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SERAP……….. How progressive govts, NASS caused decision deferment



Financial Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has requested that Nigerians hold progressive governments since the arrival of popular government in 1999 and the authority of the National Assembly in charge of the delay of the 2019 general races.

The association stated: “Given the expanding propensity to delay races and the total disappointments and debasement throughout the years, SERAP would, after the decisions, seek after proper lawful activity against the legislature in power and the National Assembly initiative for the inventory of breaks of protected and global commitments, and look for successful solutions for the residents.”

In an announcement on Sunday marked by SERAP appointee executive Kolawole Oluwadare, the association stated: “The delay of Nigeria’s races since 2007 demonstrates a fundamental disappointment of administration at the most abnormal amount of government, and proposes that our constituent procedure is purposely skewed for lawmakers’ interests, who keep on benefitting from the debasement and exemption that have portrayed the procedure since 1999, and against those of the residents.”

As indicated by the association: “Requiring the acquiescence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu as opposed to tending to the main drivers of relentless deferment of decisions is an unmitigated endeavor by government officials to substitute the constituent commission.”

The announcement read to some degree: “As opposed to organizing real and exhaustive changes of the appointive framework that would overhaul and modernize our casting a ballot forms, progressive governments and initiative of the National Assembly would appear to lean toward existing conditions, apparently to undermine subjects’ entitlement to investment and to keep on benefitting from the debasement and exemption that the present framework and procedures breed.”

“Unmistakably the current discretionary procedure is defenseless against debasement however government officials would appear to have minimal motivation to extensively change, overhaul and modernize it. It is impossible that either the central government or the National Assembly would make the strides important to deal with our discretionary framework, and enhance straightforwardness, responsibility and uprightness of the constituent procedure.

“We encourage Nigerians to take progressively dynamic job in the battle against debasement, including by putting weight on the specialists at the government and state levels and the National Assembly to extensively change, overhaul and modernize our constituent framework and procedures. Something else, residents’ entitlement to take an interest in the administration framework will remain an ’empty right’.

“Given that the directly to cast a ballot is viewed as a piece of a person’s major directly to political investment, determined deferment of races in the nation brings up significant issues about the authenticity and trustworthiness of Nigeria’s youngster vote based system.

“Constant inability to redesign and modernize the discretionary framework has successfully consigned the directly of support to paper tiger status, undermining the capacity of subjects to really take an interest in the battle against debasement and to consider their pioneers responsible. However, a straightforward, responsible and modernized appointive procedure is an essential to the powerful exercise of citizenship in a just society.

“No privilege is more valuable in a majority rule nation than that of having a voice in the decision of the individuals who speak to us. That voice isn’t lost when the appointive procedure is skewed for government officials’ interests and against the Nigerian voters. Different rights, even the most essential, are deceptive if the directly to cast a ballot is undermined by the aggregate inability to overhaul and modernize the nation’s appointive procedures.

“The deferment is the side-effect of a foundational and aggregate disappointment by progressive governments and National Assembly administration to give Nigerians dependable, productive and verified discretionary framework, which has kept on undermining open trust in decisions just as the general population’s entitlement to cast a ballot and take an interest in their own legislature.

“SERAP would likewise send the Freedom of Information Act to look for data on subtleties of spending by INEC since 1999, as a major aspect of our drives to enhance straightforwardness and responsibility of administrative tasks and advance appreciation for natives’ entitlement to take an interest in the procedures of government and administration in the nation.”


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2023 Presidency: Zoning can’t stop Tinubu – Ex-Minster



A former Minister of Works and National Chairman of South West Agenda for 2023, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has restated that the truth that the quarter has produced the president withinside the beyond won’t forestall it from clinching the presidential price price tag if the All Progressives Congress zoned the price price tag to the South.

The former Minister opined that former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, remains the best and the right man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after bowling out in 2023 based on experience and political networks.

Adeyeye spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during the official launching of the South West Agenda (SWAGA) 2023, a political platform rooting for the presidential aspiration of the former Lagos State Governor.

Adeyeye added that the APC leaders must respect the zoning of lresidency to the South in 2023, as a mark of respect for the silent agreement within the party at inception in 2013.

Adeyeye said: “And if the ticket comes to the South, the fact that the Southwest had produced the President before won’t prevent the Yoruba race from getting the APC ticket.

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“You could all remember that the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was from Katsina State and when the ticket went back to the North in 2007, they picked President Muhammadu Buhari from Katsina. They didn’t say his state had produced President before.

“What we need in Nigeria is someone like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who knows everybody. Someone who has planted and nurtured people across all the zones. Someone, who believes in making stars to unite Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.

Also , the former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Senator Tony Adeniyi, alleged that members of SWAGA in Ekiti were being harassed and intimidated by APC members loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi , saying these barrage of embarrassment must stop in the interest of APC.

“Before SWAGA was formed, we had ‘Tokan Tokan’ and original ‘JKF’, which are outfits loyal to Governor Fayemi.

“Is it an offence to associate with one of the foremost Nigerians like Tinubu? We are being treated here in Ekiti like orphans in the Sahara desert . We are being intimated and harassed by people who had contributed nothing to APC.”

Also, in his short lecture at the event, a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos , Prof. Yemi Oke, said he came to fraternise with the group as a Yoruba man , who believes in the Southwest agenda for the 2023.

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In his speech entitled: ‘Nigeria at a Crossroad, What Option for the Southwest Geopolitical Zone’, Prof. Oke, described Tinubu as the most qualified to lead Nigeria after President Buhari, so that all the faultlines and cleavages can be amended for national unity.

Commending Tinubu for working hard to sustain the country’s democracy, the Chairman, Inter-party Advisory Council in Ekiti, Hon. Ife Iyaniwura, said Tinubu has become a strong political stakeholder that people respect in the country.

“Asiwaju has been a phenomenon. He has shown it.”

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Open Grazing: I’m a herdsman but I ranch my cattle – Benue Varsity lecturer



A member of the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU Benue State chapter, Dr Ogi John has declared support for ranching of cattle in the country.

Recall that following the incessant clashes between farmers and herders across the country, many prominent Nigerians called for a ban on open grazing.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in May 2017, signed the Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into law as a measure to tackle the farmers and herders crisis in the state.

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Similarly, governors in the Southern part of the country unanimously opted for ranching in a bid to end the insecurity in the region.

John Ogi, a senior lecturer in the university made his stance known in a post on his official Facebook page after visiting one of his farm in Anuja.

He said ranching remains the global standard of rearing cattle.

The post reads, “I am 100% in support of ranching, that’s the global best practice. I own cows and I ranch them, cattle business is a private business and cow owners must learn to protect their animals from destroying other peoples farm.

“Sunday visit to one of our farms in Abuja, part-time civil servant, full-time agro businessman”.

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Students of Rivers State College of Health block major roads, protest poor amenities



Students of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology on Tuesday, blocked the mile four axis of the Ikwerre street in Port Harcourt in protest towards bad simple services withinside the institution.

The protest prompted a heavy gridlock across the area, forcing motorists to apply opportunity routes. The college students who defied an early morning downpour to level the protest are disturbing for the availability of water and energy of their hostels through the institution’s control. Some of the leaders of the protest, who spoke with us additionally decried “non accreditation of a few guides presented withinside the institution,”leaving them jobless after graduation.

A protester said,, “have a take a observe the building, it’s far simply pleasant out of doors however whilst you cross in, its rubbish. The region is water logged, there has now no longer been mild for over weeks now not to mention water”. “So college students are sincerely stranded. Just to wash and feature their garments ironed has been a massive problem. “So we’re calling at the Rivers State authorities to return back and assist us.

The control of the college has failed us. “We are paying a massive quantity of costs right here however you can not see the impact withinside the control of the college”.

The college students threatened to hold the protest till their needs are met. Efforts to attain the institution’s provost proved abortive as his cellular strains had been unreachable.


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