Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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    Rivers APC: INEC determined to rig for Wike

Rivers APC: INEC determined to rig for Wike

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is determined to rig governorship election in the state in favour of Nyesom Wike, the incumbent governor.On March 10, INEC suspended all electoral processes in the state as a result of violence and widespread disruption of collation of results. The commission eventually announced a rerun [...]

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    PDP will take over Kano, says Kwankwaso

PDP will take over Kano, says Kwankwaso

Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano state, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win Saturday supplementary election in the state.Kwankwaso spoke through Binta Spikin, his media aide.“Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso hereby calls on the people of Kano, cutting across political divides, to conduct themselves peacefully during the oncoming re-run election while voting for the candidate of their choice,” Spikin [...]

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    ‘This is pure evil’ — Dogara speaks on inconclusive elections

‘This is pure evil’ — Dogara speaks on inconclusive elections

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against setting a dangerous precedence by declaring elections inconclusive.INEC had declared elections inconclusive in at least six states, including Bauchi where the speaker hails from.Addressing a national executive council meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Abuja, Dogara cited election cases [...]

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    I’ll recover my stolen mandate, says Atiku

I’ll recover my stolen mandate, says Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says he is confident in getting his “stolen mandate” from the court.He spoke on Wednesday during a courtesy call on the southern and middle belt leaders at the Abuja residence of Edwin Clark, a leader of the group.Atiku, who lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress [...]

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    Falana: Deployment of soldiers in Rivers elections illegal

Falana: Deployment of soldiers in Rivers elections illegal

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says the deployment of army personnel for elections in Rivers state is illegal.The Nigerian army had been indicted by a fact-finding committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the suspended electoral process in the state.In a statement on Wednesday, Falana argued that the Nigerian armed forces could only [...]

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    Ogboru ‘did not collect N3bn’ from APC leaders

Ogboru ‘did not collect N3bn’ from APC leaders

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state says the leadership of the party did not give N3 billion to Great Ogboru, who contested the last governorship election under the platform of APC.A coalition, in a statement signed by Daniel Ekiugbo, had made this allegation, claiming there were hostilities between Ogboru and some prominent APC members.Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta [...]

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    Boni Haruna: Soldiers repelled Boko Haram attack in my town

Boni Haruna: Soldiers repelled Boko Haram attack in my town

Boni Haruna, a former governor of Adamawa state, has commended the effort of the Nigerian army in repelling Boko Haram attack on his hometown of Michika.On Monday, the insurgents raided the town shooting sporadically but they were repelled by the army .In a statement on Tuesday, Haruna thanked the army and other security agencies for their response.“I wish to most profoundly commend [...]

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    We won’t give Okorocha certificate of return, INEC insists

We won’t give Okorocha certificate of return, INEC insists

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not give a certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, who was declared winner of Imo west senatorial district.INEC had said Okorocha was announced winner with the returning officer placed under duress.On a Channels Television programme, Festus Okoye, the commission’s director of voter education, said INEC had investigated [...]

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    Army rejects indicting report on Rivers polls, slams INEC, police

Army rejects indicting report on Rivers polls, slams INEC, police

The Nigerian army says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is unfair with the report of its findings on the governorship and house of assembly elections in Rivers state.Following reported cases of widespread violence during the elections, INEC suspended electoral process in the state and sent a fact-finding committee on investigation.Festus Okoye, INEC’s director of information and voter education, had [...]

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    Group asks FG to probe killings during Rivers elections

Group asks FG to probe killings during Rivers elections

Some stakeholders in Rivers state have called on the federal government to investigate every single death recorded during the elections in the state.Both the presidential and governorship elections were marred with violence, leading to loss of lives.In a statement, the stakeholders asked the federal government to speedily set up a judicial commission of inquiry to secure a thorough, professional and [...]

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    INEC: We don’t know if military rigged elections

INEC: We don’t know if military rigged elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the military intervened in the governorship and house of assembly elections in Rivers state but it could not say if the involvement was to rig.INEC had suspended the process because of widespread violence.While fielding questions on Channels TV on Monday, Festus Okoye, INEC’s director of information and voter education, said the commission went on [...]

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    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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