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Saturday, 25 May 2019

May 25, 2019


The Independent National Electoral Commission Saturday declared 36 candidates of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party the winners of 2019 general election in Zamfara State.
INEC’s declaration followed the judgment of the Supreme Court, which rested the controversy surrounding the eligibility of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to participate in 2019 State and National Assembly and Governorship elections.
The Apex Court’s five-member panel of Justices, in a unanimous judgment, voided all votes cast for the APC and effectively sacked its candidates who were declared winners in the February 23 and March 16 general elections in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ruling that the party had no candidates in the elections, as it failed to conduct primaries in accordance with its own rules and as required by law.
The different offices include the state governorship, House Representatives, the Senate and House of Assembly.
For governorship, Bello Mohammed Mattawale and his running mate, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau were declared winners. While Senatorial candidate elect include: Alhaji Ya’U Sahabi (Zamfara North), Mohammed Hassan (Zamfara Central)and Lawali Hassan Anka(Zamfara West).
House of Representatives candidate elect include: Umar Sani Dan-galadimama (Kauran Namoda/Birnin Magaji ), Bello Hassan Shinkafi(Shinkafi-Zurmi), Kabiru Amadu ( Gusau-Tsafe ), Shehu Ahmed ( Bungudu- Maru),Kabiru Yahaya(Anka Alata Mafara) and Sani Dahiru ( Bukkuyum South).
Others include: Jekada Birnin Tudu(Bakura-Tukur), Faruk Musa Dosara(Maradun I ),Nasiru Atiku(Maradun Ii), Abdulnasir Ibrahi (Gummi I), Mansur Mohammed ( Gummi Ii ),Ibrahim Mohammed Na’idda( Bukkuyum North), Nasiru Bello Lawal(Bungudu West).
While State House of Assembly candidate elect include: Maru North- Yusuf Alhassan Muhammad, Maru South- Kabiru Hashimu, Anka- Yusuf Muhammad, Talata Mafara North- Shamsudeen Hassan, Talata Mafara South- Aminu Yusuf Jangebe, Shinkafi- Muhammad G. Ahmad, Tsafe East-Musa Bawa Musa, Tsafe West-Aliyu Na-maigora, Gusau East-Ibrahim Naida, Gusau West-Shafi’u Dama and Bungudu East- Kabiru Magaji
The rest are Kaura Namoda North-Zaharadeen M. Sada, Kaura Namoda South- Anas Sarkin Fada, Birnin Magaji- Nura Dahiru, Zurmi East-Salihu Usman Zurmi, Zurmi West- Nasiru Mu’azu, Bakura/Maradun- Ahmed Muhammad Bakura and Gummi/Bukkuyum-Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

April 27, 2019


Security operatives on Saturday mounted heavy presence at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Collation centre for the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Federal Constituency Supplementary election in Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that security personnel, were strategically positioned at the entrance and within the premises of the centre, located at Local Authority Primary School, Baale St., Ajegunle.
Several patrol vehicles were also stationed at the access roads leading to the centre.
Only accredited people including the media, observer groups, INEC officers on duty as well as vehicles with access stickers were allowed access into the centre.
Some of the security agencies at centre include the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps, Fire Service, Department of State Security and Police Bomb Squad.
NAN correspondents who monitored the centre observed that INEC officials and ad-hoc staff were seen bringing results from the polling units to the centre under close watch of security operatives.
INEC in Lagos State is conducting supplementary election in 71 polling units across eight wards of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Federal Constituency for the House of Representatives seat.
The commission had declared the Feb. 23 House of Representatives election in the constituency inconclusive due to over-voting, non-complaince with the usage of smart card readers and violence.
According to the commission, the affected areas are: Ward 02, Awodi Ora with three polling units; Ward 03, Wilmer with six polling units; Ward 04, Olodi with one polling unit and Ward 05, Tolu with 27 polling units.
Others are: Ward 07, Ojo Road with two polling units; Ward 09, Alaba-Oro with two polling units, Ward 10, Mosafejo with 18 polling units and Ward 11, Temidire 2 with 12 polling units.

Monday, 18 March 2019

March 18, 2019


Festus Okoye

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appointed a new Collation/Returning Officer for Tafawa Balewa Local Government to continue and conclude the collation process in the guber poll, in place of the original Collation Officer, who withdrew from the exercise citing threats to her life and those of her family members.
Consequently, the collation process for the local council will resume on March 19, 2019, which means INEC will no longer conduct a re-run in Bauchi, as earlier scheduled, but continue with collation of results.
The commission directed that the error in the total number of cancelled votes in four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area should be corrected from 25,330 to 2,533.
INEC national commissioner, Festus Okoye, said halfway into the Local Government collation, armed gangs attacked the collation centre and destroyed the Local Government Result Sheet (EC8C) and some collated results from the Registration Areas.
The results of seven out of 11 Registration Areas for Governorship and six out of 11 for State Assembly elections were thus affected. INEC guidelines provide that where violent disruption affects collation in this manner, results should be regenerated from duplicate copies on a replacement result sheet.
Accordingly, the Collation Officer, under pressure from party agents, who could not wait for the arrival of a replacement result sheet, decided to collate the result on an available RA result sheet, instead of the replacement LGA result sheet.
Okoye said when the result was presented at the State Governorship Collation Centre, the Returning Officer rejected the regenerated result because it was on a wrong result sheet. INEC investigation Committee into the Bauchi poll established that the results in polling units and Registration Areas are available and in safe custody.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

March 16, 2019


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came down hard on the Nigerian Army over the manner its men intervened in the March 9 governorship/state assembly elections in Rivers State.INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement in Abuja Friday night, said that INEC remains committed to completion of the collation process where results of the elections have been announced.
Okoye regretted that “collation centres were invaded by some soldiers and armed gangs resulting in the intimidation and unlawful arrest of election officials, thereby disrupting the collation process,” adding that the commission will “engage with key stakeholders in Rivers State with a view to ensuring a smooth and peaceful completion of the process.” 
The national commissioner, who said results from 17 of the 23 local councils in the state were in its custody, added that the commission at its meeting on Friday, considered the report of the Fact-Finding Committee set up to assess the situation in the state.
The commission had on March 10 suspended all electoral processes in Rivers State having determined that there was widespread disruption of collation of results of the elections conducted in the state on March 9.MEANWHILE, mixed reactions have trailed the setting up of a nine-member committee to investigate all allegations of misconduct against its personnel during the last general elections by the Nigerian Army, with many already expressing loss of confidence in it.
In his reaction, the Executive Director, We the People, Ken Henshaw described it as a charade because the Nigerian Army has already taken a position by claiming that those who disrupted collation were thugs in military uniform.Henshaw, who was an observer during the elections in the state said the army decided to set up the committee following the damning indictment slammed on it by INEC for the unprofessional role its personnel played.
“Nothing will come out of this because the Nigerian Army has taken a position in this matter already by claiming that thugs in military uniform disrupted the election. So, they mean thugs drove fake tanks, fake armoured personnel carriers and were armed with AK47 all over the state, yet nobody was arrested.”
But a retired director of State Security Service, Dr. Toyin Akanle has expressed serious concern about the composition of the committee saying the army should have considered other segments of the society in the composition of the committee.According to him, the army should have taken into cognizance, the mood in the society and ensure that people have confidence in the committee, and accept the outcome of their reports.
“They military needs to get to the root of this issue, if not, before they know it, the confidence of the people in the military would be completely eroded. This is because for the people to see people in military uniforms snatching ballot boxes and intimidating even INEC officials, it is not the best and I don’t want to believe that they are members of the armed forces, but if they are, it is very unfortunate
“These things happened before the military, so why did they fail to do anything about it? Basically these are offences against the electoral process and if they were so deployed then they have taken part in the offences.”“The army should have even incorporated some of the observers in the committee as constituting the committee with own personnel may not speak well because dogs do not eat dogs.  It is not that I don’t have confidence in them, but everybody would be trying to free himself of blame.
“That is why I will suggest that they take from other segments like the Senate, and House Committee on the Military should have been part of the committee. Even the media and the people from the affected communities,” Akanle said.Security analyst Senator Iruegbu is of the view that setting up a committee is the first step in trying to redeem the image of the military.
According to him: “Why this is important especially for the current leadership of the army is because it took decisive steps after the 2015 elections to rid the service of personnel alleged to have interfered with the elections.“At the end, about 38 senior officers among whom were some of the finest servicemen were retired under the guise that some of them aided the then ruling party PDP to rig elections.
“So it begs the question why the army that didn’t blink to retire 38 of officers because of alleged election interference in 2015 should be caught in the same web of allegations four years down the line. That is why the investigation is necessary.” Adeola Araoye, a retired anti-bomb police officer said the committee was a welcome development, as it would reveal the alleged misconducts committed. If they are found guilty, they should be punished in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
But a political analyst, Comrade Ema Jimo doubts the committee’s ability to sort out culpable soldiers. According to him, the process leading to the involvement of the army was faulty as it is out of place for the military to get involved in elections. However, the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Felix Obuah, has lauded army authorities for the committee to probe the allegations of misconduct, including the assassination attempt on Governor Nyesom Wike by soldiers.

“We wish to assure the Chief of Army Staff that the PDP will appear, present and prove before the committee with facts and evidence, the atrocities committed by his soldiers against the electoral process and the people of Rivers State before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
“In the same vein, we wish to call on the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Adamu to institute a similar panel to probe the brazen involvement of the Rivers State Commander of F-SARS, Mr. Akin Fakorode and his gang of police operatives in the organised invasion of polling units, collation centres, abduction of electoral officers and the shooting and killing of innocent persons during the general elections at Khana, Gokana, Ikwerre, Eleme, Tai, Oyigbo and Ogu/Bolo local councils,” he said.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

March 13, 2019


A new class of governors has emerged following the elections in 29 states on Saturday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has so far announced the winners of the elections in 20 states.
Governors-elect have not been named in nine states as of the time of this report. Of these, the commission has declared the elections in five states “inconclusive”. The affected states are Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, Adamawa and Plateau. Election processes have been suspended in Rivers State entirely.
Declaration of results was still being expected in Kano, Imo and Taraba States at the time of this report.
Governorship elections did not hold in seven states in this round. The states are Edo, Kogi, Ondo, Ekiti, Anambra, Osun and Bayelsa.

StatesName of Winning CandidatesParty
1Abia stateOkezie IkpeazuPDP
2Akwa-IbomUdom EmmanuelPDP
3BornoBabagana ZulumAPC
4Cross RiverBenedict AyadePDP
5DeltaIfeanyi OkowaPDP
6EbonyiDavid UmahiPDP
7EnuguIfeanyi UgwuanyiPDP
8GombeInuwa YahayaAPC
9JigawaMohammadu AbubakarAPC
10KadunaNasir El-RufaiAPC
11KatsinaAminu MasariAPC
12KebbiAtiku BaguduAPC
13KwaraAbdulrahman AbdulrazaqAPC
14LagosBabajide Sanwo-OluAPC
15NassarawaAbdullahi SuleAPC
16NigerAbubakar BelloAPC
17OgunDapo AbiodunAPC
18OyoSeyi MakindePDP
19YobeMai Mala BuniAPC
20ZamfaraMuktar IdrisAPC
March 13, 2019


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on March 23, 2019 hold supplementary elections in the six states where the exercises were declared inconclusive. The states are: Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi, Benue, Adamawa and Kano.
According to a statement yesterday by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, “supplementary elections will also hold in polling units in all states where state Assembly elections were declared inconclusive and winners could not be declared.”
It added that details of the constituencies including number of polling units and registered voters would be published today.
Besides, to prevent a violent reaction against the declaration of the Kano State governorship election as inconclusive, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi has cautioned the stakeholders against making unofficial and false comments on the outcome of the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer, Prof. Bello Shehu, had said that the election became inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes was more than the margin figure between the two leading political parties.
According to him, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje won in 28 local government areas with a total of 987,819 votes., while Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in 16 local government areas with the highest 1,014,474 votes.
Despite the PDP clear lead with 26,655, the verdict for a rerun was made due to the number of cancelled votes which stood at 141,694 votes, higher than the 26,655 with which Yusuf is beating Ganduje.
Votes were cancelled in 234 polling units, including the controversial Gama Ward in Nassarawa Local Government Area.
Bello explained that the majority of the votes were cancelled, especially in Nassarawa, due to an invasion of the collation centre by suspected political thugs who destroyed electoral materials and carted away some original results sheets.
Earlier, the collation officer for the Nassarawa Local Government, Prof. Ibrahim Kalil Abdulsalam, who narrated how he was maltreated by the hoodlums, said the results sheets were carted away as polls officials scampered for safety.
Ibrahim said the incident occurred about 1:00 a.m. on Monday when the collation of 10 out of 11 wards had already been concluded. According to him, the security lapses at the scene forced INEC to order that the collation be shifted to the commission’s head office.
The police have confirmed the arrest of Kano Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule Garo, and Chairman, Nassarawa Local Council, Sani Lamin, for allegedly leading the hoodlums to disrupt the electoral process at the collation centre.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Abdullahi, said the suspects were already being charged to court.
He revealed that the Kano State Deputy Governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, was rescued from the scene of the incident where he went for an inspection.
To prevent the political situation from becoming volatile, Emir Sanusi yesterday gave the caution while addressing journalists on the INEC verdict at his palace.
He reminded the public that the electoral umpire reserved the constitutional right to announce the results of elections.
Ostensibly referring to some unverifiable results of the Kano gubernatorial election flooding the social media even when collation was still in progress at INEC office, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria warned the public against any act capable of disrupting the relative peace in Kano .
“We should avoid doing things that will degenerate into chaos, more so announcing results that are clearly spelled out as inconclusive by INEC. We should also know that the original results by all parties are intact and cannot be tampered with.
“You should not engage in any action that will bring Kano to disrepute and destroy its ancestral dynasty. Everyone should allow INEC, the authentic and legally recognised body, to complete its job,” the monarch said. .
According to Sanusi, an election is not a war but simply a participatory exercise where electorate take their destiny in their own hands by voting for whom they want to lead them for the next four years. He urged the people never to attempt killing themselves for no just reason.
The monarch spoke as INEC announced that a rerun of the election in Kano will hold in 30 local government areas where votes were cancelled. The election will be held in 234 polling units scattered across 88 registered areas (wards).
Meanwhile, the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP has urged INEC to declare its governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, as the winner, saying that the returning officer, Prof. Andrew Yakubu, declared the poll inconclusive in error.
Former governor, Mr. Boni Haruna, told journalists yesterday in Yola that the returning officer was not properly guided by INEC before he declared the election inconclusive.
He said that the ground advanced by Yakubu that the 44 polling units have 40,988 registered voters could not be transmitted into eligible voters because only those that collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) are classified as eligible voters.
Haruna pointed out that INEC records showed that only 31,027 registered voters out of the 40,988 in those 44 polling units collected their PVCs. He argued that since the PDP led with 32,476 votes, the party should, by law, be declared the winner of the election.
“To be an eligible voter is only when your PVC is with you, so since the number of those that collected their PVCs is lower than the number of votes with which Fintiri is leading Bindow, Fintiri is by law the winner and we demand that INEC, as an unbiased umpire, should correct the error of the returning officer and declare Fintiri winner,” he stated.
In Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom and PDP candidate appealed to the people to remain calm following the declaration of the gubernatorial election as inconclusive.
Ortom, in a statement by his Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, expressed appreciation to the people for their peaceful conduct during the election and urged them to continue to be law-abiding.
According to him, the results of the governorship poll as well as those of the national and state assembly elections have demonstrated that the PDP remains their preferred choice.
The controversy over inconclusive elections raged yesterday with proponents of “Third Force” under the aegis of Nigeria Intervention Movement describing the development as a “brazen corruption of our electoral system.”
The movement’s position was contained in a statement made available to journalists by its Director, Media and Publicity Bureau, Mr. Debo Adeniyi.
Adeniyi said NIM had decided to resist the development with everything at its members’ disposal. He said the INEC’s strategy was meant to put a machinery in place for an eventual rigging of the elections as allegedly seen in the case of Osun State governorship poll in 2018.
“The political Third Force in Nigeria under the umbrella of Nigeria Intervention Movement warns INEC to desist from the antics of declaring elections almost won as inconclusive to enable its ‘favoured’ political parties to put a machinery in place for an eventual rigging of the elections as cleverly invented during the Osun State governorship elections last year.
“We alert the entire country that we of the Third Force are already exhausted by this disingenuous antics of INEC officials and have decided to resist this with everything at our disposal as it is a brazen corruption of our electoral system by INEC in collusion with parties in power.

“We note that this style of mandate manipulation is again about to happen in the governorship elections in some states like Kano, which shall be resisted with a nationwide mass action in Nigeria to express our principled grievances against the obvious lapses in the 2019 elections.”
Adeniyi said the movement would on April 3 announce a day of national mass action against all lapses observed in the 2019 elections. He urged all allied movements, parties and stakeholders to be on the alert.
Also yesterday, the PDP candidate in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, was declared winner of the governorship election by INEC.
Declaring the results at INEC’s Office in Owerri, the Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta, said Ihedioha polled 273,404 to defeat his closest rival, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA), who scored 190,364 votes.
The Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson of the PDP was also declared re-elected by INEC.
Ishaku triumphed with a total of 520,433 votes to defeat the candidate of the APC, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Danladi, who got 362,735 votes.

Monday, 11 March 2019

March 11, 2019


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would not pay a Collation Officer for Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Cross River, who absconded.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr Frankland Briyai, made this known on Monday in Calabar, while speaking with newsmen after the declaration of results of the polls.
He said that the collation officer was assigned to Calabar South Local Government Area, but was later discovered to have disappeared.
He said that he could understand why the official absconded from the job, saying that the fellow was absent at the collation centre and his whereabouts unknown.
“The fact is that this did not just happen in Calabar South. We had experienced similar incident in the Presidential and National Assembly elections, so, we always have a back-up in case something like this happens.
“The absence of the Collation Officer has no implications other than that he is not going to be paid,” he said.
According to Briyai, the Cross River governorship and House of Assembly elections were free and fair.
“You could see the credibility of the process because after the announcement of the result by the State’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akim Ibhadode, there was no opposition from any political party.
“To the best of my knowledge, throughout the voting process in the state, nobody died, though we heard some information of people burning houses in Yakurr Local Government Area.
“Besides that, the security agents performed creditably well.
“Violence you know is perpetuated by humans; it could happen anywhere. There is no 100 per cent security in any country in the world.”
On his part, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Agent at the State Collation Centre, Mr Asuquo Ekpeyong, told journalists that his party was satisfied with the outcome of the elections.
“The people have spoken; they have given their mandate to His Excellency, Gov. Ben Ayade, returning him to office for another four years to continue the good works of his administration.
“The process was extremely transparent and it moved very swiftly since we started the collation process yesterday,” he said.
In the result declared by the returning officer, PDP won the governorship race with 381,484 votes. The All Progressive Congress (APC), which fielded Sen. John Owan-Enoh as candidate, polled 131,161 votes.