As Senate decides Jonathan’s power to initiate new constitution

The Senate will this week vote on the proposed amendments in the report submitted by the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution. SUNDAY ABORISADE writes on the likely implications of this exercise.

As it is to be expected, senators expressed divergent views when the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution submitted its report in the form of a bill.

According to Ekweremadu, the bill titled, ‘An Act to further alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and for other matters connected therewith, 2013’, is aimed at among other things, strengthening the legal framework for processing a new constitution.

He recalled that the Senate, at its sitting of Thursday, July 1, 2013, voted on some of his committee’s recommendations. He explained that while expecting the inauguration of a Conference Committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives to harmonise areas of differences, members of his committee received six additional requests, which could have far-reaching implications on the electoral process.   […more]

The Flaws In Nigeria’s Electoral Law Ahead Of 2015 Elections

Nigerian Politician, Jimi Agbaje, believes that the 2010 amendment of the country’s Electoral Act is not entirely a bad law but that the challenge for Nigeria remains how to implement the laws.

Jimi Agbaje was a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ on Sunday, April 6.

While advocating the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission to raise its game and earn the confidence of Nigerians, he recalled the contrast between the 2007 elections conducted by the INEC which he referred to as a disaster, and the improvement witnessed in the 2011 election which “provided hope for Nigerians.”   […more]

2015: PDP, APC Accuse Each Other of Using Terrorism as Political Tool

PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and APC National Chairman, Bisi Akande
PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and APC National Chairman, Bisi Akande

The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress have resorted to accusing each other of supporting insurgency as a political strategy ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The fight for supremacy between the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress in the 2015 elections has taken a new dimension.

The two biggest political parties in the country have resorted to tossing allegations at each other over the lingering insurgency by the Boko Haram sect in the North-East.

These accusations and counter-accusations by the PDP and the APC have apparently been aimed at tainting each other, with the hope of reducing the electoral value of each other ahead of the election.    …[more]


APC May Settle for Buhari as Presidential Candidate

General Muhammadu Buhari
General Muhammadu Buhari

The All Progressive Congress (APC) may have decided to settle for former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, as its presidential candidate in next year’s election.

Some of the notable leaders who spoke with Sunday Independent were of the opinion that a Buhari candidature would guarantee a lot of things, which include massive support from the Northwest and Northeast, because, according to them, most people in the North still see him as the messiah and would go out en masse to vote for him any day. more

David-West : Forget 2015 if INEC fails Ekiti, Osun

The hope that Nigeria will hold a successful transitional election next year will go up in smoke, unless the Attahiru Jega-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gets its act right with the two governorship polls coming up in Osun and Ekiti states later this year. This is the submission of former Petroleum Resources Minister, Prof. Tam David-West, in an interview he granted The Sun on the state of the nation.

Tam David West
Tam David West

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INEC Tight Security measures analyzed #2015elections

At the National Youth Conference to 2015 Elections organised by UNDP/DGD via YIAGA, The INEC representatives made mention of  elimination of snatched box from election collation results, upon reading INEC’s “2014: Electoral Tasks Ahead” which mention the same Security feature, I begin to ponder how the EMB is tackling the issue of Security of systems and processes during/towards the upcoming General elections. Due to the effect  this write-up may generate, I will give a brief of how things can go as unexpectedly only based on the above “EMB Fact”. for any further details contact me below.

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