NHRC reports 42 locations of vote buying
Says disenfranchisement is a violation of the right to vote
The National Human Rights Commission
NHRC , said its recorded vote buying in 42 locations across the country during last Saturday presidential and National Assembly elections.
Human Rights Monitors saw the vote buying, particularly in Lagos, Imo, Sokoto, Jigawa, Edo, Nasarawa, Jigawa and Kogi states. “Voters were offered money or other incentives to influence their votes,” Executive Secretary NHRC Tony Ojukwu SAN, said.
Ojukwu, SAN, stated this on Sunday while presenting the Commission preliminary report of the election.
NHRC calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that Nigerians who were disenfranchised on Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections are able to vote in the rescheduled elections.
“Disenfranchisement is a violation of the right to vote and could be a major trigger for election violence and impacts on the legitimacy and acceptability of election results”, adding that “everything therefore should be done to ensure that Nigerians who trooped out in their millions to vote are afforded the opportunity to do so”.
NHRC also called on INEC to ensure prompt uploads of results of elections into its election results portals to ensure transparency and integrity in the electoral process.
It said the electoral body must re-appraise its logistics strategy to ensure that:
“Materials and personnel arrive on time during the governorship and houses of assembly election in March.
Materials which are essential instruments for the exercise of the right to vote are available. INEC must ensure that voting materials are complete and enough for the huge size of electorates.
“Revamp its feedback platforms including call lines to enable Nigerians reach INEC to directly report on situations on the electoral process.
The National Human Rights Commission calls on the Nigerian Police Force and other law enforcement and security agencies to so more concern and
ensure security of electoral materials and personnel in the rescheduled elections and the forthcoming gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.
It urged the security agencies to continue to maintain political neutrality and impartiality in election operations.
“Arrest and prosecute all cases of political violence, including attacks and snatching of ballot boxes and materials.
Manage and contain using human rights based approaches, case of post-election violence and ensure the protection of lives and properties as we enter into a critical period in the electoral process.”
The National Human Rights Commission appealed to all Nigerians to remain calm, patriotic and loyal to the laws of Nigeria. Nigerians should eschew violence of all kinds and see the elections as a contest that will produce winners and losers.
We also call on Nigerians to repeat the huge turnout for the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
The National Human Rights Commission calls on all politicians, traditional and religious leaders and citizens to eschew hate speeches, incitement to violence and divisive rhetoric in this critical moment of the transition programme.
“The NHRC will invoke its protective mandate to hold any Nigerian no matter his or her status in the society accountable for any violence or threat of violence that erupts as a result of their speeches, incitements and reckless statements
NHRC said that the personnel of law enforcement agents who were deployed for the election to ensure a peaceful election was commendable.However, the Commission notes:
“The inability of law enforcement and security agents to stop violence at polling units.
“Cases of human rights violations attributed to security agents including the use of force and extra-judicial killings.
Crowd control: It was reported that in some polling units, the crowd was overwhelming and the security personnel were few in number.
Court restrained Dr. Ayu from parading himself as PDP National Chairman
A Benue State High Court sitting in Makurdi has restrained the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Dr. Iyorchia Ayu from office.
Justice W.I. Kpochi also restrained Dr Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of PDP pending the determination of a Motion on Notice filed by Engr. Engr Conrad Terhide Utaan against Dr. Ayu and the PDP following Ayu’s suspension from the party by
his ward executive, the Igyorov Council Ward ,Benue State on Saturday.
The judge issued an order of interim injunction after hearing from Mr. M.T.Assoh the lawyer who moved and argued an ex-parte application brought by Engr. Utaan .
Engr. Utaan had filed a suit marked MHC/85/2023 against Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and the People Democratic Party but later brought the ex-parte applications which the court granted as prayed.
The order issued by the judge read as follows:
“By this ex-parte application the Plaintiff’s/Applicant principally seek the order couched thus:
“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st defendant Dr.Senator Iyorchia Ayu from parading himself as the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party , PDP, having lost membership of the party, pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice already filed.
‘”The application is supported by a fifteen (15) paragraphs affidavit to which is annexed three exhibits as Exhibits: A1, A2, and B, which are the Applicant’s membership card of the 2nd defendant, receipts for payment of dues and a vote of no confidence passed on the 1st Defendant/Respondent by the Igyorov Council Ward of the 2nd Defendant in Gboko.Local Government , Benue State.
‘”Upon hearing Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ably move the application and upon dispassionate considerations of facts placed before me in the pool of affidavit evidences, and again,upon the considerations of issues distilled in the written address by Mr. M.T.Assoh learned Counsel ,it is my candid view that this is a proper case to grant interim injunction as craved.
“Consequently, this application is hereby granted in the terms of the reliefs, captured in the motion paper as herein before reproduced.
“It is so ordered.”
The matter has been adjourned to 17/4/2023 for hearing.
Suspension: Ayu mocks Exco members, derides them as illiterate persons who lack power to suspend him
Embattled suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu has described his suspension as exercise in futility and u n institutional.
He is fighting back with all the venom, the bile and causticity in him as he unleashed verbal attack on the exco members in hus state who suspended him fir alleged anti-party activities.
Deriding them, he declared that the members of the PDP Executive Committee in Igyorov Ward, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, who suspended him for alleged anti-party activities, were “illiterate” persons.
Ayu said the PDP committee lacked the power to suspend him, noting that the members of the committee were ignorant of the party’s Constitution.
The committee had on Sunday suspended Ayu for alleged anti-party activities, adding that his anti-party activities, alongside his allies, contributed to the party’s loss in his ward and local government in the March 18 governorship election in the state.
They also accused Ayu of not paying his annual dues as enshrined by the party’s constitution, noting that most of his closest allies worked for the All Progressive Congress (APC) which resulted in the abysmal performance of the PDP in Igyorov Ward.
However, the PDP chairman, in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Simon Imobo-Tswam, described his suspension as “an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation”.
He stressed that only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) had the power to suspend him, saying the suspension letter was written by an illiterate person and given to the coerced members of the committee to sign in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The statement read: “We wish to state categorically and with all emphasis at our disposal thus:
“For starters, Article 57(7) of the PDP Constitution as Amended in 2017 expressly prohibits any organ of the party or executive committee of the party at the Ward or State Level from taking any disciplinary measure against any member of the party’s National Executive Committee.
“The purported suspension is, therefore, an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling, and desperation. It has only mischief, drama, and propaganda value.
“But more than this, the so-called suspension letter was written by an illiterate (sic) before hand and only given to the coerced members to sign somewhere in Makurdi.
“This is why the original date is tipexed and 24 March imposed on it. And this is also why it states that the presidential/NASS and Governorship/State Assembly elections were held on 25th and 18th March 2023, respectively.
“From what we know, the document itself is fraudulent as the signatures of the Ward Executives were forged or obtained under duress.
“The (Ward) chairman, his deputy, and legal adviser didn’t sign. The 14th person on the list didn’t sign, too. She was at NKST Ambighir for the Holy Communion.
“In fact, the same applies to Nos. 5, 8, and 16. At the time they were supposed to be in Makurdi with the other coerced, intimidated, and induced members of the Exco, they were actually in their villages, going about their normal businesses”.
“Up till now, about nine members of the Ward Exco are still being held hostage in a location in Makurdi for obvious reasons. And expectedly, their mobile numbers have been switched off. It is instructive.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore rumours to this heinous effect. Those behind the plot are only investing in expensive illusions.”
I Prefer Kissing, S3x Scenes With Seasoned Actors – Nancy Isime
Popular actress and media personality, Nancy Isime has revealed how she feels acting s3x and scene kissing roles. She spoke during an interview with media personality, Dadaboy. According to her, she doesn’t enjoy acting such roles. She further explained that even if it looks good on screen, she prefers such scenes with seasoned actors who understand professionalism. She said, “Well, it’s a script, and Yes, I do kiss in movies. But Why will I enjoy it? 5,000 people around you. Enjoy what? I never enjoy doing nothing. There’s cameras around, it’s a scene. I prefer to actually have kissing scenes with seasoned actors who understand the professionalism of a kissing scene or a s3x scene. “S3x scene of course because everybody is all dressed up but there is movement. So there’s literally people who understand the job and are focused and are literally just running through a script.”
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