STATE BY STATE
Mass Participation in Elections, Only Way to Keep June 12 Alive-Says Fashola
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Thursday called for mass participation of all eligible voters in the country in the coming General Elections, saying it is the only way to keep the spirit of June 12 alive.
Speaking at the Lagos Television (LTV) Blue Roof Multi-purpose Hall, Agidingbi, venue of this year’s anniversary of the June 12 1993 Presidential Election in which Bashorun MKO Abiola was acclaimed winner, Fashola said it is when voters turn out en-masse to vote that the message is the loudest and the mandate can be easily defended.
The Governor, who noted that the elections are already at hand, advised all eligible Nigerians who have either not registered or have lost their cards to go and register or begin to look for their voter’s cards pointing out that the only way to be qualified to vote on election day was to have the voter’s card.
He declared, “ Elections start from voter registration. When the continuous voter registration starts, do you have voters’ card, do you know where it is? If you don’t know where it is, go and start looking for it”.
“When they publish the voters register, go and check and if your name is not there that is when you should start pointing this out. We must make the time to do some of these little but very significant things so that the spirit and purpose of June 12 endures”, he said.
Fashola expressed dismay at the voter apathy that attended the 2011 elections with average turnout of not more than 35-40 percent of registered voters. This he said, must change.
Advancing reasons people must get involved in the election processes, the Governor noted, “If you leave that decision to some people; you’ll not vote, you will not register, you must know it is the politicians that make decisions whether you will live or die because they manage security; they make the laws and the policies“.
“They decide how much it costs to bury you because they make the laws that regulate cemeteries. They make decisions in which hospital you are born because the laws are made in the Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly. They decide what kind of life your children will get”, he pointed out.
Fashola also advocated entrenching the culture of debates into the nation’s political system, saying it is only through debates that the citizenry would identify the capable candidate among those who have presented themselves to be voted for by the electorates.
According to the Governor, “ We cannot go to an election without putting the candidates to the test. And the debates on Television across sectors must become part of our democratic culture as it enables us to make that informed choice about governance”.
Citing the 1993 Presidential Elections in which MKO Abiola won, the Governor declared,
“How many people would have voted for Abiola if there were no national debate? The topical issue of the day was the increase in the pump price of petrol; and that was the issue that affected our lives most, it was the most important economic issue of the day and it was the debate that showed that Abiola was the candidate who was best prepared to deal with those economic issues”.
He said it was therefore no surprise that in all the wards and all the places it was thought he would not win, he won convincingly”, he said.
Police Killing: Court Rules June 20
By Sunday Rotilefon
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has slated Friday June 20th 2014 for judgment over an alleged killing of Mr. Azeez Omotosho by police in Lagos late last year.
The 35 year old Azeez was allegedly shot by Corporal Emejo Gabriel attached to Shogunle Police Division over an argument with Azeez’s friend.
When the matter came up for definite hearing on June 5
th, 2014, Police Lawyer Inspector S. A. Adebesin wrote a letter informing the court that he has another case at River State High Court, Port Harcourt.
Counsel to the applicants Agwulonu Nnadozie from Rest Assured Chambers, opposed the application for adjournment based on order 12 rules 2 of the fundamental Rights.
The presiding Judge, Justice J. Tsoho ruled and refused to grant the adjournment sought by the police lawyer, noting that his reason seeking for an adjournment was not convincing because cases in Federal High Court should have precedent over cases in the State High Court.
Justice Tsoho also considered Fundamental Rights, enforcement procedure rules 2009 and adopted the written address of the police in his absential. He ordered that hearing notice be served on the police and judgment is on 20th June, 2014.