Yobe State To Hold LG Election In February 2017

Yobe SIEC To Hold LG Poll in February 2017, election observer, welfare, security personnel, Edo electionThe Yobe state Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) will conduct elections into the 17 Local Governments of the state on February 11, 2017.

The decision was reached in a stakeholders meeting held at the commission’s office in Damaturu the state capital.

The meeting, which was presided over by the Executive Chairman of the commission, Mohammed Jauro, had in attendance various political parties, security agents, and the media among others.

It deliberated on some key issues that will ensure free, fair and credible elections.

Addressing stakeholders at the meeting, Mr Mohammed Jauro, said that the meeting was in line with the provision of the electoral time table which recommends that interested parties meet at least 90 days before the election.

It affords the stakeholders the opportunity to scrutinize the election time table, days for submission of nomination forms, compilation of lists of candidates, verification of the substituted candidates by the commission among others as presented by the commission.

The Executive chairman urged the stakeholders to give their all by mobilizing their followers along the line of peace for a hitch-free exercise.

“To conduct a free and fair election, we need a serine environment and a level ground by following the rules of the game

“This is why we all gathered here as stakeholders in this game to rub minds and freely discuss ways and means of conducting smooth, free, fair and credible election in all the 17 Local Government Councils in the state” Mr Jauro said.

He commended the improved security situation and called on security agents to continue to maintain law and order for the success of the election.

He praised the roles exhibited by the stakeholders and expressed confidence that the commission would hold the best election ever.

Some of the stakeholders Umar Kukuri, Babayo Madugu and Adamu Chilariye in a chat with Channels Television lauded the commission’s efforts for the timely arrangement of the meeting in line with the Electoral Act.

They promised to mobilize their followers towards the maintenance of absolute peace before, during and after the election.

Bayelsa Lawmakers Advocate Retraining Of Security Personnel

Police, lawmakers, Bayelsa, security personnel, extra-judicial killlingThe Bayelsa State House of Assembly has called for the retraining of personnel across the different security agencies with emphasis on the Nigeria Police.

The lawmakers stressed the need for the training, following the case of an alleged extra-judicial killing in the Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria.

Chief Whip of the House of Assembly, Tonye Isenah and the House Committee Chairman on Security, Colonel Bernard Kemebai (Rtd), described the incident as regrettable.

They assured the public of their commitment to ensuring that justice is served while advocating for the retraining of security personnel.

The incident centered on the death a middle-aged carpenter, Anayo and four-year-old Godsgift Odoki who were hit by a stray bullet during a gun battle between the Police and some suspected cultists in Ekeki community in Yenagoa, the state’s capital.

The mishap led to a protest by Obuan youths from Epie-Atissa Kingdom who took to the streets to demand for justice.

They said that the spate of extra-judicial killing in Bayelsa State was worrisome and needed to be stopped.

The youths also took their petition to the Government House where the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Mr Boma Spirojack, consoled them, saying such unfortunate incidents were usually unavoidable in any exchange of gunfire.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command has since issued a statement informing the public of the detention of the sergeant who allegedly fired the deadly shot.

The command says investigation was still ongoing while no statement was made regarding the possible arrest of any of the cultists.

Edo Election Observer Decries Handling Of Security Personnel Welfare

election observer, welfare, security personnel, Edo electionOne of the election observers that participated in the just concluded Edo state governorship election CLEEN Foundation, has expressed disappointment over the way the welfare of security personnel that participated in the election was handled.

The Senior Programme Officer for CLEEN Foundation, Chigozirim Okoro, told Channels Television in Benin City that some policemen were seen begging for food and transportation during the exercise as they were not paid their allowances.

He appealed to the Inspector General of Police to look into the matter.

Sheriff’s Faction Presents Jimoh Ibrahim As Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate

Jimoh Ibrahim, PDP, Ondo election, Ali Modu SheriffThe Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s candidate in the coming Ondo State governorship election.

The primary election which lasted over two hours was preceded by an all-night congress among over 800 delegates at the Premier Hotel, Mokola in Ibadan, the Oyo State’s capital in Nigeria’s southwest zone.

The electoral committee, headed by Mr Ahmed Gulak, hinted that the congress was moved out of Akure, the Ondo State capital for security reasons.

After three other aspirants had stepped down for Mr Ibrahim, he polled 502 votes to emerge the winner with his only co-contestant, Mr Olusola Ebiseni, scoring 41 votes while 17 votes were voided.

In his acceptance address, the factional flag bearer promised to defend the mandate by creating jobs and making Ondo State an industrial hub.

The National Vice Chairman and Southwest Chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, the PDP Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Popoye Biyi and the Southwest Secretary, Mr Otemolu Adepegba, were among party dignitaries present at the primaries.

Prior to Ibrahim’s emergence, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had presented a former Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, as the flag bearer in the coming governorship poll.

Jegede Wins Ondo PDP Governorship Primaries

A former Attorney General of Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has emerged the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Mr Jegede was declared winner by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP at the primaries held in Akure, the Ondo State capital in southwest Nigeria.

The former Commissioner for Justice polled 760 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Saka Lawal who scored 22 votes.

The election was conducted on Monday by the Chairman of the PDP Electoral Committee and Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson.

It was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, security personnel, journalists and various election observers.

Not less than 840 delegates from 203 wards in Ondo State participated in the election.