A former Lagos lawmaker, Mr Dipo Olorunrinu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to work with the National Assembly on electoral act amendment ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He made the call in an interview with newsmen last Saturday in Lagos.
Olorunrinu, the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the eighth Lagos State House of Assembly, represented Amuwo-Odofin I.
According to him, such step has become imperative ahead of the 2023 general elections to take the nation’s democratic process to a higher and deeper level.
Olorunrinu also said that something need to be done to reduce the number of political parties to bring sanity to the nation’s electoral system.
The former lawmaker said that the number of political parties should be reduced.
“I don’t buy into the number of political parties we have, about 90. I think the president must work with the National Assembly this time around to address some gaps in our electoral act.
“I think politics today is a serious business that has to do with governance and development of our nation,” Olorunrinu said.
He said that political terrain should be limited to parties and people who wanted to contest genuinely in order to transform the society and not for every tom, dick and harry.
“Having these political parties does not help the general masses to have a streamline focus and attention, rather it confuse them more.
“We need to streamline the attention of the voters by reducing number of political parties in this country. It will help to show that we are serious.
“If most of these opposition parties come together under fewer umbrellas, they may spring up a change in governance rather than these numerous platform that won’t allow them to even win a councillor seat in elections.
“Fewer numbers of political parties, probably two, three or four will help bring about concentration. People will concentrate on reality.’’
I Didn’t Forge NYSC Exemption Certificate – Bayelsa Dep Gov
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has denied forging his National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) exemption certificate, which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ewhrudjakpo, told journalists at a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday that issues relating to his NYSC exemption certificate were already in the public domain, before his nomination as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy governorship candidate in the last gubernatorial poll.
The deputy governor, who spoke through his counsel, Clement Kekemeke explained that what happened was that there was an error in his name in the NYSC exemption certificate issued to him by the corps.
Ewhrudjakpo added that the NYSC admitted that it misspelt his name, following a formal complaint he made to the corps.
He noted that after acknowledging its error, in the exemption certificate issued to him, the NYSC issued him a fresh certificate.
According to him: “Sometime in 2019 preparatory to the National Assembly elections and specifically that of Bayelsa West Senatorial District, where Senator Ewrudjakpo represented until he was sworn in as deputy governor; one Ibisene Afamkolo took him to the Federal High Court and commenced a suit by way of originating summons accusing him of presenting a forged NYSC exemption certificate.
“While dealing with that matter, being a pre-election matter, at a point, it became status barred having exceeded the period of 180 days within which it ought to have been dispensed with by virtue of the provision of the 1999 Constitution”.
Oshiomhole Acting With Impunity – Obaseki
The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has deepened following accusation by Governor Godwin Obaseki that his predecessor and National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was behaving with impunity.
Governor Obaseki insisted that Oshiomhole must inform the state government of any of his visit as courtesy demands.
Oshiomhole, who was in Bénin City at the weekend to attend the funeral ceremony of late Cecilia Agbonyinma, mother of Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma was booed at the Bénin Airport by some APC youths.
His convoy was pelted with empty water can as heavy security presence at the airport barred the youths from getting close to the convoy.
The road leading to Oshiomhole’s residence was barricaded by two trucks even though one of the trucks was later set ablaze.
It was gathered that the barricade was to prevent any political meetings from holding at Oshiomhole’s residence.
Security was later beefed up around the house to forestall any attacks at night.
Speaking to newsmen about the airport incident, Obaseki said Oshiomhole should have informed the state government about his visit to the state.
He spoke when he played host to former President Goodluck Jonathan who paid him a private visit.
The Governor said: “The former President is just extending the courtesy as the president, someone who has served the country in the highest level and you heard what he said.
“There is a courtesy when you are going to visit a state, you want to inform the person in charge of the state that you are coming and when you have time during a visit, you can now pay him a courtesy call.
“Unlike the unfortunate incident, we have been having in Edo State. It is really sad where somebody who had been the governor of a state visiting the state and does not realise that courtesy demands that he should inform the governor or the governor apparatus of his visit and the chief executive in charge of his security when he is in the state.
“It is really sad and unfortunate that people who have served, who should know better decided to behave the way they do or behave with impunity and other sense of lawlessness.”
Jonathan in a brief chat with journalists said Edo people are pleased with Obaseki.
Contacted, spokesman for Oshiomhole, Simon Ebegbulem declined comment.
Amotekun: Ondo Assembly Begins Public Hearing, Today
Following the deliberations of the lawmakers at the Ondo State House of Assembly last week on the South West Security Network codenamed Amotekun, the public hearing on the bill to legalise the creation and operations of the outfit would begin today in the state capital, Akure.
The public hearing is billed to hold at Babafunke Ajasin Auditorium, Ministry of Women Affairs, Igbatoro Road, Akure.
Different non-governmental organisations, security agencies, public and all necessary stakeholders are expected to be at the venue.
Last week, the lawmakers, who were on recess when the state Executive Council approved the draft of the laws to guide the outfit and transited to the Assembly, had to cut short their vacation to attend to the bill.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, explained that the decision became necessary due to the sensitivity and importance of the bill to the people of the state.
Having deliberated on the bill, the bill was later sent to the House Committee on security to study the bill and make recommendations to the larger House.
The public hearing would allow the residents and indigenes of the state to make their contribution to the bill in terms of the security challenges they are faced with and how the security outfit could help resolve such challenges.
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