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August 14, 2018

Ekiti election falls below global standard – Observers

Ekiti election falls below global standard – Observers

  A coalition of domestic and international election observers accredited to observe the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State have declared that the exercise fell below global standard. The observers addressed newsmen at Pathfinders Hotel in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Tuesday, where they insisted that the governorship election, which produced Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as governor-elect, falls short of global best practices and electoral standards as a result of lapses in the way a section of the large deployment of security agents conducted themselves, among other electoral related challenges. The observers comprised…

Cloning of PVCs – INEC raises the alarm

INEC raises the alarm over cloning of PVCs

The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised the alarm over the attempts by unscrupulous elements to clone Permanent Voter Cards. INEC said this in a statement by its Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, on Sunday. The commission, however, said there was no cause for worry as it was nearly impossible for PVCs to be cloned. The statement read in part, “INEC has received reports of attempts to clone Permanent Voter Cards and sell them online. We wish to assure the public that the commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral…

INEC REC to Ndigbo: Stop agonizing; instead organize your electoral fortunes

  Electorate in Igboland, particularly Ndi Imo, have been warned to stop brooding over their political past or counting their electoral misfortunes at previous general elections in the country. They should instead wake up to the reality on ground, which is to wisely organize themselves for future elections, starting with voter registration and collection of Permanent Voter Card (PVC). The advise was given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral (REC) in Imo State, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, while contributing his views at a one-day seminar organized by the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic…

National Assembly notorious for bribery – Jega

… It’s pot calling kettle black – lawmakers A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, on Monday knocked the National Assembly, claiming that its members indulged in unbridled corruption. Particularly, he slammed committee chairmen in Senate and House of Representatives who he said engaged in the act with impunity in the course of carrying out oversight function. He expressed dismay that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was focusing its anti-corruption war on embezzlement and theft rather than tackling bribe giving and taking in states and federal government institutions, “The fight against corruption has to be intensified in…

Voter’s Card: Catholic Bishops go tough

  In a bid to tackle voter’s apathy so endemic especially among the faithful, the Catholic Church has hit the ground running ahead of next year’s General Election. Speaking at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), held at the Catholic Secretariat, Abuja, the bishops gave strict instructions to the faithful to register to enable them to obtain the permanent voters card, (PVC), without which they would not be eligible to vote. The Bishops seem to have taken to heart the criticism that many people in the church do not vote or…

Buhari to APC leaders: No shortcuts, congresses, primaries must hold

  President Muhammadu Buhari this week hosted top leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC at the Presidential villa in Abuja. He spoke on a wide of range of issues concerning the party. According to Buhari, “Now that INEC has come out with the timetable for elections in 2019, the party should prepare itself for congresses at A. Wards, B. Local Governments, C. States and D. Centre. “We should strictly follow the constitution of the Party in undertaking these party elections. We should ensure internal democracy and avoid short cuts and illegal manoeuvres which have characterized the opposition party with…

Why we register underage voters – INEC

  The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has revealed why some underage voters are being registered in some parts of the country. INEC explained that underage voters were registered because the lives of registration officers were been threatened by some members of the community. Featuring on African Independent Television, on Wednesday, INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said officials out of fear for their lives and threats by community members register underage voters. The INEC Director noted that the process of registration and voting could never be perfect because its a human endeavour. Osaze-Uzzi said, “I agree…

Stop reign of terror ravaging Nigeria

  …JDPC tells Buhari The Catholic Church has appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to as a matter of urgency put a stop to the reign of terror currently ravaging the length and breath of this country. Caritas Nigeria and Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), organs of relief and development of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, which gave the charge in a press statement made to some newsmen in Calabar at the weekend, after a “Conference Call with Diocesan Directors”, said they are “shocked that human life is gradually becoming a statistic of deaths in Nigeria….

Endorsements are not Party Primaries – INEC

  Mock primaries and endorsements are not acceptable in Nigeria as a legitimate way of choosing political candidates. Although there may be political godfathers, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made it clear that no one has a right to endorse or impose a candidate on the people or his or her party. INEC described what is going on in Imo State as “pranks” but not backed by INEC. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Leader the resident electoral commissioner for Imo Sate Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu said, any acceptable and legal “primaries” must be conducted according to…

APGA wins Anambra Central Senatorial election

APGA won Anambra Central Senatorial District

  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Chief Victor Chukwunoyelum Umeh winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial District rerun election conducted on Saturday, Jan. 13 in the state. Umeh scored a total of 64,879 votes representing 95.6 percent of the votes cast to end the two years tortuous journey to the red carpet chambers of the National Assembly. APC came a distant second with 975 votes why PPA came third with 116 votes. Umeh’s victory gave APGA its first Senate seat in Nigeria. Declaring the result at the INEC headquarters Awka,…

Anambra Election: Congratulations INEC and Ndi Anambra

  The long-awaited and hipped Anambra State elections have come and gone, peacefully without even as much as a single gunshot being fired; without any loss of life. Thanks to God! We congratulate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Governor Willie Obiano who won a second term, despite all odds. Congratulations are also due to all the contestants who fought bravely especially those of them who accepted defeat like good sportsmen and women. In every contest, there must be winners and losers. It is not necessarily the winning or losing that is important but,…

IPOB reacts to Anambra election

  The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has hailed the people of Anambra State for “boycotting” the governorship election in the state. Speaking on the alleged low turnout that greeted the elections, spokesperson of the group, Emma Powerful, in a statement attributed the development to their directive. “IPOB wants to use this opportunity to congratulate Biafrans particularly the people of Anambra State for obeying the order of IPOB and our leader Mazi Nnamdi who has been abducted since 14th September 2017 in today’s election. “The people of Anambra State have shown the whole world that they are the first sons…

Jega blast universities producing bread, ‘pure water’

Former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has criticized universities for engaging in bread and sachet water production to generate funds. Jega, who is the Pro-Chancellor, Plateau State University, Bokkos, spoke at the opening of the three-day 2016 Nigerian Higher Education Summit on Monday in Abuja. Acknowledging that the crisis of funding in Nigerian universities is acute, Jega insisted that the primary responsibility of funding universities is that of government. He said, “Putting universities in such a dire situation where they have to be doing things like producing and selling sachet water is sad; frankly, it…

Army to deploy 1,900 personnel, 6 drones, 6 gunboats

A total of 1,900 military personnel would participate in the governorship election rescheduled for Wednesday, September 28. In addition, two drones are to be deployed  in each of the three senatorial districts and six gunboats for the riverine areas. The Commander, 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Benbela Raji disclosed this yesterday evening while briefing journalists shortly after a combined security meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and other sister agencies in Benin. He explained that the military personnel would not be found at either the voting or collation centres but would cordon off adjoining routes to the polling…

APC wins Imo North Senatorial rerun, two state constituencies

…It’s a terrorist attack – Ohakim The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr Ben Uwajumogu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of Imo North Senatorial District rerun election held on July 28. Uwajumogu scored 56,076 votes to defeat Mr Athan Achonu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 43, 815 votes. Prof. Arinze Agbogu, the INEC Returning Officer for Imo North Senatorial District, who announced the result in the early hours of Friday, said the outcome was a summation of scores of July 23 and that of July 28 exercise. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

Imo supplementary poll holds Thursday

By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the supplementary poll to determine the eventual winners of the inconclusive Okigwe re-run senatorial election, as well as the State Assembly seats for Oru East and Isiala Mbano, would now hold on Thursday this week. Confirming this Tuesday in Owerri, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr. Nasir Ayilara, said that the Commission would do everything possible to get done with the exercise this week. Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the result released by INEC for the Okigwe senatorial zone re-run election. Addressing journalists in Owerri, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate…

Tension in Imo as APC, PDP lock horns in Okigwe re-run election Saturday

–   Police warn trouble makers Tension is high in Imo State, especially in Okigwe Senatorial Zone, as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), the major contenders lock horns  in the Okigwe Senatorial election, scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016. The combatants are Senator Athan Nneji Achonu for PDP and Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, former Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly for APC The re-scheduled election had been postponed several times following claim of insecurity. Senator Athan Nneji Achonu had won the first election under the PDP. Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu, the former Speaker was elected into…

BREAKING: Faleke loses to Bello at Kogi tribunal

The running mate to the  late Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21, 2015 election, James Faleke has lost his bid to unseat Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state. Delivering judgement on Monday, the tribunal held that Faleke could not be declared governor because he did not participate in the APC primary. The Kogi State governorship election tribunal has ruled that the failure of James Faleke to join INEC in his petition against the election of Governor Yahaya Bello is a major defect to the petition. Tribunal rules that James Faleke lacks the locus…

Okigwe Senate re-run: PDP petitions INEC over indefinite post-ponement

Members of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Okigwe Senatorial Zone embarked on peaceful protest over the indefinite postponement of the botched Imo re-run elections. The agitating members of the party in their numbers took their protests to the various INEC offices across the six local governments of Okigwe zone which include: Onuimo, Okigwe, Isiala-Mbano, Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma and Obowo respectively. At Ehime Mbano, a copy of the petition was submitted to an INEC staff, one Mr. Obilor O. for onward transmission to the INEC National Chairman. The inscriptions on some of the placards carried by the protesters read thus:…

We should be patient with Buhari – Uche Nwosu

A chieftain of the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) in Imo State, Chief Uche Nwosu, has taken the critics of President Muhammadu Buhari to the cleaners. Nwosu who is the Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, disclosed that Buhari having met a lot of rot in the system when he assumed office as president is trying to lay a solid foundation upon which the country will stand firmly. The APC stalwart who spoke with a select group of journalists in Owerri recently, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the president who, he assured, would…