APC Disqualifies Ex-INEC REC From Bayelsa Governorship Primary

A file photo of Dr Briyai Frankland.

 

 

The Governorship Primary Election Screening Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has disqualified the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross Rivers State, Dr Briyai Frankland.

Dr Frankland was disqualified by the committee on Tuesday over an allegation of not being a card-carrying member of the party for up to one calendar year.

The panel, however, cleared the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, and five others for the August 29 governorship primary.

The others are Mr Preys Aganaba, Mr Ebitimi Amgbare, Ms Diseye Poweigha, Mr Lyon David, and Professor Ongoebi Etebu.

The screening committee headed by the Chairman, Isa Song, stated that only Dr Briyai Oyeins Frankland was not cleared after a thorough exercise.

In its report, signed by all seven members, the committee explained that it conducted the screening exercise in line with the guidelines and code of conduct emphasised at ensuring that aspirants must have been card-carrying members of the party up to one calendar year while aspirants with multiple declarations of age must harmonise same to avoid untoward situation.

The committee stated that the modalities adopted for the screening were the balloting of numbers one to seven which was picked by each aspirant to determine the order for which they were called to appear before the members.

It stressed that each aspirant was asked questions relating to qualifications and conduct in line with both party constitution and election guidelines to contest for the primary election on the platform of the APC.

The aspirants, the report noted, were also asked to produce evidence of membership of the party, voter’s card and payment of the prescribed fees, as well as the original copy of their credentials for sighting.

“The screening committee is empowered to screen aspirants for the governorship election for Bayelsa. Therefore, Dr Briyai Frankland was not cleared and disqualified on the ground of Section 3 paragraph ‘L’ of the guideline for nomination of candidates,” the report read.

It added, “On the premises of the aforesaid report, we want to observe that the prevalent did most rated commitment of the leadership of our party to reinvigorate the culture of integrity and party discipline be encouraged.

“That the core value of our party, which is premised on leadership responsibility and discipline, will be vigorously enthroned in our leadership recruitment process. That the aspirants, whose names are above stated, appeared for screening and were attended accordingly.”

Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation Asks Security Agencies To Probe Imo REC

AA Governorship Candidate, Uche Nwosu

 

The campaign organisation for the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, has asked the security agencies to probe the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state.

This comes after Nwosu, who is also the son-in-law to the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha, lost the governorship election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Following the loss at the polls, the AA candidate has alleged that irregularities marred the polls and vowed to challenge the result that saw the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Emeka Ihedioha, emerge as governor-elect.

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The Director-General of Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation, Chidi Ibe, alleged that state REC and the Returning Officer compromised by rigging the election in favour of the PDP candidate.

Addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, Ibe said Ihedioha shouldn’t have been announced the winner of the election since he didn’t garner up to 25 percent votes in about two-thirds of the Local Government Areas across the state.

“After the elections, apart from what happened in the various Local Government Areas (LGAs) where the normal procedural system of conducting the elections were not observed.

“And apart from that, the results were collated where the card readers were abandoned. But INEC aided a particular party PDP to generate fictitious votes that were not recorded.

“Even while our agents were at the state collation center, the Returning Officer in collaboration with the Resident Electoral Commissioner insisted and accepted those results,” he stated.

44 Political Parties Pass Vote Of Confidence On Igini

INEC REC in Akwa-Ibom, Mike Igini

 

Forty-four political parties in Akwa Ibom state have passed a vote of confidence on Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Mike Igini.

The parties under the aegis of Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) described Igini as a man of integrity who has continued to stand upright in the face of provocations, intimidation, and inducement.

In a statement by IPAC’s legal adviser, Mr. Mfon Peters, the political parties alleged that several attempts were made to lure the REC against the will of the people during the presidential and senatorial elections.

They, however, praised Igini, stressing that the REC “chose his integrity instead”.

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“We have noticed that after the Presidential and National Assembly elections in our State, the ‘Igini Must Go’ assemblage which had receded has been rekindled. The reason is not far- fetched.

“We applaud the unbending noble character of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, in the test offered by the scenario that played out at Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District elections,” the statement read in part.

IPAC alleged that some politicians tried inducing Igini with lucrative monetary offers to compromise the elections in the state.

“Despite monetary inducement, connection, influence and power play, Igini was uncompromising. He insisted that only the valid votes cast at the polling units and collated by the designated officers will count.

“This did not go down well with some political gladiators who hitherto thought that what money cannot do, more money can do,” IPAC added.

Akwa Ibom REC Meets With Stakeholders Ahead of Governorship Elections

 

Ahead of the March 9 governorship and state House of Assembly elections, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini, has met with political stakeholders in the state to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

The meeting which was held at the state INEC headquarters in Uyo, had in attendance representatives of all political parties contesting the elections.

Those present included chairmen and executives of political parties, governorship candidates, House of Assembly candidates and other political stakeholders in the state.

Mr Igini says the gathering was necessary to draw the attention of stakeholders to some new innovations put in place by the commission to guarantee credible elections next Saturday.

He also gave the assurance that the commission will work hard to eliminate lapses noticed during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

We Have Received Sensitive Materials From CBN – Anambra REC

Anambra REC, Orji

The Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Nkwachukwu Orji has said that the commission is ready for the election set to hold tomorrow, November 18 and has received the sensitive materials ahead of the polls.

Orji speaking on Friday, during a telephone interview on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily said these materials have been distributed to all local government areas in the state.

“We have received the sensitive materials yesterday from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and we went ahead to distribute those materials to all the LGAs in Anambra state, there are 21 of them. By the evening of yesterday, all sensitive materials have reached the local government offices of INEC.”

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“Beginning from this morning, 9 o’clock, the electoral officers will sort out these materials and then complete the packing of the electoral bags and then we expect them to deploy to the centres by 4:00 p.m,” he said.

The REC further explained that INEC would have a head count of both its officials scheduled to embark on Saturday’s exercise and the materials available.

Orji said the officials numbering 23,000 were drawn from both members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and students from selected federal tertiary institutions in the state.

He recalled that the commission under his watch has been partnering with the security agencies, with the police taking the lead.

“This is in order to forestall any breakdown of law and order, especially as it concerns escorting the electoral materials before, during and after the polls. Also, not be left out in this preparations are the party agents, electoral observers, and the media.

Mr Oji also said the commission is committed to ensuring that adequate arrangements are made in securing the transportation of the electoral materials and also quickly replace faulty card readers.

INEC Must Work Hard To Earn Voters’ Trust In 2019 – REC

INEC, PDP, Anthony Uchechuku, Etche Rerun Polls

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom, Mr Mike Igini has advised staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work hard to earn public trust ahead of 2019 elections saying it is worrisome that electorates do not trust INEC.

Igini speaking in Uyo at the end of his assessment tour of INEC Local Government offices in the state said it has been observed that the electorate does not trust INEC staff, adding that this situation is worrisome.

“Before my posting to this state, the commission has been doing so much in the course of preparing for the 2019 elections. I have come to join all of you to help make that preparation.

“There is the need for change or re-orientation of the mindset of staff as it will no longer be business as usual. No election can be credible where people believe that votes are sold and bought and election outcomes do not reflect the wishes of the people as expressed at the polling units,” he said.

Igini also advised staff members to create and sustain an environment of trust, openness and inclusiveness to gain the trust of the electorates.

“INEC staff must earn public trust and confidence, as these are bedrock principles that underpin a credible electoral process,” he said.

The REC also said staff members were the most critical asset of the commission hence, the need for them to demonstrate competence, impartiality, and neutrality in the elections.

Receiving the INEC Commissioner, the Uyo local government Electoral Officer, Mr Onyemaeze Mba, complained of poor facilities in the office and appealed for urgent repairs or replacement.

Mba, who was represented by the assistant Electoral Officer, Mr Sebastian Etefia, explained that the office had no electricity for over eight years, following disconnection due to unpaid bills.

“The office has remained without electricity since 2009 when the Power Holding Company cut the light because of outstanding and unpaid bills. There is no furniture for staff to use and no borehole for water supply. The office has an uncompleted fence, the doors to the offices are all in a deplorable condition,” Etefia lamented.

Ekiti 2018 Elections: REC Warns Politicians Against Overt Campaigns

kogi state-rec
The new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ekiti  State, Professor
Abdul-Ganiy Raji has warned politicians against subtle or overt
campaigns ahead of the 2018 governorship poll.

Raji made this warning after stakeholders’ meeting with politicians in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday.

He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) won’t hesitate to invoke Section 99 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

This section of the Electoral Act forbids electioneering campaign until 90
days to the election and the punishment for the unlawful action is six months jail term or N500,000 fine if taken to court.

This prohibition will cover jingles being aired on the radio and television as well as the billboards erected at strategic locations,  bearing the portraits of aspirants announcing or advertising their governorship intentions.

“The enforcement is not within our purview but the law is very clear. This is the reason why media houses should scrutinize the jingles brought to them because the NBC is monitoring closely.

“The section said no campaigning or announcing yourself as potential
aspirant or candidate until 90 days to the election. This attracts
sanctions and it is constitutionally wrong,” he said.

Raji emphasised that the electoral umpire will be apolitical and uphold the
tenets of ‘integrity, honesty, dignity, neutrality, and fairness as
expected from INEC as a statutory body saddled with the conduct of
elections.

Raji replaced Mr Sam Olumekun as Ekiti REC, last week after Olumekun was transferred to Edo State.

Rivers Rerun: Wike Constitutes Judicial Commission Of Inquiry

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeRivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has constituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, to investigate the killings and other violent acts/matters that occurred during the December 10 rerun and supplementary elections in the state.

The constitution of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry was contained in a special government announcement signed by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani.

According to the announcement, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry has Justice Chinwendu Nwogu as Chairman, while other members include: Mrs Grace Akpughunum-Okwulehie, Prof O.V.C. Okene, Sir Anthony Uzoma Ozurumba, Rev Canon Hossanna Nnaewi, Alphonso Sibi Esq (Chief State Counsel, Secretary) and C. B. Ekeh Esq (Principal State Counsel, Legal Counsel).

The announcement read: “In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 2 (1 ) of the Commissions of Inquiry Law of Rivers State (CAP 30) of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999 and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, the Governor of Rivers State; His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, hereby constitutes and appoints a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the killings and other violent acts/matters that occurred during the December 10, 2016 rerun/supplementary elections to elect members of the National Assembly and House of Assembly in Rivers State.

“The Judicial Commission of Inquiry which would be inaugurated on Thursday at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt, has the following terms of reference.

▪Investigate the remote and immediate causes of the violence during the December 10, 2016 rerun/supplementary elections in Rivers State.

▪Identify the perpetrators of the various acts of violence and killings in the aforesaid election.

▪Identify the victims of the violence including those killed

▪Identify if property was damaged and the value of any such property

▪Determine if the violence was localised to specific areas within the state or was state-wide

▪Make appropriate recommendations concerning their findings or any other recommendations as the commission may consider appropriate in the circumstance and

▪Submit its report to the Governor of Rivers State within one month from the date of its sitting, ” the statement reads.

Police Probe Panel

This follows the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) demand for the immediate redeployment of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak.

According to the party, the REC had colluded with Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rig the elections in favour of PDP.

In an election which was violence-ridden, the APC made the comments after an audio recording which was attributed to Wike, surfaced few days ago.

According to the party, the audio in which the governor allegedly threatened INEC officials, confirmed their fears of him engaging in unwholesome conducts that contributed to compromising the integrity of the electoral process.

They also said concerning the 70 incidents reported, Wike must submit himself to the Police Probe Panel to join the police in bringing an end to the killings in Rivers State since he assumed office.

The governor on the other hand, rejected the order, stating that himself, as well as people of the state would not be party to the police ‘phoney’ probe panel.

My Victory Is For The Entire People Of Ondo- Akeredolu

My Victory Is For The Entire People Of Ondo- AkeredoluThe Governor-elect of Ondo State, Olurotimi Akeredolu says his victory at the polls is not for him or for his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), but for the entire people of the State, no matter their political divide.

Akeredolu stated this in his acceptance speech after receiving the Certificate of Return in the election from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akure, the State Capital.

The Conference Room of the INEC office in Akure, was full to capacity with party supporters and other well wishers of the governor-elect and his deputy.

In his address, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Ondo state, Olusegun Agbaje, reassured all stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process,‎ that the present leadership of INEC will never do anything that would alter the gains it has so far achieved in terms of credibility.

He appealed to the political class to change its “do or die” attitude, to good conduct in politics.

He equally told political parties to adhere strictly to all the principles of internal party democracy in the overall interest of the nation’s nascent democracy.

INEC, on Sunday, announced Rotimi Akeredolu as the winner of the Ondo Governorship election.

In an election that was considered rather peaceful, considering the events that preceded the date, he polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes.

Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889

INEC Conducts Supplementary Elections In Imo North, Oru East

INEC, Elections, Imo North, Oru East The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday conducted the supplementary elections for the Imo North senatorial district and Oru East State Constituency that were declared inconclusive last Saturday.

Channels Television crew who monitored the election reports that the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, as there was no report of violence recorded in the areas where the elections were conducted.

However, the election witnessed very low turnout of voters as some electorates who spoke to Channels Television attributed the low turnout to voters’ apathy.

Even though there was restriction of movement in the affected areas, residents of the areas were still going about their normal business, especially grocery stores and restaurant.

Meanwhile, security operatives led by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, were on ground to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order in these areas.

As at time of filing this report, final collation was still ongoing as voters were still awaiting the final declaration of the winner by the returning officer.

Imo Rerun: PDP, APC Trade Words Over Election Result

PDP, APC, Imo, Election, Imo NorthThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have continued to trade words following the outcome of Saturday’s rerun election in Imo State.

At a press conference on Monday in Owerri, the state capital, the PDP and its candidate in the Imo North senatorial election insisted that they won the election.

The PDP Caretaker Chairman in the state, Martin Ejiogu, accused the Imo APC of massive rigging and manipulation of the original results from the polling booths.

He called on the Presidency and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to intervene in the matter.

The PDP asked them to address the lapses in the poll and declare the PDP candidate winner of the election.

In his response to the allegations, the Deputy Chairman of the APC in Imo State, Ugochukwu Nzekwe, said that the reaction from the PDP was uncalled for and unwarranted.

He maintained that the APC remains the only popular party in the state that has delivered the dividends of democracy to the people.

Saturday’s poll is the fourth time elections in Imo North senatorial district will end inconclusively.

The Returning Officer in the election, Austin Agbaogu, said that the poll was declared inconclusive not because of violence but due to the number of cancelled votes which was 13,919 and was higher than the margin between the first and second contestant.

He said that the PDP candidate, Mr Athan Achonu, garnered 40, 142 votes while the APC candidate, Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu, scored 48,921 votes.

The electoral umpire in a statement fixed Thursday, July 28 to conduct the make-up elections in about 15 polling units where votes were cancelled.

Acting IGP Commends Police In Kogi And Imo Rerun Elections

Police, ElectionsThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has expressed his satisfaction with the impressive performance of Police officers in the re-run elections in Kogi and Imo States on July 23, 2016 and commended the officers for their unalloyed service to the nation.

According to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, the IGP commended the Police operatives for their personal and collective demonstration of patriotism, professionalism and commitment in ensuring that the re-run elections were conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of any breach of public security.

“The ability of the Police officers to dominate their areas of jurisdiction and supervision before, during and after the elections is a clear testimony of the police new resolve to adhere to international best practices in the conduct of elections,” the IGP said

The IGP added that the Nigeria Police force has developed workable strategy and a template that will guarantee future free, fair and credible election devoid of violence which was the characteristics of past elections in the country.

IGP Ibrahim K. Idris further said that the re-run elections in Kogi and Imo States were an index of subsequent elections in the country and particularly the upcoming elections in Rivers, Edo and Ondo States.

These upcoming elections, the IGP asserted, must be conducted within the framework of International acceptable standards of election security.  He therefore, urged the officers to breast up to the new challenges.

The IGP appealed to all those engaged in conduct of elections, particularly the active politicians and electorates to play by the rules of the game.

The Kogi and Imo re-run elections were supervised from the Police perspective by DIGs Funsho Adebanjo and Joshua Habila.