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Dogara Labels Govt’s Cash Distribution Before Elections As ‘The Highest Form Of Corruption’

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Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the distribution of cash to Nigerians just before the general election by public officials, stating that no matter how noble the intent is, such endeavours amount to vote buying and inducement, which is a clear case of corruption. He made the remarks at a public hearing organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Political Parties Matters on Vote-buying and Improving the Electoral Processes in Nigeria on Monday. According to Dogara, the act of inducing the public with cash in exchange for their votes is a fraud that is covered within section 124 (1)(a);(b);(c); Section(124)(2)(4)(5) and Section 130 of the Electoral Act. He a...

Sowore’s Supporters Detained By Lagos CP For Pasting Posters

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested six supporters of Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC). The Police accused them of breaching the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency laws by pasting posters at night and damaging campaign posters belonging to candidates of other political parties. However, Olagokun Banwo, popularly known as 'Proficient', who led the team, denied damaging posters of other political parties. Speaking on the incident, Banwo said: "We were arrested for pasting Sowore's posters, but we didn't tear posters of any other party. How can we, who are part of those calling for the arrest of those damaging campaign posters, go about committing the same offence?" When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Lago...

PDP Accuses Presidency Of Blackmail, Condemns Freezing Of Peter Obi’s Accounts

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the presidency of "attempting to blackmail" Peter Obi, its vice-presidential candidate for the 2019 general election, claiming that Obi's accounts had been frozen. The party also claims that aside Peter Obi, the accounts belonging to his wife, his family members and their businesses were also frozen. This was contained in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council issued on Saturday. According to Ologbodiyan, since Obi's nomination, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had made "failed attempts to destroy his reputation". The statement read: "The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) decries the stoppage of transactions on all accoun...

Appeal Court: Nigerian Prisoners Have A Right To Vote During Elections

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A Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State, has ruled in favour of prisoners voting during the election. The ruling was announced on Friday after five prisoners filed a suit asking the court to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to include all prisoners in the voter register. Delivering the lead judgment, Justice S. Oseji, behalf of Justice Helen Ogunwumiju ruled in favour of the prisoners, who instituted the case on behalf of other inmates in Nigerian prisons. According to NAN, those that filed the appeal are Victor Emenuwe, Onome Inaye, Kabiru Abu, Osagie Iyekekpolor and Modugu Odion. However, Oseji did not grant a declaration that INEC liaise with the Nigeria Prison Service to create a registration centre at various prisons across the count...

Victory For Democracy, Sowore As Reps Approve June 12 As Democracy Day

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Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, who is also the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), has hailed the move by the House of Representatives to approve June 12 as Nigeria's new Democracy Day. Video of Sowore Announces Plan To Make June 12 Democracy Day, 3 Days Before President Buhari's Decision Sowore Announces Plan To Make June 12 Democracy Day, 3 Days Before President Buhari's Decision The move comes six months after Sowore made the promise, at a town hall meeting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on June 23, 2018, to formalise the date if he becomes President next year.  Three days later, in what was deemed a political move, the President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration also an...

CSOs Protest At US Embassy In Abuja, Say No To Granting Atiku ‘Politically-Motivated Visa’

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A group of civil society organisations under the aegis of Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations In Nigeria have besieged the US Embassy in Abuja to advise against granting American Visa to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Bearing placards as they marched to the embassy on Wednesday, the protesters urged the officials at the Embassy to tread with caution on the matter. Addressing the protesters, Comrade Wole Badmus, Convener and National Chairman of the group, said they had formally written to the United States Embassy against granting the visa request by the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. Noting that issuing the visa would portray the US as endorsing his candidature, he said: "This is apart from the tacit and covert electo...

Buhari Isn’t A Candidate For 2019 Presidential Election, Says Okupe

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Doyin Okupe, former Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have a presidential candidate for the 2019 general election. He stated this while responding to questions from journalists on the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and APC in the forthcoming election. He also lamented the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act that has since been passed by the National Assembly. "Actions and activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are being dictated directly from the villa. If that is not the case, by now if the INEC Chairman was a truly independent person, he ought to have conveyed message to APC and the villa that t...