Eid-ul-Kabir: Let’s Be Our Brothers’ Keepers

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) wishes to felicitate with all Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Kabir 2021 celebration.

 

The Eid-ul-Kabir festival symbolizes and promotes the spirit of self sacrifice. Therefore, the PRP uses this significant occasion to exhort Nigerians to continue to show love and mercy to one another.

 

With the security situation in the country that is worsening by the day coupled with the gnawing poverty in the land, it is obvious that millions of Nigerians will not have the luxury of revelling in the season. Hence, the PRP considers it pertinent to call on the Muslims nationwide to fervently pray for the nation as they celebrate Eid-ul-Kabir for God’s urgent intervention.

 

In addition, we call on the governments at all levels to come up with urgent and proactive strategies that would put an end to the myriad problems of general insecurity, banditry, unemployment, hunger, bad economy, among others.

 

Finally, the PRP rejoices with Muslims nationwide at this festive time and wishes them a happy celebration. And as we celebrate, let us all recommit ourselves, individually and collectively, to make Nigeria a safer, equitable, progressive and more egalitarian fatherland for all irrespective of our ethnic, religious and/or cultural plurality.

 

Signed:
Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR,
National Chairman,
Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

Anambra Poll: PRP Stands To Win

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) considers it pertinent to express its readiness and determination to defeat other political parties in the Anambra State Governorship election slated for November 6, 2021.

 

The prospect of our great party is high and bright considering the fact that our candidate, Dr. Nnamdi Nwawuo has been duly screened and given a clean bill of health by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last Friday.

 

In spite of the fact that this is the first time PRP is contesting gubernatorial election in Anambra State, the clean bill of health received by our candidate from INEC had indisputably shown that our candidate will participate in the November governorship poll and it is an indication that our party has the strength to win the election overwhelmingly.

 

The above development has also exposed and terminated the activities of some imposters who are desperate to embarrass and tarnish the reputable name of our great party, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

 

As the oldest surviving political party in Nigeria, PRP has good policies and programs for the Ndi Anambra with job creation, agriculture, industrialization, transformation of health sector, provision of basic and functional education as primary priorities.

 

Finally, we use this medium to encourage our party members and supporters across Anambra State to continue working diligently, harmoniously and peacefully so as to ensure the party reach its deserved destination which is victory.

 

Long Live Peoples Redemption Party (PRP),

Long Live Anambra State,

Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Signed:

Hon. Mathias N. Aninwachukwu,
State Chairman,
People’s Redemption Party (PRP),
Anambra State Chapter.

DRAFT ELECTORAL BILL: THREE STEPS BACKWARDS

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) is sad and seriously concerned that the National Assembly is poised to squander yet another opportunity for bringing remarkable improvement to Nigeria’s electoral legal framework. All patriotic citizens of Nigeria interested in deepening democracy and bringing about good democratic governance in our fatherland need to rise with one voice and demand that the National Assembly refocuses the current electoral reform process towards ensuring electoral integrity.

 

For about a decade, since 2010, no serious amendments have been made to the Nigerian Electoral law, the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended), in spite of the experiences garnered in the 2011, 2015 and 2019 general elections and many other off-cycle elections, which clearly pointed to the need for significant reforms. Thus, when the 9th National Assembly announced its commitment to electoral reforms and renewed the process of enactment of a new Electoral Act, Nigerians who wish to see the integrity of elections upscaled, and democratic development deepened, individually and in their various groups, saw this as a welcome development long overdue and vigorously supported the process. They submitted memoranda, interacted with the honourable members and senators and actively participated in the public hearings. The Committees of both Chambers responded fairly favourably to the needs and aspirations of Nigerians for credible reforms in the first draft, even though it could have done better.

 

Regrettably, the so-called final copy of the Electoral Bill 2021 now before the Nationally Assembly, which is set to be passed on Tuesday July 6th or thereabout, has jettisoned some of the key accepted recommendations by stakeholders and also includes fresh amendments, which if not quickly addressed, would jeopardize the integrity of future elections in Nigeria. Three issues / matters in particular need to be revisited and addressed.

 

For example, Section 50 (2), if passed as is, would prohibit the use of electronic transmission of results by INEC. Yet, globally, once done robustly and appropriately, electronic transmission of results adds remarkable integrity to a country’s electoral process, by among other things, removing human interference and tampering with results; making results tabulation real-time and transparent; and also speeding up the process of tabulation and declaration of results in the shortest possible time. Thus, electronic transmission of result has become a global best practice for electoral integrity, being introduced and/or perfected in many electoral jurisdictions. Yet, the National Assembly seems set to prohibit INEC from doing it! By prohibiting rather than legalizing it, the National Assembly members would seem to endorse tampering with results collation, tabulation and processing of results, which the current manual/analogue processing entails, with all the accompanying fraudulent activities.

 

Secondly, the initial draft of Electoral Bill 2021 sought to grant INEC powers to quickly address a recent dangerous tendency which has emerged, in which powerful but crooked politicians compel Returning Officers (ROs) to declare results under duress. In past elections, politicians have found ways of either threatening or inducing Returning Officers (ROs) to declare false results in their favour hiding under the legal cover that once ROs declare results only the Tribunals can review them. In the 2019 general elections in particular, 2 Senators from Imo State got ‘elected’ in this manner, and somehow scaled the legal huddles at the Tribunals. This is a crass irregularity and fraudulent activity, which INEC could have easily resolved had it got the legal power to review petitions regarding the results before declaration by ROs. Given this trend, citizens groups have demanded that INEC be given the power to review results declared under duress or in contravention of electoral law and guidelines. This was accepted and incorporated into the new Bill; yet, somehow, in the version now before the National Assembly, in Section 65, this power to INEC has been removed. If this section is left as currently is, politicians in future elections would very likely be even more brazen in either buying off Returning Officers or literally ‘putting guns to their heads’ to get them to declare fraudulent results while INEC watches helplessly, as was the earlier cited case in Imo State.

 

Thirdly, and inexplicably, the Bill now before the National Assembly for likely passage on Tuesday July 6 or thereabouts, has, in Section 88, significantly raised the thresholds and limits of candidate campaign financing! If this is passed, a presidential candidate would be free to spend up to N15 billion, raised from N1 billion; a gubernatorial candidate could spend up to N 5 billion raised from N200 million; a Senator is free to spend up to N1.5 billion from N40 million; a candidate for House of Representatives could spend up to N500 million raised from N30 million; and a candidate for State house of Assembly could spend up to N50 million, raised from N10 million (Section 88). Unless this Section is addressed and the thresholds drastically scaled down, the National Assembly would legalize electoral contests for the highest bidders and the richest candidates! For elections to be truly representative, candidates and party election financing need to be curbed appropriately to create a level playing field for all contestants, not just the rich.

 

In view of all these, the PRP wishes to call on the National Assembly to halt the passage of the so-called new Electoral Bill 2021 scheduled for passage this week, until appropriate corrections are made, consistent with citizens popular demands. In particular, PRP calls upon the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency:

 

Review Section 50(2), remove the prohibition of electronic transmission of results and grant INEC the power to introduce a technologically robust and transparent electronic transmission of results so as to remarkably improve the integrity of Nigerian electoral process;
Revisit Section 65, and grant INEC the legal power to appropriately review the results declared by any returning Officer under duress; and

 

Revisit Section 88, and drastically reduce the campaign financing thresholds and limits, to curtail the influence of money in politics and create a level playing field for all contestants, without undue advantage being granted to the rich and wealthy contestants.

 

For members of the National Assembly to truly answer the title of peoples’ representatives, they would need to bring into effect an Electoral Act that respects and represents the wishes of the Nigerian people, as articulated and expressed during the consultations and public hearings which were held.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, the PRP condemns any attempt by anybody or group of persons to hoist on Nigerians a so-called New Electoral Act, which would undermine rather than improve the integrity of elections in Nigeria.

 

In conclusion, the PRP calls on all patriotic Nigerians, individually and in organized groups, to bring pressure to bear on the members of the National Assembly to do the right thing, rather than rush a new Electoral Bill which would significantly undermine the integrity of future elections in Nigeria.

 

Long Live Peoples Redemption Party, PRP!
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!

Falalu Bello, OFR
National Chairman,
Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

Sallah: PRP Felicitates With Muslim Faithfuls

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) felicitates with Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of this year’s Eid ul-Fitr and completion of the fasting of the month of Ramadan.

 

Considering the fact that Eid ul-Fitr is a significant festival celebrated by Muslims all around the world and it is the occasion that marks the end of the Islamic holy month fasting of Ramadan, the PRP urges Nigerians to put into practice the lessons learned from the holy month of Ramadan of tolerance, endurance, companionship, generosity and worship in all aspects of life so as to ensure a peaceful and flourishing Nigeria.

 

As we celebrate under intense economic strain and insecurity where many are struggling to survive, the PRP exhorts Nigerians to also adopt the essential tenets of good neighborliness and magnanimity advocated by Islam as doing that will tremendously help in putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged citizens and victims of escalated insecurity in numerous parts of Nigeria.

 

Also, the PRP reiterates its calls on the government to drastically address the problems of kidnappings, banditry, insurgency, and other acts of violence in various parts of Nigeria.

 

It is an indisputable fact that Nigeria is in dire straits caused by economic challenges, escalated insecurity and threats to our corporate existence as a nation in consequence of the bad governance by the ruling APC in the last 6 years at Federal level and most States which came after the not so good governance of the PDP for 16 years. Hence the need for Nigerians to totally reject the APC and PDP and embrace the PRP for redemption and solution.

 

Finally, the PRP prays for the security, unity and development of Nigeria and wishes Nigerians, particularly the Muslim community, a happy Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.

 

Signed:
Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR,
National Chairman,
Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

May Day: Commiserating With Nigerian Workers

Being a Press Statement By the National Chairman, Peoples Redemption Party(PRP),
Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR, On the Occasion of May Day Celebrations, 2021

Ordinarily, it would be apposite for our Party, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), to join other progressive and well-meaning Nigerians today in celebrating this year’s May Day (Workers’ Day) with the teeming multitude of Nigerian workers and working peoples. Alas! Given the dire straights which Nigerian workers have today found themselves, there is hardly any justification for such celebrations.

 

With inflation rate galloping at an alarming rate, lay-offs and retrenchments of workers in both the public and private sectors of the economy across the width and breadth of the land ever increasing, and with nation-wide insecurity rendering productive activity in agriculture and other sectors virtually impossible, there is literally little to cheer for the Nigerian Workers.

 

This blight which has befallen workers in Nigeria today is largely due to the incompetence, insensitivity and cluelessness of the leadership of the ruling All Progressive Party (APC) Government that has been imposed on the people of Nigeria at both federal and state levels of governance. Bereft of any ideas for moving the country forward and deficient of the requisite empathy and sensitivity to the plight of the masses whom they govern, these “emperors” go on lumping on citizens one burden after another, without a care in the world.

 

But, as they say, what goes up must come down. The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has always believed in the central role of workers, in particular, and the working masses, in general, in the material and social advancement of Nigeria and its National liberation. This is why it was the State Governments controlled by the PRP in Kano and Kaduna States that were the first in the entire Nigerian federation to declare May Day as a public holiday in honour of workers in 1980.

 

The PRP remains committed to the promotion of the welfare, security and collective interests of Nigerian workers. As the lynchpin and arrow-head of the struggle for the rebirth and material and social advancement of Nigeria’s workers, we urge the leadership of Nigeria’s workers to exploit all avenues for forging a broad front of all progressives and patriotic organisations in the country for the purposes of ousting the present visionless and insensitive ruling cabals from public office and setting in motion a truly progressive national agenda.

 

As always, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) is ready to assume an active role in the formation and pursuit of the realisation of such a progressive National Front.

 

We wish Nigerian workers a solemn May Day anniversary. Victory is Certain.

 

Alh. Falalu Bello (OFR)
(National Chairman)
30th April, 2021.