INEC To Take Decision On Reported Violence, Card Reader Malfunction

INEC To Take Decision On Reported Violence, Card Reader Malfunction

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will announce its decision on the violence and malfunctioning of the card readers in some polling units in parts of the country.

INEC’s Commissioner in charge of Voter Education, Festus Okoye, announced this in Abuja while giving an update on the ongoing Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The card reader was reported to have failed in some polling units in different parts of the country, with the electoral officials resorting to using the voter register to authenticate the affected voters.

Also, a number of deaths were reported following the outbreak of violence in some states, especially Rivers State, where a soldier was said to have been killed during a clash between troops and hoodlums in the Abonema area of the state.

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Mr Okoye restated INEC’s position on the directive regarding the use of card reader.

“It was made very clear that the use of the smart card readers is mandatory. Therefore, no staff of the Commission or any ad-hoc staff of the Commission is permitted in whatever guise to deliberately refuse to use the smart card readers for the conduct of elections.”

He added that the commission has received field reports of violence, burning of ballot papers in Lagos, Rivers and Anambra States.

He explained that the Commission has directed the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and the officials on the ground in the affected states to submit their “first-hand reports in relation to some of these incidents.”

“We are still receiving reports relating to incidents in some states of the federation but we have received reports relating to incidents in Akuku Toru and Bonny Local Government Areas of Rivers State,” he added.

Dickson Gets Accredited, Experiences Card Reader Malfunction

dicksonGovernor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has been accredited alongside his wife and mother.

The Governor whose Permanent Voters Card (PVC) was authenticated by the smart card reader expressed his displeasure with the failure of the card reader in authenticating his finger prints and that of most voters in his polling unit.

The Governor who got accredited at Sagbama 06, ward 2, Oruerware compound in Toru- orua community by 10:45am also complained about the slow pace involved in accrediting a voter.

Even though the elections in Sagbama Local Government Areas has been very peaceful, reports from other Local Government Areas in the state are worrisome as there is reported electoral violence in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and Nembe Local Government Area of the State.

Card Reader Fails Jonathan, Wife And Mother

jonathanFormer President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience Jonathan and mother experienced hitches at their polling unit in Otueke, Bayelsa State, as the card reader malfunctioned just as it did during the presidential election.

INEC officials at unit 039 ward 13 in Ogbia LGA located exactly opposite his Otueke residence returned with another card reader at about 10am before he was later accredited.

The former President in his reaction, “From my experience today INEC must resolve the card readers before we go into 2019 election because before we went into the presidential elections the machine rejected my card and my wife”.

He also says that his confident that the election will bring forth a governor that will give the state good leadership, good covenant that will take everybody along.

Police Investigate INEC Staff Over Alleged Card Reader Theft

Card readerThe Police in Nigeria are investigating two staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, for allegedly trying to smuggle seven card readers out of the premises of the INEC without due authorisation.

Confirming the arrest of Herbert Ejiofor and Nnamdi Nwabuko, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Abia State, South-east Nigeria, Professor Selina Oko, totally condemned the action of her staff whom she said had been handed over to the police for thorough investigation.

“I am in charge and they were taking things out without my approval.

“If they had taken permission, I would not have approved it.

“How can I authorise a sensitive material to be moved out of the office.

“Since it is a police matter now, the police should investigate and take the right action,” she said.

Professor Oko also dismissed the fears from some quarters that the motive behind the incident may have to do with alteration of sensitive materials and result sheets which she said would not be possible because it would be detected.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Zone Nine, Umuahia, Usman Gwary, confirmed the arrest, but would not comment further on it. saying investigation was ongoing.

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.

Federal Legislator To Pursue Nasarawa Peace Deal

nasarawa-3The Senator-elect of Nasarawa south senatorial district, Mr Salihu Egyegbola, has been speaking on how to ensure the full resettlement of his people as a result of last year’s communal crisis in the state.

Senator Egyegbola advocated the option of peaceful dialogue in resolving the impasse, given that the two tribes of Eggon and Alago have lived side-by-side in all the five local government areas of the senatorial zone.

He called for Federal Government’s support of the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura’s resettlement initiative aimed at addressing the rebuilding of the communities destroyed in the course of the crisis.

On the issue of grazing areas for herdsmen which has posed persistent threat to farmers in the state, the senator says he is optimistic that the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government would address the matter once and for all.

Women and children fled from last year’s communal crisis in Nasarawa State as their men were left in the battle front to defend their homes.

Meanwhile, some of the displaced persons have continued to count their losses, as others now live in fear of attack should they return home to pick up the pieces of their lives.

However, some Nasarawa political leaders have given the assurance that they would end the carnage.

 

Akwa Ibom APC Petitions INEC, Demands Removal Of REC

inec-on-APC-rec-emovalThe Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC) to remove the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Austin Okojie.

The APC, in its petition, stated that INEC should ensure that Austin Okojie does not conduct the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

Speaking in Abuja, the National Vice Chairman of the party, Mr Hilliard Eta, alleged that cases of rigging, electoral fraud and manipulation of results took place during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The party also alleged that there was evidence of fabrication of results, no original results sheets for the elections, and inflation of results.

Meanwhile, INEC says that it is investigating the petitions it has received against several state RECs over the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu said that the petitions border on different violations political parties believe took place during the elections.

The commission, however, said that it would look at the substance in the petitions and come out with a position.

We Can’t Depend On The Card Reader – Jimi Agbaje Campaign Org.

card readerThe Director-General of the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation, Ramon Owokoniran, has expressed doubts in the reliability of INEC’s card readers for the April 11 governorship and State Assembly polls.

Mr Owokoniran was speaking in reaction to INEC’s insistence on the use of the card reader technology for the verification of voters during the election on Saturday with the promise that all issues faced during the presidential and National Assembly elections would have been solved.

“We hope that that will happen but the last time, it didn’t.

“I am sure we have more than 35 to 40% of cases in Lagos where the card readers did not work. Worst of it is that even in such circumstance, the voters’ list was not even available to check those people that were coming to vote.

“They were just writing on pieces of paper. There was nothing to check,” he said.

While he admitted that this was not the case in all polling units in Lagos, he stated that this was an indication that there had been little or no improvement from the conduct of the elections in the past, contrary to promises made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the 2015 polls.

“They promised us that we can depend on the card reader. They promised us that the voters’ list would be available, they promised us that there was going to be transparency.”

He mentioned Oshodi, Kosofe, Agege among the areas where voters experienced the card reader hitches in Lagos. He also complained about the late arrival of INEC officials in some polling units.

Owokoniran, however, said that his party remained focused and ready for the governorship election in Lagos.

“We are moving in top gear, especially having faced the 28th of March election and seeing what happened. With the experience from that, we are tidying up and ensuring that all the loopholes are being blocked,” he said.

Mr Owokoniran was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

 

Fayose Dismisses APC Lawmakers’ Impeachment Plot

fayose- on- APC lawmakers The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has advised members of the All Progressives Congress in the State’s House of Assembly to jettison their plan to impeach him, saying it is a ‘joke of the century’.

Responding to a purported impeachment notice, Governor Fayose asked the APC lawmakers to stop acting like jesters, saying, “the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed he is, would be allowed to test the will of Ekiti people”.

The notice posted online and signed by Dr. Adewale Omirin, as the Speaker of the House, read: “Please, find attached herewith, allegations of gross misconduct made against your persons by a total of 19 members  of the Ekiti State House of Assembly in pursuance of the Provision of Section 188(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“You are hereby informed that you are at liberty to respond to the said allegations in writing within seven days hereof”.

The governor described the purported notice as a “joke of the century” and reminded the lawmakers that “the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly is Hon Dele Olugbemi and not Dr Adewale Omirin.”

In a statement issued on Saturday , the spokesman to the governor, Lere Olayinka, said “Dr. Omirin is already in court, challenging his impeachment and common sense dictates that when you are challenging an action already taken in court, you have accepted the consequences of such action pending the determination of the suit you filed.”

The governor further urged the APC  lawmakers to stop advertising their ignorance and crudity in the market place by posting impeachment notice online.

“Since last year November, these so-called lawmakers abdicated their duties and ran to Lagos only for them to resurface on Wednesday, but they hurriedly ran away again.

“Now they are posting notice of impeachment signed on March 9, 2015 and Ekiti people are asking, was the motion for impeachment moved and adopted in Lagos or Osun State House of Assembly?

“Is impeachment of a governor done along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway inside a moving bus?

“Rather than going about advertising their ignorance and crudity, the APC  lawmakers should wait for the court to adjudicate on the case they filed because even the President-elect, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) would respect the rule of law when he assumes office,” the governor said.

Ogun State Government Announces Payment Of Deducted Salary

Ogun-StateThe Ogun State Government has announced the payment of salary deductions and cooperative dues, with 1.5 billion Naira released on Friday.

The payment covers deductions of salaries affecting both State and Local Government workers.

In a statement by the State  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the state government said the payment was in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun and the workers during an interactive session held last month in Abeokuta, the State’s capital.

Prior to the downturn in Federal Allocation and the general economy, the State Government had been remitting salary deductions as and when due and had also cleared arrears inherited from the past administration.

However, the suddenness of downturn adversely affected both the Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue, thereby creating fresh arrears.

The State Government said that the release of salary reduction demonstrates that it has successfully adjusted to the new financial reality and was confident that it would be able to clear the balance of arrears expediently.

Ogun State Government further assured the workers that the government would always protect their interests at all times and restated the fact that it had no plan to sack any worker.

The financial adjustment, the State Government stated, was achieved through increased spending inefficiencies and enhanced focus on Internally Generated Revenue.

The State Government further expressed gratitude to the workers for their patience, understanding and co-operation since the administration assumed office, particularly when the economic downturn led to delay in the remittance of the deductions and co-operative dues.

Commonwealth Congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari

commonwealthCommonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect,  Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory in the March 28 election.

In a statement, Mr Sharma said history had been made with General Buhari becoming the first Nigerian opposition leader to be elected through the ballot box.

The Secretary-General expressed admiration for the statesmanship and democratic spirit with which President Goodluck Jonathan congratulated the President-elect on his victory, even before the official announcement of the presidential election result on Wednesday.

Ready To Support Nigeria

“The people of Nigeria have demonstrated their deep commitment to democracy by exercising their right, recognised in the Commonwealth Charter, to participate in democratic processes, in particular through free and fair elections, in shaping the society in which they live. It was particularly heartening to see the active participation of young people in the election process,” Mr Sharma said.

Mr Sharma also acknowledged the pivotal role played by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under the leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega, in delivering a credible election.

The Secretary-General thanked Dr Bakili Muluzi, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Nigeria’s elections.

In a letter to the former President of Malawi, he said: “My appreciation also extends to the entire Group that you have led so ably. Through your exemplary leadership you have shown a deep commitment to promoting the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values”.

Mr Sharma added that “the Commonwealth remains ready to support Nigeria in the post-election phase”.

INEC declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Ogun State Residents Task Buhari On Corruption

ogun Some residents of  Ogun State have tasked  the President-elect of  the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General  Muhammadu Buhari, to provide security, generate employment  and improve power supply, as promised.

The Ogun State capital, Abeokuta remained calm after the presidential election held on March 28, which was said to be the most keenly contested in the history of Nigeria with General Muhammadu Buhari emerging winner.

Nigerians across the divide have started expressing their expectations and what they believe to be germane to the development of the country.

While commending the peaceful conduct of the election, Ogun State residents have challenged the incoming administration to intensify the war on corruption in order to strengthen the economy of the country.

The Ogun residents also demanded the re-fertilization of the economy and especially the anti corruption crusade, to put the country on the path of growth and progress.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.