Group Tasks INEC On Card Reader Failure

annidAs Nigerians prepare for the Governorship and State Assembly elections, an international election observer group, All Nigeria Nationals In the Diaspora (ANNID) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently address the issue of card reader failure experienced in some states, in order to have a hitch-free election.

Presenting a preliminary report of the election to journalists in Abuja, the acting Global Chairperson of the group, Dr Justina Obi who identified other anomalies, said the delayed accreditation of voters in some polling centers, negatively affected the electoral process.

The group also appealed to all Nigerians and the International Community to support the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, in piloting Nigeria to her next level of socio-economic and political advancement.

Oyo APC Reacts To Election Results, Opposition Protests

APcThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has advised followers of the Governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party and the Labour Party, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala to jump out of what it called their “sinking ship” ahead of the April 11 governorship election.

The APC, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by its State Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, said that the dismal outing of the PDP, Accord and Labour Party candidates had clearly shown them as paperweight politicians.

The APC thanked Oyo residents for keeping faith with the party, as demonstrated by the overwhelming victory of the party during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 28.

The party also counseled the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Seyi Makinde, to join the winning team in order not to mortgage his political future.

The statement further said that the voting pattern of the last elections had clearly shown their belief and support for the APC led administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as their political sophistication.

APC said that the showing of Akala-led Labour Party in some parts of Ogbomoso out of the five zones of the state was a further attestation to the party’s position that the Ex-governor was only a local champion that lacks general appeal in the political matrix of the state.

According to the party, the palpable and remarkable achievements of Governor Ajimobi in the last four years in social and physical infrastructure, welfare, environmental sanitation and urban renewal, are enough to vote him in for a second term.

Some of the political parties in Oyo State protested the results declared by the electoral body for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews alleged malpractice, calling for the cancellation of the polls.

As a way of registering their displeasure, members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, chanting songs amidst very tight security.

Rivers Set For Election, Delivers Electoral Materials

riversThe Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Gesila Khan, has said that “all is now set for the Presidential and Assembly elections in Rivers State.”

The Rivers State REC gave this assurance, during the formal delivery of sensitive materials from the CBN at the premises of the electoral body in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Taking an inventory of the materials which included ballot papers and result sheets, the REC said that, all materials would immediately proceed to all the local government areas in the state.

The Commissioner of Police also gave the assurance that these sensitive materials would be adequately secured.

The CP also hinted that his men were under stern instructions to ensure that security was guaranteed during the polls.

Kano Police Deploy Troops For Election

troopsMore than 5,000 security personnel were deployed ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Kano State, north-west Nigeria.

Addressing the troops, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said that no chances would be taken in ensuring violence-free elections across the state.

The troops comprise operatives from the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Civil Defense, and all other paramilitary agencies.

Ibrahim Idris said that the officers are expected to ensure violence free elections at their respective Polling Units.

Meanwhile, INEC in Kano has also commenced the distribution of both sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.