Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Monday 10th December 2018

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Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Monday 10th December 2018

2019: Despite Presidential Veto, INEC Forecloses Use of Incident Form
Mon, 10 Dec 2018

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said despite the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, which makes the use of card reader mandatory, the 2019 elections will not be conducted with incident form.

INEC’s assurance is coming as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation has said the use of incident form in the impending general elections would be unacceptable to it.
The electoral body, however, said the rejected bill would have addressed the controversies that trailed the 2015 exercise especially the place of technology and others that the amendments seek to address.

Responding to THISDAY enquiry yesterday, INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said the presidential veto has created no lacuna in the electoral legal regime, explaining that the Electoral Act 2010 as amended in 2015 would be the operative law.

According to him, “While it may be better to have the necessary amendments to avoid some of the controversies that trailed the 2015 exercise, especially the place of technology and others the amendments seek to cure, we can still have good elections with the extant act as we did in 2015, which were adjudged free, fair and credible.”

Reacting to a report by an online newspaper that 13.5 million voters voted for Buhari without full biometric accreditation in 2015, Osaze-Uzzi said, “How was this determined? Biometric accreditation does not determine who a person votes for. Put another way, the card reader is used for biometric accreditation. It doesn’t determine how such persons vote.

“Incident forms will not be used in 2019.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week, for the fourth time withheld his assent to the amendment bill, citing legal drafting errors.

In separate letters dated December 6 titled, ‘Presidential Decision to Decline Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018’, addressed to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives, Buhari explained that he was declining assent “principally because passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general election, which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainties about the applicable legislation to govern the process.”

The president also listed four provisions of the bill that required drafting amendments by the National Assembly. They include Section five of the bill amending section 18 of the principal act, which should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure “30” for the figure “60” is to be effected and Section 11 of the bill amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the proviso is to be introduced.

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Buhari Urges Africans to Unite against Corruption
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Atiku, Tinubu celebrate Ribadu By Adedayo Akinwale and Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has called on every African, especially the younger generation, to collaborate on every front towards ensuring that corruption becomes a thing of the past on the continent. This is coming as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), []The post Buhari Urges Africans to Unite against Corruption appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Don’t Meddle in Lawyer, Client Relationship, NBA Tells EFCC
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) lacks the locus standi to meddle in client and lawyer contractual relationship, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said. In a communique issued yesterday at the end of NBA’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja, the association insisted that the fees []The post Don’t Meddle in Lawyer, Client Relationship, NBA Tells EFCC appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Flashpoints Ahead of a Bumpy Election Year
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Nseobong Okon-EkongandOjo Maduekwewrite that aside the issues that are pointers to a likely flawed 2019 elections, there are also flashpoint states which if left unchecked could lead to a breakdown of law and order The 2019 general election is expected to be the most disorganised and flawed since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, a []The post Flashpoints Ahead of a Bumpy Election Year appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Fuel Crisis Looms as Marketers Order Depots’ Shutdown
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
By Ndubuisi Francis, Chineme Okafor in Abuja and Peter Uzoho in Lagos Oil marketers under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) yesterday directed their members to shut down all depots in the country at midnight to protest federal government’s failure to pay them their outstanding subsidy claims estimated at []The post Fuel Crisis Looms as Marketers Order Depots’ Shutdown appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Obasanjo: I am Not Neutral, Nigerians Must Vote for Change
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
By Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said he would not sit on the fence or be neutral in next year’s general elections, emphasising his commitment to a change of a government he thinks has hindered the economic development of the country. Obasanjo’s position was made known in a statement by his []The post Obasanjo: I am Not Neutral, Nigerians Must Vote for Change appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Flight Operations May Be Paralysed as FAAN Withdraws Services over Debt
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
By Chinedu Eze Flight operations to some domestic destinations may be paralysed as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it would withdraw services from yesterday midnight from the Kebbi Airport, Bebi Airstrip, Cross River and Gombe States airports over debts. FAAN provides compulsory services like security, fire cover, marshalling and rescue operations in []The post Flight Operations May Be Paralysed as FAAN Withdraws Services over Debt appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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BUHARI’S GOSPEL OF FAIR PLAY
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Nduka Uzuakpundu writes that the president should be commended for urging aggrieved party members to pursue their rights in the courts In this season of defections, it may appear unusual that some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are leaving it for other parties. In Ogun and Kogi States, where a crisis has []The post BUHARI’S GOSPEL OF FAIR PLAY appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Yakassai, Adebanjo Disagree with Buhari on Electoral Act Amendment Bill
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
By Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja Two notable Nigerian elder statesmen have disagreed with the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018, which a number of Nigerians considered as capable of improving the country’s electoral system. Former liaison officer to ex-President Shehu Shagari and founding member, []The post Yakassai, Adebanjo Disagree with Buhari on Electoral Act Amendment Bill appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Politicians Have Weaponised Poverty
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Mr. Iboro Otu, Akwa Ibom State governorship candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party addresses security concerns in the 2019 general elections Why do you think members of the public allow themselves to be used by politicians to cause mayhem’ I don’t think any right thinking person, who has a job, food to eat and []The post ‘Politicians Have Weaponised Poverty’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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