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THE Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has indicated that it would sue the Federal Government and the National Assembly for the postponement of the general elections.

Kolawole Oluwadare, the Deputy Director of SERAP in a statement on Sunday, blamed the successive governments in since 1999 for the increased predisposition to postpone elections which have only ended in corruption over the years.

 

 

He accused politicians of their negligence towards amending some of the vulnerabilities in the electoral processes, stating that it is unlikely that the Federal Government or the National Assembly would take the steps necessary to sort out the electoral system and improve transparency, accountability, and integrity of the electoral process.

Oluwadare also charged the citizens to be active participants in the fight against corruption by putting pressure on the authorities to hasten the reformation of the electoral system in Nigeria.

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“We urge Nigerians to take a more active role in the fight against corruption, including by putting pressure on the authorities at the federal and state levels and the National Assembly to comprehensively reform, upgrade and modernise our electoral system and processes. Otherwise, citizens’ right to participate in the governance system will remain a ‘hollow right.

“Given that the right to vote is considered a part of an individual’s fundamental right to political participation, persistent postponement of elections in the country raises serious questions about the legitimacy and integrity of Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.

“Persistent failure to upgrade and modernise the electoral system has effectively relegated the right of participation to paper tiger status, undermining the ability of citizens to genuinely participate in the fight against corruption and to hold their leaders to account. Yet, a transparent, accountable and modernised electoral process is a prerequisite to the effective exercise of citizenship in a democratic society.”

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Oluwadare also said that the budget and expenditures of INEC will be thoroughly investigated by SERAP in keeping with its role of ensuring transparency and accountability of the government.

“SERAP would also deploy the Freedom of Information Act to seek information on details of spending by INEC since 1999, as part of our initiatives to improve transparency and accountability of governmental operations and promote respect for citizens’ right to participate in the processes of government and governance in the country,” he said.

The which supposed to take place on Saturday was postponed by the electoral commission at the 11th hour to 23 February based on certain logistic problems.

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While the Governorship, State of Assembly and the FCT Area Council Elections are to hold on 9th Marc, 2019.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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BREAKING: Hoodlums Loot NYSC Camp In Abuja

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Hoodlums in their numbers have invaded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Kubwa Abuja looting properties belonging to the camp.

An eye witness, Precious Ayuba confirmed this incident to Tribune Online via a phone call. As at the time this report was being filed, the looting was still ongoing.

As at the time this report was being filed, the looting was still ongoing.

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According to the source, the hoodlums got wind that COVID-19 palliatives were stored in the NYSC camp, but reaching there, they could not find any food item.

Disappointed by what they saw, the hoodlums started looting foams, chairs tables, television and other properties they could behold.

Recall that in Abuja alone, about 3 locations where COVID-19 palliatives were stored have been looted with NYSC camp being the latest.

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Hoodlums have been on the loose across the country, looting COVID-19 palliatives storage houses.

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COVID-19: Governors received N1billion each from Buhari, N1.1billion from World Bank – Yahaya Bello

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Governors of the 36 states were said to have received N1billion each from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Governors were also said to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank to receive a sum of N1.1billion for the same purpose.

Yahaya Bello of Kogi State made this revelation on Tuesday while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.

According to Gov Bello, all the state governors have since received the N1billion from the Federal Government.

However, Yahaya Bello said he was the only state governor who refused to sign an MoU with the World Bank.

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Asked why he received the COVID-19 fund from the Federal Government despite not believing in the virus, Bello said, “even though we did not have COVID-19 in Kogi State, we are equally affected; because our economy was equally affected and Federal Government released that fund to assist every state and we cannot reject it.”

He stated that he refused to sign the World Bank MoU because it was a one-sided agreement or document.

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“Go and check records. Kogi State is the only State that refused to sign that document for N1.1bilion because I don’t believe in COVID. N500million has been disbursed, Kogi State did not receive and I refused to receive and I rejected it,” he said

The Kogi Governor debunked allegations that his government hoarded the CA-COVID relief packages in Lokoja or anywhere in the State as being rumoured.

The allegations, he said, were to discredit state governors and the Federal Government.

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