We Must Stop This Habit Of Blaming Buhari For Everything – Garba Shehu

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

“We really must stop this habit of blaming President (Muhammadu) Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, was quoted as saying this during an interview with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.

He was responding to the various reactions trailing the outcomes of the governorship elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Governor Yahaya Bello and Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Mr Musa Wada and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi and Bayelsa States respectively.

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Speaking specifically about the election in Bayelsa, Shehu faulted the purported reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan was blackmailed to support the APC.

He described such claims as false and irresponsible, wondering how such a story could be considered credible to the extent of being given space in some newspapers.

“It just doesn’t make any sense,” the President’s spokesman was quoted as saying in a statement by a deputy director of information, Abiodun Oladunjoye.

He stressed, “Our media really must learn to verify whatever they publish and people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors.”

“A newspaper can be sued for granting space to people who belch false allegations against individuals with no proof,” Shehu warned.

He noted that former President Jonathan had been out of power for about five years without any previous allegations of government blackmail cropping up.

Shehu, however, purported that there were more than enough reasons for Dr Jonathan to work against his party in the just concluded election in Bayelsa without interference by President Buhari.

He alleged, “Anyone who has been following the politics of Bayelsa State should be aware of the sour relationship between Dr Jonathan and the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson.

“That’s more than enough reason for the former president to decide to work against his party, if indeed he did.”

Bayelsa Election: David Lyon, Buhari’s ‘Brand New Baby Boy’, Says Oshiomhole

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has said the victory of David Lyon in the November 16 Governorship Election in Bayelsa state means President Muhammadu Buhari has a brand new baby boy.

David Lyon who was declared winner and Governor-Elect, defeated the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Duoye Diri and will take an oath of office on February 14, 2019.

Mr. Oshiomhole who spoke with state house correspondent said that the party abided by the request of President Buhari for a peaceful poll, stressing that the Bayelsa election can be described as the most peaceful since 1999.

“We went to present the governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Governor David Lyon to President Muhammadu Buhari as a president and our father; he has a brand new, sparkling baby boy who will be by February 14, sworn in.

“We thank the president for his fatherly role and he insisted that while we are determined to win an election, we play by the rule and ensure that the process is transparent.

“We were proud to tell him that besides very isolated cases of ballot box snatching, the election in Bayelsa can be described as the most peaceful since 1999.”

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On the Kogi West Senatorial rerun election, Mr. Oshiomhole said that Senator Dino Melaye is struggling after decamping from the APC to PDP.

“We realised that of all the 16 senators who decamped along with Senator Bukola Saraki from the APC to PDP, hard as they have tried to come back, the Nigerian people in their respective constituencies have insisted on punishing them for being disloyal for transferring or monetising their mandate.

“I think the only one still struggling now is Dion Melaye, as you can see Senator Adeyemi is leading, even though INEC is insisting on a rerun.

“The lessons to be learned for us as a party are rather clear when politicians go to the poll to collect mandate on a particular political party platform, and then they leave for another party, the electorate will always be waiting for them,” he added.

INEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon.

 

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has won the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, announced this on Monday morning.

Professor Orunmuwese returned Lyon as the winner of the keenly contested election after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Duoye Diri, who scored 143,172 votes.

 

Six Of Eight

Residents of Bayelsa had taken to various polling units in their respective wards to cast their ballots in a bid to elect a new governor to succeed Mr Seriake Dickson who is about to complete his second term as governor of the state.

Governor Dickson had supported Mr Diri to succeed him in his bid to ensure the PDP continues to rule in Bayelsa, following the exit of the state’s former governor and present Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, from office in 2012.

He was, however, unable to achieve this as Diri suffered defeat to his APC rival with a difference of over 180,000 votes.

 

Meanwhile, the election was characterised with reports of violence and ballot snatching in some areas while some wards were merged together as a result of flooding.

The collation of results of the election across the eight local government areas of the state began on Sunday afternoon and lasted until the early hours of Monday.

Of the first six LGAs whose results were collated, Lyon dominated the election with a difference of over 80,000 votes and extended the lead by an additional 100,000 votes after the results of the remaining two local governments were collated.

The Governor-elect won in six LGAs while his PDP rival claimed the remaining two LGAs.

Lyon won in Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, and Yenagoa LGAs while Diri won in Kolokuma/Opokuma and Sagbama LGAs.

Declaring the APC candidate as the winner, Professor Orunmuwese explained that a total of 505,884 votes were cast, out of which 499,551 were counted as valid votes.

He added that a total of 922,562 voters registered for the election but 517,883 voters were accredited.

See the table below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

352,552

143,172

Bayelsa Election: Soldiers ‘Chased Away’ Key PDP Stakeholders, Diri Alleges

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Duoye Diri, has faulted the outcome of the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Diri, who addressed a news conference on Sunday, accused the Nigerian Army of intimidating agents and supporters of the PDP in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

“The Nigerian Army is in Ogbia chasing away all PDP agents and all PDP key stakeholders from Ogbia, arresting most of our stakeholders; arresting all key stakeholders in Ogbia and as we speak, the Nigerian Army is there in Ogbia,” he told reporters while the collation of results from the eight LGAs in the state was ongoing at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yenagoa.

The PDP candidate added, “We want to use this opportunity to call on the soldiers who are in Ogbia to immediately withdraw from Ogbia Local Government Area.”

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He alleged that some soldiers stormed the collation centre in Ogbia, stressing that such an action was unacceptable to his party.

PDP governorship candidate, Duoye Diri.

 

 

Diri also called on the electoral body to reject all the results from Ogbia LGA, claiming that they have been “doctored and tutored”.

“This is not the way our democracy will advance; this is not the way our democracy will progress,” he stressed.

The PDP candidate made the allegations hours before INEC returned the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, as the winner of the keenly contested election.

INEC’s Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, declared Lyon as the winner after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival of the PDP who scored 143,172 votes.

See the table below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

352,552

143,172

Bayelsa Election: APC Wins In Six LGAs, PDP Claims Two

A cross-section of party agents at the Bayelsa State governorship election collation centre in Yenagoa on November 17, 2019.

 

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has won six out of the eight local government areas of Bayelsa State where the November 16 governorship election took place.

On the other hand, Mr Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the remaining two local governments in the state.

This comes as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concludes the collation of results from all the local governments on Sunday night.

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Mr Lyon took the lead with about 352,552 votes as against Diri who has about 143,172, with a difference of over 180,000 votes.

He won in Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, and Yenagoa LGAs while his PDP rival won in Kolokuma/Opokuma and Sagbama LGAs.

However, the Returning Officer of the election and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, will announce the winner of the election after all processes have been concluded.

See the result table below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

352,552

143,172

EU Condemns Violence, Intimidation In Kogi, Bayelsa Elections

Photo: EUinNigeria Twitter Handle

 

The European Union has condemned the reports of widespread incidents of violence and voter intimidation in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

A statement by the Diplomatic Watch also expressed alarm at the reports of fatalities and missing people, urging stakeholders to call for calm.

The Diplomatic Watch deployed teams from Austria, the European Union Delegation, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States to monitor both state elections on November 16.

“We express our alarm at reports of widespread incidents of violence and intimidation, some of which were witnessed by our teams in Kogi. There are reports of fatalities and people missing, including INEC staff. Our thoughts are with all victims and their families.

“We encourage all stakeholders, in particular, political leaders, to call for calm and we encourage security agencies to investigate thoroughly and bring perpetrators to justice.

“We are also concerned by evident vote-buying and credible reports of ballot box snatching in both Bayelsa and Kogi.”

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The EU commended the commitment of voters in both states who came out to vote and asked that those enshrined with the mandate to see through a smooth democratic process should continue to act in all capacity.

“We commend the commitment and resilience of voters in both states who came out to exercise their democratic rights. We express our sympathy for those affected by the violence, including ordinary voters; INEC officials; members of the NYSC; civil society; and the media. All should be able to carry out their fundamental role in the democratic process free from intimidation and harassment.”

Bayelsa Election: APC’s Lyon Leads By Over 86,000 Votes From Six LGAs

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has taken the lead in the Bayelsa State governorship election, according to the results collated so far.

The collation exercise is ongoing at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Mr Lyon and his counterpart from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Duoye Diri, are the leading candidates in the keenly contested election which held on Saturday.

From the results of six of the eight Local Government Areas in the state collated so far on Sunday, the APC candidate won four LGAs while the PDP candidate won in two LGAs.

The total number of votes garnered by Lyon in the six LGAs collated so far is 206,260, leading Diri who polled 119,930 from six LGAs by over 86,000 votes.

Local governments whose results have been collated are Brass, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Ogbia, Sagbama, and Yenagoa.

However, the results from Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw LGAs have yet to be collated at the time of this report.

The Returning Officer of the election and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, will announce the winner of the election after all processes have been concluded.

CLICK HERE to get the updates from the collation exercise in Yenagoa.

See the table of the results from the six LGAs announced so far below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

Collation Of Results For Bayelsa Governorship Election

 

A day after the residents of Bayelsa and Kogi States cast their ballots in the governorship elections in both states, voters are awaiting the results to know who will govern them for the next four years.

Results from the elections which held on Saturday have started trickling in at the collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the two states.

While this post focuses on the results being collated in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, CLICK HERE for the results announced so far for the governorship election in Kogi State.

The Returning Officer is Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State.


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S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL


1:02 AM: INEC declares the APC candidate, Mr David Lyon, as winner of the election. READ HERE 


10:28 PM

Ekeremor LGA

APC – 21,489
PDP – 18,344


8:30 PM

Southern Ijaw LGA

APC – 124,803

PDP – 4,898


6:10 PM

Ogbia LGA
APC: 58,016
PDP: 13,763


5:40 PM

Yenagoa LGA
APC: 24,607
PDP: 19,184


5:15 PM

Brass LGA
APC: 23,831
PDP: 10,410


4:52 PM

Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA
APC: 8,934
PDP: 15,360


4:22 PM

Nembe LGA
APC: 83,041
PDP: 874


4:01 PM: A party agent alleges that there was no election in Sagbama LGA. He says there was no electoral material at a ward in Agbere until 6pm and the police were informed.

 


03:51 PM

Sagbama LGA

APC: 7,831

PDP: 60,339

 

PHOTOS: INEC Collates Results Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started collating the results of the 2019 Bayelsa Governorship election which took place on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

The Returning Officer, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, has been receiving results from collation officers from the eight Local Government Areas in the state.

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See photos below:

Bayelsa Poll: Appeal Court Orders INEC To Retain APC Candidate On Ballot

 

An Appeal Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital on Friday,  ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise David Lyon as the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Saturday governorship election in the state.

Ruling on a motion ex-parte filed by the lawyers of Lyon, the court set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa and presided over by Justice Jane Inyang.

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The court said Lyon remained the candidate of the APC for the election pending the determination of an appeal he filed against the judgement of the lower court.

Counsel to Mr Lyon, M.J Numa had earlier moved an exparte application thereby making the court made an order compelling INEC to maintain status quo ante bellum pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for interlocutory application.

Bayelsa Election: INEC Distributes Sensitive Materials To Officials

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday began the distribution of sensitive materials directly to Registration Area Centers (RACs) located in eight local government areas in the state.

The exercise began with southern Ijaw Local Government Area as the first call.

The Resident commissioner also told Channels Television that the commission is ready for the election day.

See photos from distribution of the materials below…   

Bayelsa Election: APC Is On The Ballot Paper – Festus Okoye

 

The Chairman, Voter Education, and Information of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Okoye, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) logo is on the ballot papers ahead of the governorship election in Bayelsa state.

A Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Thursday declared that the APC didn’t follow constitutional guidelines in its primaries hence the party has no candidate for the November 16th election in the state.

One of the APC aspirants, Senator Heineken Lopkobiri had earlier approached the court asking it to declare him, and not David Lyon, the authentic candidate of the APC.

Mr. Okoye who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily explained that the court order said INEC should not put the name of Senator Lokpobiri or Mr. Lyon.

“The APC is on the ballot paper because it has already been printed and there is no court order or restraining order saying that INEC should not have the APC as a political party on the ballot.

“What the order said is that we should not put the plaintiff or the candidate that his name was submitted on the ballot, what we have on the ballot papers are the logos of the various political parties.”

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He added that it is the political party that is contesting in the election and when it gets to the stage of declaration and return, that’s when the candidate which has been nominated for the position will now be considered through the form EC8E.

On the issue of security and voting during the elections in both states, Mr. Okoye urged the political parties to coordinate their supporters and avoid engaging in high-level rhetoric, hate speech and also heating up the polity.

“When you have political parties who are supposed to go in a very civil manner to mobilise vote from their supporters, engaging in high-level rhetoric, hate speech and also heating up the polity, it creates an impression that what we are going into is a civil war rather than an ordinary civic responsibility. So that has impacted on the atmosphere in some of these states, we didn’t allow that dampen our spirit.

“I believe that despite everything that has happened in the states, there is a possibility that we are going to have a good election because we prepared well.

“The appeal should be to the political parties to also make sure that their supporters behave themselves during this particular period so that they don’t do anything untoward to prevent the people from coming out to exercise their democratic franchise,” he added.

Meanwhile, the judgement of the Federal High Court was set aside by an Appeal Court in Bayelsa State on Friday, ordering INEC to recognise Mr Lyon as the Candidate of the APC.

The court ruled on a motion ex-parte filed by the lawyers of Lyon, stating that he remained the candidate of the APC for the election pending the determination of an appeal he filed against the judgement of the lower court.