Presidential Election Results Were Accredited By Observers To Be In Conformity With The Law – Fashola

 

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, says the presidential election results were accredited by both international and local observers, to be in conformity with the law.

He stated this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“The presidential election results were widely accredited by the observers to be in conformity with the law. The European Union, ECOWAS Commission, the African Union all said that they were satisfied with what they saw,” he stated.

According to Fashola, the election that saw President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerge the winner against Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is what he described as the voters’ choice.

Although the elections have come and gone, he believes that any aggrieved party should be free to challenge the result in court.

The Minister noted that APC’s victory at the polls is a clear demonstration that the people believe in the current administration.

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“What the people have voted for is what we have continued to canvass, that we are better than the other side. Our results over the last three and the half years show that we have moved a little forward and they have entrusted us with the mandate to consolidate on what we have done.”

Speaking on electoral reforms, Fashola said he would like to see a situation whereby politicians would discipline themselves to accept the outcome of elections.

He also wants the coming 9th National Assembly to work hard to ensure that reforms are made in the area of finances spent during elections.

This is because he believes the amount spent for a presidential candidate of a political party is at least one billion naira.

When asked on his plans to address the nation’s problems associated with power, the Minister identified distribution level as the main challenge of power.

“We set out short term goals in my ministry. First, we have delivered on incremental power and we will continue to increase.

“We are hopeful to see that at this next level of obligation, what we want to see is more of incremental power and stable power in some places. I can tell you of some states that have stable power today.

“Kebbi, Yobe are examples. Some have five, some have eight (hours). And even all of these is still a little fragile and we need to consolidate. The issues at the distribution end of metering, outdated assets. Some of these assets, when I went to Aba for example, the substation was installed in 1960 and there was expansion after that,” he added.

Governorship Polls: We Have Deployed 680 Observers Across 29 States – YIAGA 

The Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Samson Itodo.

 

The Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth, and Advancement (YIAGA), Samson Itodo, says about 680 observers will be deployed in all the 680 Local Government Areas (LGAs) for the governorship polls holding across 29 states of the federation.

Itodo said this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s special election programme The Verdict, few hours to the commencement of the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

“We at YIAGA Africa have deployed about 680 observers in all the 680 LGAs in the 29 states where the governorship election will be holding and for the states without governorship election, we didn’t deploy observers,” he said.

According to him, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given assurances of proper logistics and security.

He, however, urged the Commission to ensure that sensitive materials arrive early enough to allow elections commence at 8:00 am as planned.

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“Based on the report we received this morning, there is some appreciable level of deployment of sensitive materials to the local governments.

“And we expect that the racks be opened today so that polling stations can open tomorrow. There are also other issues that INEC needs to address. The polling stations where re-run elections will hold tomorrow, INEC is yet to make that place public,” he stated.

Speaking on the transparency of the result collation process, the YIAGA boss decried the increment of rejected and cancelled votes which he said represented about four per cent as against that of the 2015 general elections.

He also called on INEC to make a public statement on the condition for the cancellation of the rejected votes as witnessed during the recently concluded presidential and National Assembly elections.

General Elections: INEC Releases Full List Of Accredited Observer Groups

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a list of 144 domestic and foreign observer groups accredited to monitor how the forthcoming general elections are conducted. 

INEC made a full list of the accredited observers on its official website.

The list comprised of 116 domestic observers and 28 international observers.

The electoral umpire advised all the accredited observers to operate within the binding code of conduct for election observers.

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The commission said, “NEC reserves the right to cancel and withdraw the accreditation of any organisation if its members or agents breach the code of conduct.”

Below is the full list of observers as accredited by INEC.

US, EU, UK Observers Allege Interference, Intimidation In Osun Supplementary Election

The missions of the United State, the European Union, and the United Kingdom have faulted the supplementary election held in Osun State on Thursday.

According to the missions, which observed the poll, incidents noted during the process are very are worrisome.

The missions said this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Thursday night.

“We witnessed what appeared to be incidents of interference and intimidation of voters and heard reports of harassment of party monitors, journalists and domestic observers,” US Consul-General John Bray, who spoke on behalf of the missions, told journalists.

“We are very concerned by these reports and we will be checking with stakeholders to determine the facts. We call on all stakeholders to remain calm.”

The supplementary election which held in seven polling units had commenced early with electoral materials and officials arriving early at the units.

Unlike Saturday’s poll which was considered peaceful, there were several arrests, reports of intimidation and manipulation.

Some election observers said they were prevented from moving freely or gaining access to polling units, while the Independent National Electoral Commission also expressed concern about reports it received.

Sheriff’s Faction Presents Jimoh Ibrahim As Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate

Jimoh Ibrahim, PDP, Ondo election, Ali Modu SheriffThe Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s candidate in the coming Ondo State governorship election.

The primary election which lasted over two hours was preceded by an all-night congress among over 800 delegates at the Premier Hotel, Mokola in Ibadan, the Oyo State’s capital in Nigeria’s southwest zone.

The electoral committee, headed by Mr Ahmed Gulak, hinted that the congress was moved out of Akure, the Ondo State capital for security reasons.

After three other aspirants had stepped down for Mr Ibrahim, he polled 502 votes to emerge the winner with his only co-contestant, Mr Olusola Ebiseni, scoring 41 votes while 17 votes were voided.

In his acceptance address, the factional flag bearer promised to defend the mandate by creating jobs and making Ondo State an industrial hub.

The National Vice Chairman and Southwest Chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, the PDP Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Popoye Biyi and the Southwest Secretary, Mr Otemolu Adepegba, were among party dignitaries present at the primaries.

Prior to Ibrahim’s emergence, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had presented a former Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, as the flag bearer in the coming governorship poll.

Jegede Wins Ondo PDP Governorship Primaries

A former Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has emerged the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Mr Jegede was declared winner by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP at the primaries held in Akure, the Ondo State capital in southwest Nigeria.

The former Commissioner for Justice polled 760 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Saka Lawal who scored 22 votes.

The election was conducted on Monday by the Chairman of the PDP Electoral Committee and Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson.

It was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, security personnel, journalists and various election observers.

Not less than 840 delegates from 203 wards in Ondo State participated in the election.

Tambuwal Congratulates Jonathan, Buhari On Successful Polls

 TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on the successful conduct and the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

Speaking during plenary, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal said that President Jonathan would be remembered for playing a critical role to douse tension in the aftermath of the election.

The Speaker also commended the Chairman and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their doggedness in the face of mounting pressures.

The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has also commended President Jonathan for his show of sportsmanship in the aftermath of the election.

In response to the congratulatory call from the incumbent President, General Buhari said, “President Jonathan was a worthy opponent”.

World leaders have also congratulated Nigeria on the successful conduct of the 2015 presidential election.