INEC Won’t Postpone Ondo Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has no plan to postpone the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Nov. 26.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this to newsmen while responding to calls by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other registered political parties that the election should be postponed.

Oyekanmi said that INEC had already gone far with preparations and there was no any occurrence that warranted the commission to shift the Saturday election.

“INEC has no plan and does not intend to postpone the election.

“Preparations for the Ondo Governorship election started since March and 12 out of 14 activities planned for the poll have already been carried out.

“Besides, the grounds for postponing any election are enshrined in the Electoral Law and certainly, such calls for postponement is not one of the grounds.

“The 13th activity which is the Stakeholders’ Forum will hold on Tuesday in Akure, Ondo State. The Commission therefore will not postpone the election.”

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Sylva To Challenge Result Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the just concluded governorship election in Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, on Monday said he would challenge the result of the election in court.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Sunday declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, and incumbent governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, winner of the election.

Addressing journalists on Monday, Mr. Sylva alleged that INEC and the PDP worked in concert to rig the election in favour of the PDP.

He said he had officially complained, prior to the election, that the present structure of INEC in the state would not conduct a credible election.

According to him, the INEC officials were assembled by the immediate-past administration to deliver the state to PDP in last general elections.

“I said in the beginning that I do not have confidence in the REC and the Administrative Secretary, that I do not expect a fair treatment if these people were to preside over the election.

“I said so over and over and over again. I even reduced it to writing, and we sent the petition. Usually before elections of this nature, INEC officials are switched.

“But this time, they chose to keep this team that was already in place set up by the PDP as rigging machine.

“This was the same team that returned almost 100 percent of all votes in Bayelsa to the former president.

“And we felt that these people could not have given us a free and fair treatment. But unfortunately, our cries fell on deaf ears. Yesterday, they proved themselves true to type,” he noted.

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Bayelsa State Governorship Re-run Election: Early Results Emerge

Results from the Supplementary poll in Bayelsa are emerging.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is the only body recognised by law to declare result and announce winner.

The underlisted results are not verified or authenticated by INEC but a product of field report and Citizens report.


PU 012
PDP 81
APC 31

UNIT 08:

APC 26,
PDP 68.

Angiama Community- Ward 2 SILGA, PU 003 (Isianlubo Open space)

APC- 15.

PDP- 210

Silga constituency 2
UNIT 11:

PDM 1,
APA 1,
APC 27,
PDP 110

Ward 9 unit 21
Constituency 1 Ammasomma
Pdp – 151
Apc – 25

Unit 12
Pdp – 92
Apc -26

Unit 11
Pdp – 67
Apc – 23

Unit – 1
Pdp – 94
Apc – 12

Ofoniawor Community Square PU 011

APC 35
PDP 35

Sagbama LGA, Otuasamoh PU 014
APC 43
PDP 39

Ward 10
Oyeke Open Space Yenagoa PU 009
APC 78
PDP 61

Nembe( Ogbolomabiri)
Ward 2:
PDP: 412
APC: 06

Ward: 8
PDP: 245
APC: 8

Ward: 9
PDP: 505
APC: 6




WARD 1 Constituency 2


PU 29
PDP 149
APC 71

PU 30
PDP 105
APC 55

Polling Unit 31
PDP 217
APC 90

Unit 8 ward one in constituency 2 Silga

Pdp 62
Apc 26
Dpm 1
Dpc 1

Otuegwe ward 2 unit 09

PDP 124


Ward 2 unit 015

Onuebum Ogbia

APC – 27
PDP – 55
DPC- 2

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Situation Report: Bayelsa State Governorship Re-run Election

Voting has ended in all polling units in Bayelsa State, where a governorship re-run election took place on Saturday.

Reports from Bayelsa State said collation of results have started at the ward level in most parts of the state – Nembe, Ogbia, Brass and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas.

Results are expected from Southern Ijaw and some other polling units in six other local government areas, to conclude the election that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the initial poll on December 5.

The Southern Ijaw Local Government Election was cancelled on the December 7, 2015, due to violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.

Southern Ijaw Local Government has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 Polling Units and five Voting Points.

Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 Polling Units across six Local Governments – Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia – also participate in the election to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Reports provides that election materials arrived early at some polling units in Yenagoa, but other areas such as Southern Ijaw got election materials late. INEC had promised early delivery of materials to polling units where voting took place.

To fast-track the process, INEC revised its election guideline on Friday, making it possible for accreditation and voting to go on simultaneously.

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Delta State Governorship Tribunal Adjourns Judgment

The Delta State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba on Wednesday adjourned judgement of the petitions filed by the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) O’terga Emerho and Great Ogboru respectively, to a date that would be communicated before August 28.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Nasir Gummi, announced that the tribunal would  communicate to counsels, the date for the judgement shortly after submissions from the 1st, 2nd and  3rd respondents’ counsels against the suit filed by the petitioners to invalidate and nullify the result of the April 11 governorship elections in the state.

At the sitting, Alex Iziyon (SAN), the lead counsel to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petitions which he said varied with the petitioners’ evidences before the tribunal.

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A/Ibom Governorship Election Was Free And Fair, PDP Witnesses Tell Tribunal

More witnesses presented by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the disputed Akwa Ibom governorship election have testified that the election in the state was free, fair and complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.

At the resumed hearing of the Akwa Ibom Election Tribunal on Thursday, a defence witness, Samuel Iyang, told the Justice Sadiq Umar-led panel that it was false that elections did not take place, as alleged by the petitioner.

The witness told the tribunal that not only was the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but that it was peaceful and recorded a large turnout of voters.

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Tribunal Grants Agbaje Leave To Inspect Governorship Election Materials

The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday granted Mr Jimi Agbaje leave to inspect all polling materials and documents used in the April 11 governorship election in the state.

Agbaje was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the election in which the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) declared Mr Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress as the winner.

The three-man tribunal, led by Justice Muhammad Sirajo, gave the order while ruling on a motion ex-parte filed by Agbaje’s counsel, Mr Clement Onwuenmunor.

The tribunal also ordered INEC to provide certified true copies of all polling documents, including printed data from the card reader machine, in each polling unit.

However, the tribunal rejected Agbaje’s request to inspect the polling documents and devices used in the conduct of the March 28 Presidential Election in Lagos State.

Sirajo noted that the tribunal was set up solely to hear and determine the petitions relating to the governorship election.

“The tribunal does not have the power to make an order for the inspection of the documents and devices used for the presidential election. It is hereby refused,” he added.

The tribunal also rejected Agbaje’s application, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, seeking an order to compel INEC to produce all polling documents, and card reader machines used for the governorship election.

According to the panel, the petitioner can request for materials and documents it deemed necessary to his case by way of subpoena when the tribunal has fully commenced proceedings.

The judge noted that the respondents should be given the statutory time to file their replies to the petitioner’s originating summons, adding that notices would be sent to parties for the pre-hearing conference.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Agbaje had petitioned the tribunal over the election which he lost to Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Agbaje had alleged some irregularities during the election which he said contravened the provisions of INEC approved guidelines for the election.

The respondents in the suit are : INEC, Ambode, APC and the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Lagos State.


Supreme Court Affirms Fayose As Duly Elected Governor Of Ekiti

The Supreme Court has affirmed Ayodele Fayose as the duly elected governor of Ekiti State in the June 21, 2014 election. The apex court upheld the earlier decisions of the Court of Appeal and the Ekiti State Governorship Election Tribunal, which had both earlier ruled that the petition challenging Fayose’s victory lacked merit.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the apex court dismissed all the grounds of appeal filed by the petitioner – the All Progressives Congress – and resolved all four issues arising from the appeal against the party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared that Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 203 090 votes to defeat the then incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress who polled 120 433 votes? in the election.

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Lagos Gov: This Is My Second And Last Attempt – Jimi Agbaje

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the governorship elections for Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has expressed satisfaction with the results announced on Sunday, in which the All Progressives Congress candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, was declared winner.

He, however, stressed that if there were issues with the process, his party would seek redress through the appropriate channel.

Mr Ambode polled 811,994 votes to defeat Mr. Agbaje, who scored 659,788 votes.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, said Mr. Ambode of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law, securing at least 25 per cent of votes in all local governments and scoring the highest number of valid votes cast, is declared winner.

In his reaction to the outcome, Mr. Agbaje said: “We ran a race. There will be winners and there will be losers. As good sportsman, we accept it as true leaders. That is the only way to go.

“Having accepted it, if we do feel cheated and that there are substantial issues to be raise, then we will follow due process. That is how it should be. But definitely, violence, abuse and all will not be an issue”.

The PDP flag bearer, who was speaking with Channels Television in Lagos, also said that he would not run for the governorship of the state again having failed in his two attempts to secure the peoples’ mandate.

“I have tried once. This is the second one and the last one. I am not going to run again. For me, there are many ways to be of service to your people. I have been of service in different ways. I am happy with what I have done for my people. Being a governor is one way I can contribute.

“I will find other ways to be of service to my people”, he said.

PDP Plans To Write Results for Governorship Elections – El-Rufai

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party plans to use the excuse of the outbreak of violence that is expected after the March 28 presidential election as a cover to write results for the 2015 governorship election.

Rufai made this statement while receiving the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Professor Chidi Odinkalu, at the el-Rufai Campaign Office in Kaduna.

He said “We have a document in which the PDP has planned to use the excuse of the outbreak of violence that is expected after the March 28 presidential election as a cover to write results for the 2015 governorship election.

“PDP expects that people will react violently as they did after the 2011 presidential election was rigged. With this, the party will deploy more troops and thus stop people from defending their votes. This is one reason we have been appealing to our supporters not to engage the PDP in any form of violence, that they should avoid confrontations and must not retaliate when they are attacked. It is for very clear reasons. It is for enlightened self-interest, as far as we are concerned.

“Even, if we believe that responding to violence is the appropriate response for us, Kaduna history and experience have shown that it is not the best response for the opposition, because what happened in 2011 and the reason why PDP was able to write the results of the 2011 elections was because people reacted to the outcome of the presidential elections and that was the cover PDP used to write results in the governorship election.”

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Niger PDP Delegate Names Doctored or Altered ?

Fresh facts emerging from the People’s Democratic Party screening committee in charge of Niger state and other states within the North Central Zone reveals that all delegates screened and elected by the people in all the 724 wards and 25 local governments have been doctored to pave way for the Governor’s anointed candidates of all the elective posts in the state.

In a phone conversation with one of the PDP Governorship aspirants, said the singular act of list tempering if not promptly corrected can cause great damage and confusion in the party. The governorship aspirant who wants to remain anonymous wondered why the National Youth Leader of the party- Mai Basira should allegedly allow himself to be involved in these messy deals.

Meanwhile, a member of the screening committee names withheld who allegedly charged 1.5million naira before collecting a petition has been directed to refund the money to the petitioner

 Zainab Jacob 

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