Ahead of Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa state, the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, (PDPGF) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress was plotting to rig the poll using cloned Permanent Voter Cards, (PVCs) and fake security agents.
The PDP Governors Forum in a statement issued in Abuja by its Director General, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, said it was aware that the ruling party had brought in Information Technology experts of Indian nationality to effect the PVCs’ cloning in order to circumvent the electoral process in Bayelsa state. Read More →
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, Gboyega Akinsanmi in Lagos and Atabor Julius in Lokoja
• Says he’ll not be Bello’s running mate
• Audu’s death a new chapter in our constitution, says Wada
As the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) meets today to take a final decision on who it shall field to replace the late Alhaji Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the Kogi State governorship election, his running mate, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, has rejected his nomination as the probable running mate to the party’s purported choice to replace Audu, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for the supplementary election slated for Saturday.
Faleke, in his second letter to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, dated November 27, 2015, restated that he should be considered the governor-elect following Audu’s death.
THISDAY learnt that though the APC leadership may have settled for Bello, who polled the second highest number of votes after Audu during the party’s primary before the governorship Read More →
From ROSE EJEMBI, Makurdi.
Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Terkimbir Ikyange may lose his seat and face fresh election following the delineation of his constituency (Ushongo State Constituency) by the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi yesterday.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Binta Nyako ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the 2005 judgment to conduct election into Ushongo and Mbagwa state constituencies or any other names that it may be called.
Consequentially, the court also ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return previously issued to Ikyange who is the member representing the people of Ushongo at the State House of Assembly and to conduct elections within 90 days into the two constituencies. Read More →
Posted By: RICHARD NDOMA
Bishop Emmah Isong is the General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International, CCCI and Assistant National Vice President ,South -South Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN. In this interview with RICHARD NDOMA, he speaks on issues of national importance.
Election Petition Tribunals have cancelled the governorship election in Rivers State, ordered rerun in 18 local government areas of Akwa-Ibom State and sacked the governor of Taraba state. How will you react to these landmark judgements?
First of all, let me congratulate Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State for passing through his own political storm and is able to retain his integrity among the political class and of course my confidence that he is going to clear election result in the remaining eighteen local governments. I am also praying for Governor Wike of Rivers state.
At least for once, let people learn how to do the right thing during elections so that we won’t have too much cancelation after elections. If the right things are done by INEC, by candidates, which begins from nomination but some of the candidates were not nominated correctly in their intra- parties affairs or were not the right candidates but were just thrown up to the electorates to swallow and of course they had no choice other than to manipulate the electoral process. There are few cases of these nature in states like Akwa Ibom that you and I know, that there were controversial incidences. For instance, if you say in eighteen Local governments, each local government that has about ten wards but more than half had issues in the election and the tribunal decides to cancel it, I don’t think there is a problem with that. To me, the tribunals are doing a good job, the courts are doing well; I back the judiciary for a job welldone and believing that they should continue like this. Maybe if care is not taken, many more cancelation may still occur. Read More →
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
FG will not interfere with judiciary, says ruling party
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday claimed that it had uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress APC)-led administration to tinker with the composition of the election tribunals in Rivers and other PDP states and to substitute them with pliable judges to overturn the party’s victory in the last general elections.
The party said it had “concrete evidence that the APC administration in its desperation was set to transfer uncooperative tribunal judges and replace them with malleable ones to overturn PDP’s electoral victory in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Taraba and Delta States and hand them over to the APC.”
Addressing journalists at the party’s secretariat Tuesday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said: “Following the insistence by some tribunal judges on delivering justice, despite the pressure being mounted by the APC government, machineries have been put in motion to influence the outcome of the judicial process by replacing them with those already briefed to do the bidding of the APC government.” Read More →
By Emma Amaize
*Steal 117 Governorship, 20 House of Assembly elections’ result sheets
*How police arrested suspects in Asaba hotel
ASABA- Police in Delta State have burst a syndicate of politicians and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who broke into the Commission’s strong room in Asaba and stole original copies of 137 result sheets used for the last Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state. The police recovered 47 completed copies of original result sheets, otherwise known as Form EC8A for the governorship election held in parts of Warri South and 16 completed copies of original result sheets, otherwise known as form EC8A (1) for House of Assembly held in parts of Warri South from the suspects.
Detectives also recovered were seven completed copies of original result sheets, otherwise known as Form EC8 for governorship election held in parts of Ugheli North; five completed copies of original result sheet , otherwise known as Form EC8A(1) for House of Assembly election held in Ugheli North. Read More →
Posted By: Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the national identity card will compliment the permanent voter’s card in future elections in the country.
Buhari made the remark after he was registered for his national identity card by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the project will go a long way to confirm Nigeria’s population. Read More →