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“ONLY 73 SENATORS,NOT 24,CAN REMOVE DR BUKOLA SARAKI AS SENATE PRESIDENT” BY DR MIKE A.A.OZEKHOME, SAN,OFR,Ph.D

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DR MIKE A.A.OZEKHOME, SAN,OFR,Ph.D

Much ink has been spilled and much needless rocus generated by the argument that a mere 24 Senators can lawfully remove Saraki as Senate President.Nothing can be further from the truth.Expectedly,this skewed view emanates mostly from pro-government lawyers and commentators,baying for the blood of Saraki,who had defected from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP,inspite of sustained,spirited and overt pressures by the President,presidency and the APC leadership not to do so.This interpretation however stands both reasoning and logic on their heads.It is full of puff and emotion,more of lachrymal effusion,than of solid law or constitutionalism.I shall show this anon.In statutory interpretation,one can not import into a law that which is not so specifically stated.This is explained by the Latin maxim,”expressio unius est exclusio alterius”(the explicit mention of one thing is the exclusion of another).

See the cases of Ogbuniya v Okudo (1976) 6-9 SC 32;AG of the Federation & 2 v Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (2007) NGSC 118(decided April,2007);Osahon v FRN (2003) 16 NWLR (oh 845) 89; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs v Onakade (2016) LPELR 41133 (CA,decided on 5th May,2016).Now,sections 143 and 188 of the 1999 Constitution,as altered(“Constitution”),dealing with removal of the President,Vice president,governor and Deputy Governor respectively,specifically deal with those situations only and nothing more.They are totally different from section 50(2)(c) which specifically deals with the removal or impeachment of the President or Deputy President of the Senate,or the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.Section 50(2)(c) clearly discounts the word “all”.If it wanted to import “all” as done in sections 143 and 188,it would have said so clearly.But,it did not.It simply says,”if he is removed from office by a resolution of the Senate or of the HOUSE of Representatives,as the case may be by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of the members of that House”.Now,what is “that House”? For the Senate,it is the “House” that comprises of 109 Senators,three from each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja(see section 48).For the “House” in the case of the House of Representatives,it comprises of 360 members(see section 49).See also section 47 for the composition of both Houses.Surely,section 50(2)(c) also did not talk about “quorum” of any of the “Houses” as stated in section 54(1),which simply deals with the quorum of members before any of the Houses can sit at all.That is why in the case of sitting,section 54(1) provides for “one-third of ALL the members of the legislative House concerned”.This “quorum” issue cannot therefore be imported into the clear and unambiguous provisions of section 50(2)(c),which specifically deals with the business of impeaching those officers of the two Houses mentioned therein.Section 50(2)(c) did not also talk of “members present and voting”.It simply states,”not less than two-thirds majority of the members of that House”.Two-thirds of the 109 members Senate is 73,while two-thirds of the 360 members House of Representatives is 240.

In any event,because proceedings for impeachment of any of these principal officers of the bicameral legislature is a very sensitive legal and constitutional matter,courts in Nigeria,including the apex court,have severally interpreted what is meant by the phrase “two-thirds majority vote” of a House.In the causa celebre of The National Assembly v The President,FRN(2003) 41 WRN 94,the Court of Appeal in a lead judgement delivered by cerebral Justice Oguntade,JCA(as he then was;later JSC,and currently the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK),interpreted “two-thirds” to mean two-thirds of the entire two Houses,ie,Senate and House of Representatives.The court held that to override the president’s veto of a bill,each House must garner 73(Senate) and 240(House of Representatives) members votes respectively,as representing two-thirds.Said the court:

“Its ordinary meaning,two-thirds majority of each House can only mean two-thirds of the membership of each House of the Senate and the House of Representatives.It cannot mean anything else.The section has no relationship with the ordinary quorum of each House.It does not employ a language referable to a proportion of the membership of each House.It is two-thirds of each of the whole of the Senate and House of Representatives.In order to override the president’s veto,there must be at least 73 members in the Senate and at least 240 members in the House of Representatives.But as I observed earlier,when the Senate made a motion of veto override on the Bill on 25/9/2002,there were only 55 Senators present.In the House of Representatives on 26/9/2002,when a motion of veto override was made,there 204 members.Clearly therefore,the appellant was not properly constituted when the Bill was “passed” into law on 25/9/2002 and 26/9/2002…..The lower court was therefore in error to have taken the position that what was needed to pass the Bill was the ordinary working quorum of the appellant and that the “motion of veto override” was in order”.

The apex court indeed relied on the well known rule of statutory interpretation termed “generalis specialibus non derogant”,which means that where there are provisions in a special Act and in a general Act on the same subject which are inconsistent,if the special Act gives a complete rule on the subject,the expression of the rule acts as an exception to the subject matter of the rule from the general Act.See AG,Ondo State v AG,Federation (2002) 9 NWLR(part 772) 222;Akindorile v Akindorile (2977) 1 FCAR 148;Panormous Bay v Olam Nig Ltd (2004) 5 NWLR (part 865) 1; Ibori v Ogboru (2004) 15 NWLR (part 895) 154.Thus,Oduyemi,JCA,in his brilliant concurring judgement emphasised,with uncommon lucidity,that,
“The normal rule of interpretation of the Constitution or of any statute for that matter is that general provisions must give way to special provisions-see AG,Abia State v AG,Federation(supra).By virtue of that argument,I am convinced that the special provision of 2/3 majority of each House or of s joint sitting of both Houses take supremacy over the general provisions of the statute with regard to quorum and a simple majority contained in sections 54 and 56 of the Constitution .

In the event,I am of the view that what is required in a proper application of section 58(5) of the Constitution is for the Bill to be supported by at least 73 members of the Senate and be supported by at least 240 members of the House of Representatives at a repeat third reading of the Bill”.In the same 2003,the Court of Appeal had,in Asogwa v Chukwu (2003) 17 WRN 71,had cause to interprete section 92(2) of the Constitution which deals with the equivalent provisions for the removal or impeachment of the Speaker of a House of Assembly of a says.The Court of Appeal was emphatic that the 2/3 majority envisaged by section 92(2) of the Constitution is two-thirds majority of ALL THE MEMBERS of the House of Assembly of the state that could remove the Speaker.I respectfully submit therefore,that,mutatis mutandi,and afortiori,section 58(5) which deals with the all important matter of overriding Mr president’s veto of a bill is a special provision akin to section 50(2)(c) which deals with the sensitive issue of impeachment of the leadership of the NASS.These therefore override the general provisions of sections 54 and 56 which deal with the simple quorum required for the ordinary legislative business of both Houses on the matters stated therein.

This argument is afforded further constitutional imprimatur by section 61 of the Constitution which provides to the effect that “the Senate or the House of Representatives may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership,and the presence or participation of any person not en titled to be present at or to participate in the proceedings of the House shall not invalidate those proceedings”.Were the perverse and ludicrous argument that 24 Senators can legally impeach Saraki to hold sway,it would have meant that even 17 Senators can easily remove the entire leadership of the Houses voted in by all the members of the Houses under section 50(1),even if only 50 Senators were alive,simply because that represents 2/3 of 50 Senators.Such a situation would not only be absurd,but would tantamount to doing violence to the Constitution itself.

In statutory interpretation,it is elementary that the law should be interpreted in such a way as to avoid absurdity or infer meanings different from the clear intention of the legislature.See Bronik Motors v Wema Bank Ltd (1983) LSCLR 296.Remember the conundrum faced by the Supreme Court as to what constituted 2/3 of 19 states in Awolowo v Shagari (1979) LPELR SC 62,decided on 26th September,1979).

Those deceiving the government with warped “legal opinions” on sensitive national matters that could snowball into serious cataclysmic miasma capable of consuming all of us,just to keep their cheap jobs and serve the insatiable bacchannalian appetites of their gods at the ephemeral corridors of power,must remember the immortal words of the Supreme Court in Military Governor of Lagos State v Odumegwu Ojukwu (2001) FWLR (part 50) 1779,1802,coran erudite Obaseki,JSC:

“The Nigerian Constitution is founded on the rule of law,the primary meaning of which is that everything must be done according to law.Nigeria,being one of the countries in the world which professes loudly to follow the rule of law,gives no room for the rule of self-help by force to operate”.I therefore earnestly caution paid “advisers” of the present government and the government itself,especially the Executive,from using any strong hand,jackboot,gunboat,or vile unconstitutional means to forcefully remove or torpedo the leadership of the Senate with a mere 24 members,instead of the constitutionally mandatory 73 members.

That would reduce us to international odium,obloqhy,ridicule and opprobrium.It will show us more as a nation given to might rather than right,crass impunity,rule of the thumb,rather than rule of law and executive lawlessness.Let those who have ears,hear and those who have eyes,see.God save Nigeria.

 

DR MIKE A.A.OZEKHOME, SAN,OFR,Ph.D
CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

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It’s Official: Atiku defeats Buhari inside Presidential Villa

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The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has won the elections in the polling units at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

The Villa has two polling units: PU 021 and 022.

Mr Abubakar scored 505 votes in PU 021 while the president scored 552 votes.

In PU 022, Mr Abubakar scored 525 votes and the president had 465.

In all, the PDP presidential candidate polled 1,030 votes against the president’s 1017 votes.

For the Senate, PDP scored 536 votes in PU 021 while the APC scored 532 votes.

In PU 022, the PDP won the opposition party by 546 to 477 votes.

Together for the Senate, the PDP scored 1082 votes while the APC scored 1009 votes.

For the House of Representatives, PDP had 525 votes while APC got 531 votes in PU 021.

The PDP also scored 521 votes in PU 022 while the APC had 464 votes.

In total, for the House of Representatives, the PDP scored 1046 votes while the APC scored 995 votes

The results were confirmed and announced by the polling officers hours after voting ended.

Earlier, the president defeated Mr Abubakar in the latter’s polling unit by a slim margin.

President Buhari had on Saturday morning reaffirmed his confidence in winning the presidential election.

Mr Buhari told reporters shortly after voting at Kofar Baru, Sarkin Yara “A” ward in Daura, his home town, that he would win the election and congratulate himself.

Mr Abubakar made a similar assurance of victory after he voted in Adamawa State.

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Violence: INEC to reschedule elections in in some parts of Rivers, Lagos, Anambra

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Saturday, said that it would reschedule elections in some parts of Rivers, Anambra and Lagos States where there were cases of violence and ballot box snatching.
The commission which specifically mentioned the National Assembly elections in Rivers State, also acknowledged the challenges of smart card readers, saying they have been resolved.
INEC Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, while giving an update on the ongoing elections, said where the malfunctioning of smart card readers were not resolved before the closing of elections, voting will continue the next day.
He said, “We received reports of violence and ballot box snatching which took place in Akokotoro and Bonny LGAs in Rivers State; and some parts of Lagos and Anambra states. We are waiting for the reports, we have told the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the states to submit reports. So long as the poll is didn’t commence, it is assumed that there was no voting.
“So, elections in these areas, especially in areas related to the House of Representatives and Senate didn’t take place and the date for the election will be decided later after we receive reports from INEC officials on ground.”
The commission also said that most of the challenges association with smart card readers were resolved on time.
Okoye also threatened that any INEC official who deliberately refused to make use of the smart card readers would be prosecuted because that action contravened the electoral guidelines and provisions of the Electoral Act.
He said, “It was made clear that the use of smart card reader is mandatory. Therefore any official of the commission who will deliberately refuse to use the smart card reader will be subject to prosecution.
“The challenges of smart card readers have been resolved. But where they are not resolved before the closing of elections, the election will continue the next day.”
He also explained that all the unused ballot papers will be cancelled immediately after election.”

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Nigeria counting votes in presidential election dogged by delays

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Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday’s closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting hours in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his main challenger, businessman Atiku Abubakar, both said they were confident of victory when casting their ballots in an election which has already been delayed by a week.
Analysts say the vote in Africa’s biggest economic power is too close to call, with the outcome set to hinge on which man voters trust the most to revamp an economy still struggling to recover from a 2016 recession.
Buhari, a former military ruler who was later elected president, is seeking a second term in charge of Africa’s most populous nation and top crude producer. Atiku, a former vice president, has pledged to expand the role of the private sector.

The two men lead a field of more than 70 candidates in an election which the commission postponed last Saturday just hours before voting was due to begin, citing logistical issues.
Voting had been completed in some areas across Nigeria and counting of ballots was taking place, Reuters witnesses said.
Senior Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official Festus Okoye said the commission had extended hours in polling stations that had experienced delays.
He also said problems encountered during the voting, including security issues, were being addressed. These included malfunctioning of voter card machines which would be replaced.

“We are on top of the situation and we are confident that as we progress in this particular election, most of the issues that arisen relating to this particular election will be addressed,” Okoye said.
The country has 72.8 million eligible voters.
Buhari, who voted in his hometown of Daura in the northern state of Katsina, said: “I will congratulate myself, I’m going to be the winner” when asked by reporters if he would congratulate his rival, should Atiku win the election.
Atiku later cast his ballot in the eastern Adamawa state.
“I am impressed by the turnout of the people,” he told reporters shortly after voting.

“I look forward to a successful transition,” he said.

VOTING DELAYS
Voting officially began at 8:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) and was due to close at 2:00 p.m. but Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential candidate for the Young Progressives Party, said he had only managed to vote at noon in the southeastern state of Anambra. He said polls opened two hours late and machines to read voting cards were not working.
“If as a presidential candidate my polling unit can be treated in this manner, I can imagine what a lot of Nigerians are going through in many parts of the country,” he said.

Other voters echoed his concerns.

“I’ve been to 10 polling units today. I’ve been redirected many times,” said Victor Kanoba a voter in Lagos.
John Tomaszewski, an observer with the joint U.S. National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute delegation, said delays had been somewhat expected given the logistical challenge of getting materials to the polling stations in time for opening.
“Logistics weren’t properly managed despite the postponement of the polls,” said Idayat Hassan, director of Abuja-based think tank Centre for Democracy and Development, which is also observing the election.
However, in Lagos’ business district of Victoria Island, Reginald Anthony, 45, who runs a transport business, said: “We are seeing a transparent election, everything is open for everyone to see”.

MAIDUGURI BLASTS
After voting in the northern Kano state, Hadisa Hayatu, a 38-year old housewife, said: “I voted for Buhari because he has assured us that he is going to build on what he has done on security and other issues.”
An Atiku supporter in Kano, stylist Laurie Isaac, 27, said: “We need change. I need more work. I need my salary to increase.”
In the country’s northeast, where insurgent groups like Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province have waged a decade-long war, blasts were heard in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Boko Haram had warned people not to vote.
Security sources said militants had struck at parts of Maiduguri and a Reuters witness said he had heard gun shots and Nigerian air force jets were flying overhead.
Colonel Sagir Musa, acting director of army public relations, said there had not been an attack on any part of Maiduguri, where activity had been part of an exercise by the military.

“Our people defied Boko Haram threats and came out,” Kashim Shettima, Borno’s governor, said after voting in Maiduguri. Shettima’s motorcade was attacked by insurgents on Feb. 12 on route to an election rally.
“The world should know we may not have a perfect exercise but the process is still OK.”

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Just In : Atiku, wife vote in Yola

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has cast his vote at his polling unit in Ajiya in Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
He voted almost two hours after the polls opened nationwide.
Mr Abubakar arrived alongside his wife, Titi, at 9:55 a.m. at Ajiya Polling Unit 001 to cast their ballots.
Mr Abubakar said he was “a democratic,” when asked whether or not he would concede after voting.
Mr Abubakar has repeatedly committed himself to accepting the outcome of the presidential election, provided it is free and fair.
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), voted four minutes after the commencement of polling in Daura, Katsina State.

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Attacks Reported in Nigeria Before Polls Open; President Votes

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was among the first to cast a ballot in his hometown of Daura when the polls opened Saturday for the country’s delayed election.
Just hours before voting began, explosions were heard in the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri. The source of the blasts was not immediately clear, but Boko Haram insurgents have repeatedly targeted Maiduguri.
In another northeastern town, Geidam, Reuters news agency reports attacks from Islamist militants have forced families to leave their homes. One resident, speaking to Reuters by telephone, said, “We have fled, along with our wives and children and hundreds of others.” He said, “We are right now running and hiding in the bushes.”
Nigeria’s president says polling stations will be safe Saturday when the country holds national elections after a one-week delay.

Presidential promise
In a nationally televised address Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari said security has been mobilized across the country for the polls and pledged people will be able to vote without intimidation or fear.
Political tensions are running high as Nigerians prepare to elect a new president and parliament. During the campaign, Buhari’s All Progressives Congress and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party accused each other of attempting to fix the outcome.
Earlier this week, Buhari urged the military to be “ruthless” with anyone who tries to interfere in the voting process.
The remark drew sharp criticism from his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, who said the military has “no role to play” in the elections.

Elections a week late
Nigeria’s elections were initially planned for last Saturday, but the electoral commission, citing logistical issues, abruptly postponed them five hours before polling stations were set to open.
The commission said Friday it is ready to deliver free and fair elections. Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu, said officials have resolved most of the problems that led to postponement of the Feb. 16 vote.
About 84 million Nigerians are registered to vote. The presidential contest is widely seen as a tight race between President Buhari and Abubakar, a former vice president.
After ruling briefly as a military dictator in the 1980s, Buhari won the 2015 election, becoming the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president.

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INEC officials yet to arrive at Osinbajo’s polling unit

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Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) have yet to arrive the Code 33, Unit 2, Victoria Garden City(VGC), Lagos where Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will cast his vote in the presidential election on Saturday.
However, the unit witnessed early arrival of voters who started filing out at 5 a.m.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the voters are orderly seated while waiting for voting to commence.
A voter who pleaded anonymity told NAN that he arrived at the polling unit at about 5 a.m.
He said he would like to vote early enough and attend to other things.
Another voter, Friday Abraham, said he came to the polling some minutes before 5 a.m.
“Basically, I came to exercise my right as a citizen and I needed to do so before the queue gets very long,” he said.
Moses Abraham said he arrived at the unit before 7am to vote and wait until the result is announced.
Popular Nigerian actress, Omoni Oboli, was on ground coordinating voters as they arrived in order to maintain orderly exercise when voting commences.

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Breaking: 8. 55 a.m: Atiku yet to vote

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Yola – The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is yet to cast his vote at his polling unit of Ajiya in Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa almost one hour after the commencement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections nationwide.

Voting has commenced in earnest at the unit and other centres across the metropolis.

Some of his aides who arrived at the unit, however, said the PDP flag-bearer “`should be coming any moment from now”.

President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate, voted four minutes after the commencement of polling in Daura, Katsina State. (NAN)

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“I am going to be the winner”, says Buhari as he votes

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Nigeria’s incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, has said he will be the winner of the presidential elections after he cast his vote at his polling unit.
The president and his wife, Aisha Buhari, voted at the Sarkin Yara Ward A, Kofa Baru polling unit (03), Gidan Niyam in Daura local government area of Katsina State.
Buhari said he was hopeful over the outcome of the exercise.
“Very hopeful indeed!” he retorted as he was swarmed by reporters.
Buhari, when asked if he will accept defeat and congratulate the winner if he loses, bullishly responded: “I will congratulate myself, I am going to be the winner.”
Buhari, who seeks reelection as president of Nigeria, arrived Daura, Katsina State yesterday from Abuja.
The president arrived for accreditation around 8:00am wearing a blue kaftan.
He and his wife were the first and second people to vote at the polling unit.
898 voters were registered at the president’s polling unit while the ward of the president has 9,242 registered voters.
After casting his vote, the President, who has former Vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party as his major challenger, looked and sounded optimistic over the results of the polls.

 

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Buhari never said shoot on sight, don’t misinterpret him ― Tinubu

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NATIONAL Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu has called for caution against misinterpretations of President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that security agencies have been tasked to be ruthless against anyone who snatches ballot boxes or disrupts the voting process.
Tinubu who spoke with journalists after Monday’s APC caucus meeting held in Abuja warned against interpretations that Buhari’s in stating that those who snatch ballot boxes were at risk of their own lives meant that he did not value human lives and the rule of law.

He argued that Buhari was a law-abiding person and never used the words, “Shoot on sight” or “Execute summarily” but only reinforced the fact that snatching ballot boxes would not be tolerated.

Pointing to the fact that Buhari had been fighting Boko Haram, kidnapping and other crimes over the years, Tinubu questioned whether Buhari had ever been heard to ask that such perpetrators be shot or executed summarily.“I was in that meeting; the president was just reinforcing the fact that if you are out there snatching ballot boxes, and causing destruction, you are at risk of your own life. Whatever happens to you, no president will give an order that his own citizens be shot summarily, No! No, it’s okay, emotions are running high these days. Any individual including myself can be misinterpreted.
“Shoot on sight are not his words; he is a law-abiding person and he understands categorically and clearly what the rule of law is and the lives of individual citizens, he knows that he is in that office to protect.
“Now, let me say this: he has been fighting Boko Haram, kidnappers and all that before this election, did you hear him asking them to be shot and executed summarily?

If he has gone through that in the last five years, please give him the benefit of the doubt.” Tinubu said.
On election postponement, Tinubu argued that in line with the Electoral Act, parties should be allowed to continue campaigns till 24 hours before the new election date of February 23.
Tinubu maintained that parties could not afford to remain dormant for days before February 23, hence had to resume campaigns and energise their party faithful and supporters.

“By law, we should continue to energise our people. It depends on our resources. The Electoral Act allows us to continue to campaign and ask us to stop campaigning only 24 hours before the actual election. And once INEC changed the election date to Feb. 23, they have given us the opening to campaign and energise our people. If you have a garden and you don’t nourish it with water, the grass will remain dormant. We don’t want our party to remain dormant.
“This is the ability of leadership to convert adversity to opportunity and prosperity and that’s it; that’s what we must do.
“The INEC, under the law, is empowered to postpone, cancel and do whatever is necessary to ensure a free and fair election. No party other INEC has this power. We can express our anger and disappointment, but no party can reverse what has been done. So, we are ready for Feb 23,” Tinubu added.

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No Commissioner Or Director Was Arrested, Says INEC Boss

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied the report that one of its national commissioners was arrested by security operatives.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, faulted the claim during a briefing on measures put in place by INEC towards conducting credible elections after the polls were shifted.
“No Commissioner of the Commission was picked up by any security agency,” he said in response to a question on the report on Tuesday in Abuja.
“No house of any Commissioner of INEC was raided,” Professor Yakubu added. “No any Commissioner of INEC has been picked up by the security agency.”

The INEC boss disclosed that the commissioner whose name was being circulated in the social media was in his office at the time when he gave the briefing.
He also condemned the report that six directors were picked up by security operatives, stressing that nothing of such happened.
Professor Yakubu further cautioned politicians against speaking in a manner that would overheat the polity and political atmosphere.
Earlier, he offered his regrets over the postponement of the elections and assured Nigerians that the electoral body under his leadership was working towards conducting credible elections.
As part of measures to ensure that the polls were conducted on the rescheduled dates, the INEC boss revealed that all materials including ballot papers and result sheets were already at the expected locations across the country.
He also said Registration Area Centres (RATs) for the elections would be activated by 9:00am on Friday across the nation.
Professor Yakubu, however, warned officials of the commission and ad-hoc staff against going late to their duty posts.
“Personnel and materials should be at the RATs by mid-day on Friday,” he said.
“Personnel and materials must arrive at the polling units latest 7:00am on Saturday 23 February 2019, and the opening of polls nationwide will take place at 8:00 in the morning on Saturday 23 February 2019.”

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