The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has threatened that the commission would not declare the results if politicians disrupt the processes ahead the next Ondo and Edo Gubernatorial elections.
He gave the warning while speaking at a virtual meeting on “Democracy and Elections in West Africa” organised by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC, in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
The INEC boss assured of the commission’s commitment to free, fair and credible elections and warned that where an election was disrupted, the commission would not make a declaration on the outcome due to lack of adherence to guiding rules of the election.
He said there would be no point in making a declaration in such situation because the commission would not endorse fraud or function outside the minimum standard set for the conduct of credible elections anywhere.
The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on Tuesday said 15 out of the 18 registered political parties have stated their intention to conduct primaries ahead of the Edo governorship election.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman for the Information and Voter Education Committee of the INEC, Festus Okoye, made this known during a briefing session on the procedure for conducting the primaries for the Edo State governorship election.
According to him, the qualified parties are Action Alliance, African. Action Congress, African Democratic Congress, African Democratic Party, All Progressives Congress, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Allied Peoples Movement, and Action Peoples Party.
Others are Labour Party, New Nigeria Peoples Party, National Rescue Movement, Peoples Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party, Young Progressive Party, and Zenith Labour Party.
In his statement he acknowledged that the Commission has notified 15 out of the 18 registered political parties according to with Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), on their eligibility to contest the primaries for the purpose of nominating candidates for the Edo State governorship election slated for September 19 2020.
He added that parties must desist from acts that can breach the peace and order of the state and compromising the health and safety of party members, election officials and observers.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has predicted a likely crisis situation ahead of the the governorship elections in Edo states scheduled for September 19 2020.
With such a prediction, INEC officials are asking security agencies in the state to take proactive measures to ensure that potential crises areas are properly secured. Specifically, INEC is asking for supplementary code of conduct for security personnel on election duty so as to clarify roles and responsibilities regarding the elections.
This plea was made by the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja on Friday while speaking at the first virtual consultative meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security(ICCES).
He also argued the ICCES to put in place efficient measures of securing and protecting the integrity of the electoral process as the COVID-19 pandemic would impact on the planning and deployment strategy for the conduct of elections generally.
He added that the policies developed by INEC policy on conducting elections under the current global pandemic derives from the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on the COVID-19 based on the advisory by health authorities.
The issued guidelines provide for measures to necessary to protect both the electoral process as well as the people involved, ranging from the election officials, observers, media and, above all, voters.
A former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Chief Blessing Agbomhere, has declared God revealed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to him as the next Edo Governor.
Agbomhere said the revelation was made at the mountain of prayer where he spent days to seek the face of God on the political situation in Edo State.
Speaking to newsmen in Bénin City after returning from the mountain, Chief Agbomhere said God promised to bring an end to all the sufferings in Edo through Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
According to him: “For the past seven days I have been seeking the face of God in prayers on the mountain because of the sufferings and happenings in Edo State.
“We are facing an election. We must be concerned about the present situation in Edo State. I went to the mountain of prayers to seek the face of God concerning Edo and its people. In my prayers and supplications, God revealed to me that the problems of Edo people will soon come to an end.
“God said he will send us a leader who is passionate and concerned about Edo people. I see this leader day and night and all he is thinking about is how to unite Edo people for the development of Edo State.
“God revealed to me that the next Edo Governor is Pastor Ize-Iyamu. I asked all Edo people to support the aspiration of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
“He will bring development to Edo State and to Edo people. With our support, Pastor Ize-Iyamu will emerge the Governor of Edo State.”
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.