- Election monitoring groups fault allegations surrounding INEC’s budget as false
- They blame inaccurate, sensational reportage and deliberate promotion of falsehood for the misconceptions about the budget
- APC, Oshiomhole mount pressure on Uduaghan to dump PDP
Election monitoring groups have called on the National Assembly to pass the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s budget for the 2019 general elections to avoid jeopardizing the coming poll.
Leadership reports that the groups made the statement a communiqué issued at the end of a one day round table on the election budget impasse organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG).
They described the concerns regarding surrounding allocations in the budget such as the N6bn provision for feeding of policemen during the election and N700m for foreign observers are false.
The election monitoring groups said what the budget item has is N4.6b for feeding allowance paid to security and election personnel.
The groups said: “What the budget item has is ₦4.6b (exactly ₦4, 689,996,100.00) for feeding allowance paid to security and election personnel at N1, 000 per head for two days ( 2x 1000=2000) and is fully explained and justified in line 26 of the budget proposal.
“We note that ₦1,000 is a token allowance per official for 2 elections (Presidential and NASS on February 16 and Gubernatorial and State Assembly and FCT Area Councils on 2nd March) It covers the 180,000 polling units and voting points, 8809 ward collation centers, and 1558 constituency collation centers involving over a million personnel for two elections including provisions for possible run-off elections.
“That Ad hoc staff alone is about 1.3m, and does not include INEC main staff, police, DSS, Civil Defence, Soldiers among others. This is not the first time it is done and is without prejudice to the duty tour allowance for all security personnel handled through their various agencies. Nigerians have forgotten that the immediate former Chairman of INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, had to defend a similar provision before the 2015 General Elections”
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The monitoring groups blamed inaccurate, sensational reportage and deliberate promotion of falsehood by a section of the media for the misconception about the budget.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has mounted fresh pressure on a former governor of Delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan, to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the ruling party.
The pressure mounted on the ex-governor to join the ruling party is for the purpose of controlling Delta state in 2019.
Vanguard reports that the lobby for Uduaghan by APC strategists was led by the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
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