Lagos Election Results: INEC announces results of 15 LGAs

President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in early lead as INEC has collated presidential election results of 15 local government areas in Lagos state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that APC won in most of the local government results declared so far in the much awaited collation.

The exercise commenced at the INEC Office, Yaba and it has been nonstop since Sunday night.

NAN reports that the President defeated his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the Apapa, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikeja, Epe, Badagry and Lagos Island local government areas election results announced and submitted.

Other local governments where the APC led are Agege, Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo.

However, PDP defeated APC in Surulere, Eti-Osa and Ojo in the results declared as a few minutes to 8.0 a.m on Monday.

The election results were presented and accepted by the state collation officer, Prof. Felix Salako, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun.

The collation officer for Apapa LGA, Abiodun Babalola, who read the results, said that APC polled 18,170 votes while PDP scored 11, 295 votes in the council.

Apart from the People Coalition Party (PCP) that scored 238 votes and African Democratic Congress (ADC) that polled 108 votes, all other 69 political parties scored less than 100 votes each in the council.

Babalola said out of the total registered voters of 186, 649, only 33, 095 were accredited for the poll.

He said that the total valid votes were 30, 680, the rejected votes were 1914 while the total votes cast were 32, 594.

The collation officer for Ibeju-Lekki LGA, Prof. Abduhamid Suleiman, said that APC polled 12,179 votes while the closest rival party, PDP scored 9, 222 votes.

Apart from the Accord Party that also polled 2,168 votes, PCP that polled 170 votes, African Action Congress (AAC) that scored 111, all other parties got below 100 votes each.

According to Suleiman, out of the total registered voters of 109, 731, only 26,568 were accredited for the poll.

He said that the total valid votes were 24, 668, the rejected voted were 1327 while the total votes cast were 25, 995.

He added that the total valid votes were 36, 021, the rejected voted were 1967 while the total votes cast were 37, 988.

For Epe LGA, the collation officer, Dr Babatunde Adeoye, said that APC polled 17, 710 votes while the PDP scored 13, 306 votes.

Apart from PCP that scored 185 and AAC that got 53 votes, every other party got below 50 votes in the local government.

Also, the collation officer for Ikorodu LGA, the Collation Officer, Ilupeju Akanbi, said that APC polled 40, 719 votes while the PDP got 21,252 votes.

Apart from AAC that polled 410 votes, ADC that scored 184 votes, ANN that got 196 votes, DPP that polled 109 votes, PCP that had 375 votes and YPP that polled 215 votes, other parties got belowe 100 votes.

The Collation Officer for Badagry LGA, Prof.Adetokunbo Demiloye, said that APC polled 21, 417 votes while PDP polled 17, 939.

The Collation Officer for Lagos Island LGA, Dr Adepoju Tejumade while presenting the council results said that the APC polled 27, 452 votes while the PDP got 7396 votes.

While AAC scored 192, PCP scored 191 votes while all other political parties scored less than 100 votes each in the council.

According to Tejumade, out of the total registered voters of 194, 738, only 38, 285 were accredited for the elections.

Apart from AAC which got 212 votes, ADC that polled 109, PCP which got 384 and SNC that polled 155, all other parties score less than 100 votes.

Prof. Carol Opara, the Ikeja LGA Collation Officer said that APC polled 23, 638 votes while the PDP 21, 518 votes in the council.

Apart from AAC that also polled 566 votes, ANN which scored 492, PCP that polled 413 votes, YPP that got 503 votes, ADC that got 108 votes and FRESH Party that got 123 votes, all parties got less than 100 votes.

In Ifako Ijaiye LGA, APC polled 33, 419 votes while the PDP scored 18,100 votes while in Mushin LGA, APC polled 43, 543 and the PDP had 20, 277.

In Oshodi/Isolo LGA, the APC polled 29, 860 and PDP polled 28, 806, whereas in Lagos Mainland, APC polled 22,684 and PDP 15, 137.

In Agege LGA, APC scored 36, 443 and PDP got 16, 497 whereas in Surulere LGA, APC polled 30, 621 while the PDP garnered 31,603.

Meanwhile, in Ojo and Eti-Osa LGAs, PDP polled 29, 019 votes and 25, 216 votes respectively to defeat APC candidate who polled 24, 333 and 20, 962 respectively.

As at the time of filing this report, the centre was still awaiting results from Alimosho, Kosofe, Somolu and Amuwo-Odofin LGAs but that of Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA had been brought and getting set for presentation as at 7:45am.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 73 presidential candidates participated in the Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections held across the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In the results declared so far by various returning officers, Buhari led his closest rival, Abubakar in the state with a wide margin

Earlier in his address of welcome before the collation commenced, Mr Sam Olumekun, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), commended the security agencies for the good job and called for sustenance of adequate security throughout the exercise.

Olumekun, who noted that nothing could be achieved without peace, however,frowned at the pockets of violence that greeted Saturday election in some areas of the state.

The INEC boss, who noted that violence, was not acceptable, urged stakeholders to channel their grievances to appropriate quarters.

The collation had in attendance heads and representatives of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) members headed by the Lagos State Police Commissioner CP Zubairu Muazu.

Source:http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/25/lagos-election-results-inec-announces-results-15-lgas/

Retirement: 35 middle cadre military men conclude entrepreneurship training

By Evelyn Usman

lagos—No fewer than 35 middle cadre drawn from the three Services of the Armed Forces, weekend, concluded a four-week training programme on entrepreneurship and management, with a view to preparing them for a better service delivery after disengagement.

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ArmySpeaking at the closing ceremony of the training, held at the resource centre of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, NAFRC Oshodi, Lagos, the Flag officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obed Ngalabak, charged the officers to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired in a manner that their  success stories would eliminate the age long phobia of retirement.

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Addressing them, he said: “ It is noteworthy to mention that all previous courses you have undergone were tailored towards enhancing your service to our country.

However, the training which you have just concluded is exclusively meant to develop your individual capacity to work and serve yourselves, especially after your disengagement from active service.

“I am reliably informed that in the last four weeks of intensive training, you were adequately exposed to several presentations, lectures, discussions and several exercises.”

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/retirement-35-middle-cadre-military-men-conclude-entrepreneurship-training/

Rule on share transmission to reduce N100bn unclaimed dividend

By Nkiruka Nnorom

Domestic retail investors have commended the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, to initiate rules that will facilitate transmission of investments of a deceased shareholder to the next-of-kin, saying that it will further reduce the incidence of unclaimed dividends currently put at over N100 billion in the market.

Part of the challenges and drawbacks to investing in equities market has been that of transmission of shares from one investor to another and claiming of investments of a deceased investor by the family members. Transmission of shares occurs when the shares of a deceased shareholder are inherited or bequeathed to an heir or personal representative of the deceased shareholder. It takes place in case of death, insanity or insolvency of a member or, where the member is a company, on its liquidation.

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SECAccording to the SEC, it has come up with a two-pronged approach to address the intractable challenges associated with share transmission, which involves developing rules that will stipulate the time-frame for the transfer as well as the fee structure.

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The Commission also said it will engage probate registries around the country as part of the process with a view to enlighten them on the workings of the capital market and reduce the cumbersome process.

“We had meeting with registrars some time ago and a lot of them complained about the problem they had at the probate registries. So, we thought that in the same way that we have been engaging with judges when we have Judges Conference and we enlighten them about the workings of the capital market and importance of it, we thought that we should also extend the same measure to the probate registries around the nation so that capital market issues will be attended to as soon as possible”, said the Commission’s Acting Director General, Ms. Mary Uduk.

Commending the development, Moses Igbrude, General Secretary, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria, ISAN, said that implementation of the rule would deepen the capital market and help to reduce unclaimed dividend. He advised that efforts should be made to ensure safety of the process in order not to transfer such shares to wrong people.

“It is a good development to hear that SEC is now alive to its responsibilities by looking into areas that were disincentive to the investing public and l hope their search light continues to beam on cloudy areas in the capital market,” said Gbadebo Olatokunbo, Co-Founder Nigeria Shareholders Solidarity Association, NSSA.

Mr. Patrick Ajudua, National Chairman, New Dimension Shareholders Association, NDSA, stated that the introduction would consolidate the success story of e-dividend mandate that has contributed to reduction in unclaimed dividend, adding that what is required is the formulation and amendment of existing laws for smooth implementation of the policy.

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/rule-on-share-transmission-to-reduce-n100bn-unclaimed-dividend/

Collation officer arrested in Plateau for attempting to escape without announcing result

A mild drama unfolded in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau, yesterday, when a Collation Officer, Prof. Musa Izam of University of Jos, attempted to escape declaring results for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly, NASS, elections in the area.

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INECThe Professor of Physics was in the midst of results collation when he took excuse from party agents, INEC officials and observers to go an ease himself.

Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bokkos Local Government Area, Mr Michael Abi, said little did they know collation of results from the 12 wards of the council had been concluded waiting to be announced when the professor excused himself.

He said: “We, however, smelt a rat and asked some people to monitor him. And true to our fears and suspicion, the man ran into a waiting vehicle nearby and zoomed off.

“We had to chase after them as the vehicle sped towards Barikin Ladi Local Government Area en route to Jos and caught up with them at Maikatako near Kuba village in Bokkos.

“Guess who took him away in that car, one of the Special Assistants to Gov. Simon Lalong on Security Matters, whose name I won’t want to mention.

“We brought them back to the collation centre only for the professor to apologise to everybody in the hall over his actions.”

Former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Jonathan Mawuyau, also apologised on behalf of the don, asking that he be allowed to continue with compilation of the results for final announcement of winners of the elections in the area.

“We could not believe our eyes when we saw such a strange attitude from a learned and a whole Professor of Physics who works with a reputable institution like University of Jos,” Solomon Maren lamented over the development.

“In fact, it is like a film that we use to watch. Well, the good thing is that he is back and I think we are ready to conclude the compilation and for the result to be announced to us.

“Nevertheless, all eyes were on the collation officer for him to do the needful without springing another surprise on the results collation and announcement of winner of polls,” Maren said.

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/collation-officer-arrested-in-plateau-for-attempting-to-escape-without-announcing-result/

Killings: US calls for end to violence in Rivers

As Wike vows to get justice for victims

PORT HARCOURT—The United States Consul-General to Nigeria, John Bray has called for an end to the violence and deaths associated with the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.

Wike and AmaechiAddressing journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, after a meeting with Governor Ezenwo Wike of the state, the Diplomat decried the violence that greeted the polls in some parts of the state.

It will be recalled that soldiers allegedly unleashed violence on Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state where 15 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members were killed.  The military also killed two PDP agents in Emohua Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

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He said: “I am here as an international observer.  We have been watching elections in Rivers State.

“I am not here to grade elections or anything like that. I am just here to say that there has been enough violence.

“Enough people have died. I am here today to speak with all the different candidates and party leaders.”

Wike to seek justice for victims

Meanwhile, Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will pursue justice for all those killed in cold blood by soldiers of the Nigerian Army in Abonnema and other towns  during Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

Wike had alleged that the soldiers were used by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to unleash mayhem on PDP members in the state.

Addressing journalists, yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that all those involved in the killing of innocent Rivers people to further the Presidential ambition  of their benefactor will not go unpunished.

He said: “Let it be known that those who masterminded the murderous assault on Abonnema and other communities in Rivers State last Saturday have bloodstains on their hands, for which they are all answerable before the Almighty God.

“I wish to assure all and sundry that we shall as a government pursue justice for the families of the victims against the perpetrators of the mayhem, killings and destructions in Abonema, Buguma, Degema and other places no matter how powerful they may seem and how long it may take.”

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/killings-us-calls-for-end-to-violence-in-rivers/

Tension grips Ago Palace Way, Lagos residents over fears of reprisal attacks

lagos—Tension still grips residents of Ago Palace Way in Lagos following rumours of a reprisal attack by members of outlawed Oodua People’s Congress, OPC , whose member was nearly lynched after he allegedly led a group of thugs to destroy and burn ballot boxes and papers while the re-scheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections were in progress.

File: Pandemonium as thugs set cast ballot papers ablaze in LagosThe OPC member identified simply as Demola reportedly invaded Ago-Palace Way and disrupted election leading to the death of about three persons while scores of voters were badly wounded.  During the noon attack, no fewer than 100 ballot boxes filled with voting materials were burnt.

The enraged voters who were scattered during the indiscriminate shooting by the thugs later regrouped and accosted their attackers who escaped from the scene in motorcycles.  Demola was however unlucky as the crowd caught up with him, burnt his motorcycle and set him ablaze.  Luckily, he was rescued and rushed to the hospital where he is still recuperating from the injuries he sustained from the crowd.

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Vanguard gathered that, when news went round that he was lynched, his colleagues in OPC swore to take their pound of flesh and were preparing for a reprisal attack in the area the following day.  Warning messages trended in the social media warning non indigenes living in the area especially Igbos, to be at alert.

Luckily, police authorities were able to get the information through intelligence gathering and swiftly moved into action by planting plain-clothed detectives in all the nooks and crannies of the area with a view to nipping in the bud any attempt to cause unrest.

Vanguard gathered the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu personally patrolled the area, midnight, with a formidable unit of heavily armed policemen with a view to ensuring that calm was restored.  Later in the day, soldiers attached to’ OP Messa’ were seen stationed at strategic positions in the area.

As at press time, it was not possible to ascertain if police authorities will still carry out their operational strategy tagged ‘Operation Show Force’ which they wanted to patrol the area but police sources said that if the situation escalates, it will certainly be carried out.

Some of the residents interviewed by Vanguard lamented that the situation is degenerating to that extent when they are the aggrieved in the case.  According to one of them, a business man who simply identified himself as Osondu,” They attacked and brutalized us, they disenfranchised us, yet they are coming to kill us. This is not fair.”

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/tension-grips-ago-palace-way-lagos-residents-over-fears-of-reprisal-attacks/

On the Elections in Nigeria

“Yesterday, Nigeria voted. Today, votes are being counted. I am very concerned by credible reports that the vote is being tampered with. To avoid any manipulation of the tally, it is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announce without delay actual results — which are certified by party agents and observers — at each polling unit as the vote is tabulated.

          “Well-placed sources report that in some states and localities — including Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia — INEC commissioners are receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results.  This must not be allowed to happen.

“The eyes of the United States, of Africa, and the world are upon Nigeria and INEC.  I also ask Secretary Michael Pompeo to hold accountable anyone who seeks to cheat the Nigerian people — who have waited patiently — of their vote or foments violence.”