Senate refuses to confirm Buhari’s EFCC nominees over exclusion of South-East/South

Senate refuses to confirm Buhari’s EFCC nominees over exclusion of South-East/South

The Senate on Tuesday refused to confirm four persons nominated as members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following a lopsided appointment. ‘Go for fruit juice when you miss breakfast’ The Red Chamber The nominees are: Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Imam Najib, and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu.

The Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes had presented to the Plenary its finding on the nominees, but the legislators noted that South-East and South-South were not represented in the Commission. At plenary on Tuesday, Senator Chukwuka Utazi presented the report of the committee concerning the confirmation of the nominees.

Senator Barnabas Gemade seconded the motion asking the Senate to consider the report. Another senator, Victor Umeh, noted that “the nominees have very rich, vital skills and experience.” He, however noted that only one of the nominees was from the South-West, while the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, is from the North. “This makes a total of four people from the North; the South-East and South-South are not accommodated in this Commission,” Umeh said. He argued that, “It is important that we include all regions in governing roles and in the fight against corruption, as it involves us all. “All geo-political zones should be included in this Commission. Supporting Umeh, another senator, Matthew Urhoghide, noted that the distribution was wrong. “Let us delegate people to look at the distribution of these appointments. “I suggest that this matter be stood down while it is looked into.” Utazi counselled that since there were six members in the committee, all of them should be directed to focus on one geo-political zone each and come up with a more balanced report. However, Senator Ahmad Lawan advised the lawmaker to pass the nominations as presented, but noted that all geo-political zones needed to be represented. The Senate thereafter went into Executive Session, which lasted for 25 minutes. At the Executive session, the Senate agreed that the confirmation of the EFCC nominees should be suspended for further legislative input.


Vote-buying, act of corruption – ICPC

Vote-buying, act of corruption – ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on Friday in Lagos, described vote-buying as an act of corruption which the commission was committed to tackling. Elections How to keep kids in school and fight malnutrition Dr. Musa Abubakar, the Acting Chairman of ICPC, made the declaration at a one-day ‘National Campaign Against Vote-Buying and other Electoral Malpractices,’ organised by ICPC in conjunction with the Youth Alive Foundation(YAF).


According to Abubakar, represented by Mr. Shintema Binga, the Zonal Commissioner for South-West in ICPC, vote buying, which is a type of electoral fraud, takes the form of collecting payment from candidates after voting for them.

“Such payments are usually made through agents either directly or through phone transfer.

“Rigging can take the form of falsifying election results by changing figures to favour particular candidates.

“This is a falsification of official records and punishable under the ICPC Act 2000,’’ he said. Abubakar urged Nigerian voters to shun attempts by unpatriotic elements in the society who might want to buy their conscience with foodstuff, cloth and cash.

“If you allow them to succeed in doing so, they will make sure they steal resources meant for provision of water, healthcare, educational facilities and construction of roads.

“If such people force themselves on you by bribing you, they will not have your time because they have already settled you.

“I will also advise you to resist any attempt by such disgruntled elements to use your children as thugs to kill, maim and threaten political opponents.

“Admonish your children to resist such attempts; if being a political thug is a worthy way of life, let them recall their children studying abroad and use them as thugs, but they will never,’’ he said. The acting chairman said that the commission had met with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman where issues of training and election monitoring were revisited. According to him, the commission is prepared to monitor the 2019 general elections. Also speaking, Mrs Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe, the Head of Voter Education, Publicity, Protocol and Civil Society Organisations in the Lagos office of INEC, said it was disheartening to see people negotiating at voting centres.


According to Okey-Igbokwe, vote buying starts from the period of registration of voters’ cards. She urged voters not to sell their votes, adding that their votes were their conscience. Okey-Igbokwe, who was represented by Mrs Adenike Oriowo, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, said the commission organises educational programmes to enlighten voters on their rights. Also speaking, Mr Chamberlain Etakuctoh, the Programme Coordinator for YAF, Lagos Chapter, said that vote-buying had become a national concern requiring the attention of all stakeholders. Etakuctoh urged voters not to allow opportunists to destroy the future of the coming generation. In his remarks, Dr Peter Okereke, Lead Consultant, Save Visions Africa, Lagos, said that money had become a dominant and determinant factor in the country’s politics. According to him, poor Nigerians are victimised by vote buying because their limited level of survival makes them susceptible to material inducement and offer of basic commodities. He said that vote buying was mainly caused by ignorance on the part of the electorate, apathy and poverty as well as deceit by politicians. (NAN)


2019: President Buhari, party chairmen, presidential candidates, sign peace accord

2019: President Buhari, party chairmen, presidential candidates, sign peace accord

President Muhammadu Buhari, chairmen of political parties and their presidential candidates in the 2019 general elections on Tuesday signed a Peace Accord as a commitment to peaceful elections in the country.

The signing of the accord which was organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Former Head of State and Chairman, National Peace Committee, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, said that the objective of the accord was to ensure peace before, during and after the polls.

Abubakar said that political parties must seek for peace throughout the electioneering period, as elections would not hold without peace.

“It is also important that governance after the elections will be impossible without a peaceful environment,’’ he said.

He also enjoined political parties to adopt Code of Conduct that promoted peaceful conduct and inclusiveness during electioneering period- before, during and after the elections.

The chairman also urged all political parties to keep to the provision of the peace document as they matched toward the elections.

He said that by agreeing to sign the accord, all the political parties and their candidates had agreed to maintain peace, beyond self-interest and accept the outcome of the election for the good of the country and its citizens

Abubakar said that the security situation in the country should be a source of concern for everybody and more especially political parties, saying “you must not do anything to make the bad situation worse”.

“As political leaders, all candidates for political office, must show example for their conduct and actions .You must lead by example by your attitude and conduct. Also by your speech and what you sponsored,’’ he said.

He said that political parties and their candidate must create conducive atmosphere  for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2019 and beyond. “The time to do what is right is right now’’.

The former head of state said that the mere signing of the peace document would not achieve its objectives until and unless all actors accepted to work by its provisions.

He called on all religious and traditional leaders to play their role in ensuring peaceful conduct of the elections.

He commended President Buhari and political parties on their commitment to conduct of free and fair elections in the country.

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, while presenting a keynote address at the occasion, said that the nation was yet at another critical junction as it prepared for the 2019 general elections.

Gowon said that there was need to consolidate on the peace enjoyed in 2015 in the 2019 general elections.

Gowon said that it was gratifying that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)had pledged credible elections in 2019.

“Citizens of our nation cannot ask for less, but we should all be party to the success by ensuring that politicians vying for public offices and their supporters are united in the sincere pursuit of issue-based electioneering,’’ he said.

He said that regardless of Nigerians’ affiliations, buying of vote would defeat the essence of democracy, while elections rigging would deny the desire and aspiration of Nigerians for good governance.

Gowon urged party leaders and their candidates to honour the accord that they had signed, while also calling on INEC and security agencies and election observers to maintain their neutrally in the coming elections.

He commended President Buhari for signing the Not –Too-Young-To -Run Bill and the members of the National Peace Committee for organising the signing of the peace accord.

Former Chief of Justice of the Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mohammed Uwais, said free, fair election were critical elements of democracy.

Uwais expressed hope that parties that signed the peace accord would have peaceful campaign and successful elections.

The European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, said that Nigeria had in 2015 set an example for Africa and for the world alike, seeing the outcome of democratic elections prevailed.

“As the country prepare for 2019 elections, we hope that Nigeria would further consolidate on democracy through free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful elections.’’

Karlsen said that the presidential candidates and political parties had role to play by saying no to hate speech, vote buying, intimidation of voters and saying yes to peace and transparent elections.

He advised INEC to guide its independence, while political parties should guide their neutrality and guarantee safety without intimidating voters.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, speaking on behalf of the traditional leaders, said what politicians needed to know was that Nigeria was greater than anyone.

“We should know that the peace of our nation is very critical and gamine to the growth and development of the nation. No individual or political parties can say they are greater than the nation.

“As a result everybody should focus on how to keep peace and how our great country will continue to make history in the comity of nations.’’