The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that over 66,000 police personnel will be deployed for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
Mr Adamu played host to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organised by the commission in Abuja.
He revealed that about 31,041 personnel will be deployed to cover the election in Bayelsa state, while 35,200 personnel will man the entire terrain in Kogi as well.
The police boss stated that the deployment of personnel will not allow free activities of touts to perpetrate their heinous acts during the election period.
“In Bayelsa State, we are deploying about 31,041 personnel to cover the election.
“In Kogi State, we are deploying about 35,200 personnel to cover the election.
“These Personnel are to cover every terrain in the two states; no touts will be allowed to be brought from any adjoining states to disrupt elections.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released timelines for the Kogi and Bayelsa Governorship elections scheduled to hold on November 16, 2019.
The Commission also released timelines for party primary elections in both states.
The primaries for both states is to start on August 18, 2019, to September 5, 2019.
The electoral body urged that the conduct of primaries and nomination of candidates should be transparent and democratic in accordance with the provision of the Electoral Act, as well as INEC’s regulations and guidelines.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, during the presentation of certificates of return to election winners from Zamfara state, challenged political parties to conduct credible primaries for the nomination of candidates in a bid to strengthen the electoral jurisprudence in the country.
He added that a total of 64 certificates of return had been withdrawn and issued to persons declared winners by courts of law
The INEC boss also informed that peace efforts in both states have started in a bid to have violent-free elections.
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has restated the call for a swift prosecution of electoral offenders in the country.
Professor Yakubu who spoke during the review of the 2019 General Elections with the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), said that attention must be paid to the forthcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi state scheduled to hold on Saturday 16 November 2019.
“The truth is that democracy and credible elections will be deepened where electoral offenders are swiftly prosecuted. For instance, in the recent general elections in South Africa held in May 2019, some electoral offenders were arrested and swiftly charged to court even before the election was concluded.
“As we review the 2019 General election, we must also pay attention to the forthcoming elections, the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections are scheduled to hold on Saturday 16 November 2019.”
He added that the history of reported political violence in the states brings into consideration, safety of INEC personnel and sanctity of the electoral process.
“Given the history of political violence, resulting in the governorship election declared inconclusive in the two states in 2015, the commission is concerned about the safety of our personnel, properties and the sanctity of the electoral process.
“The politicians in Bayelsa and Kogi must shed off the toga of political violence associated with the conduct of elections in the two states.
The INEC Chairman assured that the electoral body will protect the integrity of electoral process in the forthcoming elections.
“I am glad to note the peace efforts in Bayelsa State through a broad-based Stakeholders Summit on Violence-free elections. I am also glad that some concerned leaders in Kogi State are considering a similar initiative.
“I want to assure all well-meaning leaders of Bayelsa and Kogi States that the Commission will work with them to ensure peaceful and credible polls.
“I also wish to assure all voters in the two States that INEC will protect the integrity of the electoral process and ensure that the will of the people prevails. We will also work with the security agencies to ensure professionalism and neutrality in strict compliance with their rules of engagement”, he pledged.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winners of the governorship elections in Zamfara State.
Chairman of the Commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, made the declaration on Saturday following the Supreme Court’s judgment which nullified the victory of all candidates of the All Progressives Congress on Friday.
Read his full statement below.
TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON. CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CANDIDATES OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) IN THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN ZAMFARA STATE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON SATURDAY 25TH MAY 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen
1. First, let me welcome all of you to this Press Conference. The reason for addressing you today is to provide an update on the recent decision of the Supreme Court regarding the candidates fielded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State for the 2019 general elections.
2. It is important to provide a background to the legal process that culminated in the Supreme Court decision on 24th May 2019. You may all recall that the Commission issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections on 9th January 2018, over one year in advance. Among other activities, the conduct of party primaries was scheduled to take place between 18th August and 7th October 2018. Unfortunately, the APC did not conduct its primaries in Zamfara State within this stipulated time and the Commission duly informed the party that it would not be in a position to present candidates for elections in the State. Subsequently, various interested parties, including the APC itself, approached the court over the decision of the Commission. Just before the election, the subsisting court judgment at the time ordered the Commission to include the APC on the ballot for the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections, which the Commission complied with.
3. However, since the elections were completed, a Court of Appeal judgment and now a Supreme Court judgment have determined that the APC did not conduct valid primaries for the elections in question. In its judgment delivered on 24th May 2019, the Supreme Court, having determined that the APC did not conduct valid primaries, said that the votes cast for the party in all the elections in question were “wasted” and ordered the Commission to recognize the runners-up as the winners. This judgment affects the positions of Governor and Deputy-Governor, three Senatorial, seven Federal and twenty-four State Assembly Constituencies.
4. Following the judgment of the Supreme Court, the Commission has met in two emergency sessions and taken briefings from our lawyers and staff on the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment. While the legislative elections (Senatorial, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly elections) are straight forward to deal with because they entail first-past-the-post or simple majority of votes, the Governorship election is determined not just by majority votes but also spread in accordance with Section 179 (2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). This means that we had to first discount the votes cast for the APC at the elections and then carefully rework the spread by Local Government Areas based on the new valid votes.
5. In compliance with the Supreme Court judgment, the Commission has now determined the winners of the elections in Zamfara State as follows:
Governorship S/N POSITION NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE GENDER PARTY 1. GOVERNOR BELLO MOHAMMED MATAWALLE, MALE, PDP 2. DEPUTY GOVERNOR MAHDI ALIYU GUSAU,MALE, PDP.
Senatorial S/N NAME OF SENATORIAL DISTRICT NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE GENDER PARTY 1 ZAMFARA NORTH ALHAJI YA’U SAHABI MALE PDP 2 ZAMFARA CENTRAL MOHAMMED HASSAN MALE PDP 3 ZAMFARA WEST LAWALI HASSAN ANKA MALE PDP
House of Representatives S/N NAME OF FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE GENDER PARTY 1 KAURAN NAMODA/BIRNIN MAGAJI UMAR SANI DAN-GALADIMA MALE PDP 2 SHINKAFI/ZURMI BELLO HASSAN SHINKAFI MALE PDP 3 GUSAU/TSAFE KABIRU AMADU MALE PDP 4 BUNGUDU/MARU SHEHU AHMED MALE PDP 5 ANKA/TALATA MAFARA KABIRU YAHAYA MALE PDP 6 BAKURA/MARADUN AHMED MUHAMMAD BAKURA MALE PDP 7 GUMMI/BUKKUYUM SULAIMAN ABUBAKAR GUMI MALE PDP
State House of Assembly S/N NAME OF STATE CONSTITUENCY NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE GENDER PARTY 1 KAURA NAMODA NORTH ZAHARADEEN M. SADA MALE PDP 2 KAURA NAMODA SOUTH ANAS SARKIN FADA MALE PDP 3 BIRNIN MAGAJI NURA DAHIRU MALE PDP 4 ZURMI EAST SALIHU USMAN ZURMI MALE PDP 5 ZURMI WEST NASIRU MU’AZU MALE PDP 6 SHINKAFI MUHAMMAD G. AHMAD MALE PDP 7 TSAFE EAST MUSA BAWA MUSA MALE PDP 8 TSAFE WEST ALIYU NA-MAIGORA MALE PDP 9 GUSAU EAST IBRAHIM NAIDA MALE PDP 10 GUSAU WEST SHAFI’U DAMA MALE PDP 11 BUNGUDU EAST KABIRU MAGAJI MALE PDP 12 BUNGUDU WEST NASIRU BELLO LAWAL MALE PDP 13 MARU NORTH YUSUF ALHASSAN MUHAMMAD MALE PDP 14 MARU SOUTH KABIRU HASHIMU MALE NRM 15 ANKA YUSUF MUHAMMAD MALE PDP 16 TALATA MAFARA NORTH SHAMSUDEEN HASSAN MALE PDP 17 TALATA MAFARA SOUTH AMINU YUSUF JANGEBE MALE PDP 18 BAKURA TUKUR JEKADA BIRNIN TUDU MALE PDP 19 MARADUN I FARUK MUSA DOSARA MALE PDP 20 MARADUN II NASIRU ATIKU MALE PDP 21 GUMMI I ABDULNASIR IBRAHIM MALE PDP 22 GUMMI II MANSUR MOHAMMED MALE PDP 23 BUKKUYUM NORTH IBRAHIM MOHAMMED NA’IDDA MALE PDP 24 BUKKUYUM SOUTH SANI DAHIRU MALE PDP
6. The Commission will issue Certificates of Return to the new winners as follows:
i. Governor and Deputy Governor-elect, Senators-elect and Members of the House of Representatives-elect will receive their certificates on Monday 27th May 2019 at the Commission’s Electoral Institute at 2.00pm.
ii. Members of the State House of Assembly-elect will receive their certificates from the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Zamfara State at the INEC State Office in Gusau on Friday 31st May 2019 at 10.00am.
7. I wish to seize this opportunity to draw the attention of all stakeholders, but particularly the political parties, to the implications of the Supreme Court judgment on the Zamfara matter. It is clear that properly conducted party primaries are cardinal to the proper internal functioning of political parties, the electoral process and our democratic system at large. Therefore, political parties must take very seriously the conduct of primaries according to all extant rules, including the monitoring of the processes by INEC to avoid a repeat of the Zamfara experience. I want therefore to remind us that the Commission has since 9th April 2019 issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 Bayelsa and Kogi Governorship elections by which party primaries are scheduled to hold between the 2ndand 29th August 2019. I appeal to political parties intending to field candidates in the elections to adhere strictly to this and other timelines in the Timetable and Schedule of activities.
8. I thank you very much and I will now take some questions.
Taraba State Governor-elect, Darius Ishaku has asked other governorship candidates to collaborate with his administration in fortifying the developmental plans of his administration.
The governor said this while addressing the press after he was declared winner of the governorship election in the state.
“I hereby extend the olive branch and a hand of friendship to other contestants and urge them to bury the hatchets and join me in the journey as we begin the second phase of our contracts with the good people of Taraba State,” he said.
He appreciated Taraba people for giving him another mandate against all odds, and commended security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the election.
Mr. Ishaku, who is the incumbent governor of the state, warned his supporters not to engage in provocative actions as they celebrate his victory in the poll.
He also condemned what he described as unprovoked attacks on Taraba residents as well as the arrest of others in the course of the election.
“I will not fail to observe that it has not been so good during the campaigns where hooliganism was displayed by so many people. I would wish that politics should be practised without bitterness and I have shown the example that politics can be practised without bitterness.”
“I, therefore, condemn in strong terms, the unprovoked arrest and attack on law-abiding citizens as well as the destruction of property in some instances and regrettably, even death. Elections are not a do or die affairs,” he maintained.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the ‘improved logistics’ during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
“Logistics have improved, materials are on time, there are no major issues with card readers all across the state. Secondly, the security arrangements have also improved”, he told journalists on Saturday after he cast his vote.
“In this polling unit alone, I can see 5-6 uniformed personnel, police, immigration, customs and the prison service.
“This is very helpful in making people feel safe and secure to come and vote”.
The governor, however, noted that there was low voter turnout initially but later, more residents trooped out to vote.
He said, “Initially the voter turnout was discouraging when I came in, but by the time I joined, the queue, it had lengthened, and more people are trooping out to vote.
“This is also very encouraging. I am confident that we will match or even surpass the voter turnout of two weeks ago.
“So, by the grace of God, elections have been peaceful, arrangements have been much improved and security, much enhanced so I am confident that it will work out well, not only in this polling unit but all across the state by the grace of God”.
A total number of 21 political parties under the aegis of the United Political Parties in Niger State have endorsed Governor Abubakar Bello for a second term.
They declared their support at an event put together by the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s secretariat in the state on Wednesday.
Presenting the endorsement letter jointly signed by the political parties, the leader of the group and state chairman of the Democractic Peoples Party (DPP), Mohammed Babakashi, said the move was based on the governor’s performance since assumption of office in 2015 and is for the progress of the state.
The decision, however, appears not to go down well with the governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Yahaya Daudu, whose running mate was among those who endorsed governor Abubakar Bello.
Contrary to the claims of the running mate, Daudu believes the party’s hierarchy was not duly consulted.
Speaking to Channels Television at his office in Minna, he stated that the party is not aware of his decision and therefore, accused him of engaging in anti-party activities.