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Presidential Candidate Must Not Spend More than N10BN For Campaign – Senate

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The Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission and Electoral Matters, has proposed an extension to the tenure of Local Government Chairmen, in the Federal Capital Territory, from three to four years.

The committees equally proposed an upward review of the amount to be spent by candidates seeking elective public office to N10bn.

Our correspondent also learnt in Abuja, on Wednesday, that the panel also recommended that other elected officials of the six area councils which make up the FCT should equally benefit from the proposed amendment.

These proposals are contained in recommended amendments to the Electoral Act, which the committee is prepared to submit before Senators and House of Reps members for consideration and approval later this month.

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When contacted, the Chairman, Senate Committee on the INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, confirmed this development, in an interview with our correspondent.

Gaya said, “Since the National Assembly legislate on the Federal Capital Territory, we amended the tenure of the local government chairmen within the FCT.

“We believe that if we leave a chairman to serve for three years, they cannot record any concrete achievement.

“They would be undergoing the learning process in their first year and start implementing their own projects in the second year, while they will be preparing for elections in the third year. This means that they have just one year to really work effectively.

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“However, if we increase their tenure to four years, they will have two out of the four years to work. That is why we have proposed that the tenure for local government chairmen should be increased to four years.

“We are therefore appealing to all the governors to comply with the new provisions because we don’t have the powers over them. We can only appeal to them.”

The committee chairman also explained that the panel equally proposed an upward review of the amount to be spent by candidates seeking elective public office.

He said, “We looked at the current situation and we have come to a conclusion that someone contesting election as president of Nigeria should spend more than N5bn.

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“We have recommended N10bn for the Presidential candidate while the amount that could be spent by those contesting elections as governors and legislators have also been reviewed upward.

“On personal donations to presidential candidates, we have recommended that an individual could donate up to N10m for a candidate either for the presidential or governorship election because the current N1m benchmark is no longer realistic.”

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Yahaya Bello Explains Why Fani-Kayode Did Not Join APC

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Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has explained why former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode did not join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He spoke on Politics Today, Channels Television programme monitored by The Nation,

Recall that The Nation had reported that Yahaya Bello, in a two minutes video, claimed the former minister had dumped the PDP for the APC.

Also, viral photos of Fani-Kayode meeting with the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and the APC interim National Chairman, Mala Buni did set many tongues wagging.

Bello said, “Myself and Chief Fani-Kayode are brothers and we are partnering in ensuring there is peace and tranquility across the country.“The Chief Femi Fani-Kayode that everybody knows by the time he met me, I think he had a rethink of what life is all about and what Nigeria is all about, and you can see the mix so far, we are able to broker peace between the Amalgamated Union of Traders and our other aggrieved brothers.

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“Him joining the APC is at his own volition; him not joining, is at his own volition, political party divide has nothing to do with both of us working for the unity, peace and progress of this country, that’s what I know.”

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We’ll unveil new security outfit in South West, says Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has stated that a new security outfit that will compliment effort of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun, and other security agencies in tackling the insecurity ravaging the region would soon be unveiled.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, he said the new security outfit would involve all security groups, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the region.

He said stakeholders involved would deliberate on the issue in Ibadan Oyo State on March 17.

Adams and some members of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere present at the press briefing also called on the six governors of the region to inject at least 15 per cent of their annual budget into agriculture.

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Iba Adams, Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin and a chieftain of the group, Sola Lawal said investing a huge amount of money on agriculture will play a huge impact in providing sustainable food production for the region.

They condemned the recent protest by food sellers in the northern part of the country, which prevented food from the area from coming to the Southwest.

The trio said investment in agriculture would provide employment, enhance internally generated revenue, provide food security, reduce urban congestion and enlarge the coast for participatory modernised agriculture.

Adams explained that the Southwest spent a huge amount on food daily, adding that the protest was a clarion call to the Southwest leaders to provide the necessary security for farmers in order to produce enough agricultural produce.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East geo-political zone set to elect new Executives as the Leader of the PDP in the zone and Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, arrives the popular Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, venue of the Party’s Zonal Congress.

The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu, the PDP National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu, the National Youth Leader, Rt. Hon. Sunday Udeh-Okoye, fomer Governors of Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo states, Senator Sam Egwu, Peter Obi and Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha respectively, National and State Assembly members from the zone, Barr. Olisa Metu, Chris Ubah, and other esteemed leaders of the party in the zone, including the new returnee in Anambra State, Hon. Tony Nwoye, are in attendance.

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