Federal Constituency Poll In Imo Declared Inconclusive Over Violence

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A file photo of voters casting their ballots during an election in 2019.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has yet to declare a winner in the Orlu/Orsu/Oru East Federal constituency supplementary election in Imo State.

Rather, the returning officer in the election, Professor Greg Obiamalu, declared the poll conducted on Saturday as inconclusive.

Professor Obiamalu made the announcement on Sunday while briefing reporters at the result collation centre.

He said the decision was taken as a result of violence recorded at the collation centre and narrated how the incident happened.

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According to the returning officer, some gunmen gained access into the collation centre and carted away with all the electoral materials, including all the ballot papers and result sheets.

Meanwhile, the candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) candidate in the Imo North Senatorial District, Ndubuisi Emenike, has been killed.

Emenike was said to have been shot dead by an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Imo, Orlando Ikeokwu, told reporters that the politician was killed during a celebration party held in honour of the winner of the Okigwe North Federal Constituency supplementary election, Miriam Onuoha.

Onuoha contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kidnapped INEC Official In Cross River Regains Freedom

 

 

An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who was kidnapped during Saturday’s re-run elections for Yakurr/Abi Federal and State Constituencies in Cross River state has regained his freedom.

This is according to a statement by the Cross River state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Alalibo Johnson.

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He said the supervisory presiding officer was freed from his abductors, but without election materials, which include sensitive and non-sensitive materials, as well as personal items.

According to the Electoral Commissioner, apart from a policeman that sustained injuries, no life was lost.

Headcount at the INEC office, also revealed that all staff deployed to the riverine communities returned safely.

INEC Official Kidnapped In Cross River Regains Freedom

 

An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who was kidnapped during Saturday’s re-run for Yakurr/Abi Federal and State constituencies in Cross River State, has regained his freedom.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Cross-River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Alalibo Johnson.

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According to him, however, the supervisory presiding officer was released without some of the sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, as well as his personal items.

Meanwhile, Johnson also added that apart from a policeman that sustained injuries, no life was lost.

INEC Announces Results Of Re-run In Bauchi, Kaduna, Three Other States

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced results from the re-run and supplementary elections conducted in some parts of the country on Saturday.

In Bauchi State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) candidate, Auwal Jatau has been declared as the winner of Zaki federal constituency election, after polling a total of 15,405 votes against his rival, Umar Tata of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 15,307 votes.

Jatau scored 782 votes while Tata polled 401 votes and the figures were added to the previous results from the general election.

The court had earlier sacked Tata and ordered a supplementary election in four units of Zaki federal constituency.

Meanwhile, in Kaduna State, INEC has declared Nuhu Shadalafiya of the APC as the winner of the re-run in Kagarko Constituency, with a total of 24,658 votes, after defeating his closest rival, Monrondia Tanko of the PDP who scored 20,206 votes.

INEC also declared Mrs Comfort Amwe of the PDP as the winner of the re-run in Sanga Local Government Area, having polled a total of 19,815 votes to defeat her closest rival, Haliru Gambo Dangana of the APC who scored 19,688 votes.

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In Imo State, Mrs Miriam Onuoha of the APC emerged winner of the Okigwe North federal constituency re-run.

She polled a total of 23, 690 votes to beat her closest rival, Obinna Onwubuariri of the PDP who polled 10, 010 votes.

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In Cross River State, INEC declared Mr Alex Egbona of the APC winner of the re-run in Abi/Yakurr federal constituency, with a total of 29,716 votes, defeating John Gaul of the PDP who got 26,039 votes.

And in Ogun State, Mr Kolapo Osunsanya of the APC emerged winner of the rerun House of Representatives election for the Ijebu-Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu north east federal constituency.

Osunsanya polled 25,959 votes to defeat the candidate of the PDP, Taiwo Shote who polled 21,911 votes.

INEC Cancels Rerun In Cross River Ward Over Abduction, Missing Ballot Papers

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has canceled the rerun election in eight polling units of Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward in Cross River State.

In a statement on Saturday, the electoral body explained that it took the decision as a result of the violence recorded in the ward.

“INEC does not reward impunity/violence,” the statement said, noting that one of its officials was abducted by armed men.

It added, “Election was not conducted in eight polling units of the riverine area, Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward due to kidnap of the Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) and hijack of election materials by gunmen.

“The rerun elections into Yakurr/Abi Federal and Abi State Constituencies held across 25 out of the 33 units of the court-ordered rerun elections in Cross River State.”

INEC, however, said the kidnapped victim later regained freedom from his abductors while the gunmen refused to release the sensitive and non-sensitive materials in their possession.

Items stolen by the attackers, according to the electoral umpire, are nine smart card readers, 5,616 ballot papers, and several result sheets among others.

It said some National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on election duty were also robbed of their mobile phones and cash.

INEC confirmed that no life was lost during the incident, but a policeman was injured.

“With headcount in the office, all staff deployed to the riverine communities of Afafanyi/Igonigoni have returned safely,” the statement said.

In other parts of the state where the election held, the electoral body revealed that close monitoring and supervision by a team of officials witnessed a large turnout of voters in the various polling units.

The team, however, identified some challenges such as poor network to facilitate the smooth running of the smart card reader and the refusal of voters to adhere to queuing instructions.

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Rerun: PDP Candidate Defeats Ousted APC Rep Member In Bauchi

A file photo of a voter casting her ballot in Bauchi State on January 25, 2020.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Auwal Jatau of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of Zaki Federal Constituency Election.

INEC’s Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Ahmed Kutama, announced this on Saturday at the collation centre in Bauchi State.

Professor Kutama declared Jatau as the winner of the election after polling a total of 15,405 votes to defeat his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, Umar Tata, who scored 15,307 votes.

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The PDP candidate won the Zaki Federal Constituency seat in the lower chamber of the National Assembly after he polled 782 votes in the supplementary election conducted by INEC.

His APC opponent Tata, however, garnered 401 votes.

The figures were added to the previous results from the February 23, 2019 elections while the candidate with the highest number of votes was declared as the winner.

The electoral body conducted the exercise following an order of the court which sacked Tata and directed that a supplementary election be held in four units of Zaki Federal Constituency.

PHOTOS: INEC Closes Situation Room After Monitoring Rerun Elections

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, with some national commissioners at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on January 26, 2020. Photos: Twitter- @inecnigeria

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has formally closed its Situation Room after monitoring the rerun elections conducted in parts of the country.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the declaration at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Professor Yakubu declared the situation room close in the presence of some INEC national commissioners, electoral officials, and security officials present at the headquarters of the electoral body.

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This followed the conclusion of the rerun elections held in 28 constituencies across 11 states of the Federation.

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Lawmaker Seeks Support For INEC To Improve Capacity

A file photo of sensitive materials displayed inside an INEC office. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

 

A federal lawmaker from Sokoto State representing Tureta/Dange/Shuni/Bondiga Federal Constituency, Balarabe Kakale, has called for improved support for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Speaking to reporters on Saturday during the rerun elections in the state, Kakale believes more effort is needed to help INEC improve its capacity to conduct elections in the country.

According to him, the Electoral Act needs to be reviewed to expand and extend the capacity of the electoral body in terms of logistic, manpower, funding and other necessity that will help in discharging its duties.

Meanwhile, there is a large turnout of voters in the House of Representatives and State House of Assembly rerun and supplementary elections in the state.

Scores of voters trooped to the various polling units within Sokoto metropolis to participate in the poll for Sokoto North/Sokoto South Federal Constituency.

Some electorate also took part in the exercise at Isa Local Government Area where a supplementary election was conducted to decide the winner of Isa/Sabon Birnin Federal Constituency seat.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of North-West, Amina Zakari, told reporters that she was satisfied with the conduct of the election so far.

All measures to ensure the success of the exercise, according to her, has been put in place and INEC has provided alternatives for any eventuality.

On his part, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Sokoto North/South Federal Constituency, Abubakar Abdullahi, also said he was fine with the process.

INEC Conducts Rerun Elections In Ogun, Abia, Nine Other States

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is conducting rerun elections in 11 states across the country.

The states affected include Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Ogun, and Sokoto.

Elections will also be conducted in 33 Local Government Areas in the affected states.

A total of one senatorial district, 12 Federal constituencies and 15 State constituencies will be filled after the election process is concluded.

Imo State:

Voting is ongoing at ward 1, Community Secondary School in Amaraku Isiala Mbano LGA, one of the polling units for the Okigwe North Federal House of Representatives rerun election.

Elections are holding in two Federal and one State Constituencies.

Ogun State:

Voting has started in the 13 polling units which cut across three Local Government Areas of the state; Ijebu-ode, Odogbolu and Ijebu Northeast.

At 7:30am electoral officers arrived Ijebu-Ode Polling Unit.

Polling Unit at U.N.A Primary School, Imepe, Ijebu-Ode opened at 7.53am.

As monitored in Ijebu-ode and Ilese areas of the state, there was an impressive and large turnout of voters with adequate security.

Akwa Ibom State:

Voting is ongoing at most polling units in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state.

Voters also trooped out to polling units in Methodist school, Ukana, Essien Udim local government area of the state to cast their ballot.

Niger State:

Voting began at 8am in Agwara, Niger State.

Polling units recorded a large turnout of voters.

Bauchi State:

Voting commenced at 8am in Udubo Primary School Polling Unit 1 and Udubo Yamma Polling unit in Gamawa Federal Constituency.

The rerun is holding in the entire constituency which has 256 polling units and over 130,000 registered voters.

Voters turned out to cast their ballot in a calm and orderly manner.

Channels Television observed that the major challenge witnessed so far is the failure of the card reader to authenticate fingerprints.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is not participating in the rerun as ordered by the court, but the major contenders are Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Abia State:

Rerun election is holding at Aba South state constituency and Arochukwu state constituency peacefully amidst heavy security presence.

In Aba South, voters in ward six trooped out to cast their vote.

Kaduna State:

Accreditation and voting are going on simultaneously at the various polling units in Kargako local government area of Kaduna state.

Voting is also going on at Kubacha Ungwar Jaba for the Kargako State Constituency election.

Kano State:

At about 8:30am, voters started casting their ballot at Minjibir State Constituency with security presence to monitor the entire process.

INEC Boss Criticises Deployment Of Security Officers During 2019 Elections

INEC To Conduct Supplementary Elections In Kano, Sokoto, Four Others March 23
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference in Abuja on March 7, 2019. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, has criticised the way security officers were deployed during the 2019 general elections.

Professor Yakubu who spoke during the expanded inter-agency consultative meeting with the committee on elections security in Abuja stressed that a lot of attention was given to numbers rather than setting priorities on strategic deployment.

The special committee formulated by the electoral body, on a regular basis, do an appraisal of the performances of security agencies who participate in the Nation’s Elections.

The meeting had representatives of the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air staff, as well as men and officers from the paramilitary including Customs, Immigration, Correctional Services as well as the EFCC.

The INEC Chairman in his opening remarks stated that the same approach was adopted during the Kogi and Bayelsa states election, urging the security bosses to rethink the strategies in ensuring a peaceful election period.

On his part the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu revealed that anyone who tries to compromise the electoral system during the January 25 re-run Elections in some states will be made a scapegoat.

Court Stops INEC From Conducting By-Election To Fill 14 Edo Assembly Seats

 

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja has stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting a fresh election to replace 14 Edo House of Assembly members-elect yet to be inaugurated to take their seats. 

The electoral body was restrained from conducting any election to fill the 14 seats declared vacant, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit against the leadership of the house.

The restraining order was a sequel to a motion ex-parte filed by the members-elect.

The state legislators-elect who instituted the legal action include; Victor Edoro, Washington Osifo, Vincent Uwadiae, Kingsley Ugabi, Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Sunday Aghedo and Chris Okaeben.

Others are Crosby Eribo, Aliyu Oshiomhole, Oshomah Ahmed, Ganiyu Audu, Ugiagbe Dumez, Uyi Ekhosuehi and Eric Okaka.

They had approached the court, seeking an order of interim injunction restraining INEC from conducting by-elections in respect of their seats in the Edo State House of Assembly purportedly declared vacant by the speaker on December 4, 2019, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

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The suit dated December 10, 2019, has as respondents Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Honourable Frank Okiye and INEC as first and second defendants respectively.

Delivering ruling in the ex-parte with suit: number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1582/19 and filed by Damian Dodo SAN, on behalf of the 14 lawmakers, Justice Mohammed ordered that parties in the suit should not take any further steps pending the determination of the motion before the court.

The judge had at the last hearing ordered the first and second defendants to appear before the court on December 19 to show cause why the interim injunction being sought by the plaintiffs vide their motion ex-parte should not be granted.

Justice Mohammed also ordered that the enrolled order to show cause on motion ex-parte for an interim injunction, motion on notice for interlocutory injunction and the originating processes should be served on the respondents.

The judge, who ordered that hearing notice be issued on the respondents, had then adjourned the matter till December 19 for Okiye and INEC to appear and show cause.

Although the court did sit at the adjourned date (December 19, 2019) parties in the suit were given January 7, 2020, for further proceeding.When the matter came up today, counsel to the applicants, Ikhide Ehighelua reminded the court about the motion ex-parte filed on December 10, 2019.

“My Lord, my learned friend from INEC is here today,” he said.

Responding, INEC’s lawyer, Femi Adeyemi, though acknowledged that the commission was served with all the processes, including the enrolled order, said it was not served with the motion ex-parte.

Adeyemi, who told the court that INEC’s position on the matter was to be neutral, said the electoral umpire did not oppose the application filed by the plaintiffs.

“My Lord, our position is that we want to retain our neutrality,” he told the judge.

He hinted that he had not filed an affidavit in support of the commission’s position.

Justice Mohammed, however, said based on provisions of Order 26 Rules 11, 12 and 13 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2019, where a defendant is asked to come and show cause, the defendant is expected to file an affidavit in evidence and not a piece of oral evidence.

“What you are telling me here is evidence. I understand you very well. You filed an affidavit that you want to be neutral.

“File an affidavit and explain there even if it is two paragraphs, but not to stand at the bar and explain,” the judge said.

The court held that INEC has decided not to oppose the applications filed by the lawmakers, the commission should restrain itself from taking further step since the matter was still pending in court.

Justice Mohammed, in addition, ordered INEC to file an affidavit in support of its position and to show cause why the interim injunction should not be granted before the next adjourned date.

The Judge ordered that the 1st defendant, Mr Okiye, who was not represented in court be issued with the hearing notice, adjourned the matter till January 28.

INEC Fixes Date To Conduct 28 Reruns, By-Elections

INEC To Hold Governorship Elections In Kogi, Bayelsa On Nov 2
A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at a media briefing in Abuja. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is ready to conduct 28 outstanding elections spread across 11 states of the Federation.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja.

He spoke shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari along with top officials of the electoral body at the Presidential Villa.

Also present were the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Professor Yakubu announced that INEC has set January 25 for the exercise, noting that 28 elections were part of the 30 annulled by the courts.

On his part, the IGP told reporters that the police were poised to stop ballot box-snatching and other electoral malpractices while ensuring a secure environment for the elections.

Earlier, President Buhari directed INEC) and the police to be fair to Nigerians during the elections, saying the commission must ensure that the game was played by the rules, without fear or favour.

“Those that you declare as winners must be the candidates that the people have chosen,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina.

He added, “Democracy is about free will, and the will of the people must be allowed to prevail. Get your acts right, and leave no room for underhand tricks or manipulation.”

The President said he was determined to give Nigeria an electoral system that meets with best practices anywhere in the world, and charged the electoral umpire to stick to the rules of fair play and adherence to justice.

On the other hand, he told the police that they must carefully secure the electoral process, without bias or favouritism.

President Buhari stated, “Our elections must be done in violence-free atmosphere. The process must be free, fair, decent, devoid of intimidation or malpractices.

“It is the duty of the police to accomplish that, and it is what I expect in the elections immediately ahead and going forward.”