PHOTOS: Secondus Leads PDP Supporters In Protest Against Outcome Of Presidential Election

Uche Secondus leads PDP supporters in protest on March 5, 2019, against outcome of election results. Photos: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday took to the streets of Abuja to protest against the outcome of the just concluded 2019 Presidential elections.

Led by the Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, the aggrieved party members marched to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, where they were seen wailing as security officials formed a barricade at the entrance. Read More 

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Southern Kaduna Indigenes Threaten to Dump PDP For APC

 

People of Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone have threatened to withdraw their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the leaders fail to explain to them why the party suffered “massive defeat” in the zone in last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The group under the umbrella of Coalition of Southern Kaduna Nationalities (CSKN) made this known at a press briefing on Saturday.

Leader of the group, Yusuf Magaji, alleged that there was a conspiracy and betrayal of confidence by the PDP leaders from the northern zone which led to what was described as the party’s embarrassing defeat at the presidential election.

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According to the group, while PDP won overwhelmingly in the Southern Senatorial Zone, the results from Kaduna North were a shock to the Southern Kaduna Nationalities and instigated a rethink in their longstanding marriage and commitment to the main opposition party in the state.

They, however, said that they can no longer guarantee their votes for the PDP in the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly election and would likely throw their support to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

INEC To Hold NASS Supplementary Elections March 9

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it would hold supplementary elections on March 9, alongside the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated this in a statement issued on Friday.

According to the statement, the decision to hold the supplementary election was taken at the end of a meeting held with Resident Electoral Commissioners on Thursday.

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It read in part: “The meeting noted a number of cancellations in certain areas due to violence, which prevented the Commission from deploying personnel and materials for the elections.

“In a number of locations, it could not conclude the elections due to disruptions and deliberate compliance with the use of Smart Card Reader (SCR), contrary to the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of elections.

“Consequently, the meeting decided that supplementary elections will be conducted in all areas where elections did not take place and/or where returns could not be made on Saturday, March 9th, 2019, alongside governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.”

See the statement below.

 

US Congratulates Nigeria On ‘Successful’ Election, Condemns Violence

Michael R. Pompeo

 

The United States has congratulated Nigeria on what it described as a successful presidential election.

In a statement issued on Friday, the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, commended citizens who participated peacefully in the election.

He, however, condemned “those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process”.

“We note the assessments of international and domestic observer missions affirming the overall credibility of the election, despite localized violence and irregularities,” he said.

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Speaking further, Pompeo congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election, as well as all the other candidates for their peaceful participation.

He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to ensure peaceful state elections next week, adding that the US “remains committed to working together with Nigeria to achieve greater peace and prosperity for both nations”.

Buhari Celebrates Re-election With Youths From Campaign Council

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has hosted some youths from his campaign council to a dinner following his victory in the Presidential elections.

 

 

The private dinner took place at the banquet hall of the State House in Abuja on Wednesday evening, with the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, leading the group.

 

 

Speaking to Channels Television, the minister explained that the visit was a way of appreciating the efforts of the young people.

He also believes the invitation puts meaning to the Not Too Young To Run bill recently signed by the President while giving the youths a sense of ownership.

 

“The way to victory was littered with the sacrifices of so many young people and to appropriately call them to this place to have a short cocktail and a thank you meeting with them and I think that it would inspire those children in no small way.

“It’s a privilege to be in this place. Not many in their lifetime will ever get the privilege to enter into the villa and it puts meaning to the Not Too Young To Run bill that the president signed and the commitment to developing Nigeria from the base right through to the top and to build a country where everybody feels a sense of ownership and through these young people, there’s so many other people in the various states and local governments but I think through these privileged few, so many of them will feel this sense of ownership that this country truly belongs to them and there’s a place for everybody”.

INEC Adjourns Collation Of Presidential Election Results Till Monday

 

Nigerians would have to wait another day to receive official results of the presidential elections as the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has adjourned the collation of the results until 11am on Monday, February 25, 2019.

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During the formal opening of the collation centre in the nation’s capital, Abuja, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said he was adjourning the exercise because no state collation officer had arrived in Abuja with the results of the presidential elections.

Agents from the various political parties, election observers and journalists are present at the collation center to learn the results of the presidential election.

Earlier, Professor Yakubu had told journalists that Ekiti State had concluded the collation process and the officer was on his way to Abuja with the results of the presidential election from the state.

Liberia Supreme Court Hearing Threatens To Delay Election Run-off

FILE PHOTO: A ballot paper at a polling station in Monrovia during presidential and legislative elections. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP

Liberia’s Supreme Court said it will summon the country’s election commission on Thursday over a legal complaint backed by three political parties regarding the October 10 presidential election, potentially delaying a runoff vote.

In a document released late Tuesday, the Supreme Court called on the National Elections Commission to defend itself on November 2 against “constitutional issues raised” in the complaint lodged by an opposition party and backed by the ruling party of presidential candidate and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai.

Boakai is due to face former international footballer George Weah in the November 7 runoff vote, which was called after no single candidate won a majority of votes on October 10.

The Supreme Court also ordered the electoral commission to “stay any and all actions in respect of the pending run-off elections scheduled for November 7, 2017” pending a ruling on the allegations.

A statement released on Sunday by three parties said the election, which saw Weah take the most votes, was “characterised by massive systematic irregularities and fraud”.

The decision throws the scheduled vote into uncertainty and is likely to be met with heavy criticism from the Weah camp.

Benjamin Sanvee, Chairman of the Liberty Party, called the Supreme Court decision “a big step in the right direction.”

“Thankfully the Court recognises the gravity of the issues, and has taken action in defence of the law and democracy,” he said in a texted statement to AFP.

The election was hailed as largely credible by domestic and international observers, despite some recorded irregularities and long delays in voting.

The case comes despite repeated international calls for all sides to ensure Liberia’s first democratic transition in more than seven decades goes smoothly and to accept the official election results.

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Western Envoys In Uganda Walk Out Of Museveni Swearing-In

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Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni

There was mild drama at the Ugandan President’s inauguration in the capital Kampala where western delegations attending the ceremony walked out in protest.

US, European and Canadian diplomats left abruptly when Mr Museveni began making disparaging comments about the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The US State Department says they had also objected to the presence of Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir at the ceremony. Mr Bashir is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide.

Thursday’s inauguration – the fifth since Mr Museveni took power in 1986 – was attended by leaders from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

In his address, Mr Museveni described the ICC as “a bunch of useless people” saying he no longer supports the institution.

Yoweri Museveni Wins Uganda Presidential Election


UgandaPresident Yoweri Museveni has won a fifth term in office in the just concluded presidential elections in Uganda.

The electoral commission said that he won 60.75 per cent of the vote while his main opponent Kizza Besigye polled 35 per cent.

President Museveni will now serve another five years in office, having already been in power for 30 years.

According to BBC, supporters of the 71-year-old said that his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress.

However, Mr Besigye, who was under house arrest, maintained that the election results were a ‘sham’, calling on the international community to reject them.

“We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda,” he said in a statement.

The election observers from the European Union have also criticised the election.

Voting Ends In Central African Republic

Central African RepublicVoting has closed in the Central African Republic (CAR) where the people have voted to elect a new president in a run-off contest between two former prime ministers.

But final results in the poll – seen as a step towards restoring peace – are not expected for several weeks.

The seizure of power by a mainly Muslim rebel group in 2013 led to prolonged bloodshed.

Candidates, Faustin Touadera and Anicet Dologuele have pledged to restore security and boost the economy.

The citizens also voted for a new parliament following the annulment of a poll in December due to irregularities.

Mr Dologuele served under President Ange-Felix Patasse between 1999 and 2001, and Mr Touadera was Prime Minister under President Francois Bozize between 2008 and 2013.

Central African Republic: Presidential Run-Off Election Begins

central-african-republicCitizens are going to the polls to vote for the second round of Presidential elections in the Central African Republic.

The vote in Central African Republic is seen as a significant step towards restoring peace, stability and democratic government in the country.

According to BBC, both presidential candidates, former Prime Ministers, Faustin Touadera and Anicet Dologuele, have promised to restore security and boost the economy.

Mr Dologuele served under President Ange-Felix Patasse between 1999 and 2001, and Mr Touadera was Prime Minister under President Francois Bozize between 2008 and 2013.

Rwandans Vote On Allowing 3rd Kagame Presidential Term

KagameRwanda has begun the process that analysts say will grant President Paul Kagame a third term in office.

The citizens are voting in a referendum on a constitutional amendment to allow President Kagame to seek re-election.

Some 6.4 million citizens are eligible to vote on Friday, and around 37,000 Rwandans living overseas were able to have their say Thursday, December 17.

Rwandans are expected to vote overwhelmingly in favour of changing the constitution. The change will allow Mr Kagame to potentially remain in power until 2024.

He is seen by many as the man who stopped the genocide that caused the death of at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.

The referendum was scheduled earlier in 2015 after the parliament backed a proposal to amend article 101 and allow Kagame to run in the 2017 election.

He has been President of Rwanda since 2001 and, at present, is bound by the constitution to step down after serving two consecutive seven-year terms.

Kagame has said that he will make a decision on the future of his political career after the referendum.