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Ogun: What Buhari said after attack on him, APC leaders at Abeokuta rally

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed to Ogun traditional rulers to prevail on their subjects to be law abiding and show respect to constituted authority during and after the general elections.

‘‘I am happy for what you have done on voter education so that your people can choose whoever they like from whatever party,’’ he said.

Buhari spoke at a meeting with Ogun State traditional rulers, led by Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.

The meeting was held after he and other All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders were pelted and booed at the party’s rally in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The president, however, hailed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for his role in delivering on the ‘Change Agenda,’ particularly in his capacity as the head of the National Economic Council (NEC).

His words: “Him (Osinbajo) being the Chairman of NEC is in a very strong position to know what we are earning and what we are doing with the earnings.

‘‘I am very pleased with his vast experience and intellect. He has captured effectively what the administration has done and I commend him for playing a very great part in that. Thank you, Mr Vice President.’’

The President told the traditional rulers that in all the States he had visited so far for his re-election bid, he had taken time to explain to Nigerians the achievements, programmes and future plans of his government in the three key areas of economy, security and anti-corruption.

‘‘On the promises on security, I have mentioned repeatedly that the people of the North East appreciate our undertakings because you cannot manage a country unless it is secure. We have succeeded in that and we thank God,’’ he said.

The President noted that Nigeria has attained food security under his watch, adding that many farmers have testified that fertilisers are now available and affordable.

‘‘Fighting corruption is the most difficult under our system but still, we have not given up. We are steadfast in our determination to ensure that those who abuse trust are brought before the law and punished,’’ he added.

BREAKING: Herdsmen strike in Benue, kill two in Guma

Suspected herdsmen last night killed at least two persons, injured several others and razed many houses in a fresh attack on Tse-Kyoon, Nyiev Clan, Guma LGA, Benue State.

DAILY POST gathered that the attackers, armed with dangerous weapons, stormed the village, Monday evening and started shooting sporadically into the air.

Guma is the county home of the state governor, Samuel Ortom.

The development forced many residents to desert their homes.

A resident of the community told our reporter that the suspected herdsmen, after killing the two victims, set ablaze some houses in the community before returning to their base.

More to follow.

2019 elections: Why we adopted simultaneous accreditation, voting – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it adopted the simultaneous accreditation and voting from the recommendations made by the Commonwealth Observer Mission which observed the 2015 general election in Nigeria.

Chairman of the commission, Prof Yakubu Mahmood, stated this yesterday when the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Nigeria, led by former Tanzanian President, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, visited the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

Yakubu recalled that the report of the 2015 Commonwealth Observer Mission contained 32 recommendations, as well as identified institutions that should implement those recommendations.According to him, out of the eight recommendations proposed to be implemented by INEC, the commission, after studying the report, implemented some administratively while those that required amendment of the constitution or the electoral act were sent to relevant authorities for further action.

The INEC chairman noted that since the adoption of the simultaneous accreditation and voting, the commission had conducted 194 off season elections and had deployed the same process in all the elections.

He also informed the 2019 Commonwealth Observer team that the simultaneous accreditation and voting has been enshrined in the Regulations and Guidelines for conduct of 2019 general elections.

His words: “The last Commonwealth Observer Mission had recommended that we should abolish that system, that archaic system, that, as citizens or voters are accredited, they should be able to vote at the same time and we have implemented this recommendation way back in January 2016 when we conducted one of the governorship elections in this country.

“Since then, we have conducted 194 off season elections and all have been conducted on the basis of simultaneous accreditation and voting or what you call continuous accreditation and voting.

“It didn’t require an amendment to the electoral legal framework for the commission to continue with the system of accreditation and voting.

“For that reason, the commission used it’s powers under the electoral act to make Regulations and Guidelines. It’s now in regulations for the conduct of 2019 general elections. The method of voting will be continuous accreditation and voting.”

Leader of the team, Dr. Kikwete, said they were in the country to observe the polls and not to monitor them.

“We came here to observe not to monitor. Sometimes, people call us monitors but we just came here to observe the elections. We are at the commission today to listen to you, the commissioners, whatever you have to tell us in preparedness of the commission to conduct these elections.

“Then after that, we disperse, we deploy the commissioners to almost many places in the country. We cannot cover every place in the country. It’s a huge country.”

2019 presidency: Tanko Yakasai reveals who’ll take over from Buhari

Elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, has expressed concerns over the controversies in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, about which region will produce Nigeria’s president in 2013.

Yakasai believed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in a pole position to bear the party’s flag come 2023.

DAILY POST recalls that the APC had promised the South West and the South East the 2023 presidency.

Yakasai told Sun that promises like this should not be made a campaign issue.

He explained that “With the Vice President coming from the South West, certainly, it is impossible for anybody from that zone to promise the South East that they would soon get to power. By the nature of our politics, it is expected that if a presidential candidate wins the election, his running mate would naturally be the next presidential candidate for the party.

“If that is the case, we cannot argue that the slot can go to the South East and the South West; it is not possible. It is a clear cut deception and I don’t think that people in high places should deal with the matter of election on the basis of deception.

“It should not even be a campaign issue because there is precedence in the country such that where the principal has completed his tenure, the second in command would be the natural presidential candidate for the party in the next round of election.

“Therefore, anything to the contrary is a clear case of deception which is coming from the leadership of the APC.

“Deception is done deliberately and the motive behind any form of deception is to cheat.“Anybody who goes out of his way to deceive, his intention is to cheat the people that he is deceiving.”

Sanwo-Olu reveals who will determine his second term as Lagos Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, has said that Lagosians will decide if he will serve for a second term.

Sanwo-Olu, while speaking on Channels Television’s The Verdict on Monday, also expressed confidence that he will emerge the next Governor of the state.

“I believe I can win, I know I am going to win,” he said.

When asked if he signed any deal to do just one term, he insisted that only Lagosians have the final say on that.

“It is four years that is on the ballot, I am not deceiving myself. It is Lagosians that will determine that for me. There is certainly no deal, it is Lagosians that I have a deal with when they elect me.

“That is for Lagosians to determine if I’ve earned it in the first four years,” Sanwo-Olu said

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