Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of INEC boss
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday sought Senate confirmation of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the newly appointed chairman of the National Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The president’s letter was read on the floor of the Senate yesterday by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Yakubu, a former Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund was appointed by President Buhari on Wednesday and his appointment has been ratified by the Council of State.
President Buhari also sought for the confirmation of Amina Bala Zakari who was acting INEC chair as Representative of the North-West, Dr. Antonla Taiye Okoosi (Kogi), NorthCentral, Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo (Borno), North-East, Dr. Mohammed Mustapha (Edo), South-South and Mr. Soyebi Adedeji Solomon(Ogun), South-West.
No date has been for their screening confirmation. fixed and
The Coalition of Civil Societies Groups in Nigeria has called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria to immediately disband and reconstitute the Cross River State Election Petition Tribunal due to alleged unconstitutionality.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, national chairman of the coalition, Comrade Iso Bassey Edim, said the tribunal was not constituted in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.
He said based on constitutional provisions, chairman of any election tribunal is supposed to come from the Court of Appeal, but alleged that in the case of Cross River State, that is not the case as the chairman is from one of the high courts in a North-East state.
He said if the anomaly is allowed to go unchecked, it would amount to a serious breach of the constitution, which he said would not augur well for the country’s democracy.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has call for the immediate and comprehensive review of the nation’s electoral laws, saying the existing laws cannot be used for the 2019 general elections and others after the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
National chairman of the party, Chief Ike Oye, made the call yesterday in Abuja at the unveiling of the governorship candidate in the coming Bayelsa governorship election, Deacon Christopher Enai.
Oye said the deficiencies in the existing laws create room for travesty of justice, including making it extremely difficult for those challenging outcomes of elections to have a fair hearing.
According to him, there were cases, including those of National Assembly elections, where the party had incontrovertible evidence that it won the elections, but the tribunal ruled that the petitioner (APGA) has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.
The Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) has commended President Muhammed Buhari for appointing Professor Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A statement signed by the national chairman of the party, Rev. Olusegun Peters, said that the need for a person with impeccable character devoid of controversy and partisanship to lead the electoral umpire cannot be over emphasized.
The statement said the task ahead of INEC was enormous, maintaining that it is a critical institution in Nigeria’s political process and therefore urged to Senate to confirm the appointment of Yakubu so that he can swing into action.
A non-governmental organization, Sokoto Indigenes Residing in Abuja, has decried the non-inclusion of the masses of the state in decision making process especially political appointments and put the blame on the elite and godfatherism.
Leader of the group, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed Abu Abuja, who spoke to reporters on behalf of his members in Abuja, said the majority of Sokoto citizens are masses who have been marginalized in the scheme of things through the selfish attitude of main stream politicians.
While expressing support for Hajya Aisha Abubakar as the Sokoto state’s ministerial nominee in the Buhari administration, the group condemned the description of her nomination as injustice by APC leaders in Sokoto.
Abu Abuja said President Buhari, who is well known for his selflessness and strict upholding of the law, is also well experienced on who to choose to assist him run his administration.
The State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja, yesterday upheld the election of Alhaji MomohJimoh Lawal, Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly as winner of the Okene II state constituency election.
The tribunal affirmed the election in its judgment on a petition filed by Umar Fari of All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the election and return of Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the election.
Umar had urged the tribunal to nullify the election of Lawal on the grounds of substantial non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (As amended).
In the judgment of the threemember tribunal delivered by one of the members, Hon. Justice Akintan Osadebe, it held that the April 11 election was conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (As amended).
The lawmaker representing Langtang South in the Plateau State House of Assembly), Mr Vincent Bulus, yesterday said that he would appeal the tribunal judgment which nullified his election and blacklisted him from contesting elections in Nigeria.
The National and State House of Assemblies Elections Petitions Tribunal, Tuesday, banned the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Bulus from contesting future elections on grounds that he is an ex-convict.
The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh election into the seat within 90 days, in the judgment delivered in a petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Jackson Danladi.
But Bulus told Daily Trust that he would head for the appeal court to challenge the judgment.
A former presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Chief Martin Onovo, has said that Nigerians should consider the possibility of voting an Igbo president in 2019 in the interest of justice and fair-play.
Mr Onovo said in an interview with the Daily Trust yesterday, that the Igbos had been relegated to the background in the political scheming of the country.
He noted that some political parties had fielded presidential candidates of Igbo extraction in the past, but regretted that the Igbos were not recognised despite being one of the major ethnic groups in the country.
From left: Executive Members, Igbo Leaders of Thoughts, Mr Justice Ononiba; Chairman, Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Prof. Vincent Ike, during their meeting in Enugu yesterday.