The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Rivers State has hailed the recent Abuja High Court ruling against deregistration of political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The chairman of the State’s IPAC, Chima Nsirim, who reacted after a meeting of the IPAC in Port Harcourt, described the stopping of INEC from deleting 74 political parties from its register as justice for the people.
According to him, INEC’s action was not in line with the constitution of Nigeria, saying that the deregistration of political parties should not be done to the detriment of the people.
He said INEC acted in hurry and without due process, saying that INEC can not claim to be deregistering political parties on the excuse that the parties did not meet the requirements in the last 2019 elections when over 33 political parties were ready to be registered by INEC recently.
“INEC actually acted in hurry and unfair to political parties. The normal procedures should be taken and not in hasty decision. All of a sudden INEC disregistered 74 political parties to deny millions of Nigerians choices of political parties. It’s not acceptable.” Nsirim Said.
On the meeting, the IPAC chairman said the gathering was also to accord honour to Chief Felix Obuah, a former chairman of IPAC in the state in respect of the traditional tile given to him recently.
He sad IPAC also found it worthy to congratulate him on the chieftaincy stool given to him by his people.
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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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