The Independent National Electoral Commission has declare has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Douye Diri as the winner of the Bayelsa governorship election.
Recall that the Supreme Court had yesterday nullified the election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, David Lyon on grounds of forgery.
National chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole had threatened that the swearing in of the Diri as ordered by the Supreme Court will not hold, raising controversies.
Addressing the media at its headquarters in Abuja, chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said by the virtue of the Supreme Court’s judgment which disqualified APC candidates from the election, the total number of vote cast now stands at 146,999 and the candidate of the PDP scored 143,172 with geographical spread.
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 .