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EXPLAINER: How Newly-signed 2022 Amended Electoral Act Affects Parties

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How Newly-signed 2022 Amended Electoral Act Affect Parties

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, May 21, 2022, signed into law the controversial 2022 Amended Electoral Act.

A member of the House of Representatives Emeka Chinedu representing Ahiazu/ Ezinihittee Mbaise federal constituency in the House of Representatives disclosed that the bill was signed today.

I can confirm to you that Mr. President signed the bill into law this afternoon and we are all happy about it as it will give us and other statutory delegates the power to vote at the primaries,” Chinedu said, adding that “the amendment was swiftly done by the national assembly members to legally provide a place in the Act for statutory delegates of political parties to vote during their congresses and conventions.“It will indeed do a lot of good for the upcoming party primaries.

What you should know about the 2022 Amended Electoral Act

The electoral act has been a bone of contention for a while as the House of Representatives, Senate, and other politicians were excluded from voting in their parties’ primaries by the 2022 electoral act.

Following the omission, both the Senate and House of Representatives last week convened emergency sessions where they amended the act to provide for statutory delegates to vote and be voted for in the forthcoming political parties’ primaries and conventions.

However, with few days left for the primaries to take place, politicians have been pressuring the president to sign it in order to avert a crisis. Newsrand, therefore, presents below how it affects political parties:

  • Section 29(1) also makes it a law for political parties to conduct their primaries and submit the list of candidates at least 180 days before the general elections. The list of candidates submitted must emerge from valid primaries conducted by the political party. 
  • According to Section 33 of the Bill, political parties are not allowed to change or substitute a candidate whose name has been submitted to the Commission. The only ground on which the Bill allows for such to happen is if the candidate dies.
  • In instances where such happens, Section 34 allows the political parties power to conduct a primary election to replace the deceased candidate who died during an election.

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I Never Thought I Would Be Picked As Tinubu Running, Masari Says

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I Never Thought I Would Be Picked As Tinubu Running, Masari Says

All Progressive Congress Vice Presidential Candidate, Kabir Masari has expressed his surprise at being selected as Asiwaju Tinubu’s running mate.

Masari disclosed this during an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa service, revealing how honored he is to be picked.

“I was told that I will fill a form and return immediately. The form was brought to me and I filled and returned it as directed. Masari said.

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‘I am a realist and someone who believes in destiny.

“In the first place, this opportunity, to me, came as a surprise. I never envisaged in my wildest dream that I will be picked. But when it happened, it was God’s wonders. So nothing is impossible.

“I feel honored for this great opportunity. So, if at the end of the day it became otherwise. I will accept it as a will of God. More than anything, God has uplifted me.

“Do you know that since I was picked as his running mate, I have been inundated with phone calls from every part of the country wishing me luck? To say the least, I receive nothing less than 500 text messages. Over 200 on WhatsApp and 300 on SMS; that’s a rare privilege. It is only God that uplifts His servant.”

The APC Vice-Presidential candidate will then add that nothing is wrong with a Muslim/Muslim ticket, as Nigerians should be more concerned with development rather than religious issues.

“Many Christians and Muslims have been killed. So both of us must unite to salvage the situation; so, candidates must be assessed on their antecedents. The APC presidential candidate has performed credibly well based on his past records. He stated.

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APC To Lose Majority Status In Senate To Oppositions Over Defections

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APC To Lose Majority Status In Senate To Oppositions Over Defections

The majority status of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently under threat, as no less than 20 members of the party in the Senate have concluded plans to defect to opposition parties.

The APC members, according to a report, would be defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), amongst others.

In the course of Wednesday, June 22, 2022, plenary session, Senator Dauda Jika representing Bauchi Central, announced his defection to the NNPP, a development that brought the number of APC senators to 67.

Newsrand understands that the APC is experiencing mass defection to opposition parties as members of the party lost their return tickets to the National Assembly during the primary elections.

So far, APC has lost 13 senators to opposition parties; to stop this, its National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, met with the party senators behind closed doors at the National Assembly complex, Abuja.

Explaining the defections, Adamu said it was normal considering that it is the country’s election year.

His words: “The meeting with the senators was most fruitful. The issue of defection is an unfortunate development when it happens but this is a season where there are all sorts of behaviour in the political space and ours is not an exception.

In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception so is the APC, not an exception. I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC. But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC, it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.

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Relatives Identify Headless Body Of Physically Challenged Ex-Lawmaker

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Relatives Identify Headless Body Of Physically Challenged Lawmaker

The relatives of Nelson Achukwu have identified the headless body of the physically challenged former Anambra lawmaker.

Anambra Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, who disclosed this development, said Achukwu’s remains was found at the boundary between Uke and Ukpor axis of the state.

Having identified the corpse as theirs, Achukwu’s relatives quickly resorted to buring him considering that he had started to decompose.

According to Ikenga, the deceased was kidnapped on Thursday, June 9, 2022, in his residence.

The PPRO said while efforts were being made to rescue him, his body was found without the head.

Ikenga added that the command would do everything within its powers to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

Achukwu, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly and a businessman, had earlier been abducted by gunmen a few months ago and later released after the payment of N15 million ransom. He was kidnapped again on June 9th and the reason for his second kidnap and murder is still unknown.

His death is coming after similar gruesome murders in Anambra State after the lawmaker representing Aguata II State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Okechukwu Okoye, was kidnapped and beheaded by his abductors last month.

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