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Nigeria election: World Bishops make fresh demand to President Buhari

The Supreme Council of Bishops also known as World Council of Bishops, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill.

The bishops made the appeal following the discrepancies that characterized the recently concluded Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship, State House Of Assemblies, and Area Councils in Abuja Nigeria’s elections.

The Founding Primate of the Council, His Eminence, Archbishop Polycarp Sunday made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Nigeria.

He said that the Senate and House of Representatives had passed the Electoral Bill for the fourth time.

NAN reports that the bill seeks to amend the election laws of Nigeria, otherwise called Electoral Act.

The Act also guides how INEC handles operations and how members of staff of INEC go about the business of conducting elections for states and at the federal level.

“We, the Global Council of Bishops worldwide, are appealing to President Buhari to assent positively to amended Nigeria’s Electoral Bill, not minding the fact that the time frame is short.

“We posit, this electoral amendment bill be given a fair hearing, and be acted upon speedily with all the support it requires by the Presidency, as Nigeria’s Senate and House of Representatives have passed the bill for the fourth time now, which indicates its transparency and importance, despite Mr. President’s refusal to assent to this bill.

“Nigerians desire a true and positive change to an electronic system of voting in our General Elections, other than the usual ballot box and thumb printing form of voting our nation has been practising over a decade; as Nigerians have come a long way in accommodating electoral and political changes dating back to the days of National Electoral Commission (NEC), in the days of Mr. Humphrey Nwosu in the late 90’s.”

His Eminence, however, appealed to all levels of government and INEC to explore all avenues to prevent rigging all forms of electoral malpractices witnessed in the just concluded 2019 Nigeria’s Election Nationwide, with a view to ensuring fairness in Nigeria’s upcoming general elections come 2023.

His Eminence, called on all religious bodies across the country to support INEC and ensure the upcoming 2023 General Elections is transparent, less stressful as new electoral reforms to an electronic system of voting is introduced in Nigeria, and ”I employ all Nigerians to come out en mass in the March 23 supplementary elections scheduled to hold in six (6) States where the results of the elections were declared inconclusive, as we vote for a credible, God fearing and an articulate leader, and in the 2023 general elections as well.

“We pray, Nigeria will succeed and survive the 2019 general elections.

“We demand it be free, fair, and violent free to the emergence of a credible leader that will take all Nigerians in All Our Six (6) geopolitical zones of our nation to the Promised Land,’’ he added.

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Buhari’s second term: Foursquare Church sends strong message to President-elect

The General Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Rev. Felix Meduoye, on Saturday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to embrace all Nigerians, as well as tackle insecurity and power challenges, in his second term in office.

Meduoye gave the advice during the wedding of Miss Olawadamilola Elias, the daughter of Rev. Adewale Elias, the Zonal Superintendent of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Cement Zonal Headquarters in Lagos.

The General Overseer, who attended the wedding alongside several leaders of the church, told NAN that Buhari should embrace all Nigerians in his second term and shun anything that would make him “to be perceived’’ as nepotic or favouring any segment of the country above others’’.

“The President should avoid anything that will amount to nepotism or anything that would give the impression that he is favouring one group of people or one tribe than the other,’’ he told NAN.

Meduoye commended government’s efforts in fighting the Boko Haram terrorist group but appealed to the President to deal with new security challenges claiming the lives of Nigerians.

He also appealed to Buhari to address the problem of insecurity and power in the nation.

Meduoye said that the issue of herdsmen attacks, kidnappings and other forms of criminality leading to loss of lives should be given paramount attention.

“People can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed anymore,’’ he said.

The General Overseer also appealed to the President to tackle the problem of poor power supply to boost the nation’s economy.

“The third issue is the problem of power. Electricity, which has been a problem for so many years; people are lamenting lack of adequate electricity. The government should come out to take urgent steps to solve the lingering problem,’’ he said.

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Bauchi guber: PDP raises alarm over plot to arrest its leaders

PDP has alleged that APC was planning a mass arrest of top PDP leaders in Bauchi State through compromised security personnel.

A statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Saturday in Abuja, said the plot was to put PDP leaders out of circulation and enable the APC to rig the supplementary election in the state.

Ologbondiyan said that credible intelligence available to the PDP was that the APC wants to use political thugs and “compromised security agents’’ to storm polling units between 1p.m to 3p.m.

This, according to him, was for the ruling party to snatch election materials and change results and take them to INEC office in Bauchi for collation and announcement.

He listed some of the PDP leaders earmarked for the alleged mass arrest to include Alhaji Bello Kirfi, Sen. Abdul Ningi, Sen. Suleiman Nazif, Sen. Isa Misau, and Salisu Ningi.

Others include: PDP Bauchi State Chairman, Alhaji Hamza Akuyam; Ahmed Yerima, Samaila, Burgah, Aminu Tukur as well as PDP leaders and agents in the 29 polling units where elections were holding in the state.

Ologbondiyan, however, said that such underhand scheme would not deter the PDP from standing firm in resisting all aggression and consolidating on the party’s already established victory in Bauchi state.

“All our members are at red alert in monitoring the electoral process.

“We will never allow any alteration of results as delivered at the polling units and that nobody, no matter the machination deployed, can rig us out in this election,’’ he said.

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BREAKING: Thugs Set Ward Election Materials Ablaze In Benue

Political thugs have set ablaze all the election materials that should have been used for supplementary elections in Azendeshi Ward, Chito, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

A voter told SaharaReporters on phone that the materials had been kept inside a public primary school in the area but thugs gained access and set them ablaze despite the provision of security agents.

“No election held here,” said the disappointed voter, who also couldn’t vote in the original election due to violence. “No one would have thought that despite the presence of policemen, such an act could happen. Maybe the policement should be withdrawn so we know we have no protection.”

However, Nentawe Yilwatda, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, said the thugs attacked the electoral officials on their way to Chito Adzendechi Council Ward, burning electoral materials in the process.

Apart from Chito town, which is the headquarters of Azendeshi Ward and has a voting population of 13,000, elections are ongoing in 22 of the 23 local government areas where the supplementary exercise was scheduled to hold.

There have been similar reports of violence and disruption of voting in the five states where supplementary governorship elections are holding, particularly in Kano.

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