Disturbed by the wave of backlash generated with the appointment of one of its national commissioners as its acting Chairperson, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has risen in strong defence of its boss.
The commission said the appointment of Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari as acting chairperson was well in order, saying as her powers are broad, so is her tenure which has no time limit.
A document issued by the commission yesterday in Abuja said INEC as a federal executive body established under Section 153 of the 1999 constitution can be administered by a person who is non-partisan and with unimpeachable integrity.
INEC said although the law created the office of a chairman for the commission but does not provide for a deputy chairman. “Therefore, where for any reason, the office of the chairman becomes vacant, the appointing authority, which in this case is the president, has the power to appoint any qualified person to act as the Acting Chairman, pending the appointment of the substantive Chairman”, the commission stated.
On the ongoing debate regarding the powers of the Mrs Zakari, INEC said unless there is anything in particular that is contained in the electoral Act 2010, on the exercise of such powers, the acting chairman can maintain and exercise powers particularly designated for the chairman.
It added that the appointment of acting chairman of INEC has no time limit or limitation and therefore, until further directives or order from the appointing authority, it is lawful to exercise all powers of the chairman.
“It is important to note that the responsibilities of the commission shall continue without any let or hindrance including preparation for elections, in view, in the coming months”, it stated
Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has indicated interest to contest Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.
The former Kwara governor made this known on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Saraki asserted that he has a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions. He said, “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.
“As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.
“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.
“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for everyone!” Saraki is the latest politician to have indicated interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year.
2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.
The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.
MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.
The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.
“The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.
“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.
“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.
On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.
On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims scuttle the APC leader’s bid.
2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.
The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.
He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.
“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”
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