Police, Yobe SIEC Ready For Local Govt. Election

Wike Says Illegal Printing of INEC Materials Must Be Investigated, Election Materials, Election MaterialsThe Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and the state Police command, have stressed their readiness for the conduct of the Local Government election slated for Saturday February 11, 2017.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Damaturu, the state capital, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Jauro Abdu, said the state electoral body is set for the exercise.

He also stated that both the sensitive and non-sensitive materials are on ground and ready for distribution to the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

“The Yobe SIEC is fully ready for the exercise and I want to inform you that all our materials have been on ground for the past four weeks.”

The chairman also revealed that seven political parties are participating in the election.

Speaking on the security prone Local Government Areas, Mr Abdu disclosed that the election in Gujba and Gulani council areas would be conducted within the LG headquarters so as to give security operatives the opportunity to concentrate within the location instead of dividing their minds across the whole Local Government.

“The election will be conducted across all the wards except that we have agreed that for security reasons, the people of Gujba and Gulani will all concentrate in the Local Government headquarters for the exercise.

“This is to give our security the opportunity to concentrate in one location instead of having a divided mind.”

He called on the people of the state to accord SIEC officials as well as security personnel the desired cooperation towards a hitch free election.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmaliki Sumonu, assured residents that his men have long been mobilised for the exercise.

He then called for the cooperation of the well-meaning people of the state towards a successful exercise.

“The relevant stakeholders have recently met and have fine tuned ways of ensuring a hitch free exercise and by God’s grace, there will be no bridge of law before, during and after the election.

“I have long mobilised our officers and men for this exercise as they have been detailed at strategic locations to ensure law abiding people participate actively in the poll”.

The last time Yobe conducted LG elections, was in 2013 which ushered in chairmen and councilors who served in their elected capacities for a period of two years.

Seven Parties To Participate In Yobe LG Election – IPAC

IPAC, Yobe LG ElectionThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe State says seven political parties will participate in the Local Government (LG) election slated for February 11, 2017.

The State Chairman of IPAC, Mr Umar Kukuri, made the disclosure during an interview with reporters in Damaturu, Yobe State’s capital, in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Kukuri said: “The seven political parties have already conducted their various primary elections in which their respective candidates have emerged, submitted to the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and screened by the electoral commission”.

The seven parties are PDC, SDP, CPP, ACD, APC, NCP and MPPP.

The IPAC Chairman hinted that campaigns had commenced across the state with political parties canvasing for support ahead of the poll.

He asked SIEC to ensure a free and fair election that would be accepted by all the political parties and observers nationally.

Kukuri also appealed to the political parties to conduct themselves according to the rules of the game and avoid issues that could breach peace in the state before, during and after the election.

He praised security operatives in the state for ensuring peace in the previous elections and urged them to maintain the same tempo during the imminent poll.

Hitch Free Election

The chairman further commended the Yobe State government for conducting the election despite the security threat poised by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“The council wishes to appreciate the Yobe State government for promoting democracy throughout the conduct of the local government election.

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“It is noteworthy that the Yobe State government had consistently conducted LG elections in spite of security challenges faced by the state. While states without such challenges failed to conduct LG elections, the council elections are being conducted in Yobe.

“As democrats and proud citizens of the state, it is to the credit of the state government that the council elections of 2015 encouraged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2015 general elections in the northeast region that was bedevilled by serious security challenges,” he said.

Mr Kukuri assured the people of the state that IPAC would work with all the participating political parties to ensure a hitch-free election.

The last time Yobe State held an LG election was in 2014 at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

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.

Court Dismisses APC’s Case Against Ekiti LG Election

EkitiA High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Monday dismissed the case filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop the conduct of the Saturday local government election.

The Ekiti State APC, challenging the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), stated that the Chairman of the SIEC is a card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

There was jubilation around the court premises immediately after the court judgment in favor of the PDP as Justice Dele Omotoso ruled that the APC’S case was baseless and lacked merit.

Following the victory, Governor Ayo Fayose proceeded to the party secretariat to present the party flags to the chairmanship candidates for the Saturday local government election.

The Governor said that he was totally in support of the local government election in the state.

Meanwhile, the counsel to APC, Tajudeen Akingbolu, has said that they would appeal the judgment, while the counsel to PDP, Samuel Oladoyin, insisted that the APC has no case to present.

There was a huge presence of security operatives in the court premises to ensure law and order during and after the judgment.

Fayose Declares Readiness For Ekiti State LG Election

fayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, in a meeting with all candidates, has declared that the PDP is well prepared for the local government election scheduled for December 19, 2015.

Governor Fayose has therefore charged all candidates to be fully prepared and avoid electoral violence during and after the polls.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State have filed a court injunction over the composition of the members of the State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC.

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Taiwo Olatubosun, alleged that the members of the SIEC are card carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Ayodele Fayose has, however, said that the reason why the APC seems not interested in the forthcoming local government election is because they are not on ground, vowing that they would continue to suffer defeats in Ekiti State.

He added that it is only the court that can stop the local government election. All parties would have to wait for Monday, December 14 for the court to decide whether the election would hold or not.

Meanwhile, one of the councillorship candidates, Owen Chigozie Ewenike, has commended the Governor for giving him the platform to contest.

Governor Gaidam Swears-In Two New Commissioners

Ibrahim_GaidamGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam of  Yobe State has sworn in two new commissioners, urging them to work assiduously to the success of his administration.

The swearing in of the two commissioners was performed at the WAWA Hall of the Government House in Damaturu, the state capital, on Wednesday.

Three members of the State Civil Service Commission and a member of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) were also sworn in.

Administering the oath on the appointees, the Governor said the appointment of two new commissioners was to fill in the vacuum created by the resignation of Mohammed Dakasku and Sidi Karasuwa who both contested for the National Assembly primaries conducted recently.

He directed political and public office holders in the state to work hard towards promoting the guiding philosophy of moving the state forward.

The Governor said the appointments would help rejuvenate the civil service for efficiency and productivity.

Mr Gaidam warned the newly appointees, particularly the commissioners, that the primary concern of his administration was to implement policies and programmes that would improve the living standard of the common man.

While charging them to ensure transparency, accountability and judicious utilization of public funds released to them also directed them to work in harmony with their subordinates’ particularly permanent secretaries and other civil servants for the overall development of their organisations

He further said that the appointments were done based on wide consultation with relevant stakeholders while their selections were done base on their track record as well as honesty, and dedication to duty.

The Governor commended the members of the State House of Assembly for the speedy screening and confirmations of the nominees submitted to them by the executive arms.

He then urged them to abide by the oath of allegiance and oath of office they took and called on their staff and people of the state to accord them the necessary support in their new assignment.

Governor Gaidam also asked the people of the state to validate their voter’s card ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Mr Dawa Mai Gari and Mr Ibrahim Umar Potiskum were sworn in as commissioners while Mr Gambo Bizi, Khalifa Hassan Yusuf and Mr Bukar Lawan Gana as members of the State Civil Service Commission. Mr Mustapha Maina took oath as member State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC)