A new public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that the majority of adult Nigerians (80 per cent) have collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
On the contrary, 17 per cent of adult Nigerians stated that they have not collected their PVCs while three per cent of respondents stated that they have applied for transfer of their PVCs to a different location.
Furthermore, findings reveal that 93 per cent of adult Nigerians nationwide indicated that they are registered to vote in the 2023 upcoming general elections, while seven per cent of adult Nigerians nationwide stated that they are not registered to vote in the 2023 general elections.
Additionally, the poll results further revealed that 55 per cent of adult Nigerians interviewed nationwide stated that they collected their PVCs before the 2015 general elections. This assertion cuts across gender, geographical location, and age group.
Also, the poll findings further reveal that 22 per cent of adult Nigerians collected their PVC before the 2019 general elections. A greater proportion of females (25 per cent) than males (20 per cent) collected their PVCs before the 2019 general elections.
However, 16 per cent of adult Nigerians interviewed stated that they collected their PVCs after May 2021 (new registrants). Analysis across gender show that a greater proportion of females (19 per cent) collected their PVCs than males (14 per cent).
Nonetheless, respondents who applied for transfer or have temporary voter cards were asked if they knew where to collect their PVC when it is ready, and the poll findings showed that 66 per cent of adult Nigerians nationwide know where to collect their PVCs when it is ready. Conversely, 34 per cent of respondents stated that they did not know where to collect their PVC when it is ready.
The opinion poll was conducted in the week commencing September 19, 2022. It involved telephone interviews of a proportionate nationwide sample of 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the 36 states and the FCT. Interviews were conducted in 5 languages – Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Pidgin English, and English.
NOI said the results obtained were statistically precise – within a margin of error of plus or minus 4.65 percent; and that with the country’s density put over 100 per cent by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telephone polling approach was appropriate.
Protest Rocks Kano Over Appeal Court Judgment
Protests erupted in Kano city and its environs on Monday afternoon with the demonstrators denouncing the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked the state Governor, Abba Yusuf.
The Tide’s source reports that uneasy calm pervaded the state capital following a contradictory Certified True Copy of the Appeal Court that affirmed the prayers of both the appellant and the respondent in the contentious Kano governorship, though the judiciary had since cleared the air.
In what appeared like a coordinated action on Monday, huge crowd of protesters had stormed strategic positions in the city as it visited temporary hiccups on commercial activities.
Kano- Zaria Road, Maiduguri Road by Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market) were taken over by hundreds of youths who called for justice for Abba Yusuf.
Some of the placard read: “Kano my city my state”, “Justice for Kano”, “ Justice for Abba”, “Abba’s mandate was stolen in 2019, we will not allow it happen in 2023″.
The protest came on the heels of discovery by the Police that “some faceless group are bent on unleashing violence in Kano”, stressing that the police were on top of the situation.
Cp Hussaini Gumel told newsmen in Kano on Monday that already 7 suspects had been arrested and would be arraigned soon.
Gumel revealed that “we have the understanding with the leadership of the contending political parties, and they have signed a peace pact. In view of that, therefore, any one found outside this arrangement will be treated as common criminal”.
However, normalcy had since returned to the ancient city following the peaceful protest that lasted several hours.
NASS To Receive Tinubu’s 2024 Appropriation Bill, Today
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will today, present the 2024 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly.
Secretary, Research and Information of the National Assembly, Dr Ali Barde Umoru, confirmed this on Monday to journalists while requesting the list of those to be allowed into the chamber during the budget presentation.
This will be the first budget estimate President Tinubu will present to the National Assembly in person.
He had earlier transmitted two supplementary budgets, 2022 and 2023, to the National Assembly, which the parliament speedily approved.
President Tinubu had, weeks ago, also forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly, the 20224-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) where the sum of N26.1 trillion was proposed as the total expenditure for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Senate, following the recommendation of its joint committee, which scrutinised the document, approved the MTEF/FSP.
It approved the N26.1trn proposed as the 2024 budget and other parameters as proposed by President Tinubu.
It approved the new borrowings of N7.8 trillion, pegged the benchmark of oil price for 2024 at $73.96, and oil production volume per day at 1.78 million barrels.
Other parameters approved are a GDP growth rate of 3.76%, an inflation rate of 21.40%, an exchange rate of N700 to $1 dollar, and a projected budget deficit of N9.04 trillion.
Muslim Clerics Offer Prayers For Tinubu, Kwankwaso In Kano
Over 1,000 Islamic clerics have offered special prayers for President Bola Tinubu and the NNPP national leader, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
Abdulmumin Kofa (NNPP-Kiru/Bebeji) hosted the ulamas at Kiru for the success of Governor Kabir Yusuf of Kano State at the Supreme Court, according to a statement by the lawmaker’s media aide, Sani Paki, on Monday.
During the prayer session, the clerics recited the Qur’an 1,101 times and prayed for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Mr Kofa said his relationship with the president was no secret, noting that Mr Kwankwaso is his mentor. He said he would continue to support and promote a harmonious relationship between Messrs Tinubu and Kwankwaso.
Mr Kofa described NNPP as a promising party open to collaboration, alliance and merger with the APC and even with the People’s Democratic Party, Labour Party or any other party that showed interest, so long as it is for the good of Nigerians.
He also promised to deploy his modest political network to reach out to gladiators in Kano politics towards resolving all resolvable issues and to de-escalate the current tension in the state due to the Kano governorship seat.
Also, after the prayer session, the legislator hosted 5,000 primary school kids across his constituency, as he often does, and provided them with school kits.
According to the statement, Mr Kofa assured the pupils of the good plans of the federal and state governments, especially on free education and free school feeding programmes.
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