Bayelsa Election: We Hope That Violence Will Not Continue – US Consul General

The United States Government says they hope that the gubernatorial election set to hold in Bayelsa State on Saturday will be free of violence.

Ms Claire Pierangelo, United States Consul General to Nigeria in an interview with Channels Television on Thursday said although security operatives are already deployed to Bayelsa State, the question remains whether peace will be maintained.

“I think the real challenge is, are they going to be able to maintain a peaceful atmosphere? It’s not just the security operatives that are responsible for maintaining peaceful atmosphere in Bayelsa.

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“We also talked to the political parties and political candidates. We stressed that it is important for them as leaders to send a message to their followers and that they are responsible to keeping peace in Bayelsa as well,” she said.

Pierangelo added that all political actors are responsible to providing a secured environment in the state.

“There has been some violence, we hope that is not going to continue. We call on all actors to participate. It is important for the average Nigerian citizen to go out and vote and contribute to a peaceful environment.”

She however stressed that in a successful democracy, elections are free and fair, transparent and peaceful and this is the expectation of the US government in Bayelsa and Kogi State as well.

According to her, for there to be participation by vast majority of the citizens, the environment must be safe for people to come out and vote.

Cross River Elections: INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Winners

inec-presents-cerifictate of return to nass winnersThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has  presented Certificates of Return to winners of the gubernatorial and National Assembly elections in Cross River State .

Addressing the winners shortly before the presentation at the INEC headquarters in Calabar, the State capital, on Tuesday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Sylvester Ezeani, urged the recipients to fulfill their campaign promises.

According to Mr Ezeani, the presentation of their certificates to the winners, which was carried out by the National Resident Electoral Commissioner, Thelma Iremirem, confirmed the Senators-elect winners of the election and marked the end of the electoral process.

Mr Ezeani reiterated the commitment of INEC to continually improve on the integrity of future elections.

Responding on behalf of the recipients, the Governor-elect, Senator Benedict Ayade promised to work with other political parties in Cross River State in order to foster development across the state.

However, two senators-elect were absent at the ceremony. They are expected to visit INEC’s headquarters in Abuja to obtain their certificates of return, as such documents are usually not given by proxy.

Senator Ayade, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared winner of the governorship election in Cross River State with 342,016 votes.

His two opponents, Mr Odey Ochicha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had 53,983 votes, while Mr Fidelis Ugbo of the Labour Party scored a total of 36,918 votes.

The total votes cast, as announced by the Cross River State Returning Officer, Professor Comfort Ekpo, were 443,529.

Amosun Preaches Harmony At Easter

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, joined millions of Christians around the world to observe the Easter season, stressing the need for harmony among Nigerians.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Governor Amosun stressed the need for harmony in the quest for a new Nigeria, irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliations.

He said that “the period is symbolic for us as a nation, having recently elected a new President”.

“As we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, I see a new Nigeria under the leadership of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and I urge all well meaning Nigerians to join hands with him to bring about accelerated socio-economic progress,” he said.

The governor urged all Christians and Nigerians to ponder over the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and take a cue from His selflessness, by eschewing all forms of political, social and religious vices.

Governor Amosun prayed for God’s guidance and blessings for the leadership of Buhari and continuity in Ogun State, as Nigerians go to the polls to choose their representatives in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections.

Amosun also wished everyone a blessed celebration.

APC Receives Decampees From APGA

The All Progressives Congress in Anambra State is getting enlarged as supporters of opposition parties are beginning to identify with it.

In Egwuisigo and Njikoka Local Government Area, the party received over 500 decampees from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the United Progressives Party, including the former chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. George Ozodinobi.

The APC governorship candidate, Senator Chris Ngige described the action as a positive development and an enhancement to aspiration of the party to win the governorship election.

Supporters of the All Progressives Congress and residents of the different communities in Njikoka Local Government Area received the Ngige campaign train at Abagana, one of the major towns in the area.

“The big surprise of the day is the official presentation of the former chairman of the board of trustees of the United Progressives Party, George Ozodinobi, who recently led hundreds of his followers to join forces with the APC. Ozodinobi is an indigene of Njikoka.

The Ngige campaign organisation also received 11 sienna buses from Mr. Ozodinobi to boost its campaign activities.

The campaign team got a rousing reception at Oraifite, Ekwuisigo, where Senator Chris Ngige handed over the party’s symbol to members who left the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the APC.

One of the biggest decampees from the community is honourable Azuka Okwosa, former senatorial candidate from APGA and a close ally to the founder of APGA, late Chukwuemeka Ojokwu.

Senator Ngige met with traditional rulers from Anambra North Senatorial District to formally inform them of his ambition, and to be briefed on the areas of their needs.

The team also visited Achalla, Idemili North Local Government Area, where it wound up its activities for the day. Although they arrived late, residents surged out in large numbers to welcome them.

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.