The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has explained why it has continued to conduct inconclusive elections.
According to the electoral body, “every polling unit must be accounted for” during and after any election.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke at a dialogue session between the electoral body and over 60 Civil Society Groups involved in election monitoring, noted that politicians should be blamed for the repeating cases of inconclusive elections in the country.
Prof. Yakubu, who was represented at the event by the INEC National Commissioner, Mrs. Amina Zakari, said, “The concept of inconclusive election is that every polling unit must be accounted for”.
She noted that elections in Nigeria had become “too tight and keenly contested”, such that the commission could no longer declare anybody winner when result from even a single polling unit was cancelled.
“It is most regrettable that aside sponsoring violence, ballot snatching, mutilation of election results and other vices, politician are also trying to take over election in the field,” he added.
Fight those who try to stop you from practising Islam – Sultan of Sokoto charges Muslims
The President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on Muslims to fight any body or group that attempts to stop them from performing their religious obligations.
He said, ”the only thing that will make me to act or ask you to act is only when somebody or a group or some other nations decide to stop us from performing our religious obligations. That is the only way we can fight somebody.”
He made the statement while speaking at a conference organised by Da’wah Co-ordination Council of Nigeria.
The Sultan also warned Muslim clerics against preaching hate messages.
According to him, “When somebody or a group or some other nations decide to stop us from performing our religious obligations, we must never take laws into our hands. We must not be law officers. We do not do that in Islam.
“We do not force anybody to join Islam. There is no compulsion in Islam.
“Our good deeds, good actions and good interactions as Muslims will give that very bright light to everybody what Islam is and that is what brings people to join us.
“Those who do not want to come as Muslims are free to stay with us and continue working with us to make this country a much better place.
“Whoever wants to fight you, do not fight him; leave him alone. Be very patient.
“The only thing that will make me to act or ask you to act is only when somebody or a group or some other nations decide to stop us from performing our religious obligations. That is the only way we can fight somebody.
“But if I am allowed to pursue my religious obligations, say my prayers and pay my zakat and so many other things, I have no problem with anybody. To you, your religion and to me, my religion.”
Workers and pensioners in the civil service of Oyo State will receive January and February 2016 arrears of salaries and pensions within the next two weeks in a staggered arrangement.
While January salaries and pensions will be paid immediately from the available N3.49bn in the state coffers, the February salaries and pension will follow within the next two weeks on the receipt of the next allocation from the Federation Account.
This was the highlight of the agreement reached between the state government and labour leaders culminating in the suspension of the over seven-week-old strike by the workforce, on Monday evening.
The agreement was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli; Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade; Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, among others on the side of the government.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has expressed hope that Nigeria will surely overcome its many challenges.
Osinbajo said there was hope for Nigeria despite the nationwide hardship beinng experienced under the current government.
He gave this message of hope while speaking when he received a delegation of the Muslim Lawyers Association at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.
Prof. Osinbajo said the N500billion Social Investment programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari presidency was a means to energize the economy and deal with issues of poverty in the country.
An ambassadorial nominee, Alhaji Ibrahim Bida, from Niger state currently serving in Turkey shockingly failed to recite the Nigeria National anthem when asked to do so by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Ibrahim, who is among the 47 ambassadorial nominees currently being screened, began stammering having introduced himself successfully and on getting to singing the pledge, it became difficult for him as he began to mix up the wordings.
The entire 8-man Committee including its Chairman, Senator Munsirat Sunmonu burst into laughter, until James Manager intervened in completing the anthem.
Pressed further on his knowledge of foreign economic blueprint, the nominee explained succinctly how China got their economic prosperity right because their President as at the time of their recession decided to shut its doors against import from other nations and was busy rebuilding China through domestic policy approach.
The nominee also stressed that if Nigeria could configure its foreign policies with the interest of benefiting from resources abroad, it would help the situation immensely.
According reports, Ed Hartwell filed for divorce yesterday July 25 after 8 months of marriage citing irreconcilable differences. The couple married in January 2016 after just four months of dating.
Ed told The YBF “Right now, the only thing I want is a paternity test for the baby.”