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Buhari Tells May He Is Committed To Free And Fair 2019 Elections

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians and the international community of his commitment to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

Buhari gave the assurance during a bilateral meeting with the visiting Prime Minister Theresa May at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari welcomed UK’s support toward strengthening democratic institutions in the country.

‘‘I assure you that I’m all out for free, fair and credible elections.

“I’m very pleased that my party is doing very well. The High Commissioner will brief you more. The recent successes in polls in Katsina, Bauchi, and Kogi have boosted our morale greatly.

‘‘Nigeria has accepted multiparty democracy and that is putting politicians on their toes, forcing them to work harder.’’

On the anti-corruption campaign, the President applauded Britain’s support to the country, noting that the success of the fight was very important to ordinary people in the country.

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He recalled that Nigeria had great opportunities and resources between 1999 and 2014 due to high oil prices.

“But when we came in 2015, oil prices plunged to as low as 37 dollars per barrel.

‘‘What we have been doing since 2015 is to focus on infrastructure development, despite low earnings. Work is ongoing on roads, rail, power, and many others,’’ he said.

On Brexit, Buhari noted that it provided an opportunity to strengthen the historic ties between Nigeria and the UK.

‘‘We are nervously watching the development about Brexit because we know that the relationship had been on for a long time.

“I assure you that I am prepared to strengthen the relationship between our two countries.’’

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The president also thanked the UK government for the support on security and the fight against insurgency in the North-East, as well as the improved trade relations between both countries.

‘‘I am very grateful to the British government under you leadership for the help in security, particularly your training team that is in our institution in Kaduna,’’ he said.

Earlier in a remark before the bilateral meeting, Buhari underscored the need for UK support toward reviving Lake Chad, which is a source of livelihood for millions of people.

The president told the visiting prime minister that Europe and China were already conducting an indepth study on recharging the Lake through inter-basin transfer from the Central African Republic.

In her remarks, Prime Minister May said she was pleased to be in Abuja to continue the ‘‘excellent discussions’’ she started with Buhari in London in April, particularly on security, trade, asset recovery and the fight against corruption.

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May welcomed the assurance by the Nigerian government on credible elections in 2019.

‘‘Security and defence cooperation are very important steps to address Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa,’’ May said.

On asset recovery, the prime minister said: ‘‘We do not want to hold anything that belongs to Nigerian people; but we follow the judicial process which can be slow.’’

She appealed to Buhari to use his position as ECOWAS Chair to keep the issue of human trafficking on the front burner in the sub-region.

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Acting CJN Swears In 13 New Election Petition Tribunal Members

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Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, has sworn in the remaining 13 members of the 2019 Election Petitions Tribunal.

Mohammed admonished the new members to be of good character and endeavour to live above board.

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He also reminded them of the sacred nature of the oath they had taken, stressing it had become a bond between them and their creator.

The Acting Chief Justice says there would be no room for excuses or any performance below approved standards.

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The judicial boss informed the new Tribunal members that they were thoroughly examined and later fished out from the numerous judges in the country who were equally eminently qualified for this task.

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No Certificates For Okorocha, Others Declared Under Duress – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission is insisting it would not reward bad conduct by presenting certificates of return to candidates who allegedly forced electoral officials to declare them winners.

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The Commission’s Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said INEC would wait on court judgements or decisions of an Election Petitions Tribunal to guide its actions in such cases of results declared under duress.

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Okoye said apart from the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, there were other candidates from Niger, Benue and Akwa Ibom states who were also denied certificates of return because they were declared winners under duress.

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