By Aduragbemi Omiyale
A legendary Juju musician in Nigeria, Dayo Kujore, has died at the age of 63 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.
The singer, according to reports quoting his daughter, Ayinke Kujore, died on Monday morning at the hospital.
The Soko Extra crooner, who started playing the guitar at 10 and rose to become popular for creating a new tune from the Juju genre called Soko music, gave up the ghost after a brief illness.
However, his family is yet to formally state the actual illness that claimed the life of the veteran Juju musician today.
The report of his death is already generating reactions from stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry, with friends, colleagues and fans sending their condolences.
Dayo Kujore serenaded lovers of good music during his lifetime with albums like Soko Xtra, Joy, Easy Life, Wisdom, Elevation and Superjet, which turned him into a household name in 1991, though his first album was released in 1977 and was titled Ha! Jesu Mbe.
Senate Re-amends Electoral Bill, Okays Direct, Indirect, Consensus Primaries
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which passed by the National Assembly on November 18, 2021, and sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent but was rejected, has been re-amended.
The President declined assent to the bill because the parliament inserted a clause that makes it mandatory for political parties to elect candidates for elections only through direct primaries.
On Wednesday, the Senate adjusted this clause and approved direct, indirect primaries or consensus as to the procedure for the nomination of candidates by political parties for the various elective positions.
The upper chamber of the legislative arm of government, in a statement signed by Mr Ezrel Tabiowo, the Special Assistant on Press to Senate President, Mr Ahmad Lawan, said the recommended Clause 84(3) was also approved.
The section stated that “a political party that adopts the direct primaries procedure shall ensure that all aspirants are given equal opportunity of being voted for by members of the party.”
Clause 84(4) further provides that “a political party that adopts the system of indirect primaries for the choice of its candidate shall adopt the procedure outlined below; (a) In the case of nominations to the position of Presidential candidate, a political party shall, (i) hold special conventions in each of the 36 states of the federation and FCT, where delegates shall vote for each of the aspirants at designated centres in each State Capital on specified dates.”
The clause provides that a National Convention shall be held for the ratification of the candidate with the highest number of votes.
The amendment followed a motion for its re-commital to the Committee of the Whole, which was sponsored by the Senate Leader, Mr Yahaya Abdullahi.
In his presentation, the lawmaker noted that the rationale for Mr Buhari withholding assent bordered on his observation in Clause 84.
President Buhari in the letter dated December 13, 2021, and addressed to Mr Lawan had explained that his decision to withhold assent to the electoral bill was informed by advice from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government after a thorough review.
According to the President, signing the bill into law would have serious adverse legal, financial, economic and security consequences on the country, particularly in view of Nigeria’s peculiarities.
He added that it would also impact negatively on the rights of citizens to participate in government as constitutionally ensured.
Mr Abdullahi, however, explained that the motion for re-commital of the bill to the Committee on the Whole was against the backdrop of the “need to address the observation by Mr President C-in-C and make necessary amendment in accordance with Order 87(c) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 (as amended); and relying on order 1(b) and 52(6) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 (as amended).”
Accordingly, the chamber rescinded its decision on the affected clause of the bill as passed and recommitted same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration and passage.
Electoral Act: Nigerian Senate rescinds decision on Direct Primaries
The Nigerian Senate announced that it will rescind its decision on the affected Clause of the Bill as passed and re-commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.
This was announced by the Senate during its plenary session on Wednesday and supported Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
This comes after the Senate had last year supported the amended Bill which included the adoption of Direct primaries.
What the senate said:
Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi approved the Withholding of Assent of Electoral Act No. 6 20210 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2021 and its re-committal to the Committee.
Adding that it has agreed to “rescind its decision on the affected Clause of the Bill( Direct primaries) as passed and re-commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.”
The Senate said its Committee of the Whole and Plenary approves Clause 84 as recommended. “Clause 84 in the Electoral Act N0. 6 is to make it possible for the country to have a new Electoral Law based on the reservations made by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.”
Meanwhile following the adoption of a motion for the re-committal of the bill to the Committee of the Whole by Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi at Wednesday’s plenary, Abdullahi Speaking on the motion for re-committal said “This is to make necessary amendment in accordance with Order 87(c) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 (as amended); and relying on order 1(b) and 52(6) of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 ( as amended).”
Recall Nairametrics reported earlier that Professor Attahiru Jega, Ex-Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stated that dropping the issue of the direct primaries is in the best interest of all stakeholders for 2020, urging that over-riding the President’s decision may not be a good idea.
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