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PDP Chairman Hails INEC For Building Confidence In Electoral Process

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Rivers State chapter, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, has hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) for its efforts at building confidence in the electoral process in the country. According to him Anambra and Ekiti gubernatorial elections were significant improvements in the two elections compared to previous elections.
Akawor stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit paid on him by a Non- Governmental Organisation, (NGO), Equity, at the party headquarters in Port Harcourt.
In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Paul Deeya, the Chairman noted that the only way to ensure that people participate actively in the electoral process was through proper and adequate sensitisation and enlightenment programmes, especially for the people  at the grassroots.
He observed that the sensitisation programme which the group had begun was a step in the right direction, adding that it was what the party wanted at this point in time.
He described the NGO members as people of proven integrity in whom the  society reposes confidence.
“Look at even the calibre of people in your team, there is no way people will see this group and say no.
You are all very  responsible people” Akawor stated.
The State PDP Chairman who observed that people were trooping out to register and collect their PVCs for a number of reasons, stressed the need for them to cast their votes on election day rather than playig football on the streets or sleeping in their houses.
“Some people are going for PVC believing that there is a time without PVC you cannot buy food in a Restaurant,  but that’s not all, people need to have that confidence as well that even that day of election,  you need to go and vote and your vote will really count.
‘To be honest, INEC has built some level of confidence in the minds of people by what happened in Anambra state, what just happened in Ekiti.
“They have built some level of confidence that people can go out and vote and the results will be heard as it’s being done” he said.
He congratulated the group  for embarking on the project and assured them of the support of the party in the actualisation of their laudable assignment.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the NGO, Hon Clapton Ogolo, said they were at the Party Secretariat to brief the Chairman on the activities of the group as well as to solicit the support of the party.
He disclosed that they were partnering with other NGOs to sensitise the people on the need for peaceful and non- violent elections in the state, adding  that the group would also enlighten  Rivers people  on the need to register and obtain their PVCs and also go out and vote on election day.
He explained that  with the new Electoral law, people’s votes would count while ballot box snatching would have no place again in the country.
The Coordinator thanked the party chairman for receiving them, and commended him for efforts at stabilising the party.

By: Kiadum Edookor

 

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Group Urges FG To Ignore Campaign Of Calumny Against Sylva

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The Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND) has urged the Federal Government to ignore the ongoing campaigns of calumny against Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Prince Marley, and Mr Godwin Opiuyo, Chairman and Secretary of Eastern zone of MOSIEND in Yenogoa.
The group said it had noted  with dismay that some unpatriotic individuals, envious of the performance of some political office holders, had resorted to cheap blackmail to discredit them.
MOSIEND stated that as a leading advocacy group in the Niger Delta, it would not fold its arms and watch faceless groups haul malicious and baseless claims to leaders from the region.
“The latest is the unwarranted media mudslinging from one shadowy bunch of fugitive agent provocateurs parading themselves as Nigerians for Transformational Change (NTC).
“The group with no known address, calling for the sack of the Chief Sylva over summons by a US District Court in Pennsylvania over a defamation of character case, which he instituted against one Jackson Ude is frivolous,” MOSIEND stated.
The group, in dismissing the call noted that the case of libel was instituted by Sylva against  Ude in the US, adding that Sylva was the plaintiff while Ude was the Respondent/Defendant.
MOSIEND also noted that the matter has not been concluded thus the brains behind the blackmail was to whip up public sentiment against Sylva amounts to prejudice because the case was in court.
They urged the relevant agencies of the Federal Government to go after the masterminds of the smear campaign and bring them to face the extant laws as it concerns inciting the public based on falsehood.

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Parties’ Campaign Committees: Group Makes Case For PWDs Inclusion

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The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities has said that persons with disabilities should be included in campaign committees for elections.
The CCD Executive Director, David Anyaele, stated this on Friday during a press conference, at the Elomaz Hotel, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.
Anyaele stated that political parties had the responsibility of taking appropriate measures to create space for equal opportunity for persons living with disabilities.
He said, “Political parties need to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in the campaign committees and campaign podiums should be made accessible to all with the provision of sign language interpreters, access to information and disability inclusive manifesto.
“INEC should ensure that they take appropriate steps to review all the previous off circle elections reports submitted by organisations of and for persons with disabilities, for the identification of forms and patterns as well as extent of complaints on persons with disabilities struggle on election days.
“This is with the view of finding solutions with scenario building. Findings from previous election reports shows that a bulk of the problems faced by Persons with disabilities participate on Election Day.”
The Executive Director urged the media to continue its support to the disability community.
He said, “The media is our eyes, ears and legs. With the help of the media, issues of concern to persons with disabilities would be mainstreamed in the 2023 general election conversations.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State Inter Party Advisory Council, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Richard Echigbue, stated that there was a need for people with disabilities to belong to a party in order to have a voice.
He said, “We encourage people living with disabilities to come and join a party and we can start the conversation from there.
“Our party for example, is based on egalitarian principles where equity reigns, there’s no discrimination or inequality.
“As long as you’re human, and you have the capability to perform, you’ll be given a chance. Other parties should also try and incorporate people living with disabilities into their system.”

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Osun APC, PDP Trade Blame Over Killings

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The Osun State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday traded blame over reported killing of two members of the ruling party.
Three people were reportedly killed in Ede, the hometown of the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, last Friday and Saturday while members of PDP were allegedly sharing balance of governorship election fund.
The incident also led to razing of residence of Osun Assembly Minority leader of PDP, Babajide Kofoworola.
A statement by APC Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun through his media aide, Kola Olabisi, stated that the alleged killings of the two APC members by suspected PDP thugs in Ede during the fracas over disagreement on the sharing formula of the PDP left-over election fund was senseless, primitive and wicked.
Famodun noted that the shameful and wicked act of killings of fellow human beings over electoral loots by the suspected PDP thugs was an indication that the Osun PDP is fundamentally challenged.
He urged the Osun State Commissioner of Police to thoroughly investigate the incident, especially in the area that concerns an alleged compromised police chief who is said to be eyeing the position of the Chief Security Officer(CSO) to Senator Ademola Adeleke.
However, the PDP in a statement by the Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, alleged that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is planning to destabilise Osun State ahead of his exit from office in November.
He tasked the security agencies to swing into action and bring to book perpetrators of fatal attack and razing of the house of Osun State House of Assembly Minority Leader, Akogun Babajide Kofoworola in a reprisal attack.
The statement maintained that Adeleke strongly condemned the arson attacks on the lawmaker’s family and warned Governor Oyetola not to plunge Osun State into chaos as a consequence of his loss at the poll.

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