The Senate was divided along party lines on Wednesday over a point of order to debate on alleged electoral malpractices brought by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District.
Dino had on the point of order sought the leave of the red Chambers to bring a motion to the effect that election held on 23rd February and 9th March was militarised
The lawmaker wanted the motion discussed for posterity sake, saying that it would be cowardice for Senators to close eyes to brazen electoral malpractices.
“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues I rise this morning through Order 42 as a true representative of the people to bring to attention of the Senate on elections held on 23rd February and 9th March, 2019.”
“I want to say, the elections were militarized and I want the Senate to discuss this matter for posterity sake.”
“If this matter is discussed and reasons for military operation is discovered, Mr. President can be properly advised. ”
“Please permit me, Mr. Senate President, to bring a full motion on another legislative day. ”
Immediately, the matter was put to voice votes by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, there was thunderous” nay”, suggesting that the chamber wouldn’t want elections debated particularly the APC lawmakers.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, however, argued that the motion having come through Order 42 needed one fifth to be sustained, hence, he ordered Dino to bring the motion on the next legislative day.
Effort by the Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan and Senator Jibrin Barau to turn down the motion did not yield results as the Senate President insisted that the motion was in accordance with the rules of the Senate.
PDP’s Bala Mohammed Wins Bauchi Governorship Election
PDP’s Bala Muhammed has been declared the winner of the governorship race in Bauchi State.
Mr Bala Mohammed defeated the incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Mohammed polled a total of 515,113 votes while the APC polled 500,625.
The Returning officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced the winner and returned the former FCT Minister Bala Muhammed as the Governor of Bauchi State.
Kwankwasiyya Group Posting Gory Pictures of Plateau Crisis to Discredit Governorship Rerun Election, Says Kano State Govt
Kano state government describes as desperate move by the Kwankwasiyya group of the PDP to discredit the peaceful conduct of the rerun election by posting pictures of violence witnessed in some part of the country on social media platforms and beyond and paints it as what is happening in Kano.
A statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba indicates that, the supplementary election that witnessed large turn out of voters and adjudged as most peaceful, is being dismissed by the Kwankwasiyya group.
It says even before the election the group had unleashed terror on innocent citizens in order to scare them away from exercising their franchise.
“Since yesterday, members of the group have been posting and sharing gory pictures of violence in an effort paint black the peaceful and orderly election in Kano. Some of this pictures were shots from the Jos crisis in Plateau state”, the statement adds.
The commissioner therefore calls on the public to ignore such postings awash on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
The statement also urges the people and particularly members of the APC to remain calm and await for the outcome of the election.
Emir Sanusi Plots Cancellation of Kano Rerun Election
Disturbed that the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is leading in the Kano governorship rerun election, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has pleaded with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) to cancel the results.
Impeccable security sources told our Correspondent that the controversial Emir put several calls across to the INEC chairman and the Director-General of the DSS late Saturday afternoon, begging for the cancellation of the result.
The Emir, it was gathered has, before now launched a campaign of calumnly against Kano state Governor, Dr. Ganduje.
A source close to the Palace revealed that Emir Sanusi has been lobbying major Kano stakeholders to work against Ganduje’s victory.
“He has been holding secret meetings with Kwankwaso in and outside the country perfecting plans on how Ganduje will be pushed out of the way so that Kwankwaso will take over Kano again through his proxy and son inlaw, Abba Kabir Yusuf,” the Palace source added.
Our Correspondent, however, gathered that the INEC chairman and the DSS boss refused to hid to the plea of the Kano Emir.
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