Ondo Election: INEC Raises Alarm Over Security

Ondo Governorship Election, Ondo Governorship PollThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised security concern over the attitude of politicians in Ondo State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, says the actions of some aggrieved politicians in the state since the political parties conducted their primaries is capable of undermining the security of the state.

“The mindset of the political class, especially the politicians that belong to the leading political party on what it takes to win elections usually involve violence and malpractices among their followers.

“There is an urgent need for the political class to change its do or die attitude to good conduct in politics and a political caution of violence has to be done away with in our political parties.

“Our political parties must imbibe the culture of sincere eternal party democracy in the interest of the nation’s democracy,” he said.

Mr Agbaje made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting with members of the civil society groups in Abuja, to assess INEC’s preparation for the elections.

‘I Will Resign’

On the sideline of the event, the senior INEC official also explained why the electoral umpire published the name of Mr

Recession, Jimoh Ibrahim, Ondo PDP
INEC-Recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) candidate for the polls.

 

The decision has led to massive protest in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

“It is the court judgement of that day that forced us to say it is this person and that means if another higher court comes with a judgement to say it is Eyitayo Jegede, (we will obey),” he noted.

Agbaje further revealed that he had made a commitment that INEC would obey the ruling of the Appeal Court if the ruling favours Jegede.

“If the Appeal Court says it is Eyitayo, the commission cannot say no, but if it does, I will resign my appointment as a commissioner,” he stated.

Ondo PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, Ahmed Makarfi
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Meanwhile Mr Clement Nwakwo, who is a member of one of the civil groups, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, had a different view about the procedure of selecting candidates.

He advised the politicians to address issues of candidacy in-house, instead of approaching various courts for such decisions.

“I do not think that INEC has any major role to play in deciding who the candidates are (and) that’s why they have taken the decision.

“It is really for the political parties to sort out their mess for the court to really not become a theatre of deciding who candidates are, but the political party themselves making those decisions in line with their own process and the rule of law,” he recommended.

PDP Crisis Deepens

At least 1.6 million registered voters are expected to participate in the Saturday, November 26 governorship polls in Ondo State.

There has been crisis over the authenticity of candidates in some of the parties in the polls including the PDP, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo Election
AD declares Olusola Oke as its candidate

While the APC and AD finally adopted Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr Olusola Oke as their respective candidates, the controversy has deepened in the PDP.

Both factions of the party have continued to lay claim to having produced the authentic candidate of the party, although the Ali Modu Sheriff faction is backed by the court ruling which favoured Jimoh Ibrahim and which INEC has obeyed.

The PDP faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has equally been optimistic that “justice would be served” and called on all PDP faithful across Nigeria as well as the general public to remain calm and continue to support them.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the Caretaker Committee has reiterated its support for Jegede as the party’s sole flag-bearer.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

On his part, APC candidate, Mr Akeredolu has made a mockery of the PDP, saying he would defeat both Ibrahim and Jegede if put together in the polls.

Briefing reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, he boasted that he would emerge victorious at the poll.

Ondo Polls: I Will Defeat Both Candidates Of PDP Factions, Akeredolu Boasts

Ondo APC, Rotimi Akeredolu, Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon LalongThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, made a mockery of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday, saying he will defeat the party’s factional candidates if put together in the polls.

Mr Akeredolu made the statement after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

He was led to the Presidential Villa on Monday by the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the APC governorship campaign in Ondo State, Mr Solomon Lalong.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Akeredolu boasted that if the two factional candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimoh Ibrahim and Eyitayo Jegede, combine forces and contest against him, he would emerge victorious at the poll.

President Buhari’s visitors were confident of APC’s victory in the forthcoming election.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

Form The Next Government

The APC governorship candidate in Ondo State had appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the party at the November polls.

Addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, Mr Akeredolu said that his concern was to only relate with the people of the state and no other person or group, with the aim of bringing change into their lives.

He was of the belief that irrespective of the current challenge of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

The visit to the Presidential Villa follows a list of candidates for the Ondo governorship poll published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC selected Akeredolu as the APC flag bearer while Ibrahim was chosen over Jegede to represent the PDP in the election.

The list also revealed Mr Olusola Oke as the candidate for the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

The choice of Mr Ibrahim triggered a protest staged by supporters of Mr Jegede, who claimed he was the legitimate candidate of the PDP.

Oyegun Is Incompetent – Timi Frank

timi-frankThe Deputy National Publicity Secretary, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, says the party is not speaking in one voice due to lack of unity and internal crisis.

He clearly stated that the party was not supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, as much as it should, due to an “incompetent leadership” that can stand and support the President’s idea on corruption.

“As at today, I can clearly tell you that because of the internal wrangling, the party is not doing enough.

“It is a very big problem. Until we put our acts together or have a competent national chairman that can put everybody together, then I can tell you as a party we should be able to support the president on the fight against corruption.

“As at today I can tell you clearly the party is not doing anything.”

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr. Frank insisted that the party was in crisis.

Factions in APC

Mr Frank declined giving details in clear basics about the factions but stated that there are aggrieved members in the party whose actions were affecting the unity and growth of the party.

He emphasised that the party was in crisis and had refused to let Nigerians know the situation of the party.

“Part of the issues affecting the party is the vacant positions in the seat of deputies. There are lots of acting deputies which have not been given a functional position.”

When asked who controls the APC? He said the “national chairman was not in control but being controlled by certain forces”.

“We cannot have a national chairman that is controlled by the people, rather a chairman that will bring the people together”

He urged the APC to work together in unity to ensure that President Buhari’s fight against corruption could be successful.

Akeredolu Asks For Aspirants’ Support To Win Ondo Election

Akeredolu, Ondo Election, Ondo APCThe APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the APC in the November 2016 election.

Mr Akeredolu made the appeal while addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

He said that his concern was to only relate with the people of the state and no other person or group, with the aim of bringing change into their lives.

Akeredolu expressed belief that irrespective of the current challenge of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

He insisted that there was no going back on the primaries, urging the aggrieved aspirants to put the issue of a new primary election behind them and be united towards winning the governorship election.

Speaking to Channels Television, the APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Abayomi Adesanya, appealed to the leaders of the party in the state to come together as one family in the interest of the party and the people of the state.

Anti-democratic Forces

A former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, had accused the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He went on to say that Oyegun’s action in allegedly subverting the will of the people must have been under the influence of a “powerful and sinister arm at work”.

The former Lagos state governor also alleged that the APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending to be progressives.

The full statement by the media office of Senator Bola Tinubu, demanding Chief Oyegun’s resignation is published on Channels TV website.

The allegation got further attention when the APC’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, also called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, Mr Frank noted that the current crisis within the party is capable of crumbling the APC if the leaders of the party refuse to act on time.

He urged leaders of the party to compel Mr Oyegun to convene a National Executive Council meeting to resolve the allegations of corruption raised by a former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

APC Crisis: Calls For Oyegun’s Resignation Deepen

John Oyegun, APCThe leadership crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have taken a new dimension as its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, has also called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, Mr Frank noted that the current crisis within the party is capable of crumbling the APC if the leaders of the party refuse to act on time.

He urged leaders of the party to compel Mr Oyegun to convene a National Executive Council meeting to resolve the allegations of corruption raised by a former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The party’s spokesperson also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and save the party from collapse.

Anti-democratic Forces

tinubu, John Oyegun, APC, Bola Tinubu, OyegunIn a statement released on Sunday, Senator Tinubu accused Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He went on to say that Oyegun’s action in allegedly subverting the will of the people must have been under the influence of a “powerful and sinister arm at work”.

The former Lagos state governor also alleged that the APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending to be progressives.

The full statement by the media office of Senator Bola Tinubu, demanding Chief Oyegun’s resignation is published on Channels TV website.

No Going Back

Meanwhile, the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the APC in the November 2016 election.

Mr Akeredolu made the appeal while addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

AkeredoluHe said that his concern was to only relate with the people of the state and no other person or group, with the aim of bringing change into their lives.

Akeredolu expressed belief that irrespective of the current challenge of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

He insisted that there was no going back on the primaries, urging the aggrieved aspirants to put the issue of a new primary election behind them and be united towards winning the governorship election.

Speaking to Channels Television, the APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Abayomi Adesanya, appealed to the leaders of the party in the state to come together as one family in the interest of the party and the people of the state.

APC Condemns Bayelsa Election Violence

APC on Bayelsa electionThe Deputy Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timi Frank, has urged authorities to ensure that those who perpetrated violence in Saturday’s supplementary election in Bayelsa State, must face the wrath of the law.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, the APC Deputy spokesman said that the culprits, who caused mayhem in the Southern Ijaw supplementary election, must be prosecuted irrespective of political affiliation.

Mr Frank added that the Bayelsa polls’ results were proof that the APC was not desperate to seize power at all costs and that the Buhari-led administration is serious about fulfilling its promise of conducting credible elections in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, The Director of Communication for the APC Campaign Organisation, Nathan Egba, had earlier declared that the APC in Bayelsa State, had challenged the return of Governor Seriake Dickson in the just concluded election, saying the whole process appeared untidy.

Mr Egba attributed the victory of Governor Dickson to manipulation of results announced by the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).