1.3 Million Electorates Eligible To Vote In Kogi Election – INEC

Kogi  Election Ahead of the governorship election in Kogi State, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that about 1,397, 780 voters are eligible to vote.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in State, Mallam Hussaini Halilu Pai gave the figure on Friday at the INEC headquarters in Lokoja when presenting a clean copy of Voters Register to the 23 political parties participating in the governorship election.

He noted that the idea was to enlighten the major stakeholders of the current figures of those eligible to participate in the election.

Political parties head and representatives, security agencies, civil societies, and pressmen were at the INEC’s office in Lokoja for the official presentation of soft copies of the Voters Register to all political parties participating in the forthcoming election in the state.

While performing the ceremony, the Resident Electoral Commissioner said the event was held to enlighten the major stakeholders of the current figures of those eligible to vote in the November 21 governorship election in Kogi State.

He urged those yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card to collect them, as they would only be allowed to vote with it.

Abide By The Rules

At the briefing, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the police were also making preparation in area of security.

Mr Ojukwu warned politicians to abide by the rules of the game, urging them to strictly go by the peace accord signed recently.

The Police Commissioner said the law would take its cause on any politician no matter how highly place.

He also noted that the police had mapped out some strategies to enable them maintain peace before and after the election of November 21.

The Governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada, of the Peoples Democratic Party will vie for the governorship position along side other candidates.

In August Capt. Wada was declared the winner of the Kogi State PDP governorship primary election which took place at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium.

In an acceptance speech, Governor Wada pledged that he would continue to consolidate on the dividends of democracy and the transformation agenda of the state.

Police IG Orders Arrest Of Political Thuggery

PoliceThe Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Sunday, ordered a serious offensive against political thuggery in the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, made this known.

He said that the Police boss has ordered Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police to investigate all political acts that contravene the law.

He said acts such as hauling stones and missiles at highly placed citizens, using abusive and demeaning words, as well as defacing of campaign posters contravene section 227 of the 1999 Constitution and sections 94 of the Electoral Act.

Earlier in the month, the campaign train of President Jonathan was attacked in Katsina and Bauchi states, while some unknown youths burnt a bus belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jos, Plateau State.

Also, in Rivers State, some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were attacked by unknown gunmen on their way to the party’s rally in Port Harcourt.


APC Members In North Central Demand Replacement Of Police Chief

Suleiman Abba.Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North central zone have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint an impartial Inspector General of Police (IGP), insisting that the present one lacks the capacity to be fair to all Nigerians.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume and a governorship aspirant on the APC platform, Mr Solomon Dalung, from Plateau State made the call on Monday at a mega rally organised to seek the re-election of governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State.

The party leaders, who gathered in Lafia to drum support for Mr Al-makura, condemned the action of the Acting IGP, Mr Suleiman Abba, who withdrew the security details of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourale Aminu Tambuwal.

After the security personnel attached to Mr Tambuwal were withdrawn on October 30, the police in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, cited the recent defection by Mr Aminu Tambuwal from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC as reason.

Part of the statement read, “…having regard to the clear provision of section 68 sub section 1(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office.”

At the rally in Lafia, thousands of pro-Al-makura supporters drawn from Nasarawa southern senatorial zone, gathered to endorse the governor to seek re-election.

Prominent among APC chieftains at the rally were the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, Mr Buba Galadima, Mr Nasir El-rufia, Abdullahi Adamu, and Mr Solomon Dalung who took a swipe at the Acting Inspector General of Police.

To drive home his message of support for Governor Al-makura, Senator Akume, enumerated the achievements of the governor, with education topping the list.

While all the mass support for Mr Al-makura is going on, the immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Innocent Lagi, joined the list of those seeking to unseat the Governor.

Lagi is seeking to oust his former boss on the platform of the Labour Party. He denied ever belonging to the APC, insisting that he has solution to the challenges the Al-makura led administration had been unable to address.

Besides the mass endorsement of Governor Al-makura by all the zones and groups, there is the growing concern among indigenes of the state as political intrigues continue to dominate the game ahead of 2015.