Chidoka, Keyamo Disagree Over Results From The North

 

 

The spokespersons for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Osita Chidoka and the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Festus Keyamo have disagreed over the presidential results from the north as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Both men were at the Collation Centre, today,  in Abuja, where figures from all states regarding the presidential elections are being collated.

While expressing worries at the figures released by the commission from some northern states, Chidoka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the INEC boss, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, to provide details of the accreditation of voters captured by card readers in the general elections.

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“The issue before us Mr. Chairman is that we will appreciate, and we feel very strongly about this and the PDP Chairman (Mr. Uche Secondus) has written you a letter. We are worried that the promise you made and the commitment INEC made that as we are carrying out this collation of results, that you will project the details of the accreditations captured by your card readers in the country.

“Yesterday (Monday), our colleague raised the issue and we thought that when we come in this morning as we were listening to the states, we will be seeing the accreditation by states and by your card readers.

“Please Mr Chairman, we will like it to be on record that we want to see the accreditation by the card readers for Bauchi, Borno, Yobe in particular and then of course for the rest of the country because the numbers we are seeing seems to be like we live in two countries,” he stated.

In reaction to Chidoka’s comments, Keyamo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the PDP spokesman’s request goes contrary to Clauses 32 and 35 of INEC’s regulations.

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“I just want to react to what my colleague of the PDP said. My simple reaction is that what we are doing here is guided by law and the regulations of INEC.

“In the regulations of INEC, if one looks at Clauses 32 to 35, it clearly states the powers of the Chairman of INEC sitting at this Collation Centre and those powers of INEC Chairman does not involve the inquisition, the type of inquisition that my friend is asking for.

“The details that my friend is asking for amounts to an inquisition into the results submitted to the Chairman of INEC. There is a proper avenue into how many people were captured by the card readers and all of that and compared into the results.

“That is not the duties of the Chairman sitting at this Collation Centre and those procedures are clearly spelt out there. So for us as a party, for my candidate, we are totally objecting to that procedure here,” he stated.

In his response, Professor Yakubu said the request made by the PDP’s spokesperson should be channeled to the Commission’s headquarters.

I See No Reason To Contemplate Resigning – INEC Chairman

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says he is not under any pressure and has not considered resigning even though there have been calls in some quarters seeking his resignation. 

Professor Yakubu made this known on Thursday, at a press briefing at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He said, “I see no reason to even contemplate resigning”.

The INEC Chairman said he remains the Chief Electoral Officer of the Nation, stressing that he is confident that the polls will be conducted successfully.

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“I am not under any pressure… The last time I checked and that is the situation as we speak,  I am the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Nigeria, and constitutionally the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federal Republic and Returning Officer for the presidential elections”.

Professor Yakubu said his status has not changed, hence he is proceeding on the basis of the powers which he draws from the constitution, for the position which he is privileged to serve for the 2019 elections.

He stressed that there is no reason whatsoever to even contemplate resignation.

The INEC chairman assured that there will be no further postponement of the elections. He said the Commission remains focused to do the job for which it was constituted

INEC Chairman’s Briefing On Preparations For Elections

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission is currently briefing the nation on its preparation for the elections.

INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood is updating the press, says the commission has achieved 100 per cent reconfiguration of smart card readers as at today.

Professor Mahmood also notes that the commission has completed the audit of sensitive materials in the 36 states.

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He also says the commission has started the deployment of election materials to the local governments, stressing specifically that materials have been deployed to ten states.

Tune in for more updates on INEC’s level of preparedness for the polls.

Court Orders IGP To Arrest, Produce INEC Chairman 

Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to arrest and bring the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to court.

This is due to the failure of the INEC boss to appear in court and refusal to obey a valid order court.

Justice Pam earlier on August 1st, 2018, gave the warrant of arrest of Professor Yakubu following his absence in court to give the reason why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court.

The contempt proceeding was filed by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, Chairman and Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State respectively.

Following the service of Form 49 on Professor Mahmood, the court summoned him to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for having disobeyed the order of the court made on December 5, 2014.

The judge recollected that the matter was adjourned to August 8, for a continuation of the contempt proceeding against INEC, and its Chairman, Professor Mahmood.

During the continuation of the trial on Wednesday, August 8, Justice Pam demanded to know from the counsel to the INEC Chairman, Adegboyega Awomolo, why he was not in court.

Replying, Awomolo said he does not know where the INEC chairman is and that it is beyond his brief to produce his client. He added that if the court wants the INEC chairman to appear in court, the IGP should produce him.

However, in his ruling, Justice Pam noted that the order of August 1st was still subsisting and has not been set aside or discharged.

The matter was then adjourned till August 14th for the continuation of committal proceedings.

Electoral Fraud: INEC Partners EFCC To Prosecute Erring Staff

Electoral Fraud: INEC Partners EFCC To Prosecute Erring StaffThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute any of its staff member found to have committed any offence related to its mandate.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal during a meeting with the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, at the anti-corruption agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The called followed the suspension of 205 members of staff of the electoral body, for their alleged involvement in fraud during the 2015 general elections.

Professor Yakubu said it took the INEC about four months to thoroughly investigate all the allegations contained in the interim report it received from the anti-graft agency, before a final decision could be reached.

He asked the EFCC to commence the prosecution of any staff without waiting for the conclusion of INEC’s internal investigation, if it has sufficient evidence to do so.

“If we get our elections right, we will get our democracy right; and if we get our democracy right, we will attain real development as a nation,” he told Mr Magu.

He assured the EFCC of INEC readiness to join it in creating more awareness on the consequences of corruption as a preventive measure.

According to the INEC Chairman, sensitisation is a cheaper way of fighting corruption, since it is capable of discouraging potential offenders from taking dangerous risks.

“We shall look at ways of partnering with the EFCC on this,” he said in statement issued by his spokesman, Rotimi Oyekanmi.

In his response, Mr Magu said the EFCC regards corruption as “a crime against humanity”, lauding Professor Yakubu for cooperating with the anti-graft agency in the cases involving some INEC staff.

“We are already prosecuting some INEC staff in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano and Gombe states. In the future, before we take any such case to court, we will inform INEC and share details of the Charge Sheet with you.

“And if you have anybody in your Legal Department that wants to join our prosecution team, such persons are welcome. This will add value to work,” he noted.

The EFCC boss also commended the INEC management for its decisive action on the allegation, saying: “When you take actions like these, you are reducing our work and as far as the fight against corruption is concerned, we (EFCC and INEC) are on the same page”.

Three Reasons Cameroon Seeks INEC’s Support For Elections

elections, INEC. CameroonThe Cameroonian Electoral Body has approached the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to assist in cleaning up their voters’ register.

The electoral umpire is seeking INEC’s collaboration ahead of the presidential elections in Cameroon in 2017.

Camaroon’s desire for assistance was communicated to INEC on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, by the leader of a delegation from the electoral body in Cameroon, Mr Mewoand Hugues.

Mr Hugues said the Cameroonian Government was requesting the help of INEC in three areas including voters’ registration, distribution of voters’ cards and the clean-up of voters’ registers ahead of the nation’s forthcoming Presidential Election in 2018.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, in his response, assured the Cameroonian delegation that INEC would offer the needed support to protect democracy in Africa.

He expressed delight that INEC had played host to a number of Election Management Bodies from other countries in the last one year, an indication that Nigeria’s electoral system and processes were being appreciated internationally.

“Be rest assured that you have a friend and partner in INEC. We will support ELECAM in the interest of democracy across our continent. We will continue to work towards strengthening our democracy but our democracy should also be of help to democracies everywhere especially in our own continent.

“We have the largest biometric voter register in the whole of Africa and one of the largest in the world. We have about 70 million registered voters.

“Our own presidential democracy is only second to the United States in terms of size. We will be very happy therefore to share our experiences in terms of voter registration, the cleaning up of the voter registry and the deployment of the biometric voter register,” Professor Yakubu told the Cameroonians.

He explained that in 2015, INEC went completely electronic by deploying an electronic register with electronic voter cards which were compatible with the Smart Card Reader (SCR). These, he said, added value to the integrity of the process.

 

Electoral Violence: INEC Describes Incidents As Dangerous To Democracy

Electoral Violence: INEC Describes Incidents As Dangerous To DemocracyThe chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has blamed the level of electoral violence on the lack of enforcement of relevant laws.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu who was speaking at a forum organised by the civil society situation room in Abuja, explained that security agencies have to up their game in order to secure the nation’s democracy.

Why Increasing Rate Of Electoral Violence Worries INEC

INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, Electoral ViolenceThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern over the increasing cases of electoral violence in Nigeria.

Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the trend portends danger for the nation’s democracy.

He blamed the level of violence on the lack of enforcement of relevant laws relating to electoral violence.

Professor Yakubu, at a forum on elections organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, announced plans by INEC to test-run some new initiatives in 2017 ahead of the 2019 general elections.

He revealed on Monday in Abuja that at least 100 staff of the commission in 17 states were being investigated for their roles in the 2015 general elections and the parliamentary re-run election in Rivers State.

A New Vigour

INEC’s Chairman further recommended an attitudinal change in order to reduce the increasing cases of electoral violence in Nigeria.

“INEC is not without their own share of blame. There were instances of electoral officials subverting the process, usually as a result of financial inducement resulting in obviously compromised processes, leading to the nullification of elections by the court.

“I wish to assure you that this will be addressed with a new vigour because such electoral officials should have no place in the management of a sacred trust called election,” he said.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Abubakar Kyari, also announced plans by the National Assembly to pass a bill on electoral offences commission.

“There are bills presently on the current legislative refining in two Houses of (the) National Assembly.

“The bills have been holistically approached and there are most of the prevailing challenges in our electoral process,” he said.

Macabre Dance Of Shame

Another speaker at the forum and Coordinator of Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Mr Udo Jude Ilo, condemned the heightened tension that characterised elections in Nigeria and Africa in general.

“We need to wake up to the reality that Nigerians are tired. I am tired and frustrated and that our continued macabre dance of shame around elections is destroying our collective psyche and faith in democratic process,” he stated.

The convener of the forum, Clement Nwankwo, also criticised the violent electoral process in the country, saying: “We do have a civil society concern regarding some of the challenges that have recently reared (their) heads and it is coming from events that took place in this recent elections and the Rivers State elections”.

End Electoral Violence For Successful Polls, INEC Tells Government

ondo election, owo violenceThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says the key to having successful elections in Nigeria is finding a solution to electoral violence.

This is part of the position put forward by the commission while speaking on the legislative re-run election in Rivers State.

The commission also emphasised the need for the government to set up an Elections Offences Tribunal, as recommended by the several committees on election.

It says it intends to take appropriate action under the law after reviewing all documented instances of violence.

The legislative re-run election of December 10 in Rivers State saw pockets of violence in some local councils.

Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had claims that security agents were involved in snatching of election material in the state.

The military has denied the claims, saying they were only in Rivers State to protect lives and property of residents during the election.

Rivers Re-run: INEC Says Allegations Will Not Distract It

INEC-Mahmood-Yakubu-ElectionsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says no amount of allegations ahead of Saturday’s re-run legislative elections in Rivers State, will distract it from conducting a free, fair and credible election.

The Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu,‎ gave the assurance on Wednesday while addressing reporters after ‎the swearing in of six electoral commissioners by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the Commission was set to consolidate on the 2016 elections conducted in different states and would declare a winner after a credible process while they leave the rest to the judiciary.

The INEC boss appeared pleased with the security arrangements made for the safety of INEC officials during the upcoming elections, saying the arrangement was satisfactory.

He also dismissed the allegations of printing of sensitive electoral materials in Rivers State ahead of the elections.

The Governor of the state had at different times accused INEC of plotting to rig the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party has claimed that INEC ad-hoc staff were mostly members of the APC and that he had a video of a plot to rig the election that will hold on December 10.

INEC has denied the allegations, with the APC saying his claims were baseless.

Part of security measures put in place by security agencies is the restriction of movement within the state from 12:00 midnight on Friday to 8:00pm on Saturday to ensure a smooth process.

Group In Rivers Wants More From INEC Over Alleged Fake Materials Printing

Election MaterialsA group of youths from Rivers State under the aegis of Alliance in Defence of Democracy has staged a protest at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, calling for the resignation of the electoral body’s chairman over the alleged printing of fake electoral materials in Rivers State.

The protesting group say they are disappointed with the way the chairman of INEC has responded to the arrest of a printer who was allegedly caught printing fake electoral materials in Port Harcourt last week.

The spokesman for the group, Mr Agu Okwukwe, said that the police had arrested the suspect following a tip off.

“Officers of the Nigeria police on Saturday, November, 5 stormed 12 Isiokpo Street D-Line in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and arrested three persons including the manager of the printing press, Atonye Peterside, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a cousin to Mr Dakuku Peterside.

“We express our utter disappointment and shock at the complicity of the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and the INEC National Commissioner in Charge of Elections Amina Zakari in the entire saga.

“The questions begging for answer are, how did the printer get the serial number of the materials they are printing when the numbers are to be known only by INEC leadership? How did they get the polling units they were printing when INEC has not made public the units were elections will be held? How about the colour, format, font size and security features of all the materials? How did the printer get all those?” Mr Okwukwe questioned.

Meanwhile INEC’s Director for Voters Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told the protesters that the protest was unnecessary, as the electoral body had been working with the police in their investigations.

“When we catch people in the act, allegedly forging currency notes, do you go to blame the Central Bank because people are forging their own things that they produce.

“When a person is caught with a forged WAEC certificate do you blame WAEC or the examination body because people have decided to go and forge this things? It is ridiculous. So, on what bases are people now blaming INEC? What is the evidence?

“We will still have to wait for the police to complete their investigation and we are collaborating and cooperating with the police in ensuring that we unravel the circumstances which lead to this,” he told the protesters.

INEC Proposes Dates To Conduct Re-Run Elections

INEC-Mahmood-Yakubu-ElectionsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has proposed July 23 and 30 to conduct the re-run elections into the National Assembly for Kano, Kogi, Imo and Rivers States.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday at a meeting with security officers, INEC Commissioners and political parties’ representatives from the affected states in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

According to Prof. Yakubu, the elections in those affected constituencies were declared inconclusive because of the violence that erupted during the polls.

He appealed to politicians and the electorates in the affected states to cooperate with the commission for the conduct of the re-run elections.

A Commissioner of Police, Habila Joshak, who spoke on behalf of the acting Inspector General of Police assured the gathering that the polls would be peaceful.

On his part, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters, Senator Abubakar Kyari, expressed concern over the vacuum the inconclusive polls was having on the National Assembly, one year after the general elections.

Although INEC has proposed the new date for the re-run elections, the commission says the success will depend mainly on the security situations in the affected states.