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Politicians inciting violence may be restricted from visiting the UK – British High Commissioner

The British High Commission in Nigeria says those who incite electoral violence, including on social media, could be denied access into the United Kingdom (UK).

TheCable Nigeria reports that while calling for credible, peaceful elections on 9 March, the high commission asked “Nigerians to turn out and vote on Saturday 9 March in elections for State Governorships and State Houses of Assembly”.

“These elections are an important opportunity for citizens to exercise their democratic rights and choose their leaders. We hope that the causes of logistical issues on the 23 February election have been identified and addressed.

“We commend INEC staff and the National Youth Service Corps, who play a critical role in the delivery of elections, often in difficult circumstances. We hope that they will be given every support and protection necessary to ensure the smooth and peaceful delivery of elections free from fear of intimidation or interference in the electoral process.”

The High Commission also condemned electoral violence, stating its readiness to ban those who incite violence on and off social media.

“We were concerned by reports of high levels of violence in some states across Nigeria during the recent Presidential elections, including reports of violent clashes involving the military in Rivers State.

“We condemn all acts of violence and call for those responsible to be brought to justice. We call on all actors, including political parties and security personnel, to work together to provide a peaceful environment for Nigerians to vote on 9 March.

“We remind all actors that anyone involved in violence or inciting violence, including on social media, could face restrictions on their ability to travel to the UK.

“The UK will again field observer teams across Nigeria on 9 March as part of our efforts to support Nigerian democracy.”

Catriona Laing, British high commissioner to Nigeria, had said politicians who incite or execute violence during the 2019 elections in Nigeria would have their visas banned and foreign assets forfeited.

“Vote AAC Guber candidate in Rivers while we wait for court ruling on APC Candidature”- Amechi

Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has asked APC supporters to vote for Awara Biokpomabo, governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers state.

Amaechi, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, made this known while addressing APC members and supporters in Eleme local government area of the state, on Wednesday.

He pleaded on them to vote for Biokpomabo during the governorship election on Saturday. Biokpomabo is from Kula-Kalabari in Akuku-Toru local government area of the state.

In encouraging the supporters Amaechi pointed that there were “numerous benefits they would derive from the government” while noting that the APC was still in court over the non-inclusion of the party’s standard bearer, Tonye Cole, on the ballot.

As reported by TheCable Nigeria Amaechi said it was important to adopt the candidate of AAC, “considering the closeness” of the governorship and state house of assembly elections.

“This morning, the leadership of the party met and agreed that we would work with a party called African Action Congress (AAC), while we are still in court to reclaim our mandate,” he said.

“So, on Saturday, we will vote for AAC. You must go home and vote for AAC. There should be no excuse not to vote, because there will be security for everybody. You must prepare and make sure you win the governorship election.

“The moment the governorship election is won by AAC’s candidate this Saturday and the new governor is inaugurated on May 29, 2019, by June this year, there will be local government’s chairmanship and councillorship elections.

“So, you should all go out and vote and make sure that you are not rigged out.”

Amaechi was, however, silent on who the APC members should vote for in the house of assembly poll.

Recall that the supreme court had upheld the annulment of primaries and congresses conducted by a faction of the state’s chapter of the APC.

Similarly, a high court in Port Harcourt, the state capital, had nullified the primaries and congresses which were fraught with crisis.

Following that ruling, the APC had appealed the order of the lower court at the court of appeal but lost. However, the party filed another appeal challenging the ruling of the same court.

Lateef Fagbemi, counsel to Amaechi’s faction, had asked the apex court “to clear legal impediments” against Cole, his client. The appeal was rejected.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had refused to enlist APC candidates in Rivers in the election despite pressure from the party.

Ohanaeze support Sanwo-Olu for Saturday Polls, seeks six slots in the cabinet.

Following nearly two-weeks of near hostility between the Igbo community in Lagos and the All Progressive Congress(APC), the Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo has finally thrown it’s weight behind the APC candidate for Lagos Guber polls.

Specifically, Ohanaeze leaders promised to mobilise two million registered Igbo voters to vote for Sanwo-Olu arising from a town hall meeting they held on Sunday night, in Lagos. Sanwo-Olu was at the event with his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Vanguard Newspapers Nigeria reports..

The Group also expressed it’s displeasure at the incidents of attacks against the voting public in Igbo dominated areas of the state in the last election. The group then tasked Sanwo-Olu with the protection of Igbo voters in the coming elections as well as six appointment slots after the election.

President, Ohanaeze Lagos State, Chief Solomon Ogbonna, hinted that they have concluded plans to cast their votes for him but he must yield to their demands after the election.

Ogbonna said: “We are endorsing him because this is the man that will give us what we have been craving for in Lagos. This is the best that can happen to Ndigbo in Lagos, so come out and vote for him. Hold me responsible for this because I know him and I have seen what he can do.”

Responding to the development, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Mr. Jimmy Agbaje pointed that he was not bordered about any such endorsement but he would simply like people to be left to decide who they would want to vote for.

“Our Politicians are proud of rigged elections” — Oyedepo

The Senior Pastors of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel,  David Oyedepo has condemned the outomes of last presidential and National Assembly elections, which he described as marred with widespread rigging.

He made the statement during the Sunday service at the Church headquarter in Ota, Ogun State. He prayed Nigeria would not experience another war as a result of the remaining elections, but mocked the irregularities that riddled the exercise in some polling units.

Oyedepo said: “Other developed countries around the world had developed their mode of voting into a digitised method, but it’s a shame that in Nigeria, we still queue up to vote, and somebody would still be intimidated by thugs. With these, it’s a shame how politicians in this part of the world are proud of elections marred with rigging.”  

“In Covenant University, any student caught indulging in examination malpractice, is gone. It does not matter if his or her father is the head of United Nations or not.”

He, however prayed against bloodbath in any part of Nigeria as a result of the forthcoming governorship and House of Assembly elections, saying: “Every spirit of thuggery in Nigeria shall be silenced and every forces that would not let Nigeria rest shall be laid to rest and silenced forever.”

Atiku’s Fiercest Foe Isn’t Buhari; It’s the INEC Chairman–THREAD


-By Farooq Kpereogi
The auguries already favour a decisive win Atiku win in the forthcoming February 16 election, and the biggest electoral shock may actually come from the northwest, hitherto Buhari’s impregnable electoral fortress.The silent majority of voters in the region will ventilate their pent-up anger and frustration against Buhari in ways that will signal a tectonic disruption of the habitual voting patterns of the region. At this point, Buhari isn’t a threat to Atiku.

INEC Chairman ProfessorMahmood Yakubu is actually Atiku’s most potent threat now. Here is why. A brother of the INEC chairman’s close friend confided in me today that the electoral boss has a deep-seated animus toward Atiku and has made many nasty, unkind remarks about Atiku in private. That, in and of itself, is not the problem. We are all entitled to our personal predispositions and biases as long as they don’t interfere with our judgement on occasions that invite our neutrality and fairmindedness.

However, the same source told me the INEC chairman has a profound personal investment in APC’s electoral successes, like Maurice Iwu had of PDP’s victories. He said the INEC chairman told his friend that he was going to hand victory to APC in the Osun governorship election even though PDP clearly and handily won it. Buhari’s unguardedly candid confession on January 27 at the banquet hall of the Osun State Government House that APC won the Osun governorship election with “remote control” is the biggest corroboration of this previously uncirculated whisper.

The go-to rhetorical strategy to impeach the credibility of uncomfortable, anonymous but veridical revelations like this is to call them “fake” and dismiss them as ill-motivated. Well, I’ve confirmed the INEC chairman’s ill will against and active personal hostility toward Atiku from other credible sources that should know. I’m so sure of my information that I can swear by Allah that Professor Yakubu isn’t neutral toward Atiku and has said unmentionably disparaging things about him in private. I invoke the wrath of Allah upon me if I am making this up. I hope Professor Yakubu, who is a Muslim like me and with whom I have personal familiarity, can do the same.

I concede that INEC has taken many admirable actions in the past few months that point to some degree of independence. It has also conducted a few elections in which APC lost, but that may just be window-dressing to conceal plans for the grand presidential electoral heist on February 16. The world needs to know that the INEC chairman isn’t neutral toward all the presidential candidates. There are many other disturbing things I’ve heard about the INEC chair that I’ll withhold for now because I haven’t independently confirmed them.

It suffices to say, nonetheless, that the INEC chairman is NOT a neutral arbiter in the forthcoming election. Domestic and international observers—and Atiku’s agents—should observe him with heightened sensitivity. This is not Attahiru Jega; this is a less evil version of Maurice Iwu.

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