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Buhari’s Supporters Warn Against Removing Jega

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The umbrella body of all
voluntary groups working for the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), has warned against the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Attahiru Jega.
The group said any attempt to change the leadership of the INEC would amount to tampering with the credibility of the elections and the independence of the commission.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja yesterday, BSO’s Director of Media, Dr. Chinda Maduekwe, said the campaign against INEC by paid commentators and supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan was aimed at scuttling the general elections and returning the country to the days of June 12 when the election of Chief M.K.O. Abiola was annulled.
He alleged of a possible legal plan to consolidate several cases about the elections and candidates still pending in court, by pro-Jonathan groups that might seek injunctions to stop the elections until such cases are resolved.
Madueke said part of the propaganda would be to force the INEC Chairman to resign or be forced to proceed on terminal leave and be replaced by another northern Muslim Professor, who will carry out the bidding of the government and its agents.
According to him, “it has become imperative to ask Mr. President to rein in his aides if he must be seen to walk his talk that his ambition is not worth any spill of human blood. His aides and associates are disingenuously currently working at cross – purposes to this his favourite cliché by daily fanning the ambers of hate, pursuance of death with and even going as far as stalking GMB outside the shores of this country”.
The group insists, “We certainly shall not subscribe to any script that is centred on how to oust Jega by forcefully sending him on terminal leave and replacing him with another Northern Muslim professor considered to be a more pliable successor. Such a scenario demanding for more time to enable the new commission chair to settle down before holding any elections is another shifting of the goal post.
“The worse would be the push to stop INEC from using the new electronic PVC – Card readers, thereby allowing unfettered access to intended election – day fraud without deterrence.
In tandem with above scenario, we are presently being bombarded with multiple pro-government TV and radio talk show commentators and apologists strenuously mould public opinion on the issue that INEC has not tested the card reader in any previous local election and should not use the presidential and National Assembly polls to do so”.

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CAN Accuses El-Rufai Of Hidden Agenda

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The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused Governor Nasir El-Rufai of engaging in politics with civil servants and residents of the state.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the state chairman of CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, in the aftermath of the pronouncement of a four-day work week by the governor.
El-Rufai had said the state government would begin implementing the transitional arrangement in the public service starting from December 1, 2021.
However, the CAN Chairman urged caution, stating that the citizens of the state had been subjected to pains by this government through some of its unpopular policies.
He advised civil servants in the state not to celebrate the policy yet until they were convinced that there was no hidden agenda behind it.
“Workers must be sure that the policy is not aimed at reducing their salaries.
“They must be convinced that the government will not wake up one day with another shocking news of salary reduction since the five working days have been reduced to four.”
“How can a state that is not secured talk about giving workers time for agriculture and be with family when bandits move about freely, terrorising people in their homes, on the farms, and on the highways!
“How can one spend time with family when you have nothing to feed them or provide for their basic needs?” he said.

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Meagre Allocation Stalls Adamawa LG Polls

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The Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) has postponed the December 4 local government council polls indefinitely due to  lack of funds.
ADSIEC Information Officer, Innocent Daniel, said on Monday that the commission was awaiting funds from the government to conduct a free, fair and transparent election.
“Among the major challenges that led to the postponement of the election was the meagre allocation to the commission in the state’s 2021 budget.
“The allocation is too meagre for the commission to organise and conduct the election.
“Also, the re-usable election materials such as ballot boxes, duty vests, bags and kits were completely vandalised during the #Endsars protest,” he said.
The Information officer said that the commission was also faced with the problem of handling the new polling units that were converted from voting points by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said that the conversion had raised the polling units in the state from 2,609 to 4,104.
“This development will lead to an increase in facilities and ad hoc staff. The ongoing registration of new voters will also have a resultant increase in ballot paper requirements.
“It is in this regard that the preparations for the local government council election for December 4, is hereby suspended to give the government time to source for funds,” Mr Daniel said.

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2023: Northern Youths Urge Old Politicians To Steer Clear

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Politicians above 60 years of age have been urged to stay away from the presidential race come 2023.
The appeal was made by the leadership of the Concerned Northern Youth Forum (CNYF) in Kaduna yesterday.
They argued that in developed nations, people of that age and experience were mostly engaged in charitable activities, free consultancy services and other forms of selfless services.
The spokesman of the group, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem, called on youths to take advantage of the “not too young to rule”  to participate actively in the political arena.
Also, a north-based group has tasked Nigerian youths to join politics to free the country of bad governance.
Coordinator of the group, National Youth Movement for Good Governance, Nasiru Aliyu, who disclosed this at a news briefing in Kaduna, said Nigeria requires young hands that can work assiduously to address its developmental challenges.
Meanwhile, some stakeholders in the North Central zone and bigwigs of the PDP in the region, have thrown their weight behind the candidature of Bukola Saraki in the 2023 presidency.
The group, led by Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, stated this on Monday during the advocacy committee meeting for Saraki with party members and delegations from across the zone at the Nasarawa State party secretariat in Lafia.
An associate of Saraki, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, urged the party to consider Saraki as its presidential candidate for 2023 to salvage the country from total collapse.
Also, the campaign team of a former presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Monday met with the party’s officials and stakeholders from the three senatorial districts of Benue State over the 2023 general elections.
The leader of the team, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, said they were in Benue as forerunners of Atiku to consult with the elders of the PDP in the state and ask them for support for their principal who will be contesting the presidential poll in 2023.
Similarly, a support group, Tinubu Legacy Forum (TLF), has said the national leader of the ruling APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is not too old to contest the presidency.
While 69-year-old Tinubu has not formally declared his presidential interest, his recent visitations and series of support groups, rooting for him, show his interest in contesting the 2023 presidency, probably under the APC.
Addressing newsmen on Monday in Abuja, the Coordinator, TLF, FCT Chapter, Barrister Abdullahi Awwal Muhammad, said Tinubu was not too old to contest for the presidency.
In Lagos, a Yoruba group yesterday endorsed the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha as the next president. The group, under the aegis of Oduduwa Sons and Daughters for Equity and Justice, declared that the Yoruba people have decided to support a South-Easterner as successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

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