Rivers Re- Run: INEC Cancels Election In 8 LGAs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cancelled re-run election in eight local government areas of Rivers State.

Addressing reporters on Sunday, a day after the re-run election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, said that the cancelation was due to irregularities at the affected local government areas.

Election held in Etche and Asari-Toru Local Government Areas were the latest to be cancelled.

In a press statement, the INEC official said: “Further to our earlier pronouncement on the suspension of the re-run in the six Local Government Areas of Khana, Bonny, Gokana, Andoni, Tai and Eleme, following disturbances and violence that impeded the electoral process in those parts of the state, it has become necessary to suspend elections in Etche and Asari-Toru LGAs for the same reasons.

“Please note that the suspension of the re-run elections by INEC is necessitated by the need to forestall breakdown of law and order in the event of further aggravation of crisis.

“INEC needs to put all stakeholders on notice that we are still studying the situation in the other fifteen LGAs, where collations are currently going on”.

So far, re-run election has been canceled in Khana, Bonny, Gokana, Andoni, Tai and Eleme, Etche and Asari-Toru Local Government Areas.

The electoral umpire further cited violence, snatching of ballot boxes, noncompliance to electoral law as part of the reasons for cancellation.

INEC said it is reviewing the rest of the process in the re-run polls while collation of results are ongoing.

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Ben Carson Cancels Africa Trip, Cites Security Concerns

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson canceled a trip planned for later this month to Africa that would have taken him to Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia due to what his campaign on Thursday called significant security concerns.

Campaign spokesman Doug Watts confirmed that the trip, scheduled for after the Christmas holiday next week, has been canceled. The campaign did not offer details about the nature of the security concerns.

Carson, who has been criticized by rivals for a lack of foreign policy experience, traveled last month to Jordan to visit a camp for Syrian refugees.

Carson’s support among Republican voters has declined in recent weeks, according to opinion polls. The trips abroad were intended to address concerns that he could not handle international diplomacy.

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Kim Kardashian Cancels Baby Shower Amid Lamar Odom Hospitalization

Kim Kardashian has postponed her baby shower following Lamar Odom’s recent hospitalization, her rep confirms.

The celebration in anticipation of Kim and Kanye West’s second child was scheduled for Saturday at the home of family friend, Sharon Azoff. The Beverly Hills estate owned by Azoff and her husband, music mogul Irving Azoff, is also where Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom were married in 2009.

The baby shower was supposed to be thrown by Kim’s sisters and filmed for their reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

The reality show cameras have not been rolling in Las Vegas, where Odom remains in critical condition at Sunrise Hospital. The 35-year-old NBA pro has been visited by his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, and her sisters — Kim, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner — and her mother, Kris Jenner, as well as Odom’s ex-girlfriend, Liza Morales, and their two children, Destiny and Lamar Jr.

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APC Cancels Sylva’s Victory In Bayelsa Primary Election, To Reschedule Another Election

The All Progressives Congress has cancelled the Bayelsa State governorship primary election held on Tuesday.

The National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, who disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday, said a new date for the election would be announced soon.

The election held in Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, the state capital, was purportedly won by a former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, in a controversial manner.

Mr. Sylva polled 726 votes to emerge victorious. His closest rival, Timi Alaibe, a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, got four votes.

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NNPC Terminates Crude Oil Delivery Contracts With 3 Oil Marketing Companies

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Wednesday, terminated the Offshore Processing Agreements (OPA) with three oil marketing companies in January this year.

The companies are Duke Oil Company Inc., Aiteo Energy Resources Limited and Sahara Energy Resources (Nig) Ltd.

Under the agreement, the NNPC allocates a total of 210, 000 barrels of crude oil per day for refining at offshore locations in exchange for petroleum products at pre-agreed yield pattern.

The termination, according to the Corporation, is part of new measures aimed at cost reduction and strengthening of operational efficiency across the corporation’s value chain.

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Chief Imam Cancels Special Ramadan Prayer In Abuja Mosque

Sheikh Muhammad Khalid, the Chief Imam of Apo Legislator’s Quarter’s Jumat Mosque has cancelled the special i’tikaaf prayer normally observed by Muslims during the last 10 days of Ramadan in that Mosque. I’tikaaf is a special prayer offered my Muslims during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

During that period, a Muslim is required to retire to the Mosque and remain in seclusion solely with the intention of offering prayers and supplication to Allah. Khalid announced the cancellation of the prayer in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the move had become necessary following increased insecurity in the country. He added that “everyone can testify to the fact that insecurity is becoming higher; bombings have become the order of the day in the North, especially in the North Eastern part of the country. “We need to join hands with government to do whatever we can possibly do in our capability to tackle it headlong.

“However, it is a very difficult task to tackle because of the faceless nature of the Boko Haram members that have been terrorising Nigeria.’’

Khalid then urged other Imams not to allow the special prayer in their Mosques so as not to jeopardise the security of potential participants. He said that allowing people to gather in the Mosque for the special prayer was not safe and called for attitudinal change by Nigerians in order to move the country forward.

He urged the Federal Government to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths to avoid restiveness, stressing that “providing employment for the youths will take them off the streets. “Taking the youths off the streets will go a long in reducing crimes and criminality in the country.’’

The chief Imam said security was a collective responsibility, hence it should not be left in the hands of government alone.

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FG Cancels Pipeline Protection Contracts’ Award To Ethnic Militias

Already, men of the Nigerian Army and their naval counterparts have been ordered to take over pipeline protection from the ethnic militia men.

Indication to this effect came yesterday as OPC alleged that three of its men were missing after the task force men constituted by the Federal Government to take over the duty of protecting the pipelines, comprising soldiers, naval personnel and the police invaded its Sagamu, Ogun State, office.

A source told National Mirror yesterday that the pipeline protection contract by Jonathan was for a period of three months, which expired yesterday.

The source, however, said it was unlikely that the present administration would renew the contract, which was worth billions of naira.

OPC Publicity Secretary, Prince Sylvester Eweka, said in a statement that three of its operatives, Babatunde Adeyemi, Roland Ajayi and Orungbeja Dele-Osagie were missing after confrontation with the task force in Sagamu.

He said the Sagamu, Ogun State, axis of the pipeline security contract the OPC held with the Federal Government was through New Age Global Business Ltd.

The three missing men, according to him, were part of the 4,000 private security operatives employed by New Age Global Business Ltd., to provide security against criminals, who engage in pipeline vandalism and petroleum products stealing.

He said the operatives went missing after the armed military task force attempted to forcefully eject them from their area of operation at the pipeline.

He said: “At the weekend, NNPC abruptly sent an SMS message terminating the pipeline security contract with effect from June 15, 2015.

“The OPC security outfits involved in the contract are being owed three months by NNPC, and they have been unable to pay personnel on the project.

“On Sunday, a lorry-load of task force members invaded the Sagamu area, claiming it had orders to forcefully reclaim control of the pipeline area. “Irked by this unceremonious move, the private security operatives said they had no signal from their management to vacate the site.

“However, after the ensuing fracas, three men could not be accounted for by their team leaders. “Many of the private security operatives fled the scene, amidst shooting by the task force.