Appeal Court Nullifies Uche Ekwunife’s Election As Senator

Uche_EkwunifeThe Court of Appeal in Enugu has nullified the election of Uche Ekwunife, as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District.

The court has consequently ordered a fresh election within 90 days.

Anambra Central Senatorial district is regarded as one of the most keenly contested in the country having a former Governor Chris Ngige, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh and of course Mrs Ekwunife.

The appeal was filed by Mr Umeh of APGA.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Datijo Yahaya said that the election of Mrs Ekwunife on March 28, 2015, did not meet the prescription of the Electoral Act.

Reacting to the judgment, Mrs Ekwunife said  she had accepted the court’s decision and was ready for the fresh election.

Mrs Ekwunife before the nullification of her election was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Oil and Gas Downstream.

Police Ban Protests, Rallies In Bayelsa State

Nigeria_Police_Armoured_Personnel_CarrierPolice have placed a ban on all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in Bayelsa State, as the result of the governorship election concluded on Sunday is being awaited. 

The State Police Command said the decision was taken after information at its disposal revealed that some disgruntled persons in the state were planning to carry out illegal demonstrations, processions and rallies.

Existing Peaceful Atmosphere

In a statement by a spokesperson for the Police in Bayelsa State, Mr Hashimu Argungu, the Police said rallies, protests and demonstrations of any kind would jeopadize the ongoing electoral process.

The command warned the intending perpetrators to desist from such acts, saying it will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who may engage in any conduct that will compromise the existing peaceful atmosphere.

It further advised the public to go about their normal businesses, as security agencies were poised to guarantee the safety of lives and property.

Collation of results is still ongoing in the Saturday election that was extended by the electoral body to Sunday to enable it hold elections in Ijaw South.


INEC Declares Ikpeazu Winner Of Abia Governorship Election

Okezie Ikpeazu wins Abia governorship elctionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Okezie Ikpeazu, the winner of the Abia State governorship election.

Mr Ikpeazu polled 264,713 to defeat the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, who polled 180,882 votes.

The result was declared in the early hours of Sunday after the supplementary election of Saturday.

Election was held in all the areas earlier listed by INEC for the re-run election except in Umunneochi Local Government Area.

INEC had erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.

Abia State is one of the state where supplementary governorship election was held on Saturday after election of April 11 was declared inconclusive by INEC.

Other States are Imo and Taraba State.

The incumbent Governor of Imo State has been declared the winner of the elections while the result of Taraba state election is being awaited.

Supplementary House of Assembly election was also held in some other states in areas where elections had been declared inconclusive. The elections were adjudged peaceful.

Okorocha Wins Imo State Governorship Election

Governor Rochas OkorochaThe incumbent Governor of Imo State and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has been declared the winner of the Imo State Governorship election, securing a second term in office.

Governor Okorocha was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the supplementary election of Saturday.

The re-run was between Governor Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Governor Okorocha polled 416,996 votes while Mr Ihedioha got 320,705 votes.

After the election was declared inconclusive on April 12 by INEC, the incumbent Governor expressed optimism that he would come out victorious in the election.

Gunshots At Takum Collation Centre In Taraba State Cause Scare

Gubernatorial and state assembly elections in Taraba State NigeriaThere are reports of sporadic shooting at a collation centre in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, one of the states where supplementary elections were held on Saturday.

The gunshots had caused scare in the north-east state, a region that had witnessed years of terrorists’ attacks.

No number of casualties have been reported.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Yemi Kosoko, said the gunshots were heard after elections have been held.

“News just filtered in that there is a problem in collation centre in Takum where the results of elections held in the local council were being collated. There was sporadic shooting at the collation centre.

“Apart from that, there are no other incidents reported so far,” he said.

The supplementary election held in three registration areas in the local council, where the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive.

He said there were expectations that the results would be trickling in.

The April 11 elections in some areas were declared inconclusive due to pockets of violence.

INEC Officials Arrested In Imo For Thumb-printing Ballot Papers

Thumb-printing of ballot papersOfficials of the Independent National Electoral Commission have been arrested in Imo State for thumb-printing ballot papers in the governorship re-run election.

The persons were arrested at Omuma Primary School in Oru East Local Government.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo, Dr. Gabriel Ada, confirmed the arrest.

He said the officials were already in Police custody.

The re-run election was between Governor Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP.

Before INEC’s decision on April 12, the incumbent governor and the APC candidate was leading.

The elections have been adjudged peaceful by observers and security personnel deployed to ensure security of lives and property.

Re-run Elections In Abia, Imo And Taraba States Adjudged Peaceful

police at election polling unitThe re-run elections held in 11 states across Nigeria have ended and were adjudged peaceful, but with low turnout of voters. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Abia, Imo, Taraba, Delta and Kogi States amongst others. The April 11 elections in some local councils in the states were declared inconclusive.

Results of the elections are being expected.

In Imo State, officials of INEC were arrested for thumb-printing ballot papers in the governorship re-run election.

The persons were arrested at Omuma Primary School in Oru East Local Government.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo, Dr. Gabiral Ada, confirmed the arrest.

He said that the officials were already in Police custody.

The re-run was between Governor Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP.

Before INEC’s decision on April 12, the incumbent governor and the APC candidate was leading.

Abia Re-run

In Abia State, voting in several local government areas in the governorship re-run election ended peacefully.

Election was held in all the areas earlier listed by INEC for the re-run election except in Umunneochi Local Government Area.

INEC had erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.

The supplementary election was between Okezie Ikpeazu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Taraba Re-run

Taraba State governorship re-run was also said to been concluded peacefully.

It was between the candidate of the PDP, Darius Ishaku and that of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Aisha Alhassan.

After collating the results from 16 out of the 17 local government areas of the state in the April 11 governorship election, the Taraba State Returning Officer for the governorship election, Muhammadu Kyari, declared the election inconclusive.

He said that the decision was taken because the number of cancelled votes was above the gap between the PDP candidate who came first and the APC candidate who came second.

Before the election was declared inconclusive, Mr Ishaku had polled 317, 198 while Senator Aisha had 262, 383 votes.

The elections were held in 10 local government areas of Bali Zing, Takum, Yorro, Donga, Wukari, Ussa, Karim Lamido, Kurmi and Jalingo.

The exercise held in 159 polling units with a potential 127,125 registered voters expected to exercise their franchise.

In Ekti State, There was a low turnout of voters in Ilejemeje Constituency in Ekiti State, where supplementary House of Assembly elections held in 20 polling units.

Few voters were at polling units for accreditation earlier in the day.

The same scenario played out at Polling Unit 007 Imose-Ise, Owakuta Polling Unit 003 and Ise Polling Unit 006.

INEC had deployed three National Commissioners and three Resident Electoral Commissioners to beef up the human capacity of the commission for the polls. The electoral body had assured Nigerians that election would be peaceful, free and fair.

Security was also beefed up in the three states where the supplementary governorship election was held.

To ensure adequate policing of the election, as requested by INEC, the Police restricted vehicular movement from 8:00am to 5:00pm in the areas where the elections held.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, issued the restriction order on Friday.

“This restriction of vehicular movements order affects movements in and out of the areas where the rerun elections are to take place, except for ambulances, fire service trucks and others on essential duties,” the police said in a statement.


INEC Seeks Better Policing Ahead Of Supplementary Elections

Attahiru Jega Solomon Arase INEC and police discuss policingThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has urged the police to pay more attention to activities of high profile politicians who move about on elections day with their security details.

At a meeting between the chairman of the electoral body, Professor Attahiru Jega and the Acting Inspector General of police, Mr Solomon Arase, the INEC boss demanded more policing from in the elections that will hold in three states on April 25.

According to Professor Jega, such high profile politicians, who violate the movement restrictions on the day of elections, are the cause of major electoral problems in some states.

Mr Arase assured INEC of violence free elections in the three states of Taraba, Imo and Abia on Saturday.

According to him, very senior police officials have already been deployed to the states where INEC is conducting these elections.

The Police had earlier issued a movement restriction order in local councils where the supplementary elections will hold.

I will Challenge Kosofe Constituency Election Result In Court– Moyo

Moyo Ogunlewe on Kosofe electionThe candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, who contested for the Lagos State House of Assembly in Kosofe Constituency, Moyo Ogunlewe, says he will challenge the result of the election in court.

After the elections were held on April 11, Bayo Oshinowo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Ogunlewe said there were irregularities noticed by his agents at different polling units won by his opponent.

According to him, some ballot papers meant for polling units in Amuwo-Odofin were used in some polling units in Kosofe Constituency, an act that is against the rules of the process.

“There was a lot of crisis in the morning. Two bundles of ballot papers were missing.

“When we discovered that the ballot papers were missing we raised an alarm and the INEC official, who also confirmed that the bundles were missing, said she would sign on all the available papers before they would be used to ensure that no other ballot papers would be used again.

“When we got to the polling units and peoples started voting, we discovered that the papers were not signed as promised,” Mr Ogunlewe said.

He further stated that he had gathered his evidences and would present them at the tribunal, expressing optimism that he would win the suit.Fatai Gbadebo on Kosofe Election

However, a member of the APC, Mr Fatai Gbadebo, said he voted in Kosofe constituency and insisted that the candidate of the APC won the election.

He claimed that there was no form of rigging or manipulation in the area and dismissed claims that ballot papers meant for Amuwo-Odofin were used in some polling units.

“To the best of my knowledge, there was nothing of such that happened. They had their men on ground at the local government headquarters where the papers were distributed to various wards.

“Why did their men not raise any alarm when they detected that at the distribution point?

“We were on ground when the election commenced. We were showed the ballot papers before the commencement of the election,” he said.




Nigeria’s Election Is A Legacy To Emulate – Cote D’Ivoire’s President

ECOWAS-SUMMIT-MALI-GBISSAU-NIGERIAThe President of Cote D’Ivoire, Mr Allassane Ouattara, has described Nigeria’s presidential election as a legacy that all the countries in the African continent should emulate.

Mr Ouattara made the remark after holding talks with the President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, on Monday.

The Ivorian President, who was at the Presidential Villa at about midday, congratulated President Jonathan, the Nigerian people and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

He stressed that what happened in Nigeria was a lesson for all, apparently referring to the decision by President Jonathan to concede defeat even before the winner of the presidential election was declared.

Mr Ouattara further extolled the leadership qualities of the outgoing President, describing him as, first a West African before a Nigerian.

He talked about his experience in the presidential election that brought him to power and how the then President of Cote D’Ivoire Mr. Lauren Gbagbo, holed him into a hotel for four months after the election.

Mr Gbagbo had rejected the election results and refused to hand over to Mr Ouattara, a decision that led to a civil war that claimed the lives of over 3,000 people five years ago.

He said that avoiding violence and civil war during elections in Africa should be the utmost objectives of those who want to lead, emphasising that people are more important than power.

He also thanked President Jonathan for the leadership role he provided for the ECOWAS, his commitment to fighting the Boko Haram sect and his interventions in the return of peace in countries like Mali, Guinea Bissau and Togo

Rivers Election: Police Worked With PDP To Rig – Peterside

Dakuku PetersideThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, has alleged that the police worked in concert with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the governorship election of April 11.

Mr Peterside told Channels Television on Monday that there was no governorship election in Rivers State, claiming it was marred by “violence of unimaginable dimension” that led to the death of 13 persons.

“On April 11 terror was visited on Rivers’ people. Violence of unimaginable dimension.

“We lost 13 souls, with several other persons injured and many of them found themselves in different hospitals.

“Nobody can say that there was election in Rivers State.

“We knew all along that a good number of policemen in Rivers State were compromised,” he stressed.

The governorship candidate of the APC claimed that what was witnessed in Rivers State on Election Day did not substantially comply with the rules of the process.

He explained that days before the election, there was intimidation of high degree, with sporadic gunshots in some areas that lasted for over 17 hours (from 5:00pm on April 10 to 9:00am the next day).

“It would have been impossible for anybody to hold election under that condition.”

Mr Peterside further said that there were other election malpractices that marred the process.

“Hoodlums hijacked ballot boxes at different areas. I did not see any result from the polling unit where I voted and some other polling units.

“The PDP recruited hoodlums because they had the intention to intimidate people.

“Card readers were by-passed deliberately in at least 90 per cent of the polling booths in Rivers State,” he said.

Asked why the electoral body could have allowed people to vote without accreditation with the card read, after the Independent National Electoral Commission had issued a statement insisting on the use of card readers, he said so many persons in the electoral commission had no reputation.

Mr Peterside further said he was consulting with party leaders and that they would come out with a position soon.

“One thing that we are sure of is that this can’t stand. The level of electoral fraud this time was much. We have never had it in this form before,” he emphasised.

APC, Others Boycott Rescheduled House Of Assembly Election In Bayelsa

Nigerian voters - Bayelsa State electionsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and 11 other political parties in Bayelsa State have boycotted the rescheduled election into the eight House of Assembly constituencies.

The parties had earlier made known their decision not to take part in the rescheduled election.

The election was rescheduled as a result of insufficient ballot papers on April 11.

A member of the APC, Mr Tokpo Coronation, who requested that he should not be mentioned told Channels Television that the APC and other political parties in the state choose to boycott the elections because they believed the Independent National Electoral Commission and members of the security agencies in the state were working in partnership with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

They further claimed INEC would favour the PDP to win the election.

However, voters turned out to vote for their preferred candidates even though members of the 12 parties held on to their decision to boycott the elections.

The announcement of the plan to boycott by members of 12 political parties in the state had brought uncertainty on the part of the electorates.

Their fears were, however, allayed when INEC officials showed up at the various polling units by 8:00am local time to conduct the election.

The exercise commenced as the Governor, Seriake Dickson, whose constituency was part of the eight, got accredited alongside his wife at Toru-Irua community.

After the accreditation, people stayed backed to participate in the actual voting process.

After performing his civic duty, Governor Dickson, addressed reporters, adjudging the election as peaceful and violence free while commending INEC for the orderly conduct of its affairs.