NSCDC Reacts To Killing Of Senatorial Candidate, Emenike Ndubuisi



The Leadership of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has launched an investigation into the killing of Senatorial candidate of the Action Alliance in Imo North senatorial district Ndubuisi Emenike.

Mr Ndubisi was killed by an NSCDC official attached to the VIP during the victory party held for Miriam Onuoha winner of the just concluded Okigwe North Federal Constituency election.

Briefing newsmen in Owerri the Imo state capital, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Abdullahi Mohamadu who spoke through the Imo state commandant Raji Ibrahim described the incident as a very unfortunate one.

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He said the agency has commenced a thorough investigation into the matter to ascertain the true course of the action.

The Commandant General further noted that the NSCDC does not accept accidental discharge as a genuine reason for killing anyone, adding that even though it was reported that the NSCDC official was clearing the road when his rifle was hit by another person and the bullet went out to hit Emenike, it still does not stop a full investigation and due punishment if found culpable.

While commiserating with the family of the deceased and indigenes of Imo state, the State Commandant said a query has already been issued to the officer even while in detention.

INEC Conducts Supplementary Elections In Imo North, Oru East

INEC, Elections, Imo North, Oru East The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday conducted the supplementary elections for the Imo North senatorial district and Oru East State Constituency that were declared inconclusive last Saturday.

Channels Television crew who monitored the election reports that the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, as there was no report of violence recorded in the areas where the elections were conducted.

However, the election witnessed very low turnout of voters as some electorates who spoke to Channels Television attributed the low turnout to voters’ apathy.

Even though there was restriction of movement in the affected areas, residents of the areas were still going about their normal business, especially grocery stores and restaurant.

Meanwhile, security operatives led by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, were on ground to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order in these areas.

As at time of filing this report, final collation was still ongoing as voters were still awaiting the final declaration of the winner by the returning officer.

Imo Rerun: PDP, APC Trade Words Over Election Result

PDP, APC, Imo, Election, Imo NorthThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have continued to trade words following the outcome of Saturday’s rerun election in Imo State.

At a press conference on Monday in Owerri, the state capital, the PDP and its candidate in the Imo North senatorial election insisted that they won the election.

The PDP Caretaker Chairman in the state, Martin Ejiogu, accused the Imo APC of massive rigging and manipulation of the original results from the polling booths.

He called on the Presidency and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to intervene in the matter.

The PDP asked them to address the lapses in the poll and declare the PDP candidate winner of the election.

In his response to the allegations, the Deputy Chairman of the APC in Imo State, Ugochukwu Nzekwe, said that the reaction from the PDP was uncalled for and unwarranted.

He maintained that the APC remains the only popular party in the state that has delivered the dividends of democracy to the people.

Saturday’s poll is the fourth time elections in Imo North senatorial district will end inconclusively.

The Returning Officer in the election, Austin Agbaogu, said that the poll was declared inconclusive not because of violence but due to the number of cancelled votes which was 13,919 and was higher than the margin between the first and second contestant.

He said that the PDP candidate, Mr Athan Achonu, garnered 40, 142 votes while the APC candidate, Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu, scored 48,921 votes.

The electoral umpire in a statement fixed Thursday, July 28 to conduct the make-up elections in about 15 polling units where votes were cancelled.

Acting IGP Commends Police In Kogi And Imo Rerun Elections

Police, ElectionsThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has expressed his satisfaction with the impressive performance of Police officers in the re-run elections in Kogi and Imo States on July 23, 2016 and commended the officers for their unalloyed service to the nation.

According to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, the IGP commended the Police operatives for their personal and collective demonstration of patriotism, professionalism and commitment in ensuring that the re-run elections were conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of any breach of public security.

“The ability of the Police officers to dominate their areas of jurisdiction and supervision before, during and after the elections is a clear testimony of the police new resolve to adhere to international best practices in the conduct of elections,” the IGP said

The IGP added that the Nigeria Police force has developed workable strategy and a template that will guarantee future free, fair and credible election devoid of violence which was the characteristics of past elections in the country.

IGP Ibrahim K. Idris further said that the re-run elections in Kogi and Imo States were an index of subsequent elections in the country and particularly the upcoming elections in Rivers, Edo and Ondo States.

These upcoming elections, the IGP asserted, must be conducted within the framework of International acceptable standards of election security.  He therefore, urged the officers to breast up to the new challenges.

The IGP appealed to all those engaged in conduct of elections, particularly the active politicians and electorates to play by the rules of the game.

The Kogi and Imo re-run elections were supervised from the Police perspective by DIGs Funsho Adebanjo and Joshua Habila.

Oru East, Isiala Mbano, Okigwe North Re-run Declared Inconclusive

Okigwe North, Oru East, Election, Imo, Isiala MbanoThe re-run elections in Oru East, Isiala Mbano state constituencies and Okigwe North senatorial constituency in Imo State have been declared inconclusive.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Nasir Ayilara, spoke to Channels Television clearing the air on the result that was earlier announced by the returning officer that the APC candidate won the election.

Mr Ayilara said that the returning officer who later reported in the INEC office at Owerri said he was put under duress to make the declaration against his wish.

The REC also said the Isiala Mbano State Constituency election was inconclusive following the problem of over voting.

The APC candidate for Owerri constituency election has been declared winner while the Imo North senatorial district election was inconclusive.

Also in Kogi State, Air Marshal Isaac Alfa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has emerged winner in the Kogi East senatorial re-run election.

The Returning Officer, Professor Lucky Ovwasa, said that Air Marshal Alfa gathered a total vote of 56,572 ahead of his opponent from the Labour Party who scored 111, 908 votes.

Imo Rerun: APC, PDP Trade Words Ahead Of Saturday’s Election

PDP, APC, Imo rerunThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State have continued to trade words ahead of Saturday’s Okigwe North Senatorial district rerun election as well as rerun elections in Isiala Mbano and Oru East state constituencies.

At a rally in Umunumo Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, the PDP senatorial candidate for the Okigwe North rerun election, Athan Achonu said that they were aware of the antics and plans of the APC in the state to scuttle and rig Saturday’s election.

He warned that his party woild not be intimidated and would not allow any form of rigging and electoral malpractice by the ruling party.

Meanwhile, the State Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Hilary Eke, at a briefing with journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, accused the Peoples Democratic Party of hiring thugs from neighbouring states to cause mayhem on electorates in Okigwe zone.

He also added that most of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials posted to conduct the election have strong ties with the PDP candidate.

After three failed attempts to elect a representative for Okigwe North senatorial district, July 23 has been finally fixed by the INEC to conduct the rerun election in the zone.

Meanwhile, the Police authority and other security operatives in the state will in a press conference on Thursday, present modalities on structures being put in place to ensure that the election goes smoothly.

Okigwe North Rerun Election: Group Urges INEC To Fix A New Date

AdamawaA group under the aegis of Association of Imo State Indigenous Town Unions from Okigwe Zone have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to fix a date for the Okigwe North senatorial rerun election.

The group urged INEC to fix the date without further delay as the 90 days given by the court will soon elapse.

Addressing journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Secretary of the Association, Monday Ikokwu said any further delay in fixing a new date for the rerun election will be an attempt by INEC to disenfranchise the and also prevent them from having a good representation in the National Assembly for the next four years.

They urged INEC and security operatives in the state to show high level of neutrality and remain an unbiased umpire in the election when a date is finally fixed.

They maintained that the group will not give room for any group or persons who are determined to disrupt the peace of Okigwe Zone during the conduct of the election, adding that the group will not accept anything less than a free and fair election in the zone.