Electoral Body Gives Date For Oyo Local Council Election

taraba electio has been termed as the voice of the peopleThe Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has announced the date for election in local councils and Local Council Development Authority (LCDAs) in the state.

The electoral body said it would conduct elections in all the existing 33 local government councils and the newly created 35 LCDAs on February 11, 2017.

Announcing the date, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Jide Ajeigbe, said that the Commission had embarked on a familiarisation visits to all the security agencies in the state to ensure adequate security before, during and after the conduct of the election.

Officials of the commission visited the Headquarters, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Odogbo, Ibadan and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Command,

Mr Ajeigbe told the security agencies that for the commission to achieve free and fair election, it was imperative to beef up security for the lives and property of residents and consequently restated the commitment and preparedness of the Commission in conducting a transparent election.

He, however, canvassed for the support of the security agencies in maintaining law and order as well as peace which has been existing in the state, stressing that although, election is a civic responsibility, adequate security is also required.

In their separate remarks, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) headquarters 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abudulkarim and the Commandant of the NSCDC, Commandant John Adewole, emphasised that it was essential to provide a conducive environment by abiding with the provisional guidelines of conducting local government polls.

While stressing the sensitivity attached to elections in the country, Major-General Abdulkarim enjoined the commission to take cognisance of the respondent (the Police) to maintain law and order.

The duo appreciated Governor Abiola Ajimobi for creating a peaceful environment in the state in the last five years, adding that “anybody that says peace is expensive, let him try crisis”.

They, therefore, assured the commission of peaceful environment where the electorates could exercise their civic responsibilities

“We promise never to compromise on our job during and after the election. We are here to protect government assets and we are all government assets,” Commandant Adewole added.

Amosun Flags Off Campaign For Ogun LG Polls

re-run election in abia state. Amosun- Ogun electionOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has flagged off the campaign tour of Local Governments (LG) in preparation for the LG poll into the 20 LGs and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

Leading other members of the State Executive Council, party official and supporters, Governor Amosun thanked supporters of the All Progressives Congress for their support for his administration’s policies and programmes.

He also assured the residents of more developments, saying that all ongoing projects will be completed before the end of his administration.

The Governor warned against any form of violence before, during and after the polls, urging residents of the state to come out and vote.

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) announced October 8 for the conduct of the elections in the state.

The Chairperson of the OGSIEC, Mrs Risikat Ogunfemi, also admonished politicians to play by the rules of the game, just as she asked youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used as instrument of violence by politicians.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Zone 2, which comprises of Lagos and Ogun States, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali said that the Police would not condone any forms of irregularities and indiscipline during and after the polls.

Representing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) at the stakeholders meeting held with members of political parties and security chiefs in Abeokuta, the state capital,the AIG also warned men and officers against all forms of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, expressed the readiness of the Police for the Saturday polls, saying that about 5,000 Police officers would be deployed for the exercise.

Imo Election Re-run: INEC Postpones Polls Till Further Notice

Anambra-Imo-INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the national and state assembly re-run elections slated for Saturday February 20, till further notice.

Briefing reporters on Friday at the INEC office in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, the Administrative Secretary of the electoral body in the state, Evurulobi Chinedu, said the decision to postpone the election was taken after a careful assessment of the security situation on ground.

Earlier on Friday, a massive protest erupted at the headquarters of the commission, as some irate youths called for the immediate cancellation and postponement of the rerun election.

The youths in their hundreds barricaded the main entrance of the office in the state, alleging that some INEC staff were bias.

The commission, however, debunked the allegations levelled against it, saying it remains committed to giving all political parties a level playing ground in the elections.

Yobe IPAC Disagree With INEC Over By-Election Timetable

Voter-register-INEC-2015-electionThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe State has expressed displeasure with the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a planned by-election into a vacant National Assembly Office in the northeast Nigerian State.

The vacant office is sequel to the nomination of Hon Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim of the House of Representatives to serve in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.

INEC had scheduled the by-election to hold on February 27 to fill the vacuum created by the exit of Mr Ibrahim who is now the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

While addressing reporters on Wednesday in Damaturu the capital of the State, the Chairman of IPAC in the state, Umar Kukuri, said the three weeks given for political parties to prepare for the conduct of the election was inadequate.

They sought for an extension.

“The council wishes to note with concern the timing of the election is inadequate for us to mobilise our electorate to participate in the election.

“In view of this therefore, we wish to appeal to INEC to extend the time by two months for adequate preparation on their part and our part as political parties,” Mr Ibrahim stressed.

The party emphasised that some electorate in the state were in faraway Gombe, Bauch, Kano and Kaduna States and needed sufficient time to mobilise them for effective participation.

Some politicians in an interview at the media briefing called for more time, as the constituency that the election would be held was worse hit by the current insecurity problem bedevilling the state.

They pointed out that an extension would afford the political parties more time to mobilise their members for credible and acceptable polls.

The spokesman for INEC in Yobe State, Mr Bagudu Nna, in response to the request of IPAC, said INEC had taken its stand on the issue, as they were already implementing the decision of the National secretariat.

He urged Yobe IPAC to channel its grievances to electoral body’s national headquarters.

The election will be conducted in Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency located in Yobe East Senatorial Zone of the state.

Taraba Election: Appeal Court Upholds PDP’s Victory

Darius IshakuAn Appeal Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, on Thursday upheld the victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Darius Ishaku, in the Taraba State governorship election of April 11.

In the ruling, the Abdul Aboki-led five-man panel said that the PDP’s decision to choose Mr Ishaku as its candidate was accepted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Appeal Court ruled that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  Aisha Alhassan, had no locus standi to question the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Addressing reporters in Abuja after the judgement was delivered, Governor Ishaku urged his supporters to be peaceful and calm while celebrating the decision of the Appeal Court.

He said that the judgment was a testimony that the judiciary remained the only hope of the common man.

INEC had in April announced PDP’s Ishaku as winner of the election defeating APC’s Alhassan.

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja had declared on November 7 that Alhassan was the duly elected governor, saying Ishaku did not emerge candidate of the PDP in a proper primary election.

But at the appeal hearing, Mr Aboki admitted the testimony of the INEC officer, who testified that the PDP primaries violated sections 85 and 87 of the electoral law, he maintained the APC had no locus standi on the matter.

INEC Schedules Bayelsa’s Southern Ijaw Election For January 9

taraba electio has been termed as the voice of the peopleThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on January 9 to conclude the election it declared inconclusive.

The electoral body scheduled the conduct of the election after a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties who fielded candidates in the Saturday, December 5, Bayelsa State governorship election and the candidates who contested the election at the INEC headquarters on Thursday.

A statement by the INEC said elections would also hold at other Polling Units where elections were cancelled.

At the meeting, participants re-affirmed the commitment to the Peace Accord signed by all contestants and political parties at the Peace Summit held in Yenagoa on Tuesday, November 11, for the conduct of free, fair and credible election in Bayelsa state.

They also agreed to decentralise the distribution of sensitive election materials and called for the neutrality of the security agencies.

It was also emphasised that the lead agency in the election should be the Nigerian Police while the INEC was told to ensure the functionality of the Smart Card Reader to eschew glitches in the election.

The INEC on Monday, December 7, cancelled the election in Southern Ijaw following widespread violence, ballot box snatching and abduction of electoral officials.

Appeal Court Nullifies Uche Ekwunife’s Election As Senator

Uche_EkwunifeThe Court of Appeal in Enugu has nullified the election of Uche Ekwunife, as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District.

The court has consequently ordered a fresh election within 90 days.

Anambra Central Senatorial district is regarded as one of the most keenly contested in the country having a former Governor Chris Ngige, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh and of course Mrs Ekwunife.

The appeal was filed by Mr Umeh of APGA.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Datijo Yahaya said that the election of Mrs Ekwunife on March 28, 2015, did not meet the prescription of the Electoral Act.

Reacting to the judgment, Mrs Ekwunife said  she had accepted the court’s decision and was ready for the fresh election.

Mrs Ekwunife before the nullification of her election was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Oil and Gas Downstream.

Police Ban Protests, Rallies In Bayelsa State

Nigeria_Police_Armoured_Personnel_CarrierPolice have placed a ban on all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in Bayelsa State, as the result of the governorship election concluded on Sunday is being awaited. 

The State Police Command said the decision was taken after information at its disposal revealed that some disgruntled persons in the state were planning to carry out illegal demonstrations, processions and rallies.

Existing Peaceful Atmosphere

In a statement by a spokesperson for the Police in Bayelsa State, Mr Hashimu Argungu, the Police said rallies, protests and demonstrations of any kind would jeopadize the ongoing electoral process.

The command warned the intending perpetrators to desist from such acts, saying it will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who may engage in any conduct that will compromise the existing peaceful atmosphere.

It further advised the public to go about their normal businesses, as security agencies were poised to guarantee the safety of lives and property.

Collation of results is still ongoing in the Saturday election that was extended by the electoral body to Sunday to enable it hold elections in Ijaw South.


INEC Declares Ikpeazu Winner Of Abia Governorship Election

Okezie Ikpeazu wins Abia governorship elctionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Okezie Ikpeazu, the winner of the Abia State governorship election.

Mr Ikpeazu polled 264,713 to defeat the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, who polled 180,882 votes.

The result was declared in the early hours of Sunday after the supplementary election of Saturday.

Election was held in all the areas earlier listed by INEC for the re-run election except in Umunneochi Local Government Area.

INEC had erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.

Abia State is one of the state where supplementary governorship election was held on Saturday after election of April 11 was declared inconclusive by INEC.

Other States are Imo and Taraba State.

The incumbent Governor of Imo State has been declared the winner of the elections while the result of Taraba state election is being awaited.

Supplementary House of Assembly election was also held in some other states in areas where elections had been declared inconclusive. The elections were adjudged peaceful.

Okorocha Wins Imo State Governorship Election

Governor Rochas OkorochaThe incumbent Governor of Imo State and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has been declared the winner of the Imo State Governorship election, securing a second term in office.

Governor Okorocha was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the supplementary election of Saturday.

The re-run was between Governor Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Governor Okorocha polled 416,996 votes while Mr Ihedioha got 320,705 votes.

After the election was declared inconclusive on April 12 by INEC, the incumbent Governor expressed optimism that he would come out victorious in the election.

Gunshots At Takum Collation Centre In Taraba State Cause Scare

Gubernatorial and state assembly elections in Taraba State NigeriaThere are reports of sporadic shooting at a collation centre in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, one of the states where supplementary elections were held on Saturday.

The gunshots had caused scare in the north-east state, a region that had witnessed years of terrorists’ attacks.

No number of casualties have been reported.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Yemi Kosoko, said the gunshots were heard after elections have been held.

“News just filtered in that there is a problem in collation centre in Takum where the results of elections held in the local council were being collated. There was sporadic shooting at the collation centre.

“Apart from that, there are no other incidents reported so far,” he said.

The supplementary election held in three registration areas in the local council, where the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive.

He said there were expectations that the results would be trickling in.

The April 11 elections in some areas were declared inconclusive due to pockets of violence.

INEC Officials Arrested In Imo For Thumb-printing Ballot Papers

Thumb-printing of ballot papersOfficials of the Independent National Electoral Commission have been arrested in Imo State for thumb-printing ballot papers in the governorship re-run election.

The persons were arrested at Omuma Primary School in Oru East Local Government.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo, Dr. Gabriel Ada, confirmed the arrest.

He said the officials were already in Police custody.

The re-run election was between Governor Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP.

Before INEC’s decision on April 12, the incumbent governor and the APC candidate was leading.

The elections have been adjudged peaceful by observers and security personnel deployed to ensure security of lives and property.