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Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room has expressed disappointment with the conduct of Saturday’s off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, describing it as a major setback in the nation’s democratic development. In a statement on Monday in Abuja, Situation Room said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not show that it had learned from the challenges it faced in conducting the general elections eight months ago. “These elections represent a major setback in Nigeria’s democratic development,” it said in statement signed by its convener, Yunusa Ya’u, and co-conveners, Mimidoo Achakpa and Franklin Oloniju. The group said “the…
Yiaga Africa, a civil society organisation (CSO), says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) missed an opportunity to rebuild citizens’ trust in Nigeria’s electoral process. On Saturday, off-season polls took place in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo states. Briefing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Samson Itodo, Yiaga’s executive director, said: “These off-cycle elections were to test the commitment of key democratic institutions such as INEC, security agencies and the executive to restore public confidence in the electoral process”. “Yiaga Africa is concerned about the continuous decline in the quality of our elections and the penchant to lower the integrity standards of…
Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party on Sunday cried foul as Governor Hope Uzodimma, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, was declared winner of Saturday’s governorship poll in Imo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The electoral body affirmed Uzodimma’s re-election, having won in all the 27 local government areas of the state. The governor clinched a second term in office after scoring a total of 540,008 votes, the commission stated. In Kogi, the candidate of the APC, Usman Ododo, was declared the winner of the election with 446,237 votes. Announcing the result late Sunday night, the state…
Governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, Murtala Ajaka, has alleged irregularities in Saturday’s election. Ajaka said he won’t challenge the outcome of the poll in court if he loses as it would be a waste of time. Speaking on Channels TV’s ‘The 2023 Verdict: Off-Cycle Elections,’ Ajaka had claimed that the election was rigged with the support of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). “In the whole of the five local governments in central, the whole of the five local governments in central, there was no election anywhere. They wrote results. Result sheets were given to…
Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is speedily uploading polling unit results from Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states on to its IReV portal for public view. IReV portal is an online platform where the Indepdent National Electoral Commission (INEC) uploads real time the photographic copies of the result sheets from various polling units as soon as recording is concluded. Designated officers of INEC at the various polling units are expected, as soon as recording and signing of the result sheets are completed, to take the photographs of the results documents with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines…
After months of campaigns and preparations by the various stakeholders, voters in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states will on Saturday (today) elect their new governors. In the three states, Independent National Electoral Commission announced that 5,169,692 voters collected their permanent voter cards out of the 5,409,438 registered voters in the three states. In Bayelsa State, data on INEC’s website indicated that there are 1,056,862 registered voters, out of which 1,017,613 collected their PVCs, while 39,249 PVCs remained uncollected. In Imo State, there are 2,419,922 registered voters, out of which 2,318,919 collected their PVCs, while 101,003 PVCs have not been collected.…
Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, has condemned the supreme court’s verdict affirming President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 election. On October 26, the seven-member panel of the apex court in a unanimous decision dismissed the petitions of Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging Tinubu’s victory. Afenifere in a communique issued by Ayo Adebanjo, leader of the group, on Tuesday, said the electoral reforms achieved through agitations of Nigerians and the billions of naira spent in the conduct of the 2023 elections have been wasted by the judgement…
Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 Presidential Election, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, has called on President Bola Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima to resign because their swearing in was “unconstitutional.” Baba-Ahmed said the Senate President Godswill Akpabio should be allowed to conduct another presidential election after the resignation of Tinubu and Shettima. He made the call during an interview on Arise Television while responding to a question about the possibility of working with Tinubu’s administration. The former lawmaker said that Tinubu and Shettima were fraudulently sworn in after the 2023 presidential election, adding that the LP would…
PRESS RELEASE Full text of Peter Obi’s reaction to Supreme Court verdict: 1. Fellow countrymen and women. Gentlemen of the Media, Good day and welcome to this press conference. Kindly permit me to make some brief remarks on the recent ruling of the Supreme Court, the highest court in Nigeria. 2. About a fortnight ago, I was traveling abroad on a prior scheduled engagement when I received the notice that the Supreme Court would give judgment on Thursday 26th October 2023 on our challenge of the ruling of the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC). That judgment has since been delivered…
PRESS RELEASE Labour Party Presidential candidate in the last election, Peter Obi, addressed a press conference, just like Atiku Abubakar, where he cast aspersions on the Supreme Court and the Independent National Electoral Commission for not declaring him the winner of the February 25, 2023 election. We are at a loss as to how the copy-cat Obi and his faction of Labour Party convinced themselves they won an election in which they came a distant third. The grand delusion that made Obi believe he could have won a national election where he ran the most hateful, divisive and polarising campaign…
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