Governorship Elections: Kogi, Bayelsa Decide

KogiIt’s Election Day in Bayelsa and Kogi State where voters are going to the polls to elect a new Governor.

Election materials have been fully distributed in different Local Governments Areas and the polling units have been set up.

In Kogi State, the supplementary election scheduled for today (Saturday) has commenced and voting materials have been distributed.

In Ajaokuta Local Government Area everywhere is peaceful and voters are going about to demonstrate their rights.

Meanwhile in Bayelsa State, election materials have been fully distributed in Brass Local Government Areas.

But reports say that Oporuma LGA Headquarters of Ijaw Local Government Area, an ex-militant reportedly opened fire at an election centre disrupting the exercise, one person was reportedly injured.

Elsewhere around the state, its being reported that polling units have been set up and there is a huge number of security operatives especially the Nigerian Police at the Local Government Headquarters.

The accreditation process has been smooth since it began few hours ago.

INEC Set To Conduct Inconclusive State Assembly Election

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is set for the conduct of the inconclusive state assembly election in Orhiomwom constituency 2.

The election would hold on Saturday, April 18 in Edo State.

The elections in the constituency was declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer because the margin of lead between the two leading candidates in the poll was 1,421 while the number of registered candidates in the four affected wards was 4,813

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, while briefing staff of the commission selected for the exercise, said INEC has put everything in place to ensure a smooth conduct of the remaining polls in the area.

PDP, APC Disagree Over Nasarawa South Results

nasarawaThe two leading political parties in Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections in Nasarawa State, have disagreed over the outcome of the Nasarawa south senatorial and House of Representatives results.

While the Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki led the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to lodge complaints about the results declared for the zone, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate who was declared winner, said that, there was nothing to disagree about.

Results for the Nasarawa south senatorial district and the Lafi/Obi federal constituency have continued to raise tension as party agents at the collation center at the Sani Abacha youth centre, engaged in shouting match while collation was on-going on Sunday night.

Protesting APC Women Teargassed In Port Harcourt

port harcourtTrouble broke out in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday morning when hundreds of protesting All Progressives Congress (APC) women clashed with policemen on their way to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office.

The women who were dressed in black were on a protest to the electoral body to register their grouse against the election conducted in Rivers State. Their mission was, however, cut short when they were teargassed and dispersed by the police.

One of the protesters spoke to Channels Television saying,  they want  the cancellation of the elections held in the state on Saturday.

While some Protesters in their thousands walked the streets in the State capital, Port Harcourt, on Sunday, causing heavy traffic.

Nigerians Need To Remain United – Fani-Kayode

Fani-KayodeThe Director, Media and Publicity, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign, Mr ‎Femi Fani-Kayode, says Nigerians need to remain united irrespective of where the election result swings.

Fani-Kayode, who spoke to newsmen, shortly after his accreditation in his home town in Ile-Ife, said that the election is a crucial determinant of the future of Nigeria in the next four years.

He said Nigerians must ensure that there is no violence either during the collation of results or after the result is declared.

Mr Fani-Kayode stressed that everyone should bear in mind that Nigeria had become the focus of the whole world and it would be a thing of pride when the election is seen to be free and fair.

He further added that the election must not be used to create enmity amongst Nigerian citizens irrespective of political affiliation.

INEC, NYSC Pledge Protection Of Corps Members

inecThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said adequate arrangements have been made for the safety and welfare of corps members who will serve as adhoc electoral staff for the 2015 elections.

The INEC Chairman appealed to the corps members to handle this national assignment (election) with responsibility and patriotism, and resist undemocratic practices.

INEC on the other hand, confirmed its readiness to conduct the 2015 general elections scheduled to take place on Saturday March 28.

The electoral body on Wednesday also said it has accredited 107 domestic and international observers to monitor the elections.

Abuja Residents Leave Town For Elections

abujaWith less than 24 hours to the general elections, residents of the nation’s capital, Abuja  have been leaving the capital city.

Some of them, who spoke to Channels Television said, they were traveling to their villages and where they registered to ensure they vote in the elections.

The Manager at a motor park in Abuja, Mr Nwafor Eze, said, “there is no empty bus at the park, travellers with luggages have occupied all the buses in the park”.

He added that quite a number of people have been leaving the capital city within the last week.

AU Deploys Election Observers To North East

AUThe African Union (AU) has deployed 84 election observers to various parts of the country, including the north-east to monitor the general ‎elections.

Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) and former President of the interim government of Liberia, Professor Amos Sawyer also asked Nigerians to come out en masse to exercise their rights.

While appealing for caution by all parties involved in the electoral process, he called on politicians to accept defeat or channel their grievances ‎to the law courts.

Buhari’s Cross River Campaign Co-ordinator Decamps To PDP

buhariWith barely 48 hours to the presidential election, the Buhari presidential campaign co-ordinator in Cross River State, Engineer U.Oko has decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) .

Uko, who decamped with all his supporters, pledged to mobilise support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He told a crowd of PDP supporters in Bekwarra Local Government Area of the State that his decision to quit the APC for the PDP was informed by President Jonathan’s sterling achievements in office.

On hand to receive him back into the party was the PDP candidate for the House of Representatives elections for Bekwarra, Obudu, Obanliku Federal Constituency, Barrister Legor Idagbo.

Idagbo commended him for the bold step and stated that unlike the broom, the PDPs umbrella was big enough to accommodate everyone.

He noted that Engr Oko was a grass root mobilizer and an astute politician who would contribute a great deal to the continued growth of PDP in the State.

Group Decries Double Candidacy Of PDP Members In Anambra

PDPA Non-Governmental Organization, Anambra Youth Vanguard, in a press briefing, registered their grievances over the fielding of multiple candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 11 seats of the House of Representatives and the three Senatorial seats.

Barely four days to the National Assembly election, issues over multiple candidacy of the PDP, surfaced in Anambra State.

Speaking on the matter, the Overseer of the group, Mr Ambrose Igwe, accused the State Independent National Electoral Commission of conniving with PDP to sabotage the electoral process.

He said the group would not accept such impunity of the PDP and at such would be ready on March 28 to see that the election is halted if INEC refuses to make an open declaration on the exact persons contesting on the PDP platform for the House of Representatives and Senate.

Responding to the allegations of connivance with the PDP, the State Independent National Electoral Commission, Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Egbo, said the accusation was ”laughable” as the commission is a law abiding commission that respects the provisions of the court.

He said the names of the PDP candidates contesting presently are the ones declared authentic according to the ruling of the Appeal court.

EFCC Decries Politicians’ Use Of Anti-Graft Body For Election

EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked politicians to stop using the anti-graft body as a tool to achieve their political ambition, especially as some of them are still standing trial for alleged graft.

The Chairman of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde told a news conference in Abuja, that the fact that the Commission has not been publicising its achievement does not mean it has been docile.

According to him, over 126 convictions have been recorded by the Commission in 2014, a figure that represents more than any anti-fraud agency in the world, has achieved, he added.

Ending corruption has been one of the campaign promises of most political parties in the country. While some of the parties have accused the EFCC of being docile in performing its statutory responsibilities.

However, the Commission has warned politicians to stop using the anti-graft for playing politics as EFCC remains apolitical .

Mr Ibrahim Lamorde attributed the inability of the Commission to completely prosecute some of its cases in court as a consequence of the accused persons and their lawyers exploiting loop holes in the laws and the courts.

The EFCC  Chairman however, said contrary to the allegation of performance below expectation, the Commission had continued to make progress by increasing the number of convictions of accused persons from 65 in 2009 to 126 in 2014.

APC Supporters Embark On Road Show In Kaduna

apcAhead of next Saturday’s presidential election, supporters of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) in Kaduna State, on Tuesday, embarked on a road show to drum support for the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and the state governorship flag bearer, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

During the road show rally, the APC members expressed confidence that their party would be victorious in the coming elections and however vowed to occupy all over Nigeria if the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attempts to rig the elections.

They described the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buahri and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as credible candidates adding that they are the”choice of Nigerians in the elections given their incorruptible stance”.

The road show, tagged ‘Walking for Change’, witnessed a large crowd of APC members in Kaduna State and the party’s governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, trekking from the Command junction in the southern part of the State capital to Kawo, in the northern zone.

Women, children and youth all trooped in large numbers, singing and dancing.

Walking slowly and patiently, the surging crowd passed through the popular Ahmadu Bello Stadium to Ali Akilu road, where they appealed to residents of the areas to vote for APC in next Saturday’s election and subsequent ones on April 11.

For the supporters, their decision to participate in the over ten kilometers walk was borne out of their desire for a positive change, which they claimed APC stands for.

The supporters however, said that their power is their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).