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APC Senators are committed to credible 2023 Elections – Boroffice

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The Deputy Majority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ajayi Boroffice has reacted to misleading reports trailing the Electoral Act (Repeal/Re-enactment) Bill, 2021 that was passed by the Senate on Thursday.

A statement issued by the Media Aide to the Deputy Majority Leader, Kayode Fakuyi, in Abuja, said all senators across party lines voted YES for electronic voting. Likewise, all senators across party lines agreed to electronic transmission of election results.

He explained that the seemingly controversial vote was about an amendment to Clause 52(3) that was proposed by a senator from the opposition party.

“The proposed amendment stated that electronic transmission of election results should take immediate effect. I voted NO against the proposed amendment and all APC senators and few senators from the opposition party voted NO against the proposed amendment”.

“Thus, it is outrightly false to claim APC senators rejected electronic transmission of election results. What was rejected was a proposed amendment about when electronic transmission of election results should take effect”.

Instructively, officials of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) briefed us that about 50% of total voting units in Nigeria had no network coverage. For instance, there are many voting units and villages in Ondo North Senatorial District without network coverage.

The implication of this fact is that electronic transmission of election results in all parts of the country will be practically impossible.

That was why Section 52(3) of the Electoral Act was crafted in such a way that all parts of the country, including the technologically disadvantaged areas, are accommodated. To do otherwise would have been less than patriotic.

Section 52(3) as passed by the Senate provides: ” The Commission may consider electronic transmission of results provided the National Network Coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the National Communication Commission and approved by the National Assembly”.

Ajayi Boroffice the APC caucus in the Nigerian Senate is united and committed to free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria. My colleagues and I are strongly convinced that we have taken the best decision in the interest of our party and our dear Nation.

 

 

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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