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Kano: INEC gives Ganduje certificate of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presneted a certificate of return to Kano state Governor-elect Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for the second term in office.

The Governor-elect received the certificate along with his deputy, Nasiru Yusuf Gawna and members of the state house of assembly under the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Lawmakers’- elect shun the INEC ceremony.

Recall that PDP won 13 assembly seats while the ruling APC claimed 27 seats.

The Guardian Nigeria reports that the INEC national commissioner in charge of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, Engr. Abubakar Nahuche urged the political class in the country to always imbibe spirit of sportsmanship and eschew a do or die politics.

Details soon.

Rivers Elections: Wike still leading

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, is leading significantly in the results of 15 local government areas so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Recall that INEC had resumed collation of election results of 15 LGAs on Tuesday and Wike polled PDP: 426, 279 votes ahead of Biokpomabo Awara, candidate of the African Alliance Congress (AAC), who garnered 129,855 vote, leaving a margin of 296,424.

Obo Effanga, resident electoral commissioner (REC) in the state, said collation will continue by 10am on Wednesday.

There are two more local government areas INEC is yet to announce while supplementary election will hold across six LGAs on April 13.

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, is supporting the AAC in the election since internal crisis prevented the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers from fielding candidates in the 2019 elections.

Source: TheCable

“INEC bias against APC is so clear” Oshiomole on the 2019 Elections

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was biased against the ruling party in the 2019 general election.

Results after the elections show that APC won the presidential election, secured about 25 seats more than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the senate, won over 100 seats than PDP in the house of reps and emerged victorious in governorship and state assembly elections in more states than the PDP.

However, Oshiomhole claimed that INEC conducted the elections in a manner that put the ruling party at a disadvantage.

He spoke in an interview with Maupe Ogun-Yusuf on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.

“I have huge reservations about the way INEC conducted this election. INEC bias against APC is so clear,” he said.

“INEC was biased even in the way it dealt with our primaries, INEC was biased in the way in which it selectively used the card readers or the non-use of card readers in some states where it suits them.”

He also added that there were several instances on paper where INEC contradicted itself as to the way the elections were conducted.

Laying emphasis on the non-use of card readers in some areas, Oshiomhole claimed that in some states were the APC clearly won, the electoral umpire used the non-use of card readers to rig the party out.

Court okays the prosecution of Ifeanyi Ubah by INEC

A federal high court sitting in Awka, Anambra state, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute Ifeanyi Ubah, senator-elect of Anambra-south and M.N Umenweke, the returning officer, over criminal allegations levelled against them in the February 23 election.

The said order was made in response to an application sought from the court by Chris Uba, senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the district.

In the application, Uba had, among others prayers, asked for “A further order of mandamus compelling the 1st Respondent to prosecute the second ( Prof MN Umenweke) for announcing or publishing a false result to the effect that the 3rd Respondent had won the election held on the said 23/2/2019 even when they both knew that the said election was inconclusive and from which no genuine result had thereby been generated.”

In the order, I.B Gafai, the judge, asked the INEC to conduct investigation into the matter within 14 days for the purpose of prosecuting the respondents, TheCable reports.

“Upon the honourable court having delivered a considered judgement today, it hereby ordered as follows: The 1st Respondent (INEC) shall within 14 days from today conduct or cause investigation into the criminal allegations of the Applicant (Chris Uba),” the judgement read in part.

“Prosecute, if the investigation result so warrants, the third Respondent ( Ifeanyi Uba) and any other person(s) implicated in its investigation.

“Where it considers it inexpedient to prosecute through its legal officers, consider at its liberty, the appointment of the Applicant’s solicitors in this suit for the purpose of such prosecution.”

Ubah won the senatorial election under the platform of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) but defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday.

“Declare the elections null and void” Tonye Cole of APC tels INEC

Tonye Cole, Guber candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the March 9th elections in Rivers state as null and void.

In the weeks leading to the general election, the Supreme Court had affirmed the verdict of an appellate court which upheld the decision of a lower court that nullified the primary polls of APC in Rivers, TheCable reports.

The court rulling had meant that the APC could not field candidates during the election that was held on March 9.

The election was reportedly marred by violence among other irregularities was declared inconclusive.

The electoral commission has fixed between April 2 and 5 to resume collation and April 13 for supplementary polls “where necessary”.

Mr. Cole, in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, said Rivers is the only state “the courts silenced almost all political opposition to an incumbent, nearly making way for a walkover election”.

Cole, who is of the faction of Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, said it would be “grossly irresponsible to proceed with concluding an electoral process that hardly anyone believes in.”

“We are the only state that is yet to conclude an election three weeks after voters went to the polls. We are the only State that armed militants and the military faced off violently. We are the only State that continues to be a cause of deep concern to the international community,” he said.

“We are the only state that the electoral body is being brazenly accused of unparalleled bias. We are the only State that is openly labeled as electorally violent. We are sick and tired of these negative headlines.

“In this atmosphere, it would be grossly irresponsible to proceed with concluding an electoral process that hardly anyone believes in.

“One side accused the security agencies of conspiring to steal the elections while the other side was accused of using the independent electoral institution to hijack the electoral process and steal the mandate. In the wake of the accusations, all driven by what politicians fear the most, which is FEAR itself, we saw death visit us as a people and destruction lay siege on our communities.

“Like politicians are want to do, each side was quick to blame the other where the one with more money and influence with the media ends up shaping the narrative that the world sees, hears and ultimately believes.

“INEC must therefore declare the entire elections of March 9th null and void and set out a new date for fresh elections.”

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