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INEC registers 23 new political parties. YES, RAP, UP, 20 other parties

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23 new political parties registered by INEC. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday announced the names of 23 new political parties registered, raising the number of parties in Nigeria to 91.

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Some of the 23 new political parties registered bear acronyms that can be easily recalled, such as YES, which means YES Electorates Solidarity and RAP, the Reform and Advancement Party. There are also COP, standing for Congress of Patriots and UP, meaning United Patriots. One of the parties share the acronym of the American University of Nigeria, AUN in Yola. It is called Alliance for a United Nigeria.

The other 21 parties are Advanced Alliance Party (AAP) , Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), African Action Congress (AAC), Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD), Alliance National Party (ANP) and Allied People’s Movement (APM).

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Also registered were Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN), Change Nigeria Party (CNP), Liberation Movement (LM), Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP), Nigeria for Democracy (NFD) and Peoples Coalition Party (PCP)

Others are Save Nigeria Congress (SNC), United Peoples Congress (UPC), We The People Nigeria (WTPN) , Youth Party (YP), and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

The Commission in a statement issued by Mohammed Haruna, its National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, in Abuja stated that the registration of the new parties was one of the decisions taken at its regular meeting held on Tuesday.

The Commission said it received 144 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties.

After a rigorous process of evaluation in accordance with the Constitution and Electoral Act which included assessment of the constitutions and manifestos of the intending parties and verification of membership of their executive committees and offices, the 23 associations met all the requirements and so have been registered as political parties.

This brings the number of political parties to 91 and will be the last round of registration of parties until after the general elections on 16 Feb. 2019.

The Commission added that the new parties would receive their Certificate of Registration on Thursday at its headquarters.

The Commission also approved the extension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to Aug. 31 from Aug. 17 it had earlier announced.

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The Commission said it decided to extend the exercise which commenced on April 27, 2017, truly continuous for the first time by opening permanent registration centres in all 774 Local Government offices and 672 other centres.

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It said the decision was to ensure that all-year round, Nigerians who turned 18 years would have the opportunity to register.

Consequently, the current CVR has been going on for 16 months. As at 11th August 2018, the Commission has registered an additional 12, 139,061 new voters.

It however noted that many Nigerians had appealed for the extension of the exercise and as a result the decision to extend the CVR to Aug. 31 was taken.

The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9a.m. and 5p.m.

The Commission wishes to inform the public that the on-going collection of PVCs will not end with the exercise. Collection of PVCs will continue until close to the general elections.

The Commission said that it would issue Notice of Election for 2019 general elections on Friday, Aug. 17, as the first of 14 activities in the timetable in accordance with Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

The issuance of notice will kick-start the countdown to the 2019 general elections, which timetable was issued on Jan. 9, the Commission stated.

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FG Rejects Generalised Approach To Financial Reforms

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The Federal Government on Monday rejected a generalised approach for financial reform initiatives in Nigeria, stressing that it would rather prefer specific measures to reform the country’s financial management system.

Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, made this public in Abuja while playing host to the Partners of Ernst & Young in his office led by the Advisory Leader, West Africa, Ben Afudego.

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Idris lauded the credentials of EY Consulting and stated that the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation was open to value addition and with the firm on financial reforms but advised against a generalised approach.

He was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja by the OAGF spokesperson, Henshaw Ogubike, as saying, “The OAGF does not want a generalised approach; we want specifics. No more talking and meeting, we want to achieve results.”

Idris, whose office anchored the Federal Government’s financial management reforms, noted that the overall success of the initiatives was hinged on implementation of result-oriented ideas.

He called on stakeholders that could add value to the government’s efforts to come up and further advocated for strong collaboration between some treasury departments and EY Consulting to drive government reforms with the application of technology.

“We are open to new ideas; we are open to value addition. We believe if we get critical stakeholders, we can achieve even more successes in the reform initiatives,” the accountant-general stated.

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Ramadan 2021: Remember Nigeria in prayers, Lawan urges Muslims

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Muslims on Ramadan to remember Nigeria in their prayers as the country seeks to overcome the challenges it is facing.

He urged them to stress the messages of peace, love and national unity as the fasting period begins across the Islamic world.

He also urged them to use the period for sober reflection, self-discipline and sacrifice.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, titled ‘Senate President urges peace, national unity and prayers for Nigeria during Ramadan.’

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“I urge us to remember our dear country in our prayers as we seek to overcome the challenges we are facing as a nation.

“This is in the realisation that Allah is the Almighty, kind and greater than all human problems. “I enjoin us to stress the importance of peace, love, generosity and unity in our teachings during this sacred period.

“We should also not let down our guards in the observance of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical protocols in our spiritual and other activities during the Holy Month,” Lawan said.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs had yesterday announced    that Ramadan will start in the country on Tuesday, April 13.

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Slain Soldiers: Ortom Condoles Buhari, Apologises To Deceased Families

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The remains of the twelve soldiers killed by local bandits at Bonta Village in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State last week were on Monday committed to mother earth at the Military Cemetery, Wurukum in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Eleven soldiers and one officer, Captain Adeolu Adebayo were killed while on a peace mission to the troubled Bonta Village in Benue State on Easter Monday.

In his oration, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom condoled with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Chief of Army Staff over the death of twelve military personnel.

Ortom also apologised to the families of the slain soldiers.

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The governor vowed that his government would collaborate with security agencies to ensure that all the perpetrators of the act were apprehended and brought to book.

The governor regretted the soldiers had to die in the hands of the militias while trying to maintain peace in the troubled areas in the state.

“I condole Mr. President who is the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, the Chief of Army Staff and indeed the leadership of our security forces in the country.

“On behalf of government and people of Benue State, we condemn the killing of our innocent soldiers who were out there to keep peace in our state.

“It is unfortunate that this incident took place. I want the Nigerian army, the families of the deceased and indeed all Nigerians to know that the attack on security personnel is an attack on all.

“This attack was unwarranted, it was not needed because all these patriotic soldiers were there to keep peace and that was why they were ambushed. Otherwise, we all know what soldiers can do and the capacity they have to defend themselves.

“So we condemn this and we want to assure everyone that my government will join hands with the security forces to ensure that all those who perpetrated this sad act are brought to book.

“I equally want to apologize to the bereaved families. In the course of my trying to manage this challenge, if I said anything that was offensive to the families of the deceased, I want to say that I am sorry.

“As a leader, I needed to say something, the people needed to hear from me, and as at the time that I made the comment that it was two soldiers that were missing, it was based on the information that was made available to me.

“But all the same, please I am sorry. It is the responsibility of this government to also join hands with the leadership of the army to see how we can support the bereaved families. May God reset their peaceful souls,” Governor Ortom said.

Among those present at the burial were Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, the Commanding Officer, 72 Battalion, military personnel as well as family members of the deceased soldiers.

At the funeral service conducted by Chaplain of 73 Battalion, Major Ibrahim Mavisky and Imam, Captain AA Bashir, concurred that there was time for everything under the sun, “time to be born and time to die, we brought nothing to this world and we shall surely leave with nothing.”

They noted that the fallen heroes were peacemakers who went out not for evil but for peace and regrettably met their death in the process

“These people died innocently and without any offence. It is the promise of God that each of us has a stipulated time to go. We will all go back to God someday and explain how we lived our lives. God will console the entire Nigerian Army and the immediate families they left behind. “The slain soldiers were out to serve the nation but were cut short. We, therefore, pray for their souls and that God should grant them eternal rest,” they said.

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