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Six Days to Edo Election, INEC Declares No PVC, No Voting



With only six days to Edo governorship political race, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pronounced anybody without Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) won’t be permitted to cast a ballot.

This is in opposition to reports that the appointive umpire may have made plans to utilize the rate structures for citizens, whose PVC breakdowns during the Saturday, September 19, governorship political decision. The commission has said there was no such aims and that those without their PVCs had no possibility of casting a ballot by any means.

Likewise, the commission has exposed charge that the reappointment of a portion of INEC’s public officials whose residencies are relied upon to slip by in November has been attached to the triumph of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo political decision.

Subsequently, the National Peace Committee drove by a previous Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, is probably going to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari soon with the end goal of requesting for the impartiality of all security offices and the INEC during the Edo governorship political race.

This is as the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) blamed each other for underhand strategies to fix next Saturday’s political decision.

However, some Edo people group pioneers in the state, driven by their director, Dickson Omoregie, Friday called for harmony in the decisions, by requesting a basic survey of security organization and zero obstruction of different offices of government, who have tasks to carry out in the administration of the political race.

Simultaneously, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinnma, yesterday raged Benin City, the Edo State Capital, where was being respected and taken advantage of the lucky break of the event to prepare the Igbo people group on the side of the APC and its applicant, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Talking only to us on the system for the political race should the PVC breakdown, INEC’s National Commissioner responsible for Voter Education, Information and Publicity, Festus Okoye, said there would be no democratic without the citizen’s card perusers.

“The Commission will keep on enhancing its mechanical arrangements. The Smart Card Reader stays a genuine instrument for confirmation and validation in the accreditation cycle. Our determination is to make it more powerful, more proficient and more astute.

“We will keep on enhancing the Smart Card Reader Technology. The Commission has not appointed and has not done an investigation that demonstrates that confirmation utilizing the Smart Card Reader has diminished from 80% to about 30%.

“The Smart Card Reader has carried believability to the appointive cycle and the Commission will keep on conveying it. We have made it more intelligent and more powerful and we will keep on enhancing it. Just people with the Permanent Voters Cards whose name show up on the citizens’ register will move towards the check and confirmation stepping stool.

“Those that are not possessing the Permanent Voters’ Card and whose names are not on the electors’ register won’t be permitted to cast a ballot. The Smart Card Reader will keep on being utilized for confirmation and verification,” he clarified.

On why INEC would the Z-cushion innovation in the Edo governorship political race rather than the previous Iris trick innovation, Okoye stated, “The Commission will keep on controlling its mechanical arrangements and will never permit innovation to drive the cycle. The Commission has been test running a few mechanical arrangements and the facial acknowledgment programming for optional accreditation is one of them.

“The Commission conveyed the answer for the Nasarawa Central bye-political race and saw difficulties with its exhibition. We are back on the planning phase culminating it, adjusting it and making it more strong as an auxiliary accreditation arrangement.

“The Commission will keep on utilizing the Z-cushion to transfer surveying unit results to the Result Viewing Portal. The Commission will just convey innovative arrangements it has tried with little bye-decisions and is certain of their exhibition in greater races. A capable Commission won’t bet with a major finish of residency political race led in the shadow of a pandemic,” he said.

Nonetheless, tending to the charges that the INEC public magistrates, whose residencies are because of end in November would be remunerated with a reappointment in the event that they compromised Edo state governorship political race for the APC, he excused it as false.

“Each public official knows his entrance and leave date. All the public magistrates are practiced experts and some of them are anticipating getting back to their ordinary lives. All the more generally, public magistrates are centered around conveying the two-finish of residency decisions occurring under the shadow of a pandemic.

“The two decisions are critical to the law based cycle and most public magistrates are adjusting the projects of the offices they regulate. It is counterproductive to participate in theoretical suppositions and make allowances that are not upheld up with certain and pertinent realities.”

Okoye, accordingly, provoked the PDP to deliver proof that one of public magistrates is working in cahoots with the APC to trade and bargain the rundown of Supervisory Presiding Officers.

“Those with confirmation of altering or doctoring or bargained rundown of Supervisory Presiding Officers should approach with the proof. The long-standing approach of the Commission, which is in the open space, is to select Supervisory Presiding Officers from Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.

“These classes of officials apply for enlistment through INEC committed entry with their photos, character cards and confirmation. The candidates are additionally screened before they are given with letters of arrangement. The exercises of the Commission are completed straightforwardly. All the ideological groups challenging the political decision will be at the Central Bank for the circulation of the materials.

“All the ideological groups were benefited of their legal option to select surveying operators. The Commission is intrinsically ordered to sort out, embrace and manage races. Plotting and trick don’t frame part of the order of the Commission. Our obligation is to compose a decent and worthy political decision in Edo and Ondo States,” Okoye clarified.

In this way, in front of Tuesday’s international agreement marking among all the ideological groups challenging the Edo State governorship political decision, signs are overflowing that the executive of the panel, General Abubakar has been booked to meet secretly with President Buhari on the requirement for a free and solid political decision in the state.

The board headed by Abubakar met Friday to consummate how to guarantee harmony during the September 19 governorship political decision at a prevalently inn in Abuja last Friday, where it was settled that the previous military head of state should meet President Buhari.

A source at the gathering, who indicated the turn of events, said meeting the president was to guarantee that all security offices and INEC stay impartial in the political race.

“We can’t stay silent as the drumbeats of war in the political race is turning out to be also load. We can’t keep very and bloods are shed for the sake of political decision. Political race ought to be viewed as administration and not brutality,” the source said.

Nonetheless, blaming each other for underhand strategies to fix the political decision, while the PDP cried over supposed dubious development of people from Lagos and different pieces of the nation into the express, the APC has asked the government and the individuals of the state to get control over Governor Godwin Obaseki and the PDP whom it affirmed of encouraging frailty in the state.

State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chris Osa Nehikhare, who talked for the gathering’s Campaign Council stated: “We have recently been cautioned that 10 Hummer transports left Ojo Military Cantonment in Lagos for Auchi, Edo State toward the beginning of today. This is one out of more than 10 such calls we have gotten over the most recent 48 hours.”

He asked the different security offices in the nation to pay more than the standard thoughtfulness regarding these developments so as to guarantee that Edo citizens were protected from hurt previously, during and after the political race in the state.

Nehikhare expressed: “We are liaising with the significant security organizations to find out the mission(s) of these people running into the state and we educate individuals concerning general society to keep an eye out for people whose presence and exercises in their neighborhood, are dubious and report same to the police and other law authorization offices.”

On its part, the APC in an announcement by the Chairman, Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki, charged Governor Obaseki and his gathering, of a few security penetrates in the state in the development to the September 19 decisions in Edo State and asked all the significant security offices to take sufficient note in the event of any break of peace previously, during and after the political race.

“We need Governor Obaseki and the PDP to give Nigerians the confirmation that Edo State won’t deteriorate into an out and out emergency baffled commonwealth by offering an explanation to the accompanying reports that we have gotten concerning the races. Adolescents in Edo have educated us regarding the mass centralization of arms presently put away everywhere on over the state for the decisions.

“We additionally have reports of mass penetration of hooligans and PDP activists, who have been held up in inns inside the state and bordertowns. Counterfeit staff in security outfits have likewise been detected all over Edo State, some of them in bars and joints,” he said.

Uncovering more dangers to the state security design, the APC brought up that, “30 feet colleagues; we discovered, have been dispensed to work in key surveying units and seize political race materials, while APC tribal leaders have been grabbed or set apart for snatching. Bogus cha

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Obadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is deadObadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is dead



Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is dead.

Mailafia, the 64-year-old reportedly passed away on Sunday morning at the National Hospital Abuja.

Recall that Obadiah Mailafia stirred controversy after he granted an interview accusing most top government officials of sponsoring terrorism in Nigeria.

Confirming his death, Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend & brother Mr. Obadiah Mailafiya who was one of the most powerful and progressive voices in our country. I was informed that he passed on this morning. He was a great nationalist, a believer in Nigeria, a kind and gentle soul.”

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APGA disowns Jude Njoku as Party National Chairman, insists on Oye



The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has refuted viral claims of a court pronouncement affirming Chief Edozie Njoku as the party’s national chairman.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance is currently battling a leadership crisis that has led to the emergence of several factions, coupled with court litigations among each of the factions claiming to be the authentic elected national working committee (NWC) of the party.

A party chieftain, Edozie Njoku had approached the federal high court and sought among other reliefs, a declaration of the court in his favour as the National Chairman of APGA.

He also prayed the court to mandate Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise him as the National Chairman of APGA and to stop recognizing Victor Ike Oye as the National Chairman of the party.

However, APGA, in a statement by its Chairman in Imo State, John Iwuala, while clarifying the outcome of court proceedings in the matter between Oye and Njoku held Friday, said Njoku breached part rules by appearing in court with a new lawyer.

“Trouble started in the court when he, (Edozie Njoku) in his usual way brought a lawyer for APGA as against the National legal adviser of the party, Sly Ezenwoke Esq. The question now is: who is to represent APGA as lawyer among the duo? he asked.

“After series of deliberations, the court later asked both lawyers to file briefs and decided to pronounce the authentic lawyer at the end of the matter on judgement. This decision did not go down well with Dr Oye and APGA, hence they approached the court of Appeal.

“On Friday, 17 Sept. 202, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division directed that the matter be sent back to the Federal High Court for continuation. There is nothing beyond this.

“The court of Appeal has every right to invoke the authorities of Order 47 of the court of Appeal Act to assume jurisdiction as the court of first instance but didn’t want to do so as the substance of the case has already been dealt with by three appeal court judgements via Kano, Awka and Enugu respectively.

“It baffled the leadership of APGA Imo State Chapter how these fake news peddlers behave in a myopic way of feeding the public with fake news. This calls for a cry of reasoning and ecology of reasonableness.

“It must be recalled that this matter emanated from Bauchi State, where the plaintiff and his co-travellers went for “forum shopping’ to deceive the judge who on sighting danger that both plaintiff and defendant are same persons, sponsored by the same person, just trying to mislead the court, washed his hands off from it, the case was transferred to Abuja and Dr Victor Ike Oye was notified of the ongoing matter. What they specialize in is to sue, bring their lawyer and bring a lawyer for the defendant without the knowledge of the defendant until judgement is secured. That was what they did in Jigawa. Though the court of Appeal Kano division has set it aside and declared *Dr Oye as the duly elected and authentic National Chairman of APGA in a well organized and INEC monitored National Convention held on 31st May 2019.

“With the return of this matter to the High Court yesterday (Friday) from the court of Appeal Abuja, the matter is as good as dead as the High court lacks jurisdiction to hear any matter of which substance has already been heard and finally determined by the Court of Appeal. This one, three appeal court judgements in favour of Dr Oye including the award of N10m against Edozie Njoku for disturbing APGA and the courts of the land.

“I am seeing another N10m award against him soon. I wish with this, the reading public, especially our Anambra indigenes resident here in Imo State can remain calm and unperturbed over the fake news.

“We all know the pains you pass through when this fake, fabricated and malicious news came up as it has to do with the emergence of Prof Chukwuma Soludo as the next Governor of Anambra State, come November 2021”.

APGA accused political jobbers of peddling the fake viral news to mislead the reading public as part of their failed strategies to truncate the party’s chances for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra state.


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Nigerian health workers issue fresh strike notice, lists demands



The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have issued a fresh notice of industrial action.

The notice confirms negotiations with the government is still ongoing as the recent strike notice expired the night of September 17.

JOHESU Acting General Secretary, Matthew Ajorutu, said an Expanded National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of the unions was held on Friday.

In attendance were the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the state and branch levels.

The session appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with the federal government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15 days strike notice issued on September 2.

Ajorutu noted that NEC discussed the appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the pledge to pay any debt owed to health workers.

The scribe disclosed NEC received and examined reports of congresses held at various health facilities across the country on the mobilisation for the fresh strike notice starting September 18.

Ajorutu asked the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.

The unions urged that the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to FG’s High-Level Body (HLB) not later than September 22, as agreed.

”NEC-in-session urges the Federal Government to ensure that the High-Level Body (HLB) completes and submits the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within the Sept. 30th, submission window.

”NEC urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window”, the joint statement added.

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