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Emefiele: Reps Move Against CBN Chiefs Veering Into Politics

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Emefiele: Reps Move Against CBN Chiefs Veering Into Politics

The House of Representatives has started the disqualification process of those taking leadership positions in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from politics.

This new development was contained in the CBN (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which is seeking to amend the CBN Act 2007, which passed the second reading at the plenary on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

The legislation is titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend Section 11 of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Act 2007 to Add More Conditions for Disqualification and Cessation of Appointment as Governor, Deputy Governor or Director of the Bank; and for Related Matters.’

The bill is particularly seeking to amend Section 11(2) of the CBN Act by inserting a new paragraph (f) to read thus: “(f) Is a member of a political party or involved in partisan politics.”

Criticisms had trailed the affiliation of the current Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, with the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), where he aspired to run for president.

The sponsor of the bill, Sada Soli (APC, Katsina), while leading the debate on the legislation, noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007 is the legal instrument that establishes the Central Bank of Nigeria and the office of the CBN governor. He also noted that by virtue of Sections 7 and 8 of the Act, the CBN is answerable to the President, the National Assembly, and the apex bank’s Board of Directors.

The lawmaker further noted that Section 11 of the CBN Act 2007 provides the conditions under which the Governor of the CBN shall cease to act in that capacity.

According to Section 11(2)(a)-(f), there is no mention as related to the political parties or partisan politics of the governor of the CBN or its directors. Therefore, we need to add to the principal Act by inserting a new Section 11(2)(f) to read thus: ‘is a member of a political party or  involved in partisan politics.’

These changes will enable any person who is interested in partisan politics to cease as the Governor of the Central Bank and this will give more honour to the position of the CBN governor, deputy governor, and director,” he added.

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2023: Tinubu, Obasanjo, Others Meet In Ogun

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo behind closed doors in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Details of the meeting were not disclosed but sources say it is not unconnected with the 2023 general elections and Tinubu’s ambition to emerge president.

Tinubu was accompanied by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande; the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; former Governor Olusegun Osoba; Otunba Gbenga Daniel among other dignitaries.

The trip to Abeokuta comes a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari received Tinubu and his running mate Kassim Shettima at the State House in Abuja.

The duo was accompanied by the APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

According to Adamu, the meeting was to brief the President and get his approval on the party’s plans regarding the campaign outfit and organogram.

At a briefing after the meeting, Adamu also unveiled Lalong as the Director-General of the APC presidential campaign organisation.

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Raila Odinga rejects William Ruto’s victory in Kenyan presidential election

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Raila Odinga has rejected the results of Kenya’s presidential election saying that the figures announced on Monday were “null and void”.

According to the official results, Mr Odinga narrowly lost to Deputy President William Ruto.

Mr Odinga accused the head of the electoral body of a “blatant disregard of the constitution”.

“We totally without reservation reject the presidential election results,” he said.

Making his remarks in front of supporters in the capital, Nairobi, he said that there was “neither a legally elected winner nor a president-elect”.

The 77-year-old long-time opposition leader was running for president for the fifth time. He has challenged the results in the previous two elections, including successfully in 2017.

This time round, the chairman of the electoral body Wafula Chebukati said he got 48.8% of the vote in last Tuesday’s election compared to Mr Ruto’s 50.5%.

Mr Odinga accused Mr Chebukati of “gross impunity” saying his team will pursue all legal options. He called his declaration “a major setback” to Kenya’s democracy that could trigger a political crisis.

He said that Mr Chebukati went against the law by announcing the result without the backing of his fellow commissioners. But an ally of Mr Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, told BBC Focus on Africa radio that commissioners are required to collate the results but do not determine the result.

This is a legal point that may in the end have to be tested in court.

Minutes before Mr Odinga spoke, four of seven electoral commissioners who refused to approve Monday’s results, held a press conference to give their reasons.

They accused Mr Chebukati of side-lining them and of announcing results that were a “mathematical absurdity that defies logic”.

Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of the commission, said that if you added the percentages as announced by the chairperson of the commission the sum came to 100.01%.

But the BBC’s Reality Check team says that this was down to a rounding error and is not suspicious.

Mr Odinga has however commended the four commissioners for their “heroism”.

“The majority of (the electoral commission) – who stood up to the bullying and illegal conduct of Mr Chebukati, we are proud of them and ask them not to fear anything. Kenyans are with them,” he said.

On Monday, Mr Ruto described the objections of the commissioners as a “side-show”, but said he would respect a legal process. He also called for unity, saying he wanted to be a president for all, and for the country to focus on the future.

Last week’s election was largely peaceful. The electoral commission was widely praised for conducting a transparent process by posting on its website results from more than 46,000 polling stations and encouraging anyone to conduct their own tally.

However, scuffles broke out at the counting centre on Monday after Mr Odinga’s supporters accused the electoral commission of tampering with votes and attempted to block Mr Chebukati from announcing the final results. At least three poll officials were injured in the melee.

Calm has been restored in the country after a mixture of celebrations and violent protests followed the official declaration of the presidential results.

Thousands of supporters, clad in yellow, Mr Ruto’s party colours, poured onto the streets of Eldoret in the Rift Valley. In contrast in the western city of Kisumu, Mr Odinga’s supporters blocked roads and lit bonfires. Similar scenes played out at several towns and in the capital, Nairobi.

Generally there is a sense of relief that the counting process is over because the election season often means that life grinds to a halt.

But people will be paying attention to Mr Odinga’s plans to file a case at the Supreme Court.

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Wike Alleges Gang-up Against Him In Rivers

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has accused some elders of the state of ganging up against him because they did not scale through the primary to be the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

The governor explained that some of them, who indicated interest to fly the party’s flag but failed, went to mobilise in Abuja to ensure that he did not emerge the running mate of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

Wike spoke during the 74th birthday reception organised to honour a former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili, at his residence in Old Government Residential Area, Port Harcourt.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to journalists in Port Harcourt.

Ebiri quoted the governor as saying, “On my last birthday, 12midnight, one of our elders called me that they want to see me. They came to me and said they came to wish me happy birthday.

Then, they presented me a letter that I should run for President. All of them, including Dr. Abiye (Sekibo) signed the document.

I said ‘okay, you people too should go and give me someone who will be governor after me.’ They all sat there, looking left and right.

“I asked them, ‘those of you who are interested to be governor should raise your hands.’ Everybody raised his hand. One person didn’t raise his hand, Senator Bari Mpigi.

I asked why he was not interested, he replied, ‘sir, let me hold what God has given me. I don’t want to lose the two.”

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