Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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    Falana: Courts have legitimised vote buying

Falana: Courts have legitimised vote buying

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the courts have legitimised vote buying.Speaking on Wednesday at the ninth forum of the anti-corruption situation room in Abuja, Falana said since 1999, the purchase of votes has been the order of the day.He said measures should be put in place in a bid to reform the country's process "in a way that we [...]

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    The shortcomings of 2019 elections

The shortcomings of 2019 elections

BY GIDADO SHUAIBThe 2019 general election is the most expensive poll ever organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It incurred an additional N69 billion than the  2015 elections. However, when teeming Nigerian electorate were preparing to cast their ballot on February 16, something ‘mysterious’ happened.In the dead of the night, the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, summoned a [...]

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    Coalition asks FG to reject US verdict on corruption, insecurity

Coalition asks FG to reject US verdict on corruption, insecurity

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement has faulted a recent report by the United States on human rights abuse and corruption in Nigeria.The report, which was published on the website of the US Department of State, said several acts of gross human rights abuse were committed by both government and non-government actors within Nigeria in the year under review, many of [...]

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    Ihedioha leading with over 100,000 votes in Imo

Ihedioha leading with over 100,000 votes in Imo

Emeka Ihedioha, former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, is leading in results of the 11 local government declared so far.Ihedioha, who is contesting the Imo state governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is ahead of Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance and Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with over 100,000 votes.In [...]

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    Vote buying: EFCC arrests Ogun house of assembly candidate

Vote buying: EFCC arrests Ogun house of assembly candidate

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Sotayo Johnson, contestant for the state house of assembly election in Ogun state for alleged “vote buying”.The suspect, according to the anti-graft agency, was arrested on Saturday, at Ijaye park polling unit, Abeokuta, Ogun state.A member of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Sotayo is seeking to represent Abeokuta south state constituency [...]

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    VON DG: Buhari has ended era of vote-buying

VON DG: Buhari has ended era of vote-buying

Osita Okechukwu, director-general of the Voice of Nigeria, says President Muhammadu Buhari has ended vote-buying in elections.He also said the president has ended the era of "writing election results in hotels".Okechukwu said this at a national dialogue on curbing vote-buying and selling, organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja on Tuesday.Nigeria's elections have usually been affected with incidents [...]

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    PHOTOS: EFCC officials ‘hunt vote buyers’ at polling units

PHOTOS: EFCC officials ‘hunt vote buyers’ at polling units

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stormed different polling units across the country on Saturday to check the menace of vote buying by political parties.Despite warnings, some parties still engaged in the act, disrupting the free flow of the elections.The anti-graft agency released some pictures of its men on the trail of those inducing voters.Here are some [...]

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    TraderMoni has touched many lives, says Marwa

TraderMoni has touched many lives, says Marwa

Buba Marwa, former military governor of Lagos, says the social investment programme (SIP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has won the hearts of many despite allegations that it is vote-buying.Marwa said this on Tuesday while speaking at the National Policy and Development (N-POD) Summit in Abuja.The summit was organised by the office of the secretary to the government of [...]

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    INEC: Some politicians plotting to conspire with food vendors to buy votes

INEC: Some politicians plotting to conspire with food vendors to buy votes

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says politicians have employed new methods to buy votes.Speaking when he received delegations of election observers from the European Union and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja on Monday, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said politicians plot to sell votes through food vendors at the polling units.Vote buying has been a recurring [...]

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    Saraki: We must block politicians from buying PVCs ahead of polls

Saraki: We must block politicians from buying PVCs ahead of polls

Senate President Bukola Saraki says politicians seeking to procure permanent voter cards (PVCs) ahead of the general election must be stopped.Yusuph Olaniyonu, media aide to Saraki, quoted the senate president as saying this in a statement on Thursday.On Monday, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the electoral body is aware of the vote-buying tricks [...]

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    Buhari: We won’t share money from treasury to voters

Buhari: We won’t share money from treasury to voters

President Muhammadu Buhari says he will not approve the use of government's resources for campaign.According to Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president made the declaration at the close of the the federal executive council (FEC) in Abuja.He directed cabinet ministers to take advantage of technology to reach out to voters on the need to return the All Progressives Congress (APC) [...]

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    Pyrates Confraternity embarks on campaign against vote-buying

Pyrates Confraternity embarks on campaign against vote-buying

The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) better known as Pyrates Confraternity has embarked on a campaign against vote-buying.The campaign tagged "Our Votes Count" was flagged off at the confraternity's Egbeda/Alimosho chapter in Lagos state on Saturday.They commenced the campaign with a road show sensitising the public on how to protect their votes.Robert Nnoli, Lagos coordinator of the association, said the [...]

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    We observed illegal procurement of PVCs in 15 states, says YIAGA AFRICA

We observed illegal procurement of PVCs in 15 states, says YIAGA AFRICA

YIAGA AFRICA, a policy advocacy group, says some voters in the country are selling their permanent voter cards (PVC) as high as N20,000.The group made this known in its latest report on observations for the 2019 elections.In a statement signed by Samson Itodo, executive director of YIAGA AFRICA, the group said it deployed long term observers (LTOs) on its Watching [...]

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    Dogara describes FG’s cash disbursement as highest form of corruption

Dogara describes FG’s cash disbursement as highest form of corruption

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has expressed worry over the distribution of cash to the public ahead of the 2019 general election.Through its TraderMoni scheme, the federal government has been giving N10,000 loans to petty traders.Speaking at public hearing on vote-buying organised by senate and house of representatives committees on electoral and political party matters, Dogara said [...]

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    Fayemi closes defence before governorship tribunal

Fayemi closes defence before governorship tribunal

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, on Thursday closed his defence before the state's governorship election petition tribunal sitting at the federal high court in Abuja.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Olusola Kolapo, had filed the petition before the tribunal, challenging the declaration of Fayemi as the winner of the July 14 election.The petitioners had alleged that Fayemi's [...]

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    ‘You’re attacking petty traders’ — Laolu Akande responds to TraderMoni criticism

‘You’re attacking petty traders’ — Laolu Akande responds to TraderMoni criticism

Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the vice-president on media and publicity, says the TraderMoni loan given to petty traders is not meant to buy voters.In a statement on Friday in Abuja, Akande said Nigerians are not for sale and cannot be bought.He was reacting to a statement by southern, middle belt leaders who accused Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of “bribing [...]

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