Kwara State Governor Casts Vote, Commends Process So Far

KwaraKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, after the accreditation around 9:00am, came back precisely 1:10pm to cast his vote.

Governor Ahmed who was accompanied by his wife, Omolewa, to the Adebiopon polling unit in Ifelodun Local Government Area, took less than two minutes to cast his vote.

He commended the introduction of card reader, which he said has made the electoral process to be transparent.

Accreditation had earlier gone smoothly for the Governor as it took less than 30 seconds for him to be accredited with usage of the card reader.

The Governor expressed his happiness over the peaceful conduct of the election.

He, however, lamented the low turnout of the voters compared to the presidential and National Assembly elections, and praised the security operatives for the peaceful and orderly conduct.

Police Boss Orders Restriction Of Movement Ahead Of Elections

Suleiman Abba- electionsThe Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement across Nigeria, as part of security strategies to ensure safe conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections, which will hold on April 11.

According to the Police Chief, the directive takes effect from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday.

According to him, vehicles on essential duty such as fire services, ambulances and vehicles used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and law enforcement agencies are exempted from the order.

However, the restriction order does not affect vehicular movement in Abuja, the Federal Capital Terrritory (FCT) since no elections will take place there.

The Federal Government had earlier directed that all land borders be closed ahead of the state elections, taking effect midnight on Thursday till 12 noon on Sunday, April 12.

A similar directive was in place during the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Nigerian Troops Clear Terrorist Camps In Alagarno

Nigerian troops raids Boko Haram terrorists in AlagarnoNigerian troops fighting terrorists in the north-east region of the nation have successfully cleared all terrorists’ camps in Alagarno, Borno State.

The raid of the Boko Haram terrorists’ camps was completed on Tuesday morning, the military spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Counter-terrorism efforts were re-enforced after the Nigerian government secured arms from South Africa and Russia weeks before the nation’s election was postponed by six weeks.

A Multi-National Joint Task Force has been set up, comprising Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon to boost the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, which has been trying, for over five years, to set up an Islamic State in the region.

Last month, Adamawa and Yobe States were cleared of terrorists, after the electoral commission postponed the elections by six weeks, citing military advice.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, told reporters on February 7 that the postponement was in line with the advice by the military, which he said requested for more time to clear the Boko Haram terrorists from communities they were occupying in the north-east region to enable residents of the area participate in the elections.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were held on March 28 while the governorship and House of Assembly elections will hold on April 11.

 

Omeri Commends Accreditation Process

Mike_Omeri2The Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mister Mike Omeri, has commended the mass mobilisation of voters despite a few challenges identified in the accreditation process so far.

At the Ta’al Modern Primary school in Keffi, Nasarawa State, Mr Omeri expressed the hope that the election would be held smoothly, given the observed peace and tranquility at the polling stations visited.

Accreditation of voters has commenced across Nigeria as citizens go to the polls to vote in the presidential and national assembly elections, the 5th quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999.

In Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, voting materials arrived at some of the polling units early.

Channels Television correspondents, who visited polling units in Ikeja and Ifako observed that accreditation had already started. Residents at Ifako were seen queued up in orderly manner while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were seen giving on final instructions on election processes.

Our correspondent in Kano, north-west Nigeria, said accreditation started early and was still going on smoothly, though there were cases of some people not being able to get accredited as the card readers failed to read their finger prints.

In Otuoke, the home town of the Nigerian President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Goodluck Jonathan, the card reader failed to recognise the finger print of the President, forcing the INEC to accredit the President with the Register.