More Political Parties to be registered soon – INEC Chairman
Most parties do not have functional offices in Abuja, only 5 parties have released campaign expenses from 2015 – INEC
The Ekiti State Governorship election has been slated to hold on July 14, 2019, while Osun State Governorship election will hold September 22, 2019, INEC disclosed on Thursday.
Campaigns for Ekiti Governorship election can commence from April 15, 2019, while Osun State can commence their Gubernatorial Campaigns as from June 24, 2019. These were disclosed by INEC national commissioner, Solomon Soyebi.
Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during a consultative meeting with national leaders of political parties on Wednesday in Abuja disclosed that more parties will soon be registered. He also guaranteed that INEC would, by the first week of November, take its decision on pending registrations of political associations seeking to be converted to political parties.
He said: “As I speak with you, the Commission has over 108 political associations seeking fresh registration. We want to assure all the associations that the Commission will register those that met the legal requirements. They should take that for granted on the Commission.’’
Yakubu also used to the medium to speak out on some of the unwholesome practices of the Political Parties as the majority of them have fallen short in one way or the other of their legal requirements as Political Parties which he tagged as a violation of the constitution.
One of which he said is the fact that 18 out of the 46 registered political parties were yet to constitute their National Executive Commission (NEC) as required by the law. As he also expressed displeasure at the failure of some of the political parties to have a functional office at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as stipulated by the constitution.
According to him: “I want to draw your attention to the certain issues. The constitution is very clear on the processes and conditions for registration that must be complied with. Section 223 of the constitution talks about the validity of the composition of the political parties NEC. Unfortunately, out of the 46 registered political parties, only 28 parties are in compliance. 18 political parties have not complied. As we speak today, only 29 political parties are in compliance while 17 political parties have not. So, we have 17 political parties that have no offices in FCT or their rents have expired which amounts to the same thing as not having an office in FCT.”
He also urged all other Political parties to submit their election campaign expenses for the 2015 General Elections as stipulated by the Electoral Act. Hitherto, only 5 political parties have complied with this according to the INEC Chairman.
Shut up and leave PDP if you have no value to add, Agbaje tells Bode George
Former Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje has told former Deputy National Chairman, Bode George to shut up and leave the party if he has no value to add.
There has been disagreement between George and Agbaje over the outcome of the governorship election in Lagos that returned Babajide Sanwo-olu elected as both have been blaming each other for the failure of the party to win the state.
Recently, the duo are at each other’s throat over defection insinuations, which both have denied.
Agbaje had accused George of insinuating his defection from the PDP, when he was described as a failed governorship candidate.
Speaking on the clash, media aide to Agbaje, Felix Oboagwina, denied reports that his principal had dumped the opposition party and also accused the leadership of the party in Lagos of alleged plans to “give the dog a bad name and chase it away from the party.”
On the social media posts that Agbaje had left the PDP to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, Oboagwina said they were untrue.
“There is nothing like that, nothing like that at all. He is still in PDP; he has not defected. How can people say he has defected on social media? He is too big for that; he is in PDP.”
When asked if there were plans by his principal to dump the PDP for APC, he answered in the negative.
“People should please tell Bode George to shut up and leave PDP if he lacks any value to add to the party, instead of being a dog in the manger hampering the progress of the party in Lagos State.
“He should tell the world where he got the news being spread around.
Atiku Abubakar Is Not A Threat To Democracy But Believes In The Rule Of Law – Paul Ibe
The Presidential Candidate for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the last Nigeria Presidential Election, Atiku Abubakar recently states that he saw a signal to be arrested, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
However, Atiku media spokesperson, Paul Ibe states this on Sunday.
Besides, the accusation of Atiku about the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC conduct of the election, he is tagged to be a threat to the current administration.
His Spokesperson is quoted saying, “I wish to emphatically state that such a statement did not emanate from Atiku Abubakar or his privies.
“It is the work of mischief makers who want to mar his spotless pro-democratic record and lay the groundwork for their threatened actions against him on false charges of being a threat to national security.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar believes in the rule of law and in the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his almost four decades in politics, he has never taken action or spoken words against democracy and will not start now.
“Atiku Abubakar and his team have confidence in God and thus call on those bent on mischief to have the fear of God and retrace their steps.
Ibe then finally stated that:
“Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. The culture of fear being created now cannot rein in our democracy. Nigeria and Nigerians have a consistent history of outlasting tyranny and will continue to do so by the grace of God.”
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