Anambra PDP Group Stages Protest At INEC Headquarters

ANambra PDPA group which identifies itself as the committee of Anambra State PDP House of Representatives members-elect is demanding the issuance of certificates of return to enable them assume duties at the National Assembly.

The leader of the group, Mr Anthony Offiah, led a protest to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

He asked INEC to act on the Supreme Court judgement on the leadership crisis rocking the Anambra State chapter of the party.

The Assistant Director in charge of Security at the INEC headquarters, Mr Musa Sekpe, promised the protesters that the commission would address the issues raised in their petition.

Kaduna PDP, APC Trade Words Over Government’s Performance

KadunaThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State are in a war of words over the performance of the present APC-led administration in the state.

The acting State Secretary of the APC, Yahaya Baba, on Wednesday, said that the current government was on the right track in developing the state while his PDP counterpart, Kabiru Balla, maintained that the administration was a failure, claiming that residents in the state were already disappointed with its policies and performance.

The PDP is also upbeat of emerging victorious at the forthcoming fresh election of Lere West State Constituency due to what it described as the dwindling popularity of the APC.

The Lere West Constituency election was won by the APC candidate, Kabir Mohammed in the 2015 election, but his election was nullified by the Tribunal on the ground that he was not qualified to stand for the election.

The Tribunal, however, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.

Although, about five political parties would take part in the election on Saturday, February 20, political analysts said that the contest would be a direct fight between PDP and APC.

Addressing representatives of political parties and other relevant stakeholders during a meeting at the state INEC headquarters, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Abdullahi Kaugama said that the Commission had trained the staff and ad-hoc staff that would conduct the election on the use of card readers.

He assured the parties and their candidates of a level playing ground.

Mr Kaugama, however, appealed to the political parties to conduct themselves in an orderly manner during and after the election.

While commending INEC for conveying the meeting, urged the Commission to conduct a free and fair election.

As the blame game continued among the rival political parties, the INEC said that its priority was to ensure a smooth of free and fair election on Saturday.

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.

Policemen Attack Channels TV, Guardian Newspaper Crew

policemenPolicemen have attacked a joint crew of the media on their way to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters along Muritala Mohammed Highway, in Calabar.

The joint crew, which comprises a team of Channels Television and Guardian Newspaper was attacked around the Calabar roundabout, by RCC Junction on Sunday evening.

They were said to be on their way to the INEC headquarters in the Cross River State capital, to get an updated information on collation of the election results.

It was also recorded that the men dispensed tear gas into the eyes of a Channels Television stringer on election, Saviour Asuquo, also destroying the camera, as well as other valuable items.

A Guardian reporter, Miss Tina Todo, and the taxi driver were also reportedly manhandled by one of the officers.

Report says that the journalists sought permission from the Policemen on duty before filming the town.

Collation Of Results Continues Across Nigeria

ibadanThe collation of election results are ongoing across Nigeria, a day after the presidential and National Assembly elections held across the oil rich nation.

In Oyo State collation continued through the night till Sunday morning  in 11 Local Government Areas.

The collations are still on in Oyo, Ogbomosho, Iseyin, other parts of Oke Ogun and Abarapa areas of the State.

There was massive turn out of voters who got accredited and voted peacefully in Ibadan north, Ibadan north-east, Ibadan north-west,  Lagelu , Akinyele , Ona Ara south-west, Egbede, Ogbomosho south and Ogbomosho north.

However, issues of card reader failure were recorded in about five units in ward 9 in Ibadan South-west Local Government Area and Ogbomosho North where the House Leader, Mulikat Akande Adeola, had to wash her hands with soap more than five times, trying to ensure the card reader read his finger print.

Meanwhile, there had not been any reported case of violence or electoral malpractice yet, except for a man caught by the Oyo State police command with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Permanent Voter Card register on the eve of elections.

Reporters are waiting at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in the State to see which results are being brought in.

But no collation centre has submitted results yet.

Kaduna Collation

In Kaduna State, collation of results has commenced across the 255 wards and 23 Local Government Areas.

Channels Television’s correspondent monitoring the exercise reports that the process is peaceful and orderly, with party supporters keeping an eagle eye on the electoral officials counting the results.

This is to ensure that there is no manipulation of votes along the way until the final results are announced by the commission.

Party agents, security officials and electoral officials slept at the various collation centres, while awaiting the arrival of polling agents.

At Rigachikun Ward in Igabi Local Government Area and Ungwar Seriki ward in Kaduna North Local Government Area, there was heavy security presence to ensure a hitch free exercise.

Electoral officials and some party agents described the election as peaceful and transparent, as party supporters expressed hope of victory at the end of the entire exercise.

At the end of collation of results at the Local Government level, all election results would be moved to the State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office for final collation and delivery to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Ondo Collation

In Ondo State, election results collation started at about 9:45am local time at the St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure, the collation centre for Ondo Central Senatorial District.

The Six Local Government Areas in the district are; Akure South, Akure North, Ondo West, Ondo East, Idanre and Ifedore.

Amongst these Local Government Areas, only those from Akure South and Ifedore had arrived at the collation centre. The officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are collating the results. The electoral body said it was  expecting results from the remaining Four Local Government Areas.

The atmosphere is calm and there is huge presence of armed military men and policemen.


Fire Guts INEC’s Alternative Dispute Office

There was a minor fire incident at about mid-day on Monday at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

According to a statement released by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the chairman of the INEC, Attahiru Jega, the fire occurred in the office of former Director in charge of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), located in the ICT Building, and was restricted to that office when it was put out.

Men of the Fire Service attached to the Commission swiftly responded to put the fire out. According to the statement, there was no damage whatsoever to any vital facility of the Commission.

Mr Idowu said a formal investigation of the cause of the fire has commenced. Initial assessment, however, suggests that it might have resulted from an electrical fault.


Micro-chipped voter’s card will be ready before 2013 – Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega on Wednesday said that despite existing challenges, the commission will deliver on its promise of providing permanent voters’ cards with micro-chips for all registered voters by the end of 2013, in readiness for the general elections of 2015.

Mr Jega, who disclosed this at the INEC headquarters in Abuja while receiving the participants of the National Security Course at the Defence Intelligence School, said the major preoccupation of the commission is to continually raise its standards until it enjoys the total confidence of Nigerians on electoral processes.

“The minor challenges which are still associated with the register, we’ve been using every opportunity to improve the register,” the INEC Chairman said.

“Our hope is that by 2015, we will not only have a very credible register for the elections, which have been updated through the continuous voters’ registration process, we would also have been able to provide all Nigerians who have registered with a permanent voter’s card,” he added.

He said that the permanent voter’s card will have an electronic chip “which will enable us use card readers at polling units to ensure 100 percent authentication. This means only the legitimate owners of those cards are allowed to vote.”

Participants of the course led by the Wing Commander Idris Hassan are being trained on strategies to combat terrorism based on the Middle East experience and the African situation.

Wing.Cdr. Hassan, said the visit was to “avail the 30 participants with the understanding, working and the concepts of national security from the INEC perspectives.”

He said the school was responsible for the provision of strategic intelligence and specific training to members of the armed forces and other relevant agencies in the country.

This effort, he added, was being done in collaboration with France, Germany, America and Israel.