Observer Group Releases Interim Report, Says INEC Officials Connived with Politicians

The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA), an election observer group, has noted with concern, few cases where Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials connived with politicians to sabotage the electoral process in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The group in its preliminary report also noted with concern the reported killings in parts of the country, while urging security agencies to ensure culprits are brought to book.

Its Acting Executive Director, Ms. Faith Nwadishi, stated this at a press conference Sunday in Abuja, where she said that though there were some challenges with the conduct of the election in some states of the federation, the frameworks and mechanisms put in place by the Commission ensured the polls were credible.

The group added that despite initial fears of concern, following the initial postponement of the election, INEC performed credibly well, while also commending the quick response of the INEC Chairman for ordering the arrest of erring officials who connived with politicians to sabotage the electoral process.

She stressed that simultaneous accreditation and voting introduced by the electoral body, in no small measure, contributed to the relative success of the elections.

Nwadishi pointed out that reports from observers deployed by CTA across the country indicated that the elections were still marred by challenges ranging from late arrival of materials and personnel, malfunctioning card readers, shortage of sensitive and non-sensitive materials, pockets of violence in some states resulting in killings and disruption of voting, missing names of registered voters from the electoral register, poor management of RACS on the polling day.

She stated, “We also note with concern, few cases of INEC officials conniving with politicians to sabotage the electoral process. For example in parts of Imo state, INEC officials connived with politicians to withhold electoral materials thereby preventing the elections from holding. We commend the quick response of the INEC Chairman in arresting the situation and ordering the arrest of the erring officials.”

She noted that in most cases where card readers malfunctioned, the electoral body was able to respond in a timely manner to either fix the problem or replace such malfunctioning card readers.

Nwadishi stressed, “While INEC generally displayed dedication, we observed that some of them were still grappling with a basic understanding of their roles as well as the capacity to operate the card readers.

“There were widespread reports of late arrival of materials and personnel across the country even though the RACs were activated a night before. From our observation, this was due to poor deployment of materials and personnel to various places.

“The perchance for the use of political thugs, vote buying, the predilection for compromising the security agencies have all combined to pose serious threats to the political process by the political class/political parties.”

Source:https://www.tori.ng/news/117012/observer-group-releases-interim-report-says-inec-o.html

Release Galadima now, PDP tells DSS

By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the unconditional release of Alhaji Buba Galadima who was alleged arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, on Sunday.

In a statement signed by its national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus yesterday, the party condemned the development, saying Galadima committed no offence to warrant his arrest.

“I call for the immediate release of Mr. Buba Galadima by the Department of State Security, even as I remind the DSS and other security agencies, that their oath of allegiance was sworn to Nigeria and not to the All Progressive Congress or President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We as a party condemn this arrest in the strongest possible terms. Buba Galadima is a patriot. His patriotism has been previously and strongly highlighted by various Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari.

“What crime has he committed? I answer my own question and say none. Mr. Galadima is constitutionally guaranteed a right of freedom of speech and freedom after the speech.

“The nation is currently boiling with the deaths caused by thugs of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Not one of these thugs has been arrested by the DSS. The nation was embarrassed by drone images of bullion vans laden with cash driving into the home of the National Leader of the APC and no action has been taken by the law enforcement authorities. Yet a patriot and pro-democracy activist is arrested.

“We cannot be hoodwinked by the puppeteering of the DSS by the APC. It is obviously no coincidence that the APC Presidential Campaign Council called for the arrest of Mr. Galadima at 12 noon today (Sunday the 24th of February, 2019) and the arrest was duly effected by the DSS an hour later,” the statement read in part.

Secondus added that regardless of the incident, “Nigeria will not be cowed. We have voted for democracy and as a nation, we will not be taken back to Egypt by the discredited blame centred anti democratic forces who have turned a once thriving economy into the world headquarters for extreme poverty.”

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/release-galadima-now-pdp-tells-dss/

Nigeria Decides: Live 2019 presidential election results from State Collation Centres

As the National Collation Center opens by 6:00pm on Sunday in Abuja, results from yesterday’s presidential election across the 36 states and Abuja are expected to trickle in.

Four years ago, history was made at the Centre where the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, announced the then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, winner of the presidential election, defeating then incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Will history repeat itself in 2019 as President Buhari is facing keen challenge from opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.

Stay tuned for live 2019 presidential election results from State Collation Centers:

Source:http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/24/nigeria-decides-live-2019-presidential-election-results-state-collation-centres/

BREAKING: Nigeria Election Result: INEC postpones announcement of presidential results

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has postponed the official announcement of collation of presidential results.

INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood announced this during a press briefing at the ICC, Abuja.

According to him, “The INEC National Collation Center has adjourned results proceedings to resume 11am on Monday

“Collation of results has been postponed till tomorrow 25th February. To open by 11:00AM at the international conference center.”

Source:http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/24/breaking-nigeria-election-result-inec-postpones-announcement-presidential-results/

Nigeria Election: Hoodlums attack PDP Senator

Senator Suleiman Adokwe, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone, was attacked by hoodlums on Sunday in Lafia.

Adokwe, the Senate Committee Chairman on Information, said he was attacked at St. Williams Primary School Lafia, the collation Centre for Gayam Ward.

The senator said the incident occurred when he went out to see what was happening following a report from his agents that government officials were seen at the collation centre trying to influence the result of the polls.

He said all through Saturday night, he had also been getting reports of ballot stealing and stuffing across the zone.

“When my agent at the Gayam Ward collation Centre, Lafia, called to intimate me at about 1:00 p.m. of the presence of some state government officials there, I decided to go there and see things for myself.

“On sighting me, some hoodlums around the centre started shouting that I should go away, that I was not from Lafia and as such I did not belong there.

“Before I could understand what was happening, they started rushing at me with clubs, stones, and spear.

“It took divine intervention for me to escape with my life.

“He decried the violent dimension the electoral process was taking in the state and called on the Police to act accordingly,” he said.

Adokwe, however, said he had reported the attempt on his life to the Police.

Commissioner of Police in the state Bola Longe, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the senator called to inform him of the incident.

Longe promised to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.

He reiterated the commitment of the Police to providing maximum security to all law abiding citizens of the state.

He said the police was not relenting, especially at this period of elections.

“You can see that our men have been everywhere to ensure security of lives and property.

“I had to personally lead a patrol to various parts of the state till about 2:00 a.m. this morning,” Longe added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adokwe, who is seeking his fourth term at the senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is being challenged by Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Source:http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/24/nigeria-election-hoodlums-attack-pdp-senator/

Buhari Loses At Governor Ambode’s Ward In Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari

Presidential Candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has won the election in Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State ward in Epe, polling 2,511 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of APC, who got 2,367 votes.

Mr Adelaja Odukoya, the INEC Collation Officer, announced the results at INEC collation centre, Iraye, Epe, on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ambode was able to win his Polling Unit 033, Ogunmodede College in Ajaganabe Area, Ward A5, Epe, where APC polled 131 votes as against PDP who got 116 votes.

Also, the PDP Senatorial Candidate, Abiodun Oyefusi, defeated the APC Candidate, Bayo Oshinowo, by 71 votes, with PDP polling 2,557 votes, while APC had 2,488 votes.

The PDP candidate for the House of Representatives, Oye Ayantuga, got 2,597 votes, while Wale Raji of APC polled 2,438 votes.

At Ward 2, Epe, all the PDP candidates also defeated their APC counterparts.

Announcing the results, INEC Collation Officer, Mr Samsideen Jagbojagbo, said Atiku of PDP polled 1,044 votes, while President Buhari of APC had 824 votes.

The PDP Senatorial Candidate, Abiodun Oyefusi, got 1,087 as against Bayo Oshinowo of APC, who polled 935.

Oye Ayantuga, the PDP Candidate for House of Representatives, polled 1,023 votes while his counterpart, Wale Raji, had 855 votes. (NAN)

Source:https://www.tori.ng/news/116972/buhari-loses-at-governor-ambodes-ward-in-lagos.html

Nigeria Decides: Reno Omokri reacts as Atiku’s campaign spokesman, Buba Galadima is whisked away

Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the whisking away of Buba Galadima, a spokesman for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation.

DAILY POST had reported that Galadima was reportedly whisked away by masked security operatives on Sunday.

Reacting, Omokri in a post on his Twitter page, accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of demanding for the arrest of Galadima.

“@OfficialAPCNg demands arrest of Buba Galadima at 1PM. DSS arrests him at 2PM. Nigerians are no fools.

“The voice of satan and the hand of lucifer. DSS should just change their name to Armed Wing of APC.

“How many people will they arrest before seeing the handwriting on the wall?”

Source:http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/24/nigeria-decides-reno-omokri-reacts-atikus-campaign-spokesman-buba-galadima-whisked-away/