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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has adopted fresh strategies to check vote buying during the forthcoming general elections.
The commission also insists that it would not collate and transmit the results of the elections electronically, saying it does not have a place in the nation’s electoral law.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, disclosed this on Sunday night during an interactive session with media executives in Abuja.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections hold on February 16 while those of governorship and state Houses of Assembly would be conducted on March 2.
Vote buying had characterised recent governorship elections in the country.
During some of the elections, notably in Anambra, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo and Osun States, voters turned their votes to commodities of trade and boldly struck deals with agents of parties willing to pay the highest price.
Lamenting the increasing incidences of vote buying, Okoye said the commission had put in place measures to check the act but that it discovered that sometimes those involved devised other means to thwart its efforts.
He said the commission would not disclose the fresh strategies it has adopted for the coming general elections, stating that those planning to buy votes would be shocked on the election day.
“The other strategies we have designed will not be made known so that they will not go ahead of us,” Okoye said.
The official said the commission had enhanced the Smart Card Reader in readiness for the poll, adding that it had eliminated the use of incident forms.
The commissioner said the results of the elections would be collated and transmitted manually.
He explained that though it had conducted pilot of electronic transmission of results and would continue to do so, it would not use the method because it was not recognised by the Electoral Act.
“We are collating and transmitting manually in accordance with the law. Everything is manual collation and manual transmission of results.
“INEC is aware that there is a bill before the National Assembly that may likely lead to the amendment of the law,” he said.
“It is important for INEC to pilot in e-collation and transmission of result so that any day the National Assembly amends the law, we will be ready to do that.
Okoye further explained that some advanced democracies do not collate and transmit election results and those that were doing it had to revert to manual because they do not trust the technology.
He said INEC was presently fine-tuning its preparation for the conduct of the two strands of the election and that the national commissioners had just returned from states where they went to assess the extent and levels of preparation for the polls.
He explained that the election would involve the 91 registered political parties and a total of registered voting population of 84,004,084.
He added, “The election will take place in 1,558 constituencies and 774 local government areas. The collation of results will take place in 8,809 registration areas/wards and in 119,973 polling units and 57,023 voting points nationwide.”
Okoye said the presidential election would be contested by a total of 73 candidates while the governorship election would be contested by 1,068 candidates in 29 states.
He also said the 109 senatorial seats would be contested by 1,904 candidates while the 360 seats in the House of Representatives would be contested by 4,680 candidates and the 991 state constituencies by 14,583 candidates.
He said the 68 area council seats in the FCT would be contested for by 806 candidates.
Okoye said INEC had concluded the identification and recruitment of over 814,453 AC-DC hoc staff for election and that their training had commenced in all the 36 states.
According to the national commissioner, INEC had also accredited 116 domestic observers and 28 foreign observers for the elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in FCT, Yahaya Bello, who was present at the event appealed to the media to partner with the commission for the success of the elections.
He said INEC was committed to the policy of inclusiveness and delivery of free, fair and credible elections.
Barely two weeks after the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, no fewer than two hundred more judges have been allegedly marked down for intimidation and persecution, according to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Nyesom, who made this allegation on Sunday, said that the APC-led Federal Government has allegedly marshaled out an onslaught to intimidate 200 judges, especially those on the federal bench.
Governor Wike said that credible intelligence intercepted by him revealed that a minister told a gathering that following the destabilisation of the Supreme Court, the next target will be the Court of Appeal and Federal High Court.
Speaking during the central healing service of the Greater Evangelism World Crusade on Sunday in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the APC-led Federal Government has collected the asset declaration forms of 200 judges from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for the planned mass onslaught.
“I intercepted a discussion by a minister of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) where he was telling a gathering that they are happy that they have dealt with the Supreme Court. The minister said that the next set would be the Court of Appeal judges and the Federal High Court judges. The minister said any judge that fails to cooperate will face trumped up charges and compelled to resign.
“This APC Federal Government has gone to the Code of Conduct Bureau to get the asset declaration forms of 200 judges. Any judge that fails to follow their evil plot, will be harassed with false allegations and persecution”, he said.
The governor noted that the APC-led Federal Government will generate several false allegations to compel upright judges to resign from the bench.
Governor Wike called on the Church to pray for the federal judiciary to survive the deadly siege by the APC Federal Government.
“The Church should continually pray for the federal judiciary. The judiciary in Nigeria is under siege. If anything happens to the judiciary, our democracy is in trouble.
“The Church needs to pray for the judges to remain strong in the face of intimidation and harassment”.
On the forthcoming general elections, Governor Wike urged the people to vote for the revival of the country. He said the country is not doing well and needs to make progress. He thanked the Church for praying for peaceful and credible polls in Rivers State.
Pastor Isaac Olori, International Director of Greater Evangelism World Crusade, said the forthcoming general elections are crucial to the country moving away from the era of under-development and siege.
He said that the Church shares in Governor Wike’s passion for prayers as a platform for making a difference in a Christian society.
Pastor Olori said every leader must have a listening ear and the ability to respond to the needs of the people by addressing their challenges.
He said, “We are not looking for helpless people to lead us. We want leaders with capacity. That is why the forthcoming elections are very important.
“If anyone is looking for leadership, be prepared to make a difference in the society.”
A Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged the Federal Government to withdraw the criminal charges filed against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
Falana said he made the request having confirmed that a petition had been submitted to the National Judicial Council alleging grave misconduct against Onnoghen.
In the February 3 letter addressed to the Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Falana urged the minister to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the suspension because a public officer could not be removed from office on the basis of an ex parte order granted by any court or tribunal in Nigeria.
The letter reads in part, “Since the charge of false declaration of assets was filed against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal by the Code of Conduct Bureau, I have repeatedly requested you to use your good offices to discontinue the case. My request was anchored on the case of Elelu-Habeeb vs the Attorney-General of the Federation & Ors (2012) 40 WRN 1 where the Supreme Court held that by virtue of Section 292 of the Constitution of Nigeria, the head of any of the judicial arm of state and Federal Governments cannot be removed from office without a prior investigation conducted by the National Judicial Council.
“Having confirmed that you have since submitted a petition to the National Judicial Council alleging grave misconduct against the chief justice, I am compelled to request you, once again, to file a nolle prosequi to discontinue the charge pending against his Lordship at the Code of Conduct Tribunal without any further delay.
“The charge should not be allowed to hang like a Sword of Damocles on the head of the Chief Justice while he is being investigated by the National Judicial Council. In view of your implicit confidence in the ability of members of the National Judicial Council to resolve the matter, you ought to accede to the request to terminate the proceedings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal forthwith.”
Falana posited that the withdrawal of the case from the Code of Conduct Tribunal would lead to the immediate vacation of the ex parte order relied upon by the President to justify the illegal suspension of Onnoghen and the appointment of Justice Tanko Mohammad as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
He said, “Even though by virtue of Paragraph 10 (2) (a) of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Code of Conduct Tribunal is empowered to order any public officer to vacate office, the power cannot be exercised until such a public officer has been tried and convicted for breaching the provisions of the code of conduct for pubic officers.
“But as a public officer cannot be removed from office on the basis of an ex parte order granted by any court or tribunal in Nigeria, we urge you to advise President Buhari to reverse the suspension of the Chief Justice.
He added, “However, if his Lordship does not call it quits or if the National Judicial Council does not recommend his removal from office, you may wish to exercise your powers under Section 174 of the Constitution to prosecute him for failure to declare his assets which is a punishable offence under the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.”
Chris Tucker has confirmed that Rush Hour 4 is currently in the making. He made this known during a podcast in which he stated that the script for the fourth installment of the movie is still in its initial stages.
Though no word has been spoken on a release date for Rush Hour 4, we all can expect to see Chris Tucker (James Carter) and Jackie Chan (Inspector Lee) team up for another amazing action comedy.
“We’re working on a few things on the script right now, so we’re trying to get into production,” the 47-year-old said. “But we’re working on it and trying to get it going…Jackie Chan wants to do it, I want to do it, [the] studio wants to do it, so we’re trying to get it together,” Chris Tucker said.
He went on to express excitement about working with Jackie Chan again.
“I knew that my comedy style would work good with his martial arts and his comedy, so it was a perfect match for me, because I could be physical and be funny in that certain movie.”
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday said God’s mercy and the special prayer of protection that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, prayed for him last Friday were responsible for his escape in the helicopter crash.
Osinbajo said this on Sunday at a thanksgiving service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Phase 11, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
The Vice-President, who escaped unhurt in a helicopter crash on Saturday said, “I was at the Redemption Camp last Friday although I came late, after the vigil, Papa Adeboye called me and asked how the campaign was going and I told him, it was going well. He then prayed for me and specifically said ‘God, you know how dear this my son is to me, please protect him.’
“He said the prayers continuously for more than five times. I believe God must have listened and decided to save my life and those in my entourage.”
Osinbajo said he believed that God and Adeboye’s prayers were responsible for his escape last Saturday. He urged the members of the congregation to believe in the efficacy of prayers.
“Whether or not the devil likes it, we are moving to the next level,” he added.
Osinbajo added that no amount of thanksgiving and praises to God would be enough for saving his life and nine others in Saturday’s helicopter crash.
“Only God can take the glory for saving my life and those of the others on board,” he said.
The Vice-President said it would have been breaking news on local and international media that he and others had died in the crash but God did not allow such to happen.
“No amount of thanksgiving and praises to God would be enough for saving my life and nine others on board. God is the one, who can do all things, and only Him can take the glory; we return the glory to Him.
“We are here to say thank you. Thank you, Jesus. We bless His name forever and ever,” he said.
He prayed God to bless all the people that had celebrated with him in Kogi State, the nation and the world at large.
“All I have to say is that we are grateful and we are moving to the next level; the Lord will uphold us to the next level and Kogi will be number one,” Osinbajo said.
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Sunday said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos would no longer be removed from office.
Tinubu, who spoke after a peace meeting was brokered by the APC leadership in the state, said the State House of Assembly had agreed to sheathe its sword.
The former governor said the executive and the legislative arms of government in the state had resolved to work together in the interest of the state.
“In the last one week, there was noise about the conflict between the executive and the House of Assembly. It is of great concern to all of us and particularly, what Lagos represents across the country.
“We have been able to look into the source of the various conflicts, which is not uncommon in politics. What is the genesis of those problems? We are one big family and as a big family, you will have some disagreement.
“As leaders of the party, we have looked into that. We have looked into areas where we have to compromise, discuss, build the institutions and encourage them to really do what is right.
“We have resolved that there would be no question of impeachment in Lagos State. Let the two arms of government communicate and continue to respect one another and build consensus and understanding. That is all about politics,” Tinubu said.
The APC leader said that allowing the conflict to fester would have dire consequences not just for the state, but also the entire country.
The Assembly had last Monday threatened to remove Ambode from office for alleged gross misconduct, as regards the 2019 budget. They had given the governor seven days to defend himself, failing which, he would be removed.
Some had warned that APC will lose Lagos if Ambode was impeached.
Babafemi Ojudu, a political adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday thanked safety measures and quick response of security personnel for saving himself and 11 others who were in the helicopter that crashed on Saturday.
Mr Ojudu was on the delegation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when the accident occurred as their chopper was landing in Kabba, Kogi State.
The incident occurred around 3:00 p.m. Messrs Osinbajo and Ojudu escaped unhurt with 10 other persons on the helicopter. The minister of state for labour and productivity, Stephen Ocheni, was also onboard.
Caverton Group, an air charter service which operated the Augusta A139 helicopter, blamed “unusual weather conditions” for the crash in a preliminary statement. Further investigations are expected.
In a Facebook update, Mr Ojudu said he was calm during the accident, although the focus was largely on the vice president’s safety.
“To family, friends and associates thank you all for your concern and show of love and affection. I can’t thank you enough. It was a miracle we survived.
“The belts did a marvelous job and so were the security men on ground who quickly pulled us out of the wreckage not minding their own safety.
“We were also calm all through the ordeal. There was no panic of any kind.
“The immediate concern of all of us was the safety of our principal. We ensured he got out first. He too ensured we were all out before going into a vehicle…
“Above all God must be praised for providing us that umbrella of protection and prevented the helicopter from exploding in flames,” he said.
A stern warning has been issued to internet fraudsters popularly known as ‘Yahoo Boys’ who engage in rituals to hit big.
Ifa Priest and Awise of Lagos, Chief Fashola Savage has warned of the repercussions on those who use human beings or their wears for rituals, saying it is grievous and those who engage in it are liable to die young.
This is coming on the heels of the recent trend whereby Yahoo+ Boys use ladies’ inner wears for rituals. Some even attack ladies at gun point and order them to pull off their pants with the aim of taking them to Juju men who would in turn use it to enable them hit it big in their illicit trade of Internet fraud.
Chief Savage handed the warning in an interview with Sunday Telegraph: “There’s definitely repercussions for them. They have limited time to live. Whatever they are doing with it, whether physical or spiritual, or in whatever form, if you use any human parts or bodily materials that belong to a woman to do any form of wickedness, when the person they use to do the Juju dies, the spirit of the victim will hunt that person for life.”
Furthermore, he said: “It is also against the law of nature to use another human being as a form of sacrifice. In the first and second world war, majority of people on the field were men. So the law of nature does not enforce the women to go to war. So the spirit of those women they are using for sacrifice or using any part of their body will hunt them.
“There’s definitely repercussions for them. They have limited time to live. Whatever they are doing with it, whether physical or spiritual, or in whatever form, if you use any human parts or bodily materials that belong to a woman to do any form of wickedness, when the person they use to do the Juju dies, the spirit of that person will hunt that person for life. It is also against the law of nature to use another human being as a form of sacrifice. In the first and second world war, majority of people on the field were men. So the law of nature does not enforce the women to go to war. So the spirit of those women they are using for sacrifice or using any part of their body will hunt them.
“Whatever fortune they might have made through that process will diminish within three to seven years. There’s a limited time for them to enjoy whatever money they might have made through that means. It’s just within three to seven years. This is because that spirit will come back to hunt the person within that space of time. Whatever empire, business venture, vehicles or properties they must have acquired from it will damage or vanish. It is vanity upon vanity.”
Keystone Bank Limited, Nigeria’s most innovative banking services provider, has introduced ‘Cheque Deposit’ feature in its mobile banking application, the new ‘Keystone Mobile App’.
The feature which is another first from the Bank and in the Nigerian banking sector, enables customers to pay cheques into their accounts at their convenience through their mobile phones even with zero data.
Speaking on the development, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Keystone Bank Limited, Dr. Obeahon Ohiwerei, said the new feat is in demonstration of the bank’s commitment to continuously deliver superior and innovative banking solutions to its customers.
“The Keystone Bank brand is built on meeting and exceeding customer expectations by providing simple and convenient banking services at all times.
“With the new cheque deposit feature, you have one less reason to make that trip to the bank.
“In our fast-paced and evolving digital world, service literally has to be at the speed of thought; the rules of engagement are changing so fast that customer expectations are as diverse as our lifestyles and choices.
“It is no longer a question of stepping out to the bank but about the convergence of innovative services, digital technology and Omni-channel platforms coming to us at breakneck speed.
“Mobile Banking for one isn’t entirely new in the industry, but there is no end to innovation in delivering customer convenience; at Keystone Bank that’s what sets us apart and that shall continue to be our strength.
“We are determined to be your preferred bank; dependable, responsive and always within reach,” Ohiwerei stated.
Other notable features of the mobile App are, zero data banking (which enables customers enjoy banking services on their mobile phones without data), easy account opening, convenient self- booking and liquidation of fixed deposits, an expanded list of bills-payment options and easy activation of standing instructions & recurrent future payments.
Others include, a “Switch Card ON/OFF option” which allows users to disable their cards temporarily if missing & re-enable at the click of a button, the “Hide Balance Feature” which is an additional safeguard against third-party viewing and the “Meet Your Relationship Manager Option” which allows users to call, text and email their account officers right within the app.
The lender prides itself as the first in the sector to introduce the Zero Data Banking feature and a Chat-bot feature called OXYGEN which enables banking on Telegram and Facebook.
Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.