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E-transmission of election results: Group writes US, demands visa ban on 80 Senators

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A pro- democracy group known as Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora (DVND) has written a letter to the United States of America through its Nigerian Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, asking for a Visa ban on all the senators who voted against the electronic transmission of election results in Nigeria.

The eighty Senators included 52 that voted against the bill and the 28 Senators that were absent at the red chamber on the voting day.

The names of the said senators are attached to the letter.

In a statement released to newsmen Tuesday in Abuja by the DVND President, Timothy Sule, also called on President Muhammadu Buhari “to withhold assent on any electoral act bill that failed to incorporate electronic voting, order of elections to start with Governorship’s and State Assemblies and then Presidential and National Assemblies.”

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Others copied in the letter dated 18th July, 2021, include: United States Secretary of State, Secretary Anthony J. Blinken, Acting Assistant Secretary Ambassador Robert F. Godec and Deputy Assistant Secretary Akunna E. Cook.

The statement explained that the national assembly in a bid to enact and amend the Electoral Act sought to alter clause 52(3) of the proposed Electoral Act to allow the Nigerian Communication’s Commission to approve that, there is a good network across the states for the adoption of electronic voting and transmission of election results.

“This noble intention was vehemently and vigorously challenged by some legislators from a particular zone and political party. These unpatriotic elements eventually succeeded in throwing out such a noble intention into the abyss.

According to the letter, the action is shameful, disdainful, and completely reprehensible. It smacks of a clear contempt for the Nigerian People.

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E-transmission of election results: Group writes US, demands visa ban on 80 Senators

“We call on the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Canada, African Union and all ally countries to take urgent actions to nip this brewing conflagration in the bud before it consumes the nation and create a massive refugee crisis in the world.

“In the meantime, we have attached names of all those legislators who played one role or the other in the suppression and undermining democracy in Nigeria for a visa ban. Their family members shall not be spared of the impending visa ban as well.

“In closing, we at Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora (DVND) are willing to be of assistance where applicable to help realize our request for the protection of democratic norms and the sanctity of all electoral processes in Nigeria.”

While condemning the development, the group said: “We condemn in strong terms those who are bent on seeing Nigeria on her kneels through the façade of an election process that is characterized by manipulations and mishandlings by those who should be the true custodians of the process.

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“We would like to commend the very few progressive opposition legislators in the Senate and the House of Representatives as led by Senator Ehinanya Abaribe and Ndidi Elumelu respectively who stood for Nigeria when the occasion demanded.

“Those who exempted themselves from the chambers without a valid reason are equally reprimanded and condemned. Those who were conspicuously absent are no better than those who shot the amendment down with their selfish and insensitive agenda. Nigerians now know the true enemies of your great country and at the appropriate time, they will receive in equal measures.”

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PDP Crisis: Wike’s Attempt To Remove Secondus Will Fail – Babatope

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Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport on Wednesday said attempts by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to forcefully remove Prince Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is an invitation to chaos and disaster.

Speaking withAkelicious Media, Babatope, a former member of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) said the Rivers state governor who is a member of the party cannot think he can unilaterally install and remove the national chairman of a party the way he likes.

PDP Crisis: Wike’s Attempt To Remove Secondus Will Fail – Babatope

He also added that Secondus, who has just four months to the end of his tenure, should have been allowed to serve out his term instead of plunging the PDP into unnecessary chaos.

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“It is a pity if Wike believes he can install a national chairman and remove him as he wishes. It is an exercise that can never succeed. It is going to fail. To remove Secondus at this late hour, just a few months to the end of his tenure is an invitation to chaos and disaster,” he said.

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I have decided for the APC, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim declares

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He explained why:

Dear friends,

By the Grace of God today, I will be attending the stakeholders meeting of the Federal Capital Territory chapter of the All Progressive Congress(APC), in what is my first public event as a member of the ruling party.

It was clear after the 2019 elections that going forward, we have to make a choice between one of the two major political parties in Nigeria, in order for our struggle for a better Nigeria to be meaningful.

In February this year, I formally registered in Usuma Ward, as it is procedurally required – this was after series of consultations with my long time friends, family and associates.

With my friend for over 23 years and Governor of Kwara state, His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, we had multiple conversations on this matter; I also recieved support and encouragements from His Excellency, Senator George Akume, former Governor of Benue state and current minister of Special Duties, an important leader of the party in the North Central Zone and a major political ally since our days as founding members of then ruling party in 1999(PDP), where I had the privilege to serve as the first elected Deputy National Publicity Secretary as weĺl as Chairman of the important Group of 54 NEC members that included a majority of the parties elected Governors in 1999.

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In the past 6 months, I have met twice with Chairman of the APC National Care Taker Committee, His Excellency Mala Buni, Many times with my brother and friend, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN) as well as Minister of the FCT, Mallam Mustapha Bello, the leader of the APC in the FCT and Cabinet member, party leaders and elders too numerous to mention and not the least, the party chairman of the FCT who worked very hard to convince me in joining the APC.

One of my reasons for choosing the APC is that virtually all the party structures in the North Central Zone, my immediate constituency, are populated by leaders with whom we were original founders of then PDP in 1998. These are people with strong principles and character with whom I feel very safe.

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The second reason is that the APC is the only reasonable pathway to a united and indivisible Nigeria, an idea dear to me and central to my politics.

Thirdly the APC is led by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who is passionate to his convictions that corruption must be defeated for Nigeria to move forward. Though a lot of critics have questioned the effectiveness of his anti-corruption crusade, the other party does not even care a whimp about curbing corruption. Its members celebrate their new adopted legacy of graft and display of criminal opulence. The other party is a far cry from the community of honourable men and women that it was in 1998 when we launched it.

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In deciding for the APC, I have no illusion that I have come to a perfect party or that the struggle to birth a new Nigeria on this my chosen new platform will be easy. I will continue to rely on your prayers and support, the strength of the Lord and his guidance and protection as I embark on this journey.

Please, permit me to state that in taking this decision, my long standing commitment to the struggle for Justice and Equity will not waive, my adherence to the principles of true Federalism will not wane, and my three and a half decades struggle for the improvement of the welfare of the down trodden Nigerians will not diminish.

I remain solid in my pursuit for a New Nigeria, Modern, United, Peaceful and Prosperous!
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Oduah, Ekwunife Lead Number Of Sponsored Bills At The National Assembly

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Team Anambra State in the National Assembly is very peculiar with two of her three Senators being women-Sen. Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra-North) and Sen. Ekwunife Uche (PDP, Anambra-Central).

Interestingly, the duo have demonstrated capacity in the sponsorship of bills by respectively churning out 35 and 23 at midterm.

This constitutes 44.8% and 29.49% of the total bills sponsored by Senate members from the State.

Of the total bills sponsored by the female Senators in their first legislative year, 26 was sponsored by Sen. Oduah, while Sen. Ekwunife sponsored 16, which therefore means they had higher bill sponsorship in their first year of the 9th Assembly.
Oduah, Ekwunife Lead Number Of Sponsored Bills At The National Assembly
Similarly, their male counterpart, Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP, Anambra-South) has sponsored a total of 20 bills. In his first year of the 9th Assembly, he sponsored 11 bills as against the 9 bills he sponsored in the second legislative year.

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The two female senators have therefore contributed 7.7% of the 747 bills sponsored at the Senate, while the three Senators contributed 10.4 % of the total bills sponsored by Senate members in the period under review.
Oduah, Ekwunife Lead Number Of Sponsored Bills At The National Assembly
Among the House of Representatives members from Anambra, Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu (PDP, Onitsha North/Onitsha South) is the sponsor of the highest number of bills (14) which constitute 22.22%. Of the 14 bills sponsored by her, 7 were sponsored in her first legislative year of the 9th Assembly, meaning she retained her performance in bill sponsorship.

On his part, Onwuaso Chinedu (PDP, Awka North/Awka South) sponsored 12 bills constituting 19.05% of bills sponsored by Anambra members. 7 of these bills were sponsored in the first legislative year of the 9th Assembly.

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It therefore means he performed better in terms of bill sponsorship in the first year than the second. Obinna Chidoka (PDP, Idemili North/ldemili South) and Onyema Wilfred (PDP, Ogbaru) have 8 bills sponsored each constituting 12.7% respectively. The 8 bills sponsored by each of them were in their second legislative year.

Umeoji Michael (APGA, Aguata) and Dozie Nwankwo (APGA, Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia) have 7 bills sponsored each at 11.11%. All the 7 bills sponsored by each of them were sponsored in the second legislative year.

Similarly, Chinedu Obidigwe (Anambra East/Anambra West) and Chris Azubogu (Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo) have sponsored 1 bill each constituting 1.59%.

Both respectively sponsored their bills in the second and first legislative year. Ifeanyi Chudy Momah (APGA, Ihiala) has sponsored 2 bills constituting 3.17%. The 2 bills were sponsored in the second legislative year.

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However, Ayika Valentine Ogbonna (Njikoka/Dunukofia/Anaocha) and Ofumelu Vincent Ekene (Oyi/Ayamelum) have not sponsored any bill since their assumption of duty at 9th Assembly.

OrderPaper Nigeria begun the release of the National Assembly midterm bills scorecard last week, with Abia State blazing the trail for the South-east geo-political zone.

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OrderPaper Nigeria, is a media organisation dedicated to reporting parliamentary issues, since the inception of the ninth senate.

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