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2023: Former Community Chief Urges Anambra Youths To Secure Future, Collect PVC

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Former President General, Nkwelle-Ezunaka Community, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Chris Eluomunoh, has called on youths to secure their future through equipping themselves with their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
Eluomunoh, also a member of the Igbo Apex Social-Cultural orgainsation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Awka.
He said that in 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had a total of 84,004,084 registered voters, while only 28,614,190 turned out to vote, which made way for President Muhammadu Buhari to win with 15,191,847 votes.
The community chief said that Nigeria is a political establishment that has grown to a level to engage its youths in the political map of the country, and to also allow them measure up with their peer groups to garner enough inspiration to lead the country.
He said that more than 48 million Nigerian youths of voting age are yet to have a voter’s card, and “these future leaders should be encouraged to go and obtain their PVCs if the country desires a political growth”.
Eluomunoh said that Nigeria needed a political movement that would astronomically turn the political story of Nigeria around to enthrone a youthful leadership which would promote Nigeria’s economic and social development.
“It is time for youths to wake up and take political leadership positions with their voters cards to make a much better place than what it currently offers the citizens.
“We need to enjoy safety of lives and properties, educational prowess, social and economic emancipation, all these would be achieved with the voters card,” he said.
He said that government changes would be achieved through the power of votes, and advised the youths to get their PVCs in order to vote for transformational leadership.
According to Eluomunoh, youths need to come together to have a formidable structure that would not consider ethnic, religious and political afflictions or barriers, but to build up on the structures that would bind all together.
“The days of political domains playing with the future of Nigerian youths are numbered if the youths take their civic duties right, get their cards and come out to vote to secure their future.
‘It is time for the youths to shift from their abode in the social media to real life, especially now that their votes can count and provide for themselves needed opportunity to create a progressive world around them,” he said.
The community chief urged the youths not only to get their PVCs, but to ensure active participation during the general elections.
Eluomunoh reminded the people that INEC had promised to register every Nigerian willing to vote, which implied that a new Nigeria was possible.
“Nigerians, 2023 elections give us time to walk our talk, give life to your prayers and produce the president, governor, senators House members  of our dream. We now have the power in our votes,” he said.

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Analysts Downplay Tinubu, Atiku Educational Certificates Controversy

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The controversies surrounding the educational certificates of some presidential candidates who will be contesting the 2023 presidential election, have been described as a non-issue by some lawmakers and activists.
Those who spoke with The Tide over the issue, noted that such controversy was not new to the political system of Nigeria.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had claimed in the forms he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his primary and secondary school certificates were stolen by unknown persons, who invaded his home during the military junta of the ‘90s when he fled the country over his support for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
For that, many Nigerians who had raised concerns over the development called for the disqualification and prosecution of the former Lagos State governor, whom they alleged lied under oath over academic qualifications.
A non-governmental organisation, Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy recently issued an ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police to arrest and prosecute Tinubu for allegedly supplying false information to INEC.
Legal Adviser of the group, Mr Kalu Agu, at a press briefing in Abuja, said that the alleged offence committed by the former Lagos State governor breached both the Constitution and the Electoral Act.
In the same vein, Tinubu’s running mate, Kabiru Masari told INEC that his original certificates are missing.
Reports had it that Masari in particulars submitted to INEC deposed to an affidavit on the loss of his primary and secondary schools certificates.

He, however, said that he attended Masari Primary school, Katsina State between 1972 and 1978 and obtained a Grade 2 Certificate from Katsina Teachers College in 1982 and a Higher Certificate in 1995.
Masari in the sworn affidavit for ‘Loss of Some Original Documents’, obtained from Divisional Police Headquarter, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja attached to the particulars he submitted to INEC, said, in January 2021, that, while on transit within Wuse, Area FCT, Abuja, he lost his Certificate of Grade 2 Certificate from Katsina Teachers College and First Leaving Primary School Certificate issued by Masari Primary School, Katsina State, (1972-78).
He also said that all efforts made to trace the items proved abortive.
On his part, the presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had a few questions raised about his academic credentials.
Atiku, who served as the country’s Vice President from 1999 to 2007, was said to have not provided information on his primary education.
The 1965 West Africa School Certificate (WASC) result presented by him, allegedly identified the student as Siddiq Abubakar.
While reacting to the issue, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Olanrewaju Oshun said the issue of certificates as far as he was concerned, is a non-issue and unfounded.
Oshun, the member representing Lagos Mainland Constituency 2, said, “This is a man that worked with Mobil and he was recruited from his school. If he didn’t have that qualification, how was he recruited from the school? Are we saying Mobil didn’t check his qualification?
”He was a Senator and he was governor of Lagos State for eight years. All these shouts about him not having certificates are mere political gimmicks.
“If you say he doesn’t have primary and secondary school certificates, how was he able to attend a prestigious university abroad.
“You can’t be admitted into any university in Nigeria without a secondary school certificate not to talk of attending a university abroad. This is not new. They said the same thing in 2015 about Buhari.”
A United States based public affairs analyst, Prof. John Oshodi said, “At no point did Tinubu say he had no primary or secondary school education.
Even if he is not able to show the concrete certificates, whether due to being lost or accidentally damaged, how does that show he has no basic educational background?
“One thing is certain: He is a Nigerian-educated person who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Administration with a major in accounting from Chicago State University in 1979.
“In past election seasons, through media hysteria, President Buhari, also an American trained military scientist with post-secondary education, was said not to have a WAEC certificate and, so, he is not eligible to vie for any elective position.
“Let’s say that Buhari’s basic educational certificates were with the military, like he said, or they could not be located, what cannot be denied by the American government is that Buhari holds a diploma from the United States Army War College.
“On the part of Atiku Abubakar, the media has it that he holds a secondary school education, although not of the highest level.
“He has post-secondary education in hygiene science and a diploma in law, and in recent times, he has worked hard and now has a master’s degree in International Relations from the United Kingdom.
“What is most stunning about the current uproar is that a basic education such as a primary or secondary school certificate is required to be president, as in the case of Tinubu.
”In 2019, it became a settled matter when the Supreme Court held that Buhari, per the constitution, is not required to possess a secondary school certificate to be qualified to run for the presidency and does not have to submit it to INEC to run for the presidency.
“Yet in a society where lawlessness and lack of respect for operating laws are rampant, you in the media and the people should be asking the presidential candidates about how they will handle monumental problems like crime and security, poverty, unemployment, poor electricity, infrastructure and road hassles, illegal substitution of candidates’ names, and human rights abuses,” Oshodi added.

 

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INEC Laments Poor Turnout For CVR In Katsina

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The Independent National  Electoral Commission (INEC) says some newly registered polling units in Katsina State have not recorded any registered voter.   In July 2021, INEC upgraded 1,750 voting points to polling units in Katsina State.

Speaking in an interview with journalists on Friday, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state,  Jibril Zarewa,  said there has been low turnout for the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise across more than 60 percent of the new polling units.

He, however, said one of the reasons for the poor turnout could be the suspension of telecommunication services in some LGAs of the state due to insecurity.

“In May 2022, when we did analysis, we realised that out of the 1,750 newly established polling units, about 1,200 units did not have more than 50 people who registered in each of them,” The Tide source quoted him as saying.

“This registration involved transfers. Some of the polling units have zero registration; some have only one; some five, while some have not more than 50 people who registered.

“Although this can be attributed to the suspension of telecommunication networks in 17 of the 34 LGAs for about five months due to the security problem.

“Since the resumption of the exercise in March, out of the 1,750 polling units created, about 1,200 don’t have up to 50 people that registered in each of them.

“We are appealing to the people of those areas where the new polling units were created, to go and register, as INEC is always ready for them.”

Zarewa said initially, there were 4,902 polling units in Katsina, but with the creation of new ones, there are now 6,652 polling units in the state.

“The reasons for the creation of additional polling units are to serve the areas and decongest the congested polling units,” he added.

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My WAEC Certificate Is Missing, Okowa Tells INEC

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The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections and Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his WAEC certificate is missing.
Okowa, in an affidavit, said he enrolled and sat for the West African School Certificate (WASC) examinations in the year 1974 but the original certificate issued can no more be found.
The affidavit of loss of original certificate was obtained from the High Court of Justice, Delta State, in the Asaba Judicial Division on October 3, 2006.
Okowa, however, attached a Higher School Certificate obtained in 1976. According to the certificate, obtained at Edo College, Benin City, in 1976, the governor sat for four subjects, namely, General Papers (Grade B,) Physics (Grade B), Chemistry (A) and Biology (B).
The affidavit read in part, “I, Ifeanyichukwu Arthur Okowa, adult, male, Christian, medical doctor and Nigerian citizen of House No. 4, Commissioners’ Quarters, Asaba, Delta State, do hereby make oath and state as follows:
“I personally enrolled and sat for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) West African School Certificate (WASC) examinations in the year 1974 at Edo College, Benin City, in now Edo State.
“That I passed the said examinations and was subsequently issued the said certificate therefore. That the original of the said certificate issued to me is now missing, lost and cannot be found.
“That I make this oath for the records and do so knowing and believing the same to be true and in accordance with the Oaths Law of the Bendel State as applicable to Delta state” according to a document sighted by The Tide source.
Okowa will be the fourth politician running for the 2023 presidential election that could not present his WAEC certificate to the electoral umpire for verification and eligibility.

 

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