Obasanjo Confident Of Nigeria’s Unity And Future

Olusegun ObasanjoA former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has expressed confidence in the unity and future of Nigeria despite the many challenges slowing down its development.

After casting his vote in Ward 11 in his home town, Abeokuta in Ogun State, the former President said that the outcome of the elections could shape the nation’s democracy and democratic process.

The exercise in Abeokuta, the state capital, was peaceful despite the initial challenges experienced.

Accreditation of eligible voters commenced behind schedule in some polling units, as officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and materials came in late.

However, when the accreditation got underway, the exercise was hitch free, and orderly.

At other poling units, especially Ward 11 Totoro, Polling Unit 21, no INEC official was seen around, a situation the resident electoral commissioner said had been addressed

Leading the State Commissioner of Police and other security chiefs during the exercise, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the south-west, Ashimu Argungu, commended the peaceful conduct of the election in the state.

Card Reader Fails In Nasarawa Polling Station

card readerThe fear associated with the use of card readers by INEC is beginning to manifest, as the token deployed to Ahmadu Maikwoto Primary School in Keffi, Nasarawa State, has failed to confirm complete details of card holders.

This development is causing tension among hundreds of voters who are agitating to be accredited before 1.30 pm when the first phase of the election comes to a close.

As a result, some of the voters have called for an extension of the accreditation to enable all voters present get verified to exercise their franchise.

A retired military official, Captian Aliyu Umar, stressed that delayed accreditation due to poor performance of card readers would have adverse effect on the process. He said it could lead to volatile situations, which must be guarded against.

Explosion Occurs Near Polling Station In Enugu

Enugu Bomb ExplosionTragedy has been averted in Enugu State after a Honda car driven by yet to be identified persons and conveying items suspected to be improvised explosive devices (IED), exploded shattering the said vehicle on the road behind the WTC polling station at the Ogui area of Enugu.

It was gathered that due to the heavy presence of security operatives at the venue, the drivers of the vehicle could not gain access to the polling area but had to park the vehicle and left before the blast occurred.

It was gathered that men of the anti-bomb squad of the Enugu State police command promptly intervened and defused the rest of the IEDs.Enugu bomb explosion3

There was a large turnout of voters at the polling unit, which also witnessed heavy presence of security men. After the explosion occurred residents and voters around the area scampered for safety.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Dan Bature and other heads of sister security agencies were also at the scene to assure voters and other members of the public of adequate security.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

 

Too Early To Comment On Accreditation Process – Robin Sanders

Voters waiting for accreditation exercise in Ward8, Ifako Ijaiye
Voters waiting for accreditation exercise in Ward 8, Ifako Ijaiye

A former United States Ambassador to Nigeria and special envoy on the 2015 Presidential elections, Ms Robin Sanders, says she will hold her thought on the accreditation process until voting gets underway across the country.

Ms Sanders made her position known to Channels Television crew in Keffi, Nasarawa State while on observation mission to some Local Government Areas in the state.

Leading a number of international observers including the National Democratic Institute to a number of polling units in Karu where election materials were yet to arrive at about 8.50am, Ms Sanders said it was too early to make an assessment of the process.

The accreditation exercise is supposed to hold between 8:00am to 1:00pm, as contained in INEC schedule for the process.

But the commission had said that it may consider an extension of the time “if the need arises”.

 

Ogun Declares Friday Work Free For PVC Collection

OgunThe Ogun State Government has declared tomorrow (Friday, March 27) as work free.

This is to ensure that all eligible voters in the state collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to enable them exercise their civic responsibility in the forthcoming elections.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, who announced this in a statement, said that the decision followed information that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state had received another batch of PVCs.

“We appeal to all eligible voters in the state to take advantage of the holiday to obtain their PVCs and carry out their civic duty by voting for candidates of their choice.

“Government also enjoins all stake holders to conduct themselves peacefully and eschew all forms of violence and tension during and after the elections.

“We further advise our people to abide by all electoral guidelines and avoid wearing attires and emblems of political parties to the polling stations,” the SSG added.

INEC’s Head Of Operations in Ogun State, Samuel Ogunjemilua, had disclosed that another batch of Permanent Voters Cards has arrived the state for distribution. This is despite the end of the distribution exercise.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun states, Prof Lai Olurode, had expressed concern over the failure of residents in Ogun State to collect about 589,377 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

He made the comment during a press briefing held in Abeokuta barely a week before the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) across the Nigerian Federation.

Ogun State has had the lowest number of PVC distribution across the country.

Ogun INEC Yet To Take Delivery Of 153,000 PVCs

INECFew days to the general elections, the Ogun State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is yet to take delivery of about 153,000 Permanent Voter Cards belonging to residents of the state.

The Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state, Mr Dickson, made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital, while commenting on latest development in the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards in the state.

He appealed for patience from those who have not been able to collect their PVCs, promising that the remaining and last batch of the cards due to the state would be delivered soon.

The Administrative Secretary also noted that in spite of the challenge, the commission has reached 63.3% distribution of the PVC meant for the state.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun states, Prof Lai Olurode, has expressed concern over the failure of residents in Ogun State to collect about 589,377 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

He made the comment during a press briefing held in Abeokuta barely a week before the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) across all 36 states of the Nigerian Federation as well as in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had extended the distribution and collection exercise of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by two weeks when the general election was postponed from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11.

INEC said on its website that of the 68,833,476 registered voters only 56,350,776 representing 81.87 percent had collected their PVCs, as at March 17, 2015.

INEC Commissioner Displeased with PVC Collection In Ogun

pvcThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun States, Prof Lai Olurode, has expressed concern over the failure of residents in Ogun State to collect about 589,377 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr Olurode shared his concerns during a press briefing held at the State Headquarters of the Commission located along the Presidential Boulevard in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

While admitting some of the challenges trailing the distribution of the PVCs in the state, the National Commissioner said that about 153,185 PVCs are being awaited from Abuja, while the commission has achieved about 59% collection rate so far.

The commissioner also gave an assurance that the commission was poised to achieve 70% to 75% distribution rate before the commencement of the general elections.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Mr Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, has criticised INEC over the distribution of PVCs.

The governorship aspirant asked the electoral commission to expedite action towards ensuring that numerous eligible voters who have not collected their PVCs get them before the deadline of March 22.

S/West Youths Hold Post National Conference Summit

national conferenceSome youths from across the south-west States of Nigeria converged in Akure, Ondo State capital, for a Post National Conference Summit, and unanimously resolved to support the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Summit which had the theme: Youths: ‘Our Hope for the Future’ was convened by Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko who also doubled as the south-west Coordinator of the Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation.

In his welcome address, Governor Mimiko maintained that the Summit aimed at canvassing for the implementation of the resolution of the 2014 National Conference, which called for true federalism and resource control by States as agitated for by the Yoruba nation.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Jonathan on Youths and Students’ Affairs, Jude Imagwe and the Chief Press Secretary to Ondo State Governor, Mr Eni Akinsola, both assured the youths that supporting President Jonathan was the way forward for them.

An academician and entrepreneur, who was the keynote Speaker, Prof. Modupe Olatubosun urged the youths not to vote for any presidential candidate that would dash their hope by not implementing the recommendations of the National Conference.

At the end of the of the summit, the Chairman of the Youth Summit, Dr. Lanre Olu-Adeyemi read the ten point communique which focused mainly on true federalism, devolution of powers, community policing and resource control by States which would help in generating employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the region.

This is the third post national conference summit convened by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, having recently convened such in Akure and Ibadan.

Key political players in the South Western States of the country: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti converged on Akure, for the one day summit on the 2014 National Conference, which was organised by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The summit had the theme: The National Conference, the 2015 Elections and the Yoruba Nation.

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko who was the Convener of the summit emphasised the benefits of the recommendations of the report of the 2014 national conference.

While at the Post National Conference Summit held in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, the convener of the post-CONFAB summit, Mimiko, in his opening address had said that true federalism, which empowered regionalism, remained the pedestal on which every dream of the Yorubas’ rests.

INEC Hits 75% PVC Distribution

pvcThe six-week postponement of the 2015 elections may have given INEC more boost in its quest to making sure that more Nigerians are able to participate in the polls.

This is because the commission says it has now distributed over seventy five percent of the PVC for registered voters across the country, leaving about sixteen million voters yet to collect theirs

The new figures released by INEC reveals that the umpire have given out 52.2 million PVCs out of the 68.8 million of  registered voters.

A closer look at the list released by INEC shows over 90% of voters in states like Zamfara, Nasarawa, Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna and Gombe have collected their PVCs.

While Lagos, Rivers, Oyo and Borno states still have about 30% of voters who are yet to collect their PVCs.

PVC Distribution As At 17th February 2015

Total No of Registered Voters              68,833,476

Total No of PVCs Distributed                52,275,367

Percentage of PVCs Distributed           75.94

States.            No of Reg. Voters.    No of Cards collected by voters.       

ZAMFARA       1,495,717                 1,357,531           90.76

NASARAWA   1,242,667                 1,196,583            96.29

KATSINA         2,827,943                 2,620,829           92.68

JIGAWA         1,831,276                   1,706,814            93.20

KADUNA        3,407,222                  3,133,813             91.98

GOMBE          1,120,023                    1,064,577             95.05

LAGOS            5,905,852                   3,685,322             62.40

RIVERS          2,537,590                 1,923,139                75.79

BORNO           1,934,079                 1,320,667               68.28

OYO              2,415,566                    1,569,390                64.97

NSCDC Intercepts 240 Gallons Meant For Siphoning Fuel In Kwara

NSCDCMen of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have foiled an attempt to vandalize petroleum pipeline by vandals in Otte in Kwara State.

Briefing newsmen on the effort of his command, the State Commandant of the Corps, Obiekwe Augustine, noted that the anti vandal unit busted the attempt to vandalize petroleum pipeline on January 3.

According to Obiekwe, the two vehicles used by the vandals were seen approaching the pipeline and the occupants opened fire on the NSCDC men and officers.

However, they were overpowered by the superior firepower of the Civil Defence Corp.

The two Nissan buses with registration numbers Oyo AME-60-XA and Lagos DB-732-FST were filled with 240 jerrycans meant for siphoning of fuel.

South-West PDP National Campaign Council Inaugurated

PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council, South West Nigeria for the 2015 general elections has been inaugurated in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The inaugural meeting held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House was attended by members of the party drawn from Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ondo states.

It was hosted by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State who doubles as the South West Coordinator of the campaign.

Reading the communique at the end of the meeting, Governor Mimiko emphasised the urgent need to re-energise party structures in all the South West states towards winning the 2015 presidential and other elections.

The communique also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for yielding to the yearnings of the generality of the leaders and members of the PDP in accepting to run as the party’s candidate for the 2015 presidential election in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It also lauded the President’s commitment and dogged efforts in fighting the menace of insecurity.

It added that, in spite of these security challenges, Mr. President has made remarkable progress in the Nigerian economy, citing progress made in areas such as education, agriculture, road construction as well as the 2014 National Conference.

Mimiko also said in the communique that the PDP members also resolved to work together to ensure that President Jonathan wins the 2015 presidential election.

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was also in attendance.

Oyo PDP Crisis Deepens As 2 Major Aspirants Defect To Other Parties

PDPThe crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State has deepened with two of its major aspirants defecting to other parties to realise their ambitions.

At a press conference, one of those aspirants, Mr Seyi Makinde, explained that the leadership of the PDP in the state did not provide any election material for the congress neither were INEC officials on ground to conduct the election.

Makinde added that the gubernatorial primaries was conducted in bad faith and in flagrant disregard of the court order and PDP constitution.

He further stressed that in the face of such abuse of law and order, he needed to take drastic measures which prompted him and his followers to move on to SDP as the gubernatorial flag bearer.