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Reps Unable to Override Buhari, Reintroduce Electoral Act Amendment Bill Wednesday

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*Await Technical Report on Drafting Errors Concerns

By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

The House of Representatives at its resumed plenary yesterday, feared to delve into overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, choosing to reintroduce the Bill on Wednesday, to send it back to the President for assent.


Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, who presided, said in his opening address,  settled for for this option, rather than stuck to their guns, as he explained the benefits of the contentious direct primaries clause, that impeded the Presidential assent to the bill.


The Speaker said, “Honourable colleagues, we have a lot still left to do in a very brief time.  Principal amongst these priorities is the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill.

 
“First, let me express my profound gratitude to all of you for your work to pass this most critical legislation.

I want to commend you all for the work done. Unfortunately, that Bill did not receive presidential assent, and it is unlikely that it will in its current form.  Now, we have to choose between sticking to our guns regarding the provision to mandate direct primary elections for political parties or reworking that provision to save the rest of the Bill.


“Now let it be clear to all that our only objective in introducing that provision was to strengthen the foundations of our democracy so that it works for all of our nation’s people.  
“The process by which political parties nominate candidates for election is essential, perhaps even just as important as the general election itself.  A primary nomination process that deprives the majority of party members of the opportunity to choose who represents them in the general elections is susceptible to bad outcomes and ought to be fixed.

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“Some argued that political parties do not have proper registers of their members, which was a reason to reject the direct primary option.  This is an appalling admission that political parties in the country do not have credible and up to date registers of their members.  We are left to question how those parties have thus far managed their affairs, including conducting congresses and primary elections, whether by direct or indirect means. 

“Besides, it can be inferred that the failure to maintain a proper register of members violates the spirit of the constitution, as it makes it impossible for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enforce the constitutional requirement for political parties to ensure that their membership reflects the federal character of Nigeria. 
“Nonetheless, it is disappointing that the failure of political parties to adequately document their membership is being used to not give the Nigerian people the power to fully participate in our nation’s politics.


“If nothing else, including a direct primary mandate in the law, would have forced political parties to properly register their members within the shortest possible time.  This would have been the singular most significant reform of our political party system in a generation.
“I remain convinced that the proposal for direct primary elections is valuable for building accountability in our political system.  But we must not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. 

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“Therefore, the House will reintroduce the amendment this tomorrow.  And we will work quickly to address the mitigating concerns, pass the Bill and send it back to His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.  
“As to the issues relating to inelegant drafting and other technical errors in the Bill. This is a matter of concern as it appears the version sent to the President differs from what is circulating in the public domain.


“However, in December of last year, I appointed a technical team to look into the issue.  I expect to have their report within the next day or two so that we can proceed to the next stage. We have less than thirteen months to the next general election, so time is of the essence.  
“A credible electoral law is what the people want.  It is what the people deserve, and we must give to them.  The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill includes many other provisions that will serve our democracy well, and we cannot throw away the baby with the bathwater”, he said.  
Speaking on the ongoing plans to amend the 1999 Constitution, Gbajabiamila said, “Our current constitutional review effort is as crucial as the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill.  Amending our nation’s constitution to address longstanding areas of disagreement and remove the vestiges of militarism from our democracy is one of the central commitments we made in the 9th House.

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“It is a commitment we must meet or risk the harsh judgment of history.  Therefore we will prioritise action to pass the Constitution Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives.  
“Fortunately, we are in the final stages of that effort and will shortly conclude this all-important work.  
“According to the deputy speaker, the first set of amendments will be forwarded to the state assemblies for consideration before the end of February.”


Reminding that this was the final year they had to conclude work on their legislative agenda and fulfil the obligations of their contract with Nigerians, he urged that they should approach this last stretch with the forthright focus and earnestness that comes from knowing that they were in a race to make good history.  
“The entire purpose of the legislative agenda is to direct our legislative resources and efforts in a coordinated effort to ensure the wellbeing of the individual in a life of safety and freedom. That is a high ambition, but it is well worth the effort”, Gbajabiamila stated.

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APC Governors at Daggers Drawn over Party’s Presidential Primary

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.Mode of Event Becomes Deal Breaker

.Monday Night Meeting Ends in a Shouting Match

. Buhari Holds Critical Talk with Party’s Governors, Presidential Aspirants, NASS  Leadership

By Jude Opara, Abuja

There are strong indications that governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are in confusion and torn apart over the forthcoming presidential primary, slated for June 1.

The major point of disagreement is the mode of primary, the party would adopt. While a clique are averse to consensus option, some others are relentlessly pushing for it and their position seems to align with the body language of  the leader of the party and president, Muhammadu Buhari.

The governors in an apparent move to find a common ground were locked in a protracted crisis meeting on Monday night.

The meeting which was held at the Kebbi state governor’s lodge was presided over by the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Alhaji Atiku Bagudu.

The meeting which lasted till about 12 mid night seemed not to have resolved the issue as most of the governors who left with stern faces also refused to talk to the media.

Sources in the ruling party revealed that the meeting of the governors was a prelude to another one they had with President Muhammmadu Buhari on Tuesday.

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Though, the outcome of the meeting with President Buhari was not made public, sources close to the party said most of the governors may not have been satisfied with the meeting whose crux was again to decide on the mode of the presidential primary.  The president a source said is inclined to a consensus option.

Following the president’s meeting with the governors was that with the 25 presidential aspirants and the one with the leadership of the National Assembly.

The APC has been in a fix over the mode of primary to apply in selecting its presidential candidate. The party has been unable to screen its 25 aspirants who purchased the N100 million  nomination forms.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party also met on Monday without resolving the issue. Interestingly, Monday was the day the party had earlier scheduled to conduct the screening but on Sunday before that day, the party through the National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Felix Morka issued a statement postponing the exercise indefinitely.

During the NWC meeting, sources say the members did not also agree on a common position which allegedly led to minor disagreements and shouting match among some members.

The party again on Tuesday was to issue yet another statement in what it termed “Revised Timetable” for the primary elections only have date and time for the governorship, State Assembly and National Assembly elections, but remained silent on the presidential election.

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The NWC members were largely handpicked by the governors and other stalwarts of the party and it was arguably the interest of those who brought them to the NWC they were all protecting. 

The party appears to be interested in having a consensus candidate but there are very strong indications that most of the governors and the aspirants are kicking against the idea.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given the parties on or before June 3 to submit the names of their candidates for the general elections.

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2023: Ebonyi Delegates urges PDP National Leadership not to tamper with list backed by Court Order.

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Godwin Okeh, Abakaliki

The 3-Man Ward Elected Delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi, have appealed to the party’s national leadership not to tamper with the court’s approved list of the three-man ad-hoc delegates and National Delegate of the state ahead of it primaries.

The delegates Led by Ogbonnaya Odii had on May 19 obtained court oder allowing the delegates list from the three-man ah-hoc ward congress of the party.

  

The Delegates obtained an order from court restraining the people’s democratic party from using any Delegate list  for the 3-Man Ward Ad-hoc Delegate and National Delegate (Local Government) congress that is not monitored by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The Delegates from the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki on Monday.

Mr Ogbonnaya Odii, Leader of the elected 3-Man Ad-hoc Delegates in Ebonyi State, said the call became necessary for the party to achieving smooth and peaceful conduct of elections ahead of the 2023.

Odii noted that the list as backed up by Court Order stood the authentic delegates.

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According to him: “The court oder have been obtained and we’re calling on the National Leadership of our dear party to make use of the list as approved by Court.

“The National Working Committee of our party should obey the court and not to tamper with the delegates list for the interest of peace amongst members.

“We also urge the state Chairman of the party Barr Silas Onu to encourage the National Leadership of our party to obey the court order in the interest of  peace and building of the party. This will allow peace to reign in Ebonyi during the primaries and the general elections,” Odii added.

Mr Emmanuel Uka, Leader of Elected National Delegates in  Ebonyi State urged stakeholders of the party to join hands to strengthen oneness ahead of party primaries.

Uka noted that PDP in Ebonyi was united to win in all positions during the general elections and urged the party’s national leadership not to tamper with delegates list as approved by competent Court of record ahead of its primary elections.

“The leadership of our party should allow the people to choose their leaders come 2023,” Uka advised.

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PDP Primaries : Adamawa state House of Assembly Speaker Wins Central Senatorial Zone

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By Yagana Muhammad, Yola.

The speaker Adamawa state house of Assembly, Hon Aminu Iya Abbas Wins PDP Adamawa central Senatorial Ticket.

Hon Aminu Iya Abbas, House of Assembly Member Representing Uba – Gaya constituency in the state has won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP primary elections for Adamawa central Senatorial Zone.

The speaker defeated former house of representative member in the national assembly who represented Yola north, Yola South, Girei federal constituency, Hon Auwal D tukur in 1999.

He scored a total of 125 votes to clinch the ticket at the expense of Hon Auwal D tukur with 54 votes and Barr DD Azura 1 vote, Hon Daniel Bwala with 4 votes.

The other aspirants are Chubado Murtala Moddibo, Hon Abubakar Ibrahim Gwal and Hon Mustapha Ibrahim Baba 10 who went with 13, 3 and 32 votes respectively.

While the serving senator of Adamawa southern  Senatorial Zone, Senator Binos Yaro defeated his only opponent Prince Peter Fwa with a landslide victory of 235 vote against fwa 55 votes.

Rev Amos Yohanna wins the party ticket with 123 votes to be the flag bearer in northern senatorial zone by defeating Zira Maigadi, Hon Aji Wampana and Philip Alongo who score 28,18 and 2 respectively.

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The eight (8) house representative seats were won by the incumbent member of Madagali- Michika constituency Zakaria Dauda Nyampa, Ganye , Jada, Toungo and Mayo-Belwa by Muhammad Inuwa bassi Gombi, Hong by former Speaker and acting Governor Amb James Shauibu Barka.

Others are Yola north, Yola south , Girei constituency by hon Muhammad Abba Girei, that of Numan, Lamurde and Demsa by the seating member Komati Laori.

The former Algon chairman Hon Rufai Jingi won the Mubi North, Mubi south, Maiha to be the party flag bearer of the PDP in the forth coming General elections and the former SSG Kobis Ari Thimnu won that of Guyuk-Shelleng federal constituency.

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