LIVE UPDATES: Local Government Elections Hold In Lagos, Ogun

Welcome to our live updates on today’s Local Government Elections In Lagos and  Ogun states.

Residents of Lagos State and neighbouring state, Ogun are expected today to cast their ballots in polling units across local councils in the state to elect their local government chairmen and councilors for a fresh four-year term

In Lagos State, the polls will open across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Development Areas of the state.

However in Ogun State, 12 political parties will do the battle for council chairmanship or councillorship in the 236 wards in the 20 local government areas of the state.

Ahead of the elections, restriction of movement was announced in both states and an additional 25,000 policemen have been deployed in Lagos State to beef up security.

Our reporters bring updates from three senatorial districts in Lagos State – Lagos Central, Lagos East, Lagos West, and Ogun State capital city – Abeokuta.

 

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03:36pm Voting continues in some parts of Ogun State

Polls are expected to have closed at 3:00pm in all polling units in Ogun State after the state Electoral commission extended voting by an hour. The Commission’s Chairman Babatunde Oshibodu said he received reports that election materials got some centres late and that necessitated an extension.

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03:34pm Ikosi Senior High School, Kosofe LGA

Voting ends in most parts of Lagos State. Sorting, counting, and results announcement at polling units begin.

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03:20pm: Ifako Ijaye

Ballot sorting and counting of votes commence at African Church polling units in Ifako Ijaiye.

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01:30pm – Adeniji Street, Ogba

Electorates at ward A 022, Adeniji Street, Ogba casting their votes

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01:15pm: Idimu, Lagos

Residents cast their vote in Idimu area of Lagos State. Some complained of Card readers’ malfunction.

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01:08pm

The Presiding officer at a polling unit on Lagos Island, Ifayemi Taiwo, lamented that voting and accreditation did not start on time at her unit and they had to resort to manual accreditation of registered voters.

 

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12:56am: Alimosho

In Alimosho Local Government Area the few voters available expressed disappointment at the low turnout of electorates. They blamed it on voters’ apathy. They also lamented the late arrival of voting materials.

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12noon: Eti-Osa

A Lagos lawmaker representing Eti Osa Local Government at the House of Assembly, Mr Yishawu Gbolohan in an interview with Channels Television said the Local Government is a key sector and residents need to perform their civic duties.

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11:45am: Iperu, Ogun State

Ogun State governor Dapo Abiodun cast his vote at his Itaosanyin Ward two in Iperu, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state.

The governor commended residents for their peaceful conduct.

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11:03am Lateef Jakande Road, Ikoyi

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife arrive at the polling unit at 11.03 a.m.

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10:31 am: Lateef Jakande Road, Ikoyi

LASIEC officials and materials arrived at Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s polling unit on Lateef Jakande Road in Ikoyi.

Lawal Oladimeji, the presiding officer at the polling unit addresses the press and gives statistics of registered voters. He also talks about the voting process and guidelines.

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10:17am: Dairy Farm School, Agege, Ward 7, Unit 6

Voting has commenced in Dairy Farm School, Agege, Ward 7, Unit 6.

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10:13 am: Ganiyu Smith Road, Freedom Park, Lagos

Voting is underway at Ganiyu Smith Road, Freedom Park, Lagos.

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10:12am: Abeokuta South

It is less activity in Ward 13, Igbore, Ago Iba, Abeokuta South as few voters are seen checking their names on the voter’s list.

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10:08 am: Lagos Island Freedom Park

Voting commenced at 10:00 am in most parts of Lagos Island. At Freedom Park, our correspondent met Agboola Odunifa (Lagos Island East), one of the candidates for the election. He is accredited, voted, and gives us his impression of the process. According to him, voting is smooth but turnout is poor.

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09:30am: Abeokuta, Ogun State

Restriction of movement is in full effect.

Our crew noticed a less busy road as they travel through the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Shiun-Bobape road, leading to the state capital, Abeokuta.

The outer towns are without security operatives or enforcement agents, yet the compliance to the restriction appears to be high in and around the Abeokuta.

The main entry point into the state capital, near the governor’s office, is manned by soldiers. Other state security officials mount roadblocks at strategic locations within the state to restrict movement and forestall any crisis.

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09:25am: Mosan, Lagos

Election materials arrived at one of the polling centres unit in Mosan at 09:25am. Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) officials with ballot boxes and other election materials set up in preparation.

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9:00am: Lateef Jakande, Lagos

At Unit 09 Ward L2, Lateef Jakande Road in Ikoyi where Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu is expected to vote there is less activity at 9:00am. No election materials yet. Only party agents and journalists are present.

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8:50am: Ojodu, Lagos

Materials arrive for the start of the election at Ojodu Primary School.

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8.30am: Ojodu, Lagos

At 8.30 am some voters are already at the polling units 012 and 013 in Ojodu Primary School in Ojodu Local Government Area of Lagos State. Although no electoral official is in sight, security operatives are present.

 

KANSIEC Distributes Electoral Materials In Kano Ahead Of LG Polls

Electoral materials (File Photo) Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) says it has concluded the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials to its offices in the 44 LGAs.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday in Kano, ahead of the local government elections on Saturday.

He said this would facilitate the commencement of the voting process on time and enable them to deal with any shortage of election materials on time.

“We engaged political parties, Civil Society Organisations, elections observer groups and other stakeholders in the distribution exercise to ensure close monitoring and to guard against diversion of materials.

“We have also distributed facemasks and sanitisers to the polling units in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

“Voting will commence by 8:00 a.m. and close by 3:00 p.m,” Professor Sheka said.

According to him, the Commission is working in collaboration with the police and security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.

To further facilitate this, he noted that the Commission has recruited 48,000 ad-hoc staff for the council poll in the state.

Garba-Sheka said the Commission had deployed its staff to the 11,500 polling points in the 484 wards across 44 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state for the election.

He explained that four members of staff were deployed to each of the 11,500 polling units, to facilitate smooth conduct of the poll.

“We have trained electoral officers and ad hoc staff to enable them to discharge their duties effectively,” he said.

Commenting further, the Chairman said 12 political parties were vying for the 44 chairmanship and 384 councillorship positions in the election.

Garba-Sheka maintained that no political party has so far indicated an interest in boycotting the election.

While reiterating commitment to a free, fair and credible election, the Chairman urged the voters to cooperate with election workers, observe social distancing and conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the election.

Rivers State Holds Local Government Elections

Rivers State Holds Local Government Elections

 

The Local Government Area (LGA) election in Rivers State is holding as scheduled today, Saturday, June 16, across the 23 council areas of the state.

The exercise which is expected to last between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm will usher in elected chairmen, vice chairmen as well as councillors in the various local governments.

In Khana – one of the LGAs visited by Channels Television crew, the exercise commenced early as electoral materials were distributed at the Police Station Field in Bori community.

PHOTOS: Rivers Residents Vote In LG Polls

 

Similarly, officials of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) arrived the venue of the exercise in Ikwere LGA to conduct the election.

While security operatives are also at the venues, candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as those from other political parties are getting set for the exercise.

Accreditation and voting commenced in some wards with both processes happening simultaneously while the exercise has already begun in most LGAs.

Meanwhile, electoral materials have been moved to the riverine communities, including those in Degema LGA by the RSIEC officials in the company with security operatives.

The communities comprise of Bakana which has six wards (Ward 1 – 6); Tombia which has four wards (Ward 7, 8, 9, and 10).

Others are Bukuma which is Ward 15; Bille – Ward 16; as well as Ogurama and Ké which share Ward 17.

The caretaker chairman of Degema LGA, Mr Boma Dappa, confirmed to Channels Television that the electoral materials were safely moved to his hometown in Bille.

While voting is ongoing in Khana LGA, the exercise has also started at Unit 7 Ward 9 of Obio/Akpor LGA, where the state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, is expected to cast his vote.

OSIEC Chairman Insists On Conducting LG Elections

Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) Segun Oladitan has insisted that the commission will go ahead with the Local Government elections in the state, scheduled for January 27, 2018.

This comes despite an injunction served to the commission by the Federal High Court in Abuja to prevent it from going ahead with the elections.

Mr Oladitan said that the commission will not subject itself to the injunction, explaining that “issues concerning Local Government elections are for the State High Court and not the Federal High Court”.

“They purportedly served us at the Osun Liaison office in Abuja. If they obtained leave to serve outside the jurisdiction and they serve within the jurisdiction, it is contradictory.

“The Attorney General informed me that there is an injunction served against us and I said I shall not subject myself to the Jurisdiction of that court because ordinarily, issues concerning local government elections are for the State High Court, not for the Federal High Court.

“We are not to be served outside the jurisdiction,” he stressed.

He made this known when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday.

Reacting to alleged plans by the opposition to boycott the process, Mr Oladitan said: “I as an umpire, I should only be concerned with the election that I am going to conduct.

“If there were 1000 political parties, registered with INEC that are participating, I am happy about it. If there are only three, I am still happy with it. The moment you get concerned, you are getting biased.”

Amidst the litigations hanging over the commission and allegations of the state running a parliamentary system of government, many are eager to see how the process turns out – being the first Local Government election to be held in the state in 11 years.

PDP, APC Trade Words In Osun Over Education Sector

PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ‎and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have been throwing allegations and counter allegations over the education sector in the state.

While the PDP leadership accuse Governor Rauf Aregbesola of crippling the education sector with alleged “Unrealisable Policies” that has led to mass failure of the students in external examination, the APC says all the education policies of the government has been able to transform the education Sector.

Speaking to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, a PDP Chieftain, Bunmi Jenyo, said it is regrettable that students in public schools missed out a whole session of academic work owing to the down-tool of teachers occasioned by the rift between labour and government on payment of salaries.

In a swift response, the APC refuted the claim, stating that government and labour have settled the issue of non-payment of salaries – and the students are presently in school to cover up for the lost session.

Leaders of the PDP also called on the Governor Aregbesola to conduct Local Government elections without delay, to allow for smooth governance at the grassroots level.

Local Govt Election Holds Peacefully In Kwara

Local Government election was held peacefully today across the remaining 15 Local Government Areas of Kwara State with only three political parties taking part in the exercise.

The exercise, saw people trooping out in large numbers to exercise their franchise, while adequate security was provided to guard against breakdown of law and order.

As early as 8 o’clock, people had started trooping into various polling booths for accreditation. While others went back home to come back for proper voting, others waited at the polling stations to exercise their civic right.

In most of the centres at Ilorin West, South and East, the voters, mostly women queued up peacefully with no crisis recorded as major roads were deserted due to the election.

In Ajikobi ward and Jimba ward both in Ilorin West; the voters expressed appreciation to the umpire for quick arrival of voting materials and for prompt commencement of the voting exercise after the accreditation.

The situation was the same in other polling units as people turned out in large numbers

While the PDP chairmanship candidate gave kudos to the umpire and the voters for being peaceful, describing the election as most peaceful, the state secretary of the Labour Party lamented that voting materials were in short supply in some wards in Ekiti Local Government Area. He also commended the peaceful nature of the election.

The State Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission, Uthman Ajidagba while monitoring the election in Afon, the headquarters of Asa Local Government, expressed satisfaction with the turnout of people which he described as impressive.

He appealed to the electorate to continue to remain calm and await the announcement of the result later, after the collation at each local government secretariat.

The State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed while casting his vote at his ward in Share, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government, lauded the electorate for being peaceful and assured of the determination of government to continue to maintain peace in the state.

Kano State Council Election To Hold In January

The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has set January 22, 2014 for the conduct of local government elections in all the 44 local government areas of the state.

The chairman of the electoral commission, Dr. Sani Malumfashi told reporters that 1.5 billion Naira had already been budgeted for the conduct of the election.

For over two years now, grass root politicians in Kano State have been expecting the KANSIEC to announce the time table for local government elections. The delay has been attributed to insecurity across the state.

“Political parties’ campaign is scheduled to hold between February 16 and May 16 2014. Parties’ primaries and submission of candidate’s names to the commission will hold between March 3 and 13, 2014. Sales of forms will begin from March 14 and end on 28. The entire process will hold between January 22 and May 27 2014,” Dr. Malumfashi said, reading from a computed schedule.

‘Timing Not Calculated’

While the commission says the choice of date is considerably rational and calculative, critics say it is unfortunate that KANSIEC is just issuing the time table after over two years of waiting.

Critics believe timing has not been calculated as claimed by the commission’s chairman.

Meanwhile, the proposed date, according KANSIEC, will enable the commission procure both sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, meet with major stakeholders and embark on holistic and extensive voter education campaign across the state.

Cross River PDP Promises ‘No Rigging’ In Local Government Elections

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State, Ntufam John Okon, has assured that the party will play fair in the local government elections scheduled to hold in September.

Addressing journalists in Calabar, the state capital, Mr Okon assured that there would be no rigging in the party’s quest to ensure that their candidates emerge victorious in the election.

According to the chairman, high display of disciplinary standard from their members will be exhibited, as a committee to sanction any member who derails from the party’s objectives is already set up.

Mr Okon reiterated that the PDP is the only party that provides an umbrella for succor, protection and good governance, as this will be translated into works by campaigning fervently across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State for their candidates from now till September.

The party chairman pointed out that in pursuance of the September 23, 2013 dead line for local government election by Cross State Electoral Independent Commission (CROSEIC), the PDP in the state has successfully concluded primary election into the offices of 18 council chairman and 196 honorable members of council.

Don’t Convert Council Funds To ‘Pocket Money’– Dickson Tells New LGA Chairmen

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson has sworn in the candidates who emerged victorious in the recently conducted local Government elections in the State as council chairmen.

At the inauguration ceremony held inside the Banquet Hall of Government House, Yenagoa, the Governor said his administration will not tolerate any act of indiscipline.

“As we are (the state government), we are neither deducting nor authorizing any form of deductions from your council funds, we will also ensure that you the chairmen, particularly do not use council funds as your own personal pocket money. The present administration in Bayelsa State will not allow council chairmen to treat the resources coming to the councils to service godfathers, godmothers and god Sisters. The resources that are coming into this state as you have clearly seen at the state level are being deployed fully to the development of our state”.

The newly sworn-in local government chairmen have also been warned against turning the monthly allocation and other funds accruing to the Council to ‘pocket money’.

He stressed the need for the council chairmen to be disciplined financially.

The Governor further added that his administration has put in place a machinery to monitor and give monthly reports on their activities to ensure that funds accruing to the third tier of government are utilized solely for development.

In fulfillment of the 35 percent affirmative action, Governor Dickson disclosed that over 60 percent of women are holding elective positions at the local government level, stressing that PDP has set the pace in women empowerment in the country beginning with Bayelsa.

The Local Government Chairmen are Andy Obed for Brass, Tobiyei Billy (Ekeremor) Gbaranbiri Eselemo (Kolokuma/Opokuma) and Eminah Bioghoemi Benneth (Nembe). Others are Mr. Enaye Richard Abah (Ogbia), Willy Oyadougha Jerry (Sagbama), Chief Remember Ogbe (Southern Ijaw) and Hon. Chubby Ben Walson (Yenagoa).

NULGE Plateau Strike: Union turned down 51% increment –State planning commissioner

As the face off between National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the state government of Plateau state linger on, it’s rippled effect is being felt by the  children in the state as schools have been closed due to the striking local government employees in the state and on the part of the Plateau state government the neglect of  ways to resolve the issue.

And seven months running, the State governor  Jonah Jang according to the State planning commissioner Plateau state; Pamson Dagyat signed an agreement with the local government employees to give them 50% of the current minimum wage being paid to the State government employees which is N18,000.00 but also stated that an increment can occur for the local government employees only when there is an increase in the revenues generated by the local government and this the local government body latched upon to foment trouble with the state government by going on strike.

Governor Jonah Jang on seeing that there was resolution in sight, decided to offer the union a 1 per-cent increment to the 50 per-cent allotted them but it was turned down by the union and this was by the fourth month according to the testimony of the planning commissioner.

Political analyst; Nelson Shey said the NULGE plateau is an example of people trying to pull down the government of the day despite efforts by the ruling government to satisfy them, while the Director Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights; Gad Peter said although his agency has decided to step into the crisis rocking the state so as to put things in place in the state again but he feels the missing link is the lack of communication.

L.G.Elections:OGSIEC bars vigilante group from polling centres

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has barred the state security outfit the vigilante service of Ogun State, from parading polling centres during Saturday’s local government elections in the state.

The electoral body also disclosed that 77 chairmanship and 569 councillorship candidates have been cleared tentatively to contest the council polls.

It said more candidates may still be disqualified, stressing that the final list of candidates would be released 48 hours to the election.

Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, the state capital, the OGSIEC Screening Committee Chairman, Mutiu Agboke, said only the police and paramilitary agencies would be employed to provide security and monitor various polling booths across the 236 polling booths in the state.

Agboke, who is also Commissioner III, restated the readiness of the commission to conduct credible elections, saying election materials will be deployed promptly to riverine and remote local government areas.

He disclosed that there will be total restriction of movement between 8.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday.

He added that the commission was collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure success of the polls.

On the controversy and litigation trailing the conduct of the council elections, Agboke maintained that no court action can stop the election.

Agboke insisted that the commission would recognize the Chief Ireti Oniyide-led faction of PDP loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo despite the Lagos Federal High Court judgement which favoured the Chief Adebayo Dayo-led state executive committee