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INEC’s Online Registration Commences Today

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Rivers State has announced that online continuous voters registration commences today, June, 28 and will last for about three weeks.
The INEC Resident Commissioner, Obong Effanga, made this known last Thursday (June 24, 2021), during press briefing in Port Harcourt.
Effanga also disclosed that July, 19, 2021 is slated for collection of voters’ card by those who successfully completed their online registration at the commission’s office.
He urged Rivers State residents between ages 18 and above to take full advantage of the online registration starting today, adding that Monday, July 19, physical collection of voters’ card by those who successfully finished their online registration would commence. 
According to him, “Physical registration and collection of voters’ card for those without smartphone and codes to register online will commence by the same date, July, 19, 2021.
 “We had at the end of 2019 election 84,004,084 million voters in Nigeria who had opportunity to vote in 119,974, polling units in the country, but INEC in the last two months decided to convert 56,872 voting points and voting point settlements to polling units nationwide to meet the number of registered voters  and come up with a total number of 176,846 polling units in the country,” he added.
 He stated that the continuous voters registration was an opportunity  for those who were supposed to be in voters’ register but were not there as a result of their age and other factors, while urging them to take full advantage of the exercise now and register.
 According to him, “It is also an opportunity for people who were not of age, who have changed their addresses and intend to vote in their new places to come for transfers to their current Local Government Area in the state.
Effanga advised those whose permanent cards are ready and need to pick up to do so to avoid congestion of collection centres towards election period.
 ”It’s also an opportunity for those who complain of wrong spelling of their names, Date of birth, among other information to come for corrections, those whose cards are not legible should also come for reregistration.

 ”The continuous registration would at least last for one year and we will start physical registration at the INEC offices for now for security purposes.

 ”Adequate provisions have been made by the Commission to carry out the registration process,” he added.

 Effanga urged the public to beware of scammers or business owners who may want to use the opportunity to defraud them, saying that INEC did not endorse any business center for card registration.
 
He urged political parties, stakeholders, traditional rulers and most importantly, the media to do more on voters education in the state and the country  at large, so that the general public is aware of the importance these exercises and in turn take full advantage of them.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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2023: ‘Unknown Persons’ Stole My Academic Certificates, Tinubu Tells INEC

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his academic certificates were stolen by unknown persons while he was on self exile.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor, was one of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Chieftains who fled the country under the regime of the late General Sani Abacha.
Abacha had clamped down on academics, activists and other technocrats opposed to his regime.
In his sworn affidavit in support of his nomination form for the office of the president, Tinubu said he “went on self exile from October 1994 to October 1999 (and) when I returned and discovered that my property including all the documents relating to my qualification and my certificates in respect of paragraph 3 above were looted by unknown persons.”
While Tinubu skipped information regarding his primary and secondary education in the INEC form, he, however, said he attended University of Chicago between 1972 and 1976, where he obtained B.Sc in Economics.
He also said he had B.Sc in Business and Administration, as well as certificate in Public Account.
Tinubu’s latest claims appear to contradict his previous election submissions, especially in 1999, when he ran and won the Lagos State governorship election.
He had said then that he attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 and 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College Ibadan (GCI), between 1965 and 1968.
Following a backlash, the former governor withheld his primary and secondary schools academic records when he recontested in 2003.
He had claimed that from Ibadan, he proceed to Richard Daley College, Chicago, from 1969 to 1971.
He finally said he attended both Chicago State University and the University of Chicago.
All the submissions were, however, challenged as fraudulent by a prominent Nigerian lawyer, late Gani Fawehinmi.
Fawehinmi, who argued the matter up to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the case on technical grounds.
In his forms, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presented the Master’s degree he obtained in 2021, as his highest educational qualification.

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PDP Chieftain Hails Aduda’s Emergence As Senate Minority Whip

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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Honourable Hellen Taiwo-Adebakin, has congratulated Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda on his emergence  as Senate Minority Whip
Adebakin, while rejoicing with the Senator said, Aduda’s elevation was a great honour for the good people of the FCT that he represents, who daily yearn for effective inclusion in the affairs of Nigeria.
Hon Adebakin, Secretary of the former and current ex-National ex-officio members of the PDP also described the new feat attained by the Senator as a product of loyalty and consistency to the PDP.
“I am using this opportunity to rejoice with one of our leaders in PDP, Senator Philip Aduda over his emergence as the Senate Minority Whip. Your elevation to this enviable position was a product of hard work, commitment to legislative duties and loyalty to the party. I pray to God Almighty to continue to guide as you assume this position,” Adebakin said.
She, therefore, urged him to continue to be a good ambassador of the party, stressing that the Senator will move to a higher position in the Red Chamber when the PDP returns to power at the centre in 2023.

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Senate Lauds Gbajabiamila’s House Leadership As Speaker Turns 60

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The Senate has lauded House of Representatives’ Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
The Senate gave the commendation in a statement by its spokesman and Chairman, Media and Public Affairs Committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru in Abuja.
The statement reads: “The upper legislative chamber, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to congratulate an outstanding achiever, an astute legal light, a man of exemplary social standing and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honorable Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
“Achieving this major milestone – a perfect 10, six times, over which you have attained calls for recognition and celebration; especially having achieved so much for yourself, the society and the nation.
“The Senate recognises you as a man of good upbringing and a well-bred personality who had traversed the universe in search of education and had achieved so much in your chosen legal career before making outstanding pursuits in legislative politics.
“Your services as an extraordinary lawmaker have been impeccable rising from being a member of the House of Representatives to becoming the minority leader, majority leader and then holding the prestigious position of the Speaker of the elite Assembly”.
“Your being one of the two longest-serving members of the House of Representatives also calls for all accolades that can be showered on you today.
“You have surely had many adventures in life but we still see you travelling farther to further stabilise the Nation’s polity and we pray for long life and good health for you as all things get better with age for you.
“While we rejoice with you, we hope you will have an amazing birthday. Congratulations!”

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