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ANN members angry over INEC deregistered party

Alliance for New Nigeria has attacked Independent National Electoral Commission over disqualifying some parties in Nigeria.

Fujiipop reporters have it that the announcement of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregistered 74 duly registered political parties and the Alliance for New Nigeria captured on same list can be best described as hasty and unconstitutional.

The national chairman of  Alliance for New Nigeria , Emmanuel Dania reacted that the announcement of INEC is borne of the consideration for the principles of justice, fair play and respect for the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian constitution is bigger than any organ or arm or agency of government and the provisions are to be upheld and respected by all including INEC.
The constitutional position is clear on how and when political parties can be deregistered and that position is yet to be attained. This position in contained in the press statement of Thursday, February 6, 2020 of The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC which clearly highlighted that the constitutional provisions are clear as sated in section 229 defines a political party to include association whose activities shall include canvassing for votes in support of a candidate for election into a Local Government Council and this provision has not been fully and completed exhausted as a political party because we have candidates in Local Government Areas whose elections are coming up soon.
We are therefore station that INEC as an institution ought to have been responsible enough to have waited until elections are held in all 774 LGAs and 8,809 Electoral Wards in Nigeria before the hasty announcement of Thursday, February 6, 2020 was made. We are therefore not deterred by this announcement and we are in alignment with the position of IPAC that a matter that is already before a competent court of law and yet to be decided cannot be subjected to the whiles and caprices of INEC.
It is important to reemphasize the fact that 33 political parties, who are members of the Council, moved a motion in Court 3, at the Federal High Court in Abuja for an Order of interlocutory injunction restraining INEC from deregistering the concerned political Parties, pending the
determination of the Suit. The court adjourned for Ruling on February 17th, 2020 but the
Independent National Electoral Commission proceeded in error to foist a state of helplessness on the court. We therefor say that this is an affront on the judiciary and such act must be
discouraged for it is a disregard for the rule of law and a contempt of court.
However, from the perspective of Alliance for New Nigeria, we consider the Chairman of INEC
Prof Mahmood Yakub a noble and respected Nigerian, and for this reasons and the fact that
the office of the National Chairman or any of its secretariat has not been served by INEC of
any notice of deregistration or anything of that and that the only communication we have
received from INEC after the last verification exercise at the National Headquarters was that
the State Chapters of the party would equally be verified.
For the above reasons we consider the news making the rounds as fake news or rumour or some form of misrepresentation of INEC. We have taken this position because a professional institution such as INEC that has related with all political parties and ANN through formal communication would not announce that the same political party has been deregistered on the pages of some newspapers with due process of notification. And should this be, then we can see that INEC is truly hasty for something that Nigerians and every young person in this country needs to be wary of.
Let’s not be quick to forget that the voice of the Nigerian youth in the political arena today is Alliance for New Nigeria and if INEC takes a position that is not constitution against such a voice then we must see this beyond the news and ask questions. Why is INEC not waiting for the outcome of the court verdict? Why is INEC not allowing all the elections in the 774 LGA to happen before this position? Why deregister in 2020 when the next presidential election is in 2023?

We must ask INEC questions.
For all our teeming party faithful and lover and believers in the New Nigeria movement we would like to say to them it is not over, we all must stay focused and be undeterred by these distractions. We are obviously going to be riding this wave to re-bound and come through stronger as one indivisible entity and our collective voice of over 40 million Nigerian youths shall be heard from all corners of Nigeria no matter what they may do or say.
Kindly accept my sincere appreciation for attending this international media conference at avery short notice and also for always giving us the reportage that help to further the call for a New Nigeria.

Trending: How Electoral process failed in Nigeria-Attahiru Jega

Image result for Attahiru JegaIt has been revealed that former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega has decried the failure of the electoral process to entrench good governance in Africa.

Jega stated this on Thursday, November 14th at the University of Ibadan, UI, while delivering 2019 Convocation Lecture titled, “Towards Credible Electoral Process and Sustainable Political Systems in Nigeria: What role for Universities”.

He said, “All over Africa, and indeed, to some extent, throughout the developing world, the electoral process is failing to entrench good governance and stable and sustainable democratic political systems as a result of what can be termed as a deficit of electoral integrity”.

According to him, deeply embedded unwholesome practices, such as use of money, violence, incumbency powers, and a range of electoral malpractices and fraudulent activities in the electoral process grossly undermine its utility as a vehicle for liberal democratic development.  He revealed that dominant political classes can, and often do, hijack the electoral process through various means, to access power for selfish and self-serving objectives, rather than for democratic development that would satisfy the needs and aspirations of majority of the citizens in the country.

“In virtually all cases, ritualized elections, which lack integrity merely serve to legalize, if not ‘legitimize’, access and control of power into executive or legislative arms of government by people unconcerned with, or indifferent to, the requirements of sustainable democratic development. Hence, such elections do not catalyze, nor guarantee responsive and responsible representation and/or governance”, he said. 

Jega affirmed that studies of elections and election observation reports generally, and on Nigeria in particular, exposed profound evidence of persistent electoral malpractices, the enormity and consequences of which undermined the integrity of the elections and the democratization processes they are supposed to engender.

The electoral administrator stated that, “a situational and contextual analysis of the electoral process in Nigeria reveals an incredible level of electoral malpractices and thus acute deficiency in electoral integrity, which are no doubt among the major sources/causes of political instability, weakness and inadequacy of the governance process and eroded legitimacy of elected government I the country”.

For the restoration and entrenching electoral integrity, Jega advocated for continuous legal and administrative reforms, as well as sensitization and public enlightenment, “most significantly, there is need for all stakeholders to strengthen their constructive engagement with the electoral process, with a view to improving, protecting and defending its integrity.”

Labour Party, INEC at war

Image result for inec chairmanIt has been reported that Labour Party has filed a suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its exclusion from a meeting with the fact-finding committee sent to Rivers State to investigate the irregularities that marred elections in the state.

In a suit filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday marked FHC/AB/306/2019, the Labour Party and its governorship candidate in the March 9 governorship and house of assembly elections, Isaac Wonwu, are praying to court to determine whether INEC was right to have excluded them from meeting INEC’s fact-finding team that was sent to the state to look into the disputes arising from the polls.

 

The party is also praying the court to stop the electoral body from proceeding, as it had announced, with the resumption and declaration of the results of the polls until the matter has been determined.

 

INEC has scheduled Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for the announcement of the result of the March 9 elections held in the state.

Thugs attacked INEC office at Akwa Ibom State, two people killed as cars destroyed

Photos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom StateIt has been reported that at least two persons were reportedly killed following the violence that broke out at the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Obot-Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The incident which resulted in the burning of many vehicles was said to have occurred after some thugs invaded the office where party agents and supporters were waiting for the delivery of sensitive materials from Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital before the election was postponed.

See more photos below: Photos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom StatePhotos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom StatePhotos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom State

See how Nigerians will vote on Saturday

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released photos of sample ballot boxes for the 2019 General elections.

The ballot boxes are in different colours, with the descriptions of the offices to be voted.

The ballot box for presidential votes is red, that of the Senate is black, while that of the House of Reps is green. All the three elections are taking place on February 16.

For the next batch of elections scheduled for March 2, the ballot box for governorship election is red, while that of state House of Assembly election is black. The two elections take place on the same day.

This information was contained in a tweet via INEC’s verified Twitter handle.

Trending: How Judge Convicted INEC Official Accused Of Receiving Diezani Bribe

It has been reported that Judge Convicted INEC Official Accused Of Receiving Diezani Bribe
A federal court in Lagos has convicted a former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) administrative secretary in Kwara State, Christian Nwosu.

Mohammed Idris, the judge, found Mr Nwosu guilty of laundering N264million.

“I find that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt in the manner required by law,” the judge said.

The judge adjourned sentencing till Friday and ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ensure his present Nwosu in court.

The EFCC re-arraigned Mr Nwosu for allegedly accepting gratification from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Mrs Alison-Madueke is still at large.

Mr Nwosu was re-arraigned alongside Tijani Bashir before Mr Idris.

They were charged with another INEC official Yisa Adedoyin, who had pleaded guilty to the offence and was convicted following a plea bargain.

Mr Nwosu initially pleaded guilty to receiving N30million gratification from Mrs Alison-Madueke ahead of the 2015 general elections, but later changed his plea to not guilty.

Why INEC rejected Ezekwesili’s presidential bid withdrawal under ACPN

INEC rejects Ezekwesili’s withdrawalThe Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has rejected the purported withdrawal of presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Dr Oby Ezekwesili.

The commission noted Ezekwesili’s withdrawal was outside the window of opportunity granted to political parties contesting in the 16th February 2019 presidential poll.

72 candidates were listed for the election, which is just 21 days away.

The commission stated her withdrawal contravenes the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, which stipulated that a candidate can only withdraw from election 45 days to the poll.

Ezekwesili declared her presidential ambition last October.

Responding to the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi said her decision was also outside the commission’s timetable and schedule of activities for the forthcoming polls.

He stated: “It is impossible for any presidential candidate to withdraw from the race now.

“According to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections, the last day for withdrawal by candidates or replacement of withdrawn candidates by political parties was 17th November, 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

“Therefore, the deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw or be replaced has passed.

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