Former President Goodluck Jonathan says when citizens’ votes begin to count, politicians will stop recruiting thugs.
He described the signals coming from Kogi and Bayelsa states as “disturbing”.
He said people are already being killed before the governorship elections scheduled for Saturday.
Jonathan spoke in Port Harcourt during the presentation of a book by Gabriel Toby, a former deputy governor of Rivers, on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Simon Onu, a van driver with Bayelsa Radio was shot dead while several other people were injured during a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe area of the state.
In Kogi state, the campaign train of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was attacked at the venue of a peace accord meeting set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lokoja.
This was after suspected thugs set fire to the secretariat of the party.
The former president said the country would not have deteriorated to this point if people’s votes mattered.
He said only electronic voting could stop violence during elections in the country, adding that with that, people would be able to elect those they believe in.
“Look at what is happening now; we have governorship elections in two states in Kogi and Bayelsa. The signals coming from both are quite disturbing, ” Jonathan said.
“The use of thugs, shooting guns and our people are already being killed when the voting process has not even started is disturbing. This would not happen if we have got to a point in this country where voter card matters.
”That is why I have always advocated electronic voting. We must go into electronic voting.
” If people these days can transfer billions of dollars from one bank to the other, using electronic means, then I believe that we can do electronic voting perfectly and that will ensure that the use of thugs during elections would not come up again.”
He said he believes that when the country develops to a point where voter cards matter, politicians would change their bad ways.
“My opinion is that people don’t change when they get into political office; we vote people that we don’t know into offices and it is difficult to know the true character of a person; it is hard to understand, but the fact is we don’t really vote people we know. People tend to use different means to get into office, “he said.
“When we develop as a nation to the point where our voter cards matter, where the people can vote, who they believe in, the behaviour of the politicians would change; politicians would stop recruiting group of boys and feeding them like dogs, calling them thugs to be used for elections while their children attend the best universities abroad.“
My Husband And I No Longer Sleep Side By Side — Aisha Buhari
The wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has said that she does not have the opportunity to sleep side by side with her husband in order to have pillow talk.
Aisha stated this while being featured as a guest on a Television Programme aired on Television Continental (TVC), Journalists Hangout, a recorded of which was obtained by newsmen.
The first lady spoke to the journalists on the TV show on phone and expressed that the busy schedules have denied her the chance to sleep in bed with the President and have pillow talks.
This was in response to a question extended to her on why she chooses to express her views on pressing national issues in public domain instead of doing the same during pillow talks as wives and husbands do.
Noting that there is no chance for them to sleep together, Mrs Buhari responded, “There is no pillow in the villa. No, because we are always busy listening to one story or another. I think the people he puts in the cabinet, they should just sit up and do the needful. That is why it is not good to have godfatherism.
“We just have to choose the right people to be at the right places so that we would rest, so that the first lady should stop talking.”
When queried if she was ever asked to stop talking in the public, Aisha said, “Who will stop me? Everybody is talking in the country; nobody is stopping me.
“Nigerian people believe in my husband’s ideology and he fought for it for 12 years. When we got to this place, it is not because we are the richest or educated or handsome.
“We are there (Aso Rock) due to the trust and confidence that they have in us. So, I feel indebted to the Nigerian masses to continue defending them as the wife of the president.”
‘We Won’t Disclose Outcome Of Our Investigation Against Sen. Elisha Abbo’ — Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate has said it cannot make public the outcome of its investigation against Adamawa lawmaker, Elisha Abbo, who was caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja.
According to reports, the Senate spokesperson, Godiya Akwashiki, said this while speaking with journalists after plenary on Thursday, December 12th where he was quoted to have said;
“I know vividly when that issue was brought to the plenary under matters of urgent importance, a senator raised an observation saying this issue is in a court of law. It’s not an issue we should disturb ourselves over.
“Please, I want to speak like a lawmaker. Once an issue is in a court of law, there is a limit for us to discuss it in the plenary.”
While Akwashiki rationalised the Senate’s delay in debating the report, section 88 of the Constitution, which empowers the National Assembly to investigate allegations of misconduct against members, gives no such restriction.
An investigation by the legislative arm, the section states, could be over the conduct of any “person, authority, or government body that has the duty of executing or administering laws enacted by the National Assembly.”
Although such investigations cannot be aimed to punish, the section states that it shall only be either to “make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws” or “expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence”.
Ize-Iyamu Formally Joins APC At His Residence
In spite of the stoppage of the mega rally being organized by a faction of the All Progressives Congress (ACP) in Edo State to receive Pastor Ize -Iyamu and his supporters back to the party by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, thousands of his supporters on Friday stormed his residence situated at Ugbor area of Benin – City to felicitate with him.
The venue of the rally was slated at Garrick Memorial Schools playground, Benin City before it was banned by the Police for security reasons.
Edo state factional chairman of the APC, Col. David Imuse (rted) however formally welcomed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the party and presented him and his supporters with a broom, which is the APC party symbol.
He said the coming of Ize-Iyamu and his supporters from the 18 local government areas of the state to the APC was a homecoming worthy of celebration adding that it would add value to the party.
He said, ” We are here to celebrate the homecoming of our brothers and sisters from the PDP who have come to add value to our party; not only to add value, they are coming to make our party grow from strength to strength so that we can win at all levels”.
Imuse who urged all members of the party in the state to close ranks so that it can grow from strength to strength, called on those he said were sitting in the fence to come and join the party adding that as a party with a large heart, the APC was open to all.
Receiving the broom from the APC chairman, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said that the notion that he was joining the APC in Benin City was wrong because he had already done so as required by party regulations at his Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon Local Government Area.
Displaying his APC membership card, he said, “For those who are in doubt, the moment I made up my mind to join the APC, I went to my ward and I am proud to say I have registered in Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon local government area”.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu thanked the crowd of supporters for coming to his residence for the event saying he was confident that his decision to return home to the APC will, “by the grace of God make APC grow from strength”.
Meanwhile, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu appreciated his supporters for turning out en masse despite the disappointment of a change of venue.