Some four hours into the ongoing local government election in Delta State, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has pulled out of the poll, citing irregularities.
This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday signed by the Publicity Secretary (Caretaker), APC Delta State, Sylvester Imonina Esq., and made available to journalists in the state.
“Some days ago we told Deltans that there were evil machinations to deprive Deltans of their rights to choose who to lead them at the local government level.
“True to the concerns raised by our Party days ago, DSIEC, PDP and Govr. Okowa have done the evil they know how to do best.
“Yesterday, 5th March, 2021 at Dsiec headquarters in Asaba, Delta APC Representatives were not allowed to take statistics of the materials that Dsiec intended transporting to the different LGAs in the State.
“This is despite the insistence of the Party’s Representatives that it is the right of political parties to inspect and confirm what material is meant for ‘what and where,” he noted.
According to him, as of “11a.m today (Saturday), materials that were purportedly transported to DSIEC offices at the LGAs and some Police Stations were yet to be distributed.”
He alleged that in places like “Burutu and Patani Local Government Areas, election materials were not taken to anywhere near the Local Government Areas!
“In LGAs where materials were purportedly taken, there were/are no results’ sheets. This to our mind is evil. There cannot be Elections without results sheets!
“In Ethiope East, unconfirmed report says that materials were purportedly taken there. However, there are also no results’ sheets.
“In few places in Asaba and the home town of the Governor where what looks like “elections materials” were taken to, there were no election results’ sheets too.
“Undiluted information reaching Delta APC is that DSIEC in connivance with PDP and the Governor have directed that apart from selected places where there shall be stage-managed elections, and some unscrupulous journalists made to dish out falsehood that there was peaceful election, it was their plans that there should be no release of election materials to any Ward.”
Imonina further averred that “APC members and Deltans who believe in democratic tenets have been to the different DSIEC offices and Police Stations where election materials were supposedly kept, but nothing is happening in those places. In other words, results are being written in undisclosed homes and offices with the connivance of security men.”
He added that “some APC members and leaders who peacefully protested the anti-democratic vices going on in the different DSIEC offices and Police Stations are being intimidated, harassed and humiliated.
“In particular, at the Police Station in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area, on the instigation of PDP leaders in Isoko North, some APC Stalwarts were arrested and still being kept in police Cell by the overzealous Divisional Police Officer and men under his control.”
In view of the above allegations, he said the Delta APC “hereby boycotts the charade called “Delta State Local Government Council elections,” noting that “though, the decision of Delta APC might be painful in view of the huge resources already committed by the Party and our Candidates to the project of making Delta State a better place.”
The Party, however, urged all members to remain peaceful in their bid to “bringing to the attention of Deltans and Nigerians the sacrilegious acts (murdering of democracy)of Dsiec, PDP and Gov Okowa.”
Economy: Buhari Sad, Admits Failure, Pushes Restructuring To Legislators.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure at the tumbling economy of the country, even as he confessed that the development is giving him a serious concern.
The President made the confession Friday night during an interview session with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Abuja.
He said the low performance of the economy has been a thing of concern to him, adding that his administration was doing everything possible to improve the economy.
According to him, one of the steps taken so far is reaching out to the international community to allow their multinational firms to come to Nigeria and establish their presence by employing Nigerians through which the economy will pick up.
On corruption, President Buhari said it was high time special courts were established to try several corruption cases currently stuck in conventional courts.
“You have instances of cases lasting for as long as 10 years before they are determined and in some cases judges handling the cases may die. But if there are special courts, there will be a time frame to conclude the corruption cases and not dragging on unnecessarily,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said only the National Assembly can deal with the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers.
Buhari said this on Friday while receiving members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House, Abuja.
The President restated his position on devolving more power to the people.
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary.
“Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.
“Luckily, the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’
Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant role in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.
“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.
Afe Babalola Canvases Strong Legal Framework For Tourism In Nigeria
A legal legend and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for the drafting of a robust and strong legal framework for the enhancement of the tourism sector in Nigeria.
Aare Afe Babalola made this call while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti _ State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre and Team Ekiti Tourism Development, in his White Rock Office , Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti on Wednesday 26 May 2021, after a tour of the Afe Babalola University campus, the Multi-System Hospital, the Planetarium and ABUAD Farms all within the ambit of Afe Babalola University, Ado – Ekiti.
Aare Afe Babalola who commended Dr Kayode Fayemi ‘s tourism vision exposed why Nigeria has not been reaping bountifully from tourism “We have a country which is overwhelmingly blessed with viable and humongous tourism wonders most in their pristine form.
We have intelligent, resourceful and vibrant tourism practitioners and stakeholders who are frenetically strengthening them delved out to eke something from the tourism offerings.
We have a world that is ready to explore Nigeria. But regrettably, we have a set of weak legislation and laws which were crafted when the tourism sector was in an analogue era “
He disclosed that “ One of the impediments truncating the phenomenal transition of Nigeria into a viable tourism economy is the lack of a robust and strong legal framework which is the necessary jelly for the lubrication of a vibrant tourism economy and business in Nigeria “
He called on the public and private sectors tourism practitioners in Nigeria to synergize efforts at ensuring the enactment of a purposeful and vision driven legal framework pointing out that the tourism sector is at present an unregulated and uncoordinated sector that revels in archaic and obsolete legal contents which bear no relevance of appropriateness in the face of contemporary developments.
Ambassador Ojo –Lanre in his remark disclosed that his mission to ABUAD was in furtherance of Dr John Kayode Fayemi’s tourism policy of enhancement of tourism potentialities of Ekiti State.
He described Aare Afe Babalola as an asset of inestimable value to Ekiti State not just only because he planted an international trans-generational academic enclave in Ado Ekiti, but has also created in Ado – Ekiti a global tourism destination capable of attracting millions of tourists to Ekiti State.
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre pointed out that “Here within the canopy of Afe Babalola University one can enjoy the luxury of an Educ-tour by feeding one’s eyes with the beauty of a truly conducive academic environment, embarking on agro-tourism sightseeing of a large expanse of well-mechanized farmland of varieties of crops, poultry and animal husbandry with allied industries processing them to finish products, take an expedition on medical tourism to one of the most equipped medical complex in Africa and finally take a trip from the Earth and explore the space at the biggest and largest Planetarium in West – Africa.
He pointed out that the totality of Aare Afe Babalola as a person and accomplishments is tourism itself for those who want to take a tour of a life which survived in the middle of hopeless deprivation and rose from grass to grace of fortune and opulence .
Rumours Of Fresh War Between Ife And Modakeke Hit The Internet
Ife and Modakeke have always been rivals from the time past, and as a result of this, a border had to come between them to demarcate each land space.
Many years ago when the crisis between them happened, it led to the death of many, until some Yoruba leaders intervened.
However, the report of a fresh war between them has not been confirmed or denied but it’s not something that should happen especially at a time like this.
Read the rumours making rounds below
Even if this Ife and Modakeke fight thing is a rumour. Please, still stay safe regardless.
Close your gate and lock your door. Stay awake if you can, especially if you can hear gunshots.
May God protect us all🙏
— I’m Dammy (@AyamDamiee) May 16, 2021
I can confirm this. And I hope the government intervene as fast as possible. Because ife and modakeke crises is not always a good thing to behold
— official aybaba (@timboswik) May 17, 2021
What am I hearing about IFE and Modakeke? Is that another war?
Please if you stay in modakeke area, some part of (Asherifa, Omole Estate, lagere and the likes ). Avoid late night walks and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/5W3GQBFEUd
— Black Zinari👧 (@microbialawyer) May 16, 2021
I don’t know precisely but there has been news about some clash between Ife and Modakeke communities over the death of a Mother and Child……. I think Alapata or Alapete area…… something like that
— dre! 💡✨ (@dre_daada) May 16, 2021
This Ife and modakeke self is one Israeli and second is Palatine? because I don’t know how same tribe will be fighting themselves within one state, if na North and East dey fight still dey reasonable, with this situations of this country we are still killing ourselves. God!!
— akinade olamilekan afeez (@fezco1) May 17, 2021
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