The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said that his party believes in the rule of law, adding that there was no point to protest a judgment which was in agreement with the rule of
Secondus’ comments came shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission issued a Certificate of Return to PDP candidate and governor-elect in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri.
Secondus urged Diri and his deputy governor-elect, Lawrence Ewrudjakpo, to immediately go for reconciliation in the state.
He said, “This is the time to establish the truth and reconciliation committee for the benefit and genuine reconciliation of all Bayelsans.
“So, we urge the new governor-elect and deputy governor-elect to quickly go to work; embrace everyone regardless of their lineages or parties, because this is what PDP represents.
“We believe in the rule of law and our matters are very clear. If it is on point with the rule of law, no argument, no protest; if it is not on point with the rule of law, we will ask questions.
“We do not just makeup protests or argue or issue statements on ordinary grounds. On this matter in Bayelsa State, it was on point with the rule of law and the rule of law has taken its place.”
SDN, YAR’ADUA Foundation Empowers Communities with Budget Tracking Skills
To help bridge the accountability and engagement gap between public institutions and communities in the Niger Delta, the Stakeholder Democracy Network, SDN organized a two-day workshop on “Participatory Budgeting at The Aldgate Congress Hotel in Port Harcourt.
Sponsored by the Yar’Adua Foundation, the workshop took place on the 12th and 13th of February, drawing participants from the public service, community-based organizations and the media.
In the lively and participatory sessions of the two-day workshop which included pieces of training and group exercises, attendees were equipped with the rudiments of budget formulation, enactment, tracking, audit and evaluation, with particular focus on state and local governments.
Workshop trainer, Kelechi Justin Amaechi emphasized the need for citizens, community leaders and community-based organizations to acquire the needed information on budgeting to enable them to engage the processes effectively.
He said the involvement of the citizenry in the budgeting and other decision-making processes builds trust and strengthens democracy, as community people take ownership and protect public projects owing to their deliberate efforts at debating and influencing the siting of projects that directly responds to the most pressing needs of the community.
Participants who spoke with FR News at the end of the workshop expressed gratitude to SDN and the Yar’Adua Foundation for the opportunity to be empowered with the right skills to contribute towards the development of their communities and the larger society as they will now be able contributes towards the nomination of projects that meet community needs , monitor to ensure projects are executed according to specifications and also help to prevent duplication of projects by government agents and other service providers.
SDN is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization based in the Niger Delta and providing support for those affected by the extractive industry and weak governance since it was established in 2004.
Court Stops INEC From Deregistering 31 Parties
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from deregistering 31 political parties.
The presiding judge, Justice Anwuli Chikere, in her ruling, said having failed to counter the application by the applicants, the affected political parties had the legal right which must be protected.
In an interlocutory motion with suit number: FHC//ABJ/ CS/444/19 between Advanced Congress of Democratic (ACD) and 2 others Vs. Attorney General of the Federation and another (INEC), the applicants had on Oct. 30, 2019, approached the court.
INEC had, on Feb. 6, deregistered 74 political parties .