INEC Commits To Credible Elections In Edo State

INEC, Edo StateThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated its commitment to conducting credible elections in Edo State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Sam Olumekun, made the statement on Monday during a visit to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, Uhogua.

In preparation for the coming governorship poll in the state in southern Nigeria, Mr Olumekun promised the residents that INEC would ensure a free and fair election.

He hinted that he was on a tour of the IDPs camp to identify eligible voters, in order to ensure everyone was given equal opportunity to exercise their franchise.

The Coordinator of the camp, Solomon Folorunsho, expressed concern over the safety of the IDPs, should INEC site a polling unit on the camp.

Card Reader Performance A Disaster In Anambra – Obiano

obianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has called the overall performance of the card reader device in the State ‘a disaster’, noting that his fingerprints could not be captured despite several attempts.

“Well, it was in my opinion a disaster at the early stages”, Obiano said during an interview on Channels Television’s special election programme, Nigeria 2015.

He went further to explain that as at 10:30 on Saturday morning, INEC officials were absent at his Polling Unit,  while the queue was more than a quarter of a mile long.

According to the governor, INEC officials arrived at noon following a call to the REC, however, the card reader was not working.

“But before then, substantially everywhere, the comment I was getting was that the card reader wasn’t working. As a matter of fact, I received so many calls that I got so worried,” he said.

“I had to now call Professor Jega to say – Prof, this card is not working anywhere in Anambra. Prof said it is not true”, Obiano said, noting that the INEC Chairman disagreed with his report, afterwhich he (Obiano) called President Goodluck Jonathan to “show my displeasure at what is going on”.

However, the card readers eventually worked at about 2:00pm, Obiano disclosed, adding that his 10 fingerprints were not accepted by the device.

“We did it about three to four times, 10 fingers, it didn’t go through. They now used the register”, he said, also noting that he was not given an incidence form.

The governor also listed other issues recorded in the State including non availability of result sheets at some polling units as well as cases of thuggery.

Manual accreditation was eventually applied in the State.

Commenting on the extension of voting exercise till Sunday, Obiano advised the umpire body to learn from mistakes made to get more organised and ensure prompt arrival at polling units and better performance of the card readers.

Nigeria’s Election: Voting Begins In Some Polling Units

February electionsVoting has started in some polling units across Nigeria while accreditation of voters is still ongoing in other places.

Channels Television correspondent in Damaturu in Yobe State reports that voting has started.

Voting began at about 1:45pm in Government Secondary School, Damaturu, Yobe State, with large voters turnout.

Voting has also started in some polling units in Ogun, Yobe, Bayelsa and Imo States.

In Otuoke, Bayelsa State, President Goodluck Jonathan and the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, were the first to cast their votes in their polling unit.

Accreditation is still ongoing in other states across the nation, after delays caused by poor functionality of the card readers in some polling units.


Borno Government Assist Boko Haram Victims

bornoThe Borno state government is assisting victims of Boko Haram attacks, to reduce the effect of their losses.

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria are the latest beneficiaries of the state government’s intervention programmes.

Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, in a ceremony, gave out 450 Sienna buses to transport workers at 50 per cent subsidized rate.

Governor Shettima applauded the bravery of those in the transport business, for their courage amidst insurgent activities.

The Governor also cautioned residents against traveling to their home towns for the general elections, adding that designated polling units in makeshift camps would serve the same purpose.

Adamawa Bye-Election: INEC Announces PVC Distribution Plan

Adamawa Bye-ElectionPreparations for the Adamawa Governorship election has started and voters would get their Permanent Voter’s Cards between Tuesday, September 9 and Thursday September 11, 2014.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday, released the plans and said that the distribution of the PVCs would take place at the Polling Unit level.

The electoral commission stated that after September 11, 2014, those who fail to get their PVCs within the specified period would have to go the Local Government Area (LGA) offices of the Commission to get theirs.

Eligible voters who registered in 2011 and were given Temporary Voter’s Cards (TVCs) are to exchange them with the PVCs, which would be used for the governorship election and subsequent elections in 2015.

The Adamawa bye-election is slated for October 11, 2014. It is expected that the process would help replace the impeached governor, Mr Murtala Nyako.

Ekiti Election: Why Fayemi Lost – Olatunde-Bruce

Bolanle Olatunde-BruceThe Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party in Ekiti State, Mrs Bolanle Olatunde-Bruce, says the incumbent governor in Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, lost in the governorship election held on Saturday because he took the people that voted him in for granted.

Though the Election has come and gone, lessons from it will continue to linger in the hearts of people, especially politicians in Nigeria.

Mrs Olatunde told Channels Television on Tuesday that the election was free and fair, but listed other circumstances that must have led to Ayodele Fayose’s victory over Fayemi.

On the conduct of the election, the Labour Party spokesperson said materials got to various polling units very early, with early accreditation of electorates also achieved.

“There was no problem at all. Everyone was happy with the election. Voting started at about 12:30pm in most polling centres. By 2:30pm, voting was concluded,”she said, admitting that the election was credible, free and fair.

Strength Of Labour Party

When asked why the Labour Party gubernatorial candidate stepped down before the election, she stated that “on Monday the All Progressives Congress (APC), the incumbent governor’s party, went to town, saying that the Labour Party’s standard flag bearer, Honourable Opeyemi  Bamidele, had stepped down for the APC. Then, on Tuesday evening, it was rumoured that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had asked him to step down from the Election”.

She said that a bulk SMS, asking members of the Labour to vote for the PDP candidate, went viral on Saturday morning.  Mrs Olatunde-Bruce stressed that the SMS was not from their candidate and that the Party had planned to win the Election.

“We have 2,195 polling units in the state and the Labour Party has a minimal of 250 registered members and over 600 members in several other polling units. When the flag bearer of the party contested for the House of Representative in two Local Government Areas, he polled over 47,000 votes and he won because he was loved by the people and other party members voted for him,” she said, explaining the chances of the party’s candidate making a remarking feat in the election.

Lesson From The Election

She pointed out that there were lessons to be learnt from the Ekiti Election, listing them as: “Don’t take the people you are ruling for granted,  Don’t play god when you have an opportunity to serve, you are not a leader if you don’t have the followership and always bear in mind that there are so much intrigues in Politics that you can’t predict what’s going on in politics”.

Just like most persons, she expressed surprise at the result of the polls,  narrating how her Party had traversed Ekiti, sold the manifesto for change to the Electorate and  never took the social class for granted. “The brand we sold to the Ekiti people was good and the people loved the candidate but so many things went on which will be discussed later on,” she said.

Mrs Olatunde-Bruce explained that there were so many things that were wrong, but she said that “sometimes a battle is lost for a war to be won”.

She said that Governor Faryemi tried his best but that the best was not considered good enough.

“For us the election result has been able to prove that the two annex of incumbency should be done away with completely in Nigeria. When people put you in a position of leadership, don’t forget who put you there,” She emphasised.

According to her, the People of Ekiti State were angry with the incumbent governor. “Forty-three months are such a long time and the out-going government failed the people of Ekiti in so many ways, coupled with the huge debt profile of Ekiti.

Highlighting more on the issue, she said that “during the reign of the out-going governor, there were nine extra-judicial killings in Ekiti State which are disappointing”.

On the unemployment rate in the state, she also said that several masters degree holders in Ekiti were ‘okada riders’ (commercial motorcyclists), a situation she described as absolutely abysmal.

Speaking on the grassroots governance, she said: “The out-going governor didn’t put things in place. The government had a poor governance strategy, the Ekiti Governor does not need to visit 122,000 villages if he had put the right materials in place . In the history of Ekiti State, his administration has the largest retinue of aids”.

On the future of the Labour Party, she insisted that “it is very bright”, having all structure in place, with Bamidele seen as a game changer in the election.

Asked if the Labour Party will go to court, she said: “No we are not going to court”.