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Bauchi PRP Warns BASIEC Against Code of Conduct Bureau’s Interference With Election

The State Secretary of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Bauchi State Chapter, Alh. Sani Garba Agogo has warn the Chairman,
Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC), to be careful with the instructions or directives of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) given to the Commission in a letter dated 8th September, 2020, titled: “Declaration of Assets by Officers Contesting for Elections. The PRP letter reads:

“Sequel to the letter from Code of Conduct Bureau, dated 8th September, 2020, which your enviable office forwarded to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) among others for our information and compliance, we wish to state as follows:

  1. That this letter is the most unfortunate single but shocking event that confront us since the beginning of this exercise.
  2. That we expect the Commission to reply the Code of Conduct Bureau without forwading same to political psrties as the issue raised is a very clear one that the CCB is only trying to interfare with this long awaited election simpliciter without any legal basis but, perhaps, trying to test the will abd resolve of the Commission.
  3. That even going by the provisions of the Part I of the Third Schedule, paragraph 3(a) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) the Code of Conduct Bureau wish to rely on, there is no where it can refer to contestants as Public Officers, as the Schedule only provides thus:
    “3. The Bureau shall have power to:
    (a) receive declarations by public officers made under paragraph 12 of Part I of the Fifth Schedule to this Constitution;
    (b) examine the declarations in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct or any law;
    (c) retain custody of such declarations and make them available for inspection by any citizen of Nigeria on such terms and conditions as the National Assembly may prescribe;
    (d) ensure compliance with and, where appropriate, enforce the provisions of the Code of Conduct or any law relating thereto;
    (e) receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct or any law in relation thereto, investigate the complaint and, where appropriate, refer such matters to the Code of Conduct Tribunal;
    (f) appoint, promote, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over the staff of the Codes of Conduct Bureau in accordance with the provisions of an Act of the National Assembly enacted in that behalf; and
    (g) carry out such other functions as may be conferred upon it by the National Assembly.”
  4. That on the question, who is a public officer under the Constitution in relation to the Code of Conduct Bureau. Our position is simply that if you look at the Part I of the Fifth Schedule, the word ‘Public Officer’ was interpreted to mean: “public office” means a person holding any of the offices specified in Part II of this Schedule; and “public office” shall not include the chairmanship or membership of ad hoc tribunals, commissions or committees”

This takes us to the Part II of the Fifth Schedule where the list of persons who should be referred to as Public Officers for the purposes of the Code of conduct is given as follows:

“1. The President of the Federation.

  1. The Vice-President of the Federation.
  2. The President and Deputy President of the Senate Speakers and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Houses of Assembly of States, and all members and staff of legislative houses.
  3. Governors and Deputy Governors of States.
  4. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justices of the Supreme Court, President and Justices of the Court of Appeal, all other judicial officers and all staff of courts of law.
  5. Attorney-General of the Federation and Attorney-General of each State.
  6. Ministers of the Government of the Federation and Commissioners of the Governments of the States.
  7. Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and all members of the armed forces of the Federation.
  8. Inspector-General of Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police and all members of the Nigeria Police Force and other government security agencies established by law.
  9. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Head of the Civil service, Permanent Secretaries, Directors-Generals and all other persons in the civil service of the Federation or of the State.
  10. Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other officers of Nigeria Missions abroad.
  11. Chairman, members and staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal.
  12. Chairman, members and staff of local government councils.
  13. Chairman and members of the Boards or other governing bodies and staff of statutory corporations and of companies in which the Federal or State Governments or local governments councils.
  14. All staff of universities, colleges and institutions owned and financed by the Federal or State Governments or local government councils.
  15. Chairman, members and staff of permanent commissions or councils appointed on full time basis.”

We therefore, wish to call the urgent attention of the Commission (Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission) to be very vigilant in preventing any attempt by any authrity or persons from interfaring with the smooth conduct of the Local Government Council Elections in Bauchi State.

We finally urge the Commission to demand the immediate withdrawal of the directive given by the Code of Conduct Bureau and demand an apology on behalf of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), or we will be left with nothing but a possible alternative of taking the most appropriate action against you.

Please accept the assurances of our best regard.

GOV. ZULUM: June 12, The Absence of governance At LOCAL GOVT Areas not acceptable

Gov. Zulum: June 12, The Absence of governance At Local Gov’t Areas not acceptable – Daily Watch Press

Fellow compatriots

Today June 12 is ‘Democracy Day’.

A day set aside by the Federal government symbolizing the turning point of the political struggle that entrenched democratic political governance in Nigeria after a long period of military rule. While we were reflecting on the dividends of the democratic political dispensation, the enemies of democracy were hatching evil machination to create havoc and horror amongst our peace loving communities in the state. The gruesome murder of over 50 innocent villagers in Gubio by the insurgents is quite barbaric, inhuman and retrogressive. These unwholesome acts by the insurgents will not deter us from our commitment to fight to finish all acts of terrorism in the state. We pray for all the souls of the departed and for the Almighty to give the families the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.

Nigerians embraced democracy because it is a political system that preserves and promotes the dignity and fundamental rights of the individual. It fosters economic and social development and strengthens the societal cohesion and enhances national tranquillity. This is because democracy is founded on the primacy of the law and the exercise of human rights. In a democracy, no one is above the law and all are equal before the law. This shows the nexus between peace, development, respect for and observance of the rule of law and human rights. In battling to strengthen our nascent democracy challenges there must be. However, as we contend with such issues like that of security, we must put hope in the place of despair, bravery in place of cowardice, hard work in the place of indolence if we want to strengthen our democracy.

There is no gainsaying the fact that we have seen the dividends of democracy. We have made giant strides in major sectors- beefing up the security infrastructure, reconstruction and rehabilitation of destroyed schools, health and public facilities and provision of basic social amenities such water, electricity and roads. As we begin to celebrate our one year of governance, we will make vivid the achievements recorded so far.

Fellow compatriots, democracy is founded on the right of everyone to take part in the management of public affairs. It therefore requires the existence of representative institutions at all levels- the national, state and local government levels. Democratic institutions and processes must also foster decentralised local, State and national government and administration, which is a right and a necessity, and which makes it possible to broaden the base of public participation. The lack of formidable governance at the Local level is a matter of serious concern. I have personally gone round and found that civil authority at the level of the local Government is either completely absent or very weak. This does not augur well for democracy and development. Moreover, all our plans for resettlement of displaced communities will be hampered as a result of this unfortunate development.

This administration will not accept such a disposition and has taken measures to address such lapses squarely. We must build the institutional capacity of the local government areas to fast track grass-roots development and bring government closer to the people. This administration will ensure proper devolution of powers to the local government councils to be able to provide appropriate services and carry out development activities responsive to local wishes and to encourage participatory democracy at the local government level. This administration will ensure all Local Government Councils are headed by elected Chairmen and councils to engender democratic governance at that level.

Fellow Compatriots, we have of recent been battling with the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and took the entire comity of nations unawares. The fight against the global pandemic made open the inadequate health capacity of all nations. The complete lockdown strategy devastated the entire world economy. As oil dependent nation, Nigeria’s economy suffered greatly. This invariably affected our allocation from the federation accounts with negative impact on development. During the tiring period, we mobilize resources and support to provide for the palliatives to cushion the effects of the lockdown.

We sincerely appreciate the understanding and resilience of our good people as we gradually navigate out of both the security and COVID-19 challenges before us. Let us pray assiduously to the Almighty for the protection and safeguard against all anti-democratic forces threatening the peace and security of our state and nation.

I wish us all a happy DEMOCRACY DAY.
Thank you.

Being a text of statewide address by Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State to commemorate the Democracy Day 2020.