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Anambra Poll: CDD salute security agencies for professional conduct

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Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has commended security agencies for the high level of professionalism they have so far shown in the Anambra governorship election.

Dr Saeed Husaini, Director, Research, CDD, at a news conference on the Centre’s election analysis on Saturday in Abuja urged them to sustain the humane approach to election security through the voting, collation, and announcement of results.

Husaini observed that although there were pockets of reports indicating the absence or low presence of security officials, there had been no widespread reports of misconduct by security officials deployed for the elections.

He said that CDD noted that this was a noteworthy development considering that the expectation of intimidation and abuse from state security officials was a source of heightened concern ahead of the elections.

“In spite of threats by non-state armed groups and concerns over the heavy deployment of security agents, very few incidents of intimidation and violence have been reported defying the context of fear and uncertainty that preceded Election Day.

“In spite of  the heavy deployment of state security agents, observers have noted a surprisingly scanty presence of security personnel in numerous reports from across the state.

“Where security agents have been present, reports indicate that they have largely respected rules of engagement and acted with professionalism.

“This is highly commendable and we hope that this mode of engagement with voters is sustained till the end of the electoral process. ‘’

Husaini said that likewise, the withdrawal of the sit at home order pronounced by proscribed IPOB contributed to the opening of the polls and the relatively peaceful atmosphere witnessed.

He said that the centre observed persistent incidents of the failure of the Bi-Modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS), lateness of officials in commencing accreditation and polling, electoral malpractice including vote-buying among others.

He added that the one repeated occurrence that threatened to mar the quality of the election outcome had been the widely reported failure of the  BIVAS across numerous polling units in the state.

He said that CDD observers recorded a low turnout of voters across the state ,noting that this  reflected the climate of uncertainty leading up to the election, as well as the historically high levels of voter apathy that have been recorded in the state.

He said that CDD having observed the elections therefore, recommended that  security agencies to continue to respect human rights and standard rules of engagement and to secure voters as well as INEC staff and infrastructure.

“We call on civic and pro-democracy groups to remain vigilant, especially during the collation and announcement of voting results.

“We urge INEC and its officials to ensure the diligent accounting of votes, especially since voting collation will likely stretch into the night.’’

Husaini said that the centre implored voters to remain calm and, where possible, to monitor the outcome of the polls up to the announcement of the results.

The director said that the centre called on political parties to remain calm and to do nothing to compromise the integrity of the election.

Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Senior Fellow, CDD said that the centre expressed gladness that the election did not result to national emergency or security crisis adding that “That is an achievement already.’’

Ibrahim however, said that CDD urged INEC to properly train its officials in the use of its BVAS devices as the failure or malfunctioning of the device could be linked to lack of knowledge.

Ms Princess Hamman-Obels,Director,The Electoral Hub and an Analyst at CDD’s Election Analysis Centre ,said that so far so good the centre was satisfied with the process of the election.

According to Hamman-Obels, elections are about procedures and processes and it is rated based on that adding that so far things are moving in the right direction in spite of failure of the BVAS machine in some cases.

“For now, we are satisfied with the procedure,” she said.

 

 

 

 

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President Tinubu Suspends Emefiele As CBN Governor

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President Bola Tinubu has suspended Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, CFR, from office with immediate effect,” the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Willie Bassey said in a Friday statement.

“This is a sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy.

“Mr Emefiele has been directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate) [Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi], who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of the investigation and the reforms.”

The development is coming less than two weeks after President Tinubu assumed office and months after the CBN’s heavily-criticized naira swap.

Former President Muhammadu Buhari’s government introduced new bank notes late last year, arguing it would help tackle vote-buying, insecurity and fight inflation among others.

But weeks before the polls, the country was hit with a cash crunch as the CBN withdrew the old notes. The development drew criticisms from top personalities.

Some state governors even took the matter to court with Tinubu faulting the implementation of the policy.

As the then-presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu asked the CBN to allow both old and new notes to coexist.

Tinubu said, he was “only concerned about its disruptive implementation and the hardship it has brought on the generality of our people who currently can’t access their hard-earned money to meet obligations and the attendant consequences on the informal sector, where the majority operate”.

In the lead-up to the presidential election, his campaign team claimed the move was targeted at Tinubu.

During his inauguration, President Tinubu did not mince words about the naira swap policy and promised to review it.

He maintained that it “was too harshly applied by the CBN given the number of unbanked Nigerians.

“The policy shall be reviewed. In the meantime, my administration will treat both currencies as legal tender”.

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Fuel Subsidy: Nigeria No Longer Father Christmas To Neighbouring Countries – Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has justified the removal of fuel subsidy, saying that the country cannot continue feeding smugglers and acting as Father Christmas to neighbouring countries.

He said this at an interactive session with the Royal Fathers under the aegis of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) at the Aso Villa on Friday, according to a statement by State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye.

The President informed them of the decision to remove fuel subsidy, improve security, create jobs, and sustain the environment as well as the forthcoming election of principal officers of the 10th National Assembly.

‘‘I am grateful that you are paying attention to what I have been doing. You have paid attention to the subsidy removal. Why should we in good heart and sense, feed smugglers and be Father Christmas to neighbouring countries, even though they say not every day is Christmas?

‘‘The elephant that was going to bring Nigeria to its knees is the subsidy. A country that cannot pay salaries and we say we have the potential to encourage ourselves. I think we did the right thing,’’ he said.

Various speakers at the meeting expressed support for the subsidy removal, with the President appealing to the traditional leaders to persuade Nigerians to have faith and that the pump prices of fuel will eventually come down.

While acknowledging concerns about the need for critical infrastructure in different parts of the country, President Tinubu pledged that any roadblock in the way of the progress of the Nigerian people would be removed by his government.

‘‘The lamentations about the capital projects, where is the money going to come from if we don’t protect our resources and our boundaries?

‘‘You cannot have development without capital projects,’’ he added.

On the leadership of the National Assembly, the President urged the royal fathers to counsel their subjects interested in elective positions on the need to manage their ambitions and create harmony within the legislative house.

President Tinubu declared that he is ready to work with any elected representative from the National Assembly, stressing that the Nigeria project is of paramount importance to him.

‘‘Nigeria must survive. Nigeria must develop. Nigeria must make progress,’’ he said.

On security, the President reiterated his pledge to Nigerians to prioritise the sector until every Nigerian “goes to sleep with their two eyes closed.’’

He emphasized that the unity and togetherness of the country cannot be compromised, saying that every region of the country would get what it is due.

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10th Senate Presidency: Tinubu Insists On Akpabio-Barau Ticket

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…..Yari, Abbo and Jimoh Ibrahim boycott meeting with The President

….. As Sex Toy Senator Elect Leads Yari’s Campaign Against Tinubu

 

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reiterated that his position and that of All Progressives Congress (APC) on the choice of Senators Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau for the leadership position of the 10th Senate has not changed.

The President at a closed door meeting with Federal Legislators-elect in Abuja said the choice of Akpabio as Senate President will promote unity in the Country.

” The president of this country and his vice are of the Muslim faith, and it is natural and in the spirit of national unity and equity that the position of the Senate President be given to our christian citizens. We should not be seen to wanting to kill christianity in this country, ” he stressed.

President Tinubu used the occasion to congratulate all the Legislators- elect and expressed his desire and that of his administration to work with all of them in the 10th Assembly in the overriding public interest.

Sources at the meeting said former Governor of Zambara State, AbdulAziz Yari; Jimoh Ibrahim (Ondo) and Elisha Abbo (Adamawa) were absent from the Villa meeting.

While all other Legislators-Elect across line attended the meeting at the Presidential Villa.

It was however gathered that, shortly after the meeting, Senators-Elect Abdulaziz Yari, Jimoh Ibrahim and Elisha Abbo decided to confront the Tinubu administration by immediately calling for a counter meeting slated for 9pm today at the Fraiser Suites, Abuja.

The Notice of Meeting was signed by Senator Elisha Abbo, who became famous four years ago as ‘the Sex Toy Senator’ when the news of his slapping a young Girl at a Sex Toy shop in Abuja, went viral in public gatherings.

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