Thursday, May 19, 2022

INEC Refuses To Shift Primaries Deadline For Parties

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Leaders of Political Parties are currently meeting with the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja.

Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed that the timetable and timeline of elections will not be reviewed.

He also added that political parties should conduct primaries in a transparent manner. He added that the commission received 807 litigations in 2019, due to the process surrounding party primaries.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Yabagi Sanni has requested on behalf of political parties, two months extension for the conduct of party primaries.A police officer serving with the homicide department of the State Criminal Investigating Department (SCID) Yaba, DSP Olusegun Bamidele, has continued his testimony at the Lagos High Court in the alleged murder case of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga.

In continuation of his testimony before the court today May 10, the police officer while answering questions from the Lagos State’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Adenike Oluwafemi, told the court how investigations revealed where the late Usifo Ataga and Chidinma might have met before arriving at the crime scene.

The witness said;

”While I was investigating into the background, I and a friend of the deceased went to Angel Villa Hotel in Lekki. The owner of the hotel was approached and the story was related to him. Luckily the hotel had a CCTV which revealed the presence of the deceased and Chidinma at the hotel.

After we tracked her to her home in Alagomeji and brought her to the DCP’s office, she was asked about her relationship with the deceased. She denied initially and this prompted us to deploy the CCTV. She then agreed that she is the Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu we were looking for.

We then took her in the company of her foster father, one Onoh Ojukwu back to the house in Alagomeji where we initially arrested her. We conducted a search of the house in their presence”.

According to the officer, the search yielded a maroon-colored cloth which Chidinma wore on the day the late Usif

INEC had fixed June 3rd deadline for the conduct of primary elections by the parties.

The parties are asking the electoral umpire to shift the deadline by 37 days.

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