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August 16, 2018

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…

Imo: Orlu should give other zones chance to produce next governor – Ejike Uche

  …Blasts Imo Government Chief Chris Ejike Uche, Deputy National Chairman of the United Progressive Party, UPP has thrown his weight behind zoning in Imo State. In an interview with journalists in Owerri at the weekend, Chief Uche said, “Anybody that does not believe in zoning should not clamour for Igbo presidency or talk of Igbo being marginalized in the country.” “In the spirit of fairness and equity, no Orlu person should be given the mandate to become the next governor of Imo State. That is my stand and that of the majority of people from Orlu zone. Owerri and…

“Our Mumu Don Do Movement” Storms Owerri

Our Mumu Don Do Movement storms Owerri

  – Ejike Uche Advises youths to obtain PVC   Renowned politician, Chief /Sir Chris Ejike Uche (Dimkpa Asaa) has advised Nigerian youths, to as a matter of necessity, endeavour to obtain the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) which is their power to choose next leaders.   Speaking during a sensitisation summit held in Owerri recently by “Our Mumu Don Do Movement,” Sir Uche, who represented the Chainman of the occasion, Professor Francis Dike (SAN), said the programme which was attended by notable youth leaders, activists and stakeholders in the state has become expedient. He maintained that the youths, as leaders…

APC Primaries: A Taste of the Pudding

  If a taste of the pudding is in the eating, in actuality, then we can say Nigerians have just tasted what is on the menu for the 2019, with the party primaries held by the ALL Progressive Congress (APC).  What the people now have to ask is who planned the menu? Is it all there is or more should be expected?   A better outing was expected from the ruling APC party, but what took place in the name of party primaries in the majority of states, is to say the least, disappointing.   Looking at what transpired, it…

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…

Archbishop Obinna Condemns nepotism, family succession in Imo

  … Talks tough on PVC In the wake of bad governance and nepotism that have become the order of the day in Imo State under Governor Rochas Okorocha  led administration and worsened by the news making the rounds that the governor is planning to plant or impose his son in-law, Hon Uche Nwosu as governor in Imo State come 2019, the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has urged Christians in general and Catholics in particular to go and get their PVCs (Personal Voters Card). The Archbishop made this call at…

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…

Imo Polls characterised by rigging … Supplementary election awaiting results

  Days after most of the states in Nigeria have put the 2015 general elections behind them; Imo State is still grappling with uncertainty. This follows the outcome of the Guber polls held, April 11, 2015, in the state and the subsequent declaration of the elections as ‘inconclusive’ by the National Electoral Commission (INEC) Justifying the decision, INEC’s Returning Officer in the state, Ibidapo Obe, who made the announcement said that the vote margin (79,529) between the frontrunner, Governor Okorocha of the APC and his archrival Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP was less than the number of registered…

The Intrigues Of Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

It was —William Bradford (1590-1657) who said, “As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.” Today we have lit the candle to illuminate the dark crevices of the Nigerian Unique electoral system; and continued in our series on the 2015 general elections with a look into the growing anxieties of Nigerians on the March through April 2015 polls in which a Muslim challenger faces a Christian incumbent president from the south in the backdrop of a quasi religious war and the threats of…

North now leads South with 9 million in PVC distribution

The North is now almost 9 million Permanent Voters’ cards (PVCs) ahead of the South, with barely five weeks to Nigeria’s rescheduled presidential election holding on March 28, according to News Express online. “No. of PVCs distributed in the North including the FCT as at 4th February 2015 = 26,866,708. No. of PVCs distributed in the South as at the referenced date = 18, 000, 703. This shows that the North surpasses the South in updated PVCs distribution with to the tune of 8,866,005,” the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) said Feb, 17in its…

Probe those seeking your Votes …Catholic Bishops

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

Catholic Bishops have taken a critical look at the state of the nation and appealed to all Nigerian voters to look back before casting their votes, in the upcoming general elections. According to the bishops, looking back in reflection would enable the voters do a better assessment and evaluation of those seeking their votes for election and re-election into public offices. In a Communiqué issued at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) held at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre, Abuja, the bishops said “Nigerians should assume the…

Collect Your PVCs

Perplexion and Mixed Reactions have understandably trailed the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The reactions have been a mixture of disappointment, anger and acceptance from various quarters. Some say the shift is a ploy by the ruling party to rig the elections, while others feel it has saved INEC from a monumental embarrassment. But Professor Attahiru Jega, the chairman of INEC has a difference view.  He blamed the date change strictly on insecurity, insisting that ‘for mattters under his control,’ INEC was substantially ready for the general elections, despite, what he called, ‘discernible…

INEC extends PVCs distribution to March 8

Following the rescheduling of the 2015 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has once again extended the deadline for collection of permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) by registered voting to March 8. INEC had Saturday February 8, rescheduled the general election by six weeks due to security challenges.  The National elections, Presidential and National Assembly have been rescheduled to hold on March 28, while the State elections, Governorship and State Assembly will now hold on April 11

All eyes on Prof Jega … Many questions still unanswered

Is he leaving INEC or staying? Over and above all guesses, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega is now obviously the man to watch as far as the up-coming general elections are concerned. Since last week when Prof Jega announced the postponement of the elections, all eyes have been on him. How does he plan to fix things in six weeks to be able to hold a free, fair and credible election? President Jonathan has assured the nation in a media interview that there was no plan to move Prof Jega from INEC. But…

Should we postpone the Election?

That is the question!  Our general elections are due in 13 days and the national body charged with the responsibility of planning and organising the process is apparently not ready. There are several reasons to doubt INEC’s preparedness: many registered voters have yet to get their Permanent Voters Cards, (PVC); the stunning discrepancy between what INEC is saying in the media and what is happening on ground, especially here in Imo-State is confusing; the verification exercise and new registration exercises were shabbily handled; the Zinox computers used for the programme were packing up frequently; the rumoured INEC machines to be…

Voter Card Distribution Resumes in Imo … Hijackers won’t go unpunished -REC warns

Hundreds of registered Imo voters who could not get the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) in November last year, now have a second chance to try again. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed the distribution of the all-important card, without which no one can vote in the up-coming general elections. PVC issuance was conducted shabbily in Imo State from November 7- 17, 2014 and ended before even half the number of deserving people could get it. It, therefore, left many would-be voters dejected, disillusioned, confused and potentially disenfranchised. However, INEC’s announcement on Wednesday has restored some hope among potential…

2015: Jonathan gives Jega marching order on PVCs

President Goodluck Jonathan has given Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, the marching order to ensures all registered Nigerians get their permanent voters cars to enable them vote their preferred candidates in the February elections. Criticisms, lamentations and anger have continued to train the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to Nigerians by INEC with many accusing the commission of deliberately planning to disenfranchise them from voting in the coming elections. The President gave the order when he swore in the new INEC Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Murtala Salau, National Commissioner representing Oyo State member of the commission….

DSS exposes APC’s plan to rig 2015 elections – Attempt to hark into INEC’s database

The Department of State Services (DSS) said that it has evidence to confirm the truth about the orchestrated plan by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to hack into the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Addressing the media at its headquarters in Abuja, the Service’s Deputy Director, public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, said the service could confirm that APC registered foreigners, security personnel and under-age as its members in an attempt to inflate its membership data hack into INEC’s voter registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to march INEC’s voters register across the country….

PVC Collection: Onisa Ward I Cards Missing – No PVC No Election, Community Warns

HRH Eze Geoffrey Nnannah The collection of permanent voter card which lasted for three days as directed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come and gone. Here in Imo State, there were lots of reports of missing cards, while some political wards and polling units complained that, there was no PVC distributed in their area at all. The case is not different at Onisa ward 1 in Nkwerre Local Government Area when The Leader visited some polling units in the area to monitor the exercise but those of Onisa Ward 1 were missing. In a chart with the…