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INEC plans three-week suspension of online voter registration

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Prof Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday has said it is planning to suspend the online Continuous Voter Registration for three weeks.

The commission hinged the decision on the need to allow those who had registered online to complete their registration physically at designated centres before the suspension of the exercise on June 30, 2022.

The INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said this during an interactive session with civil society organisations in Abuja.

According to him, the CVR suspension scheduled to begin from May 30 would enable the clean-up of registration data, printing of Permanent Voters Cards and compilation of registers ahead of the 2023 general elections.

He said INEC would finalise the regulations and guidelines for the implementation of the new Electoral Act, 2022 which would guide the conduct of the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun governorship elections as well as the 2023 polls.

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Yakubu said, “For the first time, the commission deployed the Automated Biometric Identification System, a comprehensive and robust system involving not just fingerprint identification but also facial biometric recognition.

“On election technology, we have reviewed the functionality of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System following the complaints received after the recent Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory which was held on February 12, 2022.

“Two weeks later, the commission conducted six bye-elections in four states across four geo-political zones of the country covering rural, sub-urban and urban areas. It was the most extensive geo-political deployment of the BVAS since it was pioneered in the Isoko South I Constituency bye-election in Delta State in June last year. In these bye-elections, the BVAS functioned optimally as attested to by the reports of your field observers accredited by the commission.”

The INEC chairman observed that lessons learnt from the recent bye-elections have been taken into consideration as the commission prepares for the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections.

“The commission has just finished the configuration of the BVAS for the Ekiti State governorship election. We will also undertake a mock voter accreditation exercise in Ekiti State ahead of the main election on June 18, 2022, the details of which will be announced shortly,” Yakubu said.

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Court jails A’Ibom YPP gov candidate 42 years for corruption

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The Akwa Ibom State governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bassey Albert, has been jailed 42 years for fraud.

Justice Agatha Okeke of a federal court in Akwa Ibom sentenced Albert on Thursday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2019 arraigned Albert on six counts of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles worth N204 million when he was finance commissioner in the state.

He was said to have collected one of the vehicles from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, former minister of petroleum.

Omokore reportedly had dealings with the state when he offered Albert the vehicles.

Delivering judgment Justice Okeke, the presiding judge, found the senator guilty of the offences.

He was sentenced to Ikot Ekpene prison to serve his jail term.

Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East district, used to be a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He defected to the YPP in July, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.

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Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.

Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.

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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.

Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”

Daily Trust

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Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration

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Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye

Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) conducted the Local Government Election on October 15 with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the seats.

But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.

However, Adeleke directed the most senior career heads across all Local Government Council Areas, the Area Office, LCDAs and ACDAs in Osun State to take charge of the affairs of their respective Councils with immediate effect.
He hinged the directive on the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors.
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Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.

According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.

“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.

“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.

“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.

“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”

The Nation

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