Ondo Election: 75% Of Results Uploaded To Portal, Says INEC

 

Hours after voting was concluded in the Ondo State Governorship election, and collation commenced, 75% of the results have been uploaded to the INEC portal.

National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Anthonia Simbine, disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Saturday.

“Right now, Polling Unit results have been uploaded and we have about 75% of those unit results uploaded on the INEC results viewing portal,” Simbine said.

She, however, said she can’t predict when the final results would come out as the state is very large.

“I don’t think we can say for definite now. You know that Ondo State is quite large with varying types of terrain, including going over the seas and all the results have to come in before we can really say”.

 

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The results that have come in so far, according to the INEC official, are from 2,200 Polling Units.

Speaking further, Simbine clarified the process of uploading the results, saying the ‘Z Pad’ was not fully utilised but it was only used to upload the results.

“The Z Pad was to be used for two functions,” the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Johnson Alalibo, had explained during the Edo governorship election last month, “one of which was to do double authentication of the accreditation process.”

“It was test run in the state constituency election in Nasarawa State but there were some hitches and we have been advised to test run those hitches before we run it again for this major state governorship election”.

If implemented, the Z Pad, according to Alalibo would have allowed Nigerians view the results “on time, and real-time”.

Simbine, however, noted that the process was neither used for the Ondo nor the Edo election until the challenges from the test run have been rectified.

Key candidates in the race which involved 17 political parties, are the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede who is hoping to secure a victory after losing out in 2016; the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and deputy governor of the state, Ajayi Agboola, who is running against his principal, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is also seeking to secure a second term.

We’ll Continue Using Smartcard Readers Until We Have An Alternative – INEC

 

National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Anthonia Simbine, has said that the commission will continue to use smartcard readers for elections until it has an alternative.

Simbine said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Saturday, hours after the Ondo State Governorship election.

The smartcard readers were introduced in 2011 to improve the voting process and it was billed to last for a duration of 10 years before newer reforms would be made, which involved a switch to electronic voting.

 

 

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This was to improve the voting process and reduce the risk of electoral malpractices.

Speaking of the reforms, Simbine said: “ordinarily it should be anything from 10 years but until we have an alternative, we are going to continue using the smart card readers”.

She, however, noted that “the commission is still looking at options for electronic voting and we are have started interfacing and trying to discuss to see what we can bring up also in anticipation of amendments to the legal framework”.

According to Simbine, so far, 75% of the results have come in so far, from 2,200 Polling Units.

Key candidates in the race which involved 17 political parties are the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede who is hoping to secure a victory after losing out in 2016; the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and deputy governor of the state, Ajayi Agboola, who is running against his principal, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is also seeking to secure a second term.

PHOTOS: Sights, Scenes From Ondo Governorship Election

PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

The electorate across the 18 local governments of Ondo State on Saturday went to the polls to cast their ballots for the person who will lead them for the next four years.

Voters including young and old citizens and the disabled were also not left out as they were assisted to the polls to cast their votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier confirmed that 17 political parties are on the ballot for the election, although some had earlier collapsed their structures to campaign for others.

See photos of the electorates below…

 

 

Ondo Poll: Police Arrest Two Suspected Ballot Box Snatchers At Jegede’s Polling Unit

Police Officers patrol during the Ondo State Governorship election on October 10. Sodiq Adelakun, ChannelsTV.

 

Police have arrested two suspected ballot box snatchers at a polling unit on the premises of the Sacred Heart Primary School in Ondo State.

Polling unit 9 ward 2 in Akure South Local Government Area, is where the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, and his wife, Eno, voted in the ongoing election.

The school, which is located along Cathedral Road in the state capital, had hosted scores of voters before the incident.

While voting was ongoing, the two suspects were said to have driven into the venue of the election and parked their car very close to where ad-hoc officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were conducting the exercise.

Thereafter, the men made their way to where the electoral officials were seated with bags strapped behind them.

They were, however, promptly accosted by police officers on ground who questioned their motive.

This sparked an uproar from waiting voters but calm was later restored after the suspects were arrested and taken into a waiting bus.

Voters at the venue demanded that the men’s bags be open to know what was there, but the security operatives declined.

Both men were later taken away from the school premises by the police in a white bus.

The incident occurred hours after the PDP governorship candidate voted at the same venue.

‘God Will Give Me Victory’: Akeredolu Confident Of Securing Second Term

 

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is confident of winning the Ondo Governorship election, pinning his hopes of securing another four-year term on divine backing. 

“Mine [confidence] is about God and that God in His infinite mercy will give me victory,” Akeredolu said after casting his vote at Ward 05, Unit 06, Ijebu 2, Owo, Ondo state. “So, my confidence is in God and I know God will give me victory.”

When asked what he would do if the poll does not turn out in his favour, Akeredolu noted that he has never thought about that but reiterated that he would be victorious.

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“Let me tell you something, I don’t ever think about that. So, I don’t know what will happen,” the governor admitted. “All I know is that when my victory is announced, everybody will rejoice.”

Governor Akeredolu casting his vote during the election.

 

While commenting on the conduct of the election so far, he admitted that though the early morning rain may have affected the exercise, he expressed satisfaction that “We have voted in a peaceful manner.”

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– ‘Protect Your Vote’ – 

Governor Akeredolu urged voters to cast their ballot, and ensure they defend their votes and make them count.

“Go, stay, cast your vote and move out of the place but don’t move too far and make ensure you protect your vote so that your vote can be counted,” he added.

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The Ondo leader will be battling the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Eyitayo Jegede, Agbola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) among others for the position.

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Ondo 2020: Seven Election Offenses To Stay Away From At Polling Units

UN Asks Nigerians To Reject Persons Seeking To Disrupt Elections
A picture of a voter casting his votes during an election

 

The election in Ondo State is just two days away and the people are expected to head to the polls to choose who will be their governor for the next four years. 

In a bid to ensure that there are no electoral malpractices, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has listed some offenses that should be shunned.

Below are seven acts that will constitute an offense on the election day, these rules are to guide the conduct of voters and all other individuals involved in the election scheduled for October 10.

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No person shall on Election Day do any of the following in the polling environment:

1. Campaign for votes, or to persuade a voter not to vote for a candidate.

2. Shout slogans concerning the election, or in support of any party.

3. Be in possession of an offensive weapon or wear any apparel calculated to intimidate voters;

4. Use a vehicle bearing the color or symbol of a political party or candidate.

5. Loiter without lawful excuse after voting or after being refused to vote.

6. Snatch or destroy any election materials.

7. Blare the siren.

According to INEC, seventeen candidates are running for the coveted position in Ondo state.

The voter population sits at 1,822,346, however, the number of persons expected to vote based on collected PVCs is 1,478,460, suggesting that 19 percent of those eligible to vote will not be partaking in the exercise.

OndoDebate2020: We Need A More Holistic And Practical View At Governance – Jegede

 

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, says it is time for a more holistic, honest and practical view of governance.

Mr. Jegede disclosed this at the Ondo State Governorship debate put together by Channels Television, in partnership with the Civil Society Elections Situation Room and UK AID with support from UK foreign commonwealth development office.

Speaking on why he should be voted as governor of the state come Saturday, the Senior Advocate said his private and public sector experience makes him stand out from all other candidates.

Jegede further stated that his experience in both sectors has made him realise that at the moment things are not going well in the state, hence the need for a new face and a new positive change.

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He said, “I believe the time has come for us to have a more holistic, honest, and practical view at governance” in Ondo State.

Mr. Jegede said he intends to grow the state’s economy and will confront the challenges in the health sector.

According to him, the health facilities in Ondo State are not in good shape, and the high-cost of medicare is putting a strain on the lives of the people especially pregnant women and children.

Jegede who was a former commissioner for justice and attorney general of Ondo said he is pained also by the challenges faced by students within the various tertiary institutions in the state, adding that he will look into the cost of tuition which tends now to be depriving many young people of getting the education they desire.

Making additional comments on what he will do to transform the economy in Ondo State, Mr. Jegede said he would make jobs available for the youths by engaging the private sector.

He vowed to address issues in the agricultural sector in a fresh new way by taking a stock of performance and seeing what way output can be increased.

 

Ondo Governorship Election: PDP Holds Mega Rally

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State on Wednesday, held its governorship rally, ahead of the election on Saturday.

The rally, which took place in Ondo town, had party chieftains and supporters in attendance.

Eyitayo Jegede, the party’s flagbearer, had contested in 2016 but lost out to Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the incumbent.

He is, however, now hoping to secure a victory this time in the election which will see him go against Akeredolu for a second time, and the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, Agboola Ajayi; (the incumbent deputy) who are his major rivals.

In the weeks leading up to the election, there have been claims and counterclaims about attacks from the two leading contestants, the candidates of the APC and the PDP.

A convoy of Mr Jegede has been attacked severally – a situation which he credited to ‘hoodlums’ who according to him, escort the governor.

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“Why should hoodlums be following a governor?,” Jegede asked, in an interview on Channels TV last Wednesday, as he reiterated that it can only be because they are threatened by him.

The APC, on the other hand, has accused the PDP of attacking its party properties in Owo the hometown of incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

They also accused some supporters of the opposition party of shooting at passers-by and damaging their vehicles, shops and other building in an attack.

While both parties have denied responsibility for the attacks, they have now signed a pact, agreeing to a violence-free exercise.

Also looking to secure a second term, Akeredolu on Tuesday, during the pact signing, gave an assurance that the election will be peaceful, even as he urged INEC to ensure that the exercise is free, fair and credible.

The event, facilitated by the National Peace Committee (NPC), had in attendance, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu; and the Inspector-General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was represented by the DIG Of Police, Research and Planning, Oyebade Adeleye, in attendance.

Others in attendance included the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo and traditional rulers from the state.

NPC Holds Peace Accord Ceremony Ahead Of Ondo Election

 

The National Peace Committee (NPC) is holding a peace accord ceremony ahead of the Ondo State governorship election.

In attendance at the ceremony are Chairman of the Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud; Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo; the APC Governorship Candidate and incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; PDP Governorship Candidate, Eyitayo Jegede; DIG Of Police, Research and Planning, Oyebade Adeleye.

The election is expected to hold on October 10 and as seen in the case of the Edo election, parties are expected to sign a peace accord to assure the people of a free and fair exercise.


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Member of the committee, Bishop Mattew Kukah was the first to deliver his address.

Next was the INEC Chairman,

The DIG also addressed the audience.

Ondo Election: NYSC DG Urges Corps Members To Be Of Good Conduct

A file photo of corps members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has warned corps members who will be participating in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State not to post results of the election on social media.

Brigadier Ibrahim gave this admonition to the corps members in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday, during his official visit to the state ahead of the forthcoming governorship poll.

The NYSC DG also advised them not to compromise the integrity of the organization in all their activities.

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Ibrahim was also at the palace of the paramount ruler of Akure kingdom, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, where he appealed to the monarch to speak to their subjects to protect the corps members officiating in the election.

According to him, traditional institutions are major stakeholders in the electoral process and are in the best position to speak to their subjects on peaceful conduct during elections.

On his part, the monarch thanked the DG for the visit. He said the peaceful, free and fair election in Edo could be replicated in Ondo State, adding that all stakeholders should work together to achieve this.

Guber Poll: Like Edo, I Expect Ondo People To Vote For Continuity, Says Akeredolu

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

 

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State is confident of winning the governorship election and expects the voters to tow the path of Edo citizens by voting him for another term. 

“When you talk about what played out in Edo, we have left out a particular thing I believe played out in Edo State and that is continuity,” the governor said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. 

“The people, I want to believe,  voted for continuity and I expect people in Ondo State to vote for continuity. That particular factor (continuity) is always left out by many people.”

Akeredolu who is contesting for the Ondo Governorship election under the All Progressives Congress (APC), is hanging his re-election hopes on his performance during the first term.

He believes the people of the state will not want to “experiment” with a new leader as they have felt the impact of his development strides.

“People do not find it easy to run away when they see good performance. People want to go for it; they want a repeat of it,” the APC flag bearer explained.

“You don’t just experiment and I believe the people of Ondo will not play lottery (with the election).

“We have shown the people of Ondo State what good governance is all about and I don’t see them not voting for continuity. ”

When asked about those backing him, the governor said he does not have a “godfather,” and maintained that even during his first time of contesting the poll, he had relied on God whom he described as “my father.”

“All I know is that God is my father. This is the second time I’m running for this election and I have always known that God is my father,” he stressed.

 

‘Power Is Not By Inheritance’: Jegede Dismisses Zoning Governorship Seat

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo State Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has downplayed talks of zoning the post, insisting that “power is not by inheritance.” 

“It is not turn by turn; it is about democracy. It is about the choice of the people,” Jegede who is from Ondo Central zone, explained when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

The PDP flag bearer who went down memory explained that zoning has never been a deciding factor in who occupies the Government House in Akure, calling on Ondo residents to squash talks about the zoning of the seat.

“So, at every point in time we have always had somebody come in from each Senatorial zone,” he added. “The governor’s constituency is the entire state; 18 local governments that we have in the State.”

According to him, what the people want is qualitative leadership, claiming that those who talk about zoning the governorship position are weak and not popular.

File photo of Eyitayo Jegede.

 

“The market woman who is there is not talking about where you come from. She is talking about who is going to perform; who is going to take away her challenges and problems,” Jegede said.

“So when you hide under the umbrella that you are from a particular zone, it shows your weakness.

“It is only a person who is weak and who is not acceptable that will take refuge in ethnic considerations.

“I don’t take refuge in ethnic considerations; I don’t take refuge in zonal considerations. I take refuge in democracy. I want our people to make a choice.”

A Matter Of Priority

Despite complaints of dwindling revenue in Ondo State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jegede promised to reduce the tuition fees of state-owned tertiary institutions.

“You will always have funds to run this. It depends on your manifesto. It depends on your preference,” he insisted, adding that the likes of late Obafemi Awolowo had done it in the past.

“COVID will come, COVID will go. We are not going to be here forever. And people are already moving,” the legal practitioner and two-time Chairman, Adamawa chapter, Nigerian Bar Association, stated.

“And I tell you, It is not a question of COVID or a question of dwindling revenue. It is a question of choice. Revenue will never be enough. It will continue to dwindle. Sometimes, it will increase. You take your chance.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m interested in having our people educated.”