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Government should avoid the Nationalization of Political Parties in the Electoral Act Amendments Bill”- Oba (Barr.) Semiudeen Kasali

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Government should avoid the Nationalization of Political Parties in the Electoral Act Amendments Bill”- Oba (Barr.) Semiudeen Kasali

 

The Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, HRH Oba (Barr.) Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade 1 has urged the government to avoid the nationalization of Political parties in the Electoral Act Amendments Bill that is awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. This was unveiled during the goodwill message of the King during the 2021 International Security Conference organized by the Institute of Security, Nigeria.

 

 

The 2-day conference with the theme, “Enhancing Integrity and Security Solutions to Election Threats and Political Violence in Democratic Environment” took place at the University of Lagos on Friday, 10th December 2021.

 

 

The Royal Father noted that the Conference is a good precursor to the 2023 elections and it is expected that the outcome of the conference will go a long way in curbing electoral corruption, violence, and other unwholesome practices that are renowned with the electioneering process in Nigeria.

 

 

According to Oba Kasali, “factors responsible for fraudulent and violent elections include- bad officials directly or indirectly engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); the partisan position of security agencies during electioneering period; monetization of electoral processes; bad reportage by the media before and after elections and the non-provision of a fair playing ground for those seeking electoral offices.”

 

 

While speaking on the legal implications of the Electoral Act Amendments Bill, the Royal Father and Barrister expounded that direct primaries should not be mandated for elective positions across all political parties in the country. In his words, “it is a systematic way of empowering a few members of the political party to become power brokers before whom the aspirants take a bow. It is an enormous privilege to reward a few loyal party members and this system is prone to abuse by the moneybags.”

 

 

“Political parties are not government agencies but private associations with their own rules and governance systems, clearly known to members. The adoption, rejection, and amendment of rules are sine-qua-non for political parties. Lawmakers should not infantilize political party members in the guise of promoting internal democracy,” he said.

 

 

In his welcome address, the Director-General of the Institute of Security, Nigeria, Bar. Adebayo Akinade said, “The Institute will continue to open up various channels for the expansion of the field of knowledge and the resource pool of the security and protection professionals in the public and private sector in the country.”

 

 

Bar. Akinade added, “the institute is in partnership with the Human Resources Development Board (HRBD) and UNILAG Consult, the University of Lagos for Professional Diploma and Specialist Certification programmes. Also, the Senate of the University of Lagos has approved the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminal Intelligence in collaboration with the Distance Learning Institute. While a Master’s Degree is being run in the Department of Psychology of the institution”

 

 

The Director-General opined that there is a need to search for solutions to immediate and remote causes of electoral violence, political crimes, and other breakdowns in the social fabric of the society. As this will, in turn, aid the development of policies which will help correct the anomalies.”

 

 

The Institute of Security, Nigeria was founded in 2004 to increase the effectiveness and productivity of Security Practitioners through the development of educational programmes and materials that will address broad security interests. Since its inception, over 20,000 high-level security practitioners have been trained.

 

 

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To know more about Oba (Bar.) Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, visit- https://www.igbogbokingdom.com/people/hrm-oba-semiudeen-orimadegun-kasali/

 

To know more about Igbogbo Kingdom, visit- https://www.igbogbokingdom.com/

 

Or visit the Palace- Oba Fatola Johnson Pavillion, Adeboruwa Palace, Igbogbo Lagos, Nigeria.

 

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Oyo state Police hold talks with political parties over 2023 elections

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Oyo state Police hold talks with political parties over 2023 elections

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The Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Command, has commenced sensitisation talks with political stakeholders in preparation for hitch free campaigns ahead of the 2023 general polls in the state.

The command’s spokesman, SP Adewale Osifeso, made this known in a statement on Friday in Ibadan.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Osifeso said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adebowale Williams while addressing the stakeholders, enjoined them to embrace peace and shun acts capable of truncating the relative peace and tranquility enjoyed by residents.

Mr Williams highlighted measures already put in place toward realising hitch-free campaigns and the general polls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Commissioner of Police advised the political parties participating in the general elections to submit details of their campaign schedules to include dates and routes for adequate security cover.

He told the gathering that the command had formed a special crowd control unit to cater to cases of crowd management before, during and after the campaigns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Williams said that there would be regular patrols across the length and breadth of the state, intelligence-led stop-and-searches and technology-aided surveillance during the period.

He called on parents, guardians and leaders wielding various degrees of influence to prevail on their children, wards and protégées to avoid being used as cannon fodders by agents of mischief to disrupt the polity.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Williams warned that heavy sanctions awaited violators in accordance with the laws and statues of the land.

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Wike Denies filing Suit Against Atiku

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Wike Denies filing Suit Against Atiku

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Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike few moments ago (Friday) distanced himself from a purported suit said to have been filed by him seeking the removal of Atiku Abubakar as presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s general election.

This comes few hours after some media outfits had reported that Wike had ordered the removal of PDP flags in Rivers State government house, which also turned out to be false.

 

 

 

In an exclusive chat with THISDAY, the Governor denied knowing anything whatsoever about the purported suit or even knowing the lawyers who filed the suit in the first instance. “I don’t know anything about the so called suit. I did not ask anyone to file any suit for me”

The media was on Friday morning awash with reports that Governor Wike and one Chieftain of the PDP, Mr Newgent Ekamon, had dragged the PDP to court seeking the removal of Atiku as Candidate of the PDP in next year’s presidential polls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the purported suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, the plaintiffs were said to have hinged their claims on the grounds that the PDP primary conferred undue advantage on Atiku which aided his emergence as candidate of the PDP in the May 28 and 29 primary.

Reacting to the publication, Wike flatly denied the suit said to have been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja. He described the suit as the handiwork of mischief makers who merely want to use him to score cheap political goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He stated emphatically, “I don’t know the lawyers”. Continuing, he said, “am I a kid to be filing a suit at this time. I had 14 days after the primary within which to have filed any suit. I didn’t do that then, is it two months after primary I will file a suit?

He also recalled that, “just yesterday they came up with the claim that I ordered my Chief Security Officer to pull down PDP flag in Government House. This is all false, it’s all propaganda. Some people are trying to use me to win the election. Please disregard all these lies”.

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Governor Wike Files Lawsuit against Atiku Over PDP 2023 Presidential Ticket

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Governor Wike Files Lawsuit against Atiku Over PDP 2023 Presidential Ticket

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Governor Nyesom Wike has filed a lawsuit against Atiku Abubakar over the 2023 presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr Wike filed the lawsuit alongside another PDP member Michael Ekamon, according to filings entered before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. The applicants also joined the PDP, Governor Aminu Tambuwal and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the matter.

 

 

The parties were served on July 1, and a PDP official responded to the originating summons on August 5 in Abuja. The lawsuit could complicate the main opposition party’s drive and message leading to the 2023 general elections — for a platform already bogged down by the upswing of Peter Obi and his Labour Party base.

It also comes as a reconciliation panel begins sitting to resolve a cold war between Messrs Abubakar and Wike over the outcome of the presidential primary and the selection of a running mate by Mr Abubakar. The crisis escalated last week when Mr Wike publicly accused Mr Abubakar of lying about the extent of the infighting while allegedly instigating attacks through Sule Lamido and others, calling them “attack dogs.”

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Wike has been seething over the convention outcome for several weeks, and his anger intensified after Mr Abubakar passed him over for Ifeanyi Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate. Mr Abubakar said competence and loyalty weighed heavily in his considerations for a running mate.

Mr Wike came second during the primary, scoring 237 votes to trail Mr Abubakar, who polled 371 votes from the total 767 votes cast at the convention ground in Abuja. The Rivers governor blamed his defeat on Mr Tambuwal’s decision to step down for Mr Abubakar at the last minute, describing the process as unfair — even though he did not argue that it violated the party’s standing rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A spokesman for Mr Abubakar did not immediately return a request seeking comments about the suit. Messages sent to a PDP spokesman did not deliver on Thursday evening. But sources close to the former vice-president said he had a meeting with his legal team at Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja on Wednesday night, although it was unconfirmed whether Mr Wike’s lawsuit was among the issues discussed.

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