Obama Urges Nigerian Political Leaders To Ensure Free, Fair Elections
Former American president, Barack Obama, has urged political candidates and leaders in the forthcoming elections to ensure a free, fair and peaceful process.
The ex-president noted that Nigeria has been through a tough time but has come out victorious as the country currently has the largest economy in Africa. He also noted that the forthcoming election is an ‘opportunity to help write the next chapter of Nigeria’s progress by voting.’
Obama said, “Hello, today I want to speak directly to you, the people of Nigeria. Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you have made. Together you have found your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions. You have strived to overcome divisions and turned Nigeria’s diversity into a source of strength. You have worked hard to improve the lives of your families and built the largest economy in Africa.
He further stated, “I call on all Nigerians to peacefully express your views and reject the voice of those who call for violence. And when elections are free and fair, it is the responsibility of all citizens to help keep the peace no matter who wins.
“Successful elections and democratic progress would help Nigeria meet the urgent challenges faced today.“
Source: Daily Trust
Show Us Your NYSC Cert, Group Challenges Enugu PDP Gov’ship Candidate
The Rule of Law and Justice Initiative, and Enugu Progressive Forum, have challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate of Enugu State, Peter Mbah, to show his NYSC certificate or withdraw from the race.
At a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the Media and Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Cynthia Mbakwe, said their prayers have been answered by a court and the police have been directed to investigate the allegation.
According to her, a forged NYSC certificate to INEC is in contravention of Section 182(1)(j) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She said by Section 182(1)(j),of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the Constitution provides: ‘No person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if he has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.’
She said: “We now, therefore, challenge Peter Ndubuisi Mbah to make available his copy of the NYSC Certificate in his possession to any civil society organization of his choice to approach the NYSC for verification and that such organization should make their findings public.