PDP Screening Committee Clears 15 For Anambra Election

Nigeria’s ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have cleared fifteen candidates to participate in the party’s Anambra governorship primary on august 24.

Twenty six aspirants picked the expression of interest form and seventeen of them returned their nomination forms.

Receiving the report of the party’s screening committee, the acting national vice chairman of the party; Mr Chibudom Nwuche said that those who were not cleared can appeal.

CPC Endorses Aregbesola For Re-election In 2014

One of the opposition Parties in Osun state, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), has endorsed the incumbent Governor, Rauf Aregbesola for a re-run in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Speaking at the Osun CPC awareness Programme organised by the state chapter of the party in collaboration with De Raufs, a volunteer Group in Osogbo, the state capital, all the speakers agreed that the empowerment programmes of Governor Aregbesola has earned him the people’s mandate.

Moving the motion for the adoption of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in Office, Barrister Segun Olawale and other speakers maintained that the administration’s commitment to creating a conducive environment aimed at making the state an investment destination, the poverty alleviation measures, good road network, social security and the total turnaround of the state is an indication that he can still do better when re-elected for a second term.

Cross River Governorship Election Ends

The Cross River State gubernatorial election which is the last of the five rescheduled elections has ended, an election which was as a result of the recent Supreme Court decision which sacked the governors of Kogi, Adamawa, Bayelsa and Sokoto and Cross River states.

With Cross River being the last state, expectations are high, especially on the part of the people who are bent on witnessing effective governance in the state.

Polls opened in the south south Nigerian State as our correspondent Henry Ogunjimi covering the poll reports that accreditation started late in most of the polling centres he visited owing to the late distribution of electoral material to INEC officials.

The exercise did not start until midday.

12 candidates contested for the number one office including the Former Governor Liyel Imoke of the Popeles’ Democratic Party who is gunning for second term.

There were doubts about the elections taking place today owing to a suit seeking to postpone it till March 19, 2012,it was however dismissed by the Chairman of INEC that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had stopped the governorship election insisting that it is proceeding with the poll as scheduled.

There were reports that low turnouts of voters were witnessed in most polling centres and election did not take place in some parts of the state.

In a Channels Television phone interview with the Former Presidential Adviser on NASS Matters; Florence Ita-Giwa said that people at the Bakassi peninsula were disenfranchised which she felt was a deliberate act and expressed her unhappiness over the displacement of the Bakassi people who presently are roaming around 10 years after the government promised to get them resettled in a proper location.

 

No court order to stop Cross River governorship election – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday denied reports that a Court has issued a ruling that stopped the Cross River state governorship elections from holding this weekend.

In a press release signed by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, the Commission said “contrary to a widely circulated report that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the Cross River State Governorship Election scheduled for Saturday February 25, 2012, from going ahead, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hereby affirms that there is no such order.”

According to Mr Idowu, the Commission makes the clarification “against the background of the report that the Court restrained INEC from going ahead with the Governorship Election through an order issued in Abuja on Monday, February 20, 2012.

“For avoidance of doubt, INEC has not been served with the purported Court order. The Commission indeed took the pain to check with the Court today February 21, 2012, whether there was such an order. The Court categorically denied issuing the said order. Actually, neither has the Court summoned INEC for defence on any date, as was widely reported,” he said.

Some local newspaper had on Monday reported that A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had restrained INEC from conducting Saturday’s governorship election in Cross River State.

According to the news reports Justice Abdul Kafarati had issued the order following an exparte application filed and argued by Nmerengwa Alozie, counsel to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and its governorship candidate, Obol Patrick Okomiso.

INEC was purportedly ordered to appear in court on Thursday for its defence.

The plaintiffs according to the newspapers argued that conducting the election on Saturday instead of the April 14 earlier fixed is illegal and unconstitutional.

According to them, the new date is in conflict with the mandatory timetable set by the Electoral Act for submission of names and addresses of party candidates for the election.

They argued that INEC had no legal justification whatsoever to bring forward the date of the said election.