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Some members of the House of Representatives are seeking a constitutional review to provide for the rotation of executive powers among the six geopolitical zones.

Specifically, the lawmakers under the aegis of the Reform Minded Legislators are asking for a single tenure of six years for Nigeria’s President and state governors.

A bill to this effect is currently before the House of Representatives and has passed the first reading.

The federal lawmakers, about 30 of them sponsoring the reform bills, contended that it would lead to reduction in government spending, eliminate wastage, bring about efficiency in governance and national stability.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, Co-sponsor of the reformers bills and member representing Ideato North/South Federal Constituency of Imo State, Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the electoral reform bills would be going for a second reading on the floor of the House soon.

He said the bills, if passed into law, would help reduce the cost of governance and campaigns and unite the country.

He also said it would ensure a seamless transition, continuity, uninterrupted development, justice, equity, independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and efficient use of state resources.

Ugochinyere said, “We are a group of reform-minded lawmakers committed towards using the instrument of lawmaking to reform Nigeria and our political process, constitutional and electoral reform has been a burning topic in Nigeria since independence from Britain in 1960.”

He added that the arrangement was in line with the realisation that the current political arrangement has some identified distortions, defects and limitations that called for urgent, focused and realistic attention, hence the initiative on political and electoral reform.

Ugochinyere said, “These bills which are 50 in numbers have gone through first reading but today we are starting with public unveiling of about six of them while the remaining will come in the weeks ahead.

“It ranges from governance, economic, security, and justice sector reforms to social bills that will target unifying our nation and ensuring long-lasting peace and national cohesion.”

The lawmakers stressed that they were cognisant of the fact that Nigeria in times past had deliberated on and accepted some of the proposals in the Bills, including the Justice Uwais electoral reforms, the Senator Ken Nnamani electoral reform committee, the Udoji civil service reform reports, the Confab reports, among others.

Against this background, the lawmakers said they are proposing: “Constitutional alteration to provide for the rotation of executive powers among the six geopolitical zones to ensure equal representation and reduce the desperation and tempo of agitation for the creation of states.

“To amend section 3 of the Constitution to provide for the recognition of the division of Nigeria into six geopolitical zones.

“To amend the Constitution to provide for a single tenure of six years for the President and Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The reduction in government spending and wastage, efficiency in governance, and national stability by providing a single term of six years for the President and governors.”

The lawmakers are also proposing a constitutional amendment to create the office of two vice presidents from the southern and northern parts of Nigeria.

They lawmakers said that the first vice president should be a succession vice president, while the second vice president should be a minister in charge of the economy, and both to serve as ministers.

The lawmakers said, “Constitutional amendment to provide that the President and the 1st Vice President shall come from the same part of the country (North or South) and the 1st Vice President shall become President whenever the President becomes incapacitated, i.e., Vice President (Succession), Vice President (Administration and Economy).

“The financial autonomy and accountability of Local Government Councils by prescribing an independent Consolidated Local Government Council Account solely superintendent by Local Councils and prescribing long-term imprisonment for any misuse of Local Government funds.

“To amend section 162(5) of the 1999 Constitution to provide that where a State Government fails to remit to the Local Government Councils within its jurisdiction (or within the State), the amounts standing to the credit of that Local Government in the allocation from the Federation account, such State Government shall not be entitled to receive a future allocation from the federal government.’

On electoral reforms, the lawmakers are proposing bills to amend the relevant sections of the Electoral Act to ensure that all elections — presidential, governorship, National Assembly, state Houses of Assembly, and local governments are held on the same day.

The lawmakers are also proposing amendment to relevant sections of the Electoral Act to provide that no declaration of a winner of an election shall be done by the relevant INEC Officials until such officer has compared the results with the list of accredited voters and ensured that the results to be declared are in tandem with the list of accredited voters and the B-VAS machine or any other electronic device.

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Ex-LG scribe leads PDP members into APC in Osun

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Ex-LG scribe leads PDP members into APC in Osun

…Aregbesola’s loyalists pledged allegiance to APC 

Defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by former Irewole Local Government Secretary Alimi Surajudeen, have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, members of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) on Sunday defected to the opposition party, APC alongside loyalists of former governor Rauf Aregbesola who pledged their allegiance to the party on Sunday in Ikire, Osun State.

Surajudeen hinged the decision to join APC alongside thousands of PDP members on segregation and nepotism by the leadership of the ruling party.

He said: “When you are in a party and you don’t feel belonging and isolated, and the party is doing things only within their friends and families, it is not a party for the masses, I don’t think I can go along with such a party who doesn’t prioritize dividend of democracy.”

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“I was a former Secretary of the local government during Oyinlola’s tenure. A political party is to help the masses and not a group of people. In a situation where out of 100, only two percent are enjoying, such a government is creating suffering and problems for the masses.”

While receiving defectors, the APC chairman, Tajudeen Lawal boasted that more defectors from the ruling party will join APC in the coming months, stressing that 2026 is a success for the party.

Similarly, the MD/CEO of National Inland Waterways, Bola Oyebamiji, who is ex-finance commissioner, said the defection shows that APC is reckoned with and the party is returning to Osun come 2026.

He noted: “Since we left the government, the leadership of Adegboyega Oyetola has been very steadfast. None of our members has ever decamped to any party, and today, we have 120 members of PDP, ADP, and TOP that are joining the APC.”

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INEC rejects Abure-led LP national convention

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The last may not have been heard about the crises in the Labour Party (LP) as the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distanced itself from the LP Convention that was held on 27th March 2024 in Nnewi, Anambra State.

During the convention, Julius Abure was reelected as the National Chairman of the party.

INEC rejected the outcome of the convention, citing contraventions to the Labour Party Constitution, the Electoral Act 2022, and INEC Guidelines and Regulations for Political Parties 2022.

In a response letter to the Abure-led NWC application for the certified copy of the document of the LP, signed by the Ag Secretary to the Commission, Haliru Aminu, and dated July 18, INEC confirmed receipt of the application.

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”The Commission has received your request for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the monitored report of the Labour Party Convention at Nnewi, Anambra State held on the 27th day of March 2024, and the Labour Party Constitution,” INEC wrote.

INEC said it did not monitor the Labour Party Convention of 27th March 2024 and cannot therefore report on the convention.

“The Certified True Copy of the Labour Party Constitution has been forwarded to your firm earlier.

“Regrettably the Commission did not monitor the Labour Party Convention of 27th March 2024 and cannot therefore report on the convention,” it said.

However, some members of the immediate past National Working Committee, NWC of the Labour Party, have called on Julius Abure to allow peace to reign supreme in the party and perish his inordinate desires.

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Court stops Rivers PDP From holding state congress

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A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has issued an injunction preventing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from conducting its state congress in Rivers State.

The court’s decision effectively bars the PDP from holding the congress, pending further proceedings.

The court issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of plaintiffs, including Hon. David Chiinedu Omereji, Hon. Prince Solomon Eke, Isodoye Tobin, Goddy Manfred Pepple, Okiah Precious Chigozirim, Hon. Orolosama Peter Amachree, Goodfriday Nweke, Alfred Letam, Hon. Wechie Ndubisi Raymond, Mrs. Erebie Michael, and Hon. Ogenma Idalunimulu, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its national officials, namely; National Chairman; National Financial Secretary, and National Organising Secretary.

The lawsuit, with the suit number PHC/2282/CS/2024, was filed at the Rivers State High Court.

Justice Sobere Biambo, the trial judge, heard the application for an interim injunction filed by the aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on July 15, 2024.

The applicants, represented by Eberechi Adiele (SAN) and S.O. Orlu, Esq., sought to restrain the defendants, including the PDP national officials, from conducting the party’s congress in Rivers State, scheduled for today.

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After considering the submissions of the learned counsel for the claimants/applicants, Justice Biambo is set to determine the application.

The hearing took place at High Court 13, Port Harcourt, with the judge carefully reviewing the arguments presented.

“IT IS ORDERED: That an order of interim injunction is hereby issued restraining the defendants and each of them, either by themselves servant, agents, assigns or otherwise however from holding or carrying out the People Democratic Party (PDP) Congress in Rivers or be rescheduled to be held on any other date or any other location.

“That an order interim is hereby issued stopping or suspending the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Congress in Rivers State scheduled to be held in Rivers State on the 27th of July, 2024 or to be held on any other date or any other location pending the determination of the motion on notice already filed.

“That an order interim is hereby issued restraining the defendants by themselves, servants, agents or otherwise howsoever, from taking any decision or giving any directive to further extend howsoever the already expired tenure of the last State, Local Government and Ward Executive Officers of the People Democratic Party(PDP) in Rivers State.

The Court adjourned till the 19th of July, for the motion on notice already filed.

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