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ECOWAS Parliament seeks President Buhari’s support in quest for direct election of MPs

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ECOWAS Parliament seeks President Buhari’s support in quest for direct election of MPs

The ECOWAS Parliament.

The ECOWAS Parliament has solicited President Buhari’s support towards the realisation of its Direct Universal Suffrage which will enable the parliament to function more effectively and independently.

Hon. Sidie Tunis, Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament called for support on Tuesday at the ongoing ECOWAS Parliament’s 2021 Ordinary Session in Abuja.

“We brainstormed on the possibility of attaining this democratic reform and setting the parliament up as a truly democratic body.

“We also used the visit to sensitise the Nigerien authorities on the mode of election and facilitated deliberations on the strategy to have it achieved.

“This quest is not only a democratic quest; it’s a requirement that must be fulfilled to establish sustainable democracy in the region.

“I am, therefore, humbly pleased to make use of this glorious opportunity, to call on President Muhammad Buhari to please consider granting this advocacy your fullest support.

“We are convinced that with your support, we are on our way to a safe landing.

“Your Excellency, the Vice President is kindly entreated to convey this modest request of the ECOWAS Parliament to His Excellency,” Tunis said.

The speaker recalled the efforts the parliament had put in in its quest for the direct election of members into the sub-regional parliament.

He said that during the parliament’s Extraordinary Session in Winneba, Ghana, he had requested President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana to champion the same cause.

He said that the parliament also requested Mohamadou Issoufou, former President of the Republic of Niger to serve as Chief Advocate, while Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, former President of the ECOWAS Commission should serve as Assistant Chief Advocate.

“Having been assured of their concurrence, we set out to address the following key areas: The modalities for the conduct and financing of the election of Members to the ECOWAS Parliament.

“The electoral Code for the election; as well as the proposal for the code of conduct for candidates in the election.

“Two weeks ago, I headed a delegation of the ECOWAS Parliament for a study visit to the Republic of Niger.

“We held discussions with His Excellency the President of the Republic and the Assistant Chief Advocate for the direct elections of Members into the ECOWAS Parliament.

“We brainstormed on the possibility of attaining this democratic reform and setting the Parliament up as a truly democratic body.

“We also used the visit to sensitise the Nigerien Authorities on the mode of election and facilitated deliberations on the strategy to have it achieved,” Tunis said.

Speaking on the session otherwise known as the “Budget Session,” Tunis said he expected that members of the parliament would translate the vision with which they approached the exercise into goals that were consistent with regional and global dynamics.

The newsmen report that the realisation of the Direct Universal Suffrage of the parliament is the key agenda of the Tunis-led Fifth Legislature.

The 2021 Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament is holding from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, 2021.

 

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

…Directs LGAs Heads to take over from sacked Council Chairmen 

Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun announced three appointments a few hours after he was sworn in.

Adeleke, in a statement on Sunday in Osogbo, appointed a former chairman of Osogbo Local Government Council, Mr. Kassim Akinleye, as the Chief of Staff.

He also approved the appointment of Mr. Teslim Igbalaye as Secretary to the State Government while Mr Olawale Rasheed is Chief Press Secretary.

All appointments take immediate effect.

 Adeleke was sworn in as the sixth executive Governor of Osun on Sunday.

The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adepele Ojo, administered the oath.

In the meantime, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has directed career heads of Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Area Councils Development Areas (ACDAs) in the state to take control and charge of their councils from the sacked council chairmen and councilors.

The directive is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed.

Adeleke says the directive is with immediate effect.

“Gov. Adeleke also directed the most senior career heads across all the local government areas, to take charge of their councils.

“This is in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the council d Local Government Chairmen and Councilors,” the government said.

It would be recalled that Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, on Friday, declared the local government election conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, as null and void.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel delivered the judgment based on a PDP suit, asking the court to stop the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) from conducting the Osun Oct. 15 Local Government election.

The judge, in his judgment, stated that the Local Government election that was subsequently held by OSIEC was held in contravention of Sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Reacting to the ruling, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Osun, Mr Abiodun Idowu, called on its members to remain calm and peaceful.

Idowu said the leadership of their party- the All Progressives Congress (APC) and all the chairmen across the 69 LGAs, ACDAs had filed a ‘Notice of Appeal and Stay of Execution’ against the ruling.

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

 A Federal High Court in Osun, on Friday, nullified the State Local Governments Election conducted by Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), even before the outgoing Governor Oyetola hands over to incoming Governor Adeleke.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ayo-Nathaniel Emmanuel, held that the election conducted by OSIEC on Oct. 15, was illegal, null and void, having not been conducted in consonance with the Electoral Act of 2022.

Emmanuel ordered the Local Government Chairmen and Councillors across the state to vacate all Local Government Secretariats and Offices with immediate Effect.

He said the notice given by OSIEC for the election was not in compliance with Section 28 of the OSIEC  Act 2022. 

”Section 24 of the OSIEC laws gives 360 days notice and also section 25 and section 26 of the OSIEC laws are also insistence with the electoral act in term of submission and publication of names.

The PDP had approached the court praying that the Court stop OSIEC from going ahead with the election.

Other respondents in the matter include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All ProgressIve Congress (APC), and its former party Chairman, Oba Adeboyega Famoodun, the Owa of Igbajo. 

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Tinubu, Over Lack of Diligent Prosecution

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a case filed by the Action Peoples Party (APP) seeking to nullify the candidature of Bola Tinubu as the 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Director of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Bayo Onanuga indicated this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the suit FHC/UM/CS/124/2022 was filed by the APP and others against the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) as the first defendant.

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“It had Bola Tinubu as second defendant and the APC as third defendant.

“The plaintiffs had prayed the court to ask INEC, the first defendant to invalidate the nomination of Tinubu, the second defendant who is the presidential candidate of the third defendant.

“The plaintiffs canvassed that the 2nd defendant had allegedly submitted to the 1st defendant false information in his form EC9.

“When he failed to include his primary and secondary education as contained in his form CF001 of 1999 submitted for gubernatorial election pursuant to section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022 and 131 of the 1999 Constitution,” Onanuga said.

He added that counsel to the third defendant, Babatunde Ogala however, filed a notice of preliminary objection on the grounds that the suit was statute-barred, disclosed no cause of action and that the plaintiff had no locus.

Onanuga said Ogala argued that it was frivolous and a waste of the time of the judiciary.

“When the matter came up for determination before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday, Nov. 21, the plaintiff did not make an appearance in court.

“Justice Nwite subsequently struck out the case for lack of diligent prosecution,” the APC PCC Director of Media and Publicity said.

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