House of Reps to investigate alleged plot to hack into INEC database

House-of-RepsTHE House of Representatives Tuesday resolved to raise a committee to investigate the allegation by the Department of State Services (DSS) of plot to hack into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) database.

The panel whose members were not disclosed by the Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, is to report back to the parliament within two weeks.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion brought by the House Deputy Majority Leader, Leo Ogor, who contended that the DSS allegation was too weighty to be glossed over by the parliament, hence the need for the House to investigate the matter.

In his motion, Ogor, who noted that INEC is vested by the Nigerian Constitution with the responsibility to conduct elections into elective positions in the country, however expressed worry that the allegations coming at an election period calls for concern that should not be treated with levity by the lawmakers.

Also in a resolution on another motion moved by the Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, over concerns that the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) had been too slow, the House directed INEC to allow those who have the temporary voters cards and have their names in the voters’ register, but could not collect their PVCs, to vote in the coming elections.

Gbajabiamila had in his motion on the floor yesterday expressed concern that before the general elections, which is just four weeks or 31 days from now, it is unlikely that the commission will be able to distribute the permanent voters’ cards to all registered and eligible voters.

In yet another motion, the lawmakers frowned at the resolve by Nigeria to abstain from the vote required to grant Palestine the statehood status in the United Nations.

The lawmakers particularly wondered why Nigeria reneged on its commitment over the years towards ensuring independence to Palestine.

Aminu Suleiman (APC, Kano), who moved the motion during proceedings of the House insisted that there was need to summon the Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali to offer explanation as to why the country took such a stance.

The motion was unanimously adopted with a proviso that Nigeria shouldn’t shy away from backing Palestinian independence as well as the struggles of other oppressed people in the world.

Also yesterday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has restated its call for a meeting of the leadership of the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stem the rising cases of violence ahead of next month’s polls.

In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said such a meeting will

send a powerful message of zero tolerance to violence to the supporters of both parties, those of other parties and indeed the entire people of Nigeria and the international community, and douse the tension that is building up ahead of the election.

It said the call is a follow-up to the practical steps that have been taken by APC, dating as far back as May 2014, when it first wrote to the leadership of the PDP calling for such a meeting.

‘’Following up on a meeting of representatives of both parties in Washington, DC, US, April 7-8 2014 under the auspices of the CSIS

Nigeria Election Forum, at which it was agreed that a joint meeting of both parties be convened to discuss and agree on the crucial issue of a Code of Conduct for the campaigns and the elections, we wrote a letter to the PDP suggesting a bipartisan meeting to address the issue.” -NgrGuardian

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