Monday, March 18, 2019

Femi Owolabi

    INEC may deregister over 80 parties

INEC may deregister over 80 parties

Less than 10 political parties may survive being deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should the commission decide to run with the amended constitutional provision to deregister parties.At least, 70 parties participated in the 2019 elections, an alteration on the 1999 constitution. However,  section 225 of the constitution as amended empowers INEC deregister political parties on grounds of:“a. [...]

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    PDP: INEC has denied Atiku access to election materials

PDP: INEC has denied Atiku access to election materials

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refused Atiku Abubakar access to election materials despite a court order directing the commission to do so.Atiku, presidential candidate of the PDP, lost the February 23 election to President Muhammadu Buhari.Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, he had headed to the court.He had filed an application [...]

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    AAC: INEC working with Wike to cook up Rivers result

AAC: INEC working with Wike to cook up Rivers result

The African Action Congress (AAC) says it is suspecting a connivance between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, in manipulating results from the governorship election in Rivers state.The election was suspended due to violence and invasion of the state collation center by soldiers.But on Saturday announced that it was set to complete the [...]

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    INEC set to complete Rivers poll, blames soldiers for delay

INEC set to complete Rivers poll, blames soldiers for delay

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has in its custody, results from 17 out of the 23 local government areas (LGA) where the governorship election held in Rivers state.This was disclosed in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, INEC’s director of information and voter education committee.Okoye said the commission would issue detailed timelines and activities for the completion [...]

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    Do the police have the power to arrest a deputy governor?

Do the police have the power to arrest a deputy governor?

Nasiru Gawuna, Kano state deputy governor, was arrested by the police on Monday for alleged electoral misconduct.Mutari Sule Garo, commissioner for local government, was also arrested for the same offence.They were accused of disrupting the collation of governorship election results at Nassarawa local government area of the state.Garo and Gawuna were reportedly rescued from an aggrieved mob before they were subsequently picked [...]

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    Army: We are investigating invasion of Rivers commissioner’s residence

Army: We are investigating invasion of Rivers commissioner’s residence

The Nigerian army says it is investigating the invasion of the residence of Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, Rivers state commissioner of education.In a trending video, about five persons identified as family members of Gogo-Jaja were seen fleeing into a direction as armed soldiers barged into their GRA phase 3 home in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Wednesday.In a statement on Friday, [...]

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    ‘Soldiers will be tough this time’ — Buratai warns ‘election riggers’

‘Soldiers will be tough this time’ — Buratai warns ‘election riggers’

Ahead of the Saturday governorship and house of assembly elections, Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, says intelligence gathered has shown that politicians have plans to disrupt the process.He made this known on Wednesday during a meeting with principal staff officers and commanders of the Nigerian army.While noting the cases of violence outbreak in some parts during the presidential [...]

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    Tension as soldiers break into nightclubs in Port Harcourt

Tension as soldiers break into nightclubs in Port Harcourt

There was tension in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Tuesday, following the raid of some nightclubs by soldiers.Among the clubs raided were Casablanca, Orange Room and Play House in the GRA part of the Garden city.The armed men where said to have carted away drinks and arrested some of the people went to unwind.The reason for the action is not clear [...]

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    CAN congratulates Buhari as JNI asks Atiku to accept his fate

CAN congratulates Buhari as JNI asks Atiku to accept his fate

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to run an inclusive government this time.Buhari was re-elected in the February 23 election, defeating Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had since rejected the outcome of the election.In a letter to the president dated March 1, 2019, [...]

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    Don’t challenge Buhari’s victory, Dangiwa Umar advises Atiku

Don’t challenge Buhari’s victory, Dangiwa Umar advises Atiku

Dangiwa Umar, founder of the Movement for Unity and Progress (MUP), has advised Atiku Abubakar not to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari's victory in the election.Atiku, candidate of the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had described the outcome of the election as worst in the history of the country— with his party set to challenge the result in court.Reacting in a [...]

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    Mixed feelings in Kaduna over Buhari’s victory

Mixed feelings in Kaduna over Buhari’s victory

Residents in Kaduna state are having mixed feelings over the outcome of the just concluded presidential election.President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner on Wednesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)and Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party came second.In the northern part of Kaduna metropolis, it was celebration galore as [...]

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    Results declared by INEC were verified, says UK

Results declared by INEC were verified, says UK

The United Kingdom (UK) says Nigerians can have confidence in the outcome of the presidential election that held on Saturday.President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), won the election with Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coming second.Harriett Baldwin, UK’s minister of state for Africa, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said the result declared [...]

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    Rivers APC: We stopped PDP from allocating imaginary votes

Rivers APC: We stopped PDP from allocating imaginary votes

Tonye Cole, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, says his party stopped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from manipulating the outcome of Saturday's elections.Addressing the media on Wednesday, Cole said unlike 2015 when the PDP allocated imaginary votes, the APC did all within its powers to check that.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled higher than [...]

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    Anti-corruption network asks Malami to disqualify Atiku, writes Pelosi (updated)

Anti-corruption network asks Malami to disqualify Atiku, writes Pelosi (updated)

The World Anti-Corruption Research Network has asked the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to disallow Atiku Abubakar from contesting in Saturday's presidential election.The UK-based group in the petition dated February 20, 2019 said it is worried about Atiku’s candidacy which "poses a security risk to the country".It also wrote a petition to Nancy Patricia Pelosi, speaker of the US [...]

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    Onnoghen’s lawyer: I was framed up with $30,000 bribe because I exposed Paris Club fraud

Onnoghen’s lawyer: I was framed up with $30,000 bribe because I exposed Paris Club fraud

Joe Agi, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has denied the allegation that he paid a bribe of $30,000 to Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had traced a deposit of $30,000 made by Agi into Onnoghen’s account.Sources had told TheCable that the deposit was made sometime in 2009 while a series of “suspicious [...]

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    APC demands arrest of PDP senator

APC demands arrest of PDP senator

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked security agencies to arrest Rafiu Ibrahim, senator representing Kwara south, over the attack on Lola Ashiru, the party’s candidate in the senatorial district.Ibrahim is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The ruling party accused him of being behind the attack which occurred in Ojoku town in Kwara south where about eight people [...]

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