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Deregistration of political parties: INEC has acted without integrity – NCMP chairman

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NCMP Chairman, Comrade Babatunde Ademola

…calls for the removal of Mahmood as INEC chair

The leadership of the Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP) has condemned the recent deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Party Chairman, Comrade Babatunde Ademola while fielding questions as a guest on a political programme on AIT tagged “Democracy Today” said the action taken by the electoral body can be termed a ‘political fraud’ which will not be accepted by Nigerians in a democratic era such as this.

Ademola who contested as a presidential candidate at the 2019 general elections pointed out that about 33 parties have approached the court to restrain INEC from going ahead with this action binding the electoral body not to act until the court gives a pronouncement.

The case will have its final hearing on February 17, 2020.

In his words, “INEC has acted without integrity and this is a political fraud. INEC cannot act without waiting for what the court has to say.

“The case is still in court and will have its final ruling on Monday, 17th February. The case had been heard, court had sat 4 times without INEC’s appearance in court, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation was joined in the suit and it only appeared in court once.

“INEC was duly served all the court process but in a bid to promote it usual administrative mischief decided to ignore the court of law.

“It should be noted that the grounds that INEC claimed to have deregistered 74 political parties, shows that INEC is the major problem of our electoral processes in Nigeria. If INEC will authoritatively deprive 74 political parties from participating in the forthcoming elections in edo, ondo, Anambra and other local council elections coming up, this is to be noted as hostility towards a democratic state.

“We are in a democratic era and these political parties are by Nigerians and for Nigerians.”

” For a party like ours, we came up weeks before the general elections and met all the requirements during the registration process. After the elections, INEC conducted a verification exercise for all political parties and we still met the requirements. Now, INEC chairman announcing the deregistration of duely registered parties (especially when the case is in court) is a joke to me.

“Political parties were registered in INEC’s office, lawfully, in line with sec.221 & 222 of the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, not on a TV station. So, INEC cannot make a media announcement without any formal discussion with the parties involved.”

INEC deregisters 74 political parties, 18 survives process

Ademola noted that INEC is just one out of the electoral bodies that exist in Nigeria, saying most political parties have candidates for local government elections that will be conducted in the different states of the federation which the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) will oversee.

He pointed out that the requirements under the section 225 of the constitution that was passed in 2018 which backs the deregistration of political parties have not been totally considered, and as such renders INEC decision as unlawful.

In a media chat with The Root Media, the party chairman described the INEC boss, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as a man of dishonest repute, calling for his immediate removal as the chairman of the commission.

He said: “INEC under this current leadership of Prof. Mamood Yakubu lacks integrity in all front, it is a commission without direction, the commission is not in anyway ready to solve or advice the government of the day of an excellent way to go for our elections to be credible.

“The same INEC will eventually announce registration of new parties very soon, the one registered by their ally, majority of which are those who nominated their commissioners.

“The question is in whose interest had INEC acted, whose authority? The law, the constitution that it has refused severally to obey.

“Political parties were deregistered based on performances in 2019 general election which can be considered the most fraudulent, manipulated, unmerited and unjust elections in the history of Nigeria.

“We are in court, we will protest, we will ensure that every lawful and legal means is taken to stop this fraud on Nigerians again.

“This Government has crippled every institutions that gives up to the unity of common masses and right now it is coming hard on the only legal platform for chosing leadership in NIGERIA.

“We are very sure of the fact that the court will protect, the interest of all Nigerians and restore political parties. The court will not allow INEC to take such powers that does not belong to it for posterity sake.”

He, therefore stated that these political parties still remain valid until otherwise pronounced by the court of law.

Recall that on Thursday, the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, declared via a press conference the deregistration of 74 political parties in the country, announcing the ruling APC; the main opposition, PDP; Action Alliance Congress (AAC), and 15 others as duly registered and recognised by the electoral body.

Mr Yakubu said the 74 political parties did not meet “the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitutional Electoral Act 2010 (as amended)”.

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I will not leave PDP, It’s not the right thing to do” – Obaseki debunks rumours of crossing to APC

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The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has dismissed claims that he will be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Obaseki who got a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said having contested and won on the party’s platform, moving out of the party will be a stain on his integrity.

“I couldn’t have contested on a party won on that party’s platform and then considered moving to another party,” Obaseki said on Friday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

“It’s not a good thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I’m sure you will not encourage me to do that”.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his wife Betsy

Governor Obaseki was accompanied by his Deputy Philip Shaibu and some members of his cabinet, following his re-election as governor of the state.

He thanked the President for ensuring that fair play reigned during the election which saw him victorious.

He said, “You would recall a couple of weeks before the election, I came to see you and you assured me that we were going to have a free, peaceful and credible election.

“That is what we had during the election of 19th September and the whole world has acclaimed that the Edo election was perhaps one of the best conducted in recent times in Nigeria. This could not have been possible without your insistence that the right things be done, and for that, we want to say thank you very much.”

Governor Obaseki also thanked the President for his congratulatory message, assuring him that the message “has been internalised, that it is God that made this election possible, therefore I should be humble about the election and also magnanimous in victory.”

He pledged his unalloyed loyalty and support and that of the people of Edo State to the President and the Federal Government.

Governor Obaseki secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes at the just concluded September 19 Edo election.

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Tension brews in Edo as citizens warm up for the poll

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… our governors are under a seige – PDP

Just few hours to the gubernatorial election in Edo state, the public is anxious on who will handle the affairs of the state for the next four years.

The battle for power which is majorly between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will see one its candidates emerge winner on Saturday, September 19,2020.

Security agents have flooded the state to provide adequate security for the electorates. Observers and political faithfuls are on ground to witness the historic event with state governors also available to give moral support to their various candidates.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed its readiness for the elections, giving instructions to the electorates on what is expected of them at the polling station.

According to the commission, the use of face mask is mandatory for all voters before the can be allowed into the polling unit.

Also, government has ordered restriction of movement during the period of the exercise to control any mishap.

As tension arises, PDP has accused security agencies in the state of harassing its governors from other states who came to observe the election and has since pleaded to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to look into the issue as the lives of its members are at risk.

In a public address by PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, he revealed that security agents have surrounded the hotel where Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other governors lodged. He maintained that if APC state governors can be allowed into the state, then PDP governors must also have such liberty too.

The heat is between PDP candidate who is seeking for a second term in office, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his APC opponent, Ize Iyamu.

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Edo Guber Debate: ‘Oshiomole plunged Edo state into a debt crisis- Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole of putting Edo State in debt through reckless borrowing.

The governor made the allegation on Sunday, September 13, 2020, during the Edo Governorship debate organized by Channels Television.

While answering a question about the debt profile of Edo state, Obaseki said the Oshiomhole-led administration was responsible for the state’s debt burden.

He said, “Let me make some points very clear. What happened is that my predecessor in office borrowed recklessly and the Federal Government had to restructure all the debts that we have taken before I came into office.

“These included a whole series of bank borrowings, borrowing to pay salaries. So, the Federal Government restructured outstanding obligations to Edo State, to the tune of almost N30 billion. That was what was responsible for adding to the debt stock, not borrowings from this administration.

The governor also accused Oshiomhole of owing contractors to the tune of N70bn.

He, however, commended his administration for servicing the debt and also providing the needed development to the people.

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