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Published On: Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018

Senate President has nothing to do with his Chief of Staff dumping APC -Aide

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Special Assistant on New Media to the President of the Senate, Mr. Olu Onemola, has urged Nigerians not to link the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki with the decision of his Chief of Staff, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr. Onemola in a series of tweets on his twitter handle:@OnemolaOlu absolved the President of the Senate of any links with the decision of his chief of staff.
The Chief of Staff dumped the APC in Kaduna on Monday. But in a swift reaction, the SA new media urged Nigerians not to be quick in linking the Chief of Staff’s Decision to his principal, Saraki.
He tweeted: “Before you people jump to conclusions, the announcement in Kaduna today by Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Chief of Staff to the Senate President, has nothing to do with the SP, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
“Before joining SP’s team, Dr. Baba-Ahmed has been a politician. He was the CPC chairman in Kaduna State and was the pioneer chairman of APC in the State.
“All politics is local and Dr. Baba-Ahmed has acted in line with the decision of his group in Kaduna State. So, please, there should be no basis for empty speculation.”
The Chief of Staff to Saraki dumped the APC on Monday stressing that the party had performed below his expectations.
Saraki is a member of the aggrieved New People Democratic Party (nPDP), a faction of the PDP that broke out to join the APC in 2015. The nPDP are however now aggrieved with the APC and are seeking redress from the party leadership.
While briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Monday, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed said: “This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from APC. I have sent a formal letter to this effect to chairman of my ward.
“This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped to form and made my humble contributions to put in power.
“After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly under-performed and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continue membership.
“I do not believe in all concience, that it should be trusted and encouraged to continue to govern our great country beyond 2019.
“I am not leaving to join another party. This is my decision and mine alone . It has nothing to do with the president of the senate Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
“It’s a decision taken after due consultations with Akida Group, a group that has predated my appointment as chief of staff to the President of the Senate.
“I will remain active in politics, as this is the main avenue for salvaging our nation from rising insecurity, poverty and bitter divisions,” he said. (NAN)
INEC to thwart cloning of PVCs Ahead of 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is taking tough measures to protect Smart Card Readers and Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from unauthorized and malicious access.
INEC would therefore next week commence systematic hardware and software upgrade of all its Smart Card Readers nationwide.
INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said in statement on Sunday in Abuja the electoral body had received reports of attempts to clone its Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and sell them online.
“We wish to assure the public that the Commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials.
“Several security features and secret source codes are contained in the Smart Card Readers which enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the Commission.”
Osaze-Uzzi noted that the advertisement showed photographs of blank cards which have not been personalised and which did not contain any details.
“Notwithstanding, the Commission wishes to state that it is taking these reports more seriously.
“INEC will engage the government and security agencies as well as the promoters of the platform in order to get to the root of it and take all necessary action to take down the advertisement forthwith.
“In addition to the existing features, the Commission is already working to further secure the PVCs and the Smart Card Readers and will continue to protect them from unauthorized and malicious access.
“It is for this reason that, beginning from next week, we are commencing the systematic hardware and software upgrade of all the Smart Card Readers nationwide.”
Osaze-Uzzi said that this enhancement had already been successfully done in Ekiti and Osun, preparatory to the upcoming governorship elections in both states.
“We wish to reassure the public that our systems are robust even as we continue to fortify them ahead of the 2019 general elections.” (NAN)

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