INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, announced this on Sunday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Professor Umar told party agents and other political stakeholders present at the INEC office where the collation of results took place that the exercise would continue by 9am on Monday.

He explained that the announcement was necessary as the results of the election in the remaining two local governments have yet to be brought to the collation centre.

Details later….

PDP mega rally, Goodluck , Gov. Wike conspicuously absent

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, were conspicuously absent at the grand finale of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign in Bayelsa State on Wednesday.

Jonathan’s absence further lent credence to the breakdown in relationship between the former President and the state governor, Seriake Dickson.

Wike was also missing in action at the mega rally that was held at the Ox-Bow Lake Pavilion, Yenagoa, the state capital.

The rally was, however, led the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.

The Governors of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwa; Bauchi, Bala Mohammed, who is the Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council; Imo, Emeka Ihediogha and Delta states, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, graced the occasion.

Also present were some of the PDP National Assembly members, various youth and women groups, who turned the event to a carnival.

The National Chairman, who presented the flag of the PDP to the party’s Governorship Candidate, Senator Douye Diri, described Bayelsa as a PDP state and warned security agencies against compromising the election.

He said the PDP was on ground in the state, alleging that there was no federal presence of the APC in Bayelsa.

He said the APC took the control of the Federal Government from former President Goodluck Jonathan, a son of Bayelsa and appealed to voters to shun the APC.

Secondus, who derided the APC Candidate, Chief David Lyon, said there was a huge difference in qualification between him and the candidate of the PDP.

He said while Diri was tested, trusted and educated to govern Bayelsa, Lyon lacked the academic qualifications to represent Bayelsa as a governor.

He said: “There is a great difference between our candidate and their candidate. Lyon cannot represent himself. It is not enough to say I want to be a governor. It is not a village affair. We don’t want people who will go there and will not represent Bayelsa.

“If they wished Bayelsa good, will they bring that kind of candidate? Douye Diri has been tested and has performed. He will not hire professors. He is professor himself. With Douye and his running mate, what else are you looking for? Don’t be deceived.

“The leader of APC wants a man he can control. Are there no professors in APC. The APC and its leaders must apologize for bringing such a candidate. We call on security agencies not to allow themselves to be used by the APC to rig this election. We know that the APC is not on ground but they are planning to come with evil.”

INEC fixes date for Melaye and Adeyemi to rerun Kogi West Senatorial election

The Kogi West Senatorial rerun election involving Sen Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Sen Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is to hold on Nov. 16, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Publicity Committee who announced this Monday in a statement said, the fresh election in the Kogi West Senatorial District will take place simultaneously with the Kogi Governorship election.

Okoye explained that, “this is sequel to the nullification of the Kogi West Senatorial District election conducted on 23rdFebruary 2019 by the Election Petitions Tribunal and its subsequent affirmation by the Court of Appeal which ordered the Commission to conduct a fresh election within 90 days from the date of judgment (11th October, 2019) with all those who participated in it as eligible candidates.

“We appeal to the candidates and political parties to conduct issue-based campaigns. We also enjoin stakeholders to eschew violence and avoid acts capable of creating apprehension or a sense of fear before, during and after the elections”.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today 21″ October 2019 and considered the timetable and dates of elections for the Sabuwa State Constituency of Katsina State and Kogi West Senatorial District.

The INEC Chief Spokesman also disclosed that the Commission has fixed November 30 for the conduct of the bye-election in Sabuwa State Constituency of Katsina State following the death of Mustapha Abdullah.

According to him, “following extensive consultations with stakeholders and a review of the security situation with the relevant security agencies, the Commission has fixed 30th November, 2019 for the conduct of a bye-election for the State constituency.

“The Commission will issue the Notice of Election on 23rd October, 2019. The conduct of party primaries will take place between 24th October and 6th November 2019 while the last day for the submission of personal particulars of candidates (form CF001) and the list of candidates (Form CFOOZ) is 8th November 2019 by 6pm.

“The last day for the submission of names and addresses of polling agents is 15th November, 2019 and campaigns will end on 28th November, 2019

COALITION OF UNITED POLITICAL PARTIES (CUPP). Declares their continued stayed in office as and act of illegality.

Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere. Coalition of United Political Parties, National
Spokesperson. On this day 04/072019. in Abuja, said that CUPP drag
President Buhari and Aids to Federal High Court Abuja over the continued
illegal stay in office of Aids of President Buhari, including Secretary to
the Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff, Media Aids without
reappointment letter after expiration of Buhari first Tenure.

CUPP Declares their continued stay in office as an act of illegality,
impersonation and Desecration of sanctity of Constitutional Governmenc.

CUPP, says Buhari Aids Risk Prosecution over violation of Code of Conduct
Act by Continuing in office without first Declaring their assets and with
no letter of appointment.

CUPP, has call on President Buhari to stop Boss Mustapha, Femi Adesina,
Garba Shehu, Babba Kayri and Ita Enange, from parading as officers of
state until they have new letters of appointment.

“In The Federal High Court Of Nigeria, In The Abuja Division
Holden At Abuja”
Within thirty (30) days after service of this Summons on them inclusive of
the day of such service cause appearance to be entered for them to this
summons which is issued upon the application of the claimants whose address
within jurisdiction is C/o Chibuzor C. Ezike Esq of Chibuzor C. Ezike & Co
suite F35, Efab Mall Extension Area 11, Garki Abuja.

The CUPP launched the new legal offensive in a bid to project the
principles of our nations constitutional governance and seeking that the
court should declare the offices vacant.

Section 151(3) of the 1999 constitution as amended clearly provides:
section 151
(3) any appointment made pursuant to the provisions of this section shall
be at the pleasure of the president and shall cease when the President
cease to hold office.

However, the president first term office expired the midnight of may 28,
2019 and because he was declare winner of the presidential election he was
sworn in again, with fresh oaths and new mandate.

Hence all political appointments except statutory ones made ceased to exist
at the expiration of the constitutional mandate of four years and needs
renewal if the president wants such officers in their former position again.

The NDI/IRI Observation Mission Concluded that 2019 Elections did not meet the Expectations Of Many Nigeria.

By Maliki Duro, Abuja.

The joint Nigeria International Election Observation Mission of the
National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican
Institute (IRI) released it final report on the 2019 Nigerian Election. The
final report is a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process and
includes important recommendations ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 general election.

The final report build on the finding and recommendations of three
pre-election assessment missions in July 2018, September 2018, December
2018 as well as preliminary statement released following the February
23,2019 presidential and national Assembly election and the March 9, 2019
gubernatorial and state house of assembly election.

The IRI/NDI mission concluded it activities in accordance with Nigerian law
and the Declaration of principles for International Election Observation.

The IRI/NDI observation mission concluded that the 2019 election did not
meet the expectations of many Nigerians. The last-minute postponement of
the presidential and national Assembly election on the morning of Feb. 16
and delays in opening some polling units and other administrative
challenges on Feb. 23 undermined public confidence in the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The 2019 general elections fell significantly short of standards set in

  1. Citizens confidence in elections was shaken, said Dr. Daniel Twining,
    IRI President.

The 2019 elections highlighted for many Nigerians the need for a national
conversation about the country’s democratization since the 1999 transition
to civilian rule, said ambassador Derek Mitchell, NDI president, we hope
this report may both spur and contribute to enriching that national
conversation.

The final report provides recommendations to enhance the credibility of
elections in Nigeria going forward, including areas of improvement for
political party conduct, civic engagement, election security, and legal
frameworks around election dispute.

Tambuwal of PDP Win Ahmad Aliyu of APC in Sokoto guber Poll.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Sokoto State, has been declared winner of the governorship election in the state.

Tambuwal won with a slim margin, after collation of results from 22 Local Governments Areas (LGAs), where supplementary election took place on Saturday.

Fatima Mukhtar, Returning Officer for the election, announced this at the INEC collation center in the state in the state on Sunday.

Governor Tambuwal polled 512,002 votes to defeat Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who came close behind with 511,661, losing to his erstwhile principal with just 341votes.

Tambuwal was leading with 489, 558 votes on March 9 when the governorship election was declared inconclusive, while Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress, APC came behind with 486,145 votes.

He had led with 3,413 votes with cancellations in 136 polling units across 22 LGAs, which had 75,403 registered voters.

For Kebbe LGA, the last deciding factor for the elections, PDP secured 5,457, while APC polled 7,173 votes.

Official results of 21 LGAs announced so far at the State collation centre, located at the Sultan Maccido Institutes, indicates that Tambuwal was leading his counterpart, Aliyu Ahmad of the APC, with a margin of 161 votes.

However, at the final count, the APC polled 511,661 votes, while the PDP secured 512,002 votes, respectively.

As such, PDP defeated APC with 341 votes.

APC will lose the election if its free and fair: Salis

I can’t give an assessment based on the polling station I am, things are relatively peaceful here, people are voting because there is peace. I think people are scared to come out and vote based or the violent on the last election 2 weeks ago. But here is different, there is a heavy turnout.

There is a late distribution of election materials, like here as I heard; they started a bit late, an hour late.

Last election, we didn’t start voting until about 4pm so I can say there is a little improvement by INEC on that.

But I can’t tell you everything is okay based on what I heard in Alimosho, an elderly man goes to vote, some of the party agent will want to force them to vote their own party. And there is vote buying, only APC are doing vote buying, I don’t have money to do vote buying and even if I do, I don’t think that is what I want to do, so vote buying is the major issue. Like this my polling station rice is been distributed, well packed by APC .

Its still possible that our party can win the election, you can’t say, it might be happening here and you don’t know what is happening in other places, but one thing I know is this “if the process is free and fair APC will lose the election” because when you pick a ballot paper and you see an APC logo, you going to see an individual, something will come your mind like an individual in charge of Lagos state common wealth, and something else will come your mind when you see the crisis between Sanwo Olu and Governor Ambode that will come to your mind, another thing that will come to your mind is the issue of violence across the state. When you see PDP another thing will comes up in your mind, the issue of corruption even in APC, all these will come to your mind, you can’t just take the ballot paper without thinking and you just start to vote, though some people will, but intelligent people will reason, that will come to their mind when you see AD, you see progress, a party that really cares for his people and want to give back the Lagos common wealth back to the people.

Accepting the result of the election, it depends; you can see, at the different polling station, are there problems, like snatching of the box, fire, the process from the wards to local government and the collation centers, you have to look at all these things.

Some of our boys, party agents have been arrested. You see Lagos state have been in bondage over the hands of a particular man, who determines what will happen in the state, who becomes the governor and who don’t become, who to be licensed for a business and who not to, so that is why people should sit at the polling station and make sure their votes count, no subtractions no addictions, I expect Lagosians to seat down and say due process should be followed enough of this excess power, that whoever that will win is going to make a decision that will affect your life, because the power of the executives is very strong, look at what happened to the chief judge.

In Lagos today, am worried that the people that are in-charge don’t have fear of God, people are just religious, and once they have that power, because they don’t have the fear of God and love for the people, they will begin to abuse it and don’t have the interest of the people, these are the issues we are having.

I can’t understand in a day of election, rice is given to people, not even I a dignifying manner, they throw it to the people. Even if you are giving it in a dignifying manner, you have been in power for over 20 years, what the guy is saying is that these are hungry people anyways that I can always buy them with rice, not that they give them this rice everyday but they wait till the period of elections then give them rice, he is saying these are stupid people, meanwhile the future of our children is in the hands of these people. We all worth more than a bag of rice, and when you see the upcoming parties, they don’t have the money to be doing all these. You see it’s a crazy society and the way it is going now, we are going to have a one party system, because poverty is making a lot of people to come down so low

And what this government has try to do is to become an opposition from the grassroots, if you don’t hold loyalty to the individual you will be opposed and your loyalty will move from the people to the individual and he put in power whoever that can hold loyalty to him. The person will because if you can change their purse they will hold loyalty to you.

You know in other state it is determined by vote, if you don’t do the right thing next time they will vote you out, but in Lagos state it is an individual who will determine who will be there or not be. And the interest of the individual is not the same with the interest of the people anyway, so am angry and the people who supposed to talk, everybody is quiet.

About after now if the party will be sustained, if we win sure it will and its going to be the most robust party, what you will see is a lot of people coming into the party, my fear will be the kind of people that will be coming into the party. Then people who are not talking will start opening up and all that.

But am worried about the individual, people will want to go to his house and attack him but we have to protect him, it has happened before in other society when an individual is suppressing the people and when he loses the power people attack him and burn his house, you know these things that people are not happy with the individual, he is not doing the right thing. We have a problem with our political system.

BREAKING: INEC Announce Ayade winner of Cross River governorship election

Incumbent governor of Cross River State and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Ben Ayade has been declared the winner of the March 9 governorship election by The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ayade, who won in all the 18 local government areas of the state, won the election with a winning margin of 250,323 votes.

He polled 381,484 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) that polled 131,161.

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Eyo Ekpo polled 4, 818 votes.

Announcing the results at about 4 am on Monday, March 11, INEC returning officer and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Warri, Delta State, Professor Akii Ibhadode, said the PDP candidate having scored the highest number of votes and fulfilled the requirements of the law, was returned elected.

According to him, number of registered voters is 1,486,026, accredited voters 542,115, valid votes 522, 309, rejected votes 11,499 and total votes cast 533,808.