to be open, transparent and give all the political parties participating in the by-election a level playing ground.
According to the REC, there are 52,233 registered voters in Patigi state constituency, while 51,476 PVCs were received from INEC headquarters.
He added that a total of 43,695 PVCs were collected, leaving 7,781 uncollected PVCs which he said were kept in the vault of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Ilorin.
Amaechi Loses Security Aide To Electrocution
Mr. Tony Iwelu, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has passed on.
The aide, who died on Monday, February 17, suffered an electric shock from a shower hose in a Kaduna hotel while on an official assignment.
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Eric Ojiekwe, said until his passage, Iwelu was in charge of all issues relating to the minister’s security, a job he was reputed to have executed with utmost professionalism.
“There is no gainsaying that the professionalism he brought to bear in the discharge of his job sustained him for the over two decades in the service of the minister,” the document read in part.
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